Claim your lost property

Please check the reception window for smaller items of lost property. We have a lovely collection of glasses, keys, jewelry, wallets, violin bow, drink bottles, knitting, watches, diaries.

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While you there, take a look in the wooden chest outside reception which is overflowing with jumpers and jackets at the moment.

Change to the Primary School Dress Code

The proposed additions are listed in bold italics below. We welcome your feedback to the proposed change so that we can consider all views before making a final decision. Send feedback to info@http://capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

  • Clothing should suit the season. Please provide spare clothes in rainy weather.
  • Plain coloured clothing made of natural fibres is recommended.
  • No black clothing or clothing with printed images, messages or slogans.
  • Top must be a short or long sleeved plain t-shirt of a single rainbow colour or a CBRSS t-shirt
  • Clothing should allow freedom of movement (consider bike pants or shorts under skirts to support this).
  • Strong, supportive, flat-soled shoes in winter and autumn and shoes or sandals in summer or spring.
  • Thongs, ‘Crocs’, Ugg boots and fashion shoes are not suitable for school.
  • Shoes should be suitable for nature walks and sport.
  • Soft-soled slippers for indoor use.
  • Broad-brimmed CBRSS school hat must be worn for outdoor play.
  • Hair longer than shoulder length must be tied back at all times.
  • Jewellery kept to a minimum. Earrings to be simple studs or sleepers only. No make-up.

The changes are planned to come into effect at the beginning of next year.

2017 Term Dates

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This information can always be found on our school website

Repair, Care and Maintenance Days in 2016

This year a Repair, Care & Maintenance levy of $250 per annum appeared on the invoice at the commencement of school. The levy is credited back after the completion of 16 hours of community work within the school. The credit is applied at the end of the term when your 16 hours are completed.
To arrange for the completion of your remaining RC&M hours please contact the Office. The work includes assisting in the canteen, gardening and minor landscaping, painting, cleaning, repair and minor maintenance work. You are also able to complete your RC&M hours assisting class teachers at their request.

Cyclists on the road ~ please take care

We have a small number of very dedicated (and very fit!) teachers who ride their bicycles to school. They need to share the road space on the hill coming down into the school with cars and buses as there is no paved shoulder. Could everybody please take care, slow down and watch out for cyclists on this part of the road. Our local wildlife will thank you for this too!

Principal’s Address to the 2016 Graduation Class

Your years of school education are now coming to an end and you are about to launch into a future filled with possibilities.  During your time at school, you have learned how to read and write, how to analyse pieces of writing and create a whole range of texts of your own.  These things are important, but they are not what truly matters.  You have learned to count, to add, subtract, multiply and divide (perhaps with the help of some little number gnomes).  You have learned to measure and quantify things and you have learned how to use number to understand the world.  These things are also important, but they are not what truly matters.  You have learned about the events in history that have shaped who we are today and you have learned about the many different landscapes and environments around the world.  You have learned about your own bodies and what they are capable of.  You have learned about the beauty and wonder in art, music and poetry.  All of these things are so important, but again, they are not what truly matters.

You are about to step out into a world which is changing so quickly that it is hard to understand what it will look like in another few years.  60% of the jobs that exist today will not exist in 10 years.  Political and social boundaries are quickly changing and environmental change is happening so quickly now that it is hard to understand what our planet will look like in the near future.

Whilst we hope the skills we have taught you will be useful to you in this changing world, I believe that it isn’t what you know that truly matters now, it is who you are and who you are going to be in the world.

Our school vision is to enable each individual to realise their potential to be self aware, resourceful and resilient with the empathy, skills and initiative to make a positive contribution to the world. I want you to know that, right at this turning point in your lives, as you are about to finish your school education, you are exactly who you should be.

I look at you and I am filled with so much hope for the future.  You are creative, caring, empathetic, thoughtful, insightful, gentle, determined, imaginative, analytical, hopeful and courageous.  You are exactly who you need to be to step out into the world and fulfill your own life destinies.  You will be the lovers, the carers, the decision makers, the inventors, the collaborators and the healers.  You will be the artists, poets, musicians, strategists, scientists, engineers and farmers who will shape and change the new world.

So now, go out there and ask questions. Stand up for what you believe in.  Make strong, ethical choices. Care for others, even if you don’t understand their lives or their choices. Actively care for this magnificent planet and speak up when others don’t.   Find happiness in the small things. Draw pictures, make music, plant gardens, write poems – be a creator in the world.  Accept that you are not perfect and sometimes you will get it wrong.  Make mistakes – and then learn from them. Be prepared to wait and work for the things you want.  Look for the music and the beauty around you (it is always there).

I want you to know that your teachers, your family and your school community, are so very proud of you.  I am proud of you!  Almost 100 years ago, Rudolf Steiner said “Receive children in reverence, educate them in love, and let them go forth in freedom.”  We received you with reverence, we have educated you with so much love, and now it is time for you to go forth in freedom.

Your education at Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School has finished, my wish for you all is that you can go on to fulfill the highest, truest expression of yourselves as the wonderful human beings you are.

Nerrida

School Fees 2017

2017 School Fees

The School Board has met to set the School Fees for 2017. In deciding on the rate of increase for our school fees, the Board considered the following factors:

Scheduled wage increases
The expected rate of Federal and State funding
Education CPI (currently 3.3%)
Need to increase teaching hours for the HSC
Ongoing maintenance costs for our site

The Board is cognisant of the need to keep fee increases to a reasonable level so that our rates remain manageable for our school community. With this in mind, tuition fees will increase by 3% in 2017. This is in keeping with other independent schools in our area and also with previous years’ increases.

