Noosa Pengari Steiner School Newsletter Issue #20 - 22 November 2013
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Newsletter Issue #20 - 22 November 2013
Term Dates 2013

Term 19 weeks - 29 Jan - 28 Mar

Term 2: 10 weeks - 16 Apr - 21 Jun
Term 310 weeks - 16 Jul - 20 Sep
               Pre-Prep - 15 Jul - 20 Sep

Term 49 weeks - 9 Oct - 6 Dec
               Pre-Prep - 8 Oct - 13 Dec

Term Dates 2014

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Click on these handy links to take you to the following sections of the Newsletter
  1. Principal's Message
  2. Office Angels News
  3. News From The Business Administrator
  4. Building Programme News
  5. Orchestra Fundraiser
  6. Class 6 News
  7. Class 7 News
  8. Class 3 Camp News
  9. Class 8 News
  10. Netball News
  11. Class 10 Geometry
  12. Outdoor Education News
  13. The Bridge
  14. Missing Our Hannah
  15. Staff Wellbeing
  16. Prac Student Reflections
  17. P & F Update
  18. Maths Puzzle
  19. Bus News
  20. Community Notices

 Principal's Message
From Janet Molloy, Principal

Dear Parents and Community,
Truth, Beauty, Goodness
You have, no doubt, heard the teachers and visiting lecturers speak of these things over the years in relation to what we are trying to bring to the children.  Well, what do they mean? 
We’ll start with goodness, because that is what the little child needs to believe lives in the world.  Goodness can also be regarded as wholesomeness.  If you look up the word in the dictionary, you’ll find definitions such as:
  1. Conducive to sound health or well-being; salutary: simple, wholesome food; a wholesome climate.
  2.  Promoting mental, moral, or social health: wholesome entertainment.
  3. Sound; healthy.
So, one could say that we are striving to make the child’s life as wholesome as possible in providing them with a sense of goodness.  We do that in many ways, as the definitions above indicate.  We bring them simple, organically grown food.  We provide them with a home and school climate that is conducive to health and harmony.  We provide them with wholesome experiences, free play, stories, songs and activities that promote mental, moral and social health.  Morality has its source in goodness and wellbeing.
We work hard at providing the little child with this “goodness” and we don’t want it to dissipate as we move on to the next phase in which we bring them that sense of beauty.  What exactly do we mean by this?  It includes, but is more than, the appreciation and discernment of the fine arts and good music.  It also means being able to perceive with all our twelve senses activated.  It is aesthetics in action.  This is why we bring the lessons that we bring them in the ways we do.  It is also why we are so insistent on work being finished, as real beauty cannot be discerned in an unfinished item of work.  That sense of satisfaction which comes with completing something well is a thing of beauty in itself.  In finding and experiencing beauty in their lives, the children are learning about perception.  They are developing insight, awareness, observations, sensitivity.  They are growing their neurological processes of observation and interpretation in preparation for the next phase in their development, the discernment of truth.
This is the most complex of those three little words because real truth can only be perceived in the whole.  (See how we have come back to the root of that first word “wholesome”?).  It always reminds me of the story of the ten blind men who were required to describe an elephant from touch.  One took the trunk and described the elephant as that; one took a leg and described the elephant as that; one took its flank; and so on.  Not one of them was telling a lie but none of them were telling the truth.  In order to perceive the truth, we have to step back from what we think is right and look with great clarity at what is true.  In science lessons in our school, we do not work with pre-assumptions but support the children to find factual evidence.  The only way we can do that is to step back – to remove any sense of self-ness.  There is an enormous system set up around us that seeks the “truth”.  This is our legal system, flawed because it is, necessarily, operated by human beings.  However, it is the striving for the truth that is important and clarity of thinking and observation is a good first step in the question: “Am I seeking real truth, or what I want to believe to be right?”
Many religions consider perfect knowledge of all truth about all things (omniscience) to be an attribute of a divine or supernatural being.  Today, as we develop towards what Steiner talked about as the “consciousness soul”, we are called upon to work with the divine within us.  This is a painful awakening.  When children perceive lies, it will manifest in all the good work we have done in developing goodness and beauty flying out the window and being replaced with bullying, belligerence, rudeness, lack of contentment and stress.  Do we want that for ourselves and our children?  Children will pick up on what is there.  Let us work together for peace and harmony in our mutual striving towards the consciousness soul to help ease our common pain. 
Imbue thyself with the power of imagination
Have courage for the Truth
Sharpen thy feeling for responsibility of soul.
Rudolf Steiner.
Warm wishes for a happy and harmonious end of school year.

