From the Principal

Hello everyone,

What a wonderful week we have had this week. There have been many activities happening across the school and we have also received some very exiting news.

I am really pleased to let you know that we have been notified that we have received Capital Grants funding from the Commonwealth government so that we can build a new Science and Mathematics Innovation Centre in the High School. The building will have two Science labs as well as some flexible teaching and learning spaces in the upper level. Whilst there are still a lot of design and approval processes to step through, we hope that building will begin in the first half of next year. I will keep you regularly updated on progress in relation to this exciting project.

Our Kindergarten parents met this week and were introduced to their new Class One Teacher for 2017. We are really excited that Anna Weatherstone will be taking up this position. Anna is a young Steiner Teacher who has been working in our school both as a relief teacher and also as an classroom assistant for some time now and is ready to step up into the important role of Class Teacher.

In the Primary School there have been a range of camps, sleepovers and plays happening over the last couple of weeks, with more to come in the remaining weeks of the term.

In the High School, we have had some wonderful news from our 2016 HSC students, please see Katie’s HSC Update report for further details. Our Year 7 students enjoyed a terrific day out kayaking (with some very friendly dolphins joining them for a while) as a part of their Wish, Wonder and Surprise Main Lesson whilst our Year 9 students have had a wonderful week out sailing and kayaking at Noosa Heads.

With all this activity and enjoyment of the sunshine and longer days, we are definitely moving towards the time of the year where we are drawn towards the experience of the external light (we can feel a bit ‘out of ourselves’ during these warmer months). Tanja Nelson (Chair of the P&F) has kindly provided us with an article which reflects on how we experience and celebrate the light as we move towards Advent. The article is printed later in this Bulletin for your information.

Peace
Nerrida

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New Enrolments

We would like to warmly welcome the following families to the school:

The Djula and Colvin family, with Claudia Colvin in Year 10.

The Ben Harush family, with Naomi in Class 5, sister to Omri in Year 12.

Apologies for last bulletin, D’arcy and Romany Woods are in the reverse classes, D’Arcy in Year 10 and Romany in Year 8

We welcome you to our school community and hope you and your family find your time with us enriching and enjoyable.

HSC Update

As Deputy Principal, I am thrilled to announce some of the amazing successes of the leaving Year 12 students.

We have had a Drama Major Project Group Piece nominated and SELECTED for OnStage in Sydney. This means their piece was one of the best in the state. Congratulations to Inez Brooks, Lee-El Vaknin, Indiarose Thomas and Joey Dillon – very talented and creative students. Congratulations also to Eva Brown as their dedicated teacher.

We had 3 beautiful Visual Arts Major Works nominated for Art Express in Sydney. These students nominated are Hannah Richards, Esme Heath and Indra De Saxe. Congratulations also to Katie Alleva for her teaching and inspiration as their HSC Visual Arts teacher.

Some students have already received early entry into courses for next year and we are very excited to have been offered such wonderful opportunities.

Results come out mid December but many of our students are already winners!

Congratulations to you all.

Katie Biggin

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Indra De Saxe

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Hannah Richards

 

Science Triumph

Congratulations to Jet in Year 12 and Avryl in Year 9 who applied to represented our school in the Questacon invention convention, after their visit last term and have successfully been awarded a five day all expenses paid trip to Canberra this Christmas.

The theme of this Questacon Invention Convention is REUSE, RE-PURPOSE, RECYCLE – it’s all about breaking down everyday things and building them into something new to solve a problem.

That’s 2 students out of 25 from the state!

Congratulations to Jet and Avryl and our Science faculty, especially James.

 

HSC English Extension

Our HSC English Extension class was lucky enough to have Sarah Armstrong, published author and parent of a Kindy child, come to our class. Sarah shared some writing exercises with us and gave us many useful tips for writing and creating our Major Work compositions.

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We are hoping Sarah will come back and share our progress!

Class 4 Camp

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Class 4 enjoyed a wonderful camp at Lake Ainsworth in Lennox Head.

The accommodation was 5 star, as was the gourmet food created by Craig and the parent body.

We shared many adventures together, including having fun canoeing, rock climbing, snorkelling, swimming in the pool, building sand sculptures etc..

