Class Three have completed their House Building Main Lesson project. The project required the students to engage in a practical task that required perseverance, responsibility and focus.
The students had to consider and document various elements of their design; country of origin, environmental factors, materials used to build the house, description and planning of the building process.
On completion of the project the students gave a presentation to the class.
This week Class 3 participated in NAIDOC week activities.
We read 'Finding our Heart' a story book for young Australians about the Uluru Statement. The children drew their own Aboriginal design including the outline of their own feet!
The children listened to Aboriginal stories and from this they recounted the story. Working in groups the children interpreted their chosen story, depicted on rock art. They then retold their story with percussion instruments and 'read' from their rock art. ... See MoreSee Less
This week Class Five have been very busy performing their Class Play titled The Epic of Gilgamesh. On Tuesday morning students in the school saw it, and on Tuesday evening and Thursday evening this week parents have been invited into the school to see the performance.
The class has spent much time preparing for the performance and all their hard work is now at last coming to fruition.
The Epic of Gilgamesh is a Babylonian tale and is said to be the first story ever to be written, impressed on clay tablets over 4500 years ago. The story is an archetypal tale of life and death, love, loyalty, courage and true heroism.
The play brings together so many aspects of the curriculum, with music, movement, dance, drama, choral speaking and the visual arts all being woven together to bring the story to life.
Many thanks to Lisa McKeon for once again bringing much beauty as well as authenticity to our Class Five performance through working on costumes. The children truly looked dazzling when they took to the stage. ... See MoreSee Less
Beautiful pics , Thanks Ali !
What a fantastic play ♥️
News from Class 3
Class Three have been immersed in faraway places during our Homes Around the World Main Lesson.
Through stories we have travelled the world and learnt about various homes, why they are constructed in different ways and the implications the environment has on our design and building decisions. This Main Lesson leads the children into completing their first homework project; designing, constructing and presenting a model home from around the world.
We want to also share with you our amazing cozy slippers, how gorgeous! Class Three have been using a pattern to create these wonderful slippers. ... See MoreSee Less
Class Two has started the term with a number main lesson and background story about the life of Melissa the Worker Bee. In particular we are working on strengthening core number skills for addition, subtraction and grouping by building a sense for the relationships between numbers.
Each child is continuing to make great individual progress with reading and writing skills. This is passion-driven: as a child reads more and fluency builds, they become confident and very engaged with what they are reading. Library days (Mondays and Wednesdays) are a real highlight as children discover even greater types of texts that they can independently understand. The children share a lot of ideas and personal interests through books. Book Week was a great opportunity to extend this through sharing favourites, dressing up as characters and creating our own little booklets.
In craft we have dyed and are sewing our names on library bags and have just commenced making our own hobby horses. Each horse has a unique personality that we are just beginning to discover as we create them. Swimming is an exciting event every Monday, the bus trip being almost as exciting as the swim. We have commenced practice for our end of year play and once again I become aware of the children’s love for role play.
The kindness garden of sunflowers sown last term is thriving outside the classroom and inside the classroom we are noticing a lot about kindnesses shown to us and the many ways we appreciate and can be kind to others. The children are busy planting and harvesting from their Spring garden with lovely Matt, so I think you might be getting some produce home from time to time. We are already thinking about and looking forward to Class 3. ... See MoreSee Less
Class One have just completed a Literacy/HSIE main lesson called, "Dreamtime stories". This main lesson meets very nicely the developmental stage of the class one child. The stories, songs and verses connect the children with the local Gumbaynggirr people, helping the children to gradually awaken to their local environment. Stories are told that personify all that surrounds the children from the rivers and ocean to the plants and animals. Although personified, the stories are designed to imaginatively reveal the different elements of the environment in a truthful (that is, scientifically based) manner, evoking feelings of reverence, love, wonder and gratitude for creation.
Listening to story is very important for all human beings, not just the children. It helps to build a fuller picture about what it means to be the caretakers of the earth and all her gifts. It brings knowledge, reverence, and gratitude.
We had fun with painting during this main lesson. The ethereal nature of these stories is best expressed with water and paint. Here the children were able to explore their feeling for the story. We also worked on consolidating many literacy skills learnt this year from letter formation to word building. Included are a few photographs of the children's paintings which were all very beautiful, and also our morning verse.
We greet the land on which we stand, hand in hand in Gumbaynggirr land. We thank the elders both present and past, who cared for the land so it will last. We greet the sun that shines so bright, and fills us with its love and light. We look and see friends all around, for whom love in our hearts we have found. ... See MoreSee Less
During our last main lesson Kindergarten and Peach Blossoms have been sharing their family heritage with the class. It has been delightful watching some of the once timid children talk to the whole class about their families and their countries of origin. They were so proud of their families and happy to answer questions from their peers. The classes have also loved seeing some historic family heirlooms, such as, an old child’s rocking chair, pennies, Great-Grandma’s broach, wooden toys from Europe, and even family crests. Thank you, parents, for your help with preparing your children for this sharing. We have also discovered: how to greet others in quite a few languages (which I hope the children have shared with you); many forms of transport to travel around the world, including rickshaws from China, tuk-tuks from Thailand, and even a double-decker bus from England; and, how to recognise Australia and other countries on maps.
