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Morning Star Term 3

At Morning Star we love to celebrate the seasons through poetry, songs, dances, morning circles, painting, drawing and craft activities. So with the transition from winter to spring, Term 3 has kept us very busy. We started the term with our wood cutters Morning Circle and the children enjoyed carrying their wooden stump axe around, stomping through the woods to gather the fire wood to keep us warm. They delighted in the imagery of Jack Frost with his “cloak of Silver, his hat of shimmery white, his wand of glistening star dust and his shoes of moonbeams bright”. Through our…

Music By Youth Project at Bellingen Fine Music Festival

String workshops for local primary school students are a regular feature of the Bellingen Fine Music Festival “Music By Youth” Project.  The strings workshop last year with the Acacia Quartet was hugely successful. We are delighted that Acacia is offering the same opportunity for primary school students this year.  The workshop will be on Thursday 21 Sep at Bellingen Public School. Students from our school will be attending along with students from Bellingen Public School and Casuarina Steiner School in Coffs Harbour. Classical Busking is also a part of the “Music By Youth” Project.  Listen to our students and students…

Raising Stress-Proof Kids: Parenting Today’s Children for Tomorrow’s World

Chrysalis School is excited to offer you the opportunity to purchase Dr. Shelley Davidow's book Raising Stress Proof Kids at a reduced price of $20, with proceeds assisting the school library. Please purchase from the school office by cash or credit card. A compelling and informative guide for every parent, 'Raising Stress - Proof Kids' offers an eye - opening view on how the unhealthy and unnecessary stresses of our educational systems as well as outdated perspectives on parenting affect our children. Drawing on cutting - edge research from the Institute of HeartMarth, California, as well as the author's own…

Class 6 Canberra and Snow camp

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 on their recent trip to Canberra. Students from the class undertook an education tour of the national capital. 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 part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist in meeting the cost of the excursion the…

Natural Fibers Basket Weaving Workshop

When: Saturday the 12th of August Where: Kitchen Level, Chrysalis School Times: 8:30 to 4pm The workshop will be held by Ingrid Ridley cost: $100 (includes all materials) Please bring a plate to share for lunch.  If you would like to participate please contact Johanna at aelfleda3@gmail.com or 0423911611 A $50 deposit is required to reserve your place. Further Info: BARE Weaving Workshops birthed from Ingrid & Kate’s passion to share traditional basket weaving skills with local women in the North Coast of NSW. We focus on weaving with local native plant fibres and only dye with natural materials. Joining us for a workshop…

Enormous fundraising success – well done Class 6

Dear Colleagues, Parents and Friends, On behalf of myself and Class 6, an enormous heartfelt thanks for the overwhelming show of support for the Class 6 Fundraising event on Friday. The Cake Stall raised just over $360.00. In this success, many seeds for future endeavours of giving have been planted. It has been my intention for my students to understand the true value of money, where ever you live in the world. For Class 6 to begin to understand that money holds different value for each individual they needed to experience, in a very tangible way what $5 means here…

‘Spending, Saving, Earning’… and Fundraising!

Cake stall this Friday 9th June... Class 6 teacher - Liz Sheppard This semester my class went deeply into 'Spending, Saving and Earning' in Mathematics. To deepen this experience for the students and to empower them to see the place money has in their lives and the lives of others, I invited a class parent to come and speak to my students about the fundraising work she was involved in with those living in poverty in Swaziland. Mandy captured the students hearts with such a beautiful picture of how they could make a difference to the people of Swaziland. My…

Winter Festivals 2017

Preparations for the Winter Festivals have begun around the school. For dates and details see here

The Gift of Play

Reflections of a Waldorf Nursery Teacher by Kam Anderson, Beach Rose Nursery Teacher I continue to be amazed by young children, their wonder and joy for life is infectious. However, they are still just landing and growing so rapidly. Four years of life go quickly for us as adults and yet for many of our children they were just a parent’s dream. I have been thinking about this quality of play and imagination that live so deeply in young children. It is a precious gift and one that is not offered at any other time in a human being’s life.…

Technology and the 3 R’s

To take a historical overview, which would be familiar to many Steiner students from the writing main lesson in Class 4, the Chinese invented the first printing process for text in Ad 600, using wooden blocks and ink. But it didn’t catch on. The fact that 10,000 plus characters were needed, each individually carved, didn’t help. It wasn’t until nearly 1000 years later that the invention of Guttenberg’s printing press brought the potential of mass literacy to fruition. It was the original convergence device. It brought Chinese printing know-how, Korean metal type technology and recent advances in ink and paper…