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Camphill 2022 Parent Tea + Workshop

October 9 @ 8:30 am 3:00 pm

Welcome to all parents and families, new and returning, to the 2022-23 school year!

Before the pandemic years, the Parent CONNECT group and The Camphill School co-hosted two annual events for parents, the New Parent Tea to welcome new parents and families, and the Parent Workshop to provide a venue to learn about the school and also to share with each other the joys and challenges of parenting our children. This year, we are combining these two events into one!

New Parent Tea & Workshop

Sunday, October 9, 2022

8:30 AM (or 9:15 AM) to 3:00 PM

Location: Beaver Run Schoolhouse, Blue Room

The event will highlight topics focused on supporting ourselves and our children as they journey through the Camphill School. 

This year, we will be hosting a New Parent Tea from 8:30 AM to 9:15 AM as we extend a special welcome to the newest parent members of our Camphill community. (“New” applies to anyone who started at Camphill in 2020 and beyond.) Both new and returning parents and their adult family members are very welcome to join in this portion of the day! The Parent Workshop portion will begin promptly at 9:15 AM. The event is free to all Camphill parents and adult family members. 

Please note that due to practical constraints, we are unable to provide any childcare or care for your Camphill day student for this event.

8:30 – 9:15 New Parent Meet & Greet Tea/Coffee

9:15 – 9:45 Community Welcome Tea/Coffee

9:45 – 10:45 Main Presentation: The Work of Curative Education Around the World Today

This presentation will focus on the Curative Education approach and how it guides and informs the education of our children at Camphill.

10:45 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 12:15 Parent Presentations/Breakout Groups: Connecting with and Staying Informed About the Student Experience

Several experienced parents will speak briefly about their experience and perspectives in parenting their Camphill child, including both day and residential perspectives. Then, we will go into breakout groups for a time of conversation. This portion will be guided by these focal points:

  • Parenting A Camphill Child
  • Connecting with and Staying Informed About Our Children’s Student Experience

12:15 – 1:15 Lunch

1:15 – 2:30 Community Workshops Reflecting Students’ Daily Activities

These after-lunch hands-on sessions will offer parents a taste of students’ daily educational experience and the ebb and flow of their day. You will be able to indicate your top four preferences as you register. Note that in order to keep the groups to a manageable size, we will do our best to match your preferences.

Craft Workshops (Michael Oliveira) 

Location: Meet at Schoolhouse main entry

Michael will take parents on a mini walking tour of several of the workshops where students take their lessons in such areas as pottery and woodwork. He will share the goals and learning outcomes related to these lessons, and parents will be able to see some student-made items from previous years. 

Day Students’ Daily Routine and Meals (Kelly Stanley) 

Location: Meadowsweet House

Kelly will take parents through how a day student house runs, including such things as: Setting the table, the chores the students do, tea and refreshments, how we sing, bless, and thank the meal. The educational reasoning and learning outcomes will be discussed as well.

Eurythmy (Ute Heuser)

Location: Music Room, Schoolhouse

Together we will explore the movement art of eurythmy. You will have a chance to experience aspects of what your children are doing in their eurythmy lessons.

Home Life at Camphill for Residential Students (Andreas Schuschke) 

Location: Classroom, Schoolhouse

In this interactive, conversation-based session, Andreas will share from his experience living in a residential house and answer and discuss any questions or issues that parents may have or want to talk about.

Main Lesson Block (Stephan Hohlbaum)

Location: Classroom, Schoolhouse

Stephan will provide an experiential introduction to what a main lesson can look like. This will include the structure, overview of the block and how it builds up, and rationale for this way of teaching. This will include activities and hands-on experiences, as well as time for questions and discussion.

Movement (Ivan Rynder)

Location: Blue Room, Schoolhouse

Ivan will take parents through activities to see and experience simple exercises that aim to promote physical fitness and the development of gross motor skills.

2:30 – 3:00 Closing Reflections and Remarks

To attend this event, please REGISTER here. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Oct 5, 2022. 

We look forward to a day filled with enriching information that supports the development and well-being of our children, as well as opportunities for parents to share our experiences … and CONNECT with each other! 

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions. We hope to see you at the event!

Jacquellyne Hengst jacquellynehengst@gmail.com (Tea+Workshop Coordinator)

Joseph Sun sunjss@gmail.com (CONNECT Chair)

Sarah Downs sdowns@camphillschool.org (Development Coordinator Camphill)

Planning Team:

  • Jacquellyne & Darren Hengst (New Parents, Gr10)
  • Joseph & Lucia Sun (Parents, Transition Pgm)
  • Liza Walker (Parent, Gr10)
  • Laurie & John Walsh (New Parents, GR9)
  • Guy Alma (Staff)
  • Sarah Downs (Staff)