I had no idea when I packed the cricket equipment that it would be the focus for adults and children alike, and now looking at the poor showing of the Australian Cricket Team, I’m sure we could have done a lot better against the South Africans.

Our skit night was a revelation of much talent and laughter. Also, another spectacular performance was the arrival of a ‘lightning show’, which entertained us in awe for hours on end from the balconies of our cabins.

A big thank you to Anna Weatherstone and all the volunteer parents (Zac, Mason, Michio, Frances and Craig) who helped make this camp the success that it was.

Ben Mackenzie

Tree planting & Environmental rehabilitation

A number of classes have been assisting our neighbour to plant 11,000 trees to create a continuous wildlife corridor from the Byron Escarpment to the Belongil Forest.

This will incorporate our Melaleuca Forest, to the north of the school that we planted some 10 years ago.

As part of the process Ben from “Eco Recharge” talked with the students about species selection, growth patterns & tree life, wildlife habitat & correct tree planting & mulching techniques.

Most students found it a rewarding experience and looked forward to seeing, in the future, the school nestled within a beautiful local endemic forest.

Eco Recharge has also planted approximately 50,000 trees along the Byron Escarpment behind the school. At the same time eliminating invasive weed species from the area.

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It was a pleasure to be involved in this project, which was facilitated by a parent of the school who is managing the project. He came to us with the proposal after attending our Master Plan Presentation & World Café on parent involvement in the school. He saw how elements of their project overlapped elements of our Master Plan & recognised opportunities for collaboration.

This has also led to us being able to expand our playing field, providing much needed activity space. Some drainage work yet to be done.

Site Manager
Gavin Colley

Class 2 Sleepover

Class Two children had their first school camp experience with a sleepover on the oval next to the COLA. We pitched tents after school on Friday and in the early evening the children and I went to night class to make thank you cards. After that we explored the grounds to meet some of the local wildlife. We discovered that there are a lot of cane toads that gather in the drain outside the movement room. In the meantime the parents had rigged up a camp kitchen in the COLA and had prepared a sumptuous shared meal. Everyone had a reasonable night’s sleep and there were lots of smiles and happy faces after breakfast when the children sang songs and gave their special card to their parent.

Matt

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It’s time to finalise payment of school fees for 2016

Thanks to those parents who have already paid or have a payment plan in place.

If you still have fees outstanding please pay them prompty. If you have any queries contact Julia Fox

Excursions

We have many upcoming excursions for the school. It would be greatly appreciated if parents could read the information in the parent lounge (click on the paper clip) on details and what to bring for each excursion when you are accepting permission for your child to attend.
With many swimming events for both Primary and High School we request that you update medical details to reflect current swimming ability for your children. You may like to add dietary requirements as well under supplementary information (pictured).

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For the diary
Class 1 & 2, 5 & 6 swimming lessons for the week starting Monday 21st of November.
Year 12 RRISK seminar (TAFE Kingscliff) on the 24th of November.
Classes 3 & 4 swimming lessons for the week starting 28th November.
Year 12 Spanish Beginners distance education seminar 30 November.
Year 12 Word Express 2 Seminar 2nd December
Class 5 Nature Day 2nd December
Entire High School beach carnival 7th December
Primary Classes 1-6 Swim Fun Day 14th December
Entire High School Wet’n’Wild Fun Day 15th December

Updated Action Plan for Tick bites

We have recently had an increase of students reporting tick related allergies to our school. Please note that we will now be following the latest action plan suggested by ascia (Australian society of clinical Immunology and allergy) which is to kill the tick by using ether-containing spray.

Following is an excerpt from ascia, you may like to read the full details here to best manage tick bites at home.

