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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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- firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
Last week our Year 11 students were fortunate enough to go on an overnight camp at Hosanna Farmstay as part of their Parzival Main Lesson.
The Parzival Main Lesson is the last Main Lesson in our Steiner Curriculum and is perfectly suited to the stage of development of the 17-year-old student. It is a medieval legend describing the development from a protected childhood to the highest position as King of the Grail. The spiritual truths embedded in this legend are universal, exploring family relationships, love, reconciliation, betrayal, impulsiveness and loyalty – all themes that echo in the lives of teenagers.
Comments below from students speak for the success of this camp:
‘It allowed me to reflect on myself and my journey towards adulthood.’
‘It was a relaxing place to focus and study. The food was delicious and it was fun cooking and eating together. The animals were cute but the water was yellow.’
‘I felt a spiritual connection and had the time to reflect on my past actions and how the effects of those actions might result in the future.’
‘It was a fantastic opportunity to connect with other members of the class who I haven’t connected with before.’
‘It was nice to just have Parzival with no other classes – we had the time to do our own work. It made us feel grown up – having the time to gain perspectives on different aspects of the story and how those actions might resonate in our own lives.’
‘The atmosphere was relaxing and nurturing and it felt good to be treated like adults, despite not being allowed to eat the apple crumble in the evening, (it was taking too long to cook so we had it for breakfast).’
‘Unifying experience, but bittersweet as it is the last Steiner Main Lesson we’ll ever have.’
‘Awesome camp – perfect timing just what we needed. Loved it.’
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May my soul bloom in love for all existence ~ Rudolf Steiner
An A-Z Collection of Behaviour Tales:
From Angry Ant to Zestless Zebra
Published by Hawthorn Press, U.K. 2017
This illustrated collection of behaviour tales offers story medicine as a creative strategy for parenting,
teaching and counselling. Following the alphabet from A to Z, each behaviour is identified in the story
title: angry, anxious, bullying, demanding, fussy … greedy … jealous … loud … obnoxious … quibbling …
uncooperative … and more. Covering a range of universal challenges, the stories, some humorous,
some more serious, are suitable for three to nine years – and the child in every adult.
All 42 stories begin with an undesirable or out-of-balance situation and, through the use of metaphor
and an imaginative story journey, lead to a more desirable resolution. In this way, story medicine also
has the potential for nurturing positive values.
Stories may not be magic pills that have powers to fix or heal all difficulties, but they can be a wonderful
and more pleasant alternative to nagging and lecturing. And sometimes ‘magic’ does happen and a story
does make a difference!
Copies can be sourced online or through Susan Perrow’s website susanperrow.com
As I write this, the sun is shining, the skies are blue and the temperature is hovering in the high 20’s. Is it really still winter? This unseasonal weather can make us feel a bit grumpy, out of sorts and ‘on edge’. If we reflect on this in relation to the importance of the rhythm of the seasons in our inner life, it is understandable why we might feel like this. Normally, we would have been just emerging from the quiet and still inner experience of mid winter at this time of the year, instead we have had a couple of weeks of bright sunshine and weather which we more normally associate with the outward streaming feel of summer.
The wildlife around the school are responding to the warmer weather too. Our reptile friends, the snakes and lizards, are on the move and looking for food mates and some of that lovely sunshine. With this in mind, please take extra care when driving down the hill and walking through the school grounds.
This week I spent some time down in the High School reading some of the beautiful wishes made by our students and placed on the ‘Wishing Tree’ as part of the Year 7 ‘Wish, Wonder and Surprise’ Main Lesson. The wishes are a beautiful reflection of our students hopes and dreams for themselves and the wider world. If you are at the school, I encourage you to go and have a look. The tree is just outside the staffroom door in the High School.
Last week I attended the Class Three Parent Meeting to talk to parents about the changes which happen for the nine year old child (one of my favourite topics). I really enjoyed sharing with the parents and it reminded me of the importance of parents attending their child’s class meetings. These are such a good opportunity to share information, learn about what is happening in class and connect with other parents.
Our Class Three parents are now almost in the ‘home straight’ with organising the Spring Fair. This is such an important event in our school calendar – please do jump in and help out in any way you can. This year’s event promises some lovely new features and will be a great day out for everyone. Please make sure you have the date marked in your calendar (Saturday 16th September).
Term 3 school fees are due today – Friday 18th August 2017. Thank you to all who have already paid. If you haven’t paid or made other arrangements yet please pay Term 3 fees promptly.
Some money was paid in to the School bank account with the only identifier being Micro packaging. If you made this payment please contact our Finance Manager Julia Ph: 02 6639 9304 or email: email@example.com
After a wonderful week of inspiration at the Byron Bay Writers Festival (see above our libraries book display of some of the authors represented) we now look forward to our school celebrating Book Week with our Primary school children.
The Children’s Book Council of Australia celebrates Book Week nationally from August 19-26. The theme this year is “Escape to Everywhere”.
Pop in and see books from the CBCA 2017 Notables List, peruse our shelves and get ideas for your Book Week costume!
Our school celebrates with a Book Week parade on Thursday 24th August from 9.15-11 am
See you there!!!
Following on from Lisa Romero’s recent talks to parents and her up and coming workshop in September the library is pleased to be able to offer Lisa’s books available to purchase at our school-
The Inner Work Path $20
Living Inner Development $25
Developing the Self $25
and her NEW book Sex Education and the Spirit $25
Please come past and have a look,
Hello and a big thank you to the 20 plus people who came and gave the entrance to our school a wonderful face lift. The energy was upbeat with lots of talking and working with and getting to know new people.
If we can get 30 plus people to these events it does wonders for building the social body of the school and facilitates your children’s education being just that bit more nourishing.
See you at the next one. Stay tuned for the exciting activities we will be undertaking.
I got so involved in the day that I didn’t take photos till it was over.