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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…

Songs to Share

Sometimes a photo says it all.  While they were in Bellingen as part of their Building Main lesson Class 3  managed to find time to drop into Bellorana to share some of their music with the residents. Thanks so much to Jay for sharing her photos

The Three R’s in relation to Technology

With a smart phone in your hand, you are in possession of a technological tool with 1,300 times more computing power than the guidance computer that took the Apollo space mission to the moon and back. In this talk Bruce will lead a discussion about the new visitor in the family: Technology. How do we incorporate and understand the role that technology should play in family life. This is a debate in which there are no experts. The pace of change is simply too fast. But we can look to the wisdom tools we already possess, such as the 3…

Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Alert

May 8th 2015. There has been a recent confirmed case of whooping cough (pertussis) in a member of the Chrysalis School community.Whooping cough caught at school can spread to any other members at home. Coughing spreads the infection to others nearby. Whooping cough can be especially dangerous for babies.Whooping cough starts like a cold and progresses to bouts of coughing that can last for many weeks. Older children may just have a cough that is persistent and is worse at night. The infection may also occur in fully-vaccinated children.What should people sick with pertussis do?Pertussis is readily spread from an…

Devastating Earthquake in Nepal, 25th April 2015

Report from the Tashi Waldorf School Nepal. If you can contribute, please contact Chrysalis Steiner School on 02 6655 8616. Donations will be channeled to Nepal through Steiner Education Australia.Following the concerns shown by all of you about the devastating earthquake that took place in middle parts of Nepal, this brief report has been prepared to get you acquainted with current situation in Nepal and to thank you all for all the concerns that you have about us and also for the prayers you did for our safety and well being.Before writing anything about the deadly earthquake, first let us…

Fiddlers in the Forest

All violin and cello students in classes 5-7 will have the opportunity to participate in our unique Chrysalis music camp called ‘Fiddlers in the Forest’. The class will take place at Mt Hyland on 3rd and 4th June and will be accompanied by the string team – Liz, Kym, Janelle, Victoria and Cathy Bower.The Fiddlers in the Forest Camp is a multifaceted music and wilderness experience. The two days are packed with rehearsals, exploration  and composing music in response to this World Heritage Old Growth Forest. The camp culminates in a recital in the heart of the forest. We traipse…

Class Meetings Term 2 2015

STOP PRESS: Class 6 Meeting time has been changed Class meeting continue apace. 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! Class 2…

Class 7 are off to an Island in the Sun

Class 7 left on their big adventure this week to Lady Musgrave Island. They will be away for 12 days in all, 7 of which will be spent on this little drop of coral in the big ocean. The Island Camp is one of the jewels in the crown of the Chrysalis Camp program. That such a complex, lengthy and rich camp experience is even possible is mainly due to the fact that the Chrysalis camp program has developed capacity and experience in the class every year since that first camp at Bundagen in Year 1. (See the picture below)…