Kindlehill Week 5 Term 3 Newsletter

Science Day Tuesday 16/8

As part of National Science week, we will have a morning     focussed on science for the whole school.  Guest science     presenters from our school community will be providing    workshops for the students. Workshops include solar energy, conservation of species, physics, human biology, nutrition and indigenous science.  This is a wonderful opportunity for       students to experience some of the diverse fields of science in our world in  a very local community context.

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Kindlehill Newsletter Week 3 Term 3


Kindy begins the term with stories of finding treasures in the  landscapes of our lives. Class ½ explore the imaginations that lie in the landscape of our mid mountains environment as well as the    history and   culture of place. Class ¾ delve into an artistic exploration of Ancient Egypt and what it can meet in the unfolding life of the 9/10 year old. Class 5/6 spend their first week at the Snow, followed by a lesson on The Dragon of the Pacific, experiencing something of the “otherness” of the Asian cultures. In high school, year 7/8 work with Romeo and Juliet and a study of contact and colonisation, comparing the Americas and Australia. Year 9/10 finalise preparations for their upcoming community service trip to Vanuatu, and they study Changing Rights and Freedoms        comparing the civil rights movement in the United States with that in Australia which was kicked off by the Freedom Rides.   Science in high school this term is  human physiology in year 7/8 and the physics of transport and communication in year 9/10.  In music, class 9/10 place finishing touches on film edits while 7/8 launch into Indian music.


WELCOME TO OUR JAPANESE STUDENTS                                                                               

A very warm welcome to our Japanese students who arrived yesterday. Also to their teacher, Mr Nishida. This week 6 families in the school host students visiting from Japan. We will have opportunities for sharing through the week. THURSDAY AT 11am, we will have a PEACE CEREMONY where we will have a brief but beautiful  commemoration of Hiroshima Day. This will be followed by a taste of Japanese food.  Children still need to bring their own lunch. We need to parents to help with the barbecue and preparation of food on Thursday, please let Lynn know if you can help.  Thank you to our host families for supporting this cultural exchange week and making our visitors feel welcome.

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Kindlehill Newsletter Week 1 Term 3

Welcome to a very exciting and rich winter to spring term. The waters were well and truly sweetened at our Winter’s Night and now we grow the impulses and seeds with the waxing light and warmth that is to come. There is such a lot happening across classes this term including highlights such as John’s class trip to the snow in week 1, two class plays, and the class 9/10 trip to Vaunutu.

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Kindlehill Newsletter Week 9 Term 2

       Winters Night Programme  – Friday 24TH June

5:30pm Children arrive and go direct to classes – change into       costumes. Parents welcome to enjoy a chai served by high school at the pizza oven.

6pm Performance begins with SINGING from the WINTERY WARM SINGERS  and lighting of the PEACE candle for Winter’ Night.

(We ask that parents come into the performance space 5 mins prior to the start in quietness and be mindful that it will be very cosy in there with the whole school community present.)

SCHOOL PLAY – Story, music and singing: A Winter K/Night’s Tale

(This incorporates beautiful songs and an orchestral rendering of    Water is Wide.)

Guitar piece and WINTER WARM SINGERS to see us into the night.

CHILDREN RETURN TO CLASSES – change into outside clothes and LIGHTING OF LANTERNS. This is the HANDOVER FROM     TEACHERS TO PARENTS! From this point, children need to stay with parents for SAFETY.


We encourage parents to PARK AT THE LAKE and WALK up to school (parking at school will be very  congested).

GO HOME and to bed by LANTERN LIGHT – a very special thing for the young children to clean teeth and ready for bed to the soft glow of    candle light.



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Kindlehill Newsletter Week 7 Term 2

Sweetening The Waters
The winter season is upon us and we are preparing for our very special whole school celebration of Winter’s Night (the longest night and shortest day of the year). On Friday evening of the 24th June, we gather as a school community for a feast of light and music, colour and story, singing and celebration.
This Winter’s Night we will tell the story of three “nights” (without the k) who go reluctantly from the balmy land of good time – summertime, into the whipping wildness of Old Man Winter’s Night. Their knightly quest is to find three things in order to renew the sun forces of their community.
They must find the outer and inner sun, the peace of the land and the cheer of community. Along the way, the three nights are transformed from their despondent and weary ways, into noble and fair knights, through the musical mysteries of the Sun Woman, Grandmother Country and the people of the Big Warm Heart. Lantern makers, winter singers, instrumentalists and storytellers from across the school will come together to present this Winter Night’s feast in honour of the sun, the land and the people. All school families are warmly welcome to join us for a festive evening.

