Here-turi-kōkā / Ākuhata 2020
Tuesday 11th August 2020
Last Minute Reminders for TOMORROW – Wednesday 12th August
- CLASS 3 Play for CL3 parents in the Whare – please park on the field and arrive in time to be seated by 1.45pm
- Kindergarten Information Afternoon @ 3.15pm. If you have friends interested in our kindergartens, please feel free to invite them to our Information Afternoon. There is no need to register, just report to Reception on arrival. Please arrange for alternative care for children if possible.
10AM – 3PM
On Sunday the 8th of November 2020, we will again be opening our doors to share all of the wonder and beauty that our children experience every day, with the families of the wider Bay, at our Annual Fair and Open Day. The unusual events of 2020 generate an even greater desire in us to create this wonderful opportunity to come together and celebrate our Tauranga Waldorf community.
Our Annual Fair is a time where we work hand-in-hand to express our unique special Waldorf character. We showcase who we are and what we stand for, and our willingness to share that with the wider community. It’s a time where we consciously give forward and outwards. We try and spread the magic of a natural childhood, which our children have every day, beyond our own village.
The Class 2 Fair coordinating team is well underway and we’re excited! We’re so looking forward to creating, with your help, yet another magical experience for the children of our school and for our wider community.
We invite you all to get behind our Class 2 team again this year and, to the extent that you and we are all able, to stand and work together in achieving this ideal. This first notice introduces you to the core team so you know where to go with enquiries, and invites your keen enthusiasm towards our requests for stall coordinators and crafters.
Click here to read the full version of the Fair & Open Day Newsletter.
Thanks in advance for your support!
From the School
Term 2 finished in a spectacular fashion with our annual Festival of Lights adding weight to this year very special Matariki celebrations.
Subsequently the pace hasn’t seemed to slow for a minute. The term break was a whirl of activity with a number of upgrades and improvements achieved through some slick planning and some impressive cooperation. This meant that Term 3 could open, amongst other things to a new look office configuration with a chronic space shortage in the admin building at least partially solved, with a new double office being created out of the ashes of the old.
For those of you needing to come to the office to make payments or other enquiries, don’t be fooled by the first locked door and the fore-shortened deck. We are here and open for business – via the second door. The afternoons at pickup can be problematical for a quick drop in but there are always available parking spaces outside the admin building in the mornings after drop-off.
Inside the office you will find not only a new work configuration but a new face too.
Sharon Roberts has joined our office team coming from a background in admin including working in universities. Immediately prior to joining our team, Sharon was for 8 years with a locally owned family- based engineering firm where she administrated health and safety systems including training. She brings with her an interest in regenerative farming, and children’s literature which will no doubt support her feeling at home here.
We are thrilled to also welcome a new member to our teaching team with Fiona Thomas joining us from the Noosa Pengarri Steiner School in Queensland Australia.
Fiona brings with her solid experience as a class teacher having completed a full class 1 to 7 cycle as well as a second class 1-5 cycle there, before returning home to New Zealand because let’s face it, this is paradise. Fiona is currently giving our class teacher Jo a well -earned break and offering her weight in gold by taking on just weeks in to her time with us, the class 5 play.
She is supported in this by Trudy Kendall who many of you know as a long time parent in the school but may be less familiar with her as a teacher and especially a drama teacher. With a Class 3 play on this week and the class 5 play just two weeks away, more and more of you will get to experience the quality Trudy has offered our tamariki over this last term and it is to be hoped, going forward too. Trudy’s contribution is yet another of the initiatives that the Board and Wst have approved to support the class teachers being able to deliver quality experiences in what for many of us, are unstable and tough times.
It has been just lovely watching some of you begin to park at the top of the hill and take the time to walk your children down to school and kindergarten. We do appreciate that the new drop off system has been a godsend for some but we’re hoping as the weather improves more of you might find the time, even if just occasionally, to experience our beautiful campus walking with your child. There are many paths and roads to be traversed here and treasures to be found on the way. It is just great to see you taking this time quietly with your child. Great to see other children being encouraged to walk down or up independently too.
