Newsletter #5 28/07/2021

Principal’s Report

Guru Purnima

Saturday 24th July was the celebration of Guru Purnima; a most auspicious day on the Vedic calendar.
In simple terms, on this full moon day it is traditional to offer gratitude to our teachers for their many gifts to us. The students offer expressions of respect and appreciation to their teachers.

Members of our school community joined a Zoom call for a celebration of Guru Purnima on the Saturday, when a brief explanation of the importance of Guru Purnima was provided by the TM teachers and then a 20-minute group meditation. As a surprise for the students’ teachers, a group of parents produced a video of pre-recorded messages from students which was sent to the children’s teachers on the day. This video will be posted on the Maharishi School Portal in the School News section for everyone to access.

With the occasion falling on a weekend and due to Lockdown, at school we will celebrate the occasion at a special Guru Purnima Assembly on Thursday 29th July when all staff members (Full & Part Time) are present, making it special for students to acknowledge all their teachers in person.

Boite Chorus Performance at Melbourne Town Hall (Thursday 5th August @ 7.30pm)

The organizer of the 2021 Boite Schools Chorus is now in the position of having to cancel the evening concert, which was scheduled for Thursday 5th August and change the way they deliver this year’s concert. While the Melbourne Town Hall audience capacity has been increased under the current COVID restrictions, the capacity of the actual stage remains at 36. This means the normal 250-300 students on stage for the concert cannot be approved.

The organisers have assured us that The Boite team is focused on making sure that the experience of each student involved in Akoma is the best it could possibly be in 2021. Consequently, they plan to deliver the program in smaller group concerts on a date to be arranged at a school venue. Our school will be contacted soon with these new arrangements. I know the students and our amazing Choir Master, are extremely disappointed with the news but this event has become another victim of the restrictions that are in place to safeguard our community.

School Assembly and Smoking Ceremony (Celebrating NAIDOC Week) on Day 1 of Term 3

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme, Heal Country, calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage. NAIDOC 2021 invites the nation to embrace First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia’s national heritage and equally respect the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders as they do the cultures and values of all Australians. Healing Country means finally resolving many of the outstanding injustices which impact on the lives of our people. Aboriginal Elder and Maharishi School supporter, Uncle Trevor, joined us on the first day of Term 3 to conduct a Smoking Ceremony to help launch a new term of health, happiness and enjoyment for our school community.

Our iMaths Program Teaches Real-Life Maths

The Sapphires enjoyed being town planners during their iMaths investigation “It’s My Town”. This week, they completed constructing their gorgeous towns in small groups. It was delightful to see so much creativity and teamwork in action! Thank you to everyone who donated boxes for this fun and engaging project!

Wanyara Incursion

Wanyara provide interactive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural experiences to help people understand and embrace an Aboriginal perspective. The Wanyara team visited our school earlier this term and enriched our students with sessions that included traditional games, dance and stories.

MiniRoos Soccer Clinics

The school has organised Soccer Clinics for interested students after school on Wednesdays from 3.30-4.30pm.

We have been lucky enough to secure Melbourne Victory W-League Player to be our coach for these clinics beginning on Wednesday 11th August. We will send out a Consent Form in the next few days for those who would like to enrol their child in this activity.

Parent Group Meditation Sessions

These popular sessions at 8.30am each Monday and Friday have been put on hold for the meantime while we await further clarity about  such activities in enclosed spaces during the ongoing restrictions that apply to a school environment.

However, an additional opportunity is available. You are invited to join in every Sunday for an online group meditation with meditators from all over Melbourne, Victoria and beyond! Many of us have experienced the extra rest and joy that meditating online in a group can provide. This is an opportunity to come together in a large group to create a wave of coherence.  It will be a fabulous way to start the new week!