New building for Kinder
As already reported above, kindergarten has a cosy, new home! With thanks to Justin Robinson and Edge Constructions' team, in consultation with Kristy over every detail, the building was speedily constructed to be ready for use early this term. Thanks also to all the staff for their assistance in the transition. This will mean not only a much improved situation for kindergarten, but more room in the hall for the addition of the new Class 1 next year.
To make best use of the outdoor play space remaining for the primary students, we've repositioned the temporary building module to allow room for some new play equipment – coming soon! The hall kitchen will now become a second, much needed office for teachers' individual use and meetings.
AGM – Annual Report
The Annual General Meeting of Port Macquarie Steiner Ltd. took place on 20 July. The audit report for 2018 was presented, and the board was re-elected unopposed and unchanged. Our first year of operations was a very successful one with growth in student numbers almost doubling. The year also ended with a financial surplus which has partly meant we could purchase the new kindergarten building this year without affecting our overall cash balance for 2019. The Annual Report is available from the school website with all the details - https://portmacquariesteinerschool.nsw.edu.au/resources.html. Printed copies can be accessed from the office also.
Planning in the works for future school
The Future Site Committee was very busy last term investigating options for the future school. We are currently in discussions with the owners of a large property near Thrumster who are open to a long-term lease arrangement with us. The board is considering this opportunity for the long-term, but we may still need more room in the shorter term to accommodate the growing school. Investigations and financial modelling are on-going.
100th Anniversary Celebration Fundraiser
The very first Steiner School opened in September 1919 in Stuttgart, Germany. Around the world Steiner Waldorf Schools are celebrating 100 years of Steiner Education. As one of the newest schools, Port Macquarie Steiner School is marking the occasion with an exciting event on 13 Sept. at Little Fish Café in the lovely grounds of Lake Innes Vineyards from 4-6pm. With delectable light food, beautiful music performed by singer and harpist, Rose Wilson, and a fun auction and raffle to raise money for our school building fund, the school community and members of the public are invited to celebrate the past and promote the future of Steiner Education in our region. See beautiful information flyer (with thanks to the graphics designer - parent, Scotty Simpson) in this newsletter and on the website.