Janet Molloy

 Office Angels News

  • DATE CHANGE:   PLEASE NOTE that the date for the Whole School Carols Night has changed to Thursday 5th December @ 5.30pm.
  • SCHOOL COMMUNICATIONS:  All school community members are reminded to follow the correct Communication Pathways  found in this link. When necessary, the Board can be contacted via email:
  • LIBRARY BOOKS:  Please return ALL school library books to either the library or the box in reception by Tuesday 3rd December.
  • MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS:  Please return ALL hired musical instruments to the Music Room by Friday 6th December.
  • LOST PROPERY: The lost property basket is again overflowing.  Please come and check for your items before the end of term as any remaining lost property will be delivered to a local charity shop.
  • OFFICE HOLIDAYS:  School office hours for the week 9th December to 13th December will be 8am - 12 noon, after 12 the answering machine will be on and you'll need to wait until the following morning for a response. The school office will be open until Friday 13th December and will officially reopen on Thursday 16th January 2014.
  • CONVEYANCE ALLOWANCE:  Under the Queensland Government School Transport Assistance Scheme parents may be eligible for support with transporting their children to school, including parents who need to drive their children to and/or from a school bus stop.  Further information and the form for applying for Conveyance Allowance can be found in this link:  Conveyance Allowance
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  News From the Business Administrator
From Anne Shay, Business Administrator
Fees - Term 4
Reminder:  Please ensure that any final payments on fees are made prior to 6 December 2013.
Capital Works – 2013
It is anticipated that the Manual Arts building will be completed this year.  This new facility is a result of hard work by many people in the School community and will provide our students with a wonderful facility to create their projects.
The second stage of the High School project is anticipated to be finished in the new year and work is progressing well.
Reminder: Change of Bank
New bank details will be shown on the fee statements for 2014.
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 Building Programme News
From Denis Taylor
New Buildings
Many of you will have seen the new buildings taking shape over the last month or two. 
The Manual Arts facility is almost ready for us to occupy.  It will be completed in about a fortnight.  It will have a classroom, a large workshop space, suitable for up to 30 students to work in safety.  There will also be a machinery room, and two large storage spaces to accommodate materials and student projects in progress.  The facility also has a 3 metre wide covered verandah space where students can wait for the teacher, or work outdoors.  It will be a wonderful facility for many years to come.

Stage 2 of the High School is also making good progress next to the current High School building.  There was a delay in the supply of the structural steel, but things have moved rapidly since then. The frame is up and the trusses will be on by early next week, waiting for the roofers.  Once the roof is on, major delays due to weather will have been eliminated.  We are on schedule for the completion date in February.
Master Planning
Those parents who contributed to the information gathering some weeks ago will be interested to know that a first draft of the Plan has been discussed at a meeting of the architects, the Site Group, the school management and one member of the Board.  A number of changes were made to the draft and these will be marked onto a new draft and reviewed by the Site Group at its next meeting.  When it reaches a suitable stage, we will ask for more feedback from the community before the Plan is adopted.
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 Orchestra Fundraiser

Last Wednesday the school String Orchestra performed at Eumundi Markets to raise funds for "I Give a Buck Foundation".  The Orchestra raised $141.75 that will go towards helping to pay for a Second Skin Suit for Amy, see photo below for details.  Thank you to Peter & Jalberto for the pictures.

