Council Update

Even as the school year draws to a close, Council continues to work through a  busy schedule as it prepares for the changes ahead in the new year. The past few months have been dominated by creating the necessary changes to introduce the School Coordinator position, and the recruitment of new staff for 2012. There have also been various re-registration requirements to attend to, as well as the implementation of a range of projects the school has undertaken as part of our ELS (Empowering Local Schools) grant to restructure the management and governance of the school. Some of these projects will be ongoing over the next 12 months.

   We are looking forward to meeting our two new teachers for 2013, Chrystal Rogers (Class 1/2) and Ingrid Weeks (Class 3/4). Both have just graduated from Taruna College in New Zealand, and come with strong recommendations from their Course Coordinator. They are arriving in Perth, with loads of gear in tow, on the 15th January, and at this point have no means of getting to Denmark. If anybody is driving down around that time, or has a vehicle that needs driving down, please let Sabine know ASAP. They will be settling into Denmark over the fortnight before school commences, so if you happen to cross paths please make them feel welcome to our wonderful community.

   Unfortunately our efforts to recruit a School Coordinator have not been as successful. We did attract the interest of one very promising applicant, but after a long process of negotiations, and reaching a point of accepting the position, he ended up declining the appointment for family reasons. We have re-advertised both the teaching component (Main Lesson Class 6/7) and the School Coordinator component, and will be interviewing some very promising applicants over the next week. We are very hopeful that we will be able to make an announcement in this regard before Christmas.

   As part of the restructure to employ a School Coordinator, we have also drafted an amended version of the School Constitution. Subject to final approval by Council and College of Teachers, we hope to hold a Special General Meeting early in the new year so that you all have the opportunity to vote on these significant changes to the school’s management structure.

   Finally, Council would like to express our deepest gratitude to all our dedicated and hard-working staff, teaching and non-teaching, for all the richness you bring to the lives of our children and families through your efforts. We would especially like to thank both Ben and Yvonne for your wonderful contributions to Golden Hill Steiner School over your time with us, and extend our best wishes to you both in the new ventures you are about to embark upon.

Merry Christmas and a restful summer holiday to all our families and staff.

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