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From the Principal

Hello everyone,

What a big last two weeks it has been! Last week provided us with a pointed reminder of the power of nature and that we human beings simply can’t control everything.

When we made the decision on Thursday to ask parents to pick up their children early, we did it with the knowledge that this would not be possible for every parent, however it would ensure that as many children as possible could get home before the really wild weather and flooding hit. I would like to thank the parents for responding with such grace and speed to our call. I would also like to thank our Administration Staff and Teachers for supporting this process, the children and our families so well.

As always, no communication is ever perfect. I am aware that some parents didn’t get the text message until much later (we believe the issue was with the telecommunications providers). We texted, emailed and also put an alert on our website. If you are ever in doubt when there is a major weather event, please check our school website as we will always put the up-to-date information there.

I know that some of our staff and families have suffered losses due to the flooding (both at home and in some workplaces). We are working to provide all the support we can to those families. If you have been affected by the flooding, please do let us know so that we can support in whatever way we can.

I hope everyone has a safe, happy (and dry) Easter break. Thank you for a wonderful term of learning and sharing as a school community. I look forward to seeing you all next term.

Peace
Nerrida

Opening hours for the holidays

The School Office will be open to the public Monday to Thursday in week 1 of the Holidays (10.4.2017-13.4.2017) from 10am-3pm. The Office will be closed all of week 2 and re-opens Monday 24th April (closed Tuesday 25th for Anzac day.)

The first day of School is Wednesday 26th of April.

We wish you a happy and safe Holiday and look forward to seeing you then!

Class 4 Easter craft

Flood Relief

If anyone has been affected by flooding and requires assistance or support from the School Community please let Reception know reception@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au. Alternatively if you are having trouble with payment of School Fees please be sure to contact Julia from accounts to discuss your situation accounts@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living. 

– Rudolf Steiner

Welcome to our School Community

We warmly welcome Seraphina Deefholts to Class 1, Coco Neumann to Yr 7 and Phoebe Neumann to Yr 9 along with their family.

CBRSS Study Groups

CBRSS has 2 Study Groups for Term 2, an evening one on Tuesdays and a morning one on Thursday.

For more information on the Evening Group please click here

For more information on the Morning Group please click here

To register please contact Yvette enrolments@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au or phone 02 6639 9302.

“If we do not believe within ourselves this deeply rooted feeling that there is something higher than ourselves, we shall never find the strength to evolve into something higher.”
― Rudolf Steiner

Please support Lily’s cause

Dear parents, students and school community,

My name is Lily, and I am currently in year 10 here at Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School.

I’d like to begin by thanking everybody who has already donated, your contribution has helped to make this happen and I have now put together my first 20 or so #PeriodPacks.

As this will be an ongoing initiative, with packs made up each month your continual donations and support will be very much appreciated.

I am also looking for prizes that I can raffle to fundraise for the cause. So I would also be delighted to receive any donations in this area.

Please read below for the Period Pack story. You can also now follow #PeriodPack on Instagram at @PeriodPack_ and see where your kind donations are going.

Recently I have become aware of groups helping homeless women in big cities, like Sydney, through the distribution of care packages filled with things like sanitary items and a bottle of water. These basics not only help women who are on the streets manage basic hygiene, but also allow them to spend what money they do have on food and other necessities, rather than sanitary products.

Shocked by the realisation that I’ve never really thought about how homeless women manage menstruation, I did some research on whether Byron Bay and surrounds had any similar services. They don’t.
Shocked by the realisation that I’ve never really thought about how homeless women manage menstruation, I did some research on whether Byron Bay and surrounds had any similar services. They don’t.

When you walk around Byron Bay, you don’t see many homeless women; but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. As I read in the Northern Star, “The people you see day to day on the street is by far the minority…The vast majority of ‘hidden’ homeless people include…large numbers of vulnerable women, especially younger single parents, older women, and a large number of women fleeing domestic violence.”

I’d like to help these women, in what ways I can. One of those ways is by giving them clean sanitary items. I hope to make up several care packages and drop them into homeless centres and soup kitchens in Byron Bay and Lismore (to begin with) and hopefully expand from there.

