Spring 2015 High School Happenings


Greetings! This term, the big focus in high school is on the HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL and preparations for the BIG TRIP to an island that is part of the

Great Barrier Reef.



FRIDAY 13 November 7pm

SATURDAY 14 November 2pm



Five teenagers find themselves stranded for summer in a caravan park in the middle of nowhere. Frustrated curiosity leads the teens to discover the contents of a box.

Powerful forces beyond their control reveal an exciting story about love, loss and alien karaoke! Is singing your heart out enough to save the music on planet Earth?

Hold on tight, reverse your polarity and get ready to be propelled through a star-dust love- struck sing-along adventure.

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Winter 2015 High School Happenings


“In the world we are all butterflies and we need to be mindful of what happens when we flap our wings.” David Suzuki

Interwoven, interconnected, inter-related, interbeing; everything is connected to something else.  Connection is our overarching theme for the term in high school and each subject is a lens to exploration of this. In Geography, we study water as central to the web of life physically, socially, culturally and spiritually. In English, the focus is Social Media, another form of connection with its positives and pitfalls. In Astronomy, we connect to the cosmic rhythms of stars and planets, and the inter-relationship between these and our human activity. In music and drama, the students are devising and composing for a musical theatre spectacular which will be performed in term 4, exploring the all important elements of relationships between people as well as the powers of music and speech in creative self-expression.


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High School Student Reflections

Education in the High School at Kindlehill can be likened to the bridge – a rite of passage from childhood through adolescence to adulthood

Here is what the students say about their high school experiences at Kindlehill……..


What Kindlehill is for me?

“Kindlehill has meant that I love to learn.”

“Finding myself and teaching me about life.”

“A safe and loving, homelike environment in which to learn amongst friends.”

“Everyone gets a say and we can have disagreements for debates which is good training for studying law. Your ideas get challenged.”

“No uniforms! Yay.”

“Amazing experiences, beautiful environment.”

“It nurtures my opinions and learning.”

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Autumn 2015 High School Happenings

In English this term we are studying Break of Day by Tony Palmer, with the option for some students to extend their study to other texts with themes relating to war time. We will also do a film study of Peter Weir’s Gallipoli. The emphasis will be on using examples from the text when reflecting on reading or viewing, referencing according to convention and becoming familiar with the metalanguage used to described literary and film techniques. An assessment task with many options will provide evidence of learning and reflection.

In Art we will be using a range of drawing and painting techniques to reflect the world of nature around us. We will study the work of local artist, Leanne Tobin, and create works that show the interrelationships between plant and animal species native to our area. We have also entered the Waste to Art Exhibition at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.



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There is no substitute for experience!  In term 4 last year, High school covered 3000km in two weeks, exploring the diverse regions of NSW. We explored the coastal region of Durras to Eden, the South East Forest National Park, Kosciuszko National Park, the Hay plains, the desert at Lake Mungo and the fossil – mine trail Canowindra/Orange.

We sketched, wrote, swam, bounded, climbed, walked, sang, gave presentations, met with locals and pondered the life lessons each of these unique environments could bring us… we experienced the treasures of hidden wonderlands, the power of surging ocean, the sweet secrets of mountain cascades, the extraordinary cooperation of rainforest, the tenacity of desert and the eureka moment of prospecting for the gold of friendship and camaraderie at  Ophir.

Every journey had its feats and accomplishments, its wonders and challenges. The sharp observations and deep reflections of the students, captured in their daily journaling, revealed empathy, connectedness and hence care for each of these wild and unique environments. Yes there were bumps and pointy edges but there was also honesty, openness, kindness and generosity.

These students are all genuine travelers now. In the words of KaIindra, they were able to separate from “the herd” for a time to consider themselves in the context of the greater, complex and wonder filled world that we are all a part of.  We climbed mountains, walked the plains, swam rivers and descended into caves, we went back in geological time and projected our thoughts into the future. These are deeply ethical young people. Their optimism and zest for life, is like the morning song of birds that continually encircles our earth. You can’t do all of this in the class room.  But you can do it in two weeks on the road!



“Fears are our boundaries, but fears are not our limits”.  Olive


“Everyone knows how our journey ends, but we determine our path.”  Dylan



Walks on the wildside

Her totem is wolf

Waves tumble and crush her –

She comes up laughing

Eager for more.



Crack open the thunder

egg of Bella

And she sparkles like cut quartz –

Light dances off

Clean, facetted edges.

You can’t put it back again!



A lofty soul

But as down to earth

As a bloke can be –

Silver and gold!



