North West Island High School Camp 2017

Kindlehill high school students travelled to North West Island, The Great Barrier Reef for an ecology/geography fieldtrip in November/December 2017. In geography they studied the impacts of climate change on coral reefs both in the Australian context and on our Pacific neighbours.

North West Island is 75 kilometres from the mainland. Apart from the beautiful coral reef, there are birds nesting and turtles heaving themselves ashore by night to lay their eggs. An experience of wonder for the students, of the richness of reef ecology, also sobering in the context of the impact of climate change that threaten the reef’s future existence.

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

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 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

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…

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

 

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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