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Class 6 Canberra and Snow camp 2018

Chrysalis would like to acknowledge the Australian Government funding provided by the Parliaments and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) to assist our Class 6 students to visit the Australian War Memorial tour, Museum of Australian Democracy, and Parliament house on their recent trip to Canberra. Students from the class undertook an education tour of the national capital, as well as visiting Mt Stromlo Observatory and Questacon. They were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as…

Chrysalis Community Noticeboard

YOU CAN ASK THAT!! Q & A youth panel on gender diversity, queer and trans issues   Safe online? Talk for parents Safe Online? Feedback from Term 2 participants “Thorough, surprising, empowering and I made connections with other community members around the topic.” Hamish “The sharing of knowledge and practical advice to enhance parental involvement and protect our children was invaluable and gratefully received.” Fiona “I enjoyed the group interaction of Safe Online.  I feel we have a lot to offer each other by sharing our experience of our children and their technology use, and the common goal we have in exploring…

Playgroup News Term 2 2018

After the unexpected changes at the beginning of the year now, with Suzane’s Polaris’s leadership, our PITTER PATTER AND CIRCLE SONG PLAYGROUPS Are up and running!! Our Friday group, PITTER PATTER group is full to capacity with a healthy waiting list. We are now looking at how we can offer more to those families who are on this list with children who are over three years old. Now our CIRCLE SONG group is up and running again, after a slightly delayed beginning. We have revamped the programme to meet the changing needs of the families attending with children who are…

Winter Festival program 2018

You are invited to join in the celebration of the longest night of the year with our upcoming reverent Winter Festivals. See below for dates and times.

Term 2 Music Assembly 2018

Yesterday saw Maam Gamambiya (our School Hall) fill with the ​beautiful sounds of the string ensemble, C​lass 4 violins, Class 1 and 2 singing, our senior quartet and an impressive array of solo and duo performances (as seen below) at our fist Music Assembly of the year. We thank friends and families for coming out to the Thora Valley and supporting the children with their efforts. And, as Jacquie Gill, one of our fabulous strings teachers pointed out - thank you for supporting your children with the continued excellence and dedication to instrument practice. Without that, the sounds would not have been…

Class 6 Term 1 2018

Sharing in a Celebration at the completion of Rome – with grape juice (in place of wine) and selection of Roman era snacks Dear Parents and Friends of Class 6, I would like to begin by congratulating the children on a wonderful performance of ‘Tribute To The Light’ at the Founder’s Shelter Ceremony on Friday afternoon. They were even (relatively) gracious when their lunchtime was cut short due to a sound-check and final run through at the maypole. Following a shorter-than-ideal playtime, they were able to hold themselves with the utmost respect throughout this very lengthy program of tributes! I…

Honouring the school’s founders…

The Founders Shelter was named (Maam Giinganda - Peaceful Place) and officially opened by Michael Jarrett in a moving ceremony at the Maypole Green followed by an wonderful afternoon tea at the shelter on a glorious autumn day. Family, friends and school community members came to honour those who helped envision and create this metamorphic school in the Thora Valley! Steve and Kelley both spoke representing the school and their own personal families' journeys at Chrysalis. Friends and family members paid touching tributes to Geo Scott, Marek Chodkiewicz and Michael Harfield, and past teacher, Christine Riley, honoured many other key contributors in the foundation stages…

Chrysalis leading the way – SEA Governance Leadership and Management conference

140 leaders came from Darwin, Perth, Hobart, Port Douglas, and all places in between, to Bellingen for the annual Steiner school leadership and governance conference. Chrysalis welcomed the participants from 45 Steiner Schools as they converged in Bellingen for the 2 day annual conference. The participants - board members, administrators and teachers alike - enjoyed country hospitality and beautiful autumn weather (especially for those from Tasmania and Victoria!). The excellent, thought provoking conference covered topics as diverse as enrolment challenges, community learning and engagement, and the art of facilitating conflict. CEO of Steiner Education Australia, Virginia Moller, thanked Chrysalis and the good folk…

Term 1 2018 class summaries

In a very fulsome Term 1, the class teachers had much to report on! Please enjoy reading and seeing what the classes have been learning: Class 1 - form drawing, Golden Letter & Number books, chair bags... Class 2 - Animal Fables, Place Value & Local Surrounds... Class 3 - Creation & Tradition, World of Measurement, drama & music... Class 4 - Norse mythology, Local Area: Mapping & Cathedral Rocks... Class 5 - Ancient India & Persia: dance, excursion, feasts, story & art... Class 7 - The Middle Ages, Algebra & Geometry, The Human Body... Class 8 - Revolutions, Anatomy and Platonic Solids... Music - Classes 5 - 8 ensembles, Class 4 stars, Class 3…

Class 8 Term 1 2018

What a diverse and beautifully rich learning environment the class 8 schoolroom has been this first term. The students found themselves in the throes of civil uprisings between the 16th – 18th centuries which lead to the Dutch and French revolutions and the English Civil War. This main lesson stirred many thoughts and feelings within the class 8 students, which inspired fruitful discussions related to revolutions and challenging the status quo. In class 8 students continue developing their emerging individualities and studying the great revolutions of history provides a wonderful opportunity for self-reflection and enquiry regarding their own values and…