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Welcome to Bilya Bardip (River Stories), Helena River Steiner School's parent, caregiver and community newsletter. We warmly invite you to read on and keep up to date with news, important information and upcoming events at our school.

Kaya Parents and Caregivers,
By far, our biggest news this week has been moving the high school into our new property at Hazelmere. 
Particular thanks go to Jarrah Stevenson-Marsh our Builder (and Steiner graduate!) who performed amazing feats over these last few months creating such lovely spaces, and to Catherine Vann our High School Education Coordinator who worked tirelessly to prepare the property for the arrival of our students. And to all our parents who helped at the Busy Bee, your drop of light now lives in this soil, thank you.

Last week's highlight was our Reconciliation event where we got to sit and weave and yarn with our kwobidak moort (beautiful families). Moments like these are nourishment for our souls -especially in such busy times. Thank you for your presence and earnest participation.

Blessings on our school,
Tanami Magnus


Makuru Winter Festival (Kindy)- 16 June
Primary Assembly - 18 June
Makuru Winter Festival (Primary and HS) - 22 June
Students Last Day of Term 2 - 24 June

(Full 2022 Year Planner on our website)
Click here to see the Term 2 Planner

The big news for Middle School students is the move from Swan Valley Adventure Centre to our Hazelmere location! The first day was Wednesday 8 June and it's hard to describe the  excitement among the students and staff... we all finished the day on a high! Our classrooms are beautiful, including our outdoor classroom - the banks of Mandoon Bilya (Helena River). We look forward to bringing you more news as we settle into new routines, Main Lessons, and surroundings.

Catherine Vann
High-School Education Coordinator 

“A healthy social life is found only when, in the mirror of each soul, the whole community finds its reflection, and when, in the whole community, the virtue of each one is living” – Rudolf Steiner 

With the easing of restrictions this term we have been so heartened to see the return of our parents’ participation in school assemblies, parent evenings, busy bees, volunteering in the classroom or on excursions and at our open day.  

As a Steiner School community we recognise the parent community as our essential partners in creating the healthy social life of our school. As a school we deliberately create opportunities to cultivate partnership with parents and between parents.  When both teachers and parents consciously work together for the benefit of all children, a truly nurturing and healthy school community is possible for all.  
The cultivating of a healthy social life, as Rudolf Steiner is speaking about, is not something that automatically exists. It is something that is cultivated through our ‘will’, taking actions out of our own freedom, in service to another or in our case to the whole community.  
When we work together for the good of not just our children, but all the children in our school, we are enlivened by the act of giving our time and our attention and spending time with others who are also giving their time freely. 

Contribution builds a sense of community, and a healthy social life is fundamental to the health of our school. We live in a world of consuming and we seek community. Our access to this experience of community, is through contribution.  
Ways that you can contribute:
  • Parent Anthroposophical study group 
  • Busy bees 
  • Parent class meetings 
  • Parents and Friends 
  • Class Carer 
  • Supporting a new family to the class
  • Creating opportunities to gather as a class community or whole school community 
  • Attending festivals
  • Giving your expertise  
  • Assemblies  
  • Open days 
  • Partnering with the teacher
  • Volunteering in the classroom 
  • Craft group 
  • Singing groups 
  • Gardening groups  
  • Sharing a meal together  
  • Sharing your skills
  • Supporting Damien our Grounds Manger in maintenance or developing the grounds at our new location
  • Working collaboratively with staff to find solutions to building a healthy school culture
Thank you for all that you give to our school community we love each and everyone of you!

Deborah Neale
Primary Education Coordinator

We hope you enjoy learning about what our students have been up to, as much as we enjoy sharing it with you!
CLASS 5 / 6
Class 5/6 students consolidate and practise many numeracy skills through maths games. Now that they have had over a term’s worth of experiencing a range of games, they are ready to design and make their very own maths games! Students will then teach their game to their classmates so everyone can enjoy it. This project not only stretches students’ creativity and maths skills, but also their literacy as they will write their list of instructions and then explain their concept to their peers. 

Kerewin de Souza
Class 2 have been busy learning all about some classic fables over the last couple of weeks.  Fables in their own right are powerful in their ability to articulate emotions and behaviours that are often seen in ourselves and others.  A wonderfully imaginative and fun way of learning for children (and adults) alike.  This term the children have created and written their own sentences and stories as they continue to build on their reading, comprehension and writing abilities.  Along with the wet weather and adventures down to the Derbal Yerrigan to observe different animals, we have been delighted to find many a puddle to jump in and ginormous stretches of grassy hills to roll down.  

Kathy Riley
With our new primary school woodwork room operational and new hand tools such Shinto rasps and a pyrography machine, class 5/6 have been able to produce gorgeous stress relieving stones made of wood. 

Students have learnt how to saw safely using tenon saws, rasping to create convex shapes, sanding to smooth the stones and oiling to finialise their work. 

Yolanda Miller
  • Artistic Activities by Nicole - School Holiday 
  • Parenting Programs
  • Introduction to Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
  • Rudolf Steiner College Perth
  • Job Vacancies

We are pleased to invite all parents, teachers and community members to attend Helena River Steiner School’s Annual General Meeting.

The meeting will be held at 6pm on 16 June 2022 at Lot 13 Stirling Crescent Hazelmere.

Please save the date.

The AGM agenda and other relevant documents will be sent out shortly.

Please RSVP to

Helena River Steiner School seeks new Board members who can help govern the major financial decisions and strategic direction of the school and ensure our compliance with government and related industry regulations and requirements. 
We are particularly seeking candidates with the following skills, qualifications or experience: 
  • Parents of current students
  • Law and legal services
  • Teaching/Education
  • Finance
Please note that we are looking for people who are willing to commit long-term, and who have adequate time, energy and dedication to spare for these voluntary roles. The role requires around 2-4 hours per week.
Please email your expression of interest to

Variety Individual Grants on offer for students affected by financial hardship or disadvantage and/or long-term health condition or disability. Variety BeKids grants provide practical equipment to help WA kids have a fair go. The items funded will help kids access the community, extracurricular endeavours and support their wellbeing.

If your child has a disability or sickness (long-term health condition) and your family is eligible, you may also be able to apply for a Variety ThriveKids grant or a Variety TechKids Grant.
Variety ThriveKids grants provide practical equipment to help WA kids develop and thrive. This includes items that promote behavioural regulation, physical development, independence, wellbeing, social inclusion and more. Variety TechKids Grants provide assistive technology to help WA kids with their communication, learning, behavioural regulation and safety.
All three grant rounds are open from January to October annually.

For further information and to apply visit this website

The Secondary Assistance Scheme is available to parents/guardians with children enrolled in secondary schooling who hold an eligible concession card.  

The Secondary Assistance Scheme comprises of an Education Program Allowance, which is paid to the school, and a Clothing Allowance that is paid to the parent.  

Applications are due by the end of this Term. For more information click here, and contact HRSS Reception if you wish to make an application.


Edstart is an organisation which provides families with flexible payment plans to help them manage their education costs. They have payment plans designed to fit around family budgets.

The Edstart brochure and payments plans can be found on our website. 

Helena River Steiner School
39 Spring Park Road, Midland WA 6056
T: 08 9374 0230

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