I may now to myself belong,
And radiantly spread inward light
Into the darkness of all space and time.
All natural Being presses towards sleep;
The depths of soul shall waken,
And waking carry gleams of Sun
Into cold floods of Winter.
Rudolf Steiner, Calendar of the Soul.
We are celebrating Michaelmas on Tuesday 29th September, but due to the Covid restrictions this celebration will be held within classrooms. Each classroom will have a ‘feast’ of a harvest themed lunch, we will not be sharing this food. Unfortunately parents cannot be invited to partake this year.
Each child in Main school has been provided with a jute book bag, to enhance communication between the school and home. If you have a note for the teacher, or office, you can put it in the book bag and each teacher will ask if there are any messages, to be handed in, when taking the register daily.
This could be such things as when a child may be tired or upset or a request for lost property e.t.c. Please continue to phone or email the office with absences or changes to pick up arrangements. We will also send consent forms for school trips or other information home in the bag if you prefer this to email communication.
We will continue to email everything but if you also would like a paper copy it can go in the book bag. Please let the office know. We hope this additional communication channel will help the flow, between school and home during the restrictions on personal meetings during Covid. Please ensure anything confidential is in a sealed envelope!
The Annual general Meeting of the Nant-y-Cwm Steiner School Ltd was held last Wednesday via Zoom rather than the usual face-to-face event in the School Hall. There were 16 attendees, and 11 members voted by proxy. All the Resolutions were accepted.SGT thank all those who contributed to the meeting in these unusual circumstances. We hope to convene the next AGM in June 2021. Pete Jewel on behalf of SGT
The trustees regretfully announce the following staff resignations.
- Lesley Todhunter has worked tirelessly as School Administrator since last November and has been of huge support to families, staff, and trustees during one of the most difficult times that Nant-y-Cwm has seen in its 41 years. Lesley, working part-time, has worked much longer than her contracted hours but acknowledges that she cannot continue to give the post the extra time that it needs. Lesley leaves on Monday 19th October.
- Holly Young is standing down as Coordinator of the Parent and Child Group (Family Group) in Kindergarten with immediate effect. Not surprisingly, Holly has been unable to find a solution to hold the Group under the restrictions placed on all of us during this current phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. Holly will be able to spend more time with her family. SGT and all the staff wish both Lesley and Holly well in their future endeavours and thank them both wholeheartedly for their work for Nant-y-Cwm.
SGT will be recruiting a full-time School Administrator as soon as possible, and the Parent and Child Group Coordinator position will be advertised soon as Holly has kindly agreed to provide a handover even though it may be some time before the Group can meet again.
SGT was hoping to introduce all staff and families to a newly-appointed full-time Business Manager on Monday. However, the successful candidate has had to withdraw due to devastating personal news. This has also had some bearing on SGT’s revised plan to ensure the School office has adequate cover every day and the administrative functions can continue.
A message from Joanna
It is with great joy, yet also sadness that I have to tell you that I will not be offering eurythmy to your children at Nant-y-Cwm any more. The reason being that I am expecting a child next year and, when one is pregnant, one has to stop doing eurythmy.
Eurythmy works directly with our invisible life-forces, with the forces that help us grow, and thus if I were to do eurythmy I would ben giving away that energy that is needed for the growing embryo.
I greatly enjoyed teaching eurythmy to the children and will miss the lessons. I am very happy though that the school has asked me to teach German to Classes 1 to 8 until Christmas time instead.