Dear GHSS Families,
Winter Festival Here we are at the end of Term 2, having celebrated a fabulous Makuru Winter Festival on Friday evening. The fantastic turn out of families and friends, past and present, is testament to the wonderful sense of community our school, and its festivals, engender. Of course, the preparations behorehand, which involve all of our school community, are crucial in making the Festival such a success.
Thank you to Kristi and Class 6 along with the help of their teacher, Ellen and parent volunteers, Carl Dusenburg and Theresa Stockdale, who assisted in the creation of our bonfire.
To staff and parents who prepared soups and bread, dropped off greenery for the spiral, laid and lit lanterns and then gathered them back in for next year - thank you.
Gratitude to Haikam Ssih for taking photos of the occasion; Bruce Anthony for the story; Ashley Schipp and Bruce for the music accompaniment; and to the teachers and children for all their hard work preparing the songs, verses and music that accompanied the various elements of the Festival.
How blessed were we with truly amazing weather on the night? I am sure you would all agree that, in the words of Della Rae Morrison's song, Universal Love, that closed our festival, one truly could feel the energy of the spirit through your soul.
Winners Concert Assembly This week, our final assembly will take a slightly different format. Instead of class work presentations, we will be treated to performances from our violin students who recently performed in the Albany Eisteddfod and received certificates of commendation in their performance category. Many of them were denied an opportunity to perform at the Winners Concert at Albany Entertainment Centre due to time constraints. Our assembly will give them the chance to celebrate their stellar performances that were the result of much effort and practice. Music teacher, Mike Hyder, will attend to accompany the performers and we also will be honoured with guest appearances from two of our graduates from last year who will perform for us, Poppyanna Fisken and Evie Francis.
Denmark Senior High School Talk Each year we are visited by staff from Denmark Senior High School, along with a few Year 7 students who have recently graduated from the Steiner school, to talk about enrolment and transition to Denmark SHS for the following year. DSHS Principal, Kath Ward will be speaking to our Class 6 students after the assembly on Friday and has invited interested parents to also attend.
Golden Hill Year 7 Parent Evening On July 29th at 6pm Golden Hill Steiner School will be hosting a parent information session on Continuing the Steiner Journey - The Year 7 Curriculum and Beyond. We invite all interested parents from across the classes and the wider community to join Perth Waldorf teacher, Kevin Mazzer and Golden Hill Steiner School Principal, Jacqui Hamblin, to learn, and ask questions, about the pioneering Class 7 that will begin the High School journey for GHSS. This event is free but for catering purposes, we ask that you RSVP your interest to Golden Hill Steiner School on 9848 1811 or by emailing email@example.com with the number of people attending.
Happy Holidays On behalf of all the staff at Golden Hill Steiner School, I wish you a wonderful, cosy Winter Break. Our three week break begins on June 26th and staff and students return to school on Monday, July 19th.
This Friday 25th June is the last day of Term 2 for students and teachers, followed by a three week break. Student reports will be ready for collection from the Front Office on Thursday 24th or Friday 25th June. Any reports that have not been collected by the end of Friday will be posted during the break. (On that note, thank you to all parents/carers who have recently updated/confirmed their contact details, includig postal address with the office - if you haven't yet please do so, so that reports are sent to the correct address or addresses).
The first day of Term 3 is Monday 19th July and we look forward to all students and teachers returning, rejuvinated and ready for the second half of the school year.
Parent/Teacher interviews will be conducted in the first two weeks of Term 3. The instructions for how to book interviews will be sent out via the Class Carers once the system has been set up on the Schoolzine App.
Enjoy the winter break!
It's been a wonderful term with golden babies covered in mud, lovely fires keeping us warm and activities together giving us new skills and ideas.
No matter what the weather, we find shelter and warmth with each other.
The Boodja and Nature anchor us deeply with respect and gratitude. The children have been learning about fire. Class 2's start and tend their own small fires in groups. Class 1's collect the wood and have been learning to leave the pieces the Earth has already claimed.
After the river/ bilya flooded, many tested their courage in the cold deep puddles. We dried their clothes and they watched fascinated by the wind that rose above the fire. Experiential learning deepens respect for the elements.
Just a timely reminder of our 'Departure from the School Policy' for those to whom it may apply -
One full term’s written notice is required for non-enrolment of a student (Day 1 of the term preceding the term you intend to leave). Failure to notify in this time will result in full term fees being charged. Where a student leaves mid-way through term, fees for the remainder of that term are payable as well as the following term.
Where sufficient notice has been given: a student leaving in Terms 1 or 2 will be reimbursed/recredited 50% of Consumables Levy. For students leaving in Terms 3 or 4, 100% of Consumables Levy is payable. Any unspent funds from other levies will be reimbursed/re-credited.
Should a child be suspended or expelled from school the current terms fees remain payable.
Re-enrolment after withdrawing will only be permitted in the following school year as per our Enrolment Policy. Re-enrolment can only occur once full payment of all outstanding debts has been received.
There will be no reduction of fees for optional leave of absence.
As the end of the financial year fast approaches, it may be an opportune time (tax wise) for those who wish to, to make a tax deductible donation to our building fund. We are working towards the building of our Kitchen Garden classroom.
The Building Fund bank details are -
Account Name - Golden Hill Steiner School
BSB - 086 595
A/C - 174920528
Should you be able to donate, please contact Oona at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will be able to provide you with your tax deductible receipt.
Please know that as a school we are always open to feedback should you wish to provide it. We are constantly striving to refine our processes and make improvements where necessary.
Feel free to contact us via phone (9848 1811), email - email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) or come in and make an appointment to speak with someone.
Positive feedback especially welcome!