Halloween

At school, we don’t celebrate Halloween and at home, there can be tremendous pressure to join in trick and treating, even if it doesn’t wholly match your family values, we warmly encourage you to withstand this pressure and instead find inspiration below to celebrate with reverence.
In ancient times Halloween was believed to be the time when the veil was thin between the world of the living and the world of the dead. Our ancestors could return to visit us, to give help and advice. People set lights in the hollowed out turnips to guide the spirits of the dead, and put out food as an offering. You no doubt have noticed that in modern times a materialistic aspect has crept in and celebrating and honouring our ancestors has been lost.
We’d like to offer some other ways to acknowledge this festival day and to have a wholesome and in context opportunity to discuss death and family ancestors.
  • Create a family altar: symbols of the season, pictures of beloved dead relatives and special things that may have belonged to them. In Mexico during the Day of the Dead, altars are made for particular family members and include their favourite food and objects of theirs, alongside cut out paper stars, clay figures and bread shaped like people.
  • Tell a story, one that you could repeat every Halloween, for example, Vasilisa a Russian Fairy Tale that includes that old witch Baba Yaga or the Little Hobgoblin which you will find by following this link.
  • Have an Ancestor Feast – prepare a meal that is traditional in your family from your heritage. Before you eat you can take a little from each dish and put on a plate in front of the picture of your relatives.
  • After the feast, or around the altar, you could light a candle,  sit back and tell a story about your ancestors. This could be a personal story about someone in your family or a traditional folktale or myth. You could pass around photos and recall memories. Who were your ancestors? Where did they come from? Did you ever meet your grandparents or great-grandparents? Talking about where we come from instils a sense of belonging and security in the children and also gives a healthy context to acknowledging death.
  • Baking and craft opportunities include carving turnips and pumpkins, making apple chains to represent the Isle of Apples (Celtic tradition) or have a go at making sugar skulls.
Halloween provides a wonderful opportunity to connect in meaningful and reverent ways both as a family and to our heritage.
For more information about Halloween and it’s true significance please read the article further along in this Bulletin.

Spring Fair 2018

The magic of Spring at CBRSS

A special kind of harmony between our animals, humans and land.

Spring is coming, spring is coming
birdies build your nest.
weave together straw and feather
doing each your best.
Spring is coming, spring is coming
flowers are waking, too.
daisies, lilies, and daffodils
now are coming through.
spring is coming, spring is coming
all around is fair.
shimmer, glimmer on the meadow,
joy is everywhere.

HSC Showcase 2018

HSC Showcase

Spring Fair: 2 Weeks Away!

Thank you to everyone who has been out there selling raffle tickets, donating to Silent Auction and White Elephant. Your support and contributions are greatly appreciated.

As the Fair is just around the corner we thought we would provide a helpful checklist highlighting what to bring and when!

Before Spring Fair:

  • Raffle Tickets: please continue to sell and return any unsold tickets to reception by 18th September.
  • White Elephant: donations will be taken right up until the 20th Sept. Please bring clothes, toys, books, small gadgets etc to Class 3
  • Produce: donate any preserves, pickles, jams, sauces to box outside Class 3
  • Craft Stall: want to see your craft at the Spring Fair? Ring Kylie on 0433 176 895

Day of Spring Fair:

  • Cake: Each family is to bring a cake for the High School cake stall. Please deliver to stall on the day.
  • Foliage: Flowers and vines, please bring any from your garden and deliver to garland stall.
  • Produce: Any fresh produce like eggs, veggies etc can be delivered to stall on the day.

Set Up Day – Friday 21st Sept – if you are available, please come along and help Class 3 set up for the Fair. We’d love your help.

And remember our popular High School Song Writing Competition is open to High School students in the Northern Rivers region. For more info please follow this link.

Again, thank you for all your support in making this a magical Spring Fair.

Class 3 Spring Fair Team

Spring Fair 2018

The theme this year is “Celebration” – celebrating Spring, our school, our 30th birthday, the new innovation building, students past and present. There will be special events through the day including a special opening ceremony and a naming ceremony for the new building. There will be plenty of things for you, your friends and families to enjoy so please share the festival date with them too. We are very excited to be creating this year’s Spring Fair and we look forward to sharing it with you all.

As you know, creating the Spring Fair takes all of us as a community to come together and offer our time, skills, talents and love. Below are all the ways you can get involved and join in the fun.

Raffle Tickets

The Spring Fair is an opportunity for us to raise much needed funds for the school, funds will go towards music and sports equipment and helping to complete the walkway from the Innovation Centre.

This year we are focusing on selling complete raffle booklets (to the 1 person/family) for just $20 and we have 4 fantastic prizes for the students that sell the highest number of complete books! 2 x Private Circus Classes and 2 x Book Vouchers Prizes

Please give the complete raffle books to Reception and accept a crystal as a thank you and feel free to collect more! Every single raffle ticket sold counts and is a big help in our fundraising efforts.

Silent Auction

We are currently seeking donations for the Silent Auction, if you would like to offer a donation please contact – Jen Henderson0413057600/ jennyahenderson@me.com

White Elephant

Time to spring clean your wardrobe! We ask that you start considering an early ‘spring clean out’ for quality items you would be happy to donate such as clothing, toys, small furniture items, kitchen gadgets and books. Please note that we don’t want any junk or electrical items, (what doesn’t sell we pack up and get rid of which is very time/energy consuming).

Please bring your donations to Class 3 – there will be a White Elephant Box. Should you require any assistance please contact Rachel 0439 382657

High School Song Writing Competition

Once again we will be running the songwriters competition which is open to all High School students in the Northern Rivers region.

There are some amazing prizes to be won, so get your creative juices flowing! See flyer for details.

The Produce Stall

This year Class 3 is focusing on fermentation and will be creating a number of goodies for the produce stall. If you are creating fermented produce or have been busy creating wonderful preserves this winter and would like to donate some to the produce stall we would be happy to accept any sauerkraut, jams, preserves, pickles, sauces etc. .. YUM!

Craft Stall Cooperative

Craft Group would love to invite creative parents and students to sell their craft at the Spring Fair. Please ring Kylie Clark on 0433 176 895 or see flyer for more details. We look forward to hearing from you!!

Class Stalls

Supporting your class activity is very important and adds to the specialness of the Spring Fair. Please ensure you help your class with the preparations and sign up for rosters on the day. Your help makes the world of difference!

Calling all Alumni

Calling all parents who are past students of Cape Byron to get in touch to help provide material for our media project that documents the history of our school. This might include old photos, video footage and a willingness to give a short interview so we have anecdotal snippets. 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.

If you are willing/able to help out and share your school experiences and photos please contact Suzanne (0428 731 921/ suzanneflowerday@gmail.com)

We look forward to co-creating and sharing this wonderful day together.

The Spring Fair Team

Calling all Alumni

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/ suzanneflowerday@gmail.com ) 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!!

Suzanne Flowerday
(2018 Cape Byron Spring Fair Team)

Spring Fair 2018

Calling all Alumni

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/ suzanneflowerday@gmail.com ) 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!!

Suzanne Flowerday
(2018 Cape Byron Spring Fair Team)

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.