From the Principal

Hello everyone,

Time seems to have flown this term and suddenly here we are at the end of term already. The last two weeks have been full of wonderful activity all around our school.

Thank you to those families who joined us for our Winter Festivals. When all of our paths converge and we come together to reverently mark a moment in the year’s cycle, we truly get to experience our community. Thank you to the many teachers and support staff who worked so hard to bring the festivals together and thank you to our amazing students who held the space so well.

Last week students from our Student Representative Council in the High School attended a Board Meeting and provided the Board with a detailed student perspective of our school. Their views were carefully thought through and beautifully presented. The students had some great ideas for improvements at the school and also gave lovely feedback about the things they love about the school. It was lovely to hear them talk of how much they valued the feeling of community and family they get at Cape Byron. We will be working on some of their suggestions over the coming months and we look forward to welcoming the SRC to a Board meeting again later in the year.

Last night I had the absolute pleasure of attending the Year 9 & 10 Elective Showcase Evening. I never cease to be amazed at the incredible standard of performance, creativity and skill our students demonstrate at these evenings. I would like to congratulate our wonderful students and also their incredibly committed and passionate teachers for last night’s showcase event. It is great to see our students having such confidence to present their creative endeavours in the way that they do.

If you have been at the school lately, you may have noticed that our food gardens are looking really healthy right across the school. Yesterday I had a visit from some Class 5 students who had been working in the garden with Evan, harvesting their produce. They presented me with a glorious bunch of greens to take home and have for my dinner. Delicious! I know that they also took their produce home to their families – I hope everyone enjoyed the produce as much as I did last night!

I hope you all have a safe, peaceful and enjoyable term break. I am taking some annual leave during this break, but look forward to seeing you all next term.

Peace
Nerrida

School attendance

Just a reminder that we ask parents not to book holidays during term time. We have noticed an increase in this happening this year. When your child misses class time, they miss valuable learning time and may miss out on learning vital, foundational skills and understandings. Time away from the class also impacts on social relationships.

Please do not book family holidays for term time, it adds pressure to your child, their teacher and the rest of the class.

Calling all Alumni

Dear School Community,

You may or may not be aware that this year marks the 30th anniversary of Cape Byron Steiner School. To acknowledge and celebrate this, we are wanting to collate material that the high school students can use for a media project that documents the history of the Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School over the last 30 years. The presentation will be showcased at this year’s Spring Fair in the new High School Building.

So this is an appeal to all parents who are past students of Cape Byron to get in touch to help provide material for this fabulous project. This might include old photos, video footage and a willingness to give a short interview so we have anecdotal snippets. We are hoping to get a diverse range of material that documents the entire period starting with the founders of the school!

If you are still in touch with friends who have moved away and feel they would also be willing to contribute please pass this on to them (there is a link at the bottom of the Bulletin email to “forward to a friend”). This is a great opportunity to have the Cape Byron Alumni Network creak into motion and give back to the school. We need to get the ball rolling as the students will need to start putting the material together early in Term 3.

So if you are willing/able to help out and share your school experiences and photos please contact Suzanne (0428 731 921/ suzanneflowerday@gmail.com ) and we’ll take it from there.

At the moment we are just trying to get a list together of willing contributors.

You may wish to visit the “Our History” page of our website for some inspiration, you will find it here.

Many thanks and looking forward to receiving a flurry of texts, emails and phone calls from people I don’t know!!

Suzanne Flowerday
(2018 Cape Byron Spring Fair Team)

Please help us to make our School even better!

Very soon our fabulous new Innovation Centre will be operational but we are calling on the community to please help us with the final touches.

We would like to create a beautiful entry to the school including an outdoor shelter between the new building & the Performance Hall. The aim is to provide students & parents with a covered drop off area at pick up time and students with an additional sheltered space in the playground. This is in addition to the building that is currently underway.


We are aiming to raise $30,000 for this addition. The current balance in our Building Fund account is $17,450 so we still need to raise at least $12,550. To read about our Masterplan, to see the latest timelapse videos of the construction so far or to make a donation please follow this link

Donations to the Building Fund are tax deductible.

Thanks to those who have donated so far! 

