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From the Principal

Hello everyone,

This term seems to have flown by and we are now nearing the term break. There has been a lot of activity around the school in the last two weeks and I think our teachers and students are all looking forward to having a chance to rest and recharge.

Over the last week or so I have had the joy of meeting with the members of the Student Representative Council in the High School as well as having morning tea with our HSC students. It is always so enjoyable to spend time with our students, listening to what matters to them and watching them show their own form of leadership within the school. It is such a privilege to witness these young people growing and developing as they learn.

Some of you may know that this Tuesday was World Autism Day. As with all schools, we have a number of students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I would like to honour all of the amazing incredible people who live life on the autism spectrum. I would also like to honour all the incredible mums, dads, grandmas, grandpas, aunties, uncles and cousins who know the challenge AND the joy of loving that special person. I honour the teachers who love and care for these students and who learn so much from them.

I thought I might share with you a personal account of autism – a quite common disorder which is often misunderstood.

My understanding of autism comes from my incredible, beautiful, wise, intelligent, gentle, caring grandson. Eli (pictured with me below) is one of the most beautiful human beings I have ever met. He sees and experiences the world in a way which is so unique and special – he reminds me every day that my way of seeing and experiencing the world is just one way… not the only way. When Eli came into the world, I discovered a whole new world of love – I wouldn’t want to change who he is for anything. He is brave and strong, thoughtful and determined and his smile melts my heart.

If you want to know just a tiny bit of what it feels like for someone with autism… this description is inspired from a talk Eli gave last year when he stood in front of his whole school and talked about autism ……

Sit quietly for a minute and listen to every different sound you can hear – the fridge humming, the car going past, the cricket whirring in the garden, the bird chirping, the clock ticking, your breathing…. the longer you listen the more you will hear. Then do the same with your hearing and your seeing. For most of us, we filter a huge percentage of the sensory input coming in so that we don’t notice it – it’s just too much. We only notice it when we really concentrate. For a child with autism, the filtering system doesn’t work – so every impression is there for them all the time. When the input is just too much (sensory overload), they can have a “meltdown” – it looks like a temper tantrum or bad behaviour, but it isn’t…. it is the child trying to deal with the absolute sensory overload they are experiencing.

You may have noticed an autistic person “stymming” – performing a repeated action like rocking, tapping, flicking etc., (Eli paces up and down and flicks his hands). This behaviour helps the child to filter out the sensory input – it calms it down a bit. This is a coping mechanism and it works for them (so we really shouldn’t try to get them to stop it … unless they are hurting themselves or others by doing it).

I hope that in sharing just a little from my experience with my grandson, I might have given you some insight into the worlds of those in our community who live with the autism spectrum disorder.

In closing, the P&F held their AGM this week. Sarah Sykes stepped down from the Executive after many years of dedication and hard work. Thank you Sarah for everything you have contributed to the P&F and the school. Michelle Ruthven was re-elected to the executive and joined by Felicity Davies and Gladys De Swart-Pages. Thank you to the parents who attended on Monday and special thanks to Michelle, Felicity and Gladys for being willing to lead our wonderful P&F.

Have a restful and healthy break everyone,

Peace
Nerrida

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Alert

There have been confirmed cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in persons that attend Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School.

Pertussis caught at school can spread to any other members at home. Coughing spreads the infection to others nearby. Pertussis can be especially dangerous for babies.

Pertussis starts like a cold and progresses to bouts of coughing that can last for many weeks. Older children may just have a cough that is persistent and is worse at night. The infection may also occur in fully vaccinated children.

What should people sick with pertussis do?
Pertussis is readily spread from an infected person to others by coughing and sneezing. If left untreated, it can be spread for up to three (3) weeks after the start of the infected person’s cough.

Do not attend work, school or a childcare facility if you or any household members:

• Have a cough as described above. Please see your doctor.
• Are being tested for Pertussis by your doctor and waiting for test results.
• Are being treated with antibiotics for whooping cough for at least five (5) days after starting the
medicine

Keep coughing children away from babies.

Pertussis vaccines give good protection against infection but immunity fades. If your school-aged child has younger siblings, it’s a good idea to check that they are up to date with their vaccines.
Information about this infection is available on NSW Health website here

Mosquitos

It’s that time of the year again when the mozzie population increases and we see more ticks in the environment. This is a feature right across our Shire, not just at school. Whilst we take what action we can at school to minimise the risk, you can also support your child by sending along an insect repellent which you are happy for your child to use. Whilst we do have some repellant at school, we are aware that parents have different preferences for choice of product – for this reason, we ask you to send along a repellant of your choice if you would like your child to have some extra protection at school.

Would you like to vote at our AGM or be elected to the CBRSS Board?

As you may be aware, the school holds its Annual General Meeting in May each year. The Board works with governance aspects of the school such as strategic planning and ensuring the school is financially viable and able to operate into the future. The Board is comprised of a number of elected Directors (elected at the AGM by members of the company) as well as some Board appointed Directors. The Board welcomes enquiries from anyone interested in becoming a Director in the future. Anyone wishing to stand for election or vote at the election must be a member of the company. The Board has one more meeting before the AGM and thus any applications for membership must be received by this date. If you would like to vote at the AGM or stand for election and you are not already a member of the company, please contact the office to ask for an application form. Applications must be received by Tuesday 9th April in order to be processed in time for the AGM in May. For enquiries about joining the Board, please contact the Chair of the Board at steveh@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

Unidentified money received

A payment was received on the 18th of March in the School Bank Account with an unidentifiable comment.

If you made this payment please contact our Finance Office Ph: 02 6639 9304 or email: finance@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

Please remember to include your parent code when paying fees so we can identify you.

