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Friday Flier - 20th May 2016
Calendar
May

Saturday 21st - Jumble sale
Monday 23rd - Class VIII printing workshop
Tuesday 24th - KG parenting support group
Wednesday 25th - Class III Parents' Evening 6pm
Friday 27th May - Class VI coffee morning in the Hall 8.15am
Monday 30th to Friday 3rd June - Half Term
June

Saturday 4th - Work day
Monday 6th - Class III visiting Lee Valley Farm 
Thursday 9th -  PTFA Meeting 7.30pm
Saturday 11th June - Summer Fair


Please refer to the website before phoning the office for dates.
All dates regarding the school are available at: 
www.stpaulssteinerschool.org/?page_id=9
A letter from Jim Sharp, Chair of Trustees
Dear Parents

Principal - Update

It is with great delight that we announce the appointment of Ms.Stephanie Jansen as Principal of St. Paul's from 1st September 2016.

We advertised the post internationally and received very strong interest from around the world. Short-listed candidates were invited to St. Paul's and each spent a full day in the school. During the process, they met trustees and members of staff, taught lessons and observed teaching. This thorough process gave us insight into the strengths of the candidates and gave the candidates a detailed introduction to the school. Stephanie joins with the full support of staff and trustees.

She was born in West Berlin and attended the Waldorf school in Lubeck. From 1990-1997 she studied in Germany and Japan and graduated with a Masters Degreen in Japanese and Political Studies. On graduation, she went back to Japan to teach German as  a foreign language. She returned to Germany in 1998 and trained at the Waldorf Teacher Institute in Kiel. After graduating with a Waldorf Diploma as a class teacher and a subject teacher for English and History for upper school she taught at and helped set up the upper school of a young Waldorf School in Schwerin.

In 2006 she went back to Berlin and since then - first as a teacher and the past seven years as a Principal - she has helped build a bilingual (English and German) primary school in the heart of Berlin which has grown from 45 to nearly 400 students.

Having been a student and a teacher at Waldorf Schools she has a deep grounding in Steiner education. Her recent experience as a Principal will also be invaluable in supporting the school in its next phase of growth, including taking the necessary steps to establishing an upper school.

We very much look forward to welcoming her to St. Paul's. She is very much looking forward to meeting everyone in person at the beginning of the school year.

With best wishes,

Jim Sharp
Chair of Trustees
Workday
Workday on Saturday 4th June 2016
 
The Workday is going to be devoted mainly to the Hall. We will have already made some improvements and we need to prepare the Hall for the remained of the Term; and celebrate a new beginning as we have negotiated a long lease for our exclusive use.
 
Parent Questionnaire
Dear Parents, 

We are constantly trying to improve the quality of the education we provide. Your feedback to this questionnaire will help us to do that.

Please read each statement and tick the answer that best fits your view. If you have more than one child at the school, please fill in a separate questionnaire for each. 

Please do not refer to individual members of staff by name. Thank you for your views.

Please return this form to the school in an envelope FAO College by Monday 23rd May.

Thank you.
 

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First St Paul’s PTFA  meeting
 
Please come along to the first St Paul’s PTFA (Parents, Teachers, Friends Association) meeting. Thursday 9th June 7.30-9pm in the Nave.

Open to all, these meetings aim to offer an inclusive, supportive and productive forum, connecting parents, teachers and the wider community of St Paul’s.

The PTFA will assume responsibility for fund raising and will be instrumental in the use of any funds.  For example, increasing capacity in the bike shed or getting a new play structure in the kindergarten garden.

For efficiency there will be an agenda so please forward any matters you wish raised to your class rep by May 27th.  The PTFA will not discuss teaching matters or specific class issues.

Please come along, the Association will be as successful and fun as we make it.

Louise Newton 
benandlounewton@yahoo.co.uk
Don't forget the Jumble Sale tomorrow...
Waldorf Today

You can see the Waldorf Today website here and read the latest newsletter here


 
Romeo and Juliet at Steiner House
Offer to members and friends

Half-price tickets (£10) are available for each show!