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 Class 6 News
From Fiona Niven, Class 6 Teacher
As usual Class 6 are very busy not only with their own work in class but also all over the school.  Class 2 are visited weekly by Class 6 students to help with one-on-one reading.  During craft lessons Class 6 are making aprons for Class 1.  This includes making the pattern for the apron, hand sewing the aprons to completion, designing lino-cut patterns to print on to the aprons and will then present them to the class.  Class 6 also visit preschool each Friday to help out.  Below is a patchwork of Class 6 work in the classroom and around the school.


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 Class 7 News
From Paul Darlison, Middle & High School Teacher

Class 7 making catapults and exploring simple laws if physics

Class 7 building a small kiln
Class 7 lighting their miniature kilns during the recent Combustion main lesson

Class 7 doing veil painting lessons with Sally Martin
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 Class 3 Camp News
From Jane Blomkamp, Class 3 Teacher
The first camp that Class 3 attend is always a memorable one.  It is filled with so many emotions; excitement, trepidation, nervousness, wonder and a few tears (and they were from parents).
Annette and Claudia from Kiah Park Farm were waiting to greet us with some camp rules and morning tea.
Annette and Claudia explained many workings and behaviour for Kiah Park and the children listened carefully.  We were all assigned jobs for after meals and then swimmers on, backpacks with hats and water bottles, towels and a change of clothes were readied as it was down to the dam for fresh water activities.

The children were grouped with friends and given a large jar which they had to fill with clear water.  Each child had a net and then had to collect from the pond and see what they discovered – Yuma and Anais discovered that beetles bite. 
Then, the eagerly awaited flying fox slide into the dam!  Yes, I did say that I would go on first.  With hindsight not a very clever idea!  Elegantly poised with my legs held high in the air I screamed (loudly) as I flew down the cable landing with a not so elegant splash creating a path through all the weeds.  Subsequent children did not end up with pond weed all over their body like me. The children had to carry their seat from the end of the flying fox to the top before their happy launch down the cable.  Geoff, Tom and even Andre, who arrived to say hello, had a go.

Up the hill we went, gathering wood along the way for our bonfire, to feed and lock up the animals; Odette the pig, Elsie the lamb, the chooks, two goats and we were done.  Shower time and then some free time before dinner saw most of the children riding down the two flying foxes that crashed the children into two padded mats.  Joy!!

Dinner was had by very hungry children, eating area was tidied, teeth cleaned and the bonfire lit!  A few little special camp songs were an added surprise that night.  This was all far too exciting resulting in bed time being a good hour or so later than anticipated.  Finally sleep! 
Thursday was just what we had all been eagerly awaiting.  The children were split into two groups.  The first group learnt how to groom and saddle the horses whilst the other group had a riding lesson.  In between, morning tea and then we swapped.  Half the children, who had just had their lesson, rode off with Annette to a spot down the valley for lunch.  The other half walked down past the dams and dead kangaroo to meet them.  We built two fires, speared our sausages on skewers and cooked them over the coals along with some damper. 

Saddle up second group for it was our turn to ride home.  I must say riding up the hill was a very welcome treat.  Now, what would a camp be without a little horse manure gathering?  Yes this was our next task and all gorgeous children happily and enthusiastically gathered all the manure from the arena and horse yards before we had to bed down the animals for the night. 
Dinner was consumed with gusto and out to the bonfire where we sang to the stars once more.  Bed time was staggered that night and all tired children went down like little lambs! 
Pancakes for breakfast and then pack up of rooms and belongings.  We met at the campfire gathering space and were given instructions on how to use a compass.  It was treasure hunt time.  In two groups we each had turns in setting the compass and finding our clue and having someone retrieve the token.  We scrambled up and down hills some very hot and tired tortoise like children finally managed to find their treasure. 
Unfortunately, we were down at the bottom of the hill and had to climb one more time up to get morning tea.  An effort on our last hot day! 
Our final activity was to use some old fashioned tools, hand drills, tandem saw, hand-operated mill and butter churn.  An appreciation of the hard work of olden days was dawning on our children but their perseverance was fantastic as they drilled holes, sawed branches, ground the wheat and corn and churned the cream to make butter.  Whew!!
We were so ready again for lunch!  Finally, bags brought up to the grass ready for the bus, thank yous to our lovely camp leaders and owners, a few group photos and it was on to the bus again for the special time of travelling with friends and talking over all the wonderful things they had done.  The bus was alive with conversations of camp activities and the experiences of the three days not to mention the insistence of the children to sing the camp songs over and over again.  A very special homeward trip!
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 Class 8 News
From Paul Darlison, Middle & High School Teacher

