Vietnam 2017

On the 1st of April, thirteen students from Year 11 and 12 set off on a two week journey across Vietnam, accompanied by teachers Jess and Rachel. After many delays due to flooding, three flights and lots of waiting at airports, we arrived two days later in Hanoi City. From Hanoi we travelled south, down to Cuc Phuong National Park, Hoi An, to the Mekong Delta and finally Ho Chi Minh City.

We spent the first day exploring Hanoi’s old French quarter in rickshaws and travelling to a small farming village called Dong Trieu. Here we visited a local school, played a game of soccer with the Vietnamese students, rode bikes through the friendly village, tried rice farming and spent the night in a beautiful little homestay overlooking the fields. Our host family served us an incredible feast; steaming bowls of noodle soup, freshly fried spring rolls, Vietnamese salad, fragrant rice, stir fried vegetables, tofu sauteed in tomato and fresh fruits.

We spent the next three days in Cuc Phuong National Park, volunteering in the Endangered Primate Rescue Center and hiking through the lush jungle. Following our stay in the jungle, we made our way to Hoi An, on a 16 hour train trip overnight. Although many of us were not looking forward to the overnight train, sleeping in small four-bed cabins on a moving train turned out to be one of our favourite experiences.

We spent our three days in Hoi An learning how to cook Vietnamese food at a cooking class, exploring the city and waterways and venturing out to the lantern lit streets to the night markets. Our next stop was a small homestay by the riverside on the Mekong Delta before spending our last 3 days in Ho Chi Minh City. We spent our time in Ho Chi Minh exploring the city during the day and famous Ben Thanh marketplace at night. Overall, it was a wonderful trip and extraordinary experience that has formed amazing bonds between us. We would like to say a huge thank you to Vietnam School Tours and our inspiring and enthusiastic Vietnamese tour guide Thoi, to Jess and Rachel for caring for us and for an unforgettable two weeks in Vietnam, and lastly, thank you to the the school for such an incredible opportunity.

Ella Hart – Yr 11 Student

Rachel and Jess enjoying a Choco Pie.

NSW Parliament Leadership Program

On Thursday 11/5 two of our Year 12 students, Omri and Isabelle, had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Sydney for the NSW Parliament Leadership Program. The morning was spent visiting NSW Parliament, where we, along with leaders from many other NSW schools, were introduced to a number of members of the NSW Legislative Assembly, including the member for Ballina, Tamara Smith. They spoke to us of the electorates they represent, how the parliament works, and the value of democracy. We then had the opportunity to view a sitting of both the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council, both of which were debating some interesting changes to legislation.

After lunch we walked over to Government House for an audience with His Excellency, the NSW Governor, General David Hurley and his wife Dame Marie Bashir. We had to be briefed on the appropriate way to address the Governor, by calling him “Your Excellency” and following this with a small bow. Both students bowed with aplomb! After a tour of the resplendent Government House we sat down quietly waiting for the Governor to arrive and address the group. Surprisingly once His Excellency had introduced himself at the front he called on Isabelle to approach the stage, where he gave her a paper bag containing a gift. Isabelle saw inside was a jar of “Isabella” Honey. Can anyone guess why the Governor gave Isabelle a jar of honey?

After the address afternoon tea with the Governor was served on the Terrace overlooking Sydney Harbour, a beautiful spot to end an informative and inspirational day. Our students did us proud!

Rachel K

High School Disco

Last Friday night the Year 12 students hosted a 1980’s themed disco for all students in years 7 to 12 .
It was well attended and it was wonderful to see the range of crazy costumes, hair styles and disco moves on the dance floor! The Year 12’s organised games such as musical chairs and also performed various dance and song cabaret acts (with teachers and brave parents ).
Well done Year 12 for providing a safe and fun night for our younger high school students and for embracing the night yourselves!

Charlotte

 

Yr 10 Work Experience

Our year 10 students are doing work experience this week and as always they are making the School proud!

This was posted to the Farm’s Instagram page.