What to do if you find a tick lodged in your skin and you are NOT allergic to ticks:
Never attempt to place any chemical such as methylated spirits onto the tick, nor should it be touched or disturbed, as the tick will inject saliva into the skin. The aim is to first kill the tick with an ether-containing spray and then remove it as soon as is practicable and in as safe a setting as is possible. Doing so may reduce the possibility of you becoming allergic to ticks and may also reduce the risk of you contracting a tick-borne infectious disease or developing tick paralysis.
What to do if you find a tick lodged in your skin and you are ALLERGIC to tick bites:
If you have been diagnosed as allergic to ticks, you should have emergency medication -adrenaline (epinephrine) autoinjector (e.g. EpiPen®), a means of summoning medical assistance, and a signed ASCIA Action Plan from your GP or the hospital.
If you find a tick, do NOT forcibly remove the tick, but rather kill the tick first by using a product to rapidly freeze the tick to prevent it from injecting more allergen-containing saliva. In a tick allergic person, the tick should be killed and removed in a safe place (e.g. an emergency department of a hospital).
Ether-containing aerosol sprays are currently recommended for killing the tick. Aerostart® or ether-containing sprays (e.g. Wart-Off Freeze®, Elastoplast Cold Spray®) has also been effective. Freezing the tick (regardless of whether one is concerned about transmission of infection, tick paralysis or tick allergy) may also have the advantage of reducing the risk of tick sensitisation and later development of tick allergy or related allergic syndromes.
For those who have had severe reactions to tick bites, it is now possible to test for Mammalian Meat Allergy.

Christmas Concert and Market

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Celebrating Advent

In the Southern hemisphere, Christmas falls near the Summer Solstice when the light is at its strongest and we celebrate the triumph of light at its greatest point in the yearly cycle. For thousands of years before Christianity, the Egyptians celebrated the Festival of Osiris, the Celts and Druids held great festivals of fire and light, the Hindus had the Diwali festival of lights and the Jewish celebrated Hanukkah.

As the year draws to an end in our beautiful part of the world, we increasingly spend time outside enjoying “the sun in the heavens”. With the long warm days, intense light and balmy nights we are drawn out into the elements rather than into “the sun in our hearts”. It can be challenging to develop a sense of inwardness, patience and contemplation when the Spirit of the Earth (and us) is on its outward breath. To balance this we can consciously choose to “receive the light” and celebrate what is both universally human and universally spiritual.

How Advent is celebrated in your family is a personal choice. It can provide an opportunity for some quiet ‘breathing in’ during this outwardly busy time of year and help your children to practice preparation and patience through the ritual of counting the weeks and days to the special celebratory event. The lighting of candles each week also reflects our own ‘Divine Light’ and helps to bring us a little inward contemplation.

Here are some ideas that you might like to include in your own advent celebrations:

Advent Wreath
Advent Garden
Advent Spiral
Advent Crib

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Verses for the 4 weeks of Advent

Week 1: Crystal Kingdom
The first light of Advent
Is the light of stones,
Stones that shine through seashells
Crystals and in bones.

Week 2: Plant Kingdom
The second light of Advent
Is the light of plants,
Plants that reach up to the sun
And in the breezes dance.

Week 3: Animal Kingdom
The third light of Advent
Is the light of beasts,
The light of hope that we may see
In greatest and in least.

Week 4: Humankind
The fourth light of Advent
Is the light of man,
The light of hope, of thoughts,
To give and understand.

Additional Reading:

Resources for Advent

Winter Festival Guidebooks

Our library also has some handouts on making an advent wreath, etc.

 

Win a beautiful hand-crafted Nativity scene

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On display at the school reception, is this adorable hand-crafted Nativity scene.

Raffle tickets only $2 each
Drawn: 4pm 9th Dec at the Christmas Festival Market

Tickets available from the Office
Craft Group (Tuesdays)
Christmas Festival Market

Spread the savings and help our school

To all family, friends, and friends of friends,

Do you know anyone who may appreciate quality art and craft materials, or Steiner based toys?

We have been given the opportunity by our school wholesaler Mercurius to earn 15% on all sales from their ‘art makes sense’ website by using our school code. This would help our school, as well as busy mums and dads with an easier fundraiser.

Take a moment to see if there are any products that may benefit you or your family on the site. Please also forward to as many friends you know who may enjoy some of the products for themselves, their children or for gifts at this wonderful time of year. This offer is open to anyone a long as delivery is within Australia.

Please consider book marking the following link http://www.art-makes-sense.com.au/ and remember to put in our CODE: FRIENDCBRSS

With much appreciation for any and all kind-hearted desires and efforts to help us manifest for all our children at school.

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