Survey – Please Participate

By now you will have received an email inviting you to take part in a survey which has been commissioned by Steiner Education Australia. Not only will the survey results give a National picture of staff, parents and students’ experience of Steiner education, but our school will also receive the survey results from our school community. This information is very important in helping us to plan for how we can best meet the needs of our community. Please do go and complete the survey (it only takes about 5 minutes) – the more people who complete the survey, the better the data we receive. You can find the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QQTV2R9 Please note that the survey closes on Monday 16th April.

Communication

Reception forms the gateway for initial email communication to the school. When Margaret receives a parent email for a teacher, she forwards the email on to the teacher concerned. If you have a particularly sensitive matter which you would like to communicate to the teacher, you could either send it as an attachment to your email (Margaret does not open these) or you could simply call or email reception and ask them to organise a call-back or appointment with the teacher. If you would like to discuss any broader issues in relation to communication, please don’t hesitate to contact Nerrida by telephone at the school or directly via email principal@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

School Community Conversation Evening

As it is now almost 2 years since we held the wonderfully successful Parent Engagement Evening at the school, we would like to invite members of our school community to attend a School Community Conversation Evening on Monday 14th May at 6.00 pm at the school. Members of the management team will attend and we look forward to having a rich and constructive conversation with the school community about ways we can work together to build and strengthen our beautiful school. We want to hear from you about what is working well and your thoughts and ideas for improvement. Please mark the date in your calendar, we will send further information early next term.

 

What’s Essential: Five Gifts of a Steiner School Education

By Steve Sagarin

(This brief article is based on part of my talk, “What Makes Waldorf, Waldorf? Separating Myths from Essentials and Making the Future Bright,” a keynote address at the annual Governance, Leadership and Management (GLaM) Conference, Steiner Education Australia (SEA), Shearwater, The Mullumbimby Steiner School, NSW, Australia. May 2, 2015.)

A Steiner school gives its graduates—high school graduates—five gifts. Primary school parents and graduates will recognize these gifts, but they will also recognize that they do not come to fruition by 7th or 8th grade.

1.) The first gift is the gift of ideas and ideals.

A Steiner school does not provide beliefs or a worldview. Belief, knowledge, and worldview may be “about” spiritual matters, but are not them. The school provides a pathway or method for discovering profound ideas and ideals, should a student wish later in life to pursue them.
In fact, all we can give with regard to spiritual realities—the realm of ideas and ideals—is a path that can be followed or retraced. In geometry, I can show you how the steps of a proof lead to logical proof, but you must take that final intuitive leap yourself. If you do not “see” that these steps constitute a proof, all I can do as a teacher is retrace the path with you, perhaps using different language or different symbols in order to help you again to the brink of intuitive understanding.

2.) Second, a school addresses its students as developing human beings, beings uniquely capable of inner transformation.

In nature, metamorphoses and transformations are primarily visible. We can see a plant grow from shoot to leaves to flower, each stage presenting unforeseen changes of form. No one looking at a caterpillar for the first time would guess that it will soon be a butterfly. In human life, especially after childhood, transformation and development are not so visible. For Steiner, all cats belong to the same species, but each human being is a species unto himself or herself.

3.) Third, a school introduces students to different ways of knowing and being, three in particular.

(Psychologists recognize these with terms like “cognition,” “affect,” and “behaviour.”) You can know cognitively, you can live in your head. You can contemplate or reflect, observe or compare, analyze or synthesize. These accord most closely with what the world outside a Steiner school means by knowing.
But you can also know with your heart. I call this aesthetic knowing, knowing in which you are awake to beauty, to an ethical understanding, and even to truth. The path to truth may be cognitive, but the recognition of truth is a feeling. Playfulness is the true expression of aesthetic knowing. One way to understand what I mean is to contrast aesthetic knowing with its opposite, “anaesthetic knowing.” Something that anaesthetizes you puts you to sleep—you cannot know anything. The aesthetic awakens you.

Last, you can know in your body and in your senses. Michael Polanyi calls this “tacit knowing,” knowing more than we can say. You can read a book about playing the piano or performing heart surgery, but I hope you would not say after you put the book down that you knew how to do these things.

4.) Fourth, a school can provide profound examples and guidelines for a healthy life with other persons.

If they choose to, Waldorf school graduates know how to care for others in brotherhood and sisterhood, in solidarity. They know how to respect the equality of any man or any woman. They know where their individual freedom lies, the sort of freedom that laws and conventions cannot touch, and how to accord others their own freedom and dignity.

5.) Fifth, students receive a reverence for life and for the world; a concern for the environment, however defined.

I mention this last because as a society we have probably embraced this gift more fully in the past fifty years than we have the others. Any school, any teachers, may give these gifts. But the sad truth is that in our world today only in Steiner schools can you regularly find teachers united in common purpose to give their students as fully and consistently what I have outlined here.

