As I write this the school grounds are buzzing with activity as we prepare for our Spring Fair tomorrow. It looks like the weather gods are going to be kind to us and we should have a beautiful spring day for our celebrations.
This year our theme is ‘Awaken to Wonder’ and there are so many wonderful activities on offer tomorrow. The opening of the fair should be a lovely event with some of our Primary School students singing an ‘Awaken to Wonder’ song composed especially for this year’s event. The theme will continue right throughout the fair with a range of specially designed activities (don’t miss a visit to our High School Science room where James and Shanti have set up a wonderland of Science activities for you to enjoy.)
This year we are also introducing a poetry slam competition for High School students. I am really looking forward to getting down to the amphitheatre to hear some of our wonderful poets in action. There is so much to see, hear and do tomorrow, it will be an effort to fit it all in!
Last Friday night I had the great privilege to attend our annual HSC Showcase night. What a wonderful night it was! I always look forward to this event as it is a great opportunity to witness our graduating students presenting the fruits of their labours. I think, as a school community, we can all be very proud of our graduating students. If they are the future, there is a lot to be hopeful about.
I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow at our Spring Fair.
The School Board has met to set the School Fees for 2018.
The Board is cognisant of the need to keep fee increases to a reasonable level so that our rates remain manageable for our school community. With this in mind, tuition fees and charges will increase by 2.5% in 2018. This is in keeping with other independent schools in our area and also with previous years’ increases.
The RC&M levy will remain at $400 per family per annum. Families will still be able to complete the 16 hours of approved Repair, Care and Maintenance work to the school each year (per family) in lieu of paying the levy. Note that the levy is charged at the beginning of the year and credited to your account once the required number of hours are completed.
Registration and Enrolment Fees will remain unchanged from 2017. Registration to enrol fees are $110 for the first child and $55 for each sibling. Enrolment fees are $550 for the first child and $200 for siblings.
Finally, there will be an increase of $100 per year to the Consolidated Charge forClass 12 students. This increase is necessary to meet some of the costs of the Edrolo program.
The Community Fee Assistance Program (CFAF) will remain in place for families experiencing short term financial difficulties and our Finance Manager is happy to talk with any families who are experiencing need.
The Board feels the school continues to offer an excellent education which is good value for money and we feel the fee increases for next year will adequately allow the school to continue to provide such a wonderful service for our children.
An updated fee schedule for 2018 will be available on our school website before the end of Term 3 2017.
Please be mindful of the difficulty for stallholders in managing change for the Spring Fair and support them by bringing along small notes and lots of change to shop with.
The Class 3 Camp was at Hosanna Farm Stay.
There were lots of animals at Hosanna. There were cows, chickens, a horse, guinea pigs, rabbits, wild boars, a dogs, goats, and we saw two goats being born.
I slept in a very comfortable cabin with four girls and I did a fun activity which was a treasure hunt. The second best activity was holding two twelve hour old goats and milk a cow, and we got to feed a calf and the chickens and guinea pigs.
We went on a walk to see the glow worms. We walked up 14 steps then after half an hour (we walked very fast) we suddenly stopped and kids said there was a wild dog sleeping in the middle of the train tracks. I thought it was true because we had to turn off our lights but it was only the cave, and the cave was full of glow worms.
My highlight was seeing two baby goats being born, they started as a big browny red whiteish bubble, then they popped. The second baby tried to stand up when its legs were still inside the mum’s tummy. It looked like Jesus was getting born because all the other animals gathered around.
Bayla Class 3
Last week, Class 4 was very proud to finally perform their play ‘The Fate of Baldur’ to their parents and fellow classes. They have been working very hard for the last month learning lines, choreographing movements, composing and learning the music, designing costumes and props and bringing it all together to create a theatrical masterpiece! Anyone who was lucky enough to see their performance will agree they did indeed do a wonderful job. Class 4 seemed to think so too, as they came off the stage from their final performance crying with glee, ‘Yeah! We nailed it!!’
Congratulations to the Year 6 Basketball team “The Thunderbirds” for their well deserved Grand Final win for the Primary School girls 2017 Winter season.
The girls have trained hard for several seasons now and progressed steadily to become the top team. The girls represent the sport and their school with great teamwork, sportsmanship and positivity.
They played strongly for a convincing victory over the Black Queens. All players are to be congratulated for their fantastic effort. Special congratulations to Eva Shaw for receiving the coaches encouragement award and to Noni Wright for the MVP award (most valuable player) awarded by the Referees for performance on the day.