During maths, class 8 explored food distribution and were shocked by the global inequity. They decided to take action by running a bike-a-thon, a fundraising event. The event was held in House with No-Steps adjacent to our school. The circuit was 1.5 km in length. They each collected sponsors for every kilometre they completed. Statistics: the students cycled a combined total of 379.5km, raised in excess of $1000; we're still counting, fastest lap (1.5 km) was 3 minutes 34 seconds by Andre, fastest student was Nicolas Walker at 3 minutes 57 seconds.
All money raised was going to be donated to the famine stricken countries in Africa, but the class decided that with the tragedy in the Philippines unfolding, as we speak, the money will be sent there.
Thank you to Andre and Tyson and all sponsors for their support and encouragement. We are hoping this will become an annual event.

Class 8 learning how to scuba dive during Air and Water main lesson.
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 Netball News
From Tyson Bose, Netball Coach

Its been a mad month for the netballers this term with the season coming to end. Both the Pengari Panthers and Strikers have come leaps and bounds from their first match of the season. Both teams have had great victories and have learnt from close defeats. So much so that both teams made the finals playoffs in their first season which has been commendable. Such was the ladder that both teams had to play each other during halloween in a preliminary final. Whether it was the full moon or some sort of halloween spell, the younger class 6 Panthers were very well prepared and focussed under their coach and casually came out the winners over their older collegues in a nailbiting last quarter. The big upset meant that the Panthers earnt a weeks rest and that the Strikers met Eumundi last week. Thankfully the Strikers bounced back from their upset loss to win 7-12, which means that this Thursday we have to do it all over again and the Strikers and Panthers will meet once more. However this time round, one team will be knocked out this week. Having said that, win or lose, it's  been a tremendous season for all who have been involved and part of the team. Extra thanks go to Nikki, Mark, Fiona, Di, Shereen and all those who have contributed to a fantastic netball season!. 
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  Class 10 Geometry
From Francis Glasspool, High School Maths Teacher
Class 10 has recently completed a geometry Main Lesson with stunning results!  Below is the cover of Jethro Reed's Main Lesson book - lovely work Jethro!

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 Outdoor Education News
From Andre Vogel, Outdoor Ed Teacher
Thunderstorms, lightning, hail, scrub, boulders, caves, granite peaks and awesome views…  Hiking in two small, independent groups, Class 9 have just completed their final camp for the year, rounding out an amazing year full of adventure, challenge and personal growth for not only the students, but also myself.

Early in the year Class 7 stepped out of their comfort zones to create some culinary camp masterpieces, climb a giant hoop pine, complete an overnight canoe journey and try unicycling. Back at school, many students mastered the unicycle and developed greater mind and body awareness through Rock & Water classes.

Riding out the front gate of school on a Monday and returning five days later, Class 8 completed a first for a school camp – no bus! Their exploration of the local area saw them canoe, hike, climb, abseil and mountain bike over 100km and the camp received recognition at the OEAQ Think Outside conference for innovation in programming.

“Where are Class 9 now?” This small group of students has spent 27 days out on camp over the year, developing self-confidence and responsibility as they discover new places, experiences, and more about themselves on their journey toward independence. Hiking through flooded creeks, rain and leeches…

Abseiling down waterfalls, mountain biking and canoeing rapids… Completing a first-ever descent of the Maroochy River… Building hay bale walls, timber gates and rock weirs… Sleeping in caves and discovering aboriginal art sites… Preparing all their own food from raw ingredients for ten days... Fitting fourteen people and their gear onto a bamboo raft… Painting in solitude and watching the sun set. Spending a night alone in the wilderness… and doing it all themselves… Well done Class 9!

