14th - 16th December, White Rock Camping Area on the Upper Allyn River.
Day 1 :
The weather predictions were for rain and possible storms, and on our way to camp we drove through a good downpour. On arrival, however, there was just a light mist and we set up tarps and tents and took the opportunity to go for a river walk and swim upstream from the camp before returning to an evening meal prepared and served by years 11 and 12.
That night after dinner we went for a short walk downstream and saw an amazing firefly display - tiny lights floating gently through the trees. When we returned to camp the red-eyed tree frogs were in full chorus - they sound like lambs for one call and have a chirruping sound for another call. Listen to the video!
Day 2 :
After a rainy night and early morning and some sorting of wet tents and singing under the shelter of our large tarps we drove to Mt Allyn for a walk to the lookout there. It was an eventful drive and we stopped for a beautiful diamond python, which was crossing the road, as well as a bit of mud!
Of course it was very misty at the top, but well worth the walk and by this time the rain was persistent and occasionally heavy. The afternoon came good with some beautiful glimpses of blue sky. We did a short walk down to the bridge to see the change in the flow of the river (which was very impressive) and some did the extra kilometre to see the amazing strangler fig that the students could climb inside. The buses took students to Lady's Well, where there was some jumping and swimming into the non flowing section.
At night time the year 9 and 10 classes did the cooking and cleaning and we enjoyed more singing around the camp fire. A few stars appeared as the sky became more clear.
The weather was perfect! The year 7 and 8 classes prepared the food for the day with an extravagant breakfast of potato cakes and curried cauliflower (as well as weet-bix and muesli. After making the hard decision to pack up early and have the rest of the day free for swimming and walking on the other side of the range we took the buses to the top of Lagoon Pinch Road so that we could do the Rocky Crossing walk alongside the Williams River and call in to the many beautiful swimming places along the way. It was very like paradise with blue sky, large shady trees and the sparkling freshness of the water, which was flowing nearly clear again.
All-in-all a very beautiful camp.
Thank you everyone!
The Newcastle Waldorf School's HSC art students of 2020, are extremely excited to share their bodies of work to a wider audience, which has been achievable through CStudios. This cohort have completed their HSC course in a compressed course, where both preliminary and HSC courses have been completed in 1 year and what a year 2020 has been! However, being in an environment that fosters creativity from the start, the students have each produced a work unique to themselves. Through the support of the highly skilled art teachers they have been able to explore and express themselves and the issues around them in this culmination of their schooling years. This year's HSC art works display the wide range of media and techniques that have been used by the class to portray the various concepts that underpin each body of work. By sharing both their conceptual practices and material practices with a public audience, the students are thrilled to be getting a firsthand insight to the life of an artist.
The opening hours will be listed here from Sunday December 6th.
PROSPERO PLAYERS will soon be in action again!
In 2021 they will be preparing for a play to perform in the 2nd and 3rd week of the April Holidays.
We are looking for interested actors, musicians and stage hands from our Year 9-12 students and also from our talented parent community.
If you are interested in being a Prospero Player next year see the above poster for audition details.
Or, if you would like to be involved, support and help in any way, please contact,
Also pass this communication on to any members of our school community who might be interested.
Marigold, Sophia and Kirsty
Creating an indigenous resource garden
Students, staff and community at the Newcastle Waldorf School have worked for over two years creating their indigenous bush garden. The garden incorporates plants used to create Aboriginal tools, and edible and medicinal plants. The school has embedded story into the garden lessons, learning and engaging with Indigenous culture. Find out more.
More to come, watch this space!
Here's some more detail on a pdf flyer.
a voice in the wilderness
or the village crier