Terms and Events
Term Dates for 2013
Term 1 : Tuesday 29th January – Friday 12th April
Good Friday – 29th March
Easter Monday – 1st April
Term 2 : Tuesday 30th April – Friday 28th June
Queens Birthday – Monday 10th June
Winter Festival – June 21st (Pupil Free day)
Term 3 : Tuesday 23rd July – Friday 20th September
Labor Day Public Holiday – Monday 7th Oct
Term 4 : Wednesday 9th October – Friday 13th December
Pupil Free Day 22nd November
Open Day – Sat 23rd November
Preschool closing and opening dates for 2012 – 2013
Monday 14th January – Friday 25th January – open for holiday care
Tuesday 29th January – begin Term 1
Term Dates for 2012
( Australia Day 26th January)
Term 1 – Tuesday 31st January – Thursday 5th April
(Easter – 6,7,8,9th April)
Term 2 – Monday 23rd April - Friday 22nd June
(Anzac Day Wed 25th April)
(Queens Birthday 11th June)
Term 3 – Tuesday 17th July - Friday 21st September
(Labour Day 1st October)
Term 4 – Monday 8th October - Wednesday 12th December
Pupil Free days 2012
Term 1 – Monday 30th January
Term 2 – Winter Solstice 20th June
Term 3 – Monday 16th July
Term 4 – Friday 16th November
The Year’s events:
Bush Dance – Term 1
An evening of multi-cultural Bush Dance from around the world, performed by the Primary classes. This festive foot-stomping, toe-hopping, come along and dance together marathon is accompanied by a teachers’ band and is a fundraiser event.
Swimming Carnivals – Term 1
The Carnival, a compulsory school event for classes 4 to 10, is also an enriching and enjoyable occasion at Mullumbimby Pool. In the late afternoon and evening: swimming under the stars, sharing a meal, families cheering each other on… There are water events for every age group and something for the adults.
Winter Solstice Celebrations – Term 2
The whole School community comes together to celebrate the rebirth of the light and life with the passing of the Winter Solstice. This is a highlight of the year, a time to witness and share in the passing of the old year into the new. The festival commences at 5.00pm and all students are expected to attend. The school day is pupil free while staff prepare for the event.
Sports Day – Term 3
Sports Day is a day of athletics and games held early in Term 3.
Pet Day – Late Term 3
A special day for the Primary School on which children bring in their pets and other animals. Displays, demonstrations, parades and award presentations are the order of a festive day.
UNPLUGGED – Term 3
Brings together students from Years 7 – 12 in a series of solo and ensemble performances. It gives younger students the opportunity to perform (often for the first time) in public, and senior students the chance to ‘warm up’ prior to their HSC exam performances. This concert will showcase a diverse array of music.
Wearable Arts Performance Event – Term 4
Held early in Term 4, this is one of the School’s major cultural events involving senior students, staff and the wider community. (For more information please check our Performing Arts website).
Open Day – Term 4
A comprehensive exhibition of the childrens’ work is held in Term 4. On this day the School is open to the public. Teachers and staff are available to discuss Steiner Education and the children’s’ work with existing and prospective parents.
Summer Festival of Plays – Term 4
Riding on the expansive wings of summer all classes work towards the production of end of year plays. Written and produced by their teachers, who draw on the content of the four terms of the Learning Program, the plays are a living culmination of the year’s work.
The play schedule is issued in Term 4. Friends and family are warmly invited to attend.
Field Excursions – all year
Day trips and Class trips take place every year. They are an integral part of the students’ education, and are NOT optional. They are an important component of the learning program, giving the students the opportunity of experiencing first hand the content of their lessons. For example the Class 1 & 2 Local Geography lessons happen during overnight camps, while Marine Biology, Coastal Geography and Australian History may be complemented by a field trip to the Great Barrier Reef.
In the High School, the trips also take on an important personal development aspect with challenging activities, e.g. white-water safety, canoeing and abseiling, and longer excursions to more distant locations.
Students are expected to take on personal and group responsibilities and are expected to work and contribute to being part of a team.
All field trips and outings are subject to the audit and review of the Field Trip Committee.
Field trip destinations (examples, and may change):
Kindy: Overnight Camp in the Local Area
Class 1: Overnight Camp in the Local Area
Class 2: Mt Warning Area, Fingal Head, Woody Head
Class 3: Border Ranges Binna Burra, O Reilleys
Class 4: Fraser Island
Class 5: Skiing, Horse Riding, Canoeing
Class 6: Canberra
Year 7: North West Island (Great Barrier Reef)
Year 8: Sydney/City Experience, New Zealand
Year 9: Outback Australia, Tasmania
Year 10: Vanuatu, Scuba Diving, Outdoor Education
In Years 11 and 12, the field trips are optional and relevant to that year’s field of study and/or interest. The curriculum being heavy, they may take place during the vacations.