I would very much appreciate any donations, sanitary products or other basic toiletries, such as toothbrushes and deodorant etc, which can be dropped into the office for me to collect.

Thank you,
Lily x

Note from Gavin

Gavin will be away from school until the 30th of May.

Please direct all site related communication to Reception until then.

Yr 12 performing at Bluesfest

Year 12 music students will be performing at bluesfest 12.00 at the juke joint stage on Easter Monday. The students will be performing alongside Byron high and Kadina high as part of the young sounds of Byron. Big thank you to bluesfest for this opportunity.

 

Poem written by Joseph Brookes Yr 11

The In-between – by Joseph Brookes Yr 11

I am the autumn tree,
I live in between.
Like a magician,
I transform my summer coat to announce the oncoming winter,
I give a glimpse of the beauty that lies in between
Creating wonder for children, who, with grateful hearts
Gather my leaf harvest, sharing my rhythm.

The heat of summer’s burning sun,
Is tempered now with a wave of coolness.
As I bare my summer jacket, and prepare
The children don their warmer coats,

My leaves, once a shade of forest green
Colour themselves anew, in deep shades of auburn, reds and golden browns,
Glowing in the autumn sun – the beginning of the in-between,
It’s time to say goodbye to my friends who have kept me company through the heat.

My new jeweling now begins to fall
Like coloured confetti, onto the ground
Leaving me to hibernate, alone
I wait now in-between.

Picture is of Kindy Rose’s Seasonal display

Excursion to Dorroughby Education Centre

Classes 3 and 6 took a trip back in time on their visit to Dorroughby Education Centre. The staff there shared their knowledge of the Big Scrub rainforest of this region and the useful plants that can be found in it, such as the ‘Red Gold’ that was harvested in the 1800’s. We looked at an old crosscut saw and saw photos of the Cedar getters – it was a hard life back then.
One of the highlights of the day was an experience of life in an 1800’s schoolhouse. The children lined up and presented their hands for inspection by their ‘teacher’ then marched into the schoolhouse to practice copperplate writing on slates. They recited some proverbs, dressed up in old fashioned clothing, stitched a sampler, and practiced adding pounds, shilling and pence. Our teacher, ‘Ma’am’ was very strict but fortunately no one got the cane on the day.
In the afternoon Class 6 learned about the formation of rocks and minerals whilst Class Three made damper scones and helped to churn butter. There was enough for everyone to have afternoon tea followed by a few old fashioned relay games altogether.
It was a a beautiful sunny day and the children thoroughly enjoyed chatting and playing with their buddies and classmates.

Cl 3 & 4 visit to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

On Tuesday this week, class 3 and 4 braved those heavy rain clouds and ventured off to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Thanks to our Currumbin Wildlife Ambassador, Ned in Class 3, we were invited to visit the sanctuary for free. We started the day up at the Discovery Den for an educational talk. Here we got to meet, learn about and pat ‘Wattle’ the elegant stick insect, ‘Turtle’ the Echidna and a VERY big beautiful python!
From there we ventured on to the Free Flight Bird Show where we encountered some magnificent birds such as the barking owl, the black kite and the wedge-tailed eagle. As our adventure continued, we met lots of very cute koalas, kangaroos, reptiles and some hungry crocodiles!
We all arrived back safe and sound, much drier than we’d expected to and with LOTS of wondrous animal tales to tell. A big thank you to our lovely parent helpers Nadine and Cindy for coming along.

CBRSS Bush Dance 2017

Our annual BUSH DANCE will be Friday May 26th – mark it in your diaries!

Art Makes Sense

Looking for a Steiner inspired gift or toy?

Art Makes Sense

A beautiful array of quality art and craft supplies as well as Steiner based toys are available online
at Mercurius’s Art Makes Sense http://www.art-makes-sense.com.au

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

 

Silversmithing Term 2

CBRSS online Community Noticeboard

Looking for ideas for the Holidays? Have you seen our new Online Community noticeboard yet? We have lots of new things going up all the time please check it out here.