The P&F approached the Board with a request that the RC&M levy also be increased. Parents are asked to contribute 16 hours of approved Repair, Care and Maintenance work to the school each year (per family). For those parents who are unable to make this contribution, the levy is charged to cover some of the cost of completing some of the RC&M tasks. (Note that the levy is charged at the beginning of the year and credited to your account once the required number of hours are completed). The Board considered the P&F request and noted that in recent years’ parent participation in RC&M days and other school ‘helping’ events has decreased. The Board feels the current levy does not accurately reflect the value of the hours of work requested. For this reason, the Board has decided that the annual RC&M levy will increase to $400 per family next year. Families will still be able to complete the 16 hours of work in lieu of paying the levy and it is important to note that the school will be providing additional opportunities for this to happen next year (a twilight RC&M working bee and an updated list of approved jobs which can be completed at other times listed on the school website).

The Board has also approved increases to our Registration and Enrolment Fees. These fees have remained at the same rate for a number of years and it was felt that an increase was appropriate to more accurately reflect the cost of the work involved in each area. The increases are as follows:

Registration to enrol fees increased to $110 for the first child and $55 for each sibling
Enrolment fees increased to $550 for the first child and $200 for siblings

Finally, the Board approved an increase of $100 per year to the Consolidated Charge for High School students. This increase is necessary to meet some of the ever increasing costs of maintaining and updating the ICT infrastructure we provide for our students. Next year the school will be leasing a further 10 iMac Computers and replacing a full class set of iPads.

The Community Fee Assistance Program (CFAF) will remain in place for families experiencing short term financial difficulties and our Finance staff are happy to talk with any families who are experiencing need. The Board feels the school continues to offer an excellent education which is good value for money and we feel the fee increases for next year will adequately allow the school to continue to provide such a wonderful service for our children.

An updated fee schedule for 2017 can be found on our school website.

James Dods
Chairperson

Canteen Roster

Helping at the canteen is a wonderful way of not only getting to know the school community a little bit more, but also in claiming RC&M hours, and receiving a free delicious lunch for your child/ren. Hours are between 9.30am – 2.30pm. To put your name down on the roster, please contact Amanda at amandaeade55@gmail.com or 0411 837 699.

Term 3

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Canteen Roster

Helping at the canteen is a wonderful way of not only getting to know the school community a little bit more, but also in claiming RC&M hours, and receiving a free delicious lunch for your child/ren. Hours are between 9.30am – 2.30pm. To put your name down on the roster, please contact Amanda at amandaeade55@gmail.com or 0411 837 699.

Term 3

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The Bulletin on a Sunday?

Following on from discussion at the Parent Engagement evening, we received feedback that some parents find they lose the Bulletin in the rush of their weekly news feed. From the next bulletin we will be trialling sending the Bulletin out on a Sunday morning, hopefully a slightly quieter time when members of our school community have a little more time to read it. Please let us know how this works for you.

Noticeboards

Did you know?

The school has two main noticeboards on site. The noticeboard located at the lower car park entrance has information about the school. In the coming weeks we will be adding an Upcoming School Events section to this noticeboard and it will be updated regularly. The noticeboard located at the Administration Office has information about upcoming events in the community and community service notices.

Visit the Parent Lounge to pay your fees!

Many, in the school community, are getting used to visiting the Parent Lounge, on our website, to view information about upcoming camps and excursions, and to give their permission for their child to attend.

You can now pay your school fees through the Parent Lounge too!  Please follow the steps below if you are keen to try:

  1. Go to our website:  www.http://capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au
  2. Click on Quick Links and you will see the Parent Lounge in the drop down box.
  3. Click on Parent Lounge.
  4. Enter your username (which is your 5-digit parent code) and password.
  5. Click on Make a payment (see example image below)
  6. School fees account ~ It shows your current balance, but you can edit it and choose how much you want to pay.
  7. Proceed to payment.

Parent Lounge

Please note:

If you are paying through the parent portal, you will notice you are given the opportunity to donate to our Building Fund.  This is absolutely optional, however if you wish to make a donation, you will be contributing to the development of projects as per the school’s Master Plan.  We hope to begin the first stage of this with the construction of a new Science/Maths building next year.  All donations are tax deductable.

Term 3 Canteen Roster

Helping at the canteen is a wonderful way of not only getting to know the school community a little bit more, but also in claiming RC&M hours, and receiving a free delicious lunch for your child/ren. Hours are between 9.30am – 2.30pm. To put your name down on the roster, please contact Amanda at amandaeade55@gmail.com or 0411 837 699.

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Canteen Roster

If you are available between 9.30am-2.30pm, and would like to claim some RC&M hours as well as have a free lunch for your child/ren, please contact Amanda Eade on:  0411 837 699 or email:  amandaeade55@gmail.com

With many thanks,
The School Canteen.

16.6.16

Editor’s apology!

Hello, there was a post in the last Bulletin about Year 9’s visit to a local aged care facility.  I just need to make the following amendments:

The beautiful picture of the autumn tree was painted by Charlotte Dods (Year 9), who also wrote the letter to elderly resident, ‘Judy’.

The piece written about the experience of visiting the nursing home, and meeting the residents, was from Lotus Casuarina (Year 9).