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The Right Brain Develops First: Why Play is the Foundation for Academic Learning

By Vince Gowmon Did you know that the right brain develops first? It does so by the time children are 3-4 years of age. The left brain, on the other hand, doesn’t fully come online until children are approximately seven years old; hence the first seven years being recognized as such a critical period in child development. “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” ~ Albert Einstein The left brain’s functionality is one of language, numeracy, literacy, analysis and time. It is the logical, calculating, planning, busy-bee part of us that keeps us anchored in the pragmatic world, and in…

Camp Creative Scholarships Now Open

Camp Creative are generous enough to offer our students the opportunity to win scholarships again this year. It is a wonderful experience and students from our school have been in many courses over the years. The 2020 Camp Creative scholarship program is now open for kids and teens aged five to eighteen, living in the Coffs City, Nambucca and Bellingen Shires. The scholarships offer an opportunity to participate in a week of fun learning in the creative and performing arts. They’ll get five full days of creativity across a range of course options, including music, visual art, singing, drama, dance,…

Athletics Carnival with Casuarina

A big thank you to all the Class 8 students who worked very hard organising the individual events. They were amazing and consistent with their support and their leadership. Thank you also to the parent helpers, especially Sammi Cambray, who helped with the tiresome job of scoring all day. All the students participated with great enthusiasm and many were amazed at how far they could long jump, throw the javelin and propel the shotput. The races 50m, 100m and relays were very popular with the students and many wanted to race again. Thank you to all the teachers for their unwavering support and,…

Woodwork Program at Chrysalis

The woodwork program begins in year 5 and continues to class 8. Along the way students are introduced to the basics of woodwork and woodworking tools and gradually progress with an increase in complexity and difficulty of projects. A major focus of the program is to develop the WILL of the child. Taking a raw piece of wood and turning it into a beautiful object. This takes persistence, dedication and lots and lots of sanding. Along the way students learn the intricacies of wood and how to read its hidden secrets. Some is straight grained and easy to work, some…

Two students of Class 8 2018 embark on journeys of a lifetime

Many high students dream of gap years after they leave school, a few lucky ones get to experience a year overseas whilst still at school! That is the case for two fortunate Chrysalis Steiner School students who completed Year 8 at the school last year. Jude Quinn went straight from Chrysalis onto a 12 month Rotary exchange scholarship to Denmark in January of this year (along with Cadence O’Brien from Bellingen High School who travelled to France). Catrine Stachiw, also from last year’s Chrysalis Year 8 class, and this year a student at Bellingen High School, has just found out…

Education Director role

We are seeking a strategic, dynamic and inspirational School Leader to transform Chrysalis Steiner School’s vision into reality. Our vision is guided by a deep sense of connection with Anthroposophy, where we seek to implement its principles within our teaching and building of community. We are a school that celebrates the child and the child’s place in the land and in the community. We endeavour to develop free individuals capable of creating their own purpose and direction. The Education Director will strive to work from the principles of anthroposophy within the school to; guide, educate and care for students, give the…

Class One Teacher 2020

Chrysalis Steiner School is seeking applications for a Class 1 Teacher commencing in January 2020. We are looking for an inspired, imaginative and professional teacher prepared to commit to the challenging and rewarding task of guiding this group through their primary years. This is an excellent opportunity to work as part of a creative and committed College of Teachers. The successful applicant will have a strong commitment to Steiner education and want to work in a collaborative professional environment, actively supporting the ethos and values of Chrysalis.  Chrysalis School was founded in 1982 as a non‐denominational and co‐educational school for…

Where Are The Textbooks? The Use of Main Lesson Books in Steiner Education

Main Lesson books are unique to Waldorf education. While traditional schooling pairs lecturing with textbook references and worksheets, Waldorf students process and record lectures in notes and illustrations on large, blank pages of high-quality paper. What are these books exactly and why do Waldorf schools use them?   What is a Main Lesson Book? The creation of a Main Lesson book is an active, hands-on experience of learning that encourages both intention and creativity.  Waldorf students record content of each subject of study, presented during a student’s main lesson class, in a Main Lesson book. These creative, curriculum-rich books become…

Winter Festival Program 2019

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.