We do continue to ask that you don’t enter the crowded porches so that children and especially small children don’t have to navigate large foreign adult bodies while finding their ‘space’ to store their belongings. We also ask that you allow your children to walk away from you rather than leaving them. We are working hard in the school on building the children’s confidence and independence and really so appreciate your support in this. Nga mihi o to awhina.
You may have noticed a subtle shift generally, with teachers encouraging increased learning ownership – not just ownership of individual effort but of the efforts of their class as a whole. Steiner/Waldorf education is overtly social in its mission and the concept of the individual finding identity through contribution to the whole, is central to our kaupapa.
Watch out for increased opportunities for all our tamariki to experience the joys of cooperation, belonging and contribution in community. We hope you will enjoy a greater emphasis on the children inviting you as parents, collectively, into their learning space, and showing you the fruits of both their combined and individual efforts as your hosts.
Nga manaakitanga ki runga i a koutou.
Kia Ora Kindergarten Whanau and others
I was delighted to hear from the teachers how much fun they have had with you at the social parent evening earlier this term. To stay until the alarms went off sounds like you have been making up indeed for all the lost catch ups in term 2! For those who have missed out, here is the date for the next parent evening, for all kindergartens Tuesday, September 8th at 6:30pm.
Another date for your calendar is the Spring Festival, on the last morning of term, details to be confirmed. For now, please keep your excitement contained, the children will learn about this in due time.
Our lovely Parent Liaisons have come up with a plan for creating warmth and connection amongst the parent body. Please see copy of the email that was sent out yesterday to our kindergarten families. Starting from tomorrow, please feel invited to come along and to help create a space for belonging, learning and contributing. I am more than happy to supplement, if a need is identified, in regards to parent education etc.
At kindergarten we have been very excited to hear our teacher Sam and her husband have welcomed a healthy boy into their family, during the term break.
We wish them all the very best for the journey ahead!
Rose Ring Kindergartens have welcomed a new staff member as of this week. Teresa has been relieving on call and we are very happy she is has agreed to become part of the team! Aliz is following her other interests while Teresa is now relieving the Kotahi teachers and Summer Rose team for lunch breaks every day.
A new staff member always serves as a kind of mirror. We have to explain what we do, how we do it and why. And of course we love the fresh eyes and the praise for our tamariki, for their deep engagement and for their social and practical skills. If I could give you a glass-bowl look into the kindergartens, you would see amazing interactions, self-management, play and work, indoors and outdoors. Thank you so much for setting the children up for great days! We are aware that packing those bags every day is a job in itself, not to speak of the sand collecting in the cars and your washing machines running hot.
Term 3 is traditionally the time when all is in good shape, when everyone is familiar with each other and with the rhythms of kindergarten life. Let’s enjoy this!
As adults we are aware of the transitions coming up and we might feel excited or a little nostalgic. Please do not mention the changes on the horizon within earshot of the children, so they are settled and relaxed in the present.
For the Rose Ring Kindergartens
From Teresa Maxwell
Tēnā koutou katoa
I greet you all
Nō Whangaparaoa ahau
I am from the East Coast
Ēngari kei te noho ahau I Papamoa ināianei
However I live in Papamoa now
He kaimahi ahau he Kinikātene
I work at Kindergarten
Ko au te kaiako
I am a teacher
Ko Teresa ahau
My name is Teresa
Nō reira ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou
Therefore warm greetings to you all
Tēnā tatou katoa
(Thank you) everyone
I am studying at Te Rito Maioha doing my Bachelor of Teaching Degree.
Studying with Te Wānanga o Raukawa to support my daughters and grandsons
who live in Australia to enhance their te reo Māori and tikanga Māori.
My eldest son, this is his first year at Auckland University, my youngest son this
is his last year at Papamoa College. Next year he plans to go to Auckland
I am looking forward to getting to know you all.
From Kindergartens Parent Liaisons
Kia ora Rose Ring Kindergarten,
We miss seeing you all and having mini catch up/check-ins. So every Wednesday straight after drop off we will be hosting a little drop in cup of tea in Spring Rose Kindergarten (Spring Rose are at the farm on Wednesdays). Children are welcome, of course.
This will be open to all kindergarten classes including Kotahi, feel free to come for 5 minutes or an hour. These mornings will be pretty informal but we may sometimes organise some sort of craft how-to, a teacher to come and speak on a certain topic etc.
