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, […]

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 […]

Article of interest – Steiner Education

Question: How do Finnish Schools Excel? Answer: On the same principles that Waldorf/Steiner education has been teaching for almost 100 years. Read the article here  

Introducing our online Community Notice Board

CBRSS now has a Community Notice Board available through our website. It can be found through the Our School Menu, under the heading Our community or you can access it by following this link. The noticeboard is for Community notices and products and services that support the School Community. If you would like to post on to our Community Notice Board please use the online form which can be found at the top of the page under the heading Send Your Community Notice. We reserve the right to refuse a post if it does not meet our criteria.

Lost Orthodontic Plate

Zen Larkins from Yr 7 has lost his orthodontic plate. It was last seen around the Yr 7 lockers. Please return to Reception if found.

Seeking long term rental

Seeking long term rental Within half an hour drive of CBRSS 2 + bedrooms, between $400 & $700 pw For myself, my daughter and my dog Please email sundaytrading@yahoo.com Freja & Jali Class 3

Conscious Parenting workshop – change of date

CONSCIOUS PARENTING In the Light of Anthroposophy 2017 MAY 20 & 21  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

Joy of Sourdough Bread making

Moral Technologies Workshop

Moral Technologies is a new and exciting initiative of Seed Australia exploring the theme of being human in the age of technological development. In April from 7th- 10th 2017 we will host Orland Bishop (founder and director of Shadetree Multicultural Foundation USA) for a four-day intensive event at a retreat centre in Templestowe, Melbourne. We will dive deeply into exploring different facets of our humanity and our creative potential, and how that relates to the time in which we live and the rapid developments in technology. We welcome people between the ages of 15 and 80+ to come together, through workshops and activities, to create a dialogue and community that bridges the generations and sparks greater wisdom and inspiration for the future. Book through the website or contact Rose Nekvapil – rose.nekvapil@gmail.com.

From the Principal

Hello everyone, We are all enjoying the cooler weather at school – with everyone having just a little more energy and enthusiasm. The new hats arrived for our primary school students and first reports are that they “stay on really well” and are “easy to play in”. They look great too. I have been spending some regular time in classrooms across the school during Main Lesson time and am really enjoying watching our great teachers and students at work. The excitement and enthusiasm for teaching and learning in the classrooms is inspiring. So far, I have watched High School Science students constructing a model of the human circulatory system, listened to an exciting Norse Myth in Class 4 and enjoyed a wonderful Year 7 Class exploring one of my favourite poems, ‘The Lady of Shalott’. I look forward to continuing this regular activity for the rest of the year. I enjoyed attending the P&F meeting this week and meeting with some of our Class Coordinators and parents. The role of Class Coordinator is such an important position in supporting the teachers with parent communication and coordination. I am very grateful to all of those parents who have put their hand […]

New Enrolments

We have new students Indigo Wilkinson in Kinder and Romany Miller in yr 9, we warmly welcome them and their family to our School community.  

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