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.
High School Happenings Winter, 2016
HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS IS PUT TOGETHER EACH TERM for parents and friends of the school to gain an inkling of the rich and diverse programme for the high school term.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sweetening The Waters
The winter season is upon us and we are preparing for our very special whole school celebration of Winter’s Night (the longest night and shortest day of the year). On Friday evening of the 24th June, we gather as a school community for a feast of light and music, colour and story, singing and celebration.
This Winter’s Night we will tell the story of three “nights” (without the k) who go reluctantly from the balmy land of good time – summertime, into the whipping wildness of Old Man Winter’s Night. Their knightly quest is to find three things in order to renew the sun forces of their community.
They must find the outer and inner sun, the peace of the land and the cheer of community. Along the way, the three nights are transformed from their despondent and weary ways, into noble and fair knights, through the musical mysteries of the Sun Woman, Grandmother Country and the people of the Big Warm Heart. Lantern makers, winter singers, instrumentalists and storytellers from across the school will come together to present this Winter Night’s feast in honour of the sun, the land and the people. All school families are warmly welcome to join us for a festive evening.
Lee Trew – Wild Time: An Exciting Presentation For Parents On A Very Relevant Theme
Wednesday15tH June 7pm – 9pm .
Psychotherapist and bushcraft teacher Lee Trew, requests your presence for a journey of exploration – looking beneath the surface of our culture, our relationship to our environment and our experience of who we are, and where we are heading.
Beginning right at the start, with origin of our species, we will see how the very abilities that have made us so adaptable, creative and co-operative have also made us vulnerable to addictions, to mental illness and becoming unmoored from what is real.
As we see more clearly how our journey began, and what perils our species has navigated along the way, we may find more clarity as to the ways in which these dynamics are playing out in our lives, our relationships and in our families.
As we take this journey together, we will address such topics as:
– why time in wild nature is important for learning and development, as well mental and emotional well-being
– why screen addiction is so prevalent and how to redirect it
– how to navigate conflict within our families and relationships, using a model more in alignment with our evolutionary inheritance
– how this bigger picture view relates directly to, and has the potential to empower, our daily lives
Lee Trew is psychotherapist and nature-connection mentor who has studied ancestral survival techniques from many cultures, and brings psychology and bushcraft together through rewilding, helping people of all ages to awaken their wildness and deepen their connection with the natural world and the skills of the hunter-gatherer ancestors we all share