Ugandan Ubuntu Choir

Last week, our students and some families were very blessed to experience the Ugandan Ubuntu Choir. UBUNTU Choir is a charitable organisation that provides scholarships to vulnerable Ugandan children for education. The touring choir is a fundraising exercise.
The choir was billeted out amongst local families, I wish to extend our thanks for your contribution.

http://www.kwaya.org/UBUNTU2018TOUR.html

Students from classes 3 to 12 received an incredibly dynamic and inspiring workshop performance in which the leaders cracked hilarious jokes, played games and shared culture, language and stories of general life in Uganda. The musicians played traditional drums, danced and sang. It was a vibrant and beautiful experience for all the students, all of us learning two dances and singing along with the Ubuntu Choir.
Janet Swain and Elizabeth Swain (CBRSS Family) facilitate the choir coming to the Northern Rivers area, much respect and gratitude to them and also to Loani for her work on the school end organising the workshop.

Students from the year 9/10 Music Elective course were invited to sing with a massed choir of adults and children to open the UBUNTU choir performance last Thursday night. The project was facilitated by Janet Swain and Tom Whitaker, involving Brunswick Heads Primary School, CBRSS and members of local community choirs. It was such a rich experience for all involved, Women, Men, Youth and Children. We sang four songs, maximum inspirational melodies.
Ubuntu then performed their amazing show to a very packed civic hall in Mullumbimby.
Overall, the immersion of these beautiful humans in our community through billeting, engaging and vibrant workshops at the school and a collaboration with Brunswick Heads Primary School and various community choirs culminating in a performance before UBUNTU played to a packed Civic hall.
Heartfelt thank you to the following people who made this possible. Janet Swain, Elizabeth Swain, Loani McCrae, Matt Gulliford, Tom.

Ensemble Tour 2018

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.

Loani

One of the visitors of the Wayside Chapel sketched this while watching the performance there.

Bush dance 2018

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.

Steiner Education Australia Glam Conference

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.

NESA visit

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.

Autumn Festival 2018

Autumn Pop-up Market Thursday 29th March 2.15pm

For stall enquires please contact Joss – M: 0416 310 110 – Deadline of 23 March 2018.
Join the School community for a seasonal celebration on the afternoon of Thursday 29 March including an Easter Hat Parade, Chai and food stalls plus a Year 11 fundraiser.

Stalls will be open from 2.15 pm for parents to enjoy half an hour before the students finish their school day and join in.

Christmas Market Charity thanks

A very big thank you to CBRSS from The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital for the generous donation of Christmas presents. Your support means we can continue to bring fun, laughter and a helping-hand to children and families in hospital.

Musical Christmas Market 2017

Celebrating Advent

Advent starts this year on Sunday 3rd December and is celebrated for the four Sundays leading up to Christmas until Sunday 24th December. Advent is frequently celebrated by people of every religious background, every faith, every spiritual path as part of the festivals of the cycle of the year.

In the Southern hemisphere, Christmas falls near the Summer Solstice when the light is at its strongest and we celebrate the triumph of light at its greatest point in the yearly cycle. As the year draws to an end we increasingly spend time outside enjoying “the sun in the heavens”. With the long warm days, intense light and balmy nights we are drawn out into the elements rather than into “the sun in our hearts”.

It can be challenging to develop a sense of inwardness, patience and contemplation when the Spirit of the Earth is on its outward breath. To balance this we can consciously choose to “receive the light” and celebrate what is both universally human and universally spiritual. Celebrating Advent can provide an opportunity for some quiet ‘breathing in’ during this outwardly busy time of year and help your children to practice preparation, reverence and patience through the ritual of counting the weeks and days to the special celebratory event. The lighting of candles each week also reflects our own ‘Divine Light’ and helps to bring us a little inward contemplation.

Traditionally Steiner schools and families celebrate Advent by looking each week at the natural kingdoms on Earth: minerals the first week, plants the second week, animals the third week and humans the fourth week ( see verses below).

Here are some ideas that you might like to include in your own advent celebrations:

  

An Advent verse
‘The gift of the light we thankfully take, But not shall it be alone for our sake, The more we give light, the one to the other, It shines and it spreads, growing still further; Until every spark by friends set aflame, Until every heart, the joy to proclaim; In the depths of our souls, A shining sun glows.’

Advent Wreath  – on a special table made with greenery and seasonal flowers, four advent candles to light each consecutive Sunday of Advent.

Advent Garden-assembled and added to each Sunday of Advent with the four kingdoms celebrated each week try adding tiny crushed shells (collected from the beach) in a spiral pattern for the spiral on which Mary and Joseph figures walk.

Advent Crib-a nativity scene of the four kingdoms, adding a different one each of the Sundays- Crystal Kingdom, plant kingdom, animal and human kingdoms.

