THE AUTUMN COLOURS OF CANDLEBARK
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I'm writing this on May 31, proclaimed by many to be the last day of autumn, but it's like we fast-forwarded autumn this year and have already arrived at winter! Oddly enough, despite the sudden cold and the bitter wind, we have a record low number of absentees today for 2018 – only two children away. Michelle has suggested a possible link between the high attendance and the fact that today is cake day… the evidence so far is purely circumstantial, but I wouldn't rule her theory out…
The grade 4s leave in a few minutes for a concert called "Meet the Orchestra with Tripod", which might sound somewhat surreal, but is a collaboration between the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the famous musical comedy trio, Tripod. According to the website, "it's finally time to answer a question that has long plagued the global arts community: who knows more about music? Tripod or Leonard Bernstein?"
I'm not sure that Leonard, were he still alive, would be amused by this question, but it'll be interesting to hear the Grade 4s’ answer when they return this afternoon.
I do hope that you can get to our soirée at the end of term – it'll be a chance to answer a question that has long plagued the global arts community: who knows more about music? Candlebark students, or Bach and Mozart?
It's hard to believe we're talking about the end of term already. Only a few weeks to go – and yet another long weekend coming up soon! But the energy of the school is good. I had a letter last week from someone to whom we had not been able to offer a place, with the following poignant words: 'So the problem that I have encountered, is that now I’ve been to Candlebark, my family and I can’t unsee what we’ve seen at Candlebark! As we ultimately deal with the prospect of having to enrol our child in ‘a school’, we’re doing the rounds of open days, checking out our local schools...it’s hard not to judge them harshly, when in our mind we’ve already found the perfect school!...The first blow happens when we turn up to a school tour, are greeted and taken around by a marketing/PR lady, the principal is MIA. The next blow comes during the tour, when the four year olds, who would potentially be the pupils of the school next year, are not allowed to play on the school playground due to legal liability. The blows keep on coming; we are told with pride that the school encourages at least one excursion per year level starting from prep, there are many incursions; and they keep coming, a charter coach takes the kids to the swimming program in term 4 (the pool is 500 meters away); and coming, 27 kids per teacher is about the average class size! As the tour ends, I feel like I need to pick up my broken soul from the floor, and find the strength to be polite as I decline to take an enrolment pack. And off to the next school we go, so after I’ve been to a number of them, I’ve decided to write you this letter….’
We are not perfect; nothing and no-one is, but it is appalling that so little real change has happened in Australian schools during my lifetime, and I cannot see a single glimmer of significant change on the horizon.
Anyway, to finish with something of much greater importance: WOULD ANYONE LIKE A GUINEA PIG? Or two guinea pigs? Or six? Ten? We do have rather a lot – adults and infants. Kris and the boys won't let me pay people to take them away, but we would happily make gifts of guinea pigs to families who are interested :-) And Christmas isn't that far away…
- Term Dates
- What's Happening At Candlebark
- Winter Soiree
- Vox Anthology Competition
- Bright Camp - photos
- CDPSSA District Soccer tournament
- Community Notices
- Term 2: 17 April to 22 June
- Term 3: 16 July to 20 September
- Term 4: 9 October to 13 December
Unlike 2016 and 2017, dates will be the same for both Candlebark and Alice Miller.
What's Happening at Candlebark
- June 21 - Winter Soiree @ Kyneton Town Hall
- July 18 – Grade 5 to ‘Robot Song’ theatre performance 1.30 at The Engine Room, Bendigo
- July 18 to August 22 – Swimming program for Grade 5/6s.
- August 7 – CDSSA Basketball
- August 30 – CDSSA Athletics
- October 26 – MSO – Year 7 ‘Stravinsky’s Firebird’
One of the musical highlights of the Candlebark year is the term two Winter Soirée. This year our soirée will be held at the Kyneton Town Hall on Thursday the 21st of June.
Every student in the school will be performing a musical item with their class, as well as performances by the Ska Band, Soul Band, Chamber Ensemble & the Choir (plus a few other surprise items).
We will have a dress-rehearsal during the day of the 21st so, if it is relevant to you, please send your daughter/son along with their instrument and sheet music.
I will confirm the exact starting time in a later email but it will be around 7pm.
Feel free to send any questions to me directly at: email@example.com (and please let me know now if your child is unavailable on this night so we can rehearse accordingly).
See you at the soirée.
VOX Anthology Competition
Here is some writing from some of Wendy Wright's Year 5,6 & 7s based on the topic of 'Curious'.
Bright Camp - photos
It seems so long ago but Mandy De Lacy shared these beautiful photos from the Bright camp in March, which I neglected to include in the previous newsletter, it would be a shame not to share them ... so here they are - Enjoy!