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                                                                                                      Issue 4       Week 2    Term 2      2nd   May  2023

Upcoming Events Term 2

Monday 1st May

  • C2 & 3 Bushwalking 

Wednesday 3rd May

  • Classes 4 & 5 Bush walking 
  • Soup Day 

Friday 5th May

  • K6 Mini Bush Walk

Monday 8th May

  • C2 & 3 Bushwalking 

Tuesday 9th May

  • C3 Fair Harvest Excursion

Wednesday 10th May

  • Classes 4 & 5 Bush walking 
  • Soup Day 

Friday 12th May

  • K6 & C1 Bush Walking

Monday 15th May

  • Class 5&6 Leave for camp at Contos

Tuesday 16th May

  • C3 Fair Harvest Excursion
  • YSS AGM 6pm School Hall 

Wednesday 17th May

  • Soup Day
  • Class 5&6 return from Camp 

Welcome to Term 2

Dear families,

There is much planned for this short Term, with only 8 weeks remaining until our Winter Solstice celebration on June 21st and the end of term on June 23rd.

The bushwalking programme is now underway, as are Languages and Music classes.

Blessed are the soup makers on Wednesdays, as the weather changes and warm food is so welcome. We continue to be so grateful to the Yallingup Woodfired Bakery for their generous provision of breads to accompany the soup.

It is with great pleasure that we welcome two new staff members onboard this term.

Michelle Gabelich joins us as Japanese teacher on Tuesdays. With an extensive teaching history, Michelle brings a warm and friendly expertise in her field, that will offer much cultural enrichment and auditory development to our students.

Marika Erceg joins us on Thursdays to work with Class 4 and Class 6 and to orient herself with the running of our school under the mentorship of our teachers. Marika will also be a valuable addition to our relief teaching pool this winter.

Rae-Lee Searle returns on Thursdays and Fridays, bringing our new Music programme to life and is also in collaboration musically with Catherine Reid in the realm of Learning support.

Annie Malcolm is currently on leave and the handcraft programme is continuing to be supported by Victoria Robertson, Class teachers and myself.

It is such a pleasure to be bringing the staffing of our programmes into new and inspired collaborations. There is a feeling of liveliness in the work of the staff that is evident in our Professional Development, College and Faculty meetings.

Last week at Monday’s scheduled Professional Development, our staff studied the commentaries of Rudolf Steiner on the Inner Nature of music tone and discussed ways in which we might bring the children to an openness and enjoyment in their educational experience.

This week the Board of Steiner Education Australia has announced the appointment of Mr Andrew Hill as the next Chief Executive Officer.

Andrew was appointed because of his wide experience in all aspects of Steiner education. This includes teaching and teacher training, management, governance and parent support. He is a well-respected speaker on Steiner education, delivers professional development workshops to teachers, and has presented numerous keynote lectures and workshops both nationally and internationally.

Originally a university academic in Behavioural Science in Medicine, Andrew was a founding teacher of the Newcastle Waldorf School before teaching at Warrah Specialist School and Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School, Sydney.

From 2008 until 2022, he was the Collegiate Chair and then Head of School at Glenaeon and therefore the School’s Delegate to SEA and for SEA initiatives.

He commences in the role on 1 May to replace Dr Virginia Moller who will depart on 15 May after many years of exceptional service.

Wishing you all a warm welcome to Term Two,


Education facilitator


 Annual General Meeting, Special Resolution and Call for Board Member Nominations

The Annual General Meeting of
Yallingup Steiner School Association Incorporated
is to be held at 6PM on Tuesday 16th May 2023
via Zoom from Yallingup Steiner School.

Dear Parents, Guardians, Teachers, Staff who are members of the Association,
The 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Yallingup Steiner School (YSS). Association Inc. (ABN 69 178 847 406) will be held at 6pm, on Tuesday 16th May 2022 in the School Hall at Yallingup Steiner School, and via zoom meeting. The meeting comprises the Annual Report for the year ending 31 December 2022, presenting a copy
of the auditor’s report on the financial statements; report from the College of Teachers, a report from the YSS P&F, a summary of the school strategic plan, followed by the Election of Board members.

If you are a member of the Association and are unable to attend the AGM please return a proxy form which are available via SchoolStream, & hard copies from the school office.

Bush Walking

Our treasured bush walking program is due to commence again this week.

Alongside teaching staff, Cape to Cape Explorer Tours will provide an extra 2 guides and all transport.

