As always at this time of the year, there are a lot of things happening. Our HSC students have almost finished their exams, our Class 6 students are about to begin the transition process as they complete their final weeks in the primary school and look towards the future and the High School and our Kindergarten families have now been introduced to their Class Teacher, Naina Richardson. On top of this there are numerous class plays, excursions, camps and visitors coming to the school. In all this busyness, I think it is important to pause for a moment and remember the place of calm in our lives. I find it is really helpful every now and again during the day to stop, take a few deep breaths and just come back to the present moment. Things always seem clearer, easier and more manageable when the starting point is simply being present. This isn’t just good advice in the workplace, it can be really helpful in family life too. When young people are surrounded by people who are rushed, stressed and/or always thinking about the next moment, they can feel stressed and anxious too. When we practise being mindful and present within family life, we support our children and set a great example.
While on the subject of being mindful, I would like to encourage you to read the article in this bulletin about driving and parking on the school site. We have recently seen an increase in some quite dangerous driving behaviour in and around the school. I know the last thing any of us wants is for an accident to happen or a member of our school community to be hurt. So please do read the article and be a little extra-mindful when driving to or from school.
Finally, I attended the P&F meeting this week where this year’s Spring Fair was reviewed. I would like to thank the hard-working and very talented Class Three parents for their wonderful effort this year. The Spring Fair theme was inspiring and the decorations were absolutely beautiful. Our Spring Fair was a wonderful coming together of our school community and celebration of the changing season. Congratulations to everyone involved in bringing this year’s Spring Fair to fruition.
Every day a large number of staff, parents and students drive to school. As we all negotiate the road on the way in and the car park, we have a number of decisions to make. We can choose to drive with care; slowing down, paying close attention to other traffic and pedestrians and trying to assess risks at all times, or we can just stay focused on our aim to get there, get to work on time, get the children dropped off or on whatever other thoughts, concerns or worries may be on our mind.
When we choose to drive to school, we have a moral responsibility to take care. The safety of our children is a responsibility for all of us, something which should impact on the driving decisions we make.
Please, when you are bringing your children to school, drive slowly and carefully, park properly in the designated spaces and walk your children into the school grounds. Please park carefully, leaving space for other cars and yield to pedestrians wherever possible.
Let’s make safety a shared responsibility.
As a courtesy we would like to remind you of the following in regards to withdrawal of students from CBRSS:
As per the School’s Enrolment & Fee Policies:
- The school commits substantial resources to the education of each child and the whole school community development. Therefore when a child leaves, there is a significant impact on the school both financially and communally. For a student to be withdrawn from school once he/she has commenced at CBRSS i.e. for parents to end the enrolment contract, the School requires one term’s notice. Parents and guardians must inform and submit a Student Withdrawal Form one term in advance if they intend to withdraw their child from the school and end the enrolment contract. If no such notification is received a Withdrawal Fee of one term’s fees from the date of notification will be charged. If a student withdraws part way through a term, having given one term’s notice, tuition fees and consolidated charges will be charged on a pro-rata weekly basis; for the purpose of this clause a part week is considered a full week.
School policies can be found on our website here
The Student Withdrawal form can be found on our website here
If you require assistance with completing this form or would like to discuss your options please contact the Enrolments Officer Yvette. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 02 6639 9302.
CBRSS Finance warmly welcomes Meghan to the team.
Term 4 school fees are due today – Friday 3rd November 2017. Thank you to all who have already paid. If you haven’t paid or made other arrangements yet please pay Term 4 fees promptly.
Julia & Meghan
Please submit your green RCM forms to Reception before Thursday 14th December at 3.00pm.
Credit is applied at the end of the term.
Please note it is your responsibility to keep track of the hours you have done throughout the year.
For further information please refer to the RCM policy and procedure which can be found here.
P.A to the Principal
Starting January 2018
CBRSS is a vibrant and progressive K-12 school dedicated to the educational principles inspired by Rudolf Steiner.
The P.A role requires a dynamic and enthusiastic person able to meet the demands of a busy office. The position requires high level multi-tasking and time management skills, with the ability to act in a confidential and professional manner at all times. Attention to detail and excellent communication both written and verbal are essential.
The successful applicant must hold a current First Aid Certificate and a NSW Working with Children Check.
Applications close 4pm Monday 6th November 2017.
See position details here
Please support and assist the Admin team in caring for your children by ensuring that we always have current medical information for students of the school. Please take the time to check and update through the parent lounge regularly.
To do this select Medical details from the drop down menu under the Student details tab. To edit select either update or +new then follow any prompts. Please scroll down and check all the information is correct and current including Swimming level.
If you require assistance please contact Reception.
Please help us combat nits head on. We are asking that you check, and if needed, treat your child’s hair for nits this weekend. This is a whole school “Nitz Blitz” from Kindergarten to Year 11.
Head lice eradication is most effective if the whole school community works together to treat the infestation. For more information on head lice and how to treat them please follow this link
The silent tragedy affecting today’s children (and what to do with it) by Victoria Prooday Occupational Therapist
This article was included in the Waldorf Today newsletter of September 12 2017, you can read it here.
An interesting article to read and reflect on in light of the recent “Halloween Hype”” experienced in the wider community recently. You can read the article here.