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Kindlehill Newsletter Term 2 Week 5

    Lee Trew – Wild Time: An Exciting Presentation For Parents On A Very Relevant Theme

Wednesday15tH June  7pm – 9pm .

Psychotherapist and bushcraft teacher Lee Trew, requests your presence for a journey of exploration – looking beneath the surface of our culture, our       relationship to our environment and our experience of who we are, and where we are heading.


Beginning right at the start, with origin of our species, we will see how the very abilities that have made us so adaptable, creative and co-operative have also made us vulnerable to addictions, to mental illness and becoming       unmoored from what is real.


As we see more clearly how our journey began, and what perils our species has navigated along the way, we may find more clarity as to the ways in which these dynamics are playing out in our lives, our relationships and in our families.


As we take this journey together, we will address such topics as:


– why time in wild nature is important for learning and development, as well mental and emotional well-being


– why screen addiction is so prevalent and how to redirect it


– how to navigate conflict within our families and relationships, using a model more in alignment with our evolutionary inheritance


– how this bigger picture view relates directly to, and has the potential to   empower, our daily lives


Lee Trew is psychotherapist and nature-connection mentor who has studied ancestral survival techniques from many cultures, and brings psychology and bushcraft together through rewilding, helping people of all ages to awaken their wildness and deepen their connection with the natural world and the skills of the hunter-gatherer ancestors we all share

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High School Happenings Autumn, 2016


HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS IS PUT TOGETHER EACH TERM for parents and friends of the school to gain an inkling of the rich and diverse programme for the high school term.



The Renaissance brings a new age of freedom; the freedom of thought in understanding the phenomena of the natural world, the importance of art and beauty, and of human achievements in all areas of life. These are studied as a background to the students own awakening faculties of thought, their growing independence and an appreciation of the power of an individual to shape his or her own destiny. In this way, young people are supported to look into their own complex times with optimism and a sense that they too can forge their place in the world, and be agents of creativity and change.



The​ French​ Revolution,​ the​ American​ War​ of​ Independence​ and​ the​ Industrial​ Revolution, provide the fertile soil for the rise and implementation of the ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity.​

Students ​ investigate​ a​ kaleidoscope​ of​ events​,​ personalities​,​ ideas and​ influences,​ ​ that​ illustrate​ these​ turbulent​ times​ in​ history​ and​ their​ impact​ on​ the​ modern​ age​  through​ to​ contemporary​  times.​ The​ key​ ideals​  of the French Revolution – ​ liberty,​ equality​ and​ fraternity,​ are​ traced​ as​ patterns and processes behind historical happenings​ across​ continents,​ engaging​ the​ students​ with​ questions​ and​ concepts​ to​ understand​ and​ mee​t the​ challenges​ of​ our​ own​ changing​ times.​ The conditions that led to the Industrial Revolution in Britain and its global impact are also studied.​​​


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Kindlehill Newsletter Term 2 Week 3

FAIR DAY – Sweetening The Waters

Fair preparations for a beautiful family day are well underway. We encourage every family in the school to join in making this a living expression of Kindlehill community spirit. For many a parent presently in our school, coming to a fair and experiencing the beauty and community of the day, was  integral to their decision to enrol children here.  There is so much on offer including the following:

Wholesome food, coffee and chai

Homemade with love crafts

Music tent – all day programme

Honey stall, plant stall, white elephant stall

Art exhibition – sweetening the water

Activities for children such as go-kart, slack line, flying fox and obstacle course

We welcome practical support on stalls, set up and pack away. We also welcome artistic contributions for the art exhibition, for music and for children’s activities.

It will be a beautiful day of sweetening the waters so that the ripples of nourishment can flow out into the wider community and world around us.

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