In preparation for the three camps they will do next year, including their trip to Cambodia and an independent expedition of their choice, Class 10 (together with Class 9) recently completed a Remote Area First Aid course. It was great to see the focus and hard work they put in over the two days.

After working together to get themselves, their canoes and gear down a whitewater stretch of the Nymboida River, Class 11 led us on a trip to the stunning Keppel Bay Islands. Kayaking with whales and camping in pristine tropical islands was a just reward for the work they put into planning and organising the trip.

With the Outdoor Program growing to include a sequence of exciting new primary camps in 2014, I look forward to sharing many more exciting adventures with you all in the near future.

Thanks to all our wonderful students, parents and the school community for your support.
From Tricia Jeffree, Class 9 Guardian
What a year Class 9 has had! We have just come back to school after 5 days walking through Girraween National Park, south of Brisbane.

It was great to see how confident and independent the students have become. They set off in two small, independent groups with map and compass, undaunted by thunder, lightning and hail. With their shelter and food for the week (organized by themselves) on their backs, they explored the amazing geology of the area. This was very different from the last camp; a relatively gentle paddle to the source of the Noosa River where they created (abstract) artworks of their journey based on daily reflections;
Where have I come from?
Where am I now?
Where am I headed?

This Friday evening the students will be presenting a short talk (with photos!) of their ‘outdoor’ year to their parents and students and parents of Class 8.
It has been an absolute pleasure to spend time with my students this year, both in the classroom, but especially on camp.
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 The Bridge
From Paul Darlison, Middle & High School Teacher

The design for the bridge was developed by Class 9 during a 5 week technology learning block. It was suggested that a bridge would be good way to symbolically connect the primary and high schools. The students also wanted a place where they could 'hang-out', and so a decking and seating arrangement will be attached to the bridge during stage 2 next year. (Next year's Class 10 will undertake stage 2.)  I imagine that Class 1 and 2 parents may also use the seating while waiting for their children.
The building of the bridge was undertaken by Class 11. They were given a conceptual design of the bridge that Class 9 had developed and were set the engineering task of designing and building a sound structure within the landscape of Noosa Pengari. They have learnt a quite range of carpentry skills.


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 Missing Our Hannah
From Hannah Smith-Phasey, Class 11 Student
The Exchange Experience

Arriving in Italy I don’t think I really realized how big the ball was that I had set rolling.
Well it’s been a month and a half and that ball just gets faster. I have seen and done so much that I could never have imagined. 
It was fantastic to see Camilla again and to meet her family at last after hearing about them for two months while she was living with my family.
Food is a big part of my experience here. I have always loved food so I suppose I came to the right place. Since day one I have tasted a broader range of foods than I knew existed. I have eaten some of the most divine pasta imaginable. I also had the great pleasure of eating a pizza that, I am convinced, was the best the world has ever produced. 
Believe it or not I have done things other than eat...

We visited Rome a few weekends ago. The ancient ruins sprawling through the city stand testament to its timeless beauty. There are only two metro lines through Rome for the very simple reason that there are too many archeological sites. Every time the transport company try to build new lines they run into ruins.
Walking around Rome was like walking around a history lesson. Seeing things and thinking ... “Ha I studied that in class 6!” is pretty mind blowing.
I went inside the Pantheon. I walked around the Colosseum. I climbed the stairs in the Piazza di Spanga and looked out across the city. I threw a coin in the Fontana di Trevi and made a wish. 
Since we were very nearby, we decided to visit the Vatican. Seeing the Vatican museum was completely surreal. Walking halls and galleries that the great artists Michelangelo and Raphael themselves walked. Seeing walls and roofs decorated with the art I have spent my life looking at in books. And then... down all the twisting pathways, the final masterpiece. The Sistine Chapel. I don’t know how long I stood there for, soaking it in.  I was torn between scrutinizing the wall of “The Last Judgment” and gazing up at the ceiling. I suspect we were there for a while as it was dark when we left.