Waldorf 100 Postcards

The first Waldorf school (Steiner School) was founded in Stuttgart in 1919. Today there are over 1,100 Waldorf schools and almost 2,000 Waldorf kindergartens in some 80 countries around the globe.

To commemorate 100 years of Waldorf education Steiner/Waldorf Schools around the world have been participating in a Postcard Exchange. Every school has been sent blank, pre-addressed postcards and they have been slowly but surely making their way around the world since April 2017. Each postcard carries an individual design from a young person, telling or showing something about its place of origin. Below are some of the postcards that we have received.

Help needed for Jamaii’s Tobias project

CBRSS presents The Kingdom of Childhood

From 2020 onwards, it is a condition of Enrolment that within 12 months of your child joining the CBRSS Kindergarten that at least 1 parent from each family completes The Kingdom of Childhood lecture series with Nerrida. For this reason, we will be offering both a daytime and an evening course each year, details are below.

Places are limited so register quickly to avoid disappointment.

Please register by emailing our Enrolments Officer Yvette enrolments@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

Adult Eurythmy Classes at CBRSS

CBRSS is excited to have Eurythmy again, don’t miss your chance to find out what it’s all about!

New local slipper supplier approved for CBRSS

I was inspired as a local Steiner Mother, to offer an affordable and sustainable choice in slippers, so I created ‘Upcycled Slippers’. They are durable and have a unique design, which I hear the children love too!.. Plus pull tags for little fingers independence. I also offer a foot measuring service, another bonus of buying local! Come and peruse my Facebook page, you can order there, and see how I hand-make Slippers all the colours of the rainbow…

Introductory Offer: Adult Sizes at Children’s Prices!

If you’d like to chat feet, you can call me, Karena on 0431 458 953. Website Coming soon upcycledslippers.com

Check out Mercurius for beautiful gifts

Are you looking for quality art and craft supplies or a Steiner inspired gift or toy?

A beautiful array of quality art and craft supplies, as well as Steiner based toys and lovely gifts, are available online at Mercurius http://www.mercurius.com.au/

Enter the promotional code: FRIENDCBRSS and 15% of the sale will also go towards P&F fundraising!

MERCURIUS AUSTRALIA

Nurturing the Senses | Fostering Creativity | Nourishing Imagination

Our vision is to support healthy development for children and all ages through education, art and play. We partner with socially and environmentally conscious businesses to offer products of aesthetic beauty, outstanding craftsmanship, quality and durability.

I Don’t Want Parents to Feel Guilty, I Do Want Them to Trust Their Child More

Limiting screen time or even going full bore screen free has been equated with some kind of super-involved, activity-curating parenting. If you walked into my home, you would know this is quite a myth.

We may have more “messes” and odd “junk” lying around than the average family, but perhaps less parent involvement. I do love to play with my kids and do it quite often. But, my husband and I both work, I run every day, we always cook at home and like to talk to each other once in a while. That means I cannot possibly be playing with my children all the time.

Being Screen Free Doesn’t Mean I Don’t Take Time for Myself

“I need a moment’s peace,” or “I refuse to feel guilty about screen time when it’s the only way to make dinner,” imply that those parents who don’t utilize screens in this way take no time for themselves. I think it’s quite the opposite.

It’s actually rather narcissistic to believe that we are the center of our child’s universe. We are critically important, but make no mistake, your child is the center of their world.

Let me also say that I bear no grudge or judgment against parents who do use screen time in a limited fashion for specific purposes. However, I do disagree with the idea that it is typically necessary.

Being Screen Free Does Mean I Trust my Child

When I go for a run, do yoga, make dinner, read, talk to my husband, filter through permission slips and bills, or any other activity that requires my full attention, I trust my child to find something to do. This is called “self-directed play” and it means that I recognize the need to get out of my child’s way, at times. I think this sends a very different message than handing over a screen when I cannot pay attention. To me, handing over the screen seems kind of apologetic, “I’m so sorry I can’t pay attention to you. Because I feel guilty about that, here’s some curated, highly engaging content so you don’t have to be aware of my lack of attention”

I want my child to know I cannot pay attention to them sometimes. I want them to sometimes struggle with that. I want them to know that I believe they can do it. They can handle the struggle. They can find something interesting and creative to do that is far better than anything I could curate for them. I want them to have continuous small exposures to negative emotions (jealousy, boredom, loneliness), so they do not feel the need to distract themselves from these emotions later in life.

Read the full article at Screen Free Parenting here

Why Kids Need Wilderness And Adventure More Than Ever

Let your kids be wild.

These days, our kids’ lives are overscheduled, filled with pressure, and can be pretty intense. School, homework, sports and/or other extracurricular activities fill the week and often consumes many weekends as well. We all can feel like there is no time left to fit anything else in. There has to be. Our younger kids and teenagers need wilderness and adventure in their lives and who better to model it to them than us, their parents. I would actually argue that it is more important than a lot of the scheduled activities we have them in now. Wilderness and adventure will help develop them into well-rounded young adults.

Read the full article here

Class 5 India day

Year 11 Photography Outcomes

PHOTOGRAPHY and EYE MAKEUP: By Ella Whitaker
MODEL: Aaron

CONCEPT and PHOTOGRAPHY by Phoebe Campbell
MODELS: Amber and Romy

CONCEPT and PHOTOGRAPHY by Kaia Neale
MODEL Sophie Stevens

CONCEPT and PHOTOGRAPHY: Anais
MODELS: Ella and Tilka

CONCEPT and PHOTOGRAPHY: Phoebe N
MODELS: Romy, Oden and Amber