On Monday 12th March after a strenuous day of school 11 boys from year 11, 10 and 9 travelled an arduous 5 hours to Armidale, slept in boarding house accommodation at “The Armidale School” in preparation for an all day soccer tournament to be held on Tuesday 13th March. Did I mention that these boys had never played together or even trained together as a team. After such great preparation and without any substitutes, the Cape Byron Steiner School Open Boys Soccer Team took to the field on Tuesday morning ready to do their best, but not expecting great returns on the scoreboard.
Our boys played exceptionally well and looked sensational as they ran onto the field. Luka Biggin-Johnson led the team confidently into the game and found himself working hard to make the right calls with the coin toss. Buzz Walker, one of our youngest team members demonstrated excellent kicking skills and cleared the ball out of defence on many occasions. Paddy was a tireless worker and a key player of the team showing excellent leadership in driving the ball through the mid field but early in the last game had to leave the field due to an injury. Harper Kelso maintained a steady head and was able to stop many attacking plays from the opposition. Looking a little shell shocked most of the time, Billy Swain worked tirelessly in keeping his much larger and stronger opponents out of play and continuously cleared the ball to our advantage. Fergus and Charlie worked brilliantly well in driving the ball forward towards our goals and together always looked menacing. Taj Birrell can run and run he did, creating havoc and pressure on the opposition letting them know that they could never feel safe and in control. Ayden with some magical footwork was the instigator for the “Goal of the Day” with a beautiful pass on the back of his foot to Harper who made no mistake in finding the back of the net. Joshua Stante was a little bit reserved in the first game but soon found his mojo and demonstrated some excellent skills and speed often driving the ball into our attacking zone. Tom maintained a strong defence in goals thwarting many ominous runs by the opposition and definitely caught the eyes of the selectors.
In the last game of the day with a player down because Paddy had suffered a badly twisted ankle. We came up against Lindesfarne and our boys played a tight, well fought game to win 1-0. This was a very rewarding win and the team left the field exhausted, a little sore but very happy with their efforts
During the day we won two games, lost two games and came third on the ladder out of the six teams in our division. Well done, Boys!
Steve Richards (Ric)
Our Student Representative Council (SRC) has got off to a great start this year, with the support of Claire Sleeman (SRC coordinator). They recently met with Nerrida for a morning tea to talk about their plans for the year. The students shared some of their great ideas for improvements to the school and also talked about the upcoming waste audit they have organised. Next month the SRC will be meeting with the Board to share some of their ideas.
Sparta 994 pts
Crete 774 pts
Olympia 763 pts
Athens 675 pts
An enjoyable day! A few records broken and a vast demonstration of spirit and participation throughout the High School. Sparta came home strong showing participation is the key with 92% of students in Sparta participating in events and collecting points for their team. 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 combination of song and dance. Crete looked threatening all day and Olympia kept up a quiet push and almost stole second place away from Crete. However, it was Sparta that spoke with action, deed and participation to collect the top position on 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-
Kashi Hagedoorn-Weekes yr 7
50m Freestyle 34.00 , 50m backstroke- 47.72, 50m Butterfly -41.8, 100m Free 83.00
Tom Pierce yr 10
50m backstroke – 42.88, 50m Butterfly 37.91
Celeste McPhee yr 9
50m Breaststroke – 48.76
Zen Larkins-Widdison yr 8
50m Breastroke – 47.17
Paddy Swain yr 11
100m Freestyle – 72.00
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 – Kashi Hagedoorn-Weekes-48pts, Noni Wright 44pts
Year 8 – Krystal Pierce – 50 points, Zen Larkin-Widdison – 50 points,
Year 9 – Della Knight 48 points, Dane Krackowski – 35 points,
Year 10 – Tom Pierce – 36 points, Lucia Bora 26 pts,
Year 11 – Fergus Biggin-Johnson 44pts, AbbieWalden 40pts
Year 12 – Sage Badman 40 points, Ella Hart & D’Arcy Woods 20 points.
A special thanks to the house captains and all the year 12’s for their hard work, encouragement and keeping the day fun. To the parents, officials and the staff who assisted on the day.
Steve Richards (Ric)
We are extremely happy with the wonderful results achieved by the HSC students of 2017. There has been a notable strengthening of results across every subject with outstanding results having been achieved across a number of subjects such as Mathematics, Languages, Biology, Design and Technology, Drama and Music. In a cohort of 30 students, there were some fabulous achievements including 10 Band 6 results and 59 Band 5 results in 17 subjects.
