High School Netball

A Fantastic finish to the season for our CBRSS netball teams!! Congratulations to the year 9 team ‘The Black Pearls’ for winning the Under 17’s division 1 Grand final. Congratulations to the year 8 team ‘The Electric Eels’ for finishing runners up in the Under 17’s division 2 Grand Final. Congratulations to Oceana Williams Brauer, Yr 8, for winning the Netball Associations Highly Commended award for the under 17 division. Congratulations to Della Hamilton Knight, Yr 8, for winning the Umpires Award for the under 17 Division. What a season! Well done everyone, and a big thank you to the coaches Steve (Ric) Richardson and Ryan Hamilton.

Year 12 Showcase 2017

Last Friday night the CBRSS school community celebrated the achievements of our Year 12’s at their showcase event.

The evening began with a range of student produced films which immediately revealed how very talented our students are and confirmed that we were in for a great night. Work was on display around the school and included the Design and Technology innovations and some stunning, creative displays by the Visual Arts and Media students.

In the Hall the main show commenced with presentations of extraordinary performance poetry and short stories from the Extension English students. Following this our Society and Culture students explained their incredibly in-depth Personal Interest Projects. Next we we were treated to compelling Drama performances that shocked, moved and made us all laugh. To wrap up, the Music students took to the stage, immediately captivating us all and lifting the roof off while demonstrating their awesome musicality with a wide range of styles. It was the perfect end to a wonderful and unforgettable evening.

Congratulations Year 12 and thank you for a wonderful night of entertainment. Thank you also to the Year 11 students and their families for the delicious food on offer.

Calling all HS Students – Performance Poetry Competition

We are happy to announce former student Jasmine Pierce (read post later in the bulletin) will be a guest judge at The Spring Fair for our Short Form Performance Poetry Competition, along with published poetry author and recent Byron Bay Writers Festival guest Lisa Brockwell and our own Deputy Principal Katie Biggin.

Year 11 Parzival Overnight Camp

Last week our Year 11 students were fortunate enough to go on an overnight camp at Hosanna Farmstay as part of their Parzival Main Lesson.

The Parzival Main Lesson is the last Main Lesson in our Steiner Curriculum and is perfectly suited to the stage of development of the 17-year-old student. It is a medieval legend describing the development from a protected childhood to the highest position as King of the Grail. The spiritual truths embedded in this legend are universal, exploring family relationships, love, reconciliation, betrayal, impulsiveness and loyalty – all themes that echo in the lives of teenagers.

Comments below from students speak for the success of this camp:

‘It allowed me to reflect on myself and my journey towards adulthood.’
‘It was a relaxing place to focus and study. The food was delicious and it was fun cooking and eating together. The animals were cute but the water was yellow.’
‘I felt a spiritual connection and had the time to reflect on my past actions and how the effects of those actions might result in the future.’
‘It was a fantastic opportunity to connect with other members of the class who I haven’t connected with before.’
‘It was nice to just have Parzival with no other classes – we had the time to do our own work. It made us feel grown up – having the time to gain perspectives on different aspects of the story and how those actions might resonate in our own lives.’
‘The atmosphere was relaxing and nurturing and it felt good to be treated like adults, despite not being allowed to eat the apple crumble in the evening, (it was taking too long to cook so we had it for breakfast).’
‘Unifying experience, but bittersweet as it is the last Steiner Main Lesson we’ll ever have.’
‘Awesome camp – perfect timing just what we needed. Loved it.’

HSC English Extension 2017

Major work hand in day.

Robotics

Year 8 Information and Communication Technology class are studying Robotics with Mat Gulliford this term. Students are working together in teams to build small robots and will be programming them to achieve different objectives throughout the term. Some of these challenges will include obstacle avoidance, line following, and autonomous maze solving. This is the first time CBRSS has offered robotics in our Stage 4 program and we hope to include more opportunities for our students to get involved with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in our curriculum in the coming years.

Yr 9 & 10 Music Elective workshop

Our lucky Year 9 & 10 elective music students were recently visited by Emily Lubitz from Tinpan Orange.

Yr 11 student makes us proud

Tara Jahns of Year 11 made us very proud serving on the panel at the Byron Bay Writers Festival after winning the young writers’ award.

