CASUARINA STEINER AND ARMIDALE WALDORF SCHOOLS MUSIC CAMP 2014
Our Music Camp 2014 was a roaring success – thank you to all our budding strings students from both schools – your concert was testament to all the hard work you put in during the camp and was a delight for those of us lucky enough to be in the audience. For those that weren’t here at least is a taster (sorry about the poor film quality).
Choral Performance Team ‘Worldwide Wayfarers’ Visits Casuarina this August 12/13th
Casuarina are both thrilled and humbled to have the opportunity to work with a group of esteemed choral artists. Worldwide Wayfarers (formerly Waldorf Wayfarers) was started in 1997 by the decorated composer, choral conductor and music educator Judith Clingam AM. The initiative brought together Australian students, parents and teachers from Waldorf Steiner schools to spend a week or two each year rehearsing and then performing. In 2000 they spread their wings, visiting the UK and Europe; and in 2012 twenty singers spent a hugely successful year touring worldwide. Contacts made in 2012 have led to a superb 85-strong group of young people and adults, with a heartfelt love of singing, touring Australia. In addition to Australians, choristers hail from China, Taiwan, Japan, USA and UK. The group often incorporate other art forms, such as instrumental music, drama, dance, puppetry and visual art, to create exciting musical theatre events. The choir retains its strong roots in Steiner ethos and ideals; sharing a common belief with the Steiner principle that the singing of beautiful, sincere, heartfelt choral music is one of the most important human activities, for both singers and listeners alike. It is a joyful expression of our common humanity.
A rare musical treat for the Coffs Harbour region, the acclaimed Worldwide Wayfarers are here for a packed two-day special event on 12/13th August. Their program includes:
- Wednesday evening 2hr adult singing workshop – for adults and children aged 10 and over, to be held at Casuarina Steiner School
- Thursday classes for students:
- Morning workshops for lower and upper primary years
- 1.45pm Performance: The Singing Mermaid (Casuarina Community free event – please join us, we would love your company and support)
- Thursday evening public performance Endangered! (venue and pricing TBC). A selection of complex choral and instrumental music, followed by a music theatre piece about endangered species; art by the Wayfarers group illustrating endangered species will be on exhibit
The School Community are invited to help support this amazing opportunity for our children to work with this enthusiastic and talented group, making this special event possible, by billeting members of the company. We are looking to house 85 individuals including 55 children aged 9-18 and 30 adults. Billeting involves offering space to sleep on the nights of Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th August, as well as the following meals: Thursday breakfast and lunch (packed), and Friday breakfast and lunch (packed) to travel with. We are also looking for helpers to prepare evening meals at the school on Wednesday and Thursday. And finally, if anyone has mattresses they can offer for use we can house some choristers at the school. If you are interested in supporting this opportunity please drop into the School Office and let them know what you can offer, or call on 02 6651 2770. Dates are short so an early response would be appreciated.
See event poster below…
For further information on the Wayfarers please visit their website wayfarersaustralia.org or their Facebook Page www.facebook.com/wayfarersaustralia/timeline. Or check out some of their past work on YouTube (click on links below):
Please watch this space for final details of the Thursday evening public performance details
Our Term 2 meeting night was very successful. Special thanks to Karen, Wendy and Veda for providing the caring and fun childcare which freed many parents up to participate in the evening. Thanks also to all the Breezeway helpers for the yummy and nutritious meal enjoyed by all.
At the Embedding Excellence Update last night, parents were given an overview of the planning process to date.
To see the Powerpoint summary click on the image below.
At the next session on Thursday 29th May, our work together will be guided by the key phrases of our STRATEGIC INTENT “INSPIRING lifelong learning; ENABLING individual capacity; NURTURING wellbeing in self, community and the world”, and parents will join with EE team members to explore what Community means as a strategic pillar of our Embedding Excellence process, to identify how our existing structures for parent involvement can be improved and strengthened, and to bring ideas for new and innovative ways parents can contribute to the School. This session will be seeking to identify and enhance the ways that parents feel they can make a meaningful contribution to the School and support their child’s education at Casuarina.
The session will run from 3.30-5pm, and refreshments and free childcare will be available. I look forward to seeing you there! Toni
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A chance for those interested in Steiner education philosophy to come along and find out what it is all about, and see Casuarina Steiner School for themselves. Guests are invited to join our Main Lesson Sharing where children from each class display what they have been learning in the form of books, images, craft, song, music and drama. After a break for Morning Tea guests will receive a school tour and meet the Principal. This is followed by a short presentation session from a parent and a teacher, and guests are then given the opportunity to delve deeper through a Q&A session.
CURRY & MUSIC NIGHT
Yummy, yummy in my tummy – it’s time for our annual Curry and Music night. All details below, tickets on sale in the office. It’s gonna be delicious – so come and savour the flavour and make some new Casuarina friends! Early Bird tickets available in advance from the school office, or buy tickets on the door.
PARENT EDUCATION PROGRAM: BIODYNAMICS AND STEINER EDUCATION – WEDS 21ST MAY at 7.00pm
OPEN DAY MARCH 7TH 2014 – 9.30AM TO MIDDAY
Our first Open Day of the year will showcase our school a little differently. Visitors are invited to attend our Main Lesson Sharing morning – where every class from year 1 up to year 6 are presenting some of their Main Lesson learnings so far this year. A rare opportunity to see our students in person presenting their work.
The Open Day session will commence at 9.30am with a welcome and introduction from our Principal Toni Wright-Turner. The Main Lesson Sharing session will last roughly one hour and will be followed by morning tea, provided by one of our classes of students.
