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From the Principal

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to the new school year. It was just wonderful to see the students all pouring back into the school last week with bright, smiling faces, looking rested, refreshed and ready to learn. It was also wonderful to see the school staff coming back with such enthusiasm for their work with the students at the school after their well earned break.

We started the year welcoming some new (and almost new) teachers to the school. I am sure you will join me in welcoming Jenny (Kindergarten), Anna (Class 1), Paddy (HS Geography), Alix (English) and Phoenix (HS Drama T1). Later in the term we will welcome James (Class 5) and Emily (Kindy) and next term Ben (HS Drama).

It was wonderful to meet with our Class One parents at a morning tea on Tuesday and then our Kindergarten parents on Wednesday morning. The relationship we have with the families within our school community is so important to our work with the students. I really value every opportunity to meet with parents and to strengthen the work we do together. Class meetings are another opportunity for us to come together and I really enjoyed attending part of the Kindergarten and Year 9 parent meetings this week.

Over the holiday break, Gavin and his team were busy working on a range of maintenance tasks across the school. One of the most significant (and beneficial) changes was the addition of a new road surface to the bottom car park. I nervously watched on the first day of school and was really pleased that the dust problem has been very noticeably reduced (there was almost no dust on the day I watched). Fingers crossed that it will stay that way!

Next Tuesday we will be having our first twilight RC&M day. The idea for this was raised in the parent engagement evening we held last year; a number of parents said that Saturdays were busy family or work days and they would like some other options for RC&M events. Our RC&M events are a wonderful opportunity to get involved in the life of the school and contribute to the ongoing care of our wonderful buildings and facilities. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Tuesday. (Yes, Tuesday is St Valentines Day…. what could be more romantic than pulling out weeds together in the garden beds at school!)

I am looking forward to a great term, working together with staff, parents and the broader school community to bring the best possible education to our very precious and wonderful students.

Peace
Nerrida

New Enrolments

We would like to warmly welcome the following students and their families to our School community.

Staff Retreat

Every year, in January, our staff attend the CBRSS staff retreat. During this 2 day event, staff join together for professional learning activities, artistic activities and team building exercises. This is a wonderful way to bring our team together before school begins and a great way to strengthen and develop our relationships and our professional practice.

New Food Policy

Our new updated and Board approved policy is now available on our website.

Canteen News

A BIG THANK YOU to all parents who already registered their name on the canteen roster database and to everyone who has volunteered for a shift/s this term. The Term One Canteen Roster has filled remarkably quickly and it is so greatly appreciated. If you missed out on putting your name down, but would like to help out at some time during the year, please email Amanda at amandaeade55@gmail.com to register your interest. This will enable your email address to go onto the canteen roster database, allowing you to receive emails from the canteen regarding roster availability/cancellations and ongoing updates.

Jacqui Judd Photos

Any outstanding school photos will be delivered to the School next Wednesday.

Did you know

The School has a brand new website, one of the best features is the new Calendar of events which is both beautiful and easy to read, please check it out for updated details of school events and class meetings.

Class 1 Welcome Ceremony

On the first day our Class 1 students were welcomed to Primary School in a beautiful ceremony. Parents watery eyes were blamed on the dust in the air, but we knew better!

 

Primary School dress code

Teachers really appreciate your assistance and support by ensuring your children are following our new dress code. Congratulations and thank you to everyone for embracing it so quickly and graciously. We’re eagerly anticipating the arrival of the new sun hats next week which will remain at school for playtime and excursions.

For those who are still unsure what the dress code is please visit our website.

Sunshadow Slippers

With Sandi Valerio moving away you now need to purchase slippers remotely. Class Co-ordinators note that 20% discount is available for orders of 20 slippers. Bulk discount order forms and brochures are available from Reception or you can email Sandi directly at sandi@sunshadowslippers.com.au or visit the website.

 

Kitchen Garden Program

It’s great to see Class 4 students already hard at work on their Kitchen Gardening program.

French Lessons for Parents

Bonjour chers parents, 

This year once again our school has been accorded a grant for a French language program called “Parental Polyglots”.

The aim of this program is to propose some basic language skills to you parents so that you may understand what your children do during the French language classes. You will also be learning how to get by whilst travelling, how to order “un croissant et un grand café”, how to understand directions, and so many other fun things.

I would like to propose a one hour per week session over three terms; Term 2, 3 and 4.
I suggest Tuesday mornings from 9.15 am to 10.15 am.

I would be very happy to know of your interest to join this session.
Please contact me via email at francoises@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

Merci.
À bientôt.
Françoise*

Bothmer Intensive Tarremah Steiner School

There is an upcoming Bothmer Intensive at Tarremah Steiner School in April.

Registration is closing soon. More details can be found on the listing on the SEA Website, http://www.steinereducation.edu.au/events/intensive-training-bothmer-gymnastics-2/. Please share with those at your school who may be interested in attending.

For more information, please contact John Correy directly, john.correy@tarremah.tas.edu.au.

Violins for Sale

For Sale : 1/2 size, “Ashton” violin with bow, shoulder rest & case .Green . Good for beginners. 120$(negotiable) .

 

For Sale: 3/4 Arioso violin . Purchased in 2014 from “Only for Strings” (for 300$) and used for 1 year only. Excellent condition . Including bow, shoulder rest & case. 200$ . Ronnie 0459398289.

Cello Wanted

If anyone has a cello lying around that is no longer being used I would be interested in purchasing for my daughter who has just started in Class 5. Please contact Chad on 0402685069. Thanks.

