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  • Educating Children For The Journey: Jack Petrash at TED https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imaW-TabxOE​ Preparing for Life
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  • An interesting article link is below about hi-tech parents choosing to raise their children in low-tech home environments. Written by Nick Bilton and published in The Sydney Morning Herald on September 14, 2014 http://m.smh.com.au/digital-life/computers/steve-jobs-was-a-lowtech-parent-20140913-10fld2.touch.html
  • On 24 June 2014 an article was published on The Conversation. Written by Tao Bank, Educational Developer at Victorian University, the article provides an informative and independent view of Steiner/Waldorf schools today. To read the article, visit the following link: http://theconversation.com/for-creativity-capability-and-resilience-steiner-schools-work-24763
  • On Friday 13 June 2014 Willunga Waldorf School officially opened the new year 6 & 7 building. This capital works project has been funded by the Australian Government and The Hon Jamie Briggs MP will officiate at the opening ceremony.
  • On 4 June 2014, Willunga Waldorf School will be involved in a national initiative of the Principals Australia Institute (PAI), Student Principal for a Day. One Willunga Waldorf School student will get the chance to: •     Step into the shoes of the “principal” for a day •     Take part in a number of leadership opportunities throughout the day (negotiated with Willunga Waldorf School’s Principal, Janet Molloy)
  • On Monday there was a special assembly to mark our 25th Birthday. The students were treated to a story by our founding Kindergarten teacher, Marita Huxholl. An ancient Chinese proverb claims that in order to know where you are going, you need to know where you came from. Marita took great delight in sharing this story and made it interesting and accessible to all age groups.
  • To view inspirational footage about what's in store for your children through their Steiner/Waldorf education, click on the following link: Documentary: Waldorf School of the Peninsula, Silicon Valley, USA
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  •   Willunga Waldorf School is proud to present our class 12 projects to the wider school community. Date: Saturday 23 November Venue: Willunga Waldorf School Hall, 1 Jay Drive, Willunga Refreshments will be provided.  Please note: doors will close at the commencement of each speech and entry will not be permitted during presentations.
  • Willunga Waldorf School students perform The Ringbearer, written by Judith Clingan AM, a musical interpretation of Tolkien’s much loved classic, The Lord of the Rings. This is a public event and everyone is welcome.
  • Last Tuesday night, the class 9 participants completed the last ceremony of their Rite Journey, acknowledging the end of the year long program and welcoming the students into a respectful, responsible and resilient adulthood. The Homecoming Ceremony allowed the students, their parents, caregivers and mentors to acknowledge the challenges, the changes and the students' developing qualities with gratitude, humility and awareness.
  • 7 May 2013 Two of Willunga Waldorf School’s secondary students met with Kim Spargo and the ABC today to talk about their involvement in the 2013 Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Ella Heywood-Smith and Tayman Jamae are both students at Willunga Waldorf School who are set to be part of the 2013 Adelaide Cabaret Festival “Class of Cabaret” show.
  • Educational Facilitator, Felicity Hickman, congratulates Ned Marlow-Weir on receiving a Principal's Scholarship from Adelaide University. The award was made at a ceremony in Bonython Hall, following nomination by the school.
  • Angus Randall was joined by two first year university students who graduated from Waldorf/Steiner schools last year. The students, Ned Marlow-Weir, Willunga Waldorf School graduate and Fraser Betley, Mount Barker Waldorf School graduate, spoke with Angus about how they are finding the transition from an alternative school to University. To listen to the Radio Adelaide interview, click here.
  • What a wonderful weekend! Those who attended the class 12 project presentations were ‘blown away’ by the depth and breadth of the work the students have undertaken this year, and by the personal growth that has resulted. All the assertions I make about our students were in evidence. They are thoughtful, capable, resilient young adults, and will certainly chart interesting courses through the next phase of their lives. Felicity Hickman, Educational Facilitator
  • The Instrumental evening on Thursday was a wonderful demonstration of the depth and breadth of the school's specialist music program. Congratulations and many thanks to all the students and teachers who participated, and to parents for your ongoing support. Another group of parents to whom we are indebted are those who operate the Rainbow Room. What a delightful first birthday celebration you organised for us on Friday! May your artistic activity and generous support continue to ripple out into the community.
  • For the second year in a row, the script for our School Musical was written by Albert Jamae and the score by Allye Sinclair.