Visitors will then spend have presentations from a teacher and a parent, with a Q&A Session; followed by a tour of our school.
If you are interested in attending and finding out more about what a Steiner school can offer your family, contact us to book a place on 02 6651 2770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you there.
Tuesday 25th February – Embedding Excellence Meeting 3.00-5.00pm: tea and coffee from 2.30pm.
This will be a continuation and deepening of the work we began last session. Please come along and get involved! This session will be with Michael Bignill, our Association of Independent Schools mentor for our Embedding Excellence program, and the Casuarina Embedding Excellence team. Complimentary childcare is available from 2.45-5.00pm – please book your slots with our office by Monday 24th February. Look forward to seeing you there.
CLASS MEETINGS – 12th February 2014 from 3.30pm
Class meetings for all classes will be held in their individual classrooms on Wednesday 12th February:
Class 1 at 3.30pm | Class 2 at 3.30pm | Class 3 at 6.00pm | Class 4 at 6.00pm | Class 5/6 at 4.00pm
FREE child care on site during the meetings (from 3pm to 7pm).
EMBEDDING EXCELLENCE MEETING – 12th February 2014 from 4.30pm
Casuarina Steiner School are one of just 5 schools in NSW that are currently working on the Embedding Excellence program in conjunction with the NSW Association of Independent Schools. The AIS program is designed to work with schools to put together a 5 year Strategic Intent that will ensure the school has an effective strategic plan moving forward. This will enable our school to identify and address key issues and come up with a solid plan for making our school the very best it can be.
This one hour session is an introduction for parents. Parental input is a necessity if the program is going to prove effective. This is your chance to find out more and have a hand in guiding the direction of the school, and your child’s future.
Join us for light refreshments at 4.30pm, for a 5.00pm start. FREE child care on site during the session (from 3pm to 7pm).
JOHN BILLING IN CONCERT – February 14th 2014
You are warmly invited to a concert this Friday 14th February at 1.45-2.45pm. Internationally renowned musician John Billing is giving a lyre concert for the whole school, and all families are welcome to join us. There is no cost. Please arrive a little early to facilitate seating.
We are extremely blessed to be able to offer you the chance to see John Billing play. John is a highly accomplished composer and lyre player. He has toured extensively throughout Europe, Japan, USA and Australia. John made Australia his home from the mid 80s to the mid 90s, during which time he also spent several years teaching music at Mount Barker Waldorf School. This is an incredible opportunity to hear him play.
For further information about John Billing please visit his website www.johnlyre.co.uk.
REINCARNATION AND KARMA – February 16th 2014
Casuarina Steiner School are holding an open day for both prospective and existing parents.
The day aims to create interactive communication through two sessions. During the morning a session will be held that gives you the added opportunity to see the school during operating hours. In the evening a similar session will be held, without the school tour and open class elements.
Please register your interest in attending either of these sessions below. Both sessions include talks by:
Tracey Puckeridge – Steiner Education Australia, BA Grad. Dip. Ed.
“Overview of Steiner Education Philosophy and extent of the Steiner Education System in Australia and Globally”
Toni Wright-Turner – Principal Casuarina Steiner School, BA Grad. Dip. Ed.
“Successfully implementing Steiner Education Philosophy into the Australian Education Curriculum” (Includes an explanation of the Steiner approach to reading and writing)
Sally Townley – Coffs Harbour City Councillor, Business Owner, PhD, Steiner parent
“My journey as a Casuarina parent, Kindy to Year 7”
Adam Newman – Engineer, Former Casuarina Steiner School Board Chair, Steiner parent
“Why the Steiner education approach appeals to me, as a Dad”
Morning Session – Considering a Steiner education for your child?
- 09.00-09.45am – Open Classes (a chance to sit in on classes in progress)
- 09.45-11.00am – Talks as outlined above, plus Q&A session
- 11.00-11.30am – Refreshments
- 11.30-12.00pm – School tour
Early Evening Session – Understanding more about your child’s Steiner Education?
- 5.15-5.30pm – Refreshments
- 5.30-6.45pm – Talks as outlined above, plus Q&A session
For more information call the office on 02 6651 2770
Class Carers for Casuarina School for Steiner Education present
SOCIAL CURRY NIGHT
Get your tickets TODAY at the office!
Friday 24th May at Breezeway and Amphitheatre (in the Main Hall if wet) starting from 4:30pm. Food served – 5 pm onwards (3 mild vegetarian curries with spicy relish on the side if you need that extra blast!). Cake and coffee served 5.30pm onwards. Musical Entertainment – 5:45 pm onwards. Ending at 7pm.
Tickets can be pre-purchased at school office/on the door – Adult $10/$12 Child $5/$6 Family $22/$27 (Ticket price covers curry and entertainment. Cake & coffee, ice cups extra).
IMPORTANT!! ***PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN PICNIC BLANKET, BOWL AND SPOON***
Promises to be a fun night for all the family!!
Music Count Us In 2012
One Song. Your School. More Music.
Celebrating the benefits of music education in Australian schools.
The Song 2012: Different People (Stand Together)
It’s Australia’s biggest school initiative. With support from The Australian Government, it has run since 2007 and is all about celebrating the value of music education to students’ development, whoever they are, wherever they are. It involves more than 600,000 students, teachers – and often parents – from schools all over Australia who sign up to learn, rehearse, then perform the same song, on the same day, at the same time.
More information on the ‘Music Count Us In‘ website.