Year 7/8 A Midsummer Night’s Dream

CASTING SPELLS AT THE POWERHOUSE
The 100 year old warehouse was an exciting venue for a sensational high school production of A Mid Summer Night’s Dream. An enthralled audience gave Puck and his merry band of actors, their hand and hearts……Thank you to Georgia and Rowley for this inspirational and somewhat whacky experience. Spells were cast. Amends made. Perfect for high school students!

 

Class 1/2 Camp to Glen Davis

We drove out to Capertee and into ….. THE RAIN!

But it wasn’t a really big problem for us luckily because we had a great team of adults who just got stuck into setting up camp. Raincoats gave up on them, they were drenched and soaked… but they pushed on to make dry and happy tents and a camp kitchen for us all! Such a great little example to the children!

The children were either running about in the rain undeterred, having a pretty wonderful time as far as I could tell. Or were having an equally lovely time on the bus busying themselves with delicious stuff that kids do when they’re stuck in the rain, companionable little games and creative little imaginings. They were full of descriptions about misty clouds eating the mountains and how ghost like the escarpment was, fuel for their poetic souls.

At 5pm it eased and we wandered up to the creek and of course… having tried all day to keep some clothes a little bit dry… there was a bit of falling into the creek! We went back and set up our beds and changed into dry gear and ate our dinner of NACHOS ( such a favourite) under tarps and by the fire. The fire as toasty and the weather held off for a bit. Delicious dessert, some songs around the fire, walk with torches and we all retired to bed.

The next day, the dawn chorus was so special! A thousand birds sang us awake! The sun was shining! It was glorious!

We had THE BEST PORRIDGE EVER… sprinkled with blueberries and golden dust! Some children argued that the porridge was the best thing about camp. After the golden dust porridge we set off on a walk following the creek in the opposite direction. After a gargantuan morning tea we set off in the bus to find the haunted houses the children had spotted on our way in. We climbed to get a great view of the ruins of the oils shale factory set against, seriously the most spectacular backdrop of the Capertee valley. The children had a million ideas about what had happened to the ruins. It was all curiousity, finding, exploring and speculating. Such happiness to hear their musings and reflections about what they were observing.

Mailyn shared her culture of asking the tree for a branch to help the tree sing. She cut the wood and sliced the bark off and the children sanded them into THE MOST SPECIAL CLAPSTICKS ever. Jimmie showed the children how to whittle and smooth off the clapsticks. Super exciting for the children.

The afternoon was spent at the swimming hole. Frolicking and lazing in the sunshine like lizards. Building dams and floating away on pink donuts.

Night time walk but with the naked eye this time. Songs by the fire and bed… very tired children.

Last morning! More delicious porridge! Pack up clothes and sleeping bags. A walk along the Capertee River trail and munching on more delicious food.

Then it was time to leave. We shared in expressing our gratitude to mother earth and each other for the time we spent. It was fabulous.

Erica

Interschool Music Festival


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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BqFHGZNdjg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2_ykLlm2r8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dld6j_uCif0&t=19s

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

Technology

Information Technology is used throughout high school and students learn skill as well as to be discerning users. A special focus is given to using ICT technology creatively such as in music – composing, arranging and performing, and in the Creative Arts such as short film making.  Focus is also given to developing critical thinking in regard to understanding the purpose and influence of information and the use of social media.

 

Hard Crafts

 

We want to feel the chair’s beauty when we sit in it.

Rudolf Steiner

Hard crafts such as woodwork, silverwork and forging are part of the high school technology curriculum. An aesthetic is required in the producing of functional objects, alongside the learning of practical skills and use of tools.

 

 

 

Class 3/4 proudly presents………Rubi Con and the River of No Return

Rubi Con, a typical nine year old student, is about to go on the life changing adventure of a childhood. With Sun and Dial guiding his/her way, Rubi journeys through different epochs to solve various riddles and puzzles s/he discovers the importance of noble friends, making good dreaming, choosing the right choices, eating apples and having a laugh! The lands and peoples s/he meets include the smiling Children of the Sun from Ancient Persia, Manu Moon Man and his animal filled ship, the higher grounds of the Nordic Gods, the Roamin Numerals in their prime, and of course his/her friends from school. Come and enjoy the song and dance, music and movement, jokes and puns while gazing upon the gloriousness that is Class ¾.

S’haila

FESTIVE FAMILY DAY

The Open Day had a wonderful festive feeling, a celebration of community with our children and young people at the heart of it. So many people helped to make the day a success. We welcomed many visitors as well as enjoying time together as a school community

Vanuatu Class 9/10

Class 9/10 and I have just returned from a rich and wonderful experience on Pele Island in Vanuatu. It was primarily a glimpse into a very different world from our own; the Pacific Islanders are some of the most vulnerable and also resilient people in our part of the world. We stayed in a small village with a big heart. We came away feeling ourselves connected in a joyful way to a beautiful people, strong in their culture and whose generosity is the foundation of their community life. Lynn. To read about the students experiences please click here: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/4fd16fa15a7eac1a3e4e390cb/files/64985edf-a5bc-4a77-b2ae-e3afecec1356/zine_vanuatu.pdf