High School Happenings Autumn, 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.

HISTORY

Year 7/8 THE RENAISSANCE

The Renaissance brings a new age of freedom; the freedom of thought in understanding the phenomena of the natural world, the importance of art and beauty, and of human achievements in all areas of life. These are studied as a background to the students own awakening faculties of thought, their growing independence and an appreciation of the power of an individual to shape his or her own destiny. In this way, young people are supported to look into their own complex times with optimism and a sense that they too can forge their place in the world, and be agents of creativity and change.

 

Year 9/10 REVOLUTIONARY TIMES – LIBERTY, EQUALITY AND FRATERNITY

The​ French​ Revolution,​ the​ American​ War​ of​ Independence​ and​ the​ Industrial​ Revolution, provide the fertile soil for the rise and implementation of the ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity.​

Students ​ investigate​ a​ kaleidoscope​ of​ events​,​ personalities​,​ ideas and​ influences,​ ​ that​ illustrate​ these​ turbulent​ times​ in​ history​ and​ their​ impact​ on​ the​ modern​ age​  through​ to​ contemporary​  times.​ The​ key​ ideals​  of the French Revolution – ​ liberty,​ equality​ and​ fraternity,​ are​ traced​ as​ patterns and processes behind historical happenings​ across​ continents,​ engaging​ the​ students​ with​ questions​ and​ concepts​ to​ understand​ and​ mee​t the​ challenges​ of​ our​ own​ changing​ times.​ The conditions that led to the Industrial Revolution in Britain and its global impact are also studied.​​​

 

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Kindlehill Newsletter Term 2 Week 3

FAIR DAY – Sweetening The Waters

Fair preparations for a beautiful family day are well underway. We encourage every family in the school to join in making this a living expression of Kindlehill community spirit. For many a parent presently in our school, coming to a fair and experiencing the beauty and community of the day, was  integral to their decision to enrol children here.  There is so much on offer including the following:

Wholesome food, coffee and chai

Homemade with love crafts

Music tent – all day programme

Honey stall, plant stall, white elephant stall

Art exhibition – sweetening the water

Activities for children such as go-kart, slack line, flying fox and obstacle course

We welcome practical support on stalls, set up and pack away. We also welcome artistic contributions for the art exhibition, for music and for children’s activities.

It will be a beautiful day of sweetening the waters so that the ripples of nourishment can flow out into the wider community and world around us.

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Kindlehill Newsletter 26th April 2016

Greetings Kindlehill families

This term our teaching and learning will be inspired by our Autumn Fair motif – the golden banksia. Chris Tobin told us how Aboriginal people “sweeten the water” with banksia flowers. They can become for us symbols of nourishment and sustenance as we head into colder days.  Our 2016 theme of Good Neighbours provides the broader framework – how can we contribute to nourishing and sustaining the lives of those around us and of our environment?  The banksia with its candle form can be seen as a symbol of light and warmth in facing the challenges within and around us.

This term, another full calendar of events for individual classes as well as for the whole school.

 

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Blue Mountains Peace Vigil Sunday 24th of April, Katoomba 3pm

On April 24th we will be holding a Peace Vigil in Katoomba to pay our respect to peacemakers, mourn
the devastating effects of war, and to kindle the fire of peace within our own community. Peace is an
active process. Something we participate in now. It starts in our communities as we strive for justice
for humanity and Mother Earth. This means respectful and honest acknowledgement our history
beginning with recognition of the frontier wars and the continued struggle for sovereignty of the
first nation peoples.
3pm Peace Memorial, Civic Place:
Ceremony with Darug artist Leanne Tobin.
Words and music from musician and activist Andy Busuttil.
Followed by offerings of music and interactive art from our
community.
5:30pm Lantern walk down to the Katoomba Community Garden.
(BYO lantern or light)
6pm Soup, Stories and Song by the fire at the Katoomba
Community Gardens. BYO blanket, torch, chair, mug, spoon, stories
and songs to share. (Please be aware there is no lighting in the
garden).
For updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/1071481222931280/

