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            Port Macquarie Steiner School News


February 2019
Welcome to Term 1 
 From our humble beginnings starting with six students last year, to our first day of school in 2019, we started with a beautiful Acknowledgement of Country from Kelly O’Brien. We then commenced our Rainbow Bridge ceremony, with our first Kindergarten class graduated to class one/two, along with the new friends who have joined to create a strong composite Class this year. We are very fortunate to welcome Sally McDowell as our pioneering class teacher, who comes with a wealth of classroom and life experiences, a heart of gold and a pioneering spirit, which she will now weave creatively and lovingly into her work with the children and the school! 
 
A few little joyful tears from sister Rain on the morning didn’t dampen our spirits as the children crossed over the beautiful new rainbow bridge, farewelling their Kindergarten teachers and meeting their new teacher Sally.
Our newly founded Family and Friends kindly donated to this beautiful handmade bridge to the school in January, ready for this special occasion. Thank you F&F!!!
The bridge ceremony symbolises crossing the threshold between Early Childhood in Kindergarten to the formal learning environment of Primary School. Bearing gifts from their Kindergarten teacher, the children cross the bridge and are welcomed by their new Class Teacher.
Kindergarten News 
The school awoke in mid-January with a buzzing of activity, and many long, physical and creative hours were put into the school behind the scenes by a small team of dedicated teachers, assistants, parents, board members, family and friends.
 
A new classroom and chalkboard was created, desks lovingly hand-made and assembled, crayon wraps sewn, a kitchen classroom for the kindergarten children prepared, an additional office work space brought in, gardens and hedges planted and the outdoor learning environments created, including the installation of new shade cloths… all created for our growing school as we enter our second year, with a shared vision of welcoming all the wonderful children and families who now call Port Macquarie Steiner School their school.
 
In Kindergarten, we have another kind but strong group of children this year, who are making that enormous transition between home and school life.. We started the term with a puppet play, written by therapeutic storyteller, Susan Perrow, of a koala who finds himself old enough to branch out a little on his own. Working deeply with story and the imagination in the kindergarten is one way we are able to help with the social emotional development of the children, along with the many other riches that the power of oral storytelling can bring to children.
 
On Friday, we completed our first full week in kindy and for some children this has been a big achievement! The sun shone boldly all week, and we welcomed the fresh coastal breezes through our new windows!! 
 
Already the children are growing to know the daily rhythm, the teachers, their new environments, and have made new friends. We made Sushi on Rice Day, baked spelt bread, and made delicious pink porridge on Oat day, with fresh and frozen raspberries. The children did some wet felting on Craft Day and are generally very engaged in their classroom space. They already love making cubbies, playing dress ups and generally exploring creatively all the other treasures in their room!
 
This year in the Kindergarten, Kylie Ross takes on a new role as part-time Kindergarten teacher two-days per week, and assistant two-days per week, while Kristy steps into a Teaching Principal role to help with the educational management of the school, which has become increasingly demanding.
 
The teachers have been kindly supported temporarily by Annelie Johannsen-Riley, a former experienced Steiner teacher, visiting from Sweden. We are currently in the process of recruiting a Teacher’s Assistant, who will be another valuable member of our team.
 
We look forward to a year around the sun, living deeper into the seasons and connecting to our environment through the rich and varied ways that we celebrate the seasons in our Kindy curriculum… 
 
Blessings from Kristy and Kylie
Welcome Sally to Class 1/2


Hello Family and friends and Welcome to 2019 School Year!

My name is Sally McDowell and I am the class 1&2 teacher. A role in which I feel very honoured to hold. I have been teaching young children for the past 10 years and working with children for over fifteen years now in many different roles. I have worked in preschool and the public-school system across Western NSW, Sydney and the Northern Rivers and been witness to many educational and demographic/social systems within this

I am excited to have began my journey as a Waldorf teacher after seeing my step daughter attend a Steiner school and see the holistic changes within her.  
 

I moved to the area last year with my young family and call Crescent Head home. I have been enjoying the commute to Port Macquarie each day as I spend my trip reciting songs, verses and stories for the day and unwinding on the trip home before arriving to my three children.  I love being outdoors and in spare time find myself swimming, exploring the coast lines, national parks and camping.  
 

I have been blessed to join a school with such a strong and committed parent body who are willing to do anything needed at the school and also with their own children at home to ensure everything is running smoothly. 
 

I am dedicated to the PMSS and look forward to moving forward with the school as we are in such an exciting time of growth.

Sally 

Class 1/2 News

Class 1/2 began their journey with the moving rainbow bridge ceremony where I received the children from their kindy teacher and assistant as they made their way over our stunning bridge.  Families were also witness to a traditional Acknowledgment of Country from a local Indigenous Aunty with family connections to the school.  

 

It was a very exciting day to follow as we moved inside to see our new classroom with our beautiful handmade desks and chalkboard.  The children were also gifted their own crayon roll and later in the day were told a story about a colour wizard who granted all the rainbow children their own crayons where they received their first block crayons.  

The children are settling into the new space and rhythm wonderfully.   Within our first main lesson the children are showing so much enthusiasm and pride within their work and are focussing on orientating themselves with their desks and books. 

The children are beginning to consolidate as a group with many new faces this year and have been enjoying lots of group social games and creative experiences. We will continue to focus on friendships and social awareness for the beginning of the year and work to ensure that all the children returning from kindy and the new children joining the group feel a sense of belonging and connection to their peers and the school.

This term is filled with exciting activities for the class to join us all together as a group and strengthen our individual qualities also.  I am so thrilled to have began this journey with your child and family and look forward to a strong connection. 

Class 1/2 at work in the classroom and in the garden with our new school hats!
Sunday 24th February
Don't forget to come and visit us at Bunnings for our next fundraiser. Grab a sausage sandwich and help support Port Macquarie Steiner School
Port Macquarie Steiner Craft Group 

All are welcome! We meet fortnightly on a Thursday morning from 9am at the school, weather permitting, for craft, cuppas, conversation, connection...  this is a time for parents and friends of the PMSS to meet, chat, share time and craft inspiration... 

 

We aim to make seasonal simple, natural Steiner inspired craft and decorations for the PMSS craft cabinet, and for selling at some of the local markets throughout the year. 

 

This is a great way to meet other parents and friends of the school, and a simple way to make a little difference to the school community. No skill or experience required! 

 

If you’re interested, please message me on 0417770756.... or just turn up! Our next craft morning is Thursday 7th March at 9am.

 

Looking forward to sharing some cosy crafting space with you! 

 

Love Robyn 

Port Macquarie Steiner Libraray 
Reading Resources for Parents
We have a good collection of resources which include a 'Parents' section and covers toymaking, singing, poetry and Steiner Education. We recommend the following reading for parents: 
 
Free Your Child's True Potential - Martyn Rawson
Books for the Journey - A Guide to the World of Reading - Pamela Fenner, Anne Greer & John Wulsin
The Parents Guide to Storey Telling - How to Make Up New Stories and Retell Old Favourites - Margaret MacDonald 
Toymaking with Children - Freya Jaffke
You Are Your Child's First Teacher - Rahina Baldwin 


All Enquiries regarding the Library, or borrowing books can be made with Gallina on  0422 751 021
Port Macquarie Steiner School GoFundMe page is live. Follow this link to read more or to donate. 
https://www.gofundme.com/sbqt2-port-macquarie-steiner-school
New Email Address
Please direct all enquiries to 
admin@portmacquariesteinerschool.nsw.edu.au
admin@portmacquariesteinerschool.nsw.edu.auCopyright © 2019 Port Macquarie Steiner School, All rights reserved.


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