From the Principal

Hello everyone,

What a huge week it has been with many events happening in and around our school community. Many within our community (both school and local) have experienced some huge challenges over the last couple of weeks. The Michaelic message of this time of the year is one of courage – finding the courage, wisdom and personal integrity to meet each challenge as it comes towards us. I am constantly humbled by the quiet courage I see around me as people turn bravely to face what comes to meet them. I would like to share a Michaelic verse, given to us by Rudolf Steiner, which I personally find helpful in challenging times.

We must eradicate from the soul
All fear and terror of what comes towards man out of the future.

We must acquire serenity
In all feelings and sensations about the future.

We must look forward with absolute equanimity
To everything that may come.

And we must think only that whatever comes
Is given to us by a world-directive full of wisdom.

It is part of what we must learn in this age,
namely, to live out of pure trust,
Without any security in existence.

Trust in the ever present help
Of the spiritual world.

Truly, nothing else will do
If our courage is not to fail us.

And let us seek the awakening from within ourselves
Every morning and every evening.      – Rudolf Steiner

I am deeply grateful to the teachers, staff, parents, students and members of our broader community who continue to strive towards that awakening, who offer courage wisdom and support and who weave the very fabric of our community.

I would like to close by offering my deepest sympathy and warmest wishes to Simon, Frida and Matilda on the passing of Jane – a very much loved mother and wife and a vibrant member of our school community. Information about Jane’s memorial gathering can be found later in this bulletin.

Peace
Nerrida

Jane’s Memorial

Important Parent Evening at CBRSS – Thursday 14th March.

On Thursday 14th of March 2019 from 6pm until 7.30pm, Kirra Pendergast from Safe on Social Media Pty Ltd. will be at CBRSS to talk to parents of students in Classes 4-12 about how to keep children safe on Social Media, this is a very important topic so we ask that at least 1 parent from every family with students of that age attend.

The Safe on Social Media Presentation will cover the main elements of social media safety and welfare. Kirra’s face-to-face presentation is very informative and discusses real life case studies and includes strategies to help parents support their children. The session will include a Q&A session to address specific issues. Topics covered include: using social media with awareness; keeping personal information private; online stranger danger; posting photos and sexting; safe social networking; cyber-bullying; privacy settings; what your posts say about you; identity theft; legal responsibility; gaming dangers; learning to read tween/teenager behaviour online; managing digital footprints; strategies to build resistance and resilience.

Safe on Social Media offers a unique solution that combines cyber safety with information security and risk management skills so that audiences at our presentations learn practical things that they can use in everyday life.

We have presented to more than 300,000 students, their parents, and teachers. By building a long-term relationship with schools (K-12), we can be called on for support when needed. Our face to face talks and professional development training is engaging, entertaining and practical. We offer the most comprehensive suite of consulting services available in the cyber safety sector to organisations across Australia and New Zealand.

We proudly deliver a non-biased, fact-based solution without the hysteria that often accompanies cyber safety talks.

For more information about Kirra and Safe on Social Media Pty Ltd. please visit their website. https://www.safeonsocial.com/about-us

Mosquitos

Due to the extended dry period with a much shorter wet period Mosquitos this year have been forced to condense their breeding season into a much smaller period.

Thus there will be many more of them working at a more furious pace to provide for their young ones.

We do all we can to limit breeding sites on our school site, but the larger environment provides ideal mosquito breeding habitat as it does along much of the east coast.
So it is advisable to take your own precautions by providing your child with suitable clothing & mosquito repellent of your choice to apply to your children.

Site Manager
Gavin Colley

CBRSS presents The Kingdom of Childhood

From 2020 onwards, it is a condition of Enrolment that within 12 months of your child joining the CBRSS Kindergarten that at least 1 parent from each family completes The Kingdom of Childhood lecture series with Nerrida. For this reason, we will be offering both a daytime and an evening course each year, details are below.

Places are limited so register quickly to avoid disappointment.

