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Term 3 Assembly Tuesday Aug 4th

The Term 3 Assembly is this week on Tuesday Aug 4th at Maam Gamambiya (school hall) from 9.30am. Class 3 and 4 will be performing and Class 1 & 2 will be sharing their Spanish.The workshop which follows the assembly will be run by Alison Scheef, our Bothmer Gymnastic and Extra Lesson teacher, who will be speaking about the Movement Programme at Chrysalis.The Movement Programme at ChrysalisWhat do we do in Class 1 onwards in the form or Extra Lesson, Bothmer Gymnastics, games and sport. Why is this programme so important? Things we will cover in this presentation:Lets do some Bothmer Gym (best…

Welcome to Kendal

We are very pleased to announce that Kendal Marsland, mother of Ethan (Cl 7) & Freya (Cl 5) will be joining the admin team in a casual role. Kendal will be responsible for parts of  the enrolment portfolio while Joanna is away on long service leave.  Kendal and family came to Bellingen in 2011 from Adelaide, where she worked as a project manager on numerous environmental projects and most recently as a sustainability consultant to the Adelaide City Council. Her role was to facilitate and encourage companies in the CBD to adopt energy efficient practices. Prior to returning to Adelaide…

Class Meetings Term 3 2015

The next few weeks are full of meetings. We urge as many parents as possible to attend. The class meetings form a vital bridge between the class teacher and the parent body. They allow parents to get an overview of the term's lessons. They allow an extended conversation around issues of interest to the class and they allow a deepening of the class community. We really appreciate the effort it takes to go out on a school night, particularly for those parents who have multiple class meetings to attend. So thank-you in advance! For those new parents - the Morning…

My Birth, My Story, Myself

One of the feature Main Lessons of the Chrysalis curriculum is underway in Class 7 this week. The Birthing Main Lesson is a brilliant example of the integrated Steiner Curriculum at it's best. Weaving strands of PDHPE, art, story-telling, music and science together, the Birthing Main Lesson is an introduction to reproduction as a pathway to self-knowledge.The content  introduces Class 7 children, who are in their early adolescence, to the biology of reproduction, beginning with changes at puberty, bringing an awareness of the responsibility for, and science of, conception. The marvel of genetic imprint, the miraculous story of foetal development, the…

Sexuality and Gender For Adolescents – a talk for parents and carers.

This talk by James Deefholts,  is happening on Tuesday June 9th at Morning Star at 7pm. Although it is intended for parents of Class 6 & 7 students, all interested parents are welcome to attend.Adolescence is often a confusing time as there are many physical and emotional changes which occur in the young human being. Like other stages of child development, it is useful for the adults surrounding and  supporting a child to have an understanding of the milestones that accompany each stage.Some of the areas that will be addressed are: child development: emotional and physical experiences from 0-16 ½;…

Medical Alert – Whooping Cough

We continue to be aware that there are continued cases of  whooping cough in the Coffs and Bellingen region at the moment. It is not out of fear that we keep updating and reminding people to be diligent, but out of a consciousness that we hold for the whole community.As whooping cough is extremely contagious and extremely dangerous to newborns and the elderly it is imperative that we become more aware as individuals within our community. Take some time to read the following so we can support each other in knowledge and foresight on behalf of our children and the…

Clarinets from Carrots

Building Panpipes, Clarinets from Carrots and an Earth Harp! Class 5,6 & 7 children who are not on String Camp have an exciting day planned for this Wednesday from 9.15 until the end of the day working with Sean, Lucas, Kath, Luke and Claudia. Children will be divided into  3 groups on the day. Kath will lead the construction of an earth harp. Luke will lead children in the construction of clarinets made from carrots and Sean will be leading the pan-pipe construction. Lucas and Claudia will roam and assist the three groups.

Technology and the Family.

We had a good turnout at the talk after assembly last week. Technology and the 3R's. Under discussion was technology - how we incorporate and understand the role that technology should play in family life. Thank-you to all those that have taken the time to engage with the debate and to email in their responses.  We hope to print a version of that talk in this upcoming issue of Emerge. In the meantime we wanted to thank Jane Noack for offering their family's "Teenage Tech Agreement" which we hope will help inspire your family to engage conciously with his new…

Turning the Mallet

When community works like it should! The mallets in our woodwork room have been a bit tired and worn, like the one in the photo below. They were made many years ago from Tallowood and most were nearing the end of their life. So John Boxtel, our woodwork teacher, approached The Bellingen Men’s Shed to see if they could help us out by turning some new ones. It was perfect timing because Paul Holding (who is also the principal of Bellingen High School) was looking for projects for his woodturning demonstrations at The Bello Show! John supplied the timber which came…

Whooping Cough Update #2

There are a few more cases of whooping cough amongst children at our school. Whooping cough in older children can be a prolonged coughing illness which is typically worse at night. Both vaccinated and non -vaccinated children are being infected. Whooping cough caught at school or childcare can be brought into the home where it spreads to other family members. Coughing spreads the infection to others nearby.    Whooping cough caught at school can spread to any younger brothers and sisters at home. The biggest risk is to any baby at home.  Whooping cough can be especially dangerous for babies. In…