Class News: Week 1, Term 3 2023

Keep up-to-date with your child’s learning with these short weekly updates from their teachers. Click on the buttons below to go straight to your child’s class, or find out what others are up to!

Kindergarten/Boronia Room

Welcome back everyone to Term 3. We have all been sharing our holiday adventures at fruit time. The children and I are so happy to be back at school, feeling refreshed and energised.

My trip to Korea was fascinating and I will continue to share some photos and adventures with the children as the days unfold.

We have an exciting range of activities planned for this term which I know the children are going to enjoy.

Warmest regards,

Francine, Zenith, and Alannah

Class 1/2

Welcome back to Term 3! Hard to believe that we are now over the halfway mark. We hope you all had some nice, quality time with your children.

Our first Main Lesson this term will be “The Four Helpers.” Both classes will be hearing stories about four helpful characters, who each have different temperaments and qualities. Farmer Plus, whom they all know, enjoys adding things together in different ways (addition). Molly Minus is kind, gentle and generous – she likes to give things away (subtraction). Class 2 will also meet General Divide, who is extremely precise and likes to share everything equally, and Tatiana Times who finds it very useful to multiply numbers.

We will be continuing our Crafternoon this term on Wednesdays at 2pm and would appreciate any parents who can spare 30 mins to come and help, no crafting experience necessary 😊 .  

Just a reminder to please send enough food in your child’s lunchbox. It is very important they are sustained with food and water throughout the day to ensure they have enough energy. If you are experiencing any difficulty providing enough food, please email one of us, or Martin, and we can make arrangements to help.

Warm wishes,

Soumya & Amy

Class 3/4

Welcome to Term 3.

It is Winter, but Spring is in the air… the children have returned refreshed and happy. Whatever you did in the holidays has revitalised them after the cold days of June and much of July.

We have so much on our calendar this term. PLEASE be sure to REGULARLY CHECK THE SCHOOL CALENDAR for all the events that are happening throughout the term.

One thing: every week we will have a Flavoursome Friday food stall. This will be a shared responsibility with Class 5/6. Class 3/4 will run it on the even weeks and 5/6 on the odd weeks.

Our first Main Lesson is called Sandstone Country and is about our local region. Please remember to read regularly with your child and to swap readers at least once a week.

I have encouraged the class to start helping to prepare their own lunch boxes (do you realise they like to blame their parents if it is not what they want!). Please make sure water bottles and hats come to school each day.

It is so lovely to see everyone looking so well.

Have a great weekend,

Julie and Meredith

Class 5/6

Welcome to Term 3 and our many exciting plans! The students are taller and so happy to see each other again.

Class 5 are becoming confident as school leaders, and Class 6 are entering a time of divided loyalties as they are beginning to set their eyes to new adventures in high school whilst reflecting fondly on their journey at BMSS (Blue Mountains Steiner School).

On Wednesday we observed NAIDOC Week by reading Bidhi Galing (Big Rain) by Anita Heiss. This beautiful book details the wisdom and bravery of Wiradjuri Elders working to keep the community safe during the great flood of Gundagai in 1852. Students then created a wreath by decorating a leaf with symbols depicting something they particularly value about Aboriginal eldership.

This term our Main Lessons are Ancient Rome, Perspectives in Australian (state) History, and Astronomy. We are looking forward to three workshops with Jo Clancy, Artistic Director of Wagana Aboriginal Dancers to teach a special Waratah Totem Dance and song, beginning Tuesday Week 2. Corina will be teaching Darug language Wednesday afternoons, with Sayoko taking Japanese in Weeks 1 and 5. Class 5 are looking to finish their cajons this term and the geometry artworks on these are just beautiful!

We have dates for our Canberra camp in Term 4, where Class 5 will join other Steiner schools for the Greek Olympics and Class 6 will go into Canberra each day with Martin and Lee for their civics learning experiences. The cost of this camp will be $300 which is a subsidised amount and the remainder of the student costs will be reached through class fundraising goals such as selling yummy food on Flavoursome Fridays (Class 5/6 will be alternating with Class 3/ 4 on this, and our class begins next week), selling seedlings, fridge magnet art and more – stay tuned!

We also have Debating, Science Week, Book Week, and some Taiko Drum workshops with Sayoko planned. Project tasks will include a biography, class novel study reading logs, and delivering research on an area of interest about astronomy.

The Class 6 Farewell will be on Saturday, 9th November from 4.30pm and soon I will be contacting Class 5 families so that planning can begin to cater and host this event – a beautiful and longstanding tradition that this year’s Class 6 provided last year. Please save the date at this busy time of year! There is set-up required on the Friday afternoon and throughout Saturday as well as hosting in the evening. For these varied tasks teamwork makes the dream work!

Below are some dates for your diary:

  • Thursday 24 August: Book Week Parade 9am
  • Wednesday 30 August: Father’s Day Stall
  • Wednesday 20 September: Spring Festival 11.30am all welcome!

Term 4 important dates to be aware of:

  • Canberra camp: Monday 6 – Thursday 9 November (Week 5)
  • Class 6 Farewell will be on Saturday December 9 from 4.30pm.

Have a lovely weekend!

Steph and Lee