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

Class 1 & 2 Newnes Camp

 

The class camp was full of challenges, obstacles, games, bush no 1. & 2’s. and wet clothes. We camped in the beautiful Wollemi National Park, surrounded by a meandering river, bushlands and cliffs.

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On Tuesday we met the local character Newnes Hotel owner and walked to the ruins and paddled in the river, settled into camp lifestyle.

On Wednesday, awaking early to the dawn Kookaburra chorus, we splashed through the river, climbed up to an old railway track, traversed a steep and rocky route to the Glow Worm tunnel, entered the dark and dangerous tunnel and emerged safe and excited! The whole walk was 9km (WOW!!) and with lots of breaks and snacks took 6 hours – the children were incredible walkers and very supportive of each other. Best of all we were back with plenty to time to splash and bob in the river. Children were asleep VERY quickly and woke after the morning bird song!

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Thursday we decided on just a little adventure; to follow the river upstream – and yes we did get a bit more wet. Back at camp – we celebrated Quidam’s birthday, packed up camp and set off back home, wildly weary, full of good tucker and very happy.

 

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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:

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….to be like rocks that can get smashed 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….Sofia

….the trees stand tall creating shadows to protect creatures below from the burning sun….Oliver

…sometimes it seems someone is blocking your path but if you find a different perspective you may find they are helping or just doing what they need to do….Nissa S

…you have to look past the surface to find true beauty…Kai

…tide in, tide out; good days and bad but don’t give up…..Luca

…out of destruction comes construction; the eruption of the volcano created this special place….Oscar

…these places are special, look after them….Olivia

…don’t let others control you, be who you are and do what you feel is right….Tara L

…people should work together and not only look after themselves…..Amanda

…cooperate with each other; coldness of water and warm of rock….difference can be a bigger attraction than similarity….Belle

….be like the upright tree rather than the vine that is always in need of support….Tara M

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AND FROM ME,  reflections on each person through the lens of one of the landscapes visited….

Oliver….Riverina wetlands, quiet waters, shady river gums, haven for waterbirds and playful wrens, as well as the lessons in resilience of flood and drought.

Sofia….Water falls into deep mountain crystal clear pool. Sculpted stone is sunwarmed and inviting.

Olivia…Everywhere you go, invisible breath of life becomes audible as birdsong, pound of wave, rustle of leaves and cool caress to the cheek on a hot afternoon.

Amanda…..Light footed dance of sunlight across waves. Spark and fire meet cool deep ocean.

Oscar…Sunset boy, paints a new scene at evening of the gatherings and gleanings from the observations and reflections  of the day.

Tara L….sun warmed and salted ocean pool, safe harbour for the host of tiny, tidal sea creatures.

Tara M….Lagoon life, the slow flow of luxuriantly lulling tidal journeys, drift and dream…

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Kai…eyes of night, campfire constellations, telling stories of the deeds of the brave hearted.

Belle….sun filled tree lined mountain valley. Cascading stream trips, twists and tumbles. Every boulder a chance to leap into sunlight.

Nissa B…spare low blue smoke bush, protection from beating sun. Lift your eye to luminous shimmer along distant dunes of an ancient world.

Imi….Sunrise, eye of day, magical painter of landscapes; paints your day rich and wonderful, or spare and uncomfortable. Rises in wonder to the challenges of both.

Nissa S…Pick you up wild ocean; kiss you, tumble you, smooth and soothe you. Moods of the sea for the savouring.

Jasmine….Sacred place, shore to the mother mountain. Waves lip lap over and around the boulders, connecting mother land to sister sea.

Luca…Wide blue sky as far as the eye can see; light filled observer of life, warms the land and sends the odd clearing shower to get the life flowing again.

Ella…Rainforest, beneath the towering emergent, layers of sheltering canopies. Tall, twisting, tiny, strength and delicacy, critters that bite and medicine for tea. Everything connected.

Journeyman Dan…what connects it all? Senses honed by experience. Sense of wonder, sense of adventure, sense of fun, sense to travel safely, and sense to take the time to be nourished along the way.

 

Cheers everyone, Lynn

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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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Class 5-6 Canberra Visit – Kindlehill School

 

This week Class 5 and 6 travelled around Canberra.

The first day they visited the War Memorial followed by National Museum of Australia exhibitions and  K-Space.

Tuesday was a visit to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders TENT EMBASSY.

Then they headed to Old Parliament House MOAD Education – Franklin River Debate A.

At Parliament House they were taken for a Tour of both houses and building followed by a seat in the Senate: commencement of sitting then House of Reps QUESTION TIME.

Wednesday they discovered Questacon before heading home.

We would like to  Acknowledge of the funding and support of the Australian Government through the PACER contribution for this Canberra visit.

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