Wonderful to report that the school passed our inspection on 10 May by NESA (National Education Standards Authority) with the best outcome expected. The inspector is recommending approval for Class 3 for 2020, with kindergarten already approved until 2023, and Class 1 and 2 recommended to be registered until 2023 also. Congratulations to all involved in the registration process!
Playgroup is on again!
Term 2 saw the resumption of The Little Bowerbirds Playgroup on Wednesday mornings with Jehni Sheyan coordinating at her home. For information about playgroup contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Governance, Leadership and Management Conference
This year we were pleased to have both Kristy and board president, Mel Ayriss attend Steiner Education Australia's 11th annual GlaM Conference, held in May at Lorien Novalis Steiner School in Sydney. School leaders, administrators, managers, and office personnel from Steiner schools around Australia gather to hear the keynote speaker – this year, international senior educator, Torin Finser – and attend workshops and discussions on the many issues involved in running Steiner schools in Australia today.
AGM date – Saturday 20 July – more on this in the next newsletter.
Planning for our future growth
While the school continues to receive strong interest from families hoping to enrol their children, our current premises can only accommodate limited growth. So the board's main focus has been on planning for the future so that we can not only find land for a permanent home on which to build our school in Port Macquarie, but a solution to the need to house the growing primary classes in the meantime. All options are currently being examined, and there is reason to be hopeful. A site committee has been actively investigating feasible possibilities in discussions with local landowners, and agents. A planning meeting with the committee and board is scheduled for mid-June. The board hopes to have some information to share with the parents and community about developments after that meeting.
Afternoon talk on Threefold Social impulse by Lisa Devine – 7 June
We are especially pleased to announce that educator, eurythmist, and director of Archeus Foundation will be visiting our school to give a talk on the Threefold Social impulse, first introduced by Rudolf Steiner as a way of understanding social structure in a healthful way. Details to be confirmed.
Winter celebration and visit from the NSW Branch Committee
The NSW Branch Committee of the Anthroposophical Society in Australia will be visiting Taree (and possibly Port Macquarie) on the weekend of 22-23 June. Cheryl and Kevan Millican will be hosting a winter celebration at their property in Glenthorne including talks and discussions from members of the Committee on the Saturday afternoon, and an evening candlelight spiral walk after a simple supper of hot soup for all attending. Invitations are extended to Port Macquarie Steiner School families if you would like to come (adults only). If there is enough interest, a morning session may be organised to take place on the Sunday in Port Macquarie. RSVP Cheryl and Kevan 6551 8926 by 7 June.