Please register by emailing our Enrolments Officer Yvette enrolments@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

Adult Eurythmy Classes at CBRSS

CBRSS is excited to have Eurythmy again, don’t miss your chance to find out what it’s all about!

New local slipper supplier approved for CBRSS

I was inspired as a local Steiner Mother, to offer an affordable and sustainable choice in slippers, so I created ‘Upcycled Slippers’. They are durable and have a unique design, which I hear the children love too!.. Plus pull tags for little fingers independence. I also offer a foot measuring service, another bonus of buying local! Come and peruse my Facebook page, you can order there, and see how I hand-make Slippers all the colours of the rainbow…

Introductory Offer: Adult Sizes at Children’s Prices!

If you’d like to chat feet, you can call me, Karena on 0431 458 953. Website Coming soon upcycledslippers.com

Check out Mercurius for beautiful gifts

Are you looking for quality art and craft supplies or a Steiner inspired gift or toy?

A beautiful array of quality art and craft supplies, as well as Steiner based toys and lovely gifts, are available online at Mercurius http://www.mercurius.com.au/

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

MERCURIUS AUSTRALIA

Nurturing the Senses | Fostering Creativity | Nourishing Imagination

Our vision is to support healthy development for children and all ages through education, art and play. We partner with socially and environmentally conscious businesses to offer products of aesthetic beauty, outstanding craftsmanship, quality and durability.

Class 1 Maths

There are many aspects to early mathematics teaching that do not involve working with numbers. The class has yet to have their Introduction To Numbers Main Lesson but we have begun mathematics practise sessions by exploring, classifying and sorting. These activities enable students to begin thinking mathematically by looking for common attributes that objects may have which is the beginning of geometry and making patterns. As an introduction to this the students heard about Gordon the Green Gnome who loved collecting and sorting things that he found (just quietly I feel he has a case of OCD) but one day a possum broke into his house and mixed up all his collections so I enlisted the help of the students to reorganise his collections which the children thoroughly enjoyed. After this we will begin exploring patterns in music and objects.

James

Class 2 news

Class Two began the year with an English Main Lesson; The Celtic Dragon Myth, a story about Duncan a fisherman and his children from the west country defeating giants (each one bigger than the last of course), a three headed dragon, and one very tricky mermaid. Currently, we are learning about maths patterns using wool to discover hidden shapes (did you know the 6x’s table has a star within it?) before drawing the patterns in our books, this will continue with 2D shapes practised on individual wooden boards made by the children. I’m so impressed with how hard the children work and how quickly they learn, it’s a delight to witness. I’m really looking forward to bringing the last Main Lesson of the term looking at the cyclical seasons of animals and flora that we share our beautiful Big Backyard with.

Naina,
Class Two Teacher

Year 9/10 Media Elective

The MEDIA Elective have been experiencing a studio photography set up.
The students came alive with great creativity this week as they worked with mirrors, props and lighting to take portraits of each other.

The class was engaged and truly inspired!

Katie Alleva

Year 11 Photography

The Year 11 Photography Class have been exploring how to stage photoshoots using our new gear, which includes four new studio lights and backdrops. They were asked to consider how props, makeup, light and composition can be utilised in the creation of making an image with meaning.

The students directed and designed the photoshoot themselves and worked collaboratively to achieve these excellent results.

By: Anais Stewart-Long, Ella Whitaker, Amber Keller, Phoebe Neumann, Sophie Stevens & Imogen Hendrichs

Katie Alleva – Photography Teacher

Year 11 Visual Art

This week the students learned about colour mixing with acrylic paint, mark making with different paint brushes, and impasto techniques. The students were very enthusiastic and excited to be painting with a multitude of colour!

Katie Alleva

NCIS Swimming

Congratulations to Abbie Walden in Year 12 for coming Second overall in her age group at the recent NCIS (North Coast Independent Schools) Swimming Carnival.

