Branch News 11 September
Branch News Sunday 11th September
Contents in brief:
News from the Committee Meeting on 8 September
We welcome warmly two members joining the Committee: John Jackson and Angela Hair. We are now 5 – the others are Robyn Hewetson, Kate Harland and Robin Bacchus.
Our main focus was on maintenance issues, allocating Committee responsibilities, a garden Working Bee (Sat 24 Sept) and local support for the national zoom Conference (Sat 1 Oct). See other notices for further details.
Contributions to the Society
The Anthroposophical Society does not exist on light and love alone. It needs to be grounded, to have a place to call home, a physical body. For us that is the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland, the world centre and focus for the School of Spiritual Science’s spiritual research on current human issues; and in Hawkes Bay, it is the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Hastings. These properties need maintenance and care.
Like many things Anthroposophical, the Society is threefold organism – like a tree: trunk, branch, and twig. So too, are our contributions:
Contributions to both the Anthroposophical Society in New Zealand and the AS.NZ.HB are charitable society tax deductible. Your contributions to the General Anthroposophical Society are not tax deductible.
Your donations will be gratefully received and will help maintain the Centre, which is such a wonderful place for us to gather and for people of Hawkes Bay to meet Anthroposophy.
Here are the internet banking details:
For your charitable donation receipt, please identify yourself:
If you haven’t done so, please set up a Direct Credit [Annual, Quarterly or Monthly] equivalent to $80 annual or of an amount that you can safely manage to AS.NZ.HB bank account above.
On behalf of the Committee – our grateful thanks to those who have paid.
Introductory Talks at the Rudolf Steiner Centre
401 Whitehead Road, Hastings
We warmly invite Playgroup parents along with Kindergarten and School parents to our introductory talks, looking at Childhood development. Babies in arms warmly welcome.
Fathers are very welcome too – it would be lovely to see some fathers - if you can sacrifice a couple of hours off work. Indeed these talks are open to anyone interested in the topics.
The talks are free of charge, but a contribution in the Koha box towards the running of the Centre is always appreciated.
From 1.45 to 2.30 pm on Wednesdays in the Main Room of the Centre
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The last three talks have focussed on the first seven years of a child’s life at home and in Kindergarten play before they begin more formal learning.’
Further talks relating to school-aged children will be by:
Robin Bacchus on 14 September
Our human life has many stages – a wobbly path from total dependence at birth to adult independence. Human ‘childhood’ is longer than every other creature on earth.
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Kelly Sutton on 21 September
The Child from 7 - 14 years.
What I have experienced as the gifts of the Lower School Curriculum for the children during this time.
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Rosie Simpson on 28 September
Rites of passage.
The Steiner School curriculum is wonderfully responsive to the developmental stages of childhood. There are moments in teaching that feel like magic, when a threshold is crossed at just the right time, enabling new faculties and capacities to emerge unhindered, when the child’s wings unfold.
Currently we are planning activities at the end of the year to reflect on the burning of the barely completed first Goetheanum on 31 December a hundred years ago and the challenges that imposed on Rudolf Steiner and those around him.
Next Year, we will commemorate the re-founding of the General Anthroposophical Society and the establishing of the School of Spiritual Science.
Our next meeting will be on Thursday, 22nd September at 9.30am in the Centre Library.
Anyone interested in joining the group, please contact Gerrit Raichle 022 1988 143 for the group.
Friday Group – 23 Sept – Leading Thought #11
Open to all members and friends.
We have noted that two publications of the Leading Thoughts have the same content but different numbering, so these notices will give the first sentence for clarity,
The Leading Thoughts be found at https://steinerlibrary.org/Books/26/RSP1973/
#11: “The Self-consciousness which is summed up in the ‘ I ’ or ‘Ego’ emerges out of the sea of consciousness. …”
This date is now confirmed. But we would like those members who would be able to help us with sharp spades, forks, rakes, secateurs, loppers, weed-eater, etc. and wheelbarrows (if possible) and muscle power to note this date.
Can someone bring a safe long ladder to access and clear leaves from the gutters which overflowed during recent heavy rain.
We will remove as much of the prolific acanthus in preparation for replanting with a greater variety of flowering plants and shrubs. The back fence needs ivy removed from the wooden section.
We have a contractor coming at midday with a small digger and a truck to cart the piles of rubbish around the section to the dump.
On behalf of the Garden Group –
Hohepa is very happy to host as many people as want to come to participate in the online zoom conference with Joan Sleigh (a member of the Vorstand at the Goetheanum in Dornach) on Saturday, 1st October, at Hōhepa, Clive.
They have a big screen in the Board Room which everyone can watch. The morning sessions will have discussion breaks – smaller groups can go to offices for this if wanted.
In the afternoon, activities have yet to be organised. The hall, board room and other offices are available, if needed. We would welcome offers for afternoon activities – please contact Kate Hartland 021-1200 970 – if you have suggestions.
We hope that people will bring food for morning break and a shared lunch.
All are welcome to view to Amanda Sowersby’s Graduation
A 4-week course starts Thursday 20th October from 9 – 10.30am
$30 per session which includes materials and morning tea.
Held in the Art room at the Rudolf Steiner Centre.
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Each Wednesday 1.30 – 2.30pm
For 6 weeks
Ages 6 -11 years. $22 per session
Art Room at the Rudolf Steiner Centre.
Contact Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ineke and Hans Mulder write:
“We looked out of the window this morning and saw again grey skies and threatening rain [not suitable or the stirring and application process for BD Preparation 500]. It will not be better the coming week according to the forecast.”
It is better to spread the “500” after the Work Bee on the 24th September.
The stirring is postponed to Friday 7th October, which is in the next descending moon period.
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On Friday afternoon 7th October,
Although we stir for the Centre garden, there will be portions of “500” available for participants to take home for their own gardens. (Please give a koha for the Centre).
At 5.30 p.m. there will be a shared meal – please bring a plate.
This will be followed by a talk by Hans van Florenstein Mulder at 6.30 p.m.
“What is Michael, our Time Spirit, asking of us?”
We invite you to any part of this activity or to hear the talk, even if you are unable to attend the previous activity.
Posted: Sun 11 Sep 2022