We understand that this isn’t accessible to all parents and we will continue to organise a catch up one or two times a term outside of school hours so we can catch up with those of you who can’t make these drop ins.
Hope to see you there – this will start from this Wednesday, 12th August, where one of us Parent Liaisons will host it – hope to see you there if you can make it.
Jules, Tess, Dahna and Mariana
From the Board of Trustees
A positive and constructive discussion was held on the 30th of July about our school’s travel planning with parents, Council travel representatives and school staff attending.
Our school travel action plan (facilitated by Travel Safe) will aim to reduce congestion, facilitate road safety and encourage more walking and cycling to school. It will cover drop off and pick up, parking and other forms of safe journeying to and from school – both on school property and council property (buses, footpaths, crossings etc.).
On top of this, we wish to build independence within our children, ensure our teachers are supported to create the best possible environment for our children, keep our community spirit intact and, together, create opportunities for people to feel aware and connected. While, strictly speaking, these factors sit outside of the travel action plan, they are special parts of our unique education and treasured by our community. Our travel planning decisions do have an impact on these areas and we need to be aware of and make conscious choices as a result. Our hope is that we may, together, be able to enhance the experience in each of these areas, while improving traffic flow, safety and air quality. For this, we will definitely need your continued input, patience and support!
The meeting was facilitated by Martin Parkes, a traffic engineer engaged to help us update our travel action plan, and Desiree Burborough, a School Travel Safe Coordinator. Travel Safe is an agency that supports Councils, schools and their communities to make it safe for kids to get to school and, with that, comes an attention on health and wellbeing via encouragement for active travel. Active travel refers to walking, biking, scootering, skating and taking the free buses where that is possible.
Some positive aspects of our current situation were identified by Martin and Desiree as:
- Our site offers a bonus in its ability to provide both a park and walk option as well as a drive-through one. They said this is a rare bonus and that our neighboring Welcome Bay School has now removed all of the parking spaces outside the school and are now using this area as a drive-through also, reporting the same increases we’ve experienced for children with improved self-management skills, independence and confidence.
- They commended the school for having class communities with parent liaisons, plus regular parent meetings, plus felt the willingness of the school to engage in parents’ individual situations and problem-solve issues as they arise was really good.
A number of practical travel issues were raised with the decision taken to collect all of these issues, plus consult the wider parent community, so these can be used to inform the development of our travel action plan and, where required, used to canvas and lobby council for change.
It’s really important that each of us takes responsibility and has input into creating and adapting our community to these changing times, so we will also be asking the community what ideas they have by way of a survey to be distributed shortly. Who knows … together we may in time create something even better than we had before!
From the Waldorf Schools Trust
As a group, the Waldorf Schools Trust has recently embarked on a strategic planning process to support the Board of Trustees new charter requirements. We are looking to clarify the vision for our campus for the next 5 years and restructure some our operations as part of that process. To achieve all this we are working with Herbert Walpert of Mira Companions, a community and business facilitator who consults with companies in both NZ and internationally, notably Weleda who you will all be familiar with.
After the Covid-19 lockdown, the many challenges that are coming towards us all are impossible to ignore. So a priority that we are already acting on is a renewed focus on intentional community building in this changing landscape.
Once upon a time, we adults of the community came together naturally and regularly – we upgraded and painted classrooms, built decks and play equipment, desks and toys for the kindergarten, often in whole or class community working bees. The children were the reason for the social life that naturally arose out of our efforts and on the basis of those efforts. the wonderful school we have today, grew.
Now, the very different lives we all lead mean that fewer parents are available to contribute practically as in days of old. Now, social life that consists of spontaneous interactions in passing and on the hop are way more the norm than a study group, a crafting group or a project. As society and life has changed, we find ourselves in interactions that are less conscious, less intentional and more likely focused either on ourselves or on the welfare of our own children rather than class groups or the school as a whole. As a result, our community purpose and mission – the care and education of every child – seems in danger of being less widely held, too. As an observation I’d say that what we tend to value and expect as adults now is less about what we can offer and contribute to the whole and more about the quality of what we feel we are receiving.