The next day we went back to the Vatican to see the one detail we had missed the day before... St Peter’s Basilica. Interestingly it was a Sunday, and the only day that week that the Basilica was open, and it was the weekend of all souls festival. The result was a crowd twice as large as usual. Hearing the Pope speak was amazing. I was deeply touched by the reverence of the crowd. Thousands of people, and they all fell silent the second he stepped onto the balcony. It was beautiful.
If I were a Parzival knight, seeing the inside of the Basilica would have been my God experience.  It was fascinating. I was struck completely speechless. In a dream like state I conducted a full exploration of the interior. It was like nothing I had ever seen, I loved every last tile and stroke of paint.
Closer to home we have also explored a lot of Milano as it is the city I am staying in. My favorite part of Milano is the Duomo. Standing in front of it in the centre of the city, I can't  help but feel that it is the cities heart. A great all knowing puppeteer gently pulling the cities strings.               
School was a little bit difficult at first as I was quite nervous and I didn't understand anything people said to me. It wasn’t long however before I made some amazing friends which made everything much easier. Another interesting thing about school here is that the school day is seven and a half hours long and I go a half day on Saturdays as well. So it can be quite exhausting. 
It has taken until just this last week for me to really get a grip of the language. I could tell the exact moment when I was in control of the language. Things people said to me were suddenly individual words instead of streams of sound.
Another aspect that is immensely different for me is living in the city. It is never silent here, the sirens and people and music and trams are a constant  back-ground noise. It is fascinating to see so many lives happening so close together. 
Everything I have seen and everything that I have done so far has been part of a fantastic experience. My time spent here is something that I will carry with me my whole life. It is teaching me so much about so many things. About life, art, history, food, language, people, and even about myself.
I would like to thank the school for giving me this opportunity. It is an experience that I will cherish forever.
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 Staff Wellbeing
From Liz Blomkamp & Robyn Maggs
In April this year, our school was successful in obtaining a small grant and training with ISQ on Staff Wellness Programs. Noosa Pengari School became one of 14 Independent schools in the state to create and implement staff wellness programs this year. Last Monday the 14 pilot schools presented their programs to over 80 Independent School representatives.

The program has definitely seen an elevated spirit in the staff and meetings are often injected with some levity (and food)  at the end of the day. The key findings of the pilot schools were the importance of;
1.      Management buy-in and support,
2.      Consultation, feedback and perseverance.
3.      Embedding it in the culture of the school.

There were some amazing case studies.

Our teachers have reported that they felt valued and supported, they enjoy the little surprises and connections they make. This all leads to greater outcomes for the school and children. 

We were asked to speak about our challenges; our key challenge was time, but many other schools spoke about Principal support as a challenge. Robyn and I both felt proud that we were lucky enough to have a fully supportive and enthusiastic Principal  behind us. Janet is a real enabler and for a small school we were up there with the best!  Janet sees this as so important and we are looking to apply for an additional grant when they become available in 2015.

We have embedded staff wellness into our culture in a mere 6 months, thanks to the openness of our wonderful staff. 

There is a book titled - "If you don’t feed the teachers they eat the students", which reflects our understanding of staff wellness!  Our job within this program has been to ‘feed’ the staff in all dimensions of wellness; physically, emotionally, socially, intellectually, and spiritually. A key finding of wellness research in schools indicates that when you look after and value the staff as a priority, the recipients are the children specifically and the school as a whole.

Our presentation poster is on display at the office so please come and see it.  You will be able to read comments from our beloved staff and the poster board explains the program we ran with the ISQ grant money (supplemented by the school).

