Kindlehill School Newsletter 27th February

What a whirl of a start to the term with lots happening across the school. Last week’s highlights included classes 2 – 5 joining Grammar for a day of science at the lake, sponsored by Council. Kindy children are settling well into their sunny garden days, class 1 have lept into primary school land with Erica, John’s class are enthusiastically    embarking on their  Big Project, and high school are swimming the homework marathon as well as learning some valuable tools for  communication.  After school care with Brigett is a picture of relaxed and well nourished children and playgroup with Susan, always a scene of loveliness.

EMPATHY AND HUMAN RIGHTS, REFUGEE CAMP SOLUTIONS

Thank you to Eyal Mayroz and Rowe Morrow for a most insightful and stimulating evening of conversation on Friday evening. Eyal’s   presentation focussed on the complexities of empathy and on the practical nature of compassion. Rowe led us thinking about humane solutions for refugee camps. We wish her well in her upcoming trip to Iraq where she is taking some very simple but profound ideas to a camp north of Mosul with the support of World Vision. Thanks also to Belle in year 8 for the moving and powerful song she composed and performed especially for this evening. Also to Sarah Daniel for chai and to Nissa B for childcare.

AFTERNOON TEA TO WELCOME NEW FAMILIES

Thank you to Tara (class 1 parent) for the warming chai at our afternoon tea welcome. A lovely chance for a cuppa and a chat.

COLLEGE NEWS

We welcome Sharon and Adam to College this year, both teachers work across the primary and high school classes. We are confident they will enrich the College work in the school with their individual strengths and commitment to the flourishing of Kindlehill.

CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY

Well not quite in a day…kindy will add a little helping task to their wheels day, class 1 will have an emu bob at school, class 2/3 will tackle some broom and blackberry, class 4/5 will clean up at the lake and class 6/7 will incorporate a clean up activity into their BIG ADVENTURE – canoe/walk in Glenbrook National Park

Kindlehill Newsletter Week 9

HIGH SCHOOL GEOGRAPHY ON THE ROAD TRIP 2016

WHAT AN EPIC ADVENTURE!  A 3000km round trip to some of the most iconic NSW environments. One of the exercises we did in each place was to observe, draw and write about place, then to draw a life lesson from it. The idea was to connect each landscape with our inner soulscape…..below are some life lessons from the students:

….to be like rocks that can get smashed everyday by waves and still stand strong;.. Imi

…to be like the old tree and shelter what is smaller and more vulnerable….. Nissa B

….nature provides…. Jasmine

…even the moss on the tree root provides shelter and plays a vital role in the cycle of life….. Ella

….if you want to create something amazing, patience is a virtue…. Sophia

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Kindlehill Newsletter Week 7 Term 4 2016

Friends and families gathered at Kindlehill on Friday and Saturday last week to experience Romeo and Juliet, performed by class 7-8, Produced and Directed by Georgia Adamson and Rowley Holmes.

It was wonderful to see the      students grasp the emotion  behind the complex lines, and that the   younger children in the audience understood the story completely. The blend of simple yet striking costumes, graceful choreography, mixed with interludes of ukulele, drums, flute and vocals, made the performance dynamic and enthralling from beginning to end.

Each student embraced their role with ease and confidence. The audience, although familiar with the storyline, held their breath in anticipation for the dramatic ending.

ENCORE class 7-8!!!! Your hard work was evident. You are simply brilliant.

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Kindlehill Newsletter Week 5 Term 4

BRUCE PASCOE is visiting our school! Hard to believe but completely true! Friday 11th November
Here’s a quick bio on him:
Bruce Pascoe is an award-winning Australian writer, editor andanthologist. His books include Shark, Ruby-eyed Coucal, Ocean, Earth and Nightjar. Bruce has also written a number of non-fiction works, the latest  includes Dark Emu 2014, Convincing Ground, a Wathaurong language dictionary and The Little Red, Yellow, Black Book.  His novel, Bloke, was published in 2009. The children’s novel, The Chainsaw File, was published by Oxford in 2011. Fog, a dox was published in 2012 by Magabala and won the Prime Minister’s award for Young Adult Literature in 2013. Dark Emu was published by Magabala in Feb 2014 and won the NSW Premier’s Book of the Year in 2016. Seahorse (YA) was published in 2015 by Magabala and Mrs Whitlam (YA) in 2016. He attended the ANZ literary festival in London and the Dublin Literary Festival in 2014 and travelled to Ireland,Edinburgh, Mongolia, India,  Washington and New York to talk about Dark Emu at Writers’ Festivals, Universities and Indigenous communities in 2015

On a more personal note Bruce Pascoe has been one of those authors and figures whom has inspired much conversation, much thinking and reflecting and ultimately been an important influence on how we educate our children at this school…

It’s a huge honour for us that he is coming. We’re hoping that for him that its an affirmation that his beautiful words are striking at peoples hearts, that we are listening and responding to his message; that we are all in our way working towards a more peaceful and reconciled Australia and that when we look to our children we can see the hope and strength of our future..