You can purchase your ticket at the Bookshop, Rudolf Steiner House - 020 7724 7699
 
OLIO - the food sharing revolution
My name is Jacques de Villiers, and I am a past Steiner school pupil, now working as a mobile phone app developer in London. I am sure we can agree at the heart of every Steiner community is the desire to make our world more sustainable, and that is why we all try to recycle, buy and support biodynamic and organic produce, and generally try to reduce our carbon footprint.
 
One of the things which is a still a problem in the cycle of sustainability is food waste, something that my team is trying to reduce, since so much food (about a third) in today’s society bypasses the plate and goes straight from the ground into the bin.
 
To this end, we have developed an app called OLIO that I passionately feel every Steiner school community in the UK should be using. It’s a free app that connects neighbours and communities with each other and with local shops and cafés so that surplus food can be shared, not thrown away. It's also a way in which people who have surplus fruits and vegetables from their gardens or allotments can share with people in their community. It has been described as the 'Freecycle' for food, and is already being used by thousands of people and independent local shops in the UK.
 
If you are already sustainable and don't waste any food, you can still help by collecting the free food available in your area, thus helping reduce waste further. Usually people can arrange food collection at their houses, or if a community is using it together, they could arrange to exchange the food at a central location for example the school office.
 
Another big question is how does OLIO make its money? The OLIO app will always be free for people and communities who share free food with each other, and will eventually make its income from charging the local shops and café’s a small commission on the items they sell to customers at a reduced price, which they would normally have thrown out.
 
The app was recently featured on ITV, please see the short video here.

The app is available for iOS and Android phones and you can download it by visiting http://www.olioex.com/.
Community Notices
Cyclists of the future - Get the most from your bike…

For children
Islington Council has a full programme of free cycling courses for children in the June half term. Choose from:
Beginners (age 5-12) for children who can't yet ride without stabilisers
Bikeability Level 1 (age 5-9) teaches bike control skills off road
Bikeability Level 2 (age 9-12) get the skills to ride safely on road

And we're running them at four different venues in N19, N1 and NW3. For full details and to book, click here.

For adults
If you’re a beginner (or an improver) and want to practice off-road to learn to ride a bike, you can do a free basic cycle skills group course.  For more details, click here.

More advanced cyclists wanting to improve their on-road riding can book some individual cycling skills sessions. For more details, click here.

Can you fix it?
Take one of our free one-day basic bike maintenance courses for adults and learn how to keep your bike going.  For more details, click here.

For families
To learn how to ride together as a family, you can book family cycle skills sessions.  For more details, click here.
 
Calling budding writers! 

London Lit Lab is London’s friendliest creative writing course. Award-winning short story writer, Zoe Gilbert, and novelist, Lily Dunn, are leading a six-week beginners’ evening course in June and July at Leila’s Shop (Thursdays, 7-9pm), in the heart of Shoreditch. There will be inspiring exercises, insider tips and insights, and cake! The perfect environment to explore creativity.

We’re offering 25% off the course price to St Paul’s parents and staff. Please get in touch if you want to know more: www.londonlitlab.co.uk
Sunny room in macrobiotic/veggie  family home 

We have a  bright spacious double room to rent overlooking the garden in our  large house in Dalston.

We are a family of adults with weekly visits from our 3 year grandchild we also have  4 cats and 2 fish 

The rent including bills wifi  is £700 per month 

If you would like further details please contact Shirley on 07914 650 758 or shirleeroach@hotmail.com
Do you need a babysitter?  

My name is Sofia Parra and I am a graduated Steiner student. I have lots of babysitting experience and can make dinner if needed. I live in North London. 

My contact information is listed below, send me a message if you have any questions at all!

Email: fiabellaparra@gmail.com
Phone: 07899 334 247

Finca (cottage) in Mallorca with small swimming pool, sleeps 6 (+ 2 in independent Casita outside), surrounded by fields but in walking distance to delightful village square, with bank, chemist and shops. 20 minutes by car from the airport and with good bus and train connections all over the island. Two families could go together but be independent.

See https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/430885 for more details, but much lower rates will apply.

Email kennish46@gmail.com for more information.
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SATS tests - one parent's view (Huffington Post UK)
Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship
Imagine a School Where
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