As many of you are already aware, our bush walking programme is incredibly rich and varied.  Giving children the opportunity to experience nature speaks directly to our curriculum and our philosophical orientation to education. 

Please take some time to prepare your children for our weekly walks and make sure they have suitable bush walking gear (inclusive of a change of clothing) and wet weather protection.  (See attached list for suggestions.)

Please also provide a morning tea and lunch filled with sustenance that is easy to transport.

Detailed information is on SchoolStream and has been emailed out to families.

Many thanks,

Primary School Staff

Easter Celebration Term 1

Washing of the Feet last term saw one of the most beautiful and reverent festivals of the year enacted. As teachers washed the feet of their students while the parents then massaged the children’s feet. We would like to give our heartfelt thanks to Anna Bogachova for her delightful piano accompaniment during the festival.

Class 4 Cheeky Sheep Felt

At the start of Term 1, Class Four was delivered a freshly shorn fleece from the Lewis family. Andrew told us that Cheeky, their pet sheep, was in need of a fleece cut and we were the lucky recipients. So the shearer gives you a fleece, Class Four will turn it into ‘Cheeky Fleece Easter baskets’.

The process of de-daging, which repulsed some of the children, washing, making the turmeric and beetroot dye, drying, carding and creating the felt was inspiring. We all learnt so much about a natural fibre that we all take for granted, wool.

We look forward to the next delivery.


Class 6 Sailing Course

It was wonderful to learn from such a great bunch of experienced sailors at Adventure Sailing WA. As the children learned the essentials of sailing, they were able to take on more jobs on the boat and confidently navigate through the choppy waves. 

The instructors passed on their knowledge on knot tying, steering, handling the sails, sailing terminology, wind directions and safety precautions, such as proper communication while on board and manoeuvring in and out of the Geographe Bay Marina.

Teamwork was of the essence as the children had to coordinate their efforts to ensure that the boats were moving in the right direction, we were flying along to race each other and performed daring maneuvers to get close to our classmates for water gun fights.

CWA Craft Weekend.

 It was such an honour to host the annual CWA craft weekend on the weekend just gone. The car park was full of number plates from all over the state as ladies of all ages enjoyed each other’s company as they crafted. General public called in to buy jams and preserves and take a look at the activities throughout the weekend. A special thanks needs to go out to Paula Myers who donated her time to create amazing food for all participants. My highlight was just to be able to sit and listen, make connections and ask lots of questions. We have so much to gain from those that have gone before. Truly inspirational. Look forward to hosting the CWA again.

Blessed are the Soup Makers ! Soup Day Information

Primary Years- Soup Roster Term 2

The primary school Soup Day will commence on Wednesday 26th April. Yallingup Wood Fired Bread will once again be donating their delicious & nutritious bread. The bread along with butter will be at the school kitchen on the morning of soup day.  

Soups are required to be made in the school kitchen so please come to school with time to prepare, cook & serve your soup -Lunch is served at 12:45 pm for all primary classes. Please cook enough soup to feed around 40 hungry children (10 litres-around 45 cups) this is important as we have had days when we have run out of soup. The P&F kitchen is fully equipped so you will not need to bring anything other than your fresh ingredients. Please remember to confer with your ‘soup buddy’ to make sure that one person prepares a vegetarian & gluten/dairy free soup. If you are unable to prepare & cook the soup on the day, you can come in the day before to do it & leave it in the fridge, but please ensure you leave enough time to come in on the day to reheat, serve your soup and to cut up and butter the bread. *BOTH SOUPS ARE REQUIRED TO BE FREE OF PEANUT’S and BRAZIL NUTS*

We have found that it is helpful after you have done your soup roster to call the parent next on the list, giving them a friendly reminder that they are on the roster the following week.

If you are unable to make your rostered day, please make arrangements ahead of time to swap with someone else on the roster or another parent in the school. Please inform Alice Leavy of any changes on 0419 956 576

Soup costs $2.50 per child per week; No money will be taken on the day. If you haven’t already returned the payment form (available on school stream or from the school office) please do so as soon as possible.   

As well as giving our children a delicious warm hearty meal, this is a fantastic fundraiser for our school, the P&F thank you all ahead of time, for your time spent & generosity in making this fundraiser successful.

Remember when paying online please clearly state the full name of your child and the words ice-cream/soup and please only use the P&F Bank account.

-YSS P&F Association BSB: 633-000 ACC: 146802558   

Community Notices (Please note – the events and views in these Community Notices are not sponsored by YSS and do not necessarily reflect the views of the School.)

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