Musings from Jean-Michel
You may have noticed a new smile or voice on the phone welcoming you from the front desk – if you haven’t already, please do say hello to Tania. Jane Watts will be on long service leave during Term 3, so Tania is here once a week to enable her to be able to cover all the very many (and therefore seamless) tasks held and undertaken at the front office.
I was fortunate to have been able to take the opportunity to walk with Classes 1-3 as they begin this year’s Bush walks, taking the time to imbibe nature along the beach and rocks from Injidup, taking notice of nature’s delights (and fortunate of that lovely autumnal Sun). I am frequently reminded of the incredible gift that Steiner education offers our children: an increased capacity for contemplative beholding; perseverance (especially evident as little legs strive to adjust to distances); mutual support; and of course, developing learning opportunities that is not simply mediated (and at times otherwise ‘locked’) through a screen.
In an article for the German Newspaper _The Threefold Social Order_, Steiner laments the continued intrusion of politics and economics in education, noting that ‘at every level, schools mould human beings into the form the state requires for doing what the state deems necessary. Arrangements in the schools reflect the government’s requirements.’ In contrast, Steiner advocates the following, which may be worth pondering:
-The real need of the present is that the schools be totally grounded in a free spiritual and cultural life. What should be taught and cultivated in these schools must be drawn solely from a knowledge of the growing human being and of individual capacities. A genuine anthropology must form the basis of education and instruction. The question should not be: What does a human being need to know and be able to do for the social order that now exists?, but rather: What capacities are latent in this human being, and what lies within that can be developed? […]
-This can be realized only if the schools and the whole educational system are placed on a footing of self-administration within the social organism. The government and the economy must receive people educated by the independent spiritual-cultural life; they must not, however, have the power to prescribe according to their own wants how these human beings are to be educated. […] It is neither for the state nor the economic life to say: We need someone of this sort for a particular post; therefore test the people that we need and pay heed above all that they know and can do what we want. Rather, the spiritual-cultural organ of the social organism should, following the dictates of its own independent administration, bring those who are suitably gifted to a certain level of cultivation.
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C4: Wednesday 5th May 3:15pm – Staff Member will provide supervision provided.
C3 Monday 10th May 3:30pm -Staff Member will provide supervision provided.
C2 Bush Walking
What a perfect day it was to start the years bush walking program. We started our walk at Injidup carpark and followed the tide line in silence until the edge of the sand dune. In this silence the children were able to still their minds and observe the natural world, the beauty of the Cape awakened in front of us.
As we negotiated the rocks a different landscape presented itself. Cliffs appeared and shells and coral could be found. We found a sheltered area to place our bags and explore for a while. Our journey continued around the Cape. It was worth the little rock climb to see a seal! The day ended with some sand dune fun. I am sure that there would have been sand everywhere when they returned home. I cannot wait for more adventures on our beautiful Cape.
Class 4 - The Human Being and the Animal Kingdom
“The animal world as a whole should be related to the human being. The child is thus enabled – in a living way – to find his own place in nature and in the world … we teach him to realise that the various animal- species spread over the world represent, in a certain sense the path towards human development. The plants have kinship to the earth, the animals to the human being – this should be the basis from which we start … in a very simple way…..we begin by calling the child’s attention to the nature of the human being … (This is followed by a thorough description of the human being in his threefoldness of head- organisation, rhythmic system and metabolic and limb system.)”
Rudolf Steiner – A Modern Art of Education
New Zealand Fur Seal
If one would consider a Main Lesson as a journey, this is an exciting and adventurous one. We are lucky to have close access to the capes natural world which allow us to have a strong connection to rocks, plants and animals. Yesterday’s bush walk saw us face to face with a New Zealand Fur Seal mother and her two little pups. What can we learn from their sudden, instinctive escape off the rocks and into the raging surf? The children asked, how are they able to perform such a daring, yet skilful action? A great place to continue our studies in the classroom.
Feeling the weight of our head
Class 4 are holding a second-hand stall at the
Dunsborough Central Markets in Lions Park on
Saturday May 8th.
Second-hand toys galore, household items, books, treasures at bargain prices.
Open 8-12 noon.
There will be a box outside the canteen if anyone has anything they would like to donate.
Many Thanks Elise Hanley 0439 064 080
Primary Years- Soup Roster Term 2
Phone: 9744 2230
Week 7 Term 2
1st June 2021