Here we are in the last week of term and, whilst it has been a long term, it has been a really productive 11 weeks and time seems to have flown. Our students are ready for the break and I know our teaching staff are also ready for some recuperation time.
There have been so many wonderful events happening for our students this term, with swimming lessons in the Primary School, the High School swimming carnival, the cross country carnival, a range of excursions and incursions and so many rich learning experiences on offer.
Last week a group of our High School students performed wonderfully at Bluesfest and another group of students participated in a local theatre sports competition, taking out first prize (a talented group supported beautifully by our wonderful High School Drama teacher, Ben Daley). This week a small group of our students will be performing in a Commonwealth Games related performance on the Gold Coast as part of their involvement with Spaghetti Circus.
Meanwhile at school, our new building is really taking shape, with the roof on and the internal walls now being created. Our builders are doing a wonderful job and are currently running just a little ahead of schedule. We are certainly hopeful the building will be complete by the Spring Fair. If you have some spare funds and would like to make a donation to our building fund, please have a look at the article further on in the bulletin. We are hoping to raise the funds to include a covered walkway area next to the new building. Donations to the building fund are tax deductable.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Class Coordinators. I know people are leading busy lives today, but it really does help our teachers to have the support of the Class Coordinators and we are very grateful to those of you who have offered to give your time and energy to this important task. I look forward to meeting up with Class Coordinators at a morning tea early next term, details will be sent out in the coming weeks.
Have a restful, safe and enjoyable term break.
Thank you to everyone, for your patience with our altered drop-off and pick-up arrangements this year. Just a reminder that we ask that parents with children in Classes 3 and above use the drop-off and pick–up system rather than parking to pick up children. We have had a number of cars bogged in the last few weeks because of parents having to park on the grassed areas as there are not enough parking spaces.
Kindergarten parents please note that you must park in the bottom car park, not up behind the kindergarten. Some of the space behind the kindergarten is not our land and we do not have permission for this to be used for drop-offs and pick-ups.
We will be doing work over the holidays to repair the potholes in the bottom car-park and hopefully, with the wet season almost behind us, this will remain in a reasonable condition for a little longer.
By now you will have received an email inviting you to take part in a survey which has been commissioned by Steiner Education Australia. Not only will the survey results give a National picture of staff, parents and students’ experience of Steiner education, but our school will also receive the survey results from our school community. This information is very important in helping us to plan for how we can best meet the needs of our community. Please do go and complete the survey (it only takes about 5 minutes) – the more people who complete the survey, the better the data we receive. You can find the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QQTV2R9 Please note that the survey closes on Monday 16th April.
Reception forms the gateway for initial email communication to the school. When Margaret receives a parent email for a teacher, she forwards the email on to the teacher concerned. If you have a particularly sensitive matter which you would like to communicate to the teacher, you could either send it as an attachment to your email (Margaret does not open these) or you could simply call or email reception and ask them to organise a call-back or appointment with the teacher. If you would like to discuss any broader issues in relation to communication, please don’t hesitate to contact Nerrida by telephone at the school or directly via email firstname.lastname@example.org
As it is now almost 2 years since we held the wonderfully successful Parent Engagement Evening at the school, we would like to invite members of our school community to attend a School Community Conversation Evening on Monday 14th May at 6.00 pm at the school. Members of the management team will attend and we look forward to having a rich and constructive conversation with the school community about ways we can work together to build and strengthen our beautiful school. We want to hear from you about what is working well and your thoughts and ideas for improvement. Please mark the date in your calendar, we will send further information early next term.
By Steve Sagarin
(This brief article is based on part of my talk, “What Makes Waldorf, Waldorf? Separating Myths from Essentials and Making the Future Bright,” a keynote address at the annual Governance, Leadership and Management (GLaM) Conference, Steiner Education Australia (SEA), Shearwater, The Mullumbimby Steiner School, NSW, Australia. May 2, 2015.)
A Steiner school gives its graduates—high school graduates—five gifts. Primary school parents and graduates will recognize these gifts, but they will also recognize that they do not come to fruition by 7th or 8th grade.
1.) The first gift is the gift of ideas and ideals.
A Steiner school does not provide beliefs or a worldview. Belief, knowledge, and worldview may be “about” spiritual matters, but are not them. The school provides a pathway or method for discovering profound ideas and ideals, should a student wish later in life to pursue them.
In fact, all we can give with regard to spiritual realities—the realm of ideas and ideals—is a path that can be followed or retraced. In geometry, I can show you how the steps of a proof lead to logical proof, but you must take that final intuitive leap yourself. If you do not “see” that these steps constitute a proof, all I can do as a teacher is retrace the path with you, perhaps using different language or different symbols in order to help you again to the brink of intuitive understanding.
2.) Second, a school addresses its students as developing human beings, beings uniquely capable of inner transformation.