 

Year 7 excursion

As part of the Year 7 Wish, Wonder and Surprise Main Lesson, this week the class went on a wonderful excursion to first visit the pre-schoolers at Periwinkle and then the residents at the RSL Nursing Home in Suffolk Park. Students spent the morning playing with 4 year olds in the sandpit, on the flying fox, up a tree, with their elbows immersed in bubbles and singing songs. At midday, the students met an equally welcoming group of new friends, this time aged into their late 80s. Our students recited poetry and played musical instruments, before playing a group game of Pictionary, sharing cookies and fruit platters, and getting to know a little about the people who live there in residential care. The class felt profoundly touched by this unique excursion where we experienced up close and back-to-back the polarities of life, and the wonder each brings. Thank you so much to the staff at both Periwinkle and the RSL Nursing Home for welcoming us so warmly into your environments as you did. The students described the day as “inspiring”, “touching”, “moving” and a day that made them feel “grateful” and “happy”.

Alix Johnson – Yr 7 Guardian

Harry James Angus Songwriting Workshop

The Music students in our Year 9 and 10 Music Elective program were lucky enough to have Harry spend some time work-shopping songwriting and playing music with them. Harry is most well known for his role in The Cat Empire as the trumpet player and singer and has shared his knowledge and experiences with our students. Harry shared some great songwriting techniques and participating students wrote and shared their own short compositions.

Congratulations to our Yr 11 Student

We received excellent news today that Tara Jahns of Year 11 won the prestigious young writers’ award for the Byron Bay Writers Festival. Tara submitted a story that was chosen from many entries! We are very proud of Tara who will receive a cash prize to further her writing ambitions, and she will be given a formal presentation at the festival this weekend.

A student from our school, Thea Shields from the graduating year of 2015, also won this prize, showing Cape Byron Steiner School as a school that produces wonderful young writers.

Katie Biggin

Congratulations to our Yr 12 Student

We wish to congratulate Isabelle McMullen for being awarded the title of Lifesaver of the year for the Far North Coast of NSW.

Isabelle has been involved in lifesaving since she was a young child. She participates in volunteer patrolling at Byron Bay and has assisted in managing younger age groups in her capacity as a leader in the club.

We are very proud of Isabelle for achieving this wonderful award. It is a testament to her hard work and commitment to an important social service in the community.

Katie Biggin

Staying Safe on Social Media

Dealing with the perils of online communication and safety in the social media world is one of the biggest issues confronting our young people today. Parents are also under pressure to ensure that their children are developing safe practices around social media use.
Just when we think we understand how to maintain privacy and safety, the goalposts shift through updates in Apps and various social media tools. To make sure staff, students and parents are aware of the issues, we have linked with a great organisation called Safe on Social, who supports our school through professional learning for our staff, sessions for our students and information for our parents.

Easily found on our website under the Information Tab, are a set of esafety resources that can be downloaded by parents and students. These relate to the most popular sites such as Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and many others. We are hoping that parents will access this information and the other links on the website.

One of the most important tools to stay safe is to turn off Location Services on your mobiles. There is a recent update from Snapchat that is particularly worrying in terms of its tracking exactly where the snapchat is coming from on a map unless you have location services turned off.

Once a user updates to the latest version of the app, all they need to do to launch Snap Map is pinch the Snapchat camera home screen. From there, they can choose to share their location with all of their friends, select some of them, or choose none of them by using ‘Ghost Mode’, which hides them from the map but still allows them to track their friends.

Next term, High School students will have further educational talks around staying safe on social media with Kirra Pendergast from Safe on Social. This follows the excellent work of Peter Chown this term who spoke to the students about avoiding addictive behaviour in relation to mobile phones and how to keep the brain healthy with these challenges. The parent talk he gave was very illuminating, however unfortunately not many parents attended the talk.

The students will be experiencing some presentations in Term 3 about how to stay safe online with Safe on Social. Very specific information will be shared about settings on mobile phones and how to protect your digital footprint. Students will also have the usual presentations from Lisa Romero, who brings an anthroposophical approach to young people managing the challenges of adolescent life.

Please assist our work by accessing the information on our website and being vigilant with your teenager’s online behaviour.

 

Yr 9 & 10 Elective Showcase

Important HS Parent talk – Peter Chown 8th June

Peter Chown is a local Psychologist who has extensive experience working with adolescents in the area, on Wednesday 7th June he will be talking to Yr 7 – 10 students. He will be discussing issues such as mental health, brain health & risks associated with social media.

Following on from this on Thursday 8th June we invite HS parents to meet and hear Peter Chown from 6.30pm-7.30pm in the Hall. We strongly encourage all HS parents to attend this very important and informative discussion.