Silversmithing term 3

Spring Fair Craft

P & F Fundraiser

Looking for quality art and craft supplies or 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 http://www.mercurius.com.au/

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

The importance of play

If a child has been able in his play to give up his whole loving being to the world around him, he will be able, in the serious tasks of later life, to devote himself with confidence and power to the service of the world. – Rudolf Steiner

Winter Festival Classes 3-12

Class One Nature Main Lesson

While we are experiencing this beautiful season of Winter, Class One has been discovering the wonderful world of elementals and how they help each other and the world around us. Outside the children have built a fairy house village, gone on weekly Friday nature walks to watch autumn give way to winter, checked on the great golden orb spider that lives in the bus shelter, collected seeds and marvelled at the trees and the myriad of animals that share our campus. After much delight and conversation we end up in our sit spots for a few quiet moments of basking in the beauty all around us before going inside to draw and learn our little letters.

Naina

Year 9 & 10 Elective Showcase

Parliament of NSW 2018 Secondary Schools Student Leadership Program.

On Wednesday 6 June, Robyn Grapentin and Zoli Wiseman represented our school with their Guardian Gael Lewis at the 2018 Secondary Schools Student Leadership Program in Sydney. The civics and citizenship program offers Year 12 student leaders the opportunity to develop their knowledge of our system of government proceedings, and the role of the Governor.

The visit included an introductory address at Parliament House, the opportunity to sit in the public galleries of the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council chambers. At lunch we met with our local Nationals Member, Ben Franklin. Zoli and Robin asked some probing questions about the West Byron development and the potential environmental impact and what he was doing about it and shared with him the issues we have with our short school day due to the buses. Ben Franklin answered both questions enthusiastically and promised to look into the bus situation.

From the Principal

Hello everyone,

As I write this, final preparations are underway for our two Winter Festivals, with the Winter Festival for Classes 3-12 happening this evening and the Winter Festival for the younger classes next week. Each year we come together as close as possible to the Winter Solstice to mark the longest night. At this point we pause in a moment of reverence and stillness to experience the turning point of this yearly journey we take. Many cultures celebrate this time with an experience of walking a spiral – symbolic of journey from the outer reaches at the summer solstice, in to a deeply personal inner experience at the winter solstice and then spiralling back out again.

Our teachers and students have made some beautiful lanterns in preparation and we look forward to joining together with our school community for this celebration. For the festival this evening, I encourage you to come well rugged-up and arrive on time for the beginning of the festival (please be at the Bangalow Showground by 4.45 pm, we will begin as soon as it is dark enough and it would be great to have everyone there and ready in time).

At the end of the festival, we ask that you take the feeling of reverence and peace into the night and leave quietly together immediately after the festival is over.

As a final note on tonight’s festival, the A&I Hall has a limited capacity – we will be able to fit our school community (Classes 3-12 and their immediate families), however, there won’t be room to fit members of the broader community….. so this will be something to share with extended family and friends through your stories and recollections, rather than bringing them all along.

I look forward to seeing you at our Festival tonight or next week. I hope you are able to enjoy the stillness and peace of this special time of the year.

Peace
Nerrida

New Students

We warmly welcome the following students and their families to the CBRSS Community:

  • Ivy Adamo Class 3
  • Marco Colvin Class 4
  • Cherry Paltos Class 6
  • Manon Pouget Year 7
  • River Rettenmaier Year 7
  • Ava Pizzinat Year 10
  • Imogen Hendrichs year 10
  • Jahla Ferguson Year 10

Donations of German books wanted

Dear parents and caregivers,

To support our new German language program the library has started a German Language book collection. We have already purchased some picture books and received a very welcome donation of chapter books written in German.

We are looking for donations of any suitable books for children and young adults written in German.

Please deliver them to the library if you can help.

Thank you warmly,

Manuela (German teacher) and Charlotte (Librarian)

Opportunity for tax deduction….June 30 is nearly here!

Very soon our fabulous new Innovation Centre will be operational but we are calling on the community to please help us with the final touches.

We would like to create a beautiful entry to the school including an outdoor shelter between the new building & the Performance Hall. The aim is to provide students & parents with a covered drop off area at pick up time and students with an additional sheltered space in the playground. This is in addition to the building that is currently underway.


We are aiming to raise $30,000 for this addition. The current balance in our Building Fund account is $17,450 so we still need to raise at least $12,550. To read about our Masterplan, to see the latest timelapse videos of the construction so far or to make a donation please follow this link

Donations to the Building Fund are tax deductible and with June 30 fast approaching now is a great time to help!

Thanks to those who have donated so far! 

Classes 3-12 Winter festival 2018

For full details please go to our online noticeboard posting here

Yr 12 Fundraiser Monday lunch for HS students