Yet, Waldorf education is not something you can purchase. Our facilitator Herbert has been very frank with the Proprietors Trust about the challenges of this next stage of development as a school community. He says it is inevitable and appropriate that the old pioneering spirit fades. What we achieve next he tells us though, will still be , as it always was , in all our hands equally. This is what makes us a Waldorf school –a social education – in service of every child.
We hope that you may have had the opportunity to enjoy the revived Friday market which the Waldorf Schools Trust is now resourcing. There is much more to come in this vein too and you will no doubt have begun to experience the fresh approaches the College of Teachers tell us they are also taking towards empowering the children to take their own and more active place in our community mission.
These are unprecedented times and identifying and harvesting the opportunities that arise from them is our aim. We look forward to sharing more of our plan as it is confirmed.
Waldorf Schools (Bay of Plenty) Trust
From the Farm
Just this morning Class 2 held a farewell ceremony for Hermione our much loved kune kune matriarch who has been suffering increasing ill health and pain recently. after a long and fruitful life up at the farm.
The Class heard the story of the small Hermione who came to us many years ago as the runt of a litter and went forward with great glory to become a real fixture in all our children’s lives. She had many litters and was a very good mother on the whole.
Hermione’s passing does mean that we are not going to be needing additional pig food in the next while so the pig food buckets will be removed from the rubbish bin area. The remaining pig will be well cared for by the kindergarten.
Parent Education Opportunities
- For those of you who attended the parent education night delivered by the Tui Collective over the last term break and for any others of you who may be interestedthere are several offerings below. Details for these online courses can be found at parentscourse.co.nz.
With two courses currently on offer, the first concerned with The Twelve Sense and the second with the Four Temperaments.
Warwick Sandler of Motueka Steiner School is the organizer for these courses.
- A seminar is to be held in Tauranga by Ian Trousdell, ex teacher and Waldorf school-founder both in New Zealand and in China. Ian is an amazing researcher and speaker, and inventor / designer of the “Flow-Forms” in water-research and water purification.
The Title of this seminar is: “How to know reality ?” and will be held on weekend 11-13 September. If you are interested please contact Rene De Monchy at firstname.lastname@example.org. The venue for this seminar will depend on numbers.
- Thursday 13th August – Tauranga Girls College Interviews for CL7 students, more info from Taryn Potier
- Thursday 13th August – CLASS 6 Parent Evening @ 7pm
- Friday 14th August – CLASS 4 Gate Pa Trip – 9am to 12.30pm
- Tuesday 18th August – Ensemble Concert for Parents @ 2pm in the Whare
- Tuesday 25th August – CLASS 4 Parent Evening @ 7pm
- Wednesday 26th August – CLASS 7 Parent Evening @ 7pm
- Tuesday 1st September – CLASS 4 Violin Concert for CL4 parents
- Wednesday 2nd September – Kindergarten Information Afternoon @ 3.15pm
- Thursday 3rd September – CLASS 5 Play – time to be advised
- Tuesday 8th September – Kindergartens Parent Evening @ 6.30pm
- Wednesday 9th September – CLASS 6 & 7 Fire Festival, more info from Roanna Gornall and Taryn Potier
- Thursday 17th September – Tauranga Girls College Testing for CL7 students in the Whare – 9am to 11am
- Thursday 17th September – Te Arakura Parents meeting in the Whare – 1pm to 1.30pm
- Friday 25th September – Last day of Term 3 – Spring Michael Festival. School finishes @ 1pm, Kindergartens operate as usual till 3pm, Oscar Programme is closed in the afternoon.
- Rambling Rose Kindergarten operates from the farm during the school term break – Mon 28th Sept to Fri 9th Oct / 9am-3pm
- Monday 12th October – School TERM 4 starts, Te Arakura Hikoi, Kindergartens and Oscar Programme all return.
- Tuesday 13th October – Rosebud Playgroup returns – 9am to 12pm
- Friday 23rd October – Teacher Only Day, Rambling Rose Kindergarten operates 9am to 3pm at the Farm
- Monday 26th October – Labour Day – School, Kindergartens and Oscar Programme are closed
- Sunday 8th November – Fair & Open Day – 10am to 3pm
- Monday 9th November – Teacher Only Day, Rambling Rose Kindergarten operates 9am to 3pm at the Farm