In week 2 of Term 2 Class 6/7 attended a week long camping trip to western New South Wales. The purpose of the trip was to follow up on our learning about the culture, environment and history of the people of NSW. We studied the geography and history of the area, in particular the Wiradjuri Nation heritage, the history of the gold rush and farming between 1850 and federation. The students also spent their time cooking, putting up tents, and working together as a team. And having fun!
Class 6/7 performed two small plays which they have adapted ( yes they have written them!) from the children’s books Ferdinand (the bull) and Pete the Sheep. These were written and performed particularly for the younger classes at the school.
Big walking, river crossings and learning as we went about the geology
and ecology of The Barrington’s and its wild rivers, was at the essence of the
4 day adventure at Wangat last week. We also explored our inner
soul-scapes in connection to this place, opening our senses to the beauty and
inter-relationship that was around us, and the wisdom and life lessons we could
draw from this and integrate into our lives. One part of our trek was
dubbed by the weary, Useless Loop as we descended back to the place we had
lunched. Yet we also reflected that it was on this same loop, we had followed a
mysterious trail that led to a spectacular forest of grey gums (currently
smooth and bold orange trunks).
We also asked geographical questions such as what happens to a river habitat when it is dammed? And out of an interesting discussion arose another question, What happens to we humans when we dam rivers? – this question arising after visiting the huge human-made concrete structure of the Chichester Dam (which is another kind of marvel in itself), then plunging once again into rainforest downstream to arrive at a fig tree likely to be 400 years old!
We finished our river explorations with a river ceremony. From the kernel of our experience of this river system, we recalled other river journeys (including dams) such as Kangaroo Valley and our own Blue Mountains catchment, then went on to consider the critical condition of the Menindee Lakes and its connection to the Murray-Darling river system. For all the rivers, the precious givers of life, we offered a rain song, a moment of care and consciousness.
Connecting to Place, with a very hands on feel, is the focus for the Autumn Fair which is coming up soon, Saturday 23rd March! Have you seen the beautiful wooden Australian animals that are being specially made for the craft stall? Activities at the Fair include whittling, nature based craft, a yarn up circle, a drumming circle and an obstacle course. We are hoping our exciting new play equipment will also be opened for the day including the flying fox! Aunty Carol will give a welcome followed by some lovely trademark Kindlehill singing from Primary and High School.
Kindlehill hosted it’s first ever Summer Soiree. It was a great success and a wonderful way for the community to celebrate the primary school children’s achievements from throughout the year. The Summer Soiree was a joyous event that showcased the high standard of skills the children have developed in many fields over the past year. It was a wonderful way for the community to come together and acknowledge the hard work of the students and teachers.
Click the link below to view some videos from the Soiree:
On Thursday, Kindlehill hosted the Interschool Music Festival. Primary school students from Kindlehill, along with the Blue Mountains Grammar School, St Thomas Aquinas from Springwood, St Canices from Katoomba and Our Lady of the Nativity from Lawson, came together to create a memorable musical festival. Over 100 students and parents came to experience each school’s musical ensemble and the coming together of all schools to perform uplifting, combined choral and orchestra pieces. The festival was a great opportunity for the students to experience being a part of a large orchestra, seeing what children from other schools are learning, and meeting children from other schools. The festival was a resounding success and will the first of an annual event. Please click the link below to view a video of the rehearsal:
To see the article in the Blue Mountains Gazette click here: https://www.bluemountainsgazette.com.au/story/5712012/primary-schools-unite-for-music-festival/?cs=1432
The play is based on Bruce Pascoe’s book of the same name. It is both poignant and funny and there were some big acting challenges for students.
Click the links to view two short videos of the play.
ALL THE FUN OF THE FAIR AND A CHILDREN’S WRITING FESTIVAL!
Saturday the 24th March will be a wonderful and exciting event for families in the school as well as welcoming visitors from the wider community. There are fantastic creative writing workshops and activities planned as well as the usual entertainment tent, coffee and chai, wholesome food, handmade with love craft stall and children’s games.
The Boy and the Cloud was short listed in the Blue Shorts Youth Competition.