If one observes children, who by a right upbringing, have developed a natural reverence for the grownups and their surroundings, and if one follows them through their various stages of life, one can discover that their feelings of reverence and devotion in childhood are gradually being transformed during the years leading to old age. As adults such persons may have a healing effect upon their fellow man so that by their mere presence, or through the tone of their voice, or perhaps by a single glance they can spread inner peace to others. – Rudolf Steiner
Maria Moston is returning for a holiday and looking for a house sit, for details and to see all the other great products, services and events on our online Community Noticeboard please follow this link
Hello everyone and welcome back to Term 4,
Last term ended in a flurry of excitement and activity with our wonderful Spring Fair and the very moving Year 12 Graduation Ceremony. Both of these events were a real celebration of our students and the school community which supports them.
Each year, I give an address to our graduating class and below you can find the text of this year’s address. I am very proud of our students and wish them all the very best as they complete their final exams this term.
I would like to begin by acknowledging that we are privileged to be on the traditional lands of the Arakwal people of the Bundjalung Nation and I would like to honour and pay my deepest respect to Elders, both past and present. Australia’s aboriginal people are amongst the oldest known civilisations in the world. They undertook the first great sea journeys of exploration and developed a culture of deep knowledge and connection with the land that has endured longer than almost any other in the world’s history. We are all held in the cradle of this knowledge and connection and it is in the spirit of this that I make my final address to you today.
Over the last 13 years of your schooling, you have learned a lot of things. You have developed skills and learned about the world and yourself. Now, as you stand on the threshold of a new beginning, I want to take a moment to reflect on the things that really matter.
We live in a time of great change, a time where change is happening so quickly that it is hard to even imagine what the world will look like in a few years. 60% of the jobs that exist today will not exist in 10 years. Political and social boundaries are quickly changing and environmental change is happening so quickly now that it is hard to understand what our planet will look like in the near future. The task of imagining the future is now yours and you are already in the process of shaping it.
Whilst I hope the skills we have taught you will be useful to you in this changing world, I believe that it isn’t what you know that truly matters now, it is who you are and who you are going to be in the world.
We live in a time where it is easy to draw apart, to polarise and to find the differences between us and to reinforce these. I want to encourage you not to follow this path. Have the courage to stop and listen to those whose views are different to your own. You do not need to agree, and certainly it is important to stand up for what you truly believe is right, but please take the time to at least try to understand the other view; see and understand our differences and then search for the things that draw us together. You are all developing a strong moral compass; use it to make good choices but also have the empathy, courage and insight to understand those who do not. The hope for the future is in finding our common humanity and forging a path we can walk together.
Our school vision is to enable each individual to realise their potential to be self aware, resourceful and resilient with the empathy, skills and initiative to make a positive contribution to the world. I want you to know that, right at this turning point in your lives, as you are about to finish your school education, you are exactly who you should be.
I look at you and I am filled with so much hope for the future. You are creative, caring, empathetic, thoughtful, insightful, gentle, humorous, determined, imaginative, analytical, hopeful and courageous. You are exactly who you need to be to step out into the world and fulfill your own life destinies. You will be the lovers, the carers, the decision makers, the inventors, the collaborators and the healers. You will be the artists, poets, musicians, strategists, scientists, engineers and farmers who will shape and change the new world.
So now, go out there and ask questions. Stand up for what you believe in. Make strong, ethical choices. Care for others, even if you don’t understand their lives or their choices. Actively care for this magnificent planet and speak up when others don’t. Find happiness in the small things. Draw pictures, make music, plant gardens, write poems – be a creator in the world. Accept that you are not perfect and sometimes you will get it wrong. Make mistakes – and then learn from them. Be prepared to wait and work for the things you want. Look for the music and the beauty around you (it is always there).
I want you to know that your teachers, your family and your school community, are so very proud of you. I am very proud of you. Almost 100 years ago, Rudolf Steiner said “Receive children in reverence, educate them in love, and let them go forth in freedom.” We received you with reverence, we have educated you with so much love, and now it is time for you to go forth in freedom.
Your education at Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School has finished, my wish for you all is that you can go on to fulfil the highest, truest expression of yourselves as the wonderful human beings you are.
(You may enjoy this photo of the ‘alternative me’ …. our Year 12 students had a lot of fun dressing up as school staff in their last week with us)
We warmly welcome the following students and their families to our School Community this term.
Louella Trotz joins Year 10
Angelique Cohan joins Year 9
Our Left Bank Road Service BUS number 3 ( bus driver LOUIE) will start and finish at Fraser’s Road until further notice. This is due to a 2.5 tonne limit on causeway
We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.
Congratulations and Farewell to the graduating Year 12 students for 2017. Thank you for all the laughs and making us so proud. Many blessings to you all for a bright and happy future, we will miss you!
Quiet I bear within me.
I bear within myself
forces to make me strong.
Now will I be imbued
with their glowing warmth.
Now will I fill myself
with my own will’s resolve
and I will feel the quiet
pouring through all my being
When, by my steadfast striving,
I become strong
to find within myself
the source of strength
The strength of inner quiet.
The Class 3 Spring Fair team would like to say a special thank you to all our parents, teachers and students, for your wonderful assistance and participation in this years Spring Fair. The day was a wonderful success!
It was such a joy for us to see all of the amazing performances and poetry, the stalls and activities in full swing and the children enjoying the gorgeous day. We couldn’t have done it without you all and we are very grateful for your contributions. Thank you.
Emma – Spring Fair Coordinator
We would like to give a big thanks to the Head of Science Faculty James Hagger and assistant Shanti Virgona and the Year 8 students who set up the Science Lab’s fabulous experiments at the Spring Fair.
Thanks also to Petra Chaloupka and the students and parents who helped with the vision of the decorations at the Spring Fair. Class 3