Advent calendars are available from Rudolf Steiner Bookstore by following this link

Verses for the 4 weeks of Advent

Week 1: Crystal Kingdom
The crystal kingdom comes first and is honoured by decorating the wreath or garden with crystals, seashells, stones or little bones you may find.

Week 2: Plant Kingdom
In the second week the plant kingdom is honoured by adding little dried flowers, seeds and pine cones and greenery.

                     

Week 3: Animal Kingdom
The animal kingdom, in the third week, is honoured by adding little wooden animals or beeswax creatures the children make.

Week 4: Humankind
The fourth week sees us honouring humankind by adding a little felted or beeswax child and figures.

      

Additional Reading:
Our library also has some handouts on making an advent wreath, nature table etc.
Possible stories include The Star Money from the Brothers Grimm, (and if you have the book “Rose Windows”, there is a lovely idea for a window transparency in there); craft ideas in The Children’s Year and Families, Festivals and Food. Other stories include the ones from “The Light In the Lantern: Stories for Advent” from Wynstones Press; Advent Sunday Stories, Collette Leenman; Mary’s Little Donkey, Gunhild Sehlin; Advent and Christmas Stories, Estelle Bryer and Janni Nicol.

The Musical Christmas Market

Class 2 are excitedly preparing for this year’s Musical Christmas Market that will be held in the Hall on 8th December. As the year draws to a close, this is a whole school community event that brings us all together in a festive way and serves as a fundraiser for the school.

Giving Tree
This year’s Giving Tree charity will be for the Lady Cilento Children’s Hosipital. Please could every family could bring a gift for a child (homemade or bought) on the day of the market to be placed under the tree. This would be greatly appreciated.

A Reflection – CELEBRATING OUR INNER LIGHT….
In the Southern hemisphere, Christmas falls near the Summer Solstice, with the light at its strongest, and we celebrate the ‘triumph of light’ at its greatest point in the year.
As our year draws to an end, we increasingly spend our time out in the elements, enjoying ‘the sun in the heavens’. With the long hot days, intense light and balmy nights we are drawn into the elements rather than into ‘the light in our hearts’. It can be challenging to develop a sense of inwardness, patience and contemplation when we and the Spirit of the Earth is on its outward breath. To balance this, we can consciously choose to ‘receive the light’ and celebrate what is both universally human and spiritual.

With very best regards – Class 2 Parents/Guardians

Year 12 2017 Graduation

Congratulations and Farewell to the graduating Year 12 students for 2017. Thank you for all the laughs and making us so proud. Many blessings to you all for a bright and happy future, we will miss you!

Quiet I bear within me.
I bear within myself
forces to make me strong.
Now will I be imbued
with their glowing warmth.
Now will I fill myself
with my own will’s resolve
and I will feel the quiet
pouring through all my being
When, by my steadfast striving,
I become strong
to find within myself
the source of strength
The strength of inner quiet.

Rudolf Steiner

 

Spring Fair 2018 Success

The Class 3 Spring Fair team would like to say a special thank you to all our parents, teachers and students, for your wonderful assistance and participation in this years Spring Fair. The day was a wonderful success!
It was such a joy for us to see all of the amazing performances and poetry, the stalls and activities in full swing and the children enjoying the gorgeous day. We couldn’t have done it without you all and we are very grateful for your contributions. Thank you.

Emma – Spring Fair Coordinator

We would like to give a big thanks to the Head of Science Faculty James Hagger and assistant Shanti Virgona and the Year 8 students who set up the Science Lab’s fabulous experiments at the Spring Fair.

Thanks also to Petra Chaloupka and the students and parents who helped with the vision of the decorations at the Spring Fair. Class 3

 

 

Spring Fair Slam Poetry competition

Winning Entry By Mia Leilani Green

Our Home

Planets circle her,
Spinning, whirring, purring.

Galaxies and universes collide,
They are never ending, limitless, forevers.
That human eyes have not yet spied.

One small planet contains life,
It is filled with hope and strife.

Sounds of hustle and a bustle
Sickness and health.
Crying and laughter
Lives of poverty and wealth.

Many cities and oceans,
Raging fire and rain.
Visions and memories,
Pleasure and pain.

Earth’s oceans are rising,
Her icebergs are melting.
Days will get hotter,
Then will rain come a pelting.

Her resources are precious,
She is running out fast.
We must understand,
Her boat’s led by our mast.

Our Earth,
A nurturing place.
Our home, our space.
Which our hands are destroying,
And our hands they must mend,
Or else it will be our end.

Our Earth,
A living breathing planet,
We are her threat.
We breathe in her air,
We recreate and bear.

Love and Hate,
Chance and fate.
Wild and tame,
Forgive and blame.
Sad and happy,
Captive and free.

Act now,
We have to vow,
That we will,
Not fight and kill
Using our power and will.

She is our world,
Sensitive and unfurled.

Our Earth,
Our Responsibility,

Our Home…