Big year ahead at Mans­field Steiner

Mansfield Courier - - News -

THE Mans­field Steiner School kicked off their year with a whole school assem­bly in the Mel­liodora Hall.

Stu­dents from class 2 to 11 formed a large cir­cle in the hall ac­com­pa­nied by piano mu­sic.

Af­ter an ac­knowl­edge­ment of coun­try, the class 1 chil­dren en­tered the hall through a beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated arch­way in a wel­come cer­e­mony.

Each ea­ger class 1 stu­dent was greeted by their class 5 buddy and pre­sented with a flower.

The bud­dies then ac­com­pa­nied their peers to their rightful place in the school cir­cle.

In 12 years’ time, when this class 1 co­hort grad­u­ate, they will exit the school through the same arch­way.

The whole school then sang ‘make new friends and keep the old, one is sil­ver and the other gold’.

When the bell rang the teachers led their classes to class­rooms, where they read­ily be­gan an­other year filled with cu­rios­ity and learn­ing.

The year 2020 is a sig­nif­i­cant year for Mans­field Steiner School as they in­tro­duce their first year of se­nior se­condary, with the year 11 stu­dents be­gin­ning their first year of a two-year In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate (IB) Diploma.

With the in­tro­duc­tion of the new IB Diploma, the school has wel­comed Sally Bat­ten and Jenny Tay­lor, both very ex­pe­ri­enced IB teachers, re­cently re­tired from pres­ti­gious in­de­pen­dent schools in Mel­bourne.

Out­door ed­u­ca­tion teacher, Brooke Vara­calli has also joined the school to de­liver a dy­namic and stim­u­lat­ing out­door pro­gram which will en­cour­age the year 9 stu­dents to de­velop a pas­sion and rev­er­ence for na­ture and a strong sense of com­mu­nity.

Jo Bell joins the LOTE team as lower pri­mary French teacher, while Lucy Clee­land and Si­mon Howard join the mu­sic fac­ulty.

Lucy will teach vi­o­lin and Si­mon - a highly qual­i­fied and very ex­pe­ri­enced cello teacher from Mel­bourne - is look­ing for­ward to teach­ing cello.

This year the school is also of­fer­ing a gar­den to plate school cook­ing pro­gram thanks to new kitchen gar­den cook­ing co­or­di­na­tor, Genevieve De San­tis.

The year 7 stu­dents were ex­cited to wel­come Josh Byrne as their new guardian and se­condary teacher.

Josh is orig­i­nally from Wagga Wagga and has re­cently spent the past cou­ple of years teach­ing in Lon­don.

The day’s events pro­vided many high­lights, one of which was of­fered in an in­spi­ra­tional talk to se­condary school stu­dents by alumni Don­ald Ritchie, who shared his ex­cite­ment for their IB jour­ney.

“The IB is an amaz­ing achieve­ment with unique chal­lenges,” Mr Ritchie said.

“It can open the door to fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

LEAD­ING THE WAY: The staff and teach­ing crew at Mans­field Steiner School.

COME IN: The class 1 stu­dents mak­ing their way into their first whole school assem­bly at the Mel­liodora Hall.

NEW BE­GIN­NINGS: Alumni Don­ald Ritchie re­turned to share his ex­cite­ment about the new school year that lies ahead of staff and stu­dents at Steiner.

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