Welcoming you all back to school, Wednesday 22nd...
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I really hope that you were able to enjoy many magical moments together as a family during the holidays. I embraced the cooler weather of winter by enjoying fires on the beach, staring up into the star spangled skies, waking up to refreshing swims in the ocean, laying out in the full sun like a lizard and climbing on sun drenched cliffs. Whilst we work in an amazing school, it is certainly valuable to have time away, in order to reflect, rejuvenate and reinvigorate - ready to start the term ahead vital and refreshed.
Yesterday, I enjoyed reconnecting with Class Teachers and Aides in a rich PD session specifically tailored to Enhance, Enrich and Enable the development of all of our students, in our learning environment. We are all excited about the term ahead and look forward to the children coming back to school tomorrow.

Welcome back email...
We sent an email with welcome back information yesterday. If you missed it, please find it here. Unfortunately our Welcome Back Morning Tea is currently not permitted to go ahead under the NSW government guidelines.
If you have had any change of personal details or emergency contacts for your child/ren, please notify the office so we can ensure your up-to-date information is included in our records. Administration staff will be contacting all families shortly to confirm required details for the school census.

Staff Professional Development...
As is always the case at the start of Term 3, the staff begin with professional development workshops in preparation for the remainder of the year.
Our Monday PD session was carefully designed to enhance, enrich and enable the development of all students at Chrysalis through the strengthening of teacher/aide/assistant ‘systems thinking’ within the classroom, acknowledging that “all living systems are unique and distinctive, within a given essence’ and specific potential is realised within ‘genuine’ alignment".
Our Tuesday PD session looked in depth at Duty of Care, First Aid (responding to Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19), and Watercolour Painting that meets three different stages of our student’s development.

Teaching position available...
Chrysalis seeks expressions of interest for a relief kindergarten teacher interested in supporting both Morning Star and River Song Kindergartens on a casual basis. Applications close COB Friday 31 July 2020. Please email a covering letter with your curriculum vitae to

School fees for Term 3...
Term 3 invoices and current statements have been sent electronically today (Tuesday 21st). The school fees due date will be Friday 31 July. Please pay your term's fees in full by that date, unless you have made prior arrangements to pay by instalments. Remember, if you are experiencing significant, continued financial hardship due to COVID, the school encourages you to contact Tim Fry ( to apply for fee relief.

Parent/Teacher interviews...
As is customary in Term 3, class meetings will be held for the Kindergarten classes only. Classes 1 to 8 will have parent/teacher interviews. This year will bring a new format with an online booking system. Parents will be emailed this week with the process. Please keep an eye on your inbox and book as soon as possible to ensure you find your most suitable time.

School photos...
COVID restrictions have initiated many changes to events and activities this year. School photos have also been impacted. Due to border closures and travel restrictions we are unable to have our usual photographer come to the school. This year we are going to try something different. A class photo will be taken of the children and there will be no sibling or portrait pictures offered this year. So you can ensure your child/ren are present on the day, the days are as follows: Morning Star and Classes 5-8 will be on Monday 27 July (week 2), whilst River Song and Classes 1-4 will be on Wednesday 5 August (week 3).
As we would like to acknowledge the important part the annual class photo plays in your child’s school history, these photos will be digitally sent to each family free of charge.

COVID-19 update...
Anyone who is sick with flu-like symptoms, even with mild symptoms, or has been overseas, in Victoria, or in any Sydney hotspot in the past 14 days, should not attend school. For now certain school events must remain on hold, including no Parent attendance at assemblies and other school events, nor Parent volunteers – e.g. parent reading helpers, plus parents are to remain in their vehicles for drop off and pick ups (not the classrooms). Please contact Administration (6655 8616), first, if you need to visit the School for any other purpose. Thank you for your understanding.

Blessings on the term... yaarri yarraang,
Lisa & the Leadership Team


Inaugural Chrysalis Cross Country Picnic

Fun and Fitness for all our amazing students on the last day of Term 2

Thankfully many students started their cross-country training during the COVID break. We were surprised how fit some of them were when we started practicing during the first week back at school.

Fortunately for the students Classes 2, 3, 4 & 5 practiced diligently 3 to 5 times a week throughout the term. Knowing how important exercise is for the efficient functioning of our bodies and brains, it was heartwarming to see the students all heading off happily each morning - some even practiced in their lunch times!

Lyndal, the Class 4 teacher, summed it all up perfectly:
“In response to the daily Cross Country practice, I felt my class made a consistent effort and each showed progress in their fitness over the term. The running before class definitely brought the children into themselves and they all seemed more able to concentrate during Main Lesson time. I think the teachers equally enjoyed the opportunity to develop their fitness.
All in all, running up and down the campus was fun and invigorating. With full valley views and fresh mountain air, what an awesome way to start the day!”

All the classes from 2 to 8 completed the cross country at the carnival and some amazing times were recorded. In fact, considering the steep terrain, the students times were magnificent.

In Class 5 - Zion and Ella completed the course in 6.44 and 6.47 minutes respectively.
Ella was “very happy” that “all her training was worth it”. Ella also, indicated that she worked well in class after her morning cross-country.
Also in Class 5, Mirakai and Naomi achieved admirable times.

A BIG CONGRATULATIONS also goes out to Jarrah, Jasper, Kael, and Spencer in Class 4 who made a huge effort and even extended the course by adding on extra trips around the oval.

At the cross-country fun day all the students were involved in various games. Class 2 and 3 loved the hoola hoop and 3 legged relays while Classes 4 to 8 played a strategic energetic game together. The students participation in the cross country meets the requirements of the Movement aspects in the NSW curriculum (PD 2 - 8).

In Warmth and Peace,
Alison Scheef - PE and Bothmer Gymnastics Teacher

Community Notices

These notices are updated fortnightly on the school website.
Nextwave Youth Film Competition
Nature Philosophy programmes
Bellingen Shire Connection Centre
Mid North Coast Dental
Biodynamic Wholistic Farming
ilovebelloshire website & newsletter
Scottish Camphill Community looking for international volunteers

For those new to reading the school e-newsletter, this Community Notices section was an initiative created to assist both parents and community organisations share relevant information with each other. There is no cost to listing here.
What is included is at the discretion of the school office.

Did you know?

The school will receive donations if you show a Chrysalis Benefits Card at the IGA checkout in Bellingen - please ask in the IGA for your own card - and at rebel in Coffs Harbour mention our school on purchase.

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The deadline for contributions and community notices for the next newsletter is COB on Monday 27th July.
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