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Helena River Steiner School
Dear Parents and Community,
Apart from the momentous event of becoming a registered school (!), the next biggest news this month is the beginning of the development of the primary playground structure. Our primary students have shown so much creativity and ingenuity in the last year in their outside play. Watching them use sticks, logs, pots, pans, old tires, flowers and ropes to transform their playground every day into a new and exciting wonderland has been a testament to their fertile imaginations and self-efficacy. Now they will have some height and other things to fuel their play and construction.
We thank all those involved thus far and look forward to completing it as funds and resources allow. (If there is anyone out there who would be interested in adding some more features, we would love to hear from you).
Now that we are a registered school, we shall be suspending our Education and Care Service and will be operating solely as a non-government school under the Education Act 1999, providing education from pre-kindergarten up to Class 6.
This week is the state census week, so it is very important that all students are at school unless they are too ill to do so. Our funding is dependant upon attendance, so it is critical.
Blessings on our (registered!) school, Tanami Magnus
PRIMARY CLASS NEWS
Dear Parents and Caregivers
Welcome back to you all, it was a long and wonderful winter break however I am so happy to see all of our wonderful students back and ready for Term 3. A few points:
1. Camp!! Camp is next week! You will all have received the information and what to bring lists so that you may start preparing. I am in need of a couple of extra tents that are easy to put up and hold up to 4 people. Nothing bigger than that as it will be too onerous for me to put up with the children. If you can help, please let me know. Danika and I shall be sleeping overnight with the children and Melissa will be taking us on a story time adventure around the campfire on Monday night. Can you please have your camp money to the office ASAP so that we can secure the booking and lock in numbers for catering and sleeping arrangement purposes?
2.. Parent Teacher night. Thank you to all those who attended on Monday night to look at your child's work, to hear what we are doing in class and how you can support it, and to have an experience of one the weekly activities -form drawing. The children were so delighted and awed to discover the drawings you left for them. I'm not quite sure how they're going to manage erasing them when the time comes....
4. Homework Books. As I explained on Monday night, homework books will go home with each child on Thursday afternoons and are to be back at school on Monday mornings. It's a valuable opportunity for you to share in what your child is learning at school. Enjoy!
4. Fundraising for Glenaeon. In January each year, all the primary Steiner teachers meet up in Glenaeon, Sydney for a week long intensive to inspire, educate, share and learn from some really fantastic presenters. I found this PD to be invaluable and I have used so much of what I have learnt here and at Perth Waldorf. So to ensure that we (the teachers) are able to attend, we would like to be proactive in fundraising to ensure that we are able to attend in 2019. To kick off our fundraising efforts, we are selling 1 kg bags of fresh, organic macadamia nuts in their shell for $10 a bag. I have only bought 10kgs at this stage however I am able to source more in the future. They are really yummy.
Thanks everyone, any queries/concerns/feedback please use the correspondence book if I am unavailable.
A really big thank you from all of us to the parents responsible for the playground build, what a massive effort David (Eliza’s Dad) and Janelle (Ellie’s Mum) and Tanami have made in putting this together. The kids love it to bits!!
And from Melissa:
Last term on Friday mornings we looked at fables and then saints. This term we are delving into the rich curriculum of global cultural stories, working on some key myths and legends from around the world. The term started with the Chinese legend of The Monkey King much to the children’s delight. The playground was filled Monkey Kings at lunchtime, summoning their magic clouds. A beautiful start to the term.
You no longer have to sign your child in and out. We will be recording attendance at 8.45 am and 1pm everyday as we are now a REGISTERED School (yay!). If your child arrives at school past 8.55 am, you will need to fill out a late note from the office first and then give it to your teacher. School starts promptly at 8:45am and we really appreciate you ensuring that your child is ready to enter at this time.
Raincoat, gumboots and water bottles. Please ensure that your child is equipped with all three of these things everyday at school.
Early close dates this term are on Wednesday 15th and Monday 27th of August. School will finish at 1pm for all classes.
Spring Festival is on the 20th September this term. More details to follow.
Busy Bee is on Sunday 26th August.
We are looking for help in the following areas:
Whether you could commit to coming once fortnight for a couple of hours, or whether you could just come once, we have a list of small jobs to do around the place.
* Project manager
We need someone to help get our Playgroup Room back in use. It requires liaising with and organising engineer report, council approvals and modifications. Most of the work has been done, but requires someone to follow it though.
If you are social media savvy, and have some time and inspiration to do some marketing for the school, we would love to hear from you.
