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…

Ocean Shores Art Expo

Each year Cape Byron Steiner School enters many artworks into the Schools Section of the Ocean Shores Art Expo. This Exhibition offers a unique opportunity to showcase our art from our Primary and High School to a wider public. The genres are in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography and sculpture.
The staff at Ocean Shores Art Expo are always so appreciative of our participation and remarking that the level of art from our school is extremely high if not the best of all schools participating.
This year, the most visibly recognized art work was a self portrait in willow charcoal and white pastel done in the Drawing Elective by Thomas Pierce Year 9 which gathered tremendous accolades from the visiting public. It won him First Prize in the category of Drawing entered by many High Schools in the area. There were Second prizes and a host of Highly Commended awards from different categories by our students from the Primary and High School.
Congratulations to all our Teachers and participating students especially Thomas Pierce.

Eleni Mann – Specialist Art Teacher in High School and Primary.

Self Portrait Thomas Pierce First Prize at Ocean Shores Art Expo

Spring Fair ~ 16 September, 2017

Spring clean and donate to the White Elephant and Book Swap stalls

First day of spring today and it’s perfect weather to put your spring cleaning gloves on and sort our those boxes of items never used. We have set up tables outside Class 3 for all donations of quality clothing, brick-a-brac, toys and more for our White elephant stall, which this year will be in the hall. For bulky items like furniture, please put outside Gavin’s shed or contact recepiton to make arrangement for delivery.

Our charity stall this year will be a Book Stall up on the green. Donate your books (again outside Class 3) and we can raise money for the Y PROJECT, The Y Project is a gifted service to support any young person 16 to 26 years old, who wants to engage in their development and/or their place in their community.

Craft Stall Co-operative 

We are finalising our applications for the craft co-operative. If you wish to sell your handmade products at our Spring Fair, please ring Kylie Clark on 0433 176 895 or request an application form from reception.

Raffle Tickets

Students and parents are reporting that our prizes for this year’s raffle is making it easy to sell tickets. We have many student requests for more books to sell, so please return your tickets as soon as possible so can guarantee we have enough to sell at the Fair.

There is also some healthy competition from the high school students to win some of these great prizes by selling raffle tickets to at sporting events and local community. Remember there are three prizes to win for a high school student who sells the most tickets.

Silent Auction Stall

If you have something of worth to donate to the Silent Auction, please bring it into reception or contact Dougal dougal.may@gmail.com if you have a voucher to donate.

Donations welcome for our Produce Stall

If you have preserves, jams, pickles, sauerkraut, sauces, seedlings, plants, seeds. Bring them up to the office, or email Nadine nadinezahura@gmail.com if you have bulk items to donate.

Can you lend these items for the Spring Fair?  Coat racks and hangers for the White Elephant stall (these can be returned if labelled) – Email Fiona- leitrim5@bigpond.net.au

Calling all HS Students – Performance Poetry Competition

We are happy to announce former student Jasmine Pierce (read post later in the bulletin) will be a guest judge at The Spring Fair for our Short Form Performance Poetry Competition, along with published poetry author and recent Byron Bay Writers Festival guest Lisa Brockwell and our own Deputy Principal Katie Biggin.

Spring Fair update

  • Craft Stall Co-operative 
    We would love some more applications for our craft co-operative. This is where parents can participate at our beautiful craft stall to sell your handmade products at our Spring Fair.
    Please ring Kylie Clark on 0433 176 895 for more details or request an application form from reception.

  • Advertise with us

If you would like your businesses to appear on our double page spread ad in the Echo, September 13th, we have a couple of spots left. Please call Anna Watson 0410 007 144 to book in your preferred spot. Ad sizes available: 58 x 85 – $150, 88 x 85 – $225, 118 x 85 – $300. Artwork for the Ad would be due by the 31st of August. If you don’t have artwork for your business, The Echo have kindly offered to design the ad for free.

  • Class stalls and activities

By now your class coordinator would have emailed directions for the activity you class is responsible for at the fair. Please assist your coordinators by responding to emails and signing up for rosters promptly. Your help makes the world of difference!

  • Raffle Tickets

Primary school students were given books of raffle tickets to sell this week with a gift for every child who returns a book sold. The primary student who sells the most books will receive a gift voucher from Crystal Castle.

For High School students we have extended the invitation to participate in our biggest fund raiser of the year. We will reward the top three sellers of tickets in the high school with the following prizes.

  • First prize: $50 to spend at Treehouse on Belongil PLUS from the good people at Skullcandy a pair of Uproar Wireless Headphones
  • Second and third prize: Uproar Wireless Headphones

If it is unlikely that your family will find time to sell the tickets you have been allocated, we would very much appreciate it if books of tickets could be returned as soon as possible so we can give them to student wishing to sell more books.

  • Silent Auction Stall

We would like to invite our school community to donate a ‘new’ item to the Silent Auction. If you have a donation for our Silent Auction table at the Fair, please email Dougal dougal.may@gmail.com or reception.

Thank you Tanja Nelson for donating this handmade crochet 100% pure wool long vest. Make sure you stop by and bid on it at the Silent Auction stall.

 

A big thank you to the students and parents who have already donated to the jewellery drive. Remember we would love all types of jewellery: contemporary, junk, retro, costume, the odd single earring. Drop it into this box found at reception.

  • Donations welcome for our Produce Stall

If you have preserves, jams, pickles, sauerkraut, sauces, seedlings, plants, seeds. Bring them up to the office, or email Nadine nadinezahura@gmail.com if you have bulk items to donate.

  • Can you lend these items for the Spring Fair?

For the White elephant stall – Coat racks and hangers (these can be returned if labelled) – Email Fiona- leitrim5@bigpond.net.au
For our Garland stall – A tee pee, rugs and cushions – email Oren orensiedler@gmail.com

A Good News Story

During NAIDOC Week last term, The Great Book Swap raised $160 which has now been received by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.