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Whole School Camp

  EUROKA

How can a few lines capture the beauty of what was happening in this place? Wednesday to Thursday, the whole school camped at Euroka clearing. Some of us even saw the Gurrangatch.  What an amazing camp this was – Chris Tobin took us through the great wisdom  and relevance of Aboriginal culture for all Australians, Leanne Tobin led us in indigenous games, Peter Williams and the Waradah Dancers had us all on our feet dancing Emu and Kangaroo, Katy Squires showed us a sweet weaving technique and Wayne Cornish told a story about the black swan that has meanings on many levels for young and older.

On my way to camp, I was aware of what was unfolding in Brussels.  A strange feeling heading to sunshine, good company, rich learning and beauty – knowing it is not the experience of so many in the world. Yet once there, I realized again,  there is a solidarity in the awareness itself, and there is the also the contribution – being part of shaping this community as inclusive, fair, generous and compassionate.  It is not the whole solution but it is a SEED and there is power and nourishment in that !

A massive THANK YOU to all who contributed to this camp. It was a big     undertaking. Preparation, transport,    support at the camp, pack away and clean up, as well as the many  activities on the days that were so enjoyable for the     children and all that participated.  Toward the end, as the busloads of children drove away, you could feel nature moving in again to reclaim the space where we had been so active….Kindlehill is a tiny part of the story of that place now… Thank you to country, generous host.DSC01805DSC01815

 

Kindlehill Whole School Camp

  EUROKA

How can a few lines capture the beauty of what was happening in this place? Wednesday to Thursday, the whole school camped at Euroka clearing. Some of us even saw the Gurrangatch.  What an amazing camp this was – Chris Tobin took us through the great wisdom  and relevance of Aboriginal culture for all Australians, Leanne Tobin led us in indigenous games, Peter Williams and the Waradah Dancers had us all on our feet dancing Emu and Kangaroo, Katy Squires showed us a sweet weaving technique and Wayne Cornish told a story about the black swan that has meanings on many levels for young and older.

On my way to camp, I was aware of what was unfolding in Brussels.  A strange feeling heading to sunshine, good company, rich learning and beauty – knowing it is not the experience of so many in the world. Yet once there, I realized again,  there is a solidarity in the awareness itself, and there is the also the contribution – being part of shaping this community as inclusive, fair, generous and compassionate.  It is not the whole solution but it is a SEED and there is power and nourishment in that !

A massive THANK YOU to all who contributed to this camp. It was a big     undertaking. Preparation, transport,    support at the camp, pack away and clean up, as well as the many  activities on the days that were so enjoyable for the     children and all that participated.  Toward the end, as the busloads of children drove away, you could feel nature moving in again to reclaim the space where we had been so active….Kindlehill is a tiny part of the story of that place now… Thank you to country, generous host.

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Kindlehill Newsletter 29/3/16 Week 9

DISCO FOR VANUATU THIS SATURDAY 2nd APRIL 6PM  

Get your seriously discounted pre-booked tickets from the office at $20 family. Great LIVE MUSIC – PAPA GONZO. Our very own DJ.LC (Luca Cupitt) and a line up of entertainment from 6pm including the Soul Singers,  fire dance, face paint, wishing well, Bella busker, Lem@live  and more……GREAT FOOD from Daz and BLISSBEAT.  High school 9/10 are organizing this event to raise money to build water tanks in Vanuatu. PLEASE PRE BOOK TICKETS IF YOU CAN AS IT HELPS US WITH CATERING. PRE BOOK TICKETS IS GOOD FOR YOU AND GOOD FOR US.     Also available at https://www.trybooking.com/KUZV

SONGLINES AND DREAMING TRACKS—  GURRANGATCH

Monday last, Gundungurra David King shared with the school, the main dreamtime story for the Blue Mountains – The Gurrangatch and Mirragan story. This was the seed story for our whole school visit to Euroka later in the week.  David shared how sustainability was a key principal for how the Gundungurra   interacted with the land based on the connectedeness that Aboriginal people feel to country. He also said that the Blue Mountains was a place, through difficult times, when people looked after each other. What a wonderful opportunity for our youngest generation to learn from the elders of the most   ancient and wise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture .  Thank you David.

