Big year ahead at Mansfield Steiner
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.