The Ensemble Della Mar has just returned from a fabulous tour to Sydney. 29 students from class 6-11 and their instruments wowed the crowds with the high standard of their playing. A highlight of the trip was playing at the Wayside Chapel where we learnt about the fantastic work done there, helping homeless people in Kings Cross. They were also the most enthusiastic audience we had! We also really enjoyed playing at Gleneaon in their beautiful hall and taking the ferry over to see the Vivid light show. A big shout goes out to Cole and his merry quartet of guitars who were fabulous. Also to Yemaya for leading the Senior Strings so well. Thank you, Robbie and Ian, for always being amazing and ever giving and to our wonderful parents, Jessie and Natalie – we could not have done it without you.
One of the visitors of the Wayside Chapel sketched this while watching the performance there.
Parents and students danced the night away at the school bush dance last Friday which was a wonderful success. A big thank you to all the teachers and parents who made it possible by volunteering their time.
Class 3 have been very busy making garden beds and working on their building project.
Class Four visited the Lismore Resource Recovery Centre to attend a range of environmental activities with students from other local schools. The children went to a number of interesting presentations to learn about World Environment Day and the importance of caring for our planet.
We learned how to recognise indications of Koala health and habitat (we found koala poo, scratch marks and even a healthy koala in a tree). We played a resource management game show with a comedian in a canary yellow suit who had everyone singing, dancing and clapping to his environmentally educative songs. They were quite catchy.
We looked through microscopes with help from Southern Cross University scientists and went for a walk in a rainforest to identify plants that grow in the remnant areas of ‘The Big Scrub’.
For many of the children, the highlight was a bus tour of the waste facilities. We joined a queue of rubbish trucks to go in there. Some of the trucks were from Casino, Lismore, and a few from Byron as well. Masses of green waste was stacked in huge wind rows and was being progressively added to a mountain of compost! It was like nirvana for hungry microbes and avid gardeners.
Then we saw the shed where all of the recycling is sorted into different types of plastic and metals. The bottles went through another machine that spat out the lids and labels and turned the glass into a fine sand that can be used to fill potholes. All of the resources were being saved from landfill, reclaimed and sent off to be recycled into something new.
Each experience showed that with our collective efforts we can make a difference to the well being of the planet and ourselves.
On Tuesday 5th June the high school celebrated World Environment day. Students were encouraged to dress up in environment themed outfits. There were many creative costumes including Tobsha who dressed up as the sea and Naomi and Brianna who dressed up as flowers. Donated prizes went to the best dressed students in the high school. These included earth bottles and cups, and a Mayde Tea bottle.
At lunchtime the SRC organised a house trivia competition. The questions were recycling themed and students competed in teams from their houses. A team from Crete made up of Della, Asher, Easton, Sachin and Rachel won the competition followed by a three way tie from two Spartan teams made up of Fergus, Luka, Lucia and Ayden and Isaac, Bimini, … and a team from Olympia made up of Thibault, Joe and Kaia.
Overall the day was a success and plenty of money was raised for the highschool charity of choice Share the dignity through a gold coin donation.
Year 11 and 12 students talking to Year 10 about their subjects.
What a busy and productive couple of weeks it has been in and around the school! Our new building is racing ahead and we are looking to be in it before the middle of next term. We are at the stage of choosing and ordering furniture and fittings and feeling really excited about the opportunities our new learning spaces will provide for our students and teachers.
Preparations are also well underway for our Winter Festivals. It has been lovely to see our students out in the sunshine and fresh air, making their lanterns in readiness. This year, Kindergarten, Class One and Two will be celebrating the Winter Festival at school and the celebration for the rest of our school community will be held at the A&I Hall and showgrounds in Bangalow (where our school began 30 years ago).
Recently I attended the Governance, Leadership and Management Conference organised by Steiner Education Australia with a team from our School. Two of our Board Directors, the Director Primary K-6, our College Chair, our Finance Manager and Enrolments Officer all came along and were able to learn from the many wonderful workshops and keynote addresses. It is so important that we continue to deepen our knowledge, skills and understanding so that we can better support the school. Learning is an ongoing process for everyone at our wonderful school!
Last week we held the first Parent Conversation evening at the school. It was wonderful to engage in some deep conversation with parents around the topic of communication. There were some terrific suggestions which came out of those conversations and we will be implementing some of these over the coming weeks. You might notice that more of the photos are towards the end of the bulletin now, so that those parents who are a bit pushed for time can quickly get to the important information and save the browsing of photos to when there is a little more time. We are also making some changes to the way we share parent contact details and information will be sent out about this in the coming weeks. Thank you to those parents who were able to make it on the night, we will hold another conversation evening next term.