To help out with any of the above (and use up your Volunteer Hours) please contact Tanami on 0419 991 587 or email@example.com
NEW TREASURES IN SCHOOL SHOP
We now have more new items in stock, lovingly made by those in our community.
Open Mon, Tues and Wed mornings, 8.30 am- 12.00 pm
*unique homemade toys and gifts
*natural art, craft and drawing supplies
* pre-loved children's and adults' clothing
* handmade jewelry
* handmade bags
This shop is run by the P&F to help raise funds for equipment for the school. If you would like to help run the shop at any time you have available, or have ideas of how it could be improved, please contact Kirsty on 0458 278 785.
Come and have a stitch and a yarn and a cuppa on Friday mornings. This is free and open to anyone, kids welcome, and you can drop in any time that suits. No experience necessary. All materials supplied. Please share with whoever may be interested.
FRIDAYS 8.45 am - 12 pm In the Playgroup garden
TAKE AND MAKE packs now available!
If you are unable to make Friday mornings but would like some sewing therapy to make something for the school to sell for fundraising, or to keep yourself, come and chose a pack. Everything required will be in the pack -except a needle.
P & F NEWS
During the holidays, the Parents and Friends committee ran a Bunnings sausage sizzle and raised $1685 for the school. Well done!
Thank you to everyone who helped.
THE P & F NEEDS MORE MEMBERS!
The P & F holds a very important role in any school. It organises fundraisers to help improve facilities for the school, it organises busy bees to improve and beautify the grounds, it supports the teachers wherever they need it, it enlivens the parent connection and community, and so much more.
Your help -whether big or small- will be greatly appreciated.
The next meeting is on Monday 6th, 9 am in the Parents' Pavillion.
Please come down for a cuppa and see how you could be involved.
SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER POSITION/S AVAILABLE
Would you like to help steer the overall and long-term direction of the school?
Do you have a passion for seeing the school grow and be stable?
The skill sets most required at this stage are people with experience/qualifications in one of the following:
Although we are happy to hear from anyone with experience to contribute outside those areas.
This is a rewarding volunteer position for someone who has reasonable time to dedicate to the important tasks required. The role requires approximately 2-4 hours a week in the form of: * responding regularly to emails
* attending monthly Board meetings (Thursday evenings)
* actioning any tasks identified in meetings * working on a specific project/subcommittee * being involved in the strategic planning of the school
If this would interest you or a family member or friend who wishes to support the aims and ethos of our school and help it in this exciting phase of development, please get in touch with our
Board Chairman, Gladstone Davies, on 0448 777 242 or firstname.lastname@example.org or
Principal, Tanami Magnus, on 0419 991 587 or email@example.com
ANTHROPOSOPHICAL STUDY GROUP TUESDAY NIGHTS 6.30-7.45 PM
Would you like to learn more about the philosophy that underpins Steiner education?
This study group is open to parents and anyone wishing to attend. Anthroposophy literally means "The Wisdom of Man" and its goal is for each individual to awaken and develop their understanding of themselves, the people around them, and all elements of the world.
Anthroposophy is also the basis for bio-dynamic agriculture, Weleda homeopathic medicine and medical practice, three-fold social structures including ethical finance, and healing community centres for those with special needs such as Camphill.
We meet weekly to read and discuss books and lectures by Rudolf Steiner, and other related texts and activities.
Be prepared for a journey of self-discovery!
Led by Peter Fern, a seasoned Anthroposophist, 0409 520 332
Please print out a copy of this term's calendar so you can be prepared for events, or check the calendar on our website regularly.
WIDER COMMUNITY NEWS
Discover Circus with CirQuest – for half-price!
For the month of August, you can get 50% off your first Introductory Classes for kids aged 4-12 years at CirQuest. Exciting, fast-paced circus classes are held at Darlington Hall on Tuesday afternoons. All you need to do is download a lovely colouring-in page, colour it in, and bring it to your class. Go to https://www.cirquest.com.au to find out more!
FREE PARENTING SEMINARS
You are invited to attend the Triple P Seminar Series. You will learn practical, positive and effective ways to deal with common behavioural problems and ways to help your child achieve their best at school and in the future.
Parents are encouraged to attend all 3 seminars: 1. Children's behaviour - the tough part of parenting 2. Raising Confident Children 3. Raising Emotionally Resilient Children
The next FREE 3 week Series is held:
When: 27th August 2018 Location: Boya Community Centre
Clayton Rd & Scott Street
Boya RSVP: Bookings are essential and places are limited.