Grace in Year 10 is at Byron Vet. Doing a wonderful job according to main Vet, Russell Grigg, who is an ex parent of the school.

NCIS Touch Football

Twenty two Students ventured to Goonellabah on Monday 1st May to compete in the NCIS Touch Football Carnival. We entered a Boys team, and a Girls team, in the Under 16’s secondary competition. The Boys team won two games during the day but each game was fiercely fought and scores were always close at the end of the game. The game was a new and foreign beast for the Girls who played with great tenacity demonstrating some brilliant flashes of play. Their ability to learn throughout the day showed great results in their plays and the scores with the girls winning their last game convincingly. Both teams came away exhausted, but pleased and proud of their efforts on the day.. An enjoyable day was had by all and the students are looking forward to their next opportunity to represent the school in this sport.

Ric

All High Schools Futsal Carnival Day

The North Coast Futsal Competition was held at the Cavanbah centre from Tuesday 2nd may to the 4th May. We entered 4 teams in various age and gender specific groups.

As usual there was some outstanding individual performers but what was more impressive was the way our students participated with a high level of fun and sportsmanship without compromising a competitive ability to strive to win. Many of our students caught the eye of the referees and the talent scouts that were hovering around the stadium. Two of our teams have been invited to the next round of competition and 3 of our students, Marcus Gibbs, Naraian Solomon and Laila Campbell have been given personal invitations to be part of the 2017 NSW Representative Futsal team. The National Championships to be held in Brisbane in September.

Our teams won a few games and lost a few games, but were competitive throughout all the competitions. All the students enjoyed participating and are looking forward to their next opportunity to play again.

Ric

Yr 12 Perform at Bluesfest

Our year 12 students were part of the Local High Schools showcase at this years Bluesfestival.
Our students have been performing at the Bluesfest since 2009, after Tom Whitaker approached the festival director Peter Noble to provide a performance opportunity for the students. The experience is valuable for the students on various levels. They enter through the Artists gate, receive Artists passes and then head to the Green Room- a large compound where all the artists have their dressing rooms. The rider, of course, has a variety of soft drinks and water…. The students then set up on the Juke Joint stage and performed a fantastic set of four songs. The experience of a professional stage crew and Audio technicians is a rare and amazing thing. The Bluesfestival staff and crew were, as always, supportive and fabulous. Congratulations to the Year 12 Music class! Not only was their performance excellent, they conducted themselves so beautifully and respectfully throughout the whole day.
Big thank you to Matt Gulliford, Katie Alleva and Steve Richards for their support on the day.

Tom

Thank you also to Tom for all that he does to support our students and for providing such amazing opportunities!

Thank you to Lyn McCarthy for the awesome photos.

More Music news from Tom

In other exciting news, Monica and Bridget Brandolini have just released their video clip that was the prize for winning last years Bluesfest Grommet Busking Comp. The song was recorded by Nick DiDia, who has also recorded and produced such bands as Rage Against The Machine, Pearl Jam and many many others. The clip was produced by the wonderful people at the Filmery. Big credit to Anita Joy and Melissa Moss, two inspiring people who coordinate the competition and develop the prizes and opportunities to young and adult musicians. This is a very special song, make sure you have good speakers!

Watch the video here

Merryn Boller, who graduated in 2014, has also released a new single with the French Producer Mome. The first single has had over 80 million listens on Spotify, and a similar number on Youtube. Merryn has just moved to Paris and is working in a Crepery, along with Nannying while she continues to build her music career.
Warning: This contains some mild adult images.

Watch the video here

Yr 8 Camp

Last term the year 8 students accompanied by Claire, Malcolm and Ric, ventured into the wilderness of the Nightcap range. They swam in crystal clear water holes, bathed under water falls, mountain biked and hiked with all their camping gear through beautiful native forests. It was unfortunate that the camp was cut short due to bad weather, however the students and teachers had a wonderful time connecting with each other and appreciating the natural environment.

