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Parents College


Parents College

“This is a gathering of Learners. In this gathering there is no high, no low, no smart, no ignorant, no special assembly, no grand discourse, no proper schooling required. There is no master, no disciple.”  Rumi

Our community is an important dimension of Sophia Mundi.  How do we nurture parents and support them in their tasks in parenting, and in the process, offer meaningful conversation and activities that are enriching?  This was the context for forming the Parent College.   It is a welcoming space for all parents and carers where we can listen and learn together, offering support and finding inspiration. It is a mix of information, discussion and practice, with a new topic each week. Different people are encouraged and supported in hosting and leading the group. We use a process of exploring from different perspectives and allow everyone to contribute. We keep the discussion open.

If the Parents & Friends Association (PFA) is the busy, doing work in the life of the parent body, or the ‘breathing out’ aspect of our engagement in the school, then the Parents’ College is the ‘breathing in’, receiving nourishment for the journey. If we as parents are cared for, then we can offer better care to the teachers and to our children.

We commenced in Term 1, 2015 and links to all of our prior sessions can be found at the bottom of this page.

We are meeting in 2017 on Tuesday mornings from 9: 00 am – 10:30 am at the Cottage (After Care room).

All parents and carers are welcome. No prior attendance is necessary. And the best way to find out more is to come along!

“The healthy social life is found,
when in each individual
the whole community finds its reflection,
and when in the community,
the virtue of each one is living.”
-Rudolf Steiner

2015 – Term 3

Week 4 – Restorative Circle

2015 – Term 3

Week 4 – How do we hold the meeting space of the group

Week 3 – Meditation as Listening to our Self and to Others

Week 2 – Wisdom and Presence

Week 1 – Work of the Parents College

2015 – Term 2

Week 6 – Technology, psychology and neurology

Week 5 – Bring humanity to technology

Week 4 – Technology and the senses

Week 3 – Choosing Love

Week 2 – Anthroposophy – What is it ?

Week 1 – Planning Session

2015 – Term 1

Week 6 – Healing and Health Promotion in Steiner Education

Week 5 – Listening (to that which is hard to hear)

Week 4 – Welcome to the Here and Now

Week 3 – Compassion and Forgiveness (of yourself!)

Week 2 – The Rubicon

Week 1 – Belonging