Some folk are poetry in motion

Silver tongued syllables

Make rough roads smooth

And unexpected twists and turns

Into gift wrapped surprises.



The word is his sword

and his shield.

He wields both in a tournament

Of changing characters

Rolled out for the mirth of his friends –

Foes retreat, friends advance

When the songman charms…



Who else can la la the complete canon

Of Pacobel, and wax lyrical on Picasso

While she deftly draws

the iconic lace monitor – Aboriginal style;

to make a postcard for an asylum seeker

in detention.



Sharp as a tack

With a fair dose of wit,

A swample of courage

And a handshake you can bet

He’ll honour for the rest of his life.




He’s dry as a drought

And yet quenches thirst!

His funny ways will lend you

The stitches you need to put your life

Back together – seamlessly!



Draws her friends around her

Like a cloak of finely spun silk

With the slightest gesture, she sends them

Shimmering and swirling around her,

Like ocean froth



Strike a light! And there

Goes Dylan – striding, direct,

Observant, throwing light around

Like there is no tomorrow

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Hold on tight, reverse your polarity and get ready to be propelled through a star-dust love- struck singalong adventure.

5 teenagers find themselves stranded for summer in a caravan park in the middle of nowhere. Frustrated curiosity leads the teens to discover the contents of a box. Powerful forces beyond their control reveal an exciting story about love, loss and alien karaoke!

Is singing your heart out enough to save the music on planet Earth?

Come along and find out. Friday 13th November, 7pm and Saturday 14th November at 2pm.


Written and performed by the Kindlehill High School students with teachers Georgia Adamson (Drama Director) and Rowley Holmes (Musical Director).

Okey Dokey Karaoke

Okey Dokey Karaoke

Kindlehill Newsletter 27 10 2015


Preparations are well underway.

3-4pm     The dragonfly story will be told in a bold shimmer of  dance and music at 3pm that involves all classes.

4-6pm      DRAGONFLY ACTIVITIES: We have some lovely activities for all including dragonfly origami, dance/drum session to prepare for the parade, dragonfly wings, face painting…..we are seeking         volunteers to help with other activities such as lantern making,  dragonfly slack rope walking, parade swamp rattlers (bottle tops on sticks)……other ideas welcome. (Some of these activities have small payment attached from gold coin to $5 to$8 for face painting).

DRAGONFLY MARKET STALLS:     During this time there will also be food available including from Sarah’s nourishing kitchen as well as Sayoko and Scott’s Zen coffee van. Beautiful crafts will also be in the market stalls –   featuring artist crafters Michelle Snowden and Pam DeGroot (others welcome to apply). The handmade with love Kindlehill craft stall will also be there with Sally and Kim.

DRAGONFLY GARDEN EXHIBITION:     We have so far about 6 artists  contributing to the Dragonfly Garden Installations. There is still time to create something for this. There will be a guide to the exhibition.

6pm      DRAGONFLY PARADE:        High school have made a giant  dragonfly from  recycled ironing boards and copper wire. This will be at the head of the parade with Emily from Hands, Heart and Feet  together with drummers and dancers leading the way. We encourage everyone to dress up for this one! Musical instruments welcome, if you would like to feature in the parade let us know!

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Friday 30th October, 7pm (6:45 for chai) in the Performance Space

How can we address the “disconnect” so prevalent in our times; from ourselves, each other, from nature and the spiritual world?

How can a school, as a community centred around education,  begin to read the book of nature, walk pathways of gentleness and generosity, and strive to cooperate powerfully with the divine intentions for our world?

Come and hear more about an exciting and empowering approach to peace making as a school community.

In 2015, peace and reconciliation has been the highlighted vision and goals at Kindlehill. This has been implemented within the teaching programmes as well as in the school community through forums, community engagement and school festivals.

Lynn Daniel is a founding teacher and Principal of Kindlehill.  She has taught kindy, primary school, high school and in adult education. Kindlehill School begun at the start of the new millennium and endeavours through education, to  contribute in powerful and positive ways to the creating of a fairer and sustainable world.

Professor David Orr, an eminent environmental educator in the USA, says that….What is needed in our times is a paradigm shift comparable to the enlightenment… “A higher order of heroism, charity, wildness and the rights of children…a movement of hundreds of thousands of young people equipped with the vision, the moral stamina and the intellectual depth necessary to rebuild neighbourhoods, towns and communities around the planet…”

School as a Community- Kindlehill Forum

School as a Community- Kindlehill Forum