The term is well underway and the school has been a hive of activity over the last couple of weeks. As the winter season begins to recede, we are all feeling the new energy of the coming spring. This is a great time for learning and a great time for approaching projects with a renewed vigour and sense of purpose.
The Repair Care and Maintenance Day last Saturday was a wonderful day of our school community coming together to bring some added love and attention to our beautiful site. The entrance to our school is now looking really lovely and our Administration building is sparkling. We took on some of your suggestions from the parent engagement evening and focussed our attention on just two areas of the school and this really helped to develop a stronger community feeling as everyone pitched in and worked together. I really enjoyed catching up with some of you on the day and would like to thank you for giving some of your time to come along and help out. Look out for some further changes to our Repair, Care and Maintenance days next year.
Our Class Three parents are working really hard to pull together what will be another wonderful Spring Fair. They have been working for several months and are now in the last stages of preparation. The theme for this year’s Spring Fair is “The Earth is our Garden” and it promises to be another wonderful celebration of our school community, the changing season and our incredible natural environment. Please do invite your family and friends to come along and help us to celebrate.
In other news, we are in the process of finalising our 2017 Kindergarten enrolment process. This can be quite a challenging process as we have many more people applying than places available and, inevitably, we will have to disappoint some people. We have been working hard to ensure our process is clear and transparent so that all applicants know what to expect. In a time when our school is experiencing very healthy enrolments, this is one of the more difficult processes. It is never easy to disappoint families who want to join our community.
Some Questions for You to Consider – Parent Engagement in Learning
Thank you to those parents who sent in feedback to questions raised in our last Bulletin, arising out of our Parent Engagement evening. As promised, in each Bulletin we are sharing some of the questions asked on the evening and inviting further feedback. Please feel free to call or email your feedback to principal@http://capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au .
How can we enhance authentic and meaningful parent engagement in the CBRSS Early Childhood and Primary School community?
How can we enhance authentic and meaningful parent engagement in the CBRSS High School community?
Thank you to the parents and students who so generously gave of their time, skill and labour on Saturday to help out on the Repair, Care and Maintenance Day last Saturday. I very much appreciate your help and support. Our school looks wonderful after your work! Thank you to the teachers who came along to help, to Craig for the amazing lunch and to Gavin who works so hard to set up these days. Next year we will be offering a range of new opportunities for parents and teachers to get involved – look out for the new twilight event which will be happening at the beginning of the year.
WHAT A WONDERFUL DAY!
Our new Repair Care & Maintenance Day (RCM) program was a great success with more people attending & everyone seemed to be really enjoying them selves.
We concentrated on two main areas and this allowed people to work together more & provided a greater sense of achievement at the end.
Next year we will also have a twilight RCM day, 3 – 6pm on a school day with BBQ dinner after.
Our new name challenge has so far provided: Community Days & Community Care Days. If you have any other ideas please email Gavin at site@http://capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au or text or phone 0427 847 400.
One major highlight for me was to see my 19-month-old grandson come walking in pushing his wheelbarrow I recently bought him. He had come to help out with his father & grandfather. His father, our son, was a student here.
To me this is what the day is all about: vibrant community through working together.
Thank You to All
Spring is in the air and it’s a perfect time to welcome the school’s newly arrived honey bees!
We now have a colony of bees safely ensconced in their new top bar hive at the school. They are settling in nicely and can be seen busy gathering nectar and pollen in the spring blossom. In the future they will provide an opportunity for students to observe and learn about these fascinating creatures and to sample the fruits of their tireless labour.
The Earth Is Our Garden
SPRING FAIR 17th September
Countdown! Less than 3 weeks to our wonderful annual Spring Fair.
Come and join us at the Friday Markets for some planting and making decorations. Silent Auction to commence at NEXT Friday’s market, 2nd September. Stay tuned for an amazing list of prizes.
We have collected $825 for week 1. Please help us reach our goal of $6600.00. This means each child selling only one book (10 tickets)!
