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Christchurch Rudolf Steiner School

phone: +64 3 337 0514 email: admin@ch.steiner.school.nz web: www.ch.steiner.school.nz 19 Ombersley Tce, PO Box 19944, Christchurch 8241

Volume 44 Issue 37 Kawerongo Newsletter 05 Hakihea 2018

Its time to say all the thank-yous for 2018, and the first goes to all our tamariki, our students, who

gave their best, grew in stature, confidence and learning. This is not about high academic

achievement, which of course we celebrate, but to those who dug in, heads down and grew,

who spread goodness, gave kindness and learned to recognise the needs of others.

THANK YOU to all the TEACHERS from nursery to class 12 who are so committed to getting it right

for our children and young people, thanks to you PARENTS who support our education, who

have your kids at school ready, eager and on time (mostly). The trinity of home, school and child

is a must for well-being and an anxiety free development. Extra thanks to the teachers and

parents who helped create something extra in the year class plays, camps, outings, fundraising,

FAIR, raffles, end of year events, festivals, concerts, engagement with Christchurch events and

there are so many more. Thanks to our Teacher Aides who have helped support some special

changes for our precious ones, to the office people who keep the school running, the support

staff who keep us warm, look after the buildings, the library, keep the whole place clean and

tidy, to the Proprietors, who look after our special character, the reason we are here our Steiner

education, to the Board who meet monthly to ensure we in management are on track

supporting all that needs to be in place, and to my colleagues in the CPG who help manage the

school. There are SO MANY THINGS TO CELEBRATE, and while its now nationally recognised how

hard teachers work, I think our teachers need to take an extra bow.


Dont miss class 12 projects starting tonight at 7pm in the music room. Topics range from Body

Image, Millennials, Fostering a Dog, Traditional Photography, Anxiety and Depression to Bicycle

renovation, Flourish a clothing label for refugees, Theatre lighting, Beautiful Truthseach is a 20-

minute summation of their years work and the final presentation of their schooling years.


Staffing: To our surprise, we received a resignation from Michelle Bradley last Friday. Michelle has

been a teacher for 4 years and after a years refreshment leave made the decision to balance

her life in a different way. We thank her so much for her commitment to our school over 17 years

as a parent! We were in negotiation about class 1 and so now are advertising with the closing

date being this FRIDAY - We are hopeful to make a new appointment early next week in time for

the scheduled new class 1 meeting on Wednesday yep, we are confident well have the best.

Our dear Sam Wakelin has been head hunted by Ellesmere College for a full time job- which he

couldnt ignore - and so we are also advertising for a Classics and Social Studies teacher. Please

put out feelers to your Classics friends and their social media networks! Applications close on the

last day of school - December 14. Big thanks to you too Sam for your year with us! A big welcome

to Jenny Cameron, who will be teaching in the kindergarten. Ellen is away for another year. We

look forward to her return in 2020!

The last day for upper school is next Wednesday the 12th Dec, for those who have completed all

of their work. Kindergarten and lower school will finish on Friday Dec 14th. For those few who are

leaving us, we wish you the very best for your chosen future and thank you for your years with us

and the contributions you have made to your class community.

2019, our 100th year, begins on Wednesday Jan 30th - it will be quite an amazing celebratory year.

Thomas Proctor



Wednesday 5th Dec 3pm onward Come and join us for a picnic afternoon tea to celebrate Kindy teachers

Frances, Robin and Anke. With gratitude and aroha we wish them

all well with their future. All welcome. Please bring a picnic blanket and a plate to share.

Far school field opp Helios. If wet, in the hall.


