Here we are in the third week of Term 2. We can hardly believe how quickly time is flying by! It is so wonderful to see so many children returning to their schooling community after such a long time apart. We are all so happy to see them back.
This week, we want to introduce you to our beautiful Rainbow (Lower Primary) class which is made up of children in their first and second years of primary schooling. The Rainbow class is led by Melissa Harvey who joined Helena River Steiner School in 2018. Not only is Melissa an amazing teacher, but she is also a published author, professional storyteller and is the current President of the Storytelling Guild of Western Australia.
Our Rainbow Class has enjoyed being back together and have been busy working through some inspiring projects over the past weeks.
In the Main Lesson, the Rainbow Class has begun their journey into ancient Celtic stories. These mythic tales, with their description of courage, resilience, challenge, trial and triumph are so suited to the Noongar Djeran (Autumn) season. The lead-up to winter has traditionally been a time to develop these traits as we prepare for the colder months ahead. The class has been studying the book, “The King of Ireland’s Son” which has very much landed in the children’s hearts and minds.
The gentle Djeran weather with its cooler days, soft breezes and autumn rains are providing the perfect environment for the Rainbow Class to be in the garden. New seedlings are being planted and recipes are being prepared for what will be harvested over the coming months.
Perhaps this will inspire our readers to investigate some autumn gardening of their own? Some wonderful fruits and vegetables to plant during this season are broad beans, broccoli, cabbage, spinach, onion, radish and strawberries.
Craft and music
The Rainbow Class has been keeping their fingers busy by engaging in some beautiful weaving and knitting. They do this while singing some new songs, accompanied by the beat of the hoop drum.
We are looking forward to sharing more of our children’s stories over the coming weeks. For all the latest information follow Helena River Steiner School’s Facebook and Instagram pages (insert links).