From the Principal

Hello everyone,

On such a busy Spring Fair set-up day, I have only a short message for you all. Celebrations such as our wonderful Spring Fair draw our incredible school community together and help to weave the fabric of relationship between us all. Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to bring this special 30th Birthday Spring Fair Celebration together.

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow and enjoying the wonderful living spirit of our community in action.

Peace
Nerrida

2019 School Fees

The School Board has met to set the School Fees for 2019.

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 2019. 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 2018. 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.

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. We feel the fee increases for next year will adequately allow the school to continue to provide a wonderful service for our children, and allow the School to provide capital and educational improvements as part of our Master Plan, as evidenced by our new Innovation Centre just completed.

An updated fee schedule for 2019 will be available on our school website before the end of Term 3 2018.

Steve Heptonstall
Chairperson

Innovation Centre – Join a tour at our Spring Fair!

Our new Innovation Centre has transformed our School, the High School is revelling in the much needed additional space, and the students are loving the “state of the art” facilities we now have available for their use. Be sure to join in one of the tours we’re running at the Spring Fair to get the full experience inside and out.

We still need to raise $12,115 to pay for the entry to the school which includes the outdoor shelter between the new building & the Performance Hall, which provides students & parents with a covered drop off area at pick up time and students with an additional sheltered space in the playground.

To read about our Masterplan, to see the latest timelapse videos of the construction or to make a donation please follow this link

Donations to the Building Fund are tax deductible.

A big thanks to those who have donated so far! 

 

Snakes are becoming active again.

They will be looking far & wide for food & are on the search for mates & territory. The breeding instinct is in full swing & they will be less tolerant of others (humans) sharing their environment. It is extremely important at the moment to stay out of garden areas. Everyone, please stick to paths & open walking areas.

SNAKE AWARENESS

• TREAT ALL SNAKES AS DANGEROUS – IDENTIFICATION DIFFICULT – NON-POISONOUS, BITE STILL INFECTIOUS.

• KEEP OUT OF GARDENS & WILD SPACES AS THESE ARE HABITAT FOR SNAKES.

• MAINTAIN DISTANCE FROM SNAKE – DO NOT APPROACH CLOSELY.

• DO NOT HASSLE, INTERFERE WITH, THROW STONES OR STICKS ETC AT SNAKE.

• IF YOU ARE VERY CLOSE TO SNAKE – DO NOT MOVE – SNAKES DO NOT HAVE EARS BUT WORK OFF VIBRATION, MOVEMENT & INFRARED OR HEAT SENSING. IF YOU DON’T MOVE SNAKE WILL NOT REGISTER DANGER, AND WILL EVENTUALLY MOVE AWAY.

• IF REASONABLE DISTANCE FROM SNAKE SLOWLY MOVE AWAY MAINTAINING SIGHT OF SNAKE.

• IF POSSIBLE ONE PERSON TO MAINTAIN SIGHT OF SNAKE WHILE ONE PERSON INFORMS TEACHER OR FRONT OFFICE TO CALL SITE MANAGER OR SNAKEMAN.

The magic of Spring at CBRSS

A special kind of harmony between our animals, humans and land.

Spring is coming, spring is coming
birdies build your nest.
weave together straw and feather
doing each your best.
Spring is coming, spring is coming
flowers are waking, too.
daisies, lilies, and daffodils
now are coming through.
spring is coming, spring is coming
all around is fair.
shimmer, glimmer on the meadow,
joy is everywhere.

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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!

Nature’s secrets

All of nature begins to whisper its secrets to us through its sounds. Sounds that were previously incomprehensible to our soul now become the meaningful language of nature. – Rudolf Steiner

Kindy Sunflower news

Kindergarten was a buzz of excitement last week, as the children gathered produce, ground their own flour, and made dough in preparation for pizza day! Word must have got out that Kindy makes the best pizza in the school (only second to Craig’s, of course) as we also had a hungry visitor pop by!

Class 5 Greek Olympics

What a wonderful day was had by all at the 11th Annual Greek Olympics last Thursday!

Our Class 5 gathered with Class 5 from Chrysalis, Shearwater, Aetaomah and Casuarina Steiner schools in Brunswick Heads early on Thursday morning. The day started with a grand opening ceremony in honour of the Gods, in which every school presented a song or dance, before parading the field with their glamorous city state banners. The gods and goddesses were very pleased with the grace, beauty and willing enthusiasm with which the children performed in each event that day, including the standing broad jump, wrestling, discus, javelin and running.
Many big thanks to all of the gods and goddesses (parents and helpers) who took time out of their busy godly schedules to help the day run so spectacularly! And of course, a giant thank you to the grand Zeus (Ric), without whom the games could not take place!
And finally, well done to Class 5 for hosting and participating in the event with such honour, respect, beauty and grace!

Bethanie & Teera

CBRSS Primary School entries into the Ocean Shores Art Competition

Well done and congratulations to all the students who entered their beautiful artwork.

 

Lily Harrison makes us very proud!

Congratulations to Lily Harrison in year 11 who was one of the winners of the prestigious 2018 John Lincoln Youth Community Service Awards.

Lily received a Certificate of Commendation and an engraved trophy in recognition of her Award from His Excellency. the Governor of New South Wales. The Award is in recognition of Lily’s exemplary service to the community. Students are nominated by their School Principal for their service (which takes many forms) to their communities, whether they be local, national, or even international.  The Award is conducted annually by the NSW Branch of the Order of Australia Association.