In nature, metamorphoses and transformations are primarily visible. We can see a plant grow from shoot to leaves to flower, each stage presenting unforeseen changes of form. No one looking at a caterpillar for the first time would guess that it will soon be a butterfly. In human life, especially after childhood, transformation and development are not so visible. For Steiner, all cats belong to the same species, but each human being is a species unto himself or herself.
3.) Third, a school introduces students to different ways of knowing and being, three in particular.
(Psychologists recognize these with terms like “cognition,” “affect,” and “behaviour.”) You can know cognitively, you can live in your head. You can contemplate or reflect, observe or compare, analyze or synthesize. These accord most closely with what the world outside a Steiner school means by knowing.
But you can also know with your heart. I call this aesthetic knowing, knowing in which you are awake to beauty, to an ethical understanding, and even to truth. The path to truth may be cognitive, but the recognition of truth is a feeling. Playfulness is the true expression of aesthetic knowing. One way to understand what I mean is to contrast aesthetic knowing with its opposite, “anaesthetic knowing.” Something that anaesthetizes you puts you to sleep—you cannot know anything. The aesthetic awakens you.
Last, you can know in your body and in your senses. Michael Polanyi calls this “tacit knowing,” knowing more than we can say. You can read a book about playing the piano or performing heart surgery, but I hope you would not say after you put the book down that you knew how to do these things.
4.) Fourth, a school can provide profound examples and guidelines for a healthy life with other persons.
If they choose to, Waldorf school graduates know how to care for others in brotherhood and sisterhood, in solidarity. They know how to respect the equality of any man or any woman. They know where their individual freedom lies, the sort of freedom that laws and conventions cannot touch, and how to accord others their own freedom and dignity.
5.) Fifth, students receive a reverence for life and for the world; a concern for the environment, however defined.
I mention this last because as a society we have probably embraced this gift more fully in the past fifty years than we have the others. Any school, any teachers, may give these gifts. But the sad truth is that in our world today only in Steiner schools can you regularly find teachers united in common purpose to give their students as fully and consistently what I have outlined here.
Our brains are at their most innovative when they are resting, so why aren’t we making time for quiet reflection?
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As you may have noticed, construction of our new Innovation Centre is now well underway.
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 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 $13,550, so we still need to raise $17,000. To read about our Master plan, to see a time lapse video of the construction so far or to make a donation please follow this link
Please note that deductions to the Building Fund are tax deductible.
We had a lovely, productive, community RCM Morning recently with 10-12 parents attending.
We were able to work together & improve a number of areas around Admin & the Top Playground. Such a fun way to contribute to the physical body of the school & enrich our community.
Class One is enjoying movement, art and drama while learning their letters and numbers, all with the background of Autumn and Easter. It’s a special time with some very special young people.
Class 5 and their Class 2 buddies recently enjoyed a lovely excursion day together into the hills. On arriving at Rummery Park, our wonderful parent helpers set to work lighting a camp fire and helping students to chop veggies for the soup, which simmered while we walked. We looked and listened and noticed the small things…. as we made our way along the bank of Boggy Creek to the spectacular Minyon Falls Lookout. Out in the forest and by the creek, the day seemed to fly by; after a warm cup of camp soup we hopped aboard with our buddies and bussed back to school. Our appreciative thanks to all the parents who came to assist, it was lovely to spend the day with you all!!
Teera, Bethanie and Anna
The year 7 girls who play for the Thunderbirds won their second Grand Final in a row on Monday night completing a fabulous season in the junior league. It was a nail biting game as they were evenly matched by the Black Queens who played a strong game. All of the girls gave it their all and at the final siren the score was even. The match went into 5 mins overtime to determine the winner and the girls came out firing to win the match 32 to 25. They were presented with the competition shield which will now proudly display 2 wins to the Thunderbirds. The coaches encouragement award was presented to Ruby Stante while the referees Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award was presented to Brianna Hart. Coaches Lindy and Kasper were very proud of the girls for their consistent effort, improvement, great team work and awesome sportsmanship. The team are looking forward to the new challenge next season going up to the big league- High School Comp. Good Luck to all!
Merry Jeann graduated from CBRSS in 2014. In 2016 Merryn established herself as a feature vocalist and songwriter to take serious note of. Merryn has been compared to artists Amy Winehouse, Feist and Yukimi Nagano (Little Dragon), herself drawing vocal inspiration from diverse acts like Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote), Laura Marling and Moses Sumney.
Students from the high school were invited to work with Merryn this week, rehearsing and performing an acoustic version of her new single “Wantigga- Slowly”
The single was released on Good Friday and has already had 54000 views on Youtube.
The intention of the project with the students was to create a live acoustic version, featuring a choir of CBRSS students performing it with Merryn in the Movement room.
The Audio and Visual recording will be used as promotion of the song and the artist “Merryn Jeann”.
There will be a professional crew making the clip which will be launched sometime next week on Youtube and other social media platforms.
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Mankind must above all seek universality and the courage to look at things from all sides ~ Rudolf Steiner
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