I thought back to that oh so cheesy meme. Come into the present moment, just be and enjoy being. This, I thought with sudden certainty. This is it; this is the moment that we are all just ‘being’ in. I closed my eyes for a few seconds and just let that feeling soak in. I could not want to be anywhere else, with anyone else at that moment. The connectedness we all felt, the students with each other, and I with them, were priceless. We had initially gone down there so one of the students could deliver a lesson to the others on water bugs and how to catch them, but after that we simply remained there for no other purpose then to soak up the joy that comes from playing in that luscious creek, under dappled sunlight, listening to the hum of dragonflies zooming past our noses.
Over the gurgling sounds of the water, I told the students that I used to work in a school that was all concrete and tanbark. Greys and blues, whites and blacks, so little green. The students stared at me blankly; they couldn’t imagine it and didn’t spend much time trying. They’ve been here from the beginning, and in some ways they take it for granted. But one of my students, who herself only came to Candlebark recently stopped suddenly, eyes gazing up into the tree canopy, and said, in her usual shiny tone, "Wow… isn’t this just BEAUTIFUL”. We smiled at each other, knowingly. The gift that Candlebark offers is perhaps not necessarily any of the things it presents on the surface. Its truest gift, if you ask me, is the way it offers up to teachers and students alike, the time to frolic, to explore, to unravel oneself and discover who you are and what you might like to be. The time to be present, to just be and enjoy being.
- Nat Haimon
Cobaw District Schools Orienteering championships @ hanging rock
On Friday the 30th of November 36 eager Candlebarkians headed to Hanging Rock for the Cobaw District School Orienteering Championships. And what a day we had. The weather was glorious, the kids were enthusiastic, the chess sets were out, the guitar was being strummed, the football was in use and a group of Candlebarkians were found dancing to Bohemian Rhapsody during a break. It was a wonderful excursion before a single map had been handed out… but we were there for the Orienteering Competition and compete we did (the results are below).
The orienteering courses varied depending on the age groups and we had students in the Grade 3, 4, 5 and 6 categories including several Grade 2s competing in the Grade 3 section.
The students headed off in teams of two to run their various courses around Hanging Rock and were back before we knew it (a good thing in a race!). One student had a limp, others were in unexpected groupings, most had never done orienteering before, but all of them came back with big a grins on their faces.
Here's a list of the place-getters:
Grade 3 Boys 1050m - 1st place: Albert Cahill and Banjo Ford; 2nd place: Charlie Hutchison and Henry Astuto
Grade 4 Girls 2200m - 2nd place: Madison Hallifax and Ava Connell
Grade 5 Boys 2500m - 2nd place: Bryn Sawyer and Max Sheppherd
Grade 5 Girls 2500m - 1st Place: Maisy Hayter and Ebony Sutherland
Grade 6 Boys 2725m - 1st place: Callahan Ure and Reuben Cahill; 2nd place: Aidan Ford and Henry Bourke; 3rd place: Elliot Foster and Lucas Taylor
2019 will, no doubt, be another very musical year at Candlebark. The Christmas break is a great chance to chat with your son or daughter about whether to begin learning an instrument. We have an exceptional group of music tutors at Candlebark with the following instruments on offer: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Violin, Cello, Double Bass, Piano, Voice, Guitar and Bass Guitar.
Here is a link to an interesting article about the benefits of learning a musical instrument:
Sometimes our teachers get booked out so please get your enrolment forms in ASAP in order to shore up lessons for next year.
State Primary Track & Field Championships
Henry Bourke represented Candlebark in the State Primary Track & Field Championships on the 29 October at Albert Park. Henry did really well and placed 10th in the State Track and Field 1500m event.
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