Entries by Yvette

Reminder School Fees due

All parents are required to have a payment plan in place for 2017 school fees by today. If you haven’t already advised our Finance Administrator Julia whether you will be paying by Term, monthly, fortnightly or weekly please do so. Term 1 school fees are due today – 24 February 2017, so if you don’t have another arrangement in place please pay Term 1 fees promptly. Thanks Julia  

Please support our student in her very 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. 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. 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.” Byron Bay Community Centre community services manager, Cat Seddon, told ABC North Coast […]

CBRSS Wellbeing Workers

Introducing Geraldine and Annie – CBRSS Wellbeing Workers Annie Barrett and Geraldine Devas are employed to support the wellbeing of the students and the school. Both are experienced and qualified counsellors with a long-standing interest in working out of Anthroposophy. We like to think of wellbeing in terms of caring for others and ourselves in the communities we live in. Wellbeing embraces a holistic picture of our physical, emotional, social, mental and spiritual health, expressed in our daily lives in our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. We offer support, helping conversations/art to students in age appropriate ways, individually and in small groups, empowering students to find their own voice. Students may explore friendship issues, family, schoolwork, relationships, and mental health concerns. If more serious mental health issues arise, external professional support may be advised in consultation with parents. We are also available for relevant support for parents and staff. When you enrolled your child, you were asked to sign a consent form giving permission or not, for your child to participate in one-on-one support with student services staff. Please contact Geraldine or Annie via reception for more information. Annie is available on Wednesdays and Fridays and Geraldine on Fridays  

Seeking Spring Fair Coordinator 2017

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 10th March 2017. For more details please contact Teera Palmer – Director Primary K6 and or send your CV to hr@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

Canteen News

This term there is a delightful Summer Chicken Salad available on Tuesday. On Wednesdays there is a yummy Tofu Noodle Salad on offer     Thanks to Craig and his team of dedicated helpers for creating such healthy and delicious meals.

Yr 11 & 12 VA – GOMA Excursion

On Tuesday 21st February our Year 11 and Year 12 Visual Art students travelled to Brisbane to experience a major Contemporary art exhibition at the Queensland Gallery Of Modern Art, named ‘Sugar Spin, You, Me, Art & Everything’ The students attended a Q & A style discussion with the Curator of SugarSpin in a state of the art cinema. Our students were busy photographing their gallery experience, recorded information about artists, were asked to consider to role of the gallery and the curator and create a photo essay of the day. ‘Sugar Spin’ is a celebratory exhibition for QGOMA that marks it’s 10 year anniversary. Katie Alleva, Claire Sleeman & Vatika Gow    

High School Swimming Carnival

High School House Swimming Report 2017 Sparta 1021 pts Crete 990 pts Olympia 762 pts Athens 735 pts An excellent day! More records broken and a general improvement of swimming abilities with most of our high school actively involved either swimming or officiating in some way through the day. Sparta really ran away with the points and showing participation is the key with 92% of students in Sparta participating in events and collecting points for their team. The team scores are the highest ever recorded. A very full programme was planned and we managed to complete the programme despite a little bit of a rush with the cheer displays at the end of the day. Athens was well seen and heard at the end of the day with their magnificent verses of praise, song and dance. Olympia looked threatening all day and appeared to be living out their motto of “The team of the Future”. Crete dominated in many races and Spartans looked concerned towards the end of the day, but it was Sparta that spoke with action, deed and participation to collect the extra 31 points to win the day. Congratulations to all students who competed and a special […]

Class 5 News!

We celebrated the end of our Ancient Indian Main Lesson with an Indian Feast day and what a feast it was! The amphitheatre was turned into a sacred Indian space which set the mood for a puja ritual, (led by Fiona Walsh), which was powerful/beautiful/sacred and the children participated with equal reverence, respect and stillness. The delicious Indian dishes were then served by the parents on banana leaves and we all eagerly awaited the last person being served, before a blessing of the food, and then the moment of eating our meal(with our fingers) had arrived. A little messy it may have been, however, eating food with your hands feeds not only the body but also the mind and the spirit. The main meal was followed by Indian sweets and an Ayurvedic tea made by Aly, to help digest the delicious meal. A wonderful, gastronomic experience was had by all!! In the afternoon we had the Bollywood sisters perform and they brought a different energy, lightness and joy . Before too long all the children were performing the moves and they even managed to get we adults on stage and there we were-‘Bollywooding’ together! It was a fantastic day for all […]

School Hats

The children in the Primary School were very excited to put on their new school hats this week. Each child now has a hat which will stay at school. Gavin has been busy this week ensuring there are enough hat hooks at the classrooms to give each hat a home. The hats are functional, comfortable and colourful and hopefully we won’t have any children missing out on play opportunities because they don’t have a hat at school. Thanks to Felicity for organising the hats (including sizing and colour choices for each child) and to Gavin for making sure the hats have a place to hang at each classroom.

