Autumn Fair welcomes many new faces

Autumn Fair welcomes many new faces

Kindlehill’s annual Autumn Fair attracted many new faces, with wonderful food, performances, and a positive feel of community and celebration. The day was brisk, with many fires blazing to keep everyone warm. Students of all ages performed, with Class 2/3 opening the day with an indigenous dance choreographed by Jo Clancy. Following were welcome songs sung by the whole school, and wandering minstrels and buskers, playing violin, clarinet and recorder. There was an array of unique hand made craft, with the gum-nut babies being the most popular amongst the young children!

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Barbara Baldwin – The Art of Parenting

Barbara Baldwin visits Kindlehill School in May 2013

Barbara Baldwin, a very experienced and highly regarded educator in Steiner and mainstream education; recently visited Kindlehill School. Barbara’s work takes her around the world educating teachers and parents of students with special needs and challenging behaviours. Barbara met with teachers and visited classrooms. We were rewarded with valuable insights about the different ways in which students learn. Barbara commented on the richness of our classrooms and their fitness for learning for the future: varied work and play areas indoors, tables that promoted social learning and our rich external garden and built environment.

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Inclusive Education at Kindlehill

Inclusiveness at Kindlehill is the practical, everyday process of including every child and young person, whatever their needs, in a life-imbued education. By learning alongside others with different needs and challenges, strengths and skills, children and young people have the opportunity to build skills in constructive and creative interactions. This is beneficial for all. Together we learn to appreciate diversity and the gifts it brings; we develop resilience, compassion, flexibility and tolerance. What better skills could we hope the adults of the future to have?

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Beach to Bush

Australian Surf Life Saving included Kindlehill in their Beach to Bush programme, held in November 2012. All primary classes at the school enjoyed practical and inspiring workshops on beach safety – including safe swimming, how to identify safe or dangerous conditions, creatures to observe in the ocean (both friendly and not-so-friendly), and general beach awareness. The children had a wonderful time and were each provided with booklets to take home.

We Love the Recorder

Class 3 and 6 participated in the “We love the recorder” programme through the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre. The children learned powerful skills in observation and recorder techniques by watching Alicia practicing her solo pieces. They integrated with students from other schools, and learned technical skills in recording a musical piece. The performance pieces were learned in a very short time and required dedication and daily practice by the students. Students experienced the joy of delivering a musical piece to an audience and the thrill of the applause at the end.

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Thinking like a leaf

This was the theme for our Autumn Fair and a wonderful community spirit warmed us on a wild and windy weather day! This was our twelfth autumn fair and each one is unique; but common to all is the ingenuity and creativity, the willing hands and cooperative efforts of parents, teachers and children working together.

Our school is growing every year into a beautiful and life enriching tree.  Its roots deepen, the branches broaden, and the leafy community is renewed with the seasons.  Each person in our school community is a leaf bringing light and warmth to the life of the school as a whole!

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