Reflection on Women

Anyone who fears a cataclysm in our social conditions if women are accepted not as generic entities but as individuals should be told that social conditions in which one half of humanity leads an existence unworthy of human beings are conditions that stand in great need of improvement. – Rudolf Steiner (over 100 years ago)

From the Principal

Hello everyone,

As I write this the wind is howling and the rain is pouring down – it seems our wet season may finally have arrived. With the extended dry season there has been a real feeling of longing for the wet and then the cooler, less bright and sparkling atmosphere which heralds the turn towards autumn. In the last couple of weeks, as the humidity has built and the weather has become more unsettled, I have noticed this reflected in my own feelings and in the people around me. It is really worth noticing and acknowledging the effect of the cycle of the seasons on all of us – and in noticing, we become a little more patient and understanding (with ourselves and others).

This week saw the High School Swimming Carnival taking place at Mullumbimby. It was wonderful to see the high level of enthusiasm and participation on the day. It is a real theme of our High School that students are expected to participate in all events in the life of the School. This really helps to build a sense of belonging and community. I was particularly impressed to see the way our senior students were leading, encouraging and caring for the younger students.

This week I have really enjoyed watching our Primary students playing during break times. The creativity and vibrancy of play is wonderful to watch. In one corner of the garden, ‘horses’ are galloping around chasing each other and leaping through the air, in another corner there is some serious trade happening in the shop, where macadamia nuts can be purchased for the price of a piece of bark. Meanwhile on the monkey bars, children are swinging hand over hand as they attempt to cross a river full of crocodiles! This rich, imaginative play is absolutely essential to the developing child and will be the source of much growth and development through into adulthood.

Down in the Kindergartens, our newest students are settling in to their new routines really well. As this is our first year where there is no younger group of children, the classes seem to be settling relatively quickly. Emily and Jenny (supported by Elizabeth and Anat), do a wonderful job of helping the children settle into the gentle daily routine of Kindergarten.

Finally, this week I met with the small group of parents and friends who have put up their hands to help organise our Centennial Ball (which will happen in May). We are very excited about this really special social event in the life of the school. We are planning a wonderful evening of celebration and I encourage you to put the date in your diary now (you can find the details further down in this bulletin).

Peace
Nerrida

Important Information re Child Safety

At Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School, we work hard to ensure we provide a child-safe environment. Staff undergo regular training in relation to Child Protection, Reportable Conduct and Mandatory Reporting. All staff meet requirements in relation to having a valid Working With Children Check and we have a culture of collegiate and individual responsibility for child-safe behaviour. We have added a new parent information sheet to our school website, explaining the process for parents to report any concerns they may have around reportable conduct or staff misconduct. Ensuring our school remains a safe place for our students is a responsibility we all share!

You can access the Parent information sheets on our website here

Friendly reminder re School Fees due

Term 1 school fees and confirmation of a payment plan for 2019 are due today – Friday 22nd February 2019. Thank you to all who have already done this.

If you haven’t paid for Term 1 or confirmed your payment plan yet please address this promptly.

Please remember to include your parent code when paying fees so we can identify you.

Thanks
Julia & Strawberry

Important Parent Evening at CBRSS – Save the Date!

On Thursday 14th of March 2019 from 6pm until 7.30pm, Kirra Pendergast from Safe on Social Media Pty Ltd. will be at CBRSS to talk to parents of students in Classes 4-12 about how to keep children safe on Social Media, this is a very important topic so we ask that at least 1 parent from every family with students of that age attend.

Safe on Social Media offers a unique solution that combines cyber safety with information security and risk management skills so that audiences at our presentations learn practical things that they can use in everyday life.

We have presented to more than 300,000 students, their parents, and teachers. By building a long-term relationship with schools (K-12), we can be called on for support when needed. Our face to face talks and professional development training is engaging, entertaining and practical. We offer the most comprehensive suite of consulting services available in the cyber safety sector to organisations across Australia and New Zealand.

We proudly deliver a non-biased, fact-based solution without the hysteria that often accompanies cyber safety talks.

For more information about Kirra and Safe on Social Media Pty Ltd. please visit their website. https://www.safeonsocial.com/about-us