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SEA Delegates provide a fresh set of eyes.

It is with much gratitude that we thank the visiting delegates from the Steiner Schools across Australia. For many it was their first time in Thora, for some their last visit was in the mid eighties!Through their eyes we rekindled the wonder that this campus offers the children, staff and school community who live and work here. This was a special moment for both of us, as it offered the opportunity not to be complacent about this marvelous place at 703 Darkwood Road, Thora. The participants were amazed at the location of our school campus, impressed by the state of…

Bellingen River Turtle Deaths

Please note that we have been advised that there is no danger to humans. It is safe to swim in the river.  We ask only that children leave their swimmers at school at the end of the day. This is based on Department recommendations to minimise the chance of transmission from one area of the catchment to another. What follows is a summary of NSW Dept of Environment information. See below for the official press release. Following the discovery of Bellinger River Snapping Turtles (Myuchelys georgesi) dead and dying in the Bellinger River late last month, a response team has…

‘Our Family’s Safety Guidelines’ by Susan Laing

In our house, feelings are important and may tell us what to do. We always have the right and deserve to feel safe Privacy is respected. I am boss of my body. We always have the right to say no if we are asked to do something that we think is wrong or do not understand. We do not keep bad secrets in our house, only good surprises. We have a loving circle of friends who would help us if we needed help. We can say NO and YES strongly when we mean it. We can be persistent to get…

Keeping our Children Safe

We know that we are not alone in our sense of anger and disbelief at the seemingly endless revelations of institutional inaction and ineptitude that are emerging from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. We can assure you that at Chrysalis School our staff are given regular professional development on the subject of Child Protection. We belong to the Association of Independent Schools, NSW, whose job it is to interpret and update schools on legislative changes and mandatory obligations. Just last week we held a workshop at school which was run by the AIS on child…

Chrysalis gathers for a bumper week 4 assembly

The week 4 assembly went sensationally. The hall was packed with around 40 parents who had taken the time to treat themselves to a morning with their children, to enjoy the performance and the inspiration. Class 5 set the space. Beautifully dressed in their fine saris and Indian clothes,  they called the parents into the hall by chanting the mantra that they have learned as part of their Indian Main lesson. Cathy welcomed Class 1 and their teacher Michelle Donovan to the Primary School. We also welcomed all of of our lovely new families that have arrived within our community…

Calling the River

After a flood day on Monday, it was a close call for Shawn from Natureland Bus Company and the council as to whether Darkwood Road was to be opened on Tuesday in time for school. On Monday we faced a rising river, and at 7am it was decided that the buses would not travel and a flood day was called. The council subsequently closed the road later that day at 2.30pm, with water beginning to run over the bridge. On Tuseday morning early, when the council inspected the bridge, the road was still technically closed but the river was falling…

School Closed Monday Feb 23rd

Today, Monday 23rd February, is a FLOOD DAY. There is NO SCHOOL at Thora or at Morning Star campuses. As the rain tumbles down, please take time to read the Inclement Weather Policy, which details procedure in case of events such as a flood.

The Three Rs: Routines, Rituals and Rhythm.

 “The body’s ability to self-regulate and adapt is closely linked to the coordination and interaction of the chronological rhythms that make life possible. In early childhood, cultivating daily rhythms is especially important because the infant's ability to regulate rhythmic functions is still undeveloped and needs support and stimulation”. A Guide to Child’s Health Dr Michaela Glockler,  At this talk, Rowena will introduce the fundamentals of her book, The Three Rs. The Three Rs’ is a very practical resource designed for busy parents of children aged 2 to 12 years. It offers easy to apply tips and strategies on how to organise…