From the Principal

Hello everyone,

Two years ago, I asked our staff at our end-of-year staff meeting, “What are your dreams for the next year for the school?” One of the strongest responses, agreed by all, was that our staff wanted to build a stronger relationship with the Arakwal people and come to a better understanding of and relationship to country. Last year, with wonderful leadership from Peter Palmer, we celebrated NAIDOC week across the school. We also introduced a new emphasis on acknowledging country at all school events.

This year we have turned our attention to developing a Reconciliation Action Plan for the school. A group of dedicated staff from across the school have been meeting to work on this and, this week, we met with Aunty Delta Kay to talk about the process and how we can work together. The process of developing a Reconciliation Action Plan is a process of building relationship and developing understanding. We expect this will be an ongoing process and are really looking forward to engaging fully with it.

We are currently in the process of developing a vision for our reconciliation plan and will be engaging staff, High School students and our school community in this. In the coming weeks, parents will receive a short survey on this topic and I hope you are able to complete the survey for us. If you are interested in joining our Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group, I would love to hear from you.

On another topic, thank you to those parents who are working so hard on final preparations for our Spring Fair. This is a huge event in our school calendar and takes a lot of organisation. I know that our parent community are very busy and that it can be difficult to find the time to devote to working on the Spring Fair. I truly appreciate the hard work of those parents who are so generously giving of their time. Our Spring Fair brings our school community together and it simply wouldn’t happen without the tireless efforts of Emma (Spring Fair Coordinator) and the wonderful team of parent volunteers. Please help them out by supporting wherever you can.

Peace
Nerrida

Important resource available – CBRSS eSafety guidelines

Managing Social Media as a parent can be a scary & daunting prospect but it is very important that we understand the ramifications of this increasingly impactful influence on our lives and particularly how to protect our children from it. It is never too early to start informing yourself, please don’t make the mistake of assuming you don’t need to worry until your child is in High School.

Did you know that posting photos and sharing personal information about your child could be putting them at significant risk of being preyed upon? As noted in our Social Media Top Tips for Parents cheat sheet (which you can find here.“If your account is not completely private, anyone can see your photos of your child, their name, the name of the cat, where you go on holiday, what your family does on weekends, when birthdays were and other information about your family and your life. Therefore a complete stranger could make up a story that could be convincing to your child by using the information you have shared in a public forum of more than 500 million users.”

We’ve recently updated the eSafety page on our website. In addition to links to important resources it now has all of the ‘Safe on Social Media Guides’ which explain various Social Media platforms, ‘SOS Cheat Sheets’ about significant issues such as location services, youth and pornography and sexting and child pornography. There are also ‘Parenting at the speed of light’ documents with further info about some specific games, online predators and a doc titled Parents this is for you which elaborates on the issues mentioned above, these are all available to read or download. This is a very valuable and important resource provided by experts in the field and Jon in ICT has spent significant time to ensure they are available to our community in a simple user-friendly format so please make time to check it out here.

CBRSS Talks and workshops

Do you have an idea for some talks, workshops or adult classes related to any aspect of our school or the philosophy underpinning it? If so please, contact Yvette in the office. Yvette coordinates study groups, adult education classes, talks and workshops and these all need to be organised and booked through her (so that we have a coordinated approach to this). We appreciate your ideas, suggestions and contacts in this regard.

email: yvettet@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au phone: 02 6639 9302

Innovation Centre update

Our new Innovation Centre has transformed our School, the High School is revelling in the much needed additional space, and the students are loving the “state of the art” facilities we now have available for their use. Be sure to join in one of the tours we’re running at the Spring Fair to get the full experience inside and out.

We still need to raise $12,115 to pay for the entry to the school which includes the outdoor shelter between the new building & the Performance Hall, which provides students & parents with a covered drop off area at pick up time and students with an additional sheltered space in the playground.

To read about our Masterplan, to see the latest timelapse videos of the construction or to make a donation please follow this link

Donations to the Building Fund are tax deductible.

A big thanks to those who have donated so far! 

 

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Spring Fair: 2 Weeks Away!

Thank you to everyone who has been out there selling raffle tickets, donating to Silent Auction and White Elephant. Your support and contributions are greatly appreciated.

As the Fair is just around the corner we thought we would provide a helpful checklist highlighting what to bring and when!

Before Spring Fair:

  • Raffle Tickets: please continue to sell and return any unsold tickets to reception by 18th September.
  • White Elephant: donations will be taken right up until the 20th Sept. Please bring clothes, toys, books, small gadgets etc to Class 3
  • Produce: donate any preserves, pickles, jams, sauces to box outside Class 3
  • Craft Stall: want to see your craft at the Spring Fair? Ring Kylie on 0433 176 895

Day of Spring Fair:

  • Cake: Each family is to bring a cake for the High School cake stall. Please deliver to stall on the day.
  • Foliage: Flowers and vines, please bring any from your garden and deliver to garland stall.
  • Produce: Any fresh produce like eggs, veggies etc can be delivered to stall on the day.

Set Up Day – Friday 21st Sept – if you are available, please come along and help Class 3 set up for the Fair. We’d love your help.

And remember our popular High School Song Writing Competition is open to High School students in the Northern Rivers region. For more info please follow this link.

Again, thank you for all your support in making this a magical Spring Fair.

Class 3 Spring Fair Team