  • On Wednesday 16 May, children were delighted when award winning author Alison Lester visited Willunga Waldorf School. Alison read and held workshops for a number of local children from Aldinga and Willunga schools. Below are some links to more information about Alison Lester:Imagine:
  • Below is an excerpt from an email sent to the school by Rock Solid Adventures shortly after our Class 9 Camp returned last week. "After completing the program last week with the year 9's I wanted to write to the school to pass on my thanks and appreciation of such a great bunch of young people. It really is a credit to the school and its community that such a great bunch of students are able to conduct themselves so well over 5 days away. Thank you once again for such a lovely group"
  • The New York Times carried a front page report last month which began: The chief technology officer of eBay sends his children to a nine-classroom school here. So do employees of Silicon Valley giants like Google, Apple, Yahoo and Hewlett-Packard. But the school’s chief teaching tools are anything but high-tech: pens and paper, knitting needles and, occasionally, mud. Not a computer to be found. No screens at all. They are not allowed in the classroom, and the school even frowns on their use at home.
  • STRONG ~ BALANCED ~ DYNAMIC Our year 12 students certainly lived up to the school's 'key words' when they shared their special project journeys on Saturday. Passion and determination, capability and resilience shone through their words and through the samples of practical work they allowed us to glimpse. But more than this, as a group, there was a great 'heart' quality. The students explored human beliefs and ideas; the challenges we face, as individuals and communities; and their journeys towards understanding themselves. They all showed a genuine interest in helping others.
  • To view a short series of slides that illustrate and explore the connection between art and science, click here. Presentation compiled by Rebecca Hicks based no this year's Class 11 Botany Camp.
  • Last Thursday evening, a large group of parents filled the Library to hear Martin Samson share his research, reflections and questions regarding 'generation Z'. A central idea was that of 'due process' as a social gesture and individual need of these children, born since 1995 (or, according to some, 2000).
  • A School That Plays Together On Thursday evening, I was privileged to attend this year's Instrumental Music Night. Students from classes 5-11 performed solo, duet and ensemble pieces demonstrating both courage and skill. It was wonderful to experience the progression of music in the school through this event. We are certainly blessed to have a Music Director with Allye's amazing talent as both a musician and teacher, and that she has been able to secure the services of instrumental teachers who are happy to work with our students and our limited facilities.
  • The date for Book Week this year is 20-26 August. The theme is One World, Many Stories.
  • Congratulations to Matthew Reilly, Class 8 student, who placed 3rd in the DownHill Bike Race last weekend at Mount Torrens in the Junior Hardtail event - what a fantastic achievement!   Felicity HickmanEducational Facilitator
  • Photos from our most recent High School Musical, Wrong Side of the Tracks. Featuring music by Allye Sinclair, direction by Ambrae Jamae, written by Albert Jamae and performed by students from classes 7 to 12. Left to Right: Ella Heywood-Smith, Harry Laing, Celeste Jamae, Noah Richmond, Alanna Abbey  
  • What a beautiful evening it was!  Many thanks to you - our parents and friends, for your support for our Winter Festival. Your help enabled us to maintain a reverent mood for the lantern walk and the High School performances. Special thanks also to the musicians and to Sonja for returning to set up and manage the blacksmithing demonstration. Congratulations to all involved. Felicity Hickman, Educational Facilitator
  • Hearty congratulations to Andy McKechnie on being nominated by parents for one of this year's Neita Inspirational Teacher Awards. Andy has received a certificate, and now has to submit further information to stay in the running for one of these national awards.  Congratulations and good luck with phase 2, Andy! Felicity Hickman, Educational Facilitator
  • Wrong Side of the Tracks The Musical was marvellous! What awesome talent we have in our community – written by Albert, music by Allye, direction by Ambrae.... and performed by students from class 7 to 12. Most of the practices were in students' own time – a real testament to the inspiring leadership of Albert, Allye and Ambrae and to the enthusiasm of the students for sharing and participating in the creative process.
  • What a wonderful, memorable event!
  • Resilience is recognized as a quality essential to meeting the challenges of life, undaunted.  Being willing to have a go – and another go – to ask for help, to work with others, to solve the problems we’re confronted with, to see things through. 
  • On Friday we marked the start of Reconciliation Week with our third Dreaming Day.  From recess until the end of the day, students were engaged in activities led by our Aboriginal visitors and by Katrina who had borrowed a wonderful collection of Aboriginal tools and weapons.  Russell Milera spoke of his experience as a member of the Stolen Generations and Jack Buckskin about ‘growing up black’ in South Australia in the 1980’s and 90’s.  Ellen, Noreen and Ellie from Camp Coorong shared their weaving skills and artist Daphne Rickett renewed her connection with ou
  • Class 8 student, Bonnie Grant, represented the school last week in the SSSSA two day road cycling tour around McLaren Vale. There were 4 separate events. Bonnie won the 8km Time Trial by 1minute ahead of her nearest competitor and was put up to compete against the under 17 boys and girls. By the end of the final stage Bonnie achieved a silver Medal against the under 17 and under 19 girls and a gold medal in the Under 15 section.
  • It was the best fair ever! Moving around the space was something like walking on air. I experienced being carried from one part of the school to another, drawn by sights and sounds, scents and a sense of wonder. There was warmth and beauty and connectedness wherever I turned.