Coaches Lindy and Kasper
Class Six has had a year of learning about science with main lessons on; Acoustics, Light, Electrostatics, Magnetism and Heat. As a project to help extend their learning the children were asked to make a working model that portrayed a physics property. The children worked in collaboration with their parents to choose from a variety of plans, collect the materials required and assemble their project, trouble shooting any problems along the way. Finally they brought in their finished working model to share with a school audience. The projects are varied and fabulous and show the hard work and effort of the children. Included projects; morse code, an electromagnetic crane, hot air balloons, hydraulic lifts, circuit game quiz, even a bluetooth speaker!
If you’re curious and wish to see more, the students will be sharing their work at the Spring Fair from 12 – 1:15pm in Class Six.
Naina, Class Teacher
A Fantastic finish to the season for our CBRSS netball teams!! Congratulations to the year 9 team ‘The Black Pearls’ for winning the Under 17’s division 1 Grand final. Congratulations to the year 8 team ‘The Electric Eels’ for finishing runners up in the Under 17’s division 2 Grand Final. Congratulations to Oceana Williams Brauer, Yr 8, for winning the Netball Associations Highly Commended award for the under 17 division. Congratulations to Della Hamilton Knight, Yr 8, for winning the Umpires Award for the under 17 Division. What a season! Well done everyone, and a big thank you to the coaches Steve (Ric) Richardson and Ryan Hamilton.
Last Friday night the CBRSS school community celebrated the achievements of our Year 12’s at their showcase event.
The evening began with a range of student produced films which immediately revealed how very talented our students are and confirmed that we were in for a great night. Work was on display around the school and included the Design and Technology innovations and some stunning, creative displays by the Visual Arts and Media students.
In the Hall the main show commenced with presentations of extraordinary performance poetry and short stories from the Extension English students. Following this our Society and Culture students explained their incredibly in-depth Personal Interest Projects. Next we we were treated to compelling Drama performances that shocked, moved and made us all laugh. To wrap up, the Music students took to the stage, immediately captivating us all and lifting the roof off while demonstrating their awesome musicality with a wide range of styles. It was the perfect end to a wonderful and unforgettable evening.
Congratulations Year 12 and thank you for a wonderful night of entertainment. Thank you also to the Year 11 students and their families for the delicious food on offer.
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Beauty is not the divine in a cloak of physical reality; no, it is physical reality in a cloak that is divine. The artist does not bring the divine on to the earth by letting it flow into the world; he raises the world into the sphere of the divine.
~ Rudolf Steiner
September has arrived and the level of activity and excitement about our Spring Fair is building. Today I called into Silky Oak Cottage to visit the parents working away dip-dying, making decorations and preparing craft activities for the fair. With the beautiful, dyed cloths fluttering in the breeze and the newly made bunting draped across the fence, I was reminded just how much effort goes into making the fair a truly beautiful, colourful and joyful community event.
Plans are well underway for the construction of our new playground equipment (a tree-house for our primary students and a set of suitably sized swings for the High School). These wonderful new additions to our site are funded with money raised by the P&F (through the hard work of our school community) at our Spring Fairs.
This week I was able to have a sneak peak at some of our Year 12 Visual Art major works as they were all handed in for marking. They are truly extraordinary and a testament to the dedication and hard work of our students and the skilled guidance and care of our teachers. All of our HSC major works (across a broad range of subjects) will be on display and there will be some wonderful performances at our HSC Showcase Night next Friday night. Please mark it in your calendar and come along if you can.
Last week I was lucky enough to enjoy the Primary School Book Week celebrations. The students paraded through the school, dressed as characters from their favourite books – it was wonderful to listen to the children talking with such a love for books and reading. The Primary Teachers put on a quite hilarious play of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. With a sweet and innocent Snow White, rather squeamish Hunstman, gloriously narcissistic Wicked Queen, brutally honest Mirror, glamorous (if rather simple) Prince on his dashing (hobby horse) steed and troupe of bumbling and perpetually hungry dwarves – the play had something to entertain everyone. Thank you Primary Teachers for the effort you put into this each year. I wonder what next year’s Book Week play will be?
We ask that our students not have their smartphones out at all whilst they are at school. Whilst we do have to monitor this and we do sometimes seem to be giving lots of reminders to put the phone away, generally our students do not have their phones out during the school day. It is wonderful to see them deep in rich conversation with each other during break times. There is a lot of research emerging now about the effects of daily smartphone use – enough to make us all question just how often we are focused on our phone screens.
You can help us by reminding your High School students that phones should be away in bags and lockers during the school day. You can also assist by not calling or texting your child on their mobile phone number during the day (our Reception staff are very happy to pass on any important messages). You might also want to try having some phone-free time for the whole family during the weekend.
