How wonderful it is to have everyone back at school to start the new Year. There has been such a lot of work happening around our school site over the holiday break, with an extension to the roof of the Class Three Building, a new office for the Director Primary K-6 (next to the Class Three Building), an all over deep clean of the school, servicing of many of our systems and work around our gardens (including the removal of a number of storm-damaged trees). Of course, the most noticeable change is the beginning of construction of our new Innovation Centre in the High School. It would be fair to say we have all had to be a bit flexible in the first two weeks of term to cope with two active building sites on the school property. Fortunately, Teera’s office should be completed in the next couple of days, so at least things should settle down a little in the Primary part of the school.
As you are all by now aware, one of the impacts of the big building project is that we have temporarily lost a large number of spaces in the car park and have thus had to introduce a ‘drop and ride’ system for those children who do not catch the bus. We have rostered additional staff on to manage this system, particularly in the afternoon. Thank you to those parents using the system for your patience as we gradually iron out the ‘kinks’ in the system.
I enjoyed meeting Kindergarten, Class One and new parents at two morning teas last week. It was great to meet and catch up with some new and familiar faces. The Kindergarten teachers tell me that their new classes are settling in well and Naina is working gently and steadily to bring her new class together. Settling into a new school or a new class can take some time so please do talk to your child’s teacher if your child is experiencing any challenges.
There have not been major changes to staffing this year, however we are very happy to welcome Stuart Baker as our new High School Camps Coordinator and Primary School Bothmer Gym teacher and Penny Van Den Hoek as my new PA. Please do say hello to them if you see them around the school, they are both valued and skilled additions to our staff.
Finally, this year I will be telephoning a number of school families each week to touch base and check in with how your experience with the school is going. I look forward to talking to you and listening to your feedback.
We warmly welcome the following new students and their families to our School Community.
We have a relatively simple and straight forward dress code across the school. This is designed to ensure our students are comfortable, safe and can learn and play with ease. Details of the dress code can be found on the school website here.
Some important things to consider include:
Primary School – tops should be plain, single colour (no patterns, designs or logos please). Please make sure children wearing dresses or skirts where shorts, bike shorts or leggings as well. Shoes must be worn at school.
High School – shoulders must be covered (straps must be at least a hand width wide), midriffs must be covered and shorts and skirts must not be too short. Shoes must be worn at school.
Your assistance in ensuring your children are dressed appropriately for school is most appreciated.
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The NSW Government is helping kids get active with the new Active Kids program.
From 31 January 2018, parents, guardians and carers can apply for a $100 voucher per calendar year for each student enrolled in school.
The voucher may be used with a registered activity provider for registration, participation and membership costs for sport, fitness and active recreation activities.
For more information and to apply please visit their website here
If you have allowed your primary school student or young teen a snapchat account, here’s something you need to be aware of.
One of the search functions of Snapchat is providing too much information about their users. If the location services for the app are turned on a very concerning security problem is revealed.
Snapchat has a very clever user retention strategy behind it. They lured in a whole generation based on the fact that their snaps would disappear after a short amount of time, so it became a second language for teenagers. A large percentage of kids say they use Snapchat because their parents don’t. Also, if you turn off location services for snapchat you start to disable some of the photo filters so kids won’t turn off location services for Snapchat.
And there lies a BIG personal privacy and security issue that you and your children are not aware of and should be.
Enter a school name or a suburb into the search feature on Snapchat and the app will deliver to you all of posts being made in proximity to the location. It will also suggest other schools (with other Snapchat account holders). Often this list will include the names of account holder, and provides the individual searching locations with the option to add the account holder to their contacts.
This raises two issues.
It provides evidence that numbers of students are using snapchat in and around school – often in defiance of the schools’ mobile devices usage policy.
2. Complete strangers are able to target your child’s Snapchat profile, using the school they attend as a way to find them. This issue is particularly disturbing.
Consider this possible scenario if you are not concerned by this information.
A predator doesn’t know the names or other regular locations of children attending any of the schools in the area that they may be, but simply by searching the school name in the Snapchat search feature, they are able to find regular users of Snapchat at these schools that are close to them.
Courtesy of Snapchat they are now able to add the accounts of any child they find, and may now happily follow their snaps, record or screen shot them……and watch for other locations that appear regularly in a child’s Snapchat feed, such as their home or regular place for sporting activity. They can also interact with the child through their account, and become “friends” with them on any other social media account.
What can you do to minimize risk?
Respect the age restrictions of 13+
Build trust with your child by explaining why you insist the account be set to private.
Ensure that Ghost Mode is enabled on the Snap Map, so account holder information is hidden.
Turn the location services for the app off on the device.
Regularly review with your child who interacts with their account.
Ask your child to respect the schools mobile phone policy.
