Please read full version here: 2012/08/08 Silver Leaves Edition 287e
Last week I assisted Hayley with our first school tour of the term. Through the eyes of prospective parents and children I was reminded of the wonder of Waldorf Education and with a tinge of regret I missed being a Class Teacher. It was a lovely experience going around the whole school seeing the work of our fabulous teachers with their beautiful students. Kindy was at play, in Class 1 and 2 the gardening class was underway, Wayfarers were making thatched roofing for a building project and Pilgrims were calculating percentages for their imaginary shop. All was as it should be in a Waldorf school. A parent had come in early to tidy so that the gardens and pathways were nicely presented. As we journeyed the school, Hayley told the story of our work with a beautiful spark in her eye so it wasn’t any wonder that the tour group was keen to enrol their children.
Last week our poles for the orchard were erected. Before long the fencing will go up to protect the trees when they are planted.
Some sad news for this week’s newsletter is notice that Paul Lawrence will be leaving us. His last day will be Wednesday 22nd August. Paul has worked with our students over a very long period and will be sadly missed both as a music teacher and vital member of our community. In the next few weeks Julia Humphries will be shadowing Paul and learning how to continue the fine music programme that has been established here at Silver Tree and for which we are renowned. Julia will continue the music programme in a relief capacity until this substantive position is filled. On behalf of the school I would like to thank Paul and look forward to him keeping in touch as a mentor for our music teacher. I wish Paul every success in his coordinator work with Perth Waldorf School.
On the same subject, Julie Harrison will continue the work of Marlies with the stringed instruments.
With all these changes, I am reminded that spring is also coming. The wattle is out along the roadside making a very pretty drive to and from our school.
From the Calendar of the Soul
My firmness and Strength gives me ground that is sure,
For the light of the Child is gentle and pure.
All things become bathed with his healing, gold light
When I look at the world with his love in my sight.