  • While most students were winding down from exams or making plans with friends after year 12, Willunga Waldorf School student Stefan Bucheler, was spending his summer working on Australia’s unique marine environment. Thanks to Bayer Australia & the Australian Geographic Society Stephan was awarded the BayerBoost environmental scholarship for 2010.
  • Congratulations to the Class 8 girls who won the grand final for schools Beach Volleyball, Year 8, Division 1 today.
  • A number of our High School students entered drawings in the Tour Down Under ‘Draw a Tree’ competition.  The prizes went to Mahalia White-McColl, Katharina Bucheler and Katrine Scharling-Gamba. Congratulations girls!
  • On Sunday 19 February there was a public meeting in Marion to explore the possibility of establishing a Steiner stream in second state school. The meeting was well attended and the initiative group feels confident that its efforts will bear fruit within 2 years.  It’s very exciting to think that there might now be enough interest in Steiner/Waldorf education in the Adelaide area to support not only two K-12 schools but also two Primary school ‘streams’.  We wish the initiative group every success. Felicity Hickman, Educational Facilitator
  • Those of us who were lucky enough to secure tickets to the Special Education Support Group’s Art Auction were treated to a wonderful afternoon at Russell’s on Sunday.  The Ballroom was filled with beautiful art works, and there were more being raffled and silently auctioned in the Cottage.  There was good wine, good coffee, delicious pizzas and cakes…great conversation, and a fabulous atmosphere.  Katrina the MC, a whole team of parents and students volunteering their services in various roles – including Albert the Auctioneer: all ensured that the event was warm
  • Masters student Ben Prosser was impressed by his visit to Willunga Waldorf School in late 2010.  An excerpt from his report is below:
  • Congratulations to two of our students, Bea Hanna (Class 9) has become a member of the South Australian Youth Orchestra, and India Armstrong (Class 10) will later this year be part of the Australian Youth Choir when it tours the USA. Wonderful news, girls!
  • We are delighted to announce that all of the 2010 Class 12 students who applied for university have received offers in the first round. Areas of study to be undertaken include Law, Marine Biology, Behavioural Science, Journalism, Tourism/Event Management, Design, Creative Writing and Arts. Congratulations 2010 Class 12's!
  • Stefan Bücheler, whose 2010 Class 12 project focused on reef health has been awarded one of three national research grants by the Australian Geographic Society. The $5,000 grant will allow Stefan to extend his Marine Biology research over the summer months. What a wonderful endorsement of the depth and rigour of your work this year, Stefan – Congratulations from all at Willunga Waldorf School! Felicity Hickman, Educational Facilitator
  • Congratulations to Bonnie Grant and Matthew Reilly on their performance at the SAPSASA State Cycling Championship yesterday afternoon. Bonnie won Gold in the Year 7 Girls and Matthew won Bronze in the Year 7 Boys.
  • The school is currently exploring the possibility of offering afternoon care for a small number of Kindergarten children in the playgroup room on 2-3 afternoons each week. To express interest in this ‘user pays’ service, please speak to Irene Bragg (Playgroup Coordinator) or Felicity Hickman (Educational Facilitator) through the School Front Office on (08) 8556 2655.
  • The Way It Is There is a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what things you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard for others to see. While you hold it you can’t get lost. Tragedies happen; people get hurt Or die; and you suffer and grow old. Nothing you do can stop time unfolding. But you don’t ever let go of the thread.
  • To check out Stefan's inspiring article in the latest ReefWatch Newsletter, click here and navigate to Page 7.
  • If I were a parent at this school, I would buy one of these books for each of my children. The stories enable readers to experience the highs and lows of the pioneering years of the school and help to answer the question – How did we get to this point? The titles of the articles entice us to dip in: “Generosity of Spirit”, “From Little Things”, “Memories and Mysteries”, “Little Did We Know”, “Oh the Anticipation!” ... and many more.
  • Congratulations to Clem and Sam (Class 8) and Ronlyn, Allye and Scott who formed the indomitable Willunga Waldorf Warriors Team for the City to Bay, running and walking a total of 48km on Sunday 19 September, along with 30,000 others. It was a beautiful day and an impressive effort, despite the odd sore ankle! Well done, especially to our two young students who got out of bed extremely early for a Sunday morning!
  • Last Friday we learned that class 7 student Thomas Hynes has been selected for the Southern Region SAPSASA Cricket team. The team will compete against other regional teams in Week 4. Well done Tom!