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KANGAROO VALLEY – HIGH SCHOOL RIVER TRIP 2016

 

MARCH 2016

 

Canoeing down the Kangaroo River in warm, late summer, sounds idyllic. Yet beneath the tranquil scene captured in a photographic moment, there is a lot more going on than meets the eye. 26km of perseverance in paddling, in shared canoes with gear, that requires cooperation and on the job skill development in steering and finding a rhythm.                                                                            Setting up camp –     looking after self, your “team” and the group as a whole in low impact self sufficient camping

Everyone had challenges to meet. Just being immersed in a natural environment, without familiar home comforts, can feel like a fish out of water. The perseverance factor was big, the   keeping on going when you think you can’t. Then there was the courage jump, rock to river. And the getting along with 20 others who don’t necessarily think and act the way you do!

 

These out of classroom experiences test us; they support us to     develop independence and tolerance in real situations. The ‘nature’ time nourishes us and at the minimum sets up a respectful          relationship to the environment which hopefully deepens into a love and sense of responsibility to co-operate rather than exploit.

Return now to the tranquil picture. Early morning, mist rising on the river, canoes gliding and a call/response Aboriginal river song (learned in the singing group) greeting the river and the bushland either side……Beautiful!

 

An exhausted but deeply satisfied, Lynn

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High School Kangaroo Valley Camp

High School Kangaroo Valley Camp

Kindlehill Newsletter Week 7

DISCO FOR WATER  – FEATURING PAPA  GONZO REGGAE BAND, AND DJLC.

FUNDRAISER – FAMILY FRIENDLY DISCO  FOR VANUATU AT JUNCTION 142 KATOOMBA  6PM – 9:30PM

Thanks especially to Blissbeat who are supporting with food and sound/lighting set up.

PRE-BOOKED TICKETS AT DISCOUNT PRICE $20 FAMILY at  community@kindlehill.nsw.edu.au

 

Class 9/10 are raising money to build a water tank together with a Women’s Cooperative in Vanuatu when we visit in August.    LET’S DANCE! FOR WATER…….. These neighbouring Pacific Islands are very vulnerable to the big cyclones (such as Pam and Winston) and accessing  water is one of the first things in need.

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Kindlehill Newsletter Week 5 29/02/16

THE ETHICAL CHILD – Wednesday  2ND March At 7pm.       Childcare Available In Class 1 Room

A talk followed by discussion with Lynn Daniel.

This is a talk for everyone! Relevant to every age!  The focus is on how the first 7 years can be a well spring for one’s whole life (via the nurturing of the senses), and in laying a foundation for living an   ethical life in our challenging times.

The talk will be in Pippita’s classroom and some lovely older primary girls will look after young children in S’haila’s room.  Please let Kirsty in the office know if you need childcare, 47574402.

Saturday Sharing

At the school meeting on Saturday, the teachers were warmly and enthusiastically received in their presentations about our shared goals for Kindlehill in 2016.  As Vandana Shiva says, “we are all seeds” and the field of action we share is our lovely school  community.

Fundraiser – Family Friendly Disco  For Vanuatu At Junction 142 Katoomba Street 6PM – 9:30PM Saturday 2nd April

YEAR 9/10 warmly invite Kindlehill families and friends to an exciting and fun evening – food and entertainment, and featuring  PAPA GONZO REGGAE BAND.

We are raising money to build a  water tank together with a Women’s Cooperative in Vanuatu when we visit there in August this year.

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