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Welcome to 2018Welcome to 2018 and best wishes for the year ahead.
The School has been very busy over the break, completing Maintenance projects such as replacing guttering on two buildings, re-turfing the Castlecrag playground, re-carpeting classrooms, extra large-scale cleaning and much else. The Kindergarten Flowform was completely rebuilt and is now known as the Kindy Creek. For this massive labour of love, we thank David Blacklock who attended the Castlecrag campus when it was the local Infants school, and who now teaches Science at Willunga Waldorf School in South Australia. He flew over specially to realise his vision for a natural water feature in the playground and was ably assisted by Sarah David, Glenaeon Kindergarten teacher and a former Glenaeon student Eleanor Pilko, and our Maintenance staff Sonny Valdes and Yves Moanda. As if that wasn’t enough, we also hosted 200 teachers at our six day week long annual Curriculum Intensive in January, working on professional development for Steiner based teachers across Australia and New Zealand.
Many, many thanks to the parents who devoted hours of voluntary labour to assist teachers to prepare classrooms for the new year. Your assistance is so very much appreciated! The school year began on Wednesday and it was a pleasure to see such positive goodwill and energy in the faces of our students, new and continuing, as they entered the school gates. Harry Goodman, a former student of Glenaeon undertaking relief teaching for us, and who has worked as a young teacher in a number of schools, commented to me how impressive, and unusual, it is to see such positivity in students coming back to school.
After our anniversary year in 2017, we have many things to look forward to in 2018. If 2017 was celebrating the past, 2018 will be building the future. Construction at Middle Cove is about to commence on our Café deck, our Gateway project, and refurbishment of the Sylvia Brose Hall. While last year was positive in so many ways, there were behind the scenes a number of frustrating bureaucratic hurdles with external authorities which had to be overcome before construction could commence. We have achieved that outcome and the builder will be on site within the first few weeks of term. Naturally there will be some small impact on our regular operations: we will minimizs all inconvenience to students, parents and staff and we ask for your patience and understanding in working together to achieve such importance long term benefits for everyone.
Traffic Plan at Middle Cove:
Parents of Class 3 to Year 12, please remember to abide by our Traffic Plan for the Middle Cove campus, a plan which works very well to maintain the safety of our students and of vehicles including cars and buses in the very narrow suburban streets around the school.
Key elements of the plan are:
1. Class 3 and 4 parents only may use Glenroy Avenue for drop off and pick up: laminated traffic permits must be displayed.
2. Class 5 to Year 12 students are to be dropped off and picked up in Tyneside Avenue or North Arm Road (see attached map), or use public transport: there is a traffic attendant and teachers on duty to supervise crossing Eastern Valley Way.
3. Do not drop off, pick up or park in Greenfield Avenue.
We appreciate all your efforts to assist with ensuring we maintain a safe road environment around our School.
Welcome to 2018
Don’t forget to RSVP to our Welcome to 2018 on Friday February 9th, details of which have already been sent to you. The night is always a very pleasant evening to meet up with new and continuing parents and teachers, and a great opportunity to reconnect with the community in the New Year.
The Things Teachers Do: Blood Moon!
This week’s Blood Moon and total Lunar eclipse (unfortunately obscured by cloud) brought back long buried memories of the last one in this part of Australia, so long ago I can't remember but over 30 years ago. I was at a school where we specially camped out in an open paddock away from civilization to get a clear view of this rare phenomenon. It was a time before WHS, formal Outdoor Education and much else: this was something very special and we had to see it. As we lay in swags and sleeping bags in the open, looking up at a perfectly clear night sky, the brilliantly shining full moon was gradually eaten by a shadow which progressed across the face of the moon until only a dull red orb was all you could see. A Blood Moon indeed! The sense of awe at this powerful natural event was so evident in the children and an experience to be remembered for a lifetime.