Letter from Principal,
Rudolf Steiner School, Christchurch, New Zealand
The email copied below is from Thomas Proctor, Principal, Christchurch Rudolf Steiner School.
Hello everyone in our Federation and Steiner network of schools and friends,
Thank you everyone who has contacted me over the last days. Our little city is in ruins. There is tragedy everywhere that you see both in the news and things that you may never hear. It is so so awful and fills me with tears that so many people have died, so many have torn amputations, spinal injuries, crushed bodies, weeping spirits and that the whole city is ruined - from every historic building to the most modern. The effects will be decades in rebuilding.
We personally are ok. My family is ok and we have had damage but minor compared to most.
School was evacuated at 12.51 on Tuesday. Getting out of my office was like trying to walk on a rocking ships deck - grasping for hand rails before being tossed in the other direction. Files were falling, draws flying open. The kids ran to their designated areas. everyone was accounted for. Children were weeping and hugging. many of the teachers who were terrified after the last quake were pale and shaking but overcame this to bring calmness to their classes. i am so proud of them all. Most kids jackets were inside. It got colder and, with big quakes every few minutes, their anxiety rose - especially as they saw houses on the hills behind us collapsing.
Our flash text communication system with every parent was useless as power was gone. we waited and parents slowly and frantically arrived. some had run from teh city centre and brought stories of modern buildings collapsing. Others told of roads broken and water gushing onto the streets, liquifaction creating gaping holes in roads. St Martins supermarket - just over the river - was impossible to get to. The kindergarten children sat with Robyn and Frances and Annalie and Ellen and their helpers. They kept assuring the little tamariki. In the lower school children sat in their class groups. all our practises for fire drills were SO helpful - we had class lists ticked off, barley sugars, blankets and stories. The Upper school, who are usually a little frisky about fire drills were superb, contained and supportive of each other. we watched quake after quake ripple across the school land, saw cracks like lightening bolts appear in the concrete slabs. we could hear the deep rumble of teh next quake seconds before it struck.
as i walked around to each class I was so proud of our community of teachers and the increasing number of parents who brought in food, chocolate, bananas, pears, hugs, comfort and assurance.
Lyttelton was cut off, Sumner and Redcliffs too and there were reports that Diamond habour was isolated. text messages were intimitant.
school is now closed. no water, no electricity. we have to wait for a building inspection before we can return. Ironically there was an insurance assessor inspecting damage from the last quake at school as it struck. he was upstairs in the staff workroom and saw all the computers fall to the ground.
A few Steiner schools have offered to have children and families who want to get out of town. Thank you very very much for the offers. I am trying to coordinate lists of frightened familes ( most have no power or water or cell phones or petrol ) and places in schools that are available. We are looking at Federation funds assisting this. If your school wants to do something for the earthquake you could raise money for these families or just raise money for Chch. The cities needs will be ongoing for a long long time. we wonder whether the central city will survive.
[...]pray for Christchurch and its suffering families - thank you very much.
Another shock has just passed through - its a weird mixture of inner high alert and helplessness. The sense i get is that this is very different from the last quake. Apart from more deaths and more carnage, there is a weariness and exhaustion from months of vigilance and work that is now useless. That resilience to get up and get at it ( like digging out the heavy clay liquifaction) is not as strong and is counter to the much talked about indominatable Canterbury spirit. I think we will need long term continual suport on many levels to get over this one.
lots of love to you all, and thanks for what you can do.
The Wind in the Willows - Grade 8 Play:
The Wind in the Willows performed by the 8th graders.
Wed, Apr 16, 1:15 pm & Thurs, Apr, 17, 7:00 pm, Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
Open Friday - Bring a Friend Day!:
Open Fri, Apr 18: This special guest day is on a day when many local schools are closed but we aren't so it's a perfect opportunity for your child to share Merriconeag with their friends. Email email@example.com to sign up or learn more.
School is Closed for Spring Vacation:
Mon - Fri, Apr 21 - 25.
School is closed for Spring Vacation. Enjoy!
Tues, Apr 29, 6:30 pm
Senior Project Presentations:
Wed, April 30 & Thurs, May 1, 6:30 pm.
All welcome! Please come out to support our oldest students and also to catch another glimpse of some of the gold that awaits at the end of the Waldorf journey rainbow.
7th Annual Merriconeag Poetry Festival:
Sunday, May 4, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
The event is free and open to the public, but due to limited seating, registration is required: Click on the link below to register
Ongoing: Tea & Play Sessions :
Tea & Play Sessions for Prospective Parents.
Wednesdays, Apr 16, 30 & May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4.
Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Rd, Freeport.
Prospective parents: Bring your child, share
a cup of tea with us and learn more about our
programs for young children. Storytime at 9:30.
For more info & to register: 207.865.3900, Ext 163 or