If you have any questions please get in touch:
There are dramatic changes underway at the entrance to the school. We have finally begun construction of our fabulous new Innovation Centre that will comprise two science laboratories & two classrooms.
You may find the changes look a little disturbing, as we had to remove a number of trees & realign the storm-water dam.
We have saved the trunks of the trees. Our Design & Technology department will turn the stumps into slabs of timber and our students will convert them to furniture & other items. This way the students get direct experience of the growth of trees right through their life cycle & journey to furniture.
Last year our students participated in the planting of 11,000 Koala habitat trees on the southern side of our school. These will now make a continuous Koala Corridor from the ridge through to the Belongil forest in the distance. This area will look & feel stunning in another 10 years.
AND NOW FOR THE REST:
• Storeroom removed from between Art & Science rooms to reopen path to Science & HS Music room whose only entrance for duration of building project is through the back door.
• New stone sitting circle outside HS music room.
• Pathway to east of Hall, which will be main entrance to school during building project, has been adapted to make wider for better flow of foot traffic.
• Removed set of built in shelving in Art room & constructed more versatile moveable shelving unit.
• Painted 12 GLA (General Learning Area) chalkboards.
• Gyprock repairs to various walls.
• Painted Silkwood, Casuarina, Melaleuca, and Grevillia & Lilli Pilli rooms.
• New double swing constructed with interchangeable exercise rings beside Outdoor Classroom.
• New bridge constructed at D&T.
• New gutter to D&T, new verandah roof.
• Major repairs to leaking gutters at Kindergarten Rose & Class 4 including installation of gutter guard.
• Removed leaking skylight from Kurrajong room & replaced with polycarbonate.
• Repainted parts of Class 5.
• Teacher, partner & parents repainted Cl 3.
• New Director of Primary K – 6 Office under construction beside Cl 3.
• New fly over verandah roof constructed at Cl 3.
• New Garden Shed constructed at Kindergarten.
• New shelving unit constructed for inside garden shed.
• A couple of new shelves to Kindergarten Bathroom.
• Renovate 30 desks for Cl 1.
• Repaint 30 student chalkboards for Cl 1.
• Renovate vege garden at Cl 1.
• New teachers desk & round rug for Cl 1.
• Repairs to birdbath at Cl 1.
• Deep Clean to whole school.
• Window clean to whole school.
• All gutters cleaned.
• Service air con units to whole school.
• New air con units to D&T, Cl 1 & Dark room.
• Service all fire equipment.
• Service all gas equipment.
• Service all D&T equipment including annual service of new dust extraction unit.
• Service all waste water systems.
• Service all waterless urinals.
• New industrial stove for Canteen installed.
• Safety test & tag to 660 electrical items.
• New LED down lights fitted to HS Music room.
• New power outlets around school.
• Service Hall emergency lighting system.
• Annual test of Hall fire safety systems.
• Various other electrical repairs around school.
• We had 2 large trees damaged in the big winds last week & had to be removed near Silky Oak Cottage.
• New white sand to all sandpits.
• New soft fall under all playground equipment.
• Raised vege garden beds renovated ready for class lessons.
• Much weeding, gardening & pruning around whole school. Lots more to do!
• Professional weed control program to whole school.
• All paving areas sprayed with Slasher (Geranium Oil) and whipper snipped.
• Excavator to clear stormwater drain near raised vege garden area, plus clearing of various other drains around school.
• Angle grind adaption of 30 lockers at Casuarina in preparation for arrival of 30 new self-closing locker doors.
• 30 new desktops for HS on order for replacement.
• Repairs to Maypole.
• Repairs to trailer.
• Repairs to various pieces of furniture, equipment etc around school.
• And a thousand other various tasks that has kept me & the 70 odd plus contractors busy throughout the holidays. It has been and still is a whirlwind of activity!
A very big thank you to CBRSS from The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital for the generous donation of Christmas presents. Your support means we can continue to bring fun, laughter and a helping-hand to children and families in hospital.
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Love starts when we push aside our ego and make room for someone else.
~ Rudolf Steiner
We are always posting new things to our online Community Noticeboard, you’ll find a wide array of interesting things including; jobs, childcare options, tutors, workshops, Yoga classes, sports sign ons and song writing competitions. Please be sure to check it out here.
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As I write this, the last children have left for the summer break. When I reflect back over the last year, I think of all of the wonderful learning and growth which has happened across our school (for students and growth) and I feel enormous gratitude to everybody involved in the school.
This week I attended the Class 6 farewell party; what a lovely evening! The students performed some beautiful music pieces and it was a fitting and honouring farewell to their Class Teacher, Naina. I also attended the Year 9 and 10 Elective Showcase and, as always, was amazed by the confidence, poise and talent of our young students (and the amazing work done by their teachers).
