Friendly reminder re School Fees due

Term 2 school fees are due today – Friday 25th May 2018. Thank you to all who have already paid them.

If you haven’t paid for Term 2 yet please address this promptly.

Please remember to include your parent code when paying fees so we can identify you.

Thanks
Julia – Finance Manager

Farewell Malcolm

Our much loved High School Maths teacher, Malcolm left us recently to return to New Zealand. Farewell Malcolm, we wish you much joy and happiness as you begin a new chapter in your life, you will be missed!

New Students

We warmly welcome the following students and their families to the CBRSS Community:

Henry Sweetman Class 4

Aoife Gordos Class 4

Reuben Hardy Class 5

June Sweetman Class 6

Jasmine Jones Yr 8

Elan Derofe-Gallant Yr 9

Finn Morris Yr 9

Welcome to our new German teacher

This term we are really happy to welcome Manuela as our new German Language teacher. Manuela is a very experienced teacher who will bring much warmth, passion and creativity to language classes. From Manuela ….

Guten Tag!

As you may know, the children in Classes 1 – 4 will be learning German from Week 3. My name is Manuela Matheson. I grew up in Germany and have lived in Australia for most of my adult life. I have been teaching German for many years and I very much look forward to getting to know the children and sharing my native language and culture in these beautiful surroundings.

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. The evening will be held in the Movement room and should conclude around 7:30 pm.

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.

 

The Easiest Parenting Strategy That Actually Works: Don’t Get in the Way

Screens vs. Staying Out of the Way
Both of these strategies: showing your child a screen and staying out of the way give the parent some more freedom and flexibility in their day. Parents often turn to screens so that they can get something done or “get a moment’s peace.” However, there is another alternative: insist your child solve the problem independently or play independently whilst you have some time for yourself.

Read the full article here

Car park, school drop-offs & pick-ups

Thank you to everyone, for your patience with our altered drop-off and pick-up arrangements this year. Just a reminder that we ask that parents with children in Classes 3 and above use the drop-off and pick–up system rather than parking to pick up children. We have had a number of cars bogged in the last few weeks because of parents having to park on the grassed areas as there are not enough parking spaces.

Kindergarten parents please note that you must park in the bottom car park, not up behind the kindergarten. Some of the space behind the kindergarten is not our land and we do not have permission for this to be used for drop-offs and pick-ups.

We will be doing work over the holidays to repair the potholes in the bottom car-park and hopefully, with the wet season almost behind us, this will remain in a reasonable condition for a little longer.

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