Art Makes Sense

Art Makes Sense Looking for a Steiner inspired gift for a child’s birthday? 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!  

Sun Shadow Slippers

Sun Shadow Slippers If you need new class slippers and have not ordered them through your class co-ordinator, you may be able to purchase them at Herbal Wisdom in Bangalow, near the police station. Call them first to make sure they stock 6687 0457.

Lost Violin

Kaden Ellyard class 4 has lost his violin on Monday 20th between the bus from Bangalow to school and his classroom. It has a burgundy string on it with his name. If anyone sees it please return it to Reception or Class 4.    

French 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*

Conscious Parenting workshop

CONSCIOUS PARENTING In the Light of Anthroposophy 2017 MAY 13 & 14  9am to 2.30pm – Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School BYRON BAY BOOKINGS & ENQUIRIES 0407 327  812 developingtheself@gmail.com www.developingtheself.org For more information please see the full flyer here  

Anthroposophical Society in Australia National Conference

LIFE & LIVING April 12-16 2017, Tocal College, Hunter Valley, NSW “It is now the task of Anthroposophy not only to reach the single individual in respect of the fundamental needs of their soul, but actually to stimulate the whole of human life. Wherever the creative human impulse is seeking for active expression from within, there this striving can find contact with the source of Anthroposophy. For Anthroposophy takes all that is human for its province.” Rudolf Steiner For full flyer and program details please click here

Byron Bay Junior Basketball

BYRON BAY JUNIOR BASKETBALL SUMMER 2017 – TERM 1 AUSSIE HOOPS (5-8yr olds) Thursdays 3.30- 4.15pm @ Byron Public School starts 9/02/17 MINIBALL (8-12yr olds) Tuesdays 4-5pm @ Cavanbah Sports Centre starts 7/02/17 For more information www.byronbasketball.com or ph; 66872246 a/hrs e-mail, info@byronbasketball.com

Heartwood Siteworks workshop

Convened by Heartwood, in association with Shearwater, The Mullumbimby Steiner School and the Perth Waldorf School, Conversing with Nature; Phenomenological Engagement with the Living World, will be led by research scientist, author and international lecturer, Dr. Craig Holdrege, and mathematician, Henrike Holdrege, of the Nature Institute, Ghent, US (natureinstitute.org/). As keynote speakers and course presenters they will introduce participants to ways of thinking and perception that integrate self-reflective and critical thought, imagination, and careful, detailed observation of nature’s phenomena. These five-day intensive seminars provide an opportunity to explore our contextual relationship to nature and technology. Dates: April 18 – 22 2017 Venue: Shearwater The Mullumbimby Steiner School Dates: April 25 – 28 2017 Venue: Perth Waldorf School For more information check out their website http://heartwoodsiteworks.com.au/

From the Principal

Hello everyone, Welcome back to the new school year. It was just wonderful to see the students all pouring back into the school last week with bright, smiling faces, looking rested, refreshed and ready to learn. It was also wonderful to see the school staff coming back with such enthusiasm for their work with the students at the school after their well earned break. We started the year welcoming some new (and almost new) teachers to the school. I am sure you will join me in welcoming Jenny (Kindergarten), Anna (Class 1), Paddy (HS Geography), Alix (English) and Phoenix (HS Drama T1). Later in the term we will welcome James (Class 5) and Emily (Kindy) and next term Ben (HS Drama). It was wonderful to meet with our Class One parents at a morning tea on Tuesday and then our Kindergarten parents on Wednesday morning. The relationship we have with the families within our school community is so important to our work with the students. I really value every opportunity to meet with parents and to strengthen the work we do together. Class meetings are another opportunity for us to come together and I really enjoyed attending part of the […]