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Leaflet 27 | Term 4  | 19 November 2022
"You'll be able to gain insight and reach a conclusion only by
applying the powers of mind, intellect, soul, heart, spirit, and imagination.
This is what 'looking at something spiritually' really means."

- Rudolf Steiner
Upcoming Calendar
Whole School Parents Evening - Wed 23 Nov, 6pm - 8.30pm
Trustee Meeting - Thu 24 Nov, 6pm - 8.30pm
PG & KG Sunset Picnic - Fri 25 Nov, 5pm - 7.30pm
Class 6 Play - Sat 26 Nov, 2pm - 3pm
Class 7 Play - Sat 26 Nov, 7pm - 8:30pm
Class 11 Eurthymy Performance - Thu 1 Dec, 7pm - 8:30pm

For the latest updates to the school calendar please click HERE

Whole School Parent Evening
Calling all Parents,  wherever you are in the school! 

You are warmly invited to the Whole School Parents evening on Wednesday 23 November at 7pm in the Big Hall. The theme will be on the High School curriculum, as a follow-up from the meeting last term. 

Please come and listen to our High School teachers as they share about their subjects and why and how the subjects are taught in the particular classes. Our school mentor,  Michaël Merle, will speak to the enlivened curriculum for 2023, which we are very excited to present.

Besides High School parents, we especially invite Kindergarten and Primary School Parents to come learn about the full journey across our school.
 
Holiday Club Programme

We will be expanding our offering to 4 different activities during the upcoming school holidays. The  activities will all be facilitated by teachers from Michael Oak. Please note that activities will only be confirmed if we have the minimum number of participants, so please register as soon as possible.

Schedule

Week 1: Monday 12 December - Thursday 15 December 2022 (Friday is a public holiday)
1)  Holiday Club
2)  Basketball Clinic
3)  Daily Outdoor Adventures (off-campus)
4)  Fitness and Soccer Bootcamp

Week 2: Monday 19 December - Friday 23 December 2022
2)  Basketball Clinic
3)  Daily Outdoor Adventures (off-campus) (NOTE: This is from Tue 20 Dec - Fri 23 Dec)

Week 3: Monday 9 January - Friday 13 January 2023
2)  Basketball Clinic
3)  Daily Outdoor Adventures (off-campus)

The details and registration form will be emailed to the school community early next week. 

For information on the Daily Outdoor Adventures, see the "Learn Your Land Company" advert below under "Courses, Events & Services in the Community". Also check out the advert for the Earth-Wind-Water-Fire holiday workshops at Kirstenbosch offered by Eco Nature Adventurers.
New Teacher Appointments

Dear Michael Oak Community

We are pleased to announce two new appointments for 2023.

Matthew Stodel has been appointed as class teacher for Class 4 2023. He will be taking Leigh Whitesman's class. Matthew has over 20 years experience in Waldorf education. He was a founding member of Imhoff Waldorf School as well as taking Primary School cycles at Constantia Waldorf and Gaia Waldorf. He is currently teaching in the lower High School classes at Constantia Waldorf but feels the call of Primary School once more. We are certain that he will be a great asset to our school. 

Victoria Sigalas has been appointed as High School Visual Arts teacher for 2023. She has taught Art in both Primary and High Schools over many years. Her experience and passion for her subject as well as her interest in Waldorf Education are welcomed and we look forward to working with her. She has two young children who will be joining our school. Victoria will also join the Waldorf High School training with Michael Merle.

Kind regards

Alison Tobler
On behalf of the College of Teachers
Featured Article: Observations on our Journey

In this, my last week as a Trustee at Michael Oak Waldorf School, it is only natural to reflect on my 4 years here and my learnings as a parent, Trustee and chair of the Transformation Committee. My journey began in an idyllic manner, with morning knitting in kindergarten, regular class outings and pancake evenings, all of which was new to me within a school environment. Just as our little one moved into class 1 in the primary school, Covid descended and our wonderful community became isolated, fearful and polarized.

It was probably not the smartest decision to become a Trustee in the middle of a global pandemic, but I felt called to help rebuild the warm community I had been invited into, not only for my child but for all of our children. These 2 years as a Trustee has been turbulent in many ways, but being able to offer a different perspective and solutions during our meetings, workshops and visioning days has been an affirming and restorative experience too. Constantly working behind the scenes and in the evenings at school, I got to witness the selfless dedication of our teachers and staff to hold our whole community with care. 

In December, last year, I was asked to Chair our newly formed Transformation Committee. I am really proud of all the work this team has completed so far and with continued engagement we were guided to create a roadmap of needs for our Transformation journey ahead. This work has been taxing but I am reminded during each interaction with staff, students and parents, that this work is necessary and important. 

