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Living Classroom and Spring Festival 2018

A snap shot into ‘lifelong learning’… “Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself.” ~ John Dewey Since 2011, at the Autumn and Spring Festival Days, Chrysalis opens each classroom to parents and/or grandparents so they can visit their child’s class and take part in the lesson of the day. This innovative and exciting idea came from an inspiration of one of our teachers when she invited her parents to take part in the morning lesson. Parents that took part were able to participate in the morning activities with their children and get a better grasp of…

Investing in Innovative Smart Energy Solution backed with DPE Funding

As families continue to grapple with rising electricity prices and the extremes in weather changes making habitable spaces harder to keep comfortable, Chrysalis School has partnered with local renewable energy engineering firm, Enesol, and the NSW Department of Planning and Environment to address the needs of its increasing student numbers and growing demand on the electricity grid. After over 35 years of Steiner education in the Thora Valley, west of Bellingen, on the mid north coast of NSW, Chrysalis is now the third biggest school in the Bellingen Shire. The geographical setting of Chrysalis is unique, and the same might…

Early Childhood Programs Open Day

We are encouraging any families interested in our Playgroups, Morning Star and also River Song Kindergartens to attend our Open Day and/or Information Evening to learn more about our Early Childhood Program and all that we offer for your children. Come along and meet other like-minded families and our teachers as well.

Annual Strings Concert 2018

With many soloists, duets and small group performances last Wednesday, there was no shortage of musical talent on show in the jam-packed school hall! The students impressed friends and family with their dedication to practice and their coming together as one in ensembles! A selection of photos are below.

Third Wheel Collective visiting Chrysalis

We are thrilled that an American touring anthroposophically based theatre duo, known as the Third Wheel Collective, will be conducting performances and workshops with the entire school (including College) this Thursday Aug 23rd and Friday Aug 24th - working with curriculum themes appropriate to each year and focusing on speech, movement and drama.

Athletics Carnival with Casuarina

What great athletes we have at Chrysalis and Casuarina! It was so wonderful at the Athletics Carnival last Friday to see the students really striving to do their best and to see the Chrysalis and Casuarina students mixing and participating together. A big thank you to Class 8 for running the carnival so efficiently and to all the parent helpers for coming. Your efforts were greatly appreciated.

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…

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…