We marked Book Week in style, now let's celebrate our teachers!...
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Last week for the first time at Chrysalis we celebrated Book Week. Book Week is recognised across the country and brings together children, libraries, authors and illustrators, showcasing the importance, benefits and joy of reading for all ages.
The dress up days and parade that were held over 2 days were a great highlight in our school year. We welcomed warlocks, wizards, pirates and pixies; characters from the classics as well as characters from not so well known books. This was a warming way to bring parents and children together through a creative project and a fun event to draw on joyous participation from each of the classes. Thank you for supporting this wonderful event.
Happy reading.
yaarri yarraang, Lisa

“Nowadays the feeling of gratitude is underestimated. Gratitude connects people with the world, makes them feel part of the world... One can develop love in the best possible way through gratitude.”                                 ~ Rudolf Steiner

Celebrating quality teaching and inspirational teachers...
This year NSW will celebrate World Teachers’ Day this Friday 30th October. World Teachers’ Day is an opportunity to celebrate the 160,000+ hardworking and dedicated primary, secondary and early childhood teachers in NSW.
2020 has been a year like no other with teachers having to adjust their teaching practices in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. There are lots of ways we can show our appreciation and support! We encourage parents to have a chat with your children at home and ask them what they would like to do to send their teacher a message of thanks this Friday. Thank you!

Teaching Vacancy 2021: Class 4...
Chrysalis seeks expressions of interest for a Class Teacher interested in taking up a Class 4 full time teaching role, in 2021. 
Applications close COB Friday 13 November 2020. For more information, please see the job advert on the school website.

Reminder about our Community Classifieds...
Our Community Classifieds are a great resource to tap into for announcements about what activities and programs are happening in the local area, as well as Steiner - or related - specific workshops further afield. If you are interested in furthering your personal development, we recommend taking a look each fortnight to see if any of the classifieds on offer call to you.
As an example, this week sees: our IT & Music teacher, James, with our Music tutor, Rosie, performing a gig together at No5; our Receptionist, Reanne, hosting a ceramics workshop; the local environmental organisation, OzGREEN, calling on tomorrow's change makers; many Steiner focussed workshops in Newcastle, Sydney and Melbourne to further your understanding and interest in anthroposophy; plus more. Take a look below at our "Community Notices".

Waldorf Today...
Another great resource for further articles on Steiner education and anthroposophy is to sign up to the Waldorf Today newsletter. It is quite Northern Hemisphere focussed, but has a lot of informative and inspirational articles on a wide range of relevant topics for our country as well.
In a recent Waldorf Today newsletter, there was an article about The MacLean brothers who set three world records when they rowed across the Atlantic – and say they have their schools to thank – their first school was a Rudolph Steiner school in Edinburgh. Incredibly inspiring!
In today's newsletter, they included a helpful article entitled "If You Find Yourself Doomscrolling Your Way Through Social Media, Help Is at Hand" –
checking for apocalyptic updates is compulsive and saddening, reconnecting with yourself and others may be the cure. Very informative!
We encourage parents to find positive articles that inspire and inform you.

Term 4 fees...
Invoices for Term 4 fees were sent out last week, with payment due in full by this Friday 30th October unless arrangements have been made to pay by instalments. The forms are available on our website or by calling the front office. A reminder that the school has Fee Payment Incentives to encourage and reward timely payments. If you have any questions regarding your recent invoice or statement, please email

Bellingen drive through COVID testing clinic...
The hours of the clinic have changed to 9am - 9:30am, Monday to Friday. Same location – 15-23 Watson Street, Bellingen. Parents are asked to phone to pre-register anyone being tested - 6655 0663 - a lot of patients can be tested in a short period of time when they have details in advance. The change in time is to ‘beat the heat’ for both the staff wearing PPE, and patients waiting for testing in hot cars. The opening hours of the clinic may expand if case numbers expand in NSW and demand for testing increases.

Lisa & the Leadership Team


Thank you Dot!

Many thanks to Dot, our wonderful librarian, our Friday Fairy Godmother, for pulling together a fantastically, joyous celebration for the students and staff alike!
There are fabulous costumes to be seen on our social media pages. If you haven't already had a look, we encourage you to check out the variety - Thanks Sammi!

Who doesn't love a good book?...

"Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world."
~ Malala Yousafzai
"I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book."
~ J.K. Rowling
"Books are a uniquely portable magic."
~ Stephen King
"Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are."
~ Mason Cooley 
"A room without books is like a body without a soul."
~ Cicero

Important dates

School calendar
Class 5 Explorers camp
Mon 2 - Fri 6 Nov
Class 7 Snorkelling test @ Bellingen Pool Fri 6 Nov
Class 4 Crowdy Bay camp
Mon 9 - Wed 11 Nov
Class 2 to 8 Music performances
Wed 11 Nov - no parents
Morning Star families Mini morning @ River Song Sat 14 Nov
Class 7 Island camp
Sun 15 - Fri 27 Nov
Report Writing Day - pupil free
Fri 27 Nov
Class 6 Celebration dinner
Sat 28 Nov
Class 6 excursions
Mon 30 Nov - Wed 2 Dec
Class 3 Hat Head camp
Thurs 3 - Fri 4 Dec
Class 8 Graduation dinner
Sat 5 Dec
Class 8 Farewell camp
Sun 6 - Tues 8 Dec
River Song Going Up ceremony
Tues 8 Dec
Last day of Term 4 Wed 9 Dec
Term dates for 2021

A returning student

We are delighted to welcome back:
  • Leon, in Class 7, son of Sarah and Stephen

Community Notices

These notices are updated fortnightly on the school website.
James Ross and Rosie Stephen gig
Port Macquarie Steiner School - Teaching Principal position
Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar - four free live streaming events
SEA Dancing the Divide workshop
Putting the World Back on Its Feet - two day workshop in Newcastle
Tomorrow's Change Makers
Rhythmical massage with Charlotte
Ceramics slab building workshop
Bello YMCA pool lessons & squads
ilovebelloshire website & newsletter

This Community Notices section is 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.

Class meeting times

All meetings will be held at the Thora Community Hall
Class 1 - Tues 27th Oct 6pm
Class 8 - Wed 28th Oct 5pm
Class 2 - Mon 2nd Nov 6pm
Morning Star - Tues 3rd Nov 6pm
Class 4 - Mon 4th Nov 5pm
Class 3 - Wed 11th Nov 5pm

Steiner Playgroups

We are excited that Playgroups have resumed this term! These are run each week during term time. Please email Suzane Polaris or see the school website for detailed information.

Birthdays this fortnight...

Harry and Faye in Morning Star turn 6yrs old, Isis in River Song turns 6 yrs old also, Nesta and Ivy in Cl 3 turn 9yrs old, Elvy in Cl 4 turns 10yrs old, and Bonnie in Cl 6 turns 12yrs old.
Happy Birthday to you all!

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At Chrysalis we pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to elders both past, present and emerging.
The deadline for contributions and community notices for the next newsletter is COB on Monday 9th November.
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