Art Express Excursion To The Art Gallery Of NSW

On the 6th of April our Senior Visual Art Classes travelled to Sydney to view some the top Bodies of Work from the state in the prestigious ARTEXPRESS exhibition organized by BOSTES and the Art Gallery of NSW.

“ARTEXPRESS is an annual exhibition featuring a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the art making component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts in NSW. It includes a broad range of approaches and expressive forms, including ceramics, collection of works, documented forms, drawing, graphic design, painting, photomedia, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and fibre, and time-based forms.”

https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/insideartexpress/

The students loved this exhibition as it provided an amazing opportunity to view and discuss HSC top band works of art.

We also had a rare chance to view John Olsen’s exhibition called, THE YOU BEAUT COUNTRY.

“John Olsen is one of Australia’s greatest living artists. Olsen is well known for his energetic and distinctive painting style and in particular for his lyrical depiction of the landscape. He is a major figure in the story of Australian art and his unique and sensual pictorial language presents a very personal view of the world.”

http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/john-olsen/

The students marveled at his large scale work and enjoyed the playfulness of his mark making and of course found a comfortable spot here relaxing on the inbuilt seats whilst viewing a painting that had been suspended from the ceiling.

The students enjoyed a sunny city experience and returned home inspired and excited about their own art making practice.

Katie Alleva
Claire Sleeman

Yr 12 performing at Bluesfest

Year 12 music students will be performing at bluesfest 12.00 at the juke joint stage on Easter Monday. The students will be performing alongside Byron high and Kadina high as part of the young sounds of Byron. Big thank you to bluesfest for this opportunity.

 

CBRSS Donation to School in Sumatra

During my Long Service Leave this term, I have had the wonderful opportunity to travel to northern Sumatra and do a jungle trek into the rainforest with my twin sons. Apart from long treks from small village to the next and seeing orang utans and monkeys in the wild, we visited a very small and very basic school in Selang Pangeran where students come to learn English. The students walk for more than an hour (usually in bare feet and very hot weather) to voluntarily come and learn the language that may assist them gain employment working with tourists in the future, and can assist their entry into secondary and tertiary education.

Before leaving, I asked Charlotte in our Library if she could put together a box of unused basic readers and picture books to donate to this needy school. We also collected as many pens and writing books as we could find. The students were very grateful and we had a lovely afternoon, teaching them songs, doing English conversation games and finally playing in the river.

Thank you to Charlotte for assisting with this donation and please don’t hesitate to talk to me if you would like more information about this adventurous jungle trek. It was amazing!

Katie Biggin

Yr 11 & 12 VA – GOMA Excursion

On Tuesday 21st February our Year 11 and Year 12 Visual Art
students travelled to Brisbane to experience a major Contemporary art exhibition at the Queensland Gallery Of Modern Art, named ‘Sugar Spin, You, Me, Art & Everything’

The students attended a Q & A style discussion with the Curator of SugarSpin in a state of the art cinema. Our students were busy photographing their gallery experience, recorded information about artists, were asked to consider to role of the gallery and the curator and create a photo essay of the day.

‘Sugar Spin’ is a celebratory exhibition for QGOMA that marks it’s 10 year anniversary.

Katie Alleva, Claire Sleeman & Vatika Gow

 

 

High School Swimming Carnival

High School House Swimming Report 2017

Sparta 1021 pts
Crete 990 pts
Olympia 762 pts
Athens 735 pts
An excellent day! More records broken and a general improvement of swimming abilities with most of our high school actively involved either swimming or officiating in some way through the day. Sparta really ran away with the points and showing participation is the key with 92% of students in Sparta participating in events and collecting points for their team. The team scores are the highest ever recorded. A very full programme was planned and we managed to complete the programme despite a little bit of a rush with the cheer displays at the end of the day. Athens was well seen and heard at the end of the day with their magnificent verses of praise, song and dance. Olympia looked threatening all day and appeared to be living out their motto of “The team of the Future”. Crete dominated in many races and Spartans looked concerned towards the end of the day, but it was Sparta that spoke with action, deed and participation to collect the extra 31 points to win the day.

