with Jarn Hodgson (Worrimi/Dharug/Dharawal) FREE walk and talk next Monday 20 May, 3.45PM (meet at the lunch tables) Come and learn about the amazing edible and medicinal plants in our area. The walk will be incorporated into an Indigenous Culture Working Group Meeting (all welcome). There is then also an Indigenous Gardens working bee on Saturday May 25 9am -12pm to continue work on our developing Bush Tucker, Bush Crafts and Bush Medicine Gardens at the School. Pitch in, learn about native plants and help us develop more amazing environments for students and Indigenous resources to use within the school!
SHAKESPEARE’S AS YOU LIKE IT PERFORMED AT THE NEWCASTLE WALDORF SCHOOL MAY 3RD, 4TH, 10TH & 11TH Over our extended Easter break six teachers, five alumni, fifteen students and seven parents and friends of the Newcastle Waldorf School Community worked tirelessly on a major production of Shakespeare’sAs You Like It. For this years’ production design, we have chosen to illustrate the fairy-tale aspect in Shakespeare. The play is set in the fantastical forest of Arden, a hybrid of the French Forêt des Ardennes, and the English Forest of Arden, which once grew near Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford Upon Avon. The wood is filled with storybook characters: a band of merry men and women, deposed royalty hiding under cover, unrequited lovers, and a vicious and hungry lioness. To bring this fairy-tale to life, we have endeavoured to create our sets like images from a storybook, building around our beautiful hand painted backdrops by Sophia Montefiore. Each set piece was hand made or chosen by our dedicated production team to create moving illustrations, through which we could bring a story book fantasy, to real life on the stage. Play-building is a group affair for Jacqueline, Joel, Jack and Kirsty who have all worked on plays together in the past. Our production manager Jacqueline Chapman (an alumni student) plays Celia. She shouldered much of the responsibility for the production, organizing, making and communicating roles amongst a large crew. Her avid interest in Shakespearean productions saw Jacqueline traipsing all the way to the Globe theatre this year to add to her growing expertise in matters of the bard. Joel Gajewski (our Class 2 teacher) provided excellent input and notes for the actors throughout the process as well as the sense of reassurance that his presence invariably brings. Jack Dalton (another alumni student) plays Orlando, and when not performing as lead male, has a hand in everything from directing cast and crew to putting up backdrops. Finally, Kirsty McCrudden (our English teacher) who plays the wicked duchess and Audrey revelled in counting down from 10 to get the actors into their places to start scenes. Nick Jamieson (our clarinet teacher and the conductor of one of our orchestras) is a Newcastle composer and has collaborated with students and staff members of Newcastle Waldorf school to compose the music featured in As You Like it. There is still time to see the performance on May 10 and 11 at the school. Contact: 0450 012 578 orwww.prosperoplayers.comto book tickets. courtesy SEA See facebook https://www.facebook.com/prosperoplayers/ or instagram https://www.instagram.com/prosperoplayers/ for pictures or eventbrite for bookings https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/as-you-like-it-prospero-players-2019-tickets-58976634702
Five performances, not to be missed! See a player or go to prosperoplayers.com for tickets. Here's an article on it, https://www.steinereducation.edu.au/latest-news/shakespeares-as-you-like-it-performed-at-newcastle-waldorf-school/
Parents and Guardians are invited to a Term 1 talk titled ‘Open Secrets’ by Keitha Montefiore, one of the founders of the school, in the hall. If you would like to stay for morning tea, please bring a small plate to share. Saturday, March 16, 9.30 – 10.30am.
Dear Newcastle People, we will again have the opportunity to study with Sacred Art of Geometry with you in March and April. Here are some course details, Please feel free to share them around. Flyers will soon be available. The following are the courses that we have put on our website :
The Dance of Earth and Venus Sacred Geometry in Our Solar System 9, 10 March 2019 10:00-17:00 $240 All materials included
The Dance of Earth and Venus results in one of the most beautiful and breathtaking rhythms and patterns of the solar system. Every eight Earth years (13 Venus years) they dance a pentagonal form in space akin to the pip-star inside your apple or the petals of a primrose flower! During this course we will learn how to draw this incredible mandala using the traditional tools of compass and straight-edge; we will explore the key aspects of Earth and Venus' cycles that determine such extraordinary heavenly harmony.
Persian Patterns 13, 14 April 2019 10:00-17:00 $240 All materials included Explore the geometric genius of the Persian master-craftsmen. Learn the art of compass and straight-edge construction and create a dazzling portfolio of geometric patterns from the Persian tradition.