Wishing you wellness
Liz and Robyn – Wellbeing co ordinators.
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 Prac Student Reflections
From Natasha James
My name is Natasha and I am currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education through The University of the Sunshine Coast. Through undergoing my third prac placement at Noosa Pengari Steiner School’s Kindergarten I have gained an abundance of knowledge and skills which I will forever treasure throughout my teaching career. During my time I was educated on Steiner philosophy and the ways of teaching through valuable conversations with staff whom where warm, kind and willing to help whenever possible. I was given many wonderful opportunities to fully engage within the kindergarten routine and was openly accepted by the staff, children and families as one of the team. Within the Kindergarten I found the sense of helpfulness and care amongst the children amazing as they learnt from one another within a safe and supportive environment. I found the overall experience eye opening and I feel so blessed to have been given such an amazing opportunity. I look forward to coming back in the near future.    
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 P & F Update
If you have any leftover winter wool, our Market Day Children’s Craft Activity would appreciate your donation.  Please place in the marked container outside the office.  Thank you.
Come to our last Market Day of the year, our very special Twilight Christmas Market Day
Friday 29th November - starts at 2:30pm and finishes around 6:00pm
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 Maths Puzzle
From Francis Glasspool
Here is your Maths Puzzle for this edition! Please send your solutions to the puzzle to Francis:
Make the following true:
1      1      1 = 6
2  +  2  +  2 = 6
3      3      3 = 6
4      4      4 = 6
5      5      5 = 6
6      6      6 = 6
7      7      7 = 6
8      8      8 = 6
9      9      9 = 6
You may use only    + - x ÷ √ ! ()
Insert operators, as many as you want, wherever you want. The 2nd one is done for you. Note 4! = 4x3x2x1
For which two prime numbers, call them p and q, are pq+1 and pq-1 also prime? 
(pq means p times q)

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Bus News
From Hinter-Coast Transport
Noosa Pengari School Bus Service
Please help to keep the Steiner School Bus service running, eliminate parking problems around school, help the environment and, most importantly, help yourselves.
Currently there are Two services, running from Pomona ,Cooroy & Eumundi, as well as Coolum Peregian Springs, Noosa Junction & Weyba Rd.  
Families using these runs can qualify for subsidies from the Non Govt Bus Fare Assistance Scheme.
For more information go to  We can also offer payment plans for more flexibility. 
Once again bus numbers are low, we would love to hear from you and help with your school transport requirements.
To all our old faithful families THANK YOU for your continued support as you have continually kept the Wheels on the Buses turning.
Warm regards,
Barry & Caroline
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 Community Notices

Advent Celebrations 2013
With Therese Allen
Advent for chidlren and families will again be hosted on Sundays at school in the Eurythmy Room over 5 weeks, beginning at 4pm on Sunday 1st December.  Further dates and details are on this flyer:  Advent Celebrations 2013

Sophia College - Dr Trish Sherwood
Dr Trish Sherwood will be in our area and available for appointments on Wednesday 4th December.  These sessions are claimable under Medicare. To make an appointment contact Sophia College on 08 9726 1505.

The Tree House - Steiner-Inspired Family Day Care

Cara McDonald will be providing Steiner-inspired Family Day Care as an approved day care provider from 2014, which means that parents will be able to claim Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate.
Care will be available for children from 3 years of age on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during school terms.
Bookings are now being taken.
Please see the notice board or find leaflets at the school office for more information or Ph: 0429 444 181 Email:

Atelier for the Social Quest
The course starts next March with enrolments being administered by Sydney Rudolf Steiner College. Atelier Flyer

Goodbye to Noosa Pengari
Dear Friends,

It is with a sort of excited sadness that we announce our withdrawal from our lovely school. Excited because we are off on a new adventure, but sad to leave our beautiful friends and community. We have been at Pengari since Django started at playgroup but we feel the need for all of us to experience another type of life. Luckily we will be staying within the Steiner warmth by moving to the Little Yarra Steiner School in Yarra Junction. We have many wonderful friends here now, and that will always be, so we feel the time is right to throw ourselves into unknown territory. To the Administration, Management, the Staff, Grounds Folk and Students and Families, we wish you a beautiful and harmonious future.

We would like to invite you all to a farewell gathering at 'The Paperbark Tree' Lake Weyba, on the last day of school, 6th of December. We will gather after 1.30pm for the afternoon and please just bring some light refreshments.


Gary, Camilla, Django, Pearl, and Arthur

Waldorf Today
Here is the link to the latest Waldorf Today Blog:
Waldorf Today
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