Dear School Community,
You may or may not be aware that this year marks the 30th anniversary of Cape Byron Steiner School. To acknowledge and celebrate this, we are wanting to collate material that the high school students can use for a media project that documents the history of the Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School over the last 30 years. The presentation will be showcased at this year’s Spring Fair in the new High School Building.
So this is an appeal to all parents who are past students of Cape Byron to get in touch to help provide material for this fabulous project. This might include old photos, video footage and a willingness to give a short interview so we have anecdotal snippets. We are hoping to get a diverse range of material that documents the entire period starting with the founders of the school!
If you are still in touch with friends who have moved away and feel they would also be willing to contribute please pass this on to them (there is a link at the bottom of the Bulletin email to “forward to a friend”). This is a great opportunity to have the Cape Byron Alumni Network creak into motion and give back to the school. We need to get the ball rolling as the students will need to start putting the material together early in Term 3.
So if you are willing/able to help out and share your school experiences and photos please contact Suzanne (0428 731 921/ firstname.lastname@example.org ) and we’ll take it from there.
At the moment we are just trying to get a list together of willing contributors.
You may wish to visit the “Our History” page of our website for some inspiration, you will find it here.
Many thanks and looking forward to receiving a flurry of texts, emails and phone calls from people I don’t know!!
(2018 Cape Byron Spring Fair Team)
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.
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.
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.
One of the visitors of the Wayside Chapel sketched this while watching the performance there.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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