Looking for a Home

New CBRSS Class 5 teacher James and family of 5 including two working adults and four awesome children aged 3yrs-15yrs. Looking for a house ready to rent from mid March anywhere within Byron Shire around 20minutes drive to Cape Byron Steiner School 4+ bedrooms… rent $600-$700
Please call if you are looking for excellent long term tenants with outstanding references.

Melanie 0407327812

Sport sign ons

NETBALL
We are having a come and try day on 11 February 2017 at the netball courts Byron Street Mullumimby from 9:00am to 11:00am for those that want to see what netball is all about.

Club Sign On details
Bangalow: Wed 8th & 15th Feb 2017 3.30pm to 5.30pm. Bangalow Bowling Club. For more info Contact Ellie 0429 855 399

Byron Bay: Thur 9th Feb 2017 4pm to 5-30pm at Byron Rec Grounds. For more info Contact Brooke 0418 628 353 Nichole 0427 948 749.
Main Arm: Contact Noreen 0438 181 219 or Sarah 6684 1487 by the 9th Feb 2017.

Mullumbimby: 11th Feb 2017 9 to 11am at Brunswick Byron Clubhouse. For more info Contact Narelle 6684 3870

Ocean Shores: 11th Feb 2017 9 to 11am at Ocean Shores Shopping Village. For more info Contact Joanne 6680 1857 ah or Janine 6680 5067 ah or 0438 649 061
Registration is also available online from 1 January 2017 for ages 5-10 years www.netsetgo.asn.au or 11-100 years www.mynetball.com.au

If you are interested in playing but are unable to attend the Sign on day or unable do your Registration online please contact your club official so you do not miss out.

Thanks

Janine Burger
Secretary
Brunswick Byron Netball Association

BASKETBALL

BYRON BAY JUNIOR BASKETBALL SUMMER 2017 – TERM 1
AUSSIE HOOPS (5-8yr olds) Thursdays 3.30- 4.15pm @ Byron Public School starts 9/02/17
MINIBALL (8-12yr olds) Tuesdays 4-5pm @ Cavanbah Sports Centre starts 7/02/17
PRIMARY SCHOOL BOYS & GIRLS COMPETITIONS- continue until the end of Term 1, please let us know if you have a child looking for a team.
For more information www.byronbasketball.com or ph; 66872246 a/hrs
e-mail, info@byronbasketball.com

SOCCER

Byron Bay FC
2017 Soccer Sign-on

Online Registration – myfootballclub.com.au
Sign-on Sessions – Byron Bay Recreation Grounds
Saturday 11th & 18th Feb 9am-11.30am

Come and join our soccer family for another great season of football. For new and experienced players aged 5 and up, girls and boys. Fun and fitness for the whole family!

Girls only come and try sessions starting wednesday 22nd Feb at 4pm

Grade 12 training and grading starts Tuesday 21st Feb at 4pm

Enquiries – juniors@byronbayfc.com.au or call 0499655928 (after hours only)

Play marimbas!

I’m running a marimba course at my house in Mullumbimby over four Monday mornings this term.
Marimbas are fun, uplifting, and easy to play. All levels of musical experience welcome.
Give me a call on 0419 493386 or 6684 4497 or email me janeaba@bigpond.com
Starts Monday FEB 13TH
cost: $5 per session
Jane Abercrombie

From the Principal

Hello everyone,

We finished our school year on a note of celebration with a wonderful High School showcase night, some very entertaining Class plays, a beautiful Christmas concert and our annual Christmas Market, High School and Primary School celebration outings and a beautiful Kindergarten Christmas Festival. What a wonderful last couple of weeks!

Our HSC students received their results this week and we are very proud of the achievements of each of our students. In a class of 25 students, 14 Band 6 results (over 90) and 61 Band 5 (over 80) results were recorded for the school. Students demonstrated outstanding results in drama, with eight out of 12 students receiving scores of over 90. One of our Drama groups were selected for OnStage, 2016. Visual Art results were also extremely strong with two Band 6 results on top of three nominations to Art Express earlier this term. A number of students also received Band 6 results in English Extension 1 and 2, D and T and PDHPE.

You may have heard one of our students, Jasmine Pierce, interviewed on ABC radio this week after she achieved an exceptional result of a 100% for English Extension 2. Congratulations to Jasmine on this outstanding achievement.

I am very proud of every single one of our HSC students. Not only did they achieve excellent academic results, but they are now ready to step out as self aware, resourceful and resilient young people who have the empathy, skills and initiative to make a positive contribution to the world.

I would like to close the year by thanking our wonderful teaching staff who have worked tirelessly all year to provide outstanding learning opportunities for our students. The depth of the care for their students and their commitment to the highest levels of teaching practice is truly inspiring. I would like to thank all of our support staff for their dedication and professionalism – they provide such wonderful support to our teachers and truly keep the wheels of our school turning! I would like to thank the Management Team, Katie and Teera, for their dedication, support and tireless work to ensure the Primary and High School faculties run smoothly.

Thank you to the Board, with James Dods at the helm, for your support and wise governance. Thank you to Tanja, Lisa and Sarah for your dedication to the Parents and Friends Association and for providing a space for parents to have a real voice in the school.

Finally, thank you to all of the parents in our school community. It is a wonderful thing that we can work in partnership to support and educate these incredible young human beings. It is an honour and a privilege to undertake this task with you.

Please everyone have a safe, joyful and peaceful summer break. I look forward to seeing everyone back at school in the New Year.

Peace
Nerrida