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A New Term, a New Beginning

Dear Parents, 

We hope the holidays brought you all constructive opportunities and the fresh perspectives that a change of routine often can.

For many of the teachers it brought rich experiences because during these holidays there were no less than three teacher enrichment courses offered, and Michael Oak hosted two of them. In the beginning of the holidays the first course was held at the Waldorf teacher training college in Plumstead, the Centre for Creative Education. It focused on language teaching in our schools and from all accounts was very worthwhile.

The other two courses took place in the last week of the holidays. On Monday and Tuesday there was a course designed especially for High School teachers and we had teachers from Constantia and Imhoff joining us. Michael Merle, the Waldorf Federation High School Co-ordinator for all High Schools in South Africa, led this course and took us through a study of the Seven Soul Types and the development of the Higher Senses in the adolescent. He also reported back on discussions with Umalusi, the national qualifications authority, and shared the need for some slight changes in our assessment and reporting formats.

The second course hosted by Michael Oak was held from Wednesday to Friday. It was open to all teachers and parents and was offered by Dr Peter Guttenhofer who took us through an interactive process looking at the changing consciousness of the growing child and the relationship between child and teacher. Another very inspiring event.

On the staffing side we welcome back Leigh Whitesman who was away on long leave last term. Wonderful to have you back Leigh! We also welcome Shona Saayman who will be doing the Occupational Therapy in the school and Christine Rousseau who has taken over Delia’s Kindergarten class until the end of the year. Both Shona and Christine have worked previously at Michael Oak and it is very special having them back.

The Kitchen went through a major upgrade in the holidays as many of you will have seen. Thank you Robin and Jane for all your input in this.

This term is brimming with activities – the AGM, Coming of Age Camps, Shakespeare play, Matric trials, implementation of new mentor policy, negotiations with the city Council on planning permission for the High School building extension, and budgeting for 2017. Looking forward to it!

Warm wishes
Richard Cox 

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