Collecting from our School Community:
1. Egg cartons
2. Any old hoops or pieces of bamboo
3. Long fabric strips in any colour
Please bring to class 3. Contact Ebony at firstname.lastname@example.org
White Elephant Second Hand Stall
Please bring all donations to class 3 from 31st August. Please no electrical, mouldy, broken or damaged goods. Quality not quantity and we would especially love all children’s Clothing of all sizes and any other clothing you are ready to depart with. Contact Lisa at Idobbie13@gmail.com
High School Cake stall
Each family in the school is required to provide one cake for the High School Café, located next to the school offices. Please bring on the morning of the Fair. Each family will be provided with a cake box and label to provide ingredients the week before the fair.
We welcome any contributions of vines and flowers for our beautiful Garlands Stall located on the green. Please bring on the morning of the Fair.
Pupil Free Day
A reminder that Friday 16th is a pupil free day. All classes are required to set up their stalls on this day and assist in making our school look beautiful.
We are loving the journey of Spring Fair 2016 and are so looking to sharing the day with you all.
Many thanks to everyone for all your wonderful contributions and support.
Does anyone have any doilies that they would be willing to donate to Kindy for our Spring Fair decorations? We are also after colourful fabric, like old sheets or old clothing. Thank you very much. Please call or text Sarah on 0414228563.
As part of Class Three’s current Money Main Lesson, the classroom has transformed into a thriving Market Place! We spent last week discovering the highs and lows of bartering and trading, and this week we are discovering how money has evolved to make the job much easier!
Bethanie & Teera
Class Three have written some spectacular poems as part of their recent Main Lesson ‘The Wonder and Wisdom of Words’. I wish I could share them all with you! Here are just a few:
Oh so high, touching the stars
Until it stops at a pinpoint, so close to the moon glowing in the
Night, I stare at it as
The water ripples like
A million pearls shining brighter than the brightest flame.
I watch in awe as the icy glaciers shimmer.
Nature’s story unfolds from great heights
Mischievously swinging upon moist vines
On the tree tops
Noisily chattering amongst themselves
Keeping very loud
Eager to eat some fruits
Yawning tiredly as the orange sun sets
Moving across the sky
On a silver river
On a golden lake
Now time to curl up small in your bed
There once was a small skinny rat
Who wanted to be very fat
So he stole some cheese
And didn’t say please
Then he got eaten by a cat!
There once was a man from Glee
Who wanted to kiss a wee flea
He puckered his lips
Then swallowed some pips
And ended up kissing a bee!
Class 6 had a wonderful adventure on their class camp last week. They walked many kilometres, over 4-5 days, on the Yuraygir Coastal Walk (Yuraygir National Park). The class were joined by their teacher, Maree, support teacher, Anna, outdoor education expert, Stuart, and parent helpers, Sandi & Rachel.
Maree said that the children found joy in each day. The coastal walk was very beautiful and the children loved finding spectacular shell and rock treasures along the beach as well as spotting whales from the headlands.
The class were well supported by parent helpers, Sandi and Rachel. The food on camp was nourishing, plentiful and so delicious. On the last day, Nicole drove down to meet the class to help with the pack up and drive out of Station Creek, which was enormously helpful.
The group returned at the end of the week tired and very happy!
Helping at the canteen is a wonderful way of not only getting to know the school community a little bit more, but also in claiming RC&M hours, and receiving a free delicious lunch for your child/ren. Hours are between 9.30am – 2.30pm. To put your name down on the roster, please contact Amanda at email@example.com or 0411 837 699.
Questacon came to visit this week from Canberra. Students where asked to build Rube Goldberg machines to achieve a simple task in a creative way. They had to use all of the simple machines, levers, pulley, inclined planes to complete a challenge like kick a ball in a cup or drop the rubbish in the bin. Sounds simple but turns out it is quite a challenge, but that is what our students love. All our students were fantastic.