Rudolf Steiner expresses our last few years well with, “We suffer because with every inner and outer suffering we eliminate one of our faults and become transformed into something better”. We currently find ourselves in a beautifully honest and collaborative space and we may not have arrived here without the hardship that the global pandemic has brought. I have come to know our Trustee and College members really well, and I am confident that our leadership and community will continue to consciously create a school where all belong. I am honoured and grateful to have played a tiny part in creating a safe space to build bridges and have courageous conversations.

Thank you for the joyful memories and forever friends,

Faatimah Mohamed-Luke
Class 3 parent and former Trustee & chair of Transcom

Playgroup

“Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold “ Joseph Chilton Pearce. In the Playgroup, wonders can be created when young children are given time and simple, beautifully made toys crafted from natural materials. In this case, a wonderful garden village was built!

Here they are learning to place, balance, plan (if a little higgledy piggledy), co-operate, communicate, develop their sense of touch, create imaginative pictures and have fun. All under the glorious banner of FREE PLAY!

Alison Tobler
Playgroup teacher

Primary School - Readathon
The Readathon has been a tradition at Michael Oak for many years. After a two year gap, it was a delight to once again see the High School students reading to the Kindergarten and Primary School children on the oval, in the garden, on jungle gyms and in the trees!
High School

Class 8 Camp Highlights

The class 8's went to the West Coast for the week. We went kayaking around Schaap Eiland on Langebaan lagoon on Monday when we arrived. We stayed at 5 cottages at the Saldanha Bay Campsite. On Tuesday we visited the Khoisan Salt factory and then had an evening walk to the Fossil Park for an introductory talk and skeleton activity.

On Wednesday morning we visited the Fossil Park again to tour the museum and the dig site. We were honoured by the Fossil Park for our 20 year association with them. On Thursday we visited the West Coast National Park and then travelled to Tietiesbaai where we spent the last night sleeping under the stars. According to the majority of the feedback, a wonderful camp was experienced by everyone.

Roy Davids
Class 9 Guardian

Class 9 Camp Highlights


Farming Camp at Afrikara Biodynamic Farm Trust in Wolsely 

A tough lesson is "the more you give; the more you receive". Farming is just that. It is work for no personal gain. To run from this work is a common, though not universal, inclination for 15-year-olds. There may even be some complaints at the end of the session. 

But each one knows deep down that what they have done is good, beautiful and true and they have done something worthwhile. There seems to be no personal gain but they know they have given something of benefit. 

I did experience this as I worked with the groups on their projects and they brought them to some conclusion.

This was:

  • Cleaning out the chicken coop.
  • Fetching cow 🐄 pats and making a manure pile ready for tomorrow's compost making.
  • Creating a medicinal plant 🪴walkway
  • Continuing the oak seedling planting 
It was such a good session!

Graham Scannell
Class 9 Guardian

Fundraising for Michael Oak
Raise funds for the school every time you use your MySchool card.
 

Apply for your card online at www.myschool.co.za or come to the office.
Interested in advertising in our newsletter?
See details at the bottom of this section.
Classifieds
Work Wanted
My name is Blessing Chatama and I'm in class 12 at Michael Oak. I am 19 years old. I'm very keen to babysit, house-sit and pet-sit this festive season. I'm a responsible, sporty and energetic person.
Reference Maurita Weissenberg: 0834426967 or email: mauritaw@gmail.com 
Contact me on: 0662944484 or email: blessingchatama95@gmail.com
House for Sale
Beautiful 4 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Mid Century Home For Sale R4.395m On Wynberg Hill, Upper Wynberg - five-minute drive to school. Located on a very quiet road with wonderful neighbours and mountain views. Abundant in fruit trees, has a good size garden, an eco pool and a rabbit/chicken enclosure. Garage plus ample parking for up to five cars. Solar geyser and two big water tanks. Previously bought from a Michael Oak family and has been a very special, solid, happy home for us. Low maintenance and in excellent condition. https://www.property24.com/for-sale/wynberg-upper/cape-town/western-cape/10102/111958680
Contact Judy Moffet to view (071) 311-5281
Job Openings at Waldorf Schools


KINDERGARTEN/PRE-SCHOOL TEACHING POST

 
The McGregor Fountain Waldorf Kindergarten is looking to employ a suitably qualified Kindergarten/Pre-school teacher from 17 January 2023.

The successful applicant must meet the following criteria:
  • Have appropriate academic qualifications with SACE registration
  • Interest in and identification with the Waldorf ethos of the school
  • Experience in multi-cultural education
  • Ability to work constructively within the school team
  • Willing to undergo further training
  • Be creative, dynamic, innovative, compassionate and able to nurture and develop the Kindergarten and playgroup further.
The McGregor Fountain Waldorf Kindergarten, which forms part of the McGregor Fountain Waldorf Primary school, has been an integral part of the village for more than twenty five years. Our children come from the local community and surrounding towns, and represent a wonderful cross-section of South African culture. We strive to create a holistic, supportive environment and to cater for the needs of each individual.

