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            Port Macquarie Steiner School News


June 2019
As the end of term draws near, we wish everyone a very happy and restful break. Kristy and Sally will be attending a 4-day conference in Byron Bay to celebrate 100 years of Steiner education in the world. With over a thousand schools worldwide in over 60 countries, Steiner education definitely has found its place in the world! We will definitely report back in the next newsletter.
Winter Solstice 
Last weekend was the midwinter solstice, which marked the shortest day and the longest night of our year. Many cultures traditionally celebrate various festivals of light around the globe at this time of year. 
At Steiner Schools, a Winter Solstice Candlelight Spiral is traditionally celebrated. This year the school celebrated with a festival at the end of the day, where the children were told a winter puppet play by the teachers. The children from both classes made their own beeswax candles to take home to light up their midwinter night at home! Kindergarten made a warming spicy juice to share at the festival, and Class One/Two made delicious gingerbread stars. We finished the day all feeling a warm inner glow! Dr. Rudolf Steiner described winter as a more inward time of the year, as the earth now begins to ‘contract’. It is as though at this time, the earth breathes in. After a particularly expansive, hot summer and autumn, finding ways to live into the deep of winter, can be really special, and needed. It might be a reflective time, or a time to set a new intention; or to gain a sense of renewal, perhaps some time for rest, drawing in energy from the cosmos, and breathing that out into the future.

Continuing on from a lovely tradition that started last year, our school will again be a part of a community Lantern Festival at The Lost Plot Community Gardens. We look forward to seeing you there to bake bread rolls in the outdoor oven, and hear a lovely puppet story created by Alanna Alfarro. 
Playgroup News
A note from Jehni, 
It has been wonderful sharing with you each week, and I hope you have enjoyed connecting, and experiencing the playgroup rhythm once again.
 
Jehni led us through a beautiful term of story, song, baking, craft and play. On the mornings that we did watercolour paintings, we enjoyed homemade apple crumble and banana pancakes for morning tea, instead of our usual bread baking. Lovely warm scents wafted through the house. The children grew beautifully into the rhythm as we got to know the new space and connect or reconnect with each other. It was lovely to see many children go from cocooning on mama’s lap into clapping hands and joining in with the songs and play. 
 
This term Jehni led the parents with craft activity during the children’s free play, a lovely winter wheat and lavender heat pillow made from colourful woolen blanket fabric and a beautiful silk cover, hand painted by Jehni. 
 
We ended the term with a rainy day, gumboots and rain jackets and a cubby house cafe. 
 
Thank you Jehni for opening your home and your heart for playgroup this term, we felt so nurtured, and we wish you many blessings for the soon to arrive newest member of your family. 
 
Playgroup will continue next term at the home Amy, one of our playgroup families. Happy winter holidays!

Please contact playgroup@portmacquariesteinershool.nsw.edu.au for all playgroup enquiries. 
 
Alanna
Kindergarten News
For bread making on Tuesday last week the children cooked their hand-shaped bread on sticks over our fire pit. The hot coals cooked it well, each child taking a turn. Honey and butter was then dripped through the middle of the warm bread and the children enjoyed a delicious morning tea.
To mark Winter Solstice the children from Kindergarten joined with Class 1 and 2 to make special beeswax candles. Each child enjoyed the special process of dripping their growing candle into the hot wax, followed by cold water, watching their candles grow with each dip. A cored red apple forms the candle holder and the children will take these home to be lit on Winter Solstice. 


This week there were a few lovely moments where kindy joined with Class One/Two to share their winter lantern songs. Kindy made some lovely lanterns out of their paintings, and magically found some golden stars twinkling that magically appeared in the sand pit!
The rain this week has been very welcomed by all, and although the rain brings us new challenges to overcome, the children still played wonderfully in the mud and puddles, making cement, and playing like puddle ducks. The kindergarten children have been learning a little rhyme; 
Whether the weather be good
Whether the weather be not
Whether the weather be fine
Whether the weather be not
Whatever the weather, 
We’ll weather the weather
Whether we like it or not!
Class 1/2 News
Class one and two began a beautiful main lesson ‘Russian Folk Tales’ this week which will continue till the end of term. The stories heard each day are a lovely way to live into the winter weather we are experiencing in our own lives. There is an English and drama theme to the lesson and we are continuing to write some short phrases with a focus on grammar and building our high frequency word lists. We are also acting out some of the stories which has been lots of fun for the class. It is allowing the children to extend their communication and social skills for the classroom environment. 

The class have had been so engaged in their weaving over the past month, as we are busily creating our own recorder bags. I have been so proud of all the effort put in by the children as it really is a big task. When we begin to learn recorder next term they will all have a snug home to be proudly kept in.

