From the Principal

Hello everyone,

It was wonderful to see so many of you at our beautiful Autumn Festival this week. Our festivals are all really special and are truly the place where the fabric of our school community is woven together. It is heartwarming to see all of our students, from Kindergarten to Year 12, joining together to celebrate. Our Year 12 students gracefully, and at times playfully, held the space on centre stage, whilst the Kindergarten children were totally captivated by the music and verses. I particularly enjoyed watching the senior students helping our younger students with the dancing on the green.

Autumn is a time when we feel a change in the air, in the quality of light and in the temperature. With this change, we start the process of ‘coming in’ from our outer experience of the summer months (think of how we feel at those summer bbqs, picnics and beach visits). As we begin a more inward journey, we ‘meet ourselves’ and have a quieter and more direct experience of our own thoughts and feelings as we experience the world. This can make us feel a bit uncomfortable, a bit grumbly, a bit disconcerted. As teachers, we often notice this in the playground – the level of dispute and playground squabbles can rise during the autumn months. With this change and this unsettled feeling, comes the call to find that part of ourselves that is brave and true, which knows what is right and is willing to stand tall and strong in this knowledge. This is the part of us which has courage, empathy and clarity.

The call of autumn, is the call to find and work with the understanding of what is good and true which we each hold within ourselves. I would like to close this week with a quote from Sven Lorentson, a priest from the Christian Community in Oslo, Norway.

“In our time we can see, above everything else, the individual human being’s capacity for freedom. We are continually presented with new problems, which we have to make decisions about and develop a stance in relationship to ourselves. Because there are no longer any hard and fast moral rules or clear ethical guidelines that can help us, the impulses for right deeds have to be brought out from within ourselves: What we in the moment can see and feel as right and true.”

Peace
Nerrida

Safe movement to and from School

Drop-off and pick-up times are very busy in our school. We have approximately 370 students moving on or off the site within a relatively short period of time. This means groups of children needing to get to and from their bus lines and off and on their buses as well as a number of cars coming and going from our car park with adults and children walking all through the school.

We roster teachers on in the high traffic areas of the school to manage this as safely as we can and we also rely on members of our school community to help make this a smooth and safe transition.

We ask that parents dropping off or picking up young children (primary school aged children) keep these children with them and under their direct supervision whilst moving to and from the carpark. Children up to Class 3 age should be holding an adult’s hand as they cross the carpark to their car (we have witnessed several near misses where young children have run unaccompanied across the car park).

The top carpark is only for bus drop-offs and pick-ups. It is not a pedestrian zone and our bus drivers are not expecting that there will be cars or pedestrians moving through this area. All parent drop-offs and pick-ups must occur from the bottom car park. This includes for Kindergarten children.

Finally, please don’t choose the bottom car park area as the place for a social chat. This is a high volume traffic area and children who are not being actively supervised here are at real risk.

Your help in keeping the transitions in and out of school as smooth and safe as possible is very much appreciated.

CBRSS Study Group

CBRSS has 2 Study Groups for Term 2, an evening one on Tuesdays and a morning one on Thursday.

For more information on the Evening Group please click here

For more information on the Morning Group please click here

To register please contact Yvette enrolments@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au or phone 02 6639 9302.

“If we do not believe within ourselves this deeply rooted feeling that there is something higher than ourselves, we shall never find the strength to evolve into something higher.”
― Rudolf Steiner

Waldorf 100 – The Film

This film was made as part of the lead-up the celebration of 100 years of Steiner Education in 2019. It is a fantastic film you can see it here.

 

Autumn Festival

AUTUMN by Michael Leunig

We give thanks for the harvest of the heart’s work;
Seeds of faith planted with faith;
Love nurtured by love;
Courage strengthened by courage.
We give thanks for the fruits of the struggling soul,
The bitter and the sweet;
For that which has grown in adversity
And for that which has flourished in warmth and grace;
For the radiance of the spirit in autumn
And for that which must now fade and die,
We are blessed and give thanks.
AMEN

 

CBRSS Donation to School in Sumatra

During my Long Service Leave this term, I have had the wonderful opportunity to travel to northern Sumatra and do a jungle trek into the rainforest with my twin sons. Apart from long treks from small village to the next and seeing orang utans and monkeys in the wild, we visited a very small and very basic school in Selang Pangeran where students come to learn English. The students walk for more than an hour (usually in bare feet and very hot weather) to voluntarily come and learn the language that may assist them gain employment working with tourists in the future, and can assist their entry into secondary and tertiary education.

Before leaving, I asked Charlotte in our Library if she could put together a box of unused basic readers and picture books to donate to this needy school. We also collected as many pens and writing books as we could find. The students were very grateful and we had a lovely afternoon, teaching them songs, doing English conversation games and finally playing in the river.

Thank you to Charlotte for assisting with this donation and please don’t hesitate to talk to me if you would like more information about this adventurous jungle trek. It was amazing!

Katie Biggin

Looking for a Steiner inspired gift or toy?

Art Makes Sense

A beautiful array of quality art and craft supplies as well as Steiner based toys are available online
at Mercurius’s Art Makes Sense http://www.art-makes-sense.com.au

Enter the promotional code: FRIENDCBRSS and 15% of the sale will also go towards P&F fundraising!