Congratulations to all students who competed and a special thanks to students who could not swim but assisted throughout the day as time-keepers, scorers and runners. (These volunteers also scored points for their houses). More than two thirds of the high school participated in individual events and by the look of the empty stands during the ten minute participation swim and the aqua volleyball, very few students did not contribute in some way to their house points.

There are some outstanding individual performances that need to be mentioned.

New record holders-
50m Freestyle Boys
yr 9, Tom Pierce 30.64 sec,
50m Backstroke Girls
yr 12 Isabelle McMullen 42.48 sec
50m Backstroke Boys
yr 9, Tom Pierce 37.00 sec
50m Breastroke Boys
yr 7 Zen Larkins-Widdison 49.15 sec
50m Butterfly Girls
yr 12 Isabelle McMullen 39.12 sec
50m Butterfly Boys
yr 7 Zen Larkins-Widdison 50.64 sec

Crete’s Year 7 and 8 Relay broke a new record with their time of – 2 min 23.00 sec.

Congratulations to all those students who participated and helped your team score points. A special mention to the following high scorers in each year level. (Please note that 50 points is the maximum score any student can collect in individual events.)
Year 7- Krystal Pierce – 50 points, Zen Larkin-Widdison – 48 points, Laila Campbell -34 points,
Year 8 – Della Knight 44 points, Joshua Stante – 34 points, Georgia Johnson 34 points,
Year 9- Tom Pierce – 46 points, Grace Johnson 42 points, Amelie Wright 42 points,
Year 10- Yani Murray 46 points, Charles Anderson 38 points, Avryl Hart 35 points,
Year 11- Joseph Brookes 40 points, Sage Badman 35 points, Ella Hart 28 points.
Year 12- Isabella McMullen 51 points, Myles Forbes 40 Points, Caspar Thomas 38 points
A special thanks to the house captains and all the year 12’s for their hard work, encouragement and keeping the day light and fun. To the parents, officials and the staff who assisted on the day.
Steve Richards (Ric)

Year 10 Formal

The year 10’s celebrated their formal in style down at the Pass Cafe on Tuesday 6/12. Students dressed to impress, and did a mighty job of looking mighty fine.

And Kayaking was also a treat.

Year 9 & 10 Showcase

The last week of term the Year 9 & 10 students put on a wonderful show for the community.


The Year 9 & 10 showcase included wonderful drama and music performances as well as displays of extraordinary art, design and technology pieces of work. Media films were shown and he audience was incredibly entertained by the comedic theme throughout the evening.

Teacher news

Congratulations to staff from CBRSS (Ric, Lizzie and Andy) were part of a team that were recently crowned the AFL 9’s premiers for 2016.

Make your own jewellery

Year 8 Tobias

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A big congratulations to the Year 8 students on producing some wonderful Tobias projects this year. Tobias is a year long design based project for all Year 8 students. Students are strongly encouraged to find a mentor outside of school to help guide them through this process. We spend 1 hour a week in class formulating a project proposal, developing, analysing ideas and evaluating design projects.

A huge heart felt thankyou to all the mentors in the community who helped guide Year 8 students throughout the year. We know it is a huge commitment and we also send a lot of gratitude for the work you put in. Some of the projects produced are of industry standard and it was a wonderful presentation night. Brooke did a wonderful job preparing these students for their confident and entertaining speeches.

Peter & Brooke

Year 9 ~ Zonta Birthing Kits

2016 saw our Year 9 students working on various projects as part of their community service program. One of their aims was to raise money to purchase equipment for Birthing Kits Foundation Australia.

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This week Shannon Morris and three midwives came to assist Year 9 in putting 600 packs together.
These kits will be distributed to remote regions of developing countries with the assistance of a health professional who gives instructions on how to use the kits correctly and dispose of the waste safely. Giving women hygienic births and decreasing infant and maternal mortality.birth-kits