There is a growing anthroposophical community in the village with regular creative workshops, inner development, teacher development and anthroposophical meetings on offer, providing a perfect opportunity for further personal and societal growth.

CLOSING DATE: Friday, 2 December 2022 @ 12:00. Applications (CV, Certified Qualifications, testimonial(s) and ID) with covering letter must be submitted to: 
The College of Teachers; McGregor Fountain Waldorf School at abovementioned
Email: info@mcgregorwaldorf.co.za or hand delivered.
If applicants do not receive a response within 14 days of close of application understand that the application has not been successful. 


PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHING POST

 
The McGregor Fountain Waldorf seeks an experience, committed qualified Waldorf Teacher to join from 17 January 2023.

We are a small multi-culture school with small classes, offering individual attention, and an intimate, caring environment.

The following criteria are recommended:
  • Have appropriate academic qualifications with SACE registration
  • Interest in and identification with the Waldorf ethos of the school
  • A spirit of acceptance and diversity
  • Be creative, innovative and enthusiastic
  • Have a real interest in children and their development
Kindly send your letter of application with a Curriculum Vitae to:
The College of Teachers
McGregor Waldorf School
14 Kantoor Street
McGregor 6708
Email: info@mcgregorwaldorf.co.za

CLOSING DATE: Friday, 2 December 2022 @ 12:00. Applications (CV, Certified Qualifications, testimonial(s) and ID) with covering letter must be submitted to: 
The College of Teachers; McGregor Fountain Waldorf School at abovementioned
Email: info@mcgregorwaldorf.co.za or hand delivered.
If applicants do not receive a response within 14 days of close of application understand that the application has not been successful. 
Extramurals and Courses at Michael Oak
Courses, Events & Services in the Community

Children's Advent Spiral Festival
at the Christian Community


Please join us in celebrating Advent
with craft, singing and a story.

Saturday the 26th November at 15:00
39 Timour Hall Road, Plumstead
The cost per child is R60. All are welcome.
Please RSVP to Tanya on 072 139 2403.

Are you interested in Ayurveda but find it confusing and overwhelming? This is a nice bite-size start to bringing Ayurveda into your life in an easy, manageable way.

What to expect: 

  • Every day we have the chance to step into the day with connection to ourselves-, nature- and the energetics of the day.

  • We can start out the day with reverence and softness instead of overwhelm and a sense of ’not enough time’.

  • Ayurveda has beautiful tools for a good ritual/routine for the mornings and/or evenings.

  • We will sit in circle and also share our experiences.

  • Delicious Ayurvedic teas and a snack will be provided.
     

About Claudia:
Claudia Batschari has practiced Ayurveda for numerous years, initially turning to it for her own healing – and then powerfully integrating it into her life in order to make the best decisions for her health.  In 2020 Claudia completed an online course with Nidhi Pandya, ‘Ayurveda Demystified & Applied’. This was followed in 2021 by a year-long ‘Ayurvedic Wellness Coach Training’ course with the Shakti School – where she is currently enrolled in their 2nd year ‘Ayurvedic Health Counsellor’ training programme. https://anandasanctuary.co.za/event/how-to-establish-a-good-daily-ayurvedic-routine/
Advertising in the Leaflet
INSTRUCTIONS
Adverts will be published a maximum of 3 times per school term.
Posters should be 560px wide with text large enough to read on a mobile device.
Please send community notices and display adverts to: leaflet@michaeloak.org.za

COST
All advertisers are expected to make a contribution to our Bursary Fund. 
Minimum donation of R50 for community notices and R100 for display adverts.
Please use these bank details for EFT transfers: 
Standard Bank  /  Branch: 02510900  /  Acc. No.: 071885382 
Acc Name:  Michael Oak School Fundraising   /   Ref: ‘Leaflet-Ad’


DEADLINE for all adverts is Thursday 12 noon

DISCLAIMER:
Not all articles or advertisements are necessarily the views or opinions of the Editor or Michael Oal Waldorf School.
 
Term Dates 2023

The 2023 dates will be as follows:

TERM 1
PS & HS: Tuesday, 17 January - Friday, 24 March 
PG & KG: Wednesday, 18 January/Thursday, 19 January - Thursday, 23 March
Note 1: KG staggered start: younger children start on Wednesday and older children on Thursday
Note 2: PG also has staggered start from Wednesday, 18 January

TERM 2
PS & HS: Wednesday, 12 April - Friday, 23 June
PG & KG: Wednesday, 12 April - Wednesday, 21 June

TERM 3
PS & HS: Tuesday, 18 July - Friday, 22 September
PG & KG: Tuesday, 18 July - Thursday, 21 September

TERM 4
KG, PS & HS: Tuesday, 10 October - Friday, 8 December
PG: Tuesday, 10 October - Thursday, 7 December

School Ending Times 2022
Term Dates 2022

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