Now we are moving quickly through Term 4 we have been focusing on preparing the Kindergarten children for Class 1. Movement, equipment-play, and the popular water pump, as well as exploring the upper school grounds have been a daily activity. The children are becoming more confident and are taking healthy risks as they challenge their abilities on the equipment. They have also been stretching out and running across the expanse of the grounds using forward, backward, and even sideways movements. Most of the children have embraced these moments with a sense of pure freedom and joy as they race across the gorgeous grass, while some of the Peach Blossoms have found they need a little encouragement and a teacher to run alongside. The Peach Blossoms are also preparing for their new role as Kindy’s next year, as we have higher expectations of them this term. We have asked them to lead the class lines over to the upper school; encouraged them to play, connect with and identify their Peach Blossom Peers; and are preparing them to identify as the new Kindergarten children for next year.
We have a busy and exciting term ahead of us with Advent beginning November 29th this year, as well as all of our Christmas preparations.
Happy Spring Festival day Coffs Harbour Casuarina Steiner School 🌈 We bet those apple cups went down a treat
The festivities started early for Class 1. With an entire flock of roosters, hens and chicks, the children had a very special Spring Chicken Festival on Friday to celebrate the completion of a fun craft project. We can't wait to see what's next for these avid knitters. ... See MoreSee Less
Hayley Egan and Salvatore Rossano take children on a journey to discover the music of Italy through music and storytelling. In this interactive workshop, discover the rhythms and sounds of various traditional music styles. The castanettes, the accordion, the tamburello, the Ocarina and the ciaramella are some of the instruments that bring energy and melody to the program!
Then, with the infectious live music backing them, students practice the lively folk dance the Tarantella. ... See MoreSee Less
🧶 Got a yarn for us? After knitting many 100s of beanies, scarves, cowls and fingerless gloves to keep our visitors warm, the Coffs Harbour Neighbourhood Centre Carer’s Group are down to their last skein. If you have any unwanted hanks, skeins, balls or even a small twist of yarn, these industrious women will happily transform it... voila! Donations can be dropped into the Centre between 9am-4pm weekdays. 🙏 ... See MoreSee Less
Reminding us that after the inwardness of winter, we breathe out into the light, our Winter Festival is an important part of our curriculum. This year our festival took on a slightly different form while still giving the children a magical experience. ... See MoreSee Less
Could it be videoed for the parents by any chance?
Loved the Winter festival...such a beautiful experience for the children.
Brings back memories!
It's Pick Up Day! Our fabulous teachers have put together another amazing Home Based Learning pack ready for you to collect this morning. Thank you for sharing your photos of the children hard at work at home. We love seeing their busy hands and happy faces. ... See MoreSee Less
It’s Lou Harvey-Zahra here, author of 4 popular books, including the Steiner bestseller ‘Happy Child, Happy Home.’. As we are all home-bound....
I will be giving another FREE LIVE talk THIS TUESDAY at 8pm (Melbourne time) and 11am (UK time). Practical and inspiring ideas from my new book ‘Growing Children, Thriving: Raising 7 to 12 Year Olds with Confidence and Awareness’ that will help with home-stays. Tune in for many tips and support and share to spread the word if I can help inspire!!
Follow or like ‘Happy Child, Happy Home’ page and then open on Tuesday 8pm Melbourne time - I’ll be there ❤️
Suitable for all parents (toddler to 12 too!) Books available on all online book sites worldwide 🙏😍❤️ ... See MoreSee Less
Free stories for kids of all ages. Audible Stories is a free website where kids of all ages can listen to hundreds of Audible audio titles across six different languages—English, Spanish, French, Ge...
Recently, Class Four children entered a Shorebirds Poster Competition organised by Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery to raise awareness of the threat to various species in our area and beyond. Marley won first prize in the class 3/4 section, and for her efforts our school has been given $500 dollars to spend on teaching materials, and Marley herself was awarded a certificate and further prize money. The winning entries are exhibited in the gallery as part of The Overwintering Project exhibition, which opened last Friday. Marley, Manolita, Kane and Lynn were all invited along for the event. Here are a few pictures from the night. ... See MoreSee Less
I hope you and your families and friends are all well and safe.
As over the previous days, we have monitored the fire and weather situation closely.
With the relatively positive developments of the fire situation in and close to Coffs Harbour and the temporarily easing weather conditions we will resume normal operation of our school tomorrow, Thursday, 14th November.
We are aware that the fire situation is not contained in many places. The situation may be different for families throughout our community so please be careful and make decisions regarding school attendance based on your local and personal circumstances.
Our thoughts are with all staff and members of the community who have been affected by the fires.
Please remain cautious and stay safe with family and friends.
The school will offer a free Breezeway morning tea and lunch* tomorrow in support of families who had to relocate and may struggle to organise lunch boxes. Any food that is left over will be donated to people who are still stranded in Coffs.