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Kindlehill Newsletter Week 7

Raising Children and Young People In A Hyper-Sexualised Society Wednesday 31/8, 7pm
Our children and young people are facing REAL ISSUES. Parents need answers. At a time where parents can feel overwhelmed and powerless to address issues such as sex, dating, relationships and pornography there is a huge amount parents can do. We aim to address the intimate questions that parents have while empowering them to be an influential presence in their children’s lives. Presented by YOURCHOICEZ This presentation is suitable for all families of the school. Childcare is available.

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Kindlehill Week 5 Term 3 Newsletter

Science Day Tuesday 16/8

As part of National Science week, we will have a morning     focussed on science for the whole school.  Guest science     presenters from our school community will be providing    workshops for the students. Workshops include solar energy, conservation of species, physics, human biology, nutrition and indigenous science.  This is a wonderful opportunity for       students to experience some of the diverse fields of science in our world in  a very local community context.

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Kindlehill Newsletter Week 3 Term 3

AROUND THE CLASSES

Kindy begins the term with stories of finding treasures in the  landscapes of our lives. Class ½ explore the imaginations that lie in the landscape of our mid mountains environment as well as the    history and   culture of place. Class ¾ delve into an artistic exploration of Ancient Egypt and what it can meet in the unfolding life of the 9/10 year old. Class 5/6 spend their first week at the Snow, followed by a lesson on The Dragon of the Pacific, experiencing something of the “otherness” of the Asian cultures. In high school, year 7/8 work with Romeo and Juliet and a study of contact and colonisation, comparing the Americas and Australia. Year 9/10 finalise preparations for their upcoming community service trip to Vanuatu, and they study Changing Rights and Freedoms        comparing the civil rights movement in the United States with that in Australia which was kicked off by the Freedom Rides.   Science in high school this term is  human physiology in year 7/8 and the physics of transport and communication in year 9/10.  In music, class 9/10 place finishing touches on film edits while 7/8 launch into Indian music.

 

WELCOME TO OUR JAPANESE STUDENTS                                                                               

A very warm welcome to our Japanese students who arrived yesterday. Also to their teacher, Mr Nishida. This week 6 families in the school host students visiting from Japan. We will have opportunities for sharing through the week. THURSDAY AT 11am, we will have a PEACE CEREMONY where we will have a brief but beautiful  commemoration of Hiroshima Day. This will be followed by a taste of Japanese food.  Children still need to bring their own lunch. We need to parents to help with the barbecue and preparation of food on Thursday, please let Lynn know if you can help.  Thank you to our host families for supporting this cultural exchange week and making our visitors feel welcome.

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Kindlehill Newsletter Week 1 Term 3

Welcome to a very exciting and rich winter to spring term. The waters were well and truly sweetened at our Winter’s Night and now we grow the impulses and seeds with the waxing light and warmth that is to come. There is such a lot happening across classes this term including highlights such as John’s class trip to the snow in week 1, two class plays, and the class 9/10 trip to Vaunutu.

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Kindlehill Newsletter Week 9 Term 2

       Winters Night Programme  – Friday 24TH June

5:30pm Children arrive and go direct to classes – change into       costumes. Parents welcome to enjoy a chai served by high school at the pizza oven.

6pm Performance begins with SINGING from the WINTERY WARM SINGERS  and lighting of the PEACE candle for Winter’ Night.

(We ask that parents come into the performance space 5 mins prior to the start in quietness and be mindful that it will be very cosy in there with the whole school community present.)

SCHOOL PLAY – Story, music and singing: A Winter K/Night’s Tale

(This incorporates beautiful songs and an orchestral rendering of    Water is Wide.)

Guitar piece and WINTER WARM SINGERS to see us into the night.

CHILDREN RETURN TO CLASSES – change into outside clothes and LIGHTING OF LANTERNS. This is the HANDOVER FROM     TEACHERS TO PARENTS! From this point, children need to stay with parents for SAFETY.

WALK TO LAKE – OPTIONAL BUT A BEAUTIFUL WAY TO FINISH.

We encourage parents to PARK AT THE LAKE and WALK up to school (parking at school will be very  congested).

GO HOME and to bed by LANTERN LIGHT – a very special thing for the young children to clean teeth and ready for bed to the soft glow of    candle light.

SWEET DREAMING!

      

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