In the yard we have been busy with many gardening activities. The class has been planting succulents into hollow tree stumps, which look great around the playground. We have also planted flower seeds, that will flower in the coming months and create sanctuary for the native bees we are trying to attract. The class is still collecting nest materials such as bamboo and hollow branches on our bush walks and plan on building  the hive before the term ends. If you have any garden bits you think might help please continue to send them in.
Staff News 
In Term 3 we welcome Arona who will be taking up the position of Teacher Assistant. She is a Mum to five children and grandmother of seven. Four of Arona's children were educated through Manning River Steiner School where Arona also co-ordinated the playgroup, was Preschool Teacher and Kindergarten Assistant.
Arona was also a parent helper and part of the school's craft group during her time there. 
Arona has a passion for storytelling and recently collaborated with two Aboriginal women through the Our Words, Our Stories initiative to write a children's book that is currently with the publishers. Arona continues to facilitate the My Time, Play Connect Playgroup in Taree and in her spare time runs her charity for babies in the neonatal intensive care unit at Taree Hospital in memory of her grandson. 
The school has been very fortunate to have the interest of Tafe students in our school. Recently we have had a prac. student Melissa, who has spent time in both classes, and is studying to be a Teacher’s Aide. Next term we welcome Carla. Kristy also spent a special morning this week to the Learning Support students at TAFE, Taree. They were so receptive to learning more about Steiner education. 
LANTERN MAKING WORKSHOP WAS POSTPONED DUE TO WET WEATHER

NOW ON MONDAY 1ST JULY 3.30
AT THE LOST PLOT 
Board Briefs

Planning in the works for future school

At a planning meeting last Saturday the board resolved to remain at Table Street for next year. The Infrastructure Committee has identified a potential site in Port Macquarie which the school could expand onto, and our interest has been communicated to the owners. We hope to hear back from them in the next few weeks. We also have our eye on another property with much potential, but its occupation, because of a number of local government requirements first to be met, would be delayed by maybe five or more years. The board has re-committed to ensuring Port Macquarie Steiner School continues to grow to meet the demand of both new families coming to us and those already enrolled. Our aim on any new site where we determine to establish the school, whether temporarily or in the long-term, is to ensure it meets the high standards of what a Steiner School provides for its students practically, as well as aesthetically, and of most importance educationally. We are looking at holding a meeting with the school community sometime in term 3 when we have more information to share.

Help with website!

We are so pleased to announce website designer and school Mum, Shelle Wallis, has volunteered to help us improve our website and keep it up-to-date. Shelle has spent many hours already transferring our previous website content onto a new, more easily accessible platform, and you will be seeing many more changes and additions soon, until the website becomes truly useful for accessing information about our school, and reflects our unique qualities. Thank you, Shelle!

AGM and end-of-June reports

This time of year many reports to government fall due, including our company audit. We are happy to say we are in good shape financially, and will hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Company on 20 July when the audit and President's report will be presented to Company members and anyone else attending. Our Board of Directors is also elected by and from among the Members at the AGM. If you are interested in joining the Company or nominating to the Board please contact Mel Ayriss who can provide information, and membership and nomination forms – melodie@portmacquariesteinerschool.nsw.edu.au.

Help us grow!

Port Macquarie Steiner School Building Fund
BSB 650 000
Account No. 533 407 700
Please ring the school if you are planning to make a donation so that we can issue you with a receipt for tax exemption. All donations to our Building Fund (over $2) are tax deductible, and will help us acquire new classrooms!
We are very grateful for your interest and generosity!
Port Macquarie Steiner Craft Group 

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

We aim to make seasonal simple, natural Steiner-inspired craft and decorations for the classroom, PMSS craft cabinet, and for selling at some of the local markets throughout the year. Over our next few parent craft sessions, we will be making for the school lovely winter inspired pieces. Patterns and felt provided.

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 0417 770 756. During the cooler months the location of craft group will vary, so please contact me in advance to find out where the next one will be hosted.  

Our next craft morning is Thursday 1st August at 9am.

Looking forward to sharing some cosy crafting space with you! 

Love Robyn 

Please Return all Earn and Learn Stickers
Our school has been participating in Woolworths Earn and Learn program again this year. As the program is now closed please return stickers to our school or place them in the Port Macquarie Steiner School boxes that are placed at Port Macquarie and Lake Cathie Woolworths. Thank you for your support again this year. 
IMPORTANT DATES 
  • Craft mornings - Every Second Thursday morning form 9 am - next date: Thursday 1st August - please contact Robyn for address 0417 770 756
  • Monday 1st June - Lantern Making Workshop at The Lost Plot 
  • Wednesday 3rd July Winter Lantern Festival at The Lost Plot
  • Wednesday 3rd July - Last day of Term Two. 12pm Finish.
  • Wednesday 24th July - First day Term Three - Welcome Back 
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
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