Leaflet 25   13 August 2021
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Dear Parents and Michael Oak Community,
We warmly invite you to our 59th Annual General Meeting which will take place on Thursday the 26th of August 2021 from 18h00 to 20h00. The meeting will be held via Zoom.
The Agenda and Board Reports will be sent to all parents by Saturday 21 August, together with the Zoom link invitation. You will need to register your attendance via the link.
In order to facilitate the best possible flow of our meeting, we invite you to submit any questions by Tuesday 24th August to info@michaeloak.org.za.  Please put “AGM questions" in the subject line. Also mention your affiliation to the school (such as Parent in Class 4) in the body of the message. We will also take questions on the night via the Zoom chat facilities.
The Audited Financial Statements will be available for inspection from Friday 20 August. Should you like a copy of these, please email Pam at pschneider@michaeloak.org.za.

Top 3 reasons why you should attend?
  1. Vote on the 8 Parent Trustees who will help guide the School in the coming year.
  2. Learn more about how the school operates, our structures and decision-making processes.
  3. Ask your burning questions and hear about our plans.
… All from the comfort of your own home.
We hope to "see you" there.
Kind regards,
The Board of Trustees

Parents who wish to apply for fee assistance for 2022 are invited to apply for can receive an electronic fee assistance form by emailing Pam Schneider, Bursar, at pschneider@michaeloak.org.za.
These forms need to be completed in full and returned with the supporting documentation by close of business on Monday 23 August 2021. It is our intention to We are hoping to have this the selection process completed by the end of Term 3. Please note that it is the expectation of the Board of Trustees that parents who receive this assistance “give back” to the school by actively participating in the various working groups and activities at Michael Oak. Participation in and around the school is taken very seriously when considering applications.

Pam Schneider, Bursar (on behalf of the Fee Assistance Committee)
New 'Leaflet' Format

Dear Readers,   This week we introduce a new format for our weekly newsletter. We hope you will enjoy the simpler access to our news.
This is a test run, as we are experimenting with how to best integrate the newsletter into a new website we intend to launch towards the end of the year.
If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact Charles, the Leaflet editor, on
Is there a coffee drought on the horizon? Does climate change in Afghanistan complicate future prospects for peace? …. Our Class 10 Geographers answer in just 60 seconds!

The Class 10 Climatology Main Lesson this term was an online educational experience, but nevertheless from our homes we visited various parts of the globe as we explored Climate Change.
Our Class 10’s share their ’60-seconds-live’ projects with you -- please click on the links below.
Lindsy Carter-Bolus (High School Teacher)

Is there a coffee drought on the horizon? Nathaniel Raubenheimer

Are ‘zombie fires’ in the Arctic affecting our climate? – Cara Harris

How is the flavour of French Wine changing due to the changing climate? – Suchitra Roberts

Does climate change in Afghanistan complicate future prospects for peace? – Qaylah Richards

How are the cranberries of the world being affected by climate change? – Amelia Sykes

What is Climate Change? – Oliver Solomon

Will climate change affect our intelligence? – Benyamin Dollie

Class 3 Made a Potjie this Morning

When we returned to school a few weeks ago, the Class 3s were amazed to see the state of their crops, healthy and abundant! It brought so much joy to know that the time to harvest had come. To enjoy the fruits of the children's dedicated and loving labour, Mr van Blerk thought it would be lovely to have a moment with the class where they could cook and eat together around a fire. And so they did!   Claire Walter

Ara van Breda (Class 4) and Jasper O’Hagan (Class 3), along with three other boys from Constantia Waldorf School, are playing for their club ARCA (All Rounder Cricket Academy) in the Under 11’s Cape Premier League. They are loving it and have won their first two matches so far!

The Foundation Course is aimed at people new to Waldorf education: maybe as future students and teachers, maybe as parents, trustees, administrators or simply as interested human beings.

It involves no certification or assignments and takes place on Zoom every Monday at 7.30 pm UK time from September 2021. Have a look at the line-up: https://www.aswte.org/foundation-course/
We apologise for the poor quality of the staff photo in last week's Leaflet -- resolution problems!  

Please click on the image at left to access a hi-res photo on our website.

Georgia in class 3 lost her brand new black horseriding helmet which she left at the school entrance on Friday 30 July. It has the initials GS written on the outside. If found please contact Tamar on 079 338 8103, or hand it in to the school office.

Nomvuyo- energetic, creative, lively - is looking for work as a nanny.  Nomvuyo has completed our Bridging Polarities Art Training and comes highly recommended.  Contact Nomvuyo 063 637 6634  or  Ilana Rudolph 076 396 7977


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Please note that all advertisers are expected to offer a contribution to our Bursary Fund. 
Minimum donation R30.
Please use these bank details for EFT transfers:  
Standard Bank,
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Michael Oak School Fundraising.
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DEADLINE for all adverts is Thursday 12 noon
Vulumasango Waldorf-based children’s home would be grateful for donations of good quality books and Waldorf toys which your children may have outgrown. We offer a place of safety to children aged 3 to 18 years who would love to offer your toys a new life in their vibrant homes and classrooms.
Please contact Jen 082 796 2202 to arrange  collection.
For the latest updates to the school calendar please check the website regularly HERE

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