At the beginning of this week, we held the Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School Ltd Annual General Meeting. At the meeting James Dods stepped down from the Board after many years of service, five of them as Chair of the Board. James was an outstanding Chair who lead the school to a place where we have a very firm financial foundation and a clear vision for the future. I am sure you all join me in thanking James for his hard work for the school. At the AGM, two Directors were elected to the Board; Jen Henderson who was re-elected after stepping in late last year to fill a casual vacancy on the Board, and Neil Young who has been a very active and supportive member of our school community over the last couple of years. Congratulations to both Jen and Neil and thank you for offering your time to the school.
Finally, this week we enjoyed a visit from Paul Daniell, one of the Executive Directors of the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) and Heidi O’Brien, NESA School Liaison Officer. It was good to have the opportunity to show Paul around the school and talk about some of the issues of concern of us. These included NAPLAN, the requirements around teaching of ICT in Primary School, HSC Minimum Standards, School and Teacher Registration and the crowded curriculum.
As I write this, I am sitting in a workshop in Sydney in relation to NESA registration as our school is due for registration next year and we are now beginning the work to prepare for this. It is certainly a busy time!
Term 2 school fees are due today – Friday 25th May 2018. Thank you to all who have already paid them.
If you haven’t paid for Term 2 yet please address this promptly.
Please remember to include your parent code when paying fees so we can identify you.
Julia – Finance Manager
Our much loved High School Maths teacher, Malcolm left us recently to return to New Zealand. Farewell Malcolm, we wish you much joy and happiness as you begin a new chapter in your life, you will be missed!
As you may have noticed, construction of our new Innovation Centre is now well underway.
We would like to create a beautiful entry to the school including an outdoor shelter between the new building & the Performance Hall. The aim is to provide students & parents with a covered drop off area at pick up time and students with an additional sheltered space in the playground. This is in addition to the building that is currently underway.
We are aiming to raise $30,000 for this addition. The current balance in our Building Fund account is $13,650, so we still need to raise $17,000. To read about our Masterplan, to see a time lapse video of the construction so far or to make a donation please follow this link
Please note that deductions to the Building Fund are tax deductible and June 30 is fast approaching!
Soup, bread and spinach triangles available from the canteen this Monday at lunchtime for High School students only
Preparations are well underway for this year’s Winter Festival which is returning to the A&I Hall. It is sure to be a magical night so be sure to SAVE THE DATE! Please note the change of date from Thursday, June 21 to Friday, June 22.
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The outer world, with all its phenomena, is filled with divine splendour, but we must have experienced the divine within ourselves before we can discover it in our environment ~ Rudolf Steiner
We are very excited that our collaborative Class 5/6 Mosaic Project is well and truly underway – together we are designing and making a land and animals landscape on the wall behind Class 2 to meet the sea mosaic on the Class 3 wall!
Our wonderful mosaic expert, Tanja Nelson is leading the project along with artistic guidance from Eleni and lots of wonderful assistance from parents.
We encourage Class 5 and 6 parents to come and assist us; please go sign up for the roster here or contact Tanja Nelson regarding session times 0431 044 254.
A big thank you to Roe and Trace and the Team at Flow for donating this little pollinator house.
Created from Flow Hive offcuts, this house is designed to help build pollinator corridors through our urban landscapes. With 100% of profits being donated for habitat regeneration and protection, the Flow Pollinator House is our first hive designed to house native solitary nesting bees.
Bees are tiny environmental champions!
They are responsible for the pollination of 30 percent of the world’s crops and up to 90 percent of our wild plants.
There are over 19,000 different species of bees worldwide, the majority of which are solitary nesters and, like honeybees, their numbers are on the decline.
We decided to take a leaf out of their book and created this cosy home to raise awareness for the protection of these incredible creatures.
100% of profits are donated to conservation
Our gardens are important for pollinator habitat, however, pollinators also need large areas of habitat to flourish—this is why 100% of profits from this product are donated to habitat protection.
You can purchase or read more about it here https://www.honeyflow.com/shop/flow-hive/flow-pollinator-house/p/350
Every human being should show the greatest interest in beekeeping because our lives depend upon it. – Rudolf Steiner
This was SEA’s biggest GLaM conference to date, with nearly 140 attendees from every state and territory in Australia, and from all but a few schools.
Nerrida showing Paul Daniell, one of the Executive Directors of the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) and Heidi O’Brien, NESA School Liaison Officer around the school.