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Class 8 project

Since 2003, Chrysalis has offered the Class 8 Project. During the course of the year the Class 8 students are asked to prepare an independent learning project for presentation to the school community. This project is traditional in many Steiner schools world-wide and involves many facets of learning appropriate for this age. Students are encouraged to venture into a “new” area of discovery, or take something they are already interested in and investigate it in greater detail. The project involves working with a mentor. The mentor is a resource person that has a great deal of expertise in the field…

Mimimising Risk of COVID-19 Transmission in NSW School Communities

This week, the NSW Government, through the Department of Health, introduced additional measures for school operations in response to recent cases of COVID-19 transmission. So that there is absolute clarity in respect to what is required of the School by the Government, please see a letter from NSW Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant. This information will provide context for the measures the School has needed to implement in the last few days. Among the new measures, the School is required to prohibit the return to school for anyone (students or staff) with symptoms of COVID 19 until a negative…

The Death of Baldur

This year's Class 4 play was a matinee session to students only. Thankfully, Paul was in attendance to film for the parents of Class 4 for them to see at a later date. What a challenging experience for the children to face - performing in front of the whole school! There were many highlights, and Lyndal is so grateful for the effort put in by all.

2020 Non-Government School Census collection notice

The Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment will shortly be undertaking the 2020 Non-Government School Census collection. As a parent/guardian you do not need to provide any information directly to the department. The only thing you need to do is ensure your address details are up-to-date with our school. As a school we have contacted each individual family over the recent weeks to ensure your child’s/ children’s details are up to date. We will provide the department with de-identified information for all of our students’ families. This means we will provide addresses, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status,…

Teaching Vacancy 2021: Class 1

Chrysalis seeks expressions of interest for a class teacher interested in taking up a Class 1 full time teaching role. If you see yourself as an enthusiastic, creative, and professional teacher with a strong commitment to and passion for Steiner education and want to work in a collaborative professional environment, we encourage you to look at the Application Pack and Teaching Framework. An Application Pack and the Chrysalis Teaching Framework is available to download here. Applications close 8.00am Monday 24th August 2020 For further information, please contact the Education Director: Lisa O’Donnell Ph: 02 6655 8616

Physics in Class 6

Throughout the early primary years, the Chrysalis Steiner curriculum provides the children with many opportunities to build their capacity for imaginative and creative thinking. Through imaginative activities such as story recall, drama, play, and learning through the epochs; the students begin to see the world from a bigger perspective through the feeling life. When teaching science in a Steiner school the teacher brings experiential activities in the early primary leading up to class 4 and class 5 where they begin the study of animals and the study of the plant kingdom. In both these classes the students observe in a…

Class 3 raft building

After a term of unprecedented learning experiences, Class 3 were given the opportunity of an excursion to the river flats of Homelands community as a culmination of their craft and building lessons that they engaged with during the term. We were fortunate to start the day with the school cross country, followed by some throwing and catching games and a variety of relays before having our morning tea on the oval. After morning tea, we headed down to the Homelands river flats where a large bamboo grove is growing. The excitement of Class 3 was palpable and they were able…

Inaugural Chrysalis Cross Country Picnic

Fun and Fitness for all our amazing students on the last day of Term 2 Thankfully many students started their cross-country training during the COVID break. We were surprised how fit some of them were when we started practicing during the first week back at school. Fortunately for the students Classes 2, 3, 4 & 5 practiced diligently 3 to 5 times a week throughout the term. Knowing how important exercise is for the efficient functioning of our bodies and brains, it was heartwarming to see the students all heading off happily each morning - some even practiced in their…

A Mid-Winter Festival Story…

From River Song Kindergarten Once upon a time there lived an old woman. She lived in a cottage by the edge of a forest. It was mid-winter. The days had grown cold and the nights had grown longer and longer. One afternoon the old woman went to light her fire, but she had no matches left. “I must go at once to the village to get some matches” she thought. It was a long way to the village, so the old woman made herself a sandwich, put on her thick coat and her warm winter shawl, and set off to the…

The College of Teachers…

At Chrysalis, the College of Teachers meets weekly in person on Thursday afternoons to experience artistic activities together, to pursue anthroposophical studies together, and to nut out the logistics of countless aspects of our cultural life – from festivals, to camps, to reports, to child studies, and beyond. In addition, the College of Teachers select two representatives to sit on the School Board to enable collaboration and meaningful discussion to occur between Board members and College members, and to ensure unity and transparency between the College of Teachers and the Board. To this end, the School has certainly strengthened and…