Again I express my utmost gratitude to all the enormous efforts of volunteers helping keeping our communities safe.
Please let your child’s class teacher know if your child has experienced events that may have been disturbing or feels anxious about the situation.
I look forward to resuming a more ‘normal’ routine and hope this is the case for all of you.
Best wishes to all of you.
Elsbeth Haenggi Principal
* Pasta with meat or vegetarian sauce. GF pasta is also available. Salad ... See MoreSee Less
Due to the increased fire danger, the unpredictable nature of the risk and advice from RFS for regions west of the highway, we have decided to CLOSE CASUARINA TOMORROW TUESDAY 12/11/19.
While there is no immediate danger for our school we have taken this decision with the safety of all community members in mind.
We will continue to monitor the situation and will make a decision regarding school on Wednesday on Tuesday afternoon. Our decision will be communicated via email, Skool Bag and our Facebook page. Please monitor these channels of information.
Please feel free to use the school’s Facebook page if you can offer someone a place to stay or any other support that may be needed.
We hold you all in our thoughts and hearts during this challenging time.
We are currently monitoring the development of the fire situation in Coffs Harbour and the surrounding areas. Based on information from a range of services we will make a decision by 3:30 pm today regarding the operation of Casuarina tomorrow, Tuesday, and the next few days.
As our website is currently unavailable due to scheduled updates, we will keep you informed through email, Facebook and School Bag app. Please monitor these channels for updates and specific advice.
Please assess your personal circumstances with extreme caution and consider keeping your children at home if local conditions are of concern to you.
Our 2020 school calendar is available to purchase now at the office. The calendar showcases our students artwork from Peach Blossom to Class 6 and will be a great resource for next year with information including term dates, festival dates etc !! ... See MoreSee Less
We had an impromptu visit today from Salvatore Rossano who played the piano accordion (la fisarmonica) and sang italian folk songs to the children. There was much dancing and fun to be had!! We can't wait for him to visit again. ... See MoreSee Less
I heard this from Lavender Cottage and knew it had to be Italian music! So happy! ❤💚❤
Qué hermoso momento!!! Bravo Salvatore, linda iniciativa! ❤❤❤❤
Wow ! Amazing result for our school community. First place in the Whole School Garden category of the Spring Garden Competition. Congratulations and a big thank you to all the helping hands including - Don, students, teachers and parents! Come along to our Spring Fair tomorrow 10am - 3pm and admire our beautiful award winning garden 🌻🥬 ... See MoreSee Less
Many thanks to those who lent a hand for our recent working bee in the school grounds. We enjoyed a productive day, ending with a barbecue and salad from the garden. The fence line along Kindy received a clean-up and weed out, the gardens along the entrance to the school got some mulch and the bottom entrance was also weeded and planted out. This all makes a welcome difference to the garden as a whole and was much appreciated. Sprucing up continues as we approach Spring Fair on Sunday, September 22. Come along for a great day, all are welcome! ... See MoreSee Less
We're really looking forward to Open Day tomorrow and helping people discover what a Steiner education can offer their children. It’s a chance to meet our teachers, support staff, parents and Principal, ask questions and learn about our educational philosophy. The day starts just after 9am and runs through to around 2.30pm. See our program here or on our website for all the details. Don't forget our school tour on Thursday at 4pm and session with the College of Teachers afterwards at 5pm. ... See MoreSee Less
𝗔 𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 Yesterday’s Book Week dress-up was great fun. Thanks to everyone for entering into the spirit of the day. Don’t forget tomorrow (Friday) we’re inviting grandparents to join us for a special storytelling session between 11.30am and 12pm. ... See MoreSee Less
Some of our Parent & Child Groups have been out and about in our Lavender Cottage Garden. Together we have planted some lovely Lavender, Passion Fruits, Salvia, Sage and so much more. Come and see the result at either our Open Day on the 28th of August or at our Spring Fair on the 22nd of September.
Many thanks to Don for your knowledge, guidance, preparation and beautiful supply of plants for our garden. Thank you Wendy, Aaron and Don for the prep garden session. And of course thank you to all the children and parents that helped plant and water our Lavender Cottage Garden! ... See MoreSee Less
You all look great!
Cheers Helen 😊
𝗔𝗻 𝗲𝗴𝗴𝘀-𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗵𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗛𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗶𝗲, 𝗚𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗲 𝗮𝗱 𝗟𝗼𝘁𝘁𝗶𝗲 The Kindergarten children, together with Don and Aaron, have worked very hard to make The Chook Palace comfortable and welcoming for our three new friends - Hattie, Gertie and Lottie, who arrived on Friday morning. It’s so lovely to have beautiful girls in the Kindergarten garden again. ... See MoreSee Less
Visit us and you will begin to see what makes Casuarina Steiner School different from all other schools. You will start to see and feel all the reasons to choose a Steiner education when you meet our talented and dedicated teachers, talk to our active and involved parent community, and meet our wonderful students. We can’t wait to welcome you!