This week our Year 12 students also received their final HSC results. I am so proud of every single student for their hard work and wonderful achievements and wish them all the very best for the next stage of their lives.
I would like to close by thanking all of our wonderful teaching and support staff for their professional, dedicated and caring work this year. I would like to thank the Class Coordinators and P&F Executive for supporting the school and our community so beautifully. I would like to thank James Dods (Chair) and the Board for the time, commitment and deep care they have for our lovely school. I would like to thank the parents for trusting us with the care and education of your children – it is indeed a privilege. Finally, I would like to thank our wonderful students – you are the reason we are all here and we so lucky to have a part to play in your learning journey.
Please all have a safe and enjoyable break. I look forward to seeing you all again in the new year.
This is a reminder regarding students who need to re-apply for School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS) travel in 2018
Students who hold an School Student Transport Scheme entitlement and are changing grade bands i.e. going from year 2 to 3 or year 6 to 7 and changing school, and students whose entitlement was approved under a medical condition, should have received notification by email or post informing them of the pending expiry of their entitlement. Term Buss Pass holders will have also received notification.
Students enquiring about a pending cancellation should be advised to go online to https://apps.transport.nsw.gov.au/ssts/updateDetails to update their details or apply for next year’s entitlement. Students changing residential address will also need to go online to update their information.
Applications need to be submitted before 31 December 2017 to ensure students’ entitlements are updated and their current card is not cancelled. If their application is submitted after 31 December 2017, the system will automatically cancel their card and a new one will need to be issued.
Students who do not need to re-apply:
Students who are changing grade band and are remaining at the same school and same residential address will not receive notification and do not need to reapply. The system now automatically validates a student’s on-going eligibility if they’re at the same school and going from infants to primary or primary to secondary. Where a student meets the new eligibility the system will automatically update their entitlement and card.
Students in the Opal network applying for an SSTS or Term Bus Pass entitlement for the first time will receive their card at their nominated postal address. Cards will be mailed out during the 3rd week of January 2018.
Students residing in Rural and Regional (R&R) areas should receive their new travel pass at the commencement of the new school year in 2018. Note: some R&R operators do not issue travel passes. Students should check with their operator for more information.
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We are extremely happy with the wonderful results achieved by the HSC students of 2017. There has been a notable strengthening of results across every subject with outstanding results having been achieved across a number of subjects such as Mathematics, Languages, Biology, Design and Technology, Drama and Music. In a cohort of 30 students, there were some fabulous achievements including 10 Band 6 results and 59 Band 5 results in 17 subjects.
The 2017 HSC class were notable for their unique and creative approach to their Major Works. Over 80% of the Visual Arts students receiving 80 or above. Music students also received excellent results with 12 out of 16 Music students receiving 80% or above and 3 impressive Band 6 results. The school’s history of excellent Drama results continued with 8 out of 12 students receiving Band 5 and above. Students demonstrated strength in other areas as well; with one of the school’s Mathematics students achieving high Band 6 in both Mathematics and Mathematics Extension.
Once again the school saw a strengthening of Band 5 results and and an overall continued strengthening of academic success across all subjects. English Advanced and English Extension 2 were again very strong subjects this year with more than half of the students in each subject receiving 80 or above. HSIE subjects showed very strong results with all Society and Culture students achieving over 80% and strong Band 5 results in Ancient History. Some brilliant language results were demonstrated with a 95% for French Beginners and a 93% for German Beginners. One of the school’s talented Design and Technology students achieved a Band 6 result as well as a nomination into The Design and Technology Showcase ‘Shape’.
Our staff have been sharing the successes of their students in the last few weeks, even before the release of the results. 8 out of 12 Drama students were nominated for OnStage, with 4 being selected. One of the school’s talented artists has been offered a place at the Victorian College of the Arts and a number of students have already gained entry into universities of their choice.
Nerrida commented : “I am deeply proud of all our HSC students. Their results show an overall commitment to study and inspired learning. I imagine some happy faces around the shire this week!” She said. “I’d like to thank our dedicated staff and committed parents for helping guide these beautiful souls through their education. Steiner Education prepares students for the rigours of the HSC by cultivating academic excellence through a balance of academic studies, artistic achievements and practical learning.”
Nerrida and Katie, would like to congratulate all of the Cape Byron 2017 cohort for their achievements.
Photo by Jacqui Judd
Enrolments for our playgroup in 2018 are open now.
Please contact Maxine Green to register your interest.
Phone: 0411 220 247 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
After their first year of learning Strings Class 3 came together to treat their parents to their first Orchestra performance.
Class Six went on a fun excursion kayaking up the Brunswick River. What good company and beautiful surrounds.