  • In recent years, High School classes have had a range of opportunities to work with practicing artists.  Last term for example, class 12 students worked with local printmaker and poet Julia Wakefield on portraiture.  Julia’s feedback was very positive:
  • On Saturday night we held our third Bush Dance and I think all would agree it was a fabulous night. Everyone was dancing, the atmosphere was joyful and all the food was eaten... a wonderful success. However this could not have happened without the enthusiasm, determination and heart of Louise Lawson whose energy is inspiring. Thank you Louise and we look forward to next years Bush Dance... in our wonderful new hall! Elizabeth Stewien (on behalf of the P & F Committee)
  • Congratulations to Nick Boerema who has just been awarded the Sydney University Medal for Renewable Energy Engineering. This is the university’s highest possible recognition of an undergraduate student in a distinct area of study. It is awarded to a student who has shown highly distinguished merit and performed at a level significantly above the minimum required for Honours Class 1. Well done Nick on you outstanding achievement!
  • What a glorious day it was – and what a vision our school community shared with all and sundry, as we joined the Almond Blossom Festival parade with our spectacular birthday cake!  I’m sure our co-ordinator will be thanking all contributors and participants, who were so beautifully dressed and beautifully behaved, so I will simply say – Thank you, Katrina.  Katrina devoted an enormous amount of energy and expertise to ensuring that our school’s entry in the parade would be prominent and memorable….and it was! 
  • What a glorious day it was on Sunday– and what a vision our school community shared with all and sundry, as we joined the Almond Blossom Festival parade with our spectacular birthday cake!  I’m sure our co-ordinator will be thanking all contributors and participants, who were so beautifully dressed and beautifully behaved, so I will simply say – Thank you, Katrina.  Katrina devoted an enormous amount of energy and expertise to ensuring that our school’s entry in the parade would be prominent and memorable….and it was!  
  • Bonnie Grant, Class 7, achieved second place in the Santos Junior Tour over the holidays.  Congratulations, Bonnie!
  • Nominations are now open for the NEiTA 2010 ASG Inspirational Teaching Awards. This year the NEiTA program recognises the range of leadership qualities that inspirational teachers bring both to their roles and the teaching profession with the theme Great Teachers Lead The Way.
  • Willunga Waldorf School's School Performance Report is now available under the "Our School" page. The report covers information like student attendance and teacher qualifications, parent and teacher satisfaction, students' academic achievements and the characteristics of the school community in terms of socio-economic indicators, ethnicity, etc. Parents may also request a hard copy by phoning the front office on (08) 556 2655.
  • The evening of Friday 18 June is the school's Winter Festival. Primary school students have been working hard on beautiful lanterns for the Lantern Walk. High School students have been practicing fire handling skills in the lead up to the event for what will surely be a spectacle of whirling pois and fire sticks. It promises to be a very special evening.
  • Well, it certainly was the best High School Musical yet. Hearty congratulations to Allye Sinclair and Jonathon Waetford, Albert and Ambrae Jamae of Jamae Raw and the whole cast, their parents and supporters. What beautiful voices! What superb characterisation! What diction! It was wonderful to experience the maturing of talent only glimpsed in previous productions, and to catch sight of possibilities for the future in the performances of several newcomers.
  • The Willunga Waldorf School will be presenting Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan for the 2010 musical. The production involves approximately 30 students from classes 7 – 11. A staff of six are currently heavily involved in the rehearsing and construction aspects of the show, while one Class 12 student has taken advantage of the opportunity to design some of the costumes for her Major Project for the year.
  • What a wonderful day!  A warm and thoroughly inclusive celebration, showcasing the strength, creativity and generosity of our community. Many thanks to everyone – the organising committee, the class co-ordinators, the bakers and bringers of goodies, the crafts people, the musicians, parents, students and members of staff.  The way the school hummed with activity from early on Friday morning until late on Saturday was a clear demonstration of 'the whole' being greater than 'the sum of the parts'.
  • At our recent 21st birthday celebration we looked to the past, present and future of the school. Liz Stewein expressed parent birthday wishes and thanks, Adeshua and Felicity spoke on behalf of the College of teachers and Stephanie Roger shared the following wish for future students of Willunga Waldorf School. Stephanie is currently in Year 12. Her carefully considered words, along with the Autumn Fair and Harvest Festival, provide a fitting end to the richness of the term. Thank you Stephanie. Katrina Kytka
  • The school enjoyed a 21st Birthday Celebration on Monday 15 March 2010. It was a perfect way to begin the week - to give thanks for the foresight and determination of the founding families and teachers, to recognise the blessings of the school as it is today, and to look forward with enthusiasm and confidence to the next 21 years.
  • We are very pleased and proud to announce the following Tertiary study offers to date for our 2009 Class 12's: Jo Blacklock - Design and Technology, University of SA Gabe Bullock - Engineering (Specialising in Fabrication), Panorama TAFE Liam Esler - Bachelor of Arts (Drama), Flinders University Zeo Ween-Vermazen - Marine Biology, Flinders University