The following article on the effects of smartphones on the next generation is worth a read. It can be found at here
Let kids be kids a little longer
The Wait Until 8th pledge empowers parents to rally together to delay giving children a smartphone until at least 8th grade. By banding together, this will decrease the pressure felt by kids and parents alike over the kids having a smartphone.
For more information on why you may wish to make this pledge please check out this Waldorf school blog.
To make the pledge visit https://www.waituntil8th.org/
Each year Cape Byron Steiner School enters many artworks into the Schools Section of the Ocean Shores Art Expo. This Exhibition offers a unique opportunity to showcase our art from our Primary and High School to a wider public. The genres are in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography and sculpture.
The staff at Ocean Shores Art Expo are always so appreciative of our participation and remarking that the level of art from our school is extremely high if not the best of all schools participating.
This year, the most visibly recognized art work was a self portrait in willow charcoal and white pastel done in the Drawing Elective by Thomas Pierce Year 9 which gathered tremendous accolades from the visiting public. It won him First Prize in the category of Drawing entered by many High Schools in the area. There were Second prizes and a host of Highly Commended awards from different categories by our students from the Primary and High School.
Congratulations to all our Teachers and participating students especially Thomas Pierce.
Eleni Mann – Specialist Art Teacher in High School and Primary.
Self Portrait Thomas Pierce First Prize at Ocean Shores Art Expo
Spring clean and donate to the White Elephant and Book Swap stalls
First day of spring today and it’s perfect weather to put your spring cleaning gloves on and sort our those boxes of items never used. We have set up tables outside Class 3 for all donations of quality clothing, brick-a-brac, toys and more for our White elephant stall, which this year will be in the hall. For bulky items like furniture, please put outside Gavin’s shed or contact recepiton to make arrangement for delivery.
Our charity stall this year will be a Book Stall up on the green. Donate your books (again outside Class 3) and we can raise money for the Y PROJECT, The Y Project is a gifted service to support any young person 16 to 26 years old, who wants to engage in their development and/or their place in their community.
Craft Stall Co-operative
We are finalising our applications for the craft co-operative. If you wish to sell your handmade products at our Spring Fair, please ring Kylie Clark on 0433 176 895 or request an application form from reception.
Students and parents are reporting that our prizes for this year’s raffle is making it easy to sell tickets. We have many student requests for more books to sell, so please return your tickets as soon as possible so can guarantee we have enough to sell at the Fair.
There is also some healthy competition from the high school students to win some of these great prizes by selling raffle tickets to at sporting events and local community. Remember there are three prizes to win for a high school student who sells the most tickets.
- First prize: $50 to spend at Treehouse on Belongil PLUS Skullcandy Wireless Headphones
- Second and third prize: Uproar Wireless Headphones
Silent Auction Stall
If you have something of worth to donate to the Silent Auction, please bring it into reception or contact Dougal email@example.com if you have a voucher to donate.
Donations welcome for our Produce Stall
If you have preserves, jams, pickles, sauerkraut, sauces, seedlings, plants, seeds. Bring them up to the office, or email Nadine firstname.lastname@example.org if you have bulk items to donate.
Can you lend these items for the Spring Fair? Coat racks and hangers for the White Elephant stall (these can be returned if labelled) – Email Fiona- email@example.com
We are happy to announce former student Jasmine Pierce (read post later in the bulletin) will be a guest judge at The Spring Fair for our Short Form Performance Poetry Competition, along with published poetry author and recent Byron Bay Writers Festival guest Lisa Brockwell and our own Deputy Principal Katie Biggin.
As you may be aware, one of our 2016 graduating students, Jasmine Pierce, received a perfect score of 100% for her English Extension 2 Poetry Major Work in 2016.
Not only is this an enormous achievement, but she has now been acknowledged as one of the most accomplished young writers in the state of NSW by being selected in the publication Young Writers’ Showcase, which publishes the best pieces from each year out of the many thousands who take the course in NSW.
Nerrida and I joined Jasmine at the celebration launch event at the State Library of NSW on 21st August. We are both very proud of Jasmine’s achievement. Her poetry is exceptional.
This is now the third time we have had a student from our school achieve this accomplishment of being published in the Young Writers’ Showcase, an outstanding achievement for such a small, rural school. All three writers spent many years at this school and have obviously benefited from a beautiful Steiner education that nurtures the soul and inspires storytelling. This is a real testament, not only to our wonderful students, but also to the extremely high standard of teaching in the school.
If you wish to read Jasmine’s poems, please visit Charlotte in the library.
Jasmine was quoted in a recent newsletter from the New South Wales Education Standards Authority. The article can be found at this link.
(And congratulations to Katie and all the teachers who worked with Jasmine over the years for such highly skilled and professional teaching. Nerrida)