 

From the Principal

Hello everyone,

It was wonderful to see so many of you at our beautiful Autumn Festival this week. Our festivals are all really special and are truly the place where the fabric of our school community is woven together. It is heartwarming to see all of our students, from Kindergarten to Year 12, joining together to celebrate. Our Year 12 students gracefully, and at times playfully, held the space on centre stage, whilst the Kindergarten children were totally captivated by the music and verses. I particularly enjoyed watching the senior students helping our younger students with the dancing on the green.

Autumn is a time when we feel a change in the air, in the quality of light and in the temperature. With this change, we start the process of ‘coming in’ from our outer experience of the summer months (think of how we feel at those summer bbqs, picnics and beach visits). As we begin a more inward journey, we ‘meet ourselves’ and have a quieter and more direct experience of our own thoughts and feelings as we experience the world. This can make us feel a bit uncomfortable, a bit grumbly, a bit disconcerted. As teachers, we often notice this in the playground – the level of dispute and playground squabbles can rise during the autumn months. With this change and this unsettled feeling, comes the call to find that part of ourselves that is brave and true, which knows what is right and is willing to stand tall and strong in this knowledge. This is the part of us which has courage, empathy and clarity.

The call of autumn, is the call to find and work with the understanding of what is good and true which we each hold within ourselves. I would like to close this week with a quote from Sven Lorentson, a priest from the Christian Community in Oslo, Norway.

“In our time we can see, above everything else, the individual human being’s capacity for freedom. We are continually presented with new problems, which we have to make decisions about and develop a stance in relationship to ourselves. Because there are no longer any hard and fast moral rules or clear ethical guidelines that can help us, the impulses for right deeds have to be brought out from within ourselves: What we in the moment can see and feel as right and true.”

Peace
Nerrida

Safe movement to and from School

Drop-off and pick-up times are very busy in our school. We have approximately 370 students moving on or off the site within a relatively short period of time. This means groups of children needing to get to and from their bus lines and off and on their buses as well as a number of cars coming and going from our car park with adults and children walking all through the school.

We roster teachers on in the high traffic areas of the school to manage this as safely as we can and we also rely on members of our school community to help make this a smooth and safe transition.

We ask that parents dropping off or picking up young children (primary school aged children) keep these children with them and under their direct supervision whilst moving to and from the carpark. Children up to Class 3 age should be holding an adult’s hand as they cross the carpark to their car (we have witnessed several near misses where young children have run unaccompanied across the car park).

The top carpark is only for bus drop-offs and pick-ups. It is not a pedestrian zone and our bus drivers are not expecting that there will be cars or pedestrians moving through this area. All parent drop-offs and pick-ups must occur from the bottom car park. This includes for Kindergarten children.

Finally, please don’t choose the bottom car park area as the place for a social chat. This is a high volume traffic area and children who are not being actively supervised here are at real risk.

Your help in keeping the transitions in and out of school as smooth and safe as possible is very much appreciated.

CBRSS Study Group

CBRSS has 2 Study Groups for Term 2, an evening one on Tuesdays and a morning one on Thursday.

For more information on the Evening Group please click here

For more information on the Morning Group please click here

To register please contact Yvette enrolments@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au or phone 02 6639 9302.

“If we do not believe within ourselves this deeply rooted feeling that there is something higher than ourselves, we shall never find the strength to evolve into something higher.”
― Rudolf Steiner

Waldorf 100 – The Film

This film was made as part of the lead-up the celebration of 100 years of Steiner Education in 2019. It is a fantastic film you can see it here.

 

Autumn Festival

AUTUMN by Michael Leunig

We give thanks for the harvest of the heart’s work;
Seeds of faith planted with faith;
Love nurtured by love;
Courage strengthened by courage.
We give thanks for the fruits of the struggling soul,
The bitter and the sweet;
For that which has grown in adversity
And for that which has flourished in warmth and grace;
For the radiance of the spirit in autumn
And for that which must now fade and die,
We are blessed and give thanks.
AMEN