The Parent Library is situated in the Kindergarten between Whare Kowhai and the Oak Leaf room in the large oak cupbaord in the foyer. Run on respect and trust, the self help system lets you borrow 2 books for 3 weeks on all things anthroposophical, parenting, education, gardening, craft, stories and texts by and about Rudolf Steiner...and more. New books are bought through the generous donation of Community Association funds (your fair fundraising!). I am still trying to recover books that have

been borrowed or have disappeared from our shelves over the past 3 years, so PLEASE... Use it. Love it, and BRING IT BACK! Any questions, ideas or requests for new material please find

me...Michelle Trudgeon 981 9752 or 021 025 39331. Thank you

CALENDAR Wtaka Wed 5 Dec Canterbury Athletic Champs Wed 5 - Fri 7 Dec Class 4 Day Trips Thur 6 Dec Class 5 & 6 Day Trip, Rpaki Marae Thur 6 Dec Class 3 Play, 9.30am & 5.30pm Mon 10 Dec Carols Evening Tue 11 Dec Class 12 Graduation Dinner Wed 12 Dec Class 12 Graduation Assembly and Farewell Thur 13 Dec Nursery & Kindergarten End of Year/Advent Celebration, 11.45am Fri 14 Dec Classes 1-5 Ballet Day Trip 10am onwards Fri 14 Dec Term 4 Ends Wed 30 Jan Term 1 Starts Wed 30 - Fri 1 Feb Upper School WDI course Wed 6 Feb Waitangi Day, School Closed Sun 10 - 15 Feb Class 7 Abel Tasman Camp

SUSTAINABLE COASTLINES MOBILE PHONE APPEAL Each year at least 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in our oceans,

the equivalent of a full garbage truck every minute. With Beat Plastic Pollution as the theme for this years World Environment

day we ask for your support by dropping any unwanted mobile phones you may have into the collection box located at reception. Phones collected help raise funds for Sustainable Coastlines a multi award winning NZ charity run by a small team of hard working staff and volunteers. Their

mission is to inspire, educate and enable others to look after the natural places we love our beaches and waterways. Our school also benefits by

gaining valuable rewards from the mobile phones we collect.


TERM DATES 2018/2019

Term 4 ENDS: Fri 14 Dec

Term 1 2019 Wed 30 Jan - Fri 12 Apr

Term 2 Teacher only day Mon 29 April

Term 2 2019 Tue 30 Apr - Fri 5 Jul

Term 3 Teacher only day Mon 22 July

Term 3 2019 Tue 23 Jul - Fri 27 Sep

Term 4 2019 Mon 14 Oct - Wed 11 Dec

ABSENCES FROM SCHOOL - You must notify the office of ALL absences.

For planned absences e.g. holidays during term time, email the College Principal Group (CPG): admin@ch.steiner.school.nz or drop your letter in to the office at least 2 WEEKS IN ADVANCE.

For unplanned absences, such as illness, or medical appointments you can leave a message on the absence line (ph 337 0514) or text 3255. Start message with CHRSS then leave a space and tell us

your childs name, class and the reason for absence. PLEASE NOTIFY THE SCHOOL BY 9am.

If you receive a text from us about your childs absence, please respond WITH A REASON. We are required by law to accurately record student absence, please let the office know - Thanks!


Every Sunday 10am - 1pm

19 Ombersley Tce Email:


POETRY BOOK FOR SALE Jennifer Lewis, a student from Class 12 has

written and self-published a 100-page poetry book as of November 9th! Since

January she has worked tirelessly to create 'If Only Roses Were Red' as her Class 12

Project, and will be giving her project talk and selling/signing copies for $20 on

December 6th at 8pm. Aimed at youth and adults (12+) who have gone through difficult times, she believes

that if we, as youth, simply feel under-stood and that we are not alone, we can

begin to heal and open up, like a rose.

To buy a copy email: ifonlyroseswerered@gmail.com

INSTRUMENTS WANTED Class 2 is looking for Choroi recorders, 1/2 or 3/4 violins and small cellos. If you are interested in selling yours, please put a

note on our "Instruments for Sale" noteboard by the Class 2 door with all

your details. Many thanks, class 2.


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To advertise (there is a $5 fee for brief adverts when space permits), please email: reception@ch.steiner.school.nz by midday Thursday.


The Christian Community Movement for Religious Renewal

Celebrating together the festival of Advent, held a