Thanks from Craft Group

Special Seasonal Market Friday 31st March

 

Chai Tent
Craft Shop (Easter gifts and holiday craft supplies)
Class fundraisers
Regular stall holders

Community Notice Board

New items are being added to our new online Community Noticeboard all the time. Please check it out here.

From the Principal

Hello everyone,

After living in this area for just over 4 years, it still amazes me how suddenly we seem to switch from summer to autumn – it is as though, overnight, someone flicked a switch and suddenly we are having cooler nights, mist in the valleys and softer afternoon light. With the change of season comes a change in the way we experience ourselves in the world. The sometimes frenetic, ‘out-there’ pace of summer is replaced by a feeling of slowing down as we begin the journey back towards a more inner experience of ourselves and the world. As we make this transition, it is not unusual to feel a bit unsettled or disgruntled. At school we find that, in the classroom the children are more able to work in the cooler days, whilst in the playground there can be more upsets, disagreements and incidents. It is interesting to reflect, how does the change to Autumn manifest in you and in your home?

Last week I had the real pleasure of hosting a morning tea for our Year 12 students. It was wonderful to spend time with them talking about their experiences of studying for the High School Certificate, being the senior class and starting to think about life beyond the end of their secondary schooling. We also got to share some delicious food together (with thanks to Jacqui for her great food presentation skills).

Last week was a busy week for me, with an experienced Steiner Principal in the school, conducting my professional appraisal (this happens every two years and is part of my employment as principal at the school). Libbie spoke to some parents, teachers and non teaching staff as well as having several meetings with me. It was great to have an opportunity to reflect on my practice and to plan for areas of development over the coming years. There are always opportunities to learn and grow and I am very appreciative that I am able to have this regular source of feedback as part of my work at the school.

I look forward to seeing some of you at our Autumn Festival the week after next.

Peace,
Nerrida

Reminders for parents

Picking up and Dropping off Students
Just a gentle reminder, all pick-ups and drop-offs of students must happen from the bottom car park.  The top car park is a bus zone and is not a safe space for cars and pedestrians.  Please assist us to keep our students safe by doing all drop-offs and pick-ups from the bottom carpark.
Some Email Sanity
We are trying to reduce the amount of email traffic coming through our in-trays at night and on the weekends.  With this in mind, we ask that parents use the reception email address to contact teachers or other staff members at school. Georgi will forward the emails on to the appropriate staff member during business hours.  From our side, we will do our best to really minimise the number of emails we send at night and on weekends.

Spring Fair Coordinator 2017 – Position Vacant

Spring Fair Coordinator 2017

The school is seeking a Spring Fair 2017 Coordinator with proven skills in event management to coordinate our annual Spring Fair in September. You will be required to liaise closely with School Management, P&F and the Class 3 parents. The successful applicant will be engaged on a contract basis and thus will require an ABN.

Please forward your expression of interest by Friday 24th March 2017.
For more details please contact Teera Palmer – Director Primary K6 and or send your CV to hr@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

French classes for Parents

Bonjour chers parents,

This year once again our school has been accorded a grant for a French language program called “Parental Polyglots”.

The aim of this program is to propose some basic language skills to you parents so that you may understand what your children do during the French language classes. You will also be learning how to get by whilst travelling, how to order “un croissant et un grand café”, how to understand directions, and so many other fun things.

I would like to propose a one hour per week session over three terms; Term 2, 3 and 4.
I suggest Tuesday mornings from 9.15 am to 10.15 am.

I would be very happy to know of your interest to join this session.
Please contact me via email at francoises@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

Merci.
À bientôt.
Françoise*

Please support our student’s worthy cause

Dear parents, students and school community,

My name is Lily, and I am currently in year 10 here at Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School.

I’d like to begin by thanking everybody who has already donated, your contribution has helped to make this happen and I have now put together my first 20 or so #PeriodPacks.

As this will be an ongoing initiative, with packs made up each month your continual donations and support will be very much appreciated.

I am also looking for prizes that I can raffle to fundraise for the cause. So I would also be delighted to receive any donations in this area.

Please read below for the Period Pack story. You can also now follow #PeriodPack on Instagram at @PeriodPack_ and see where your kind donations are going.

Recently I have become aware of groups helping homeless women in big cities, like Sydney, through the distribution of care packages filled with things like sanitary items and a bottle of water. These basics not only help women who are on the streets manage basic hygiene, but also allow them to spend what money they do have on food and other necessities, rather than sanitary products.

Shocked by the realisation that I’ve never really thought about how homeless women manage menstruation, I did some research on whether Byron Bay and surrounds had any similar services. They don’t.
Shocked by the realisation that I’ve never really thought about how homeless women manage menstruation, I did some research on whether Byron Bay and surrounds had any similar services. They don’t.

When you walk around Byron Bay, you don’t see many homeless women; but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. As I read in the Northern Star, “The people you see day to day on the street is by far the minority…The vast majority of ‘hidden’ homeless people include…large numbers of vulnerable women, especially younger single parents, older women, and a large number of women fleeing domestic violence.”

I’d like to help these women, in what ways I can. One of those ways is by giving them clean sanitary items. I hope to make up several care packages and drop them into homeless centres and soup kitchens in Byron Bay and Lismore (to begin with) and hopefully expand from there.

I would very much appreciate any donations, sanitary products or other basic toiletries, such as toothbrushes and deodorant etc, which can be dropped into the office for me to collect.

Thank you,
Lily x