Thank you Questacon!
Year 11 Visual Arts have been busy over the last few months studying street art. Just recently they completed a large mural appropriating the artworks from the Australian artist John Coburn, that has been hung near the Hall. A big thank you to Bunnings for supplying us with the paints. The students have also been pasting up their own artworks around the year 8 and 10 rooms, inspired by New York street artists. Last week they traveled up to the Queensland Art Gallery to view the works of Cindy Sherman and the year 12 art excellence awards. They have also just recently participated in a natural fibers weaving workshop run by Anaheke.
Donations wanted of wool, lace, scrap material, felt, feathers and any material that can be used for weaving for Year 11 Spring Fair sculpture. Please deliver to the Reception or the high school art room. Thank you in advance.
Claire ~HS art teacher
Lisa Romero will be running an Inner Work Path course over the October long weekend. Please click on the link below to view further information:
The term is off to a good start with many really exciting learning activities happening all over the school. The Kindergarten Teachers report that the children have all come back from their three week break having really made a big leap in growth and development. In both the Primary School and the High School, students have enjoyed a trip to the Byron Writers’ Festival as well as competing in the regional Netball Carnival. Recently I hosted morning tea for our wonderful Year 12 students. They are now in their final term at school and all working hard towards the completion of their HSC.
Thank you to the parents who came out to our ‘Parent Engagement’ meeting in week one. I know it isn’t always easy to organise home life to come out on a cold, winter night so I truly appreciate the effort so many parents made. The night began with a presentation of our School Master Plan by Michael Leung. The future plans for our school site and buildings are so exciting and will ensure we can provide the best possible environment for our students and staff.
After the presentation of the Master Plan, we moved into a series of ‘World Cafe’ type discussions with parents moving from table to table to talk about a whole range of issues in relation to parent engagement in learning and the school. The discussions were animated, interesting and provided wonderful insights and ideas. Over the coming months, we will work with the information provided to support stronger partnerships, communication and engagement across our school community.
I understand some parents would have liked to have attended, but were simply unable to do so on the night. With this in mind, we will be presenting two of the questions asked in each of the next few bulletins and providing the opportunity for members of the school community to send in their ideas and thoughts. I would really love to hear from you if you would like to contribute on any of the questions (particularly if you were unable to attend on the night).
I mentioned our visit to the Byron Writers’ Festival a little earlier, I would like to finish by congratulating the amazing High School students who took on the task of being MCs at the event. They researched the authors carefully and spoke intelligently, engagingly and authoritatively in introducing the authors to the audience. I have received feedback that the authors were incredibly impressed and touched by the introductions. Congratulations to the students involved and thank you for so beautifully representing our school. Please see Katie’s report a little further on in the bulletin for additional information.
This term, we would like to warmly welcome the following families to the school:
- The Hart family with Brianna in Cl 5 and Avryl in Yr 9
- The Genis and Tait family with Bodhi in Yr 9
- The Leigh family with Honey in Yr 9
- The Miles family with Phire in Yr 8 and Chilli in Yr 9
- The Whitling family with Serene in Yr 9
- The Dodd family with Jack in Cl 5
- The Brooke family with Kale in Cl 4
- The McKenzie and Lamont family with Mischa in Cl 2 and Dexter in Cl 3
We welcome you to our school community and hope you and your family find your time with us enriching and enjoyable.
Following on from our recent parent engagement evening, we will be including two of the discussion questions from the event in each Bulletin. If you were unable to attend on the night (or if you did attend and have further ideas to add), please feel free to send in any of your thoughts, ideas or comments. All ideas are welcome. The general feeling of the evening was positive, constructive and collaborative and any ideas or suggestions you have would add to the terrific information we have already collected. Please email your thoughts and ideas to principal@http://capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au .
1. How could we support parents to find out more about the ethos/philosophy of the school?
2. What does good quality communication between parents and the school look like in our school setting? How can we do this better?