From ssagarin.blogspot.com.au

Why idle moments are crucial for creativity

Our brains are at their most innovative when they are resting, so why aren’t we making time for quiet reflection?

To read more follow this link.

Attention Parents and Staff – Canteen Closed Tuesday 3rd April

Please note on Tuesday (3rd April) after the Easter break, the Canteen will be CLOSED. The Canteen will re open on Wednesday 4 April.

Craig

 

 

Parent guide on Bullying

 

 

Safe on Social Media

Kirra Pendergast is the director of the Safe on Social Media website who recently gave a talk at our school. www.safeonsocial.com

This link takes you to some important insight she shares specifically for parents.

You would be careful in real life, so why not online?

Social Media is viewed by most people as a fun way to share information about themselves, friendships, family and things that happen in their day-to-day lives.

But things can go wrong…

It is important to understand that what you post on social media sites can affect your life both in good ways and bad.

Safe on Social Media guides are available on our website you can find them here 

Child safety

We have recently had an incident where a young child was left in a hot car with the windows wound up in the car park whilst a parent walked a child up to Kindergarten or Class One. Please be aware that it can get extremely hot inside a car which is parked in full sun – and this can quickly become a life-threatening situation. We ask that you take care not to leave any young children in cars whilst dropping off or picking up other children.

Drop Off and Pick Up Zone – Notice for High School Parents

If you are dropping off or picking up your High School students, please use the designated drop-off and pick-up zone. Students only get into cars in the first three spaces at the front of the hall, and when this happens, the line moves fairly quickly. Please don’t park unless you have other business in the school (picking up kindergarten children, Friday Market, appointments etc.) We have had some High School parents stopping to pick up their children in the middle, drive-through lane. This is dangerous and disrupts our flow of traffic. The pick-up zone generally operates smoothly and we usually have all children picked up and gone by about 3 pm.

Thank you to all those parents who are working to ensure the process is as safe and smooth as possible.

Kinder 2019 waiting list closing soon

The waiting list for Kinder in 2019 at CBRSS will be closed from Friday 23rd  March 2018. Any applications received after this for a child eligible for that age group will be added to the list for Enrolment from 2020 and beyond depending on when an opportunity may arise.
If you have a child that you would like considered for Kinder placement in 2019 please complete the online “Intention to enrol form” on our website which can be found via this link, please note that an email will then be sent to you explaining how to make payment from our Enrolments email address, if you do not see this please check your junk/spam mail. The form and payment must be received before Friday March 23rd 2018, no exceptions.
If you have any queries please contact the Enrolments Officer Yvette

Harry Potter- Why we should wait!

Please find  below some links to a couple of very good articles on why it is a good idea for children to wait until they are well into the middle primary school years to start reading Harry Potter.

Increasingly we are experiencing parents of very young children questioning the schools policy on not letting them start reading Harry Potter series until Class 4 and asking for more information as to why it is best to wait. One article suggests that Class 4 age is still considered too young- but they are certainly not for the 6-7 year olds that are wanting to get started.
Harry Potter is a great fantasy but as renowned author and Steiner teacher Horst Kornberger points out “a certain foundation of the soul needs to be established before a child enters the gothic labyrinth of Hogwarts”. The books are based on a mystery novel and emotional suspense. The dark forces are hidden and unscrupulous, and become even more so as the books progress. This is exciting for a teenager but is not appropriate for younger readers who need to know who is good and who is bad so they can orientate themselves in a story. ” H. Kornberger, Story Medicine.

We hope you will find the articles food for thought and help back up our schools policy. Whilst we all appreciate J.K Rowling’s imaginative series (they are well written, entertaining and exciting books) let’s all try and keep them for the appropriate time. We still have high school students enjoying the series and rereading them-they are very quick to report they are glad they waited …

http://capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/New-Tales-for-Old-from-Story-Medicine-by-Horst-Kornberger-1.pdf

https://bookriot.com/2015/08/04/ill-kids-wait-read-harry-potter/

 

Is Your Child Overstimulated from Too Much Screen Time?

A quiz and article to help you identify whether your child is at risk. Suggestions on how to take action and protect your child from too much screen time. Please make time to read.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/mental-wealth/201711/is-your-child-overstimulated-too-much-screen-time

 

 

In celebration of International Women’s day

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2018

The International Women’s Day 2018 campaign theme is #PressforProgress.

Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. There’s a strong call to #PressforProgress motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

Individually, we’re one drop but together we’re an ocean. Commit to a “gender parity mindset” via progressive action. Let’s all collaborate to accelerate gender parity, so our collective action powers equality worldwide.

How will you #PressforProgress in 2018?

Thank you Charlotte for creating a wonderful display in support of this movement, please be sure to visit our library for inspiration!