The 2017 HSC class were notable for their unique and creative approach to their Major Works. Over 80% of the Visual Arts students receiving 80 or above. Music students also received excellent results with 12 out of 16 Music students receiving 80% or above and 3 impressive Band 6 results. The school’s history of excellent Drama results continued with 8 out of 12 students receiving Band 5 and above. Students demonstrated strength in other areas as well; with one of the school’s Mathematics students achieving high Band 6 in both Mathematics and Mathematics Extension.
Once again the school saw a strengthening of Band 5 results and and an overall continued strengthening of academic success across all subjects. English Advanced and English Extension 2 were again very strong subjects this year with more than half of the students in each subject receiving 80 or above. HSIE subjects showed very strong results with all Society and Culture students achieving over 80% and strong Band 5 results in Ancient History. Some brilliant language results were demonstrated with a 95% for French Beginners and a 93% for German Beginners. One of the school’s talented Design and Technology students achieved a Band 6 result as well as a nomination into The Design and Technology Showcase ‘Shape’.
Our staff have been sharing the successes of their students in the last few weeks, even before the release of the results. 8 out of 12 Drama students were nominated for OnStage, with 4 being selected. One of the school’s talented artists has been offered a place at the Victorian College of the Arts and a number of students have already gained entry into universities of their choice.
Nerrida commented : “I am deeply proud of all our HSC students. Their results show an overall commitment to study and inspired learning. I imagine some happy faces around the shire this week!” She said. “I’d like to thank our dedicated staff and committed parents for helping guide these beautiful souls through their education. Steiner Education prepares students for the rigours of the HSC by cultivating academic excellence through a balance of academic studies, artistic achievements and practical learning.”
Nerrida and Katie, would like to congratulate all of the Cape Byron 2017 cohort for their achievements.
Photo by Jacqui Judd
Eleni has worked for the High School for 11 years. Her expertise, skill and passion are, in many ways, irreplaceable. She has taught the students the important of colour, light, tone and perspective. She has shown them the joys of drawing and painting and helped develop artistic skill in many years of keen VA students in Years 7 and 8 and the 9/10 Elective. Eleni has shared her skills with our talented VA teachers so her teaching will live on in our High School. We thank Eleni for her many years of service to our students. We will miss her in the HS.
At the Elective Showcase this week the Visual Art Students farewell Eleni from
Teaching the Visual Art Elective – drawing
Next year, if there is enough interest, some after school French classes will be offered to students who have already done French in Y7 and would like to continue learning about the French language and its culture.
At this stage I was thinking of running hourly lessons once a week for a term (probably starting in week 3, Term 1) from 3pm.
Please advise me asap:
– if your child is interested in being part of the French Club and,
– of a day which would work better for your child.
Please be aware that a cost will be involved (and that there will always be yummy French snacks!)
Please email me via Reception for further enquiries. firstname.lastname@example.org
This term year 8 studied an Introduction to Robotics. Students assembled a small programmable robot kit and designed programs to control the motors and various other sensors. The year wrapped up with a robot soccer game. Red team won 1 – 0 after Blue team scored an own goal!
Congratulations to five of our very talented high school students whose short films have been selected as finalists in The Really Short Film Festival, conceptualised to celebrate and encourage filmmaking by people under 20 in the Byron Shire. The 1 to 3 minute films of Natasha Moser in Year 11, Hunter Amos-Eakin and Kasey-Joe Sheridan, in Year 10, Lenny Dowling and Michelangelo Thomas, both in Year 7, will be screened at the competition finale at Shearwater, The Mullumbimby Steiner School on Saturday 2 December. Congratulations to each one on a great achievement.
Cape Byron took 18 students from the High School to Coffs Harbour on Tuesday 28th October to compete in the NCIS Basketball Carnival. We entered an Open Boys team and an Open Girls team. It was pleasing to see a strong representation of year 12’s turning up and taking on their last opportunity to represent the school. Omri Ben-Harush, Bridget Brandolini, Bella Walz, and Thalia Van Oostrum all played with enthusiasm and grit, showing great leadership as the outgoing year 12 students of the school. The Senior Boys team came second in their pool losing only one game by one point. They were unsuccessful in the semi final and missed their opportunity to play in the grand final. The team of 11 boys played extremely well and demonstrated great potential as a strong force in future carnivals. The team would like to thank Nash Campbell for giving up his time to come and coach the boys on the day.
The Senior Girls pulled together early in the day to set themselves up in a strong position in the pool by not losing a single game. In the Grand Final they were jumped on at the beginning by a determined and well trained team from Bishop Druitt College. Our girls pulled themselves together in the second half and began to claw heir way back into the game, but unfortunately Bishop Druitt had too much of a lead. 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.
The Year 8 students completed the year long Tobias project in style on Tuesday 21st November. They showed themselves to be craftspeople and artisans of the highest caliber. There were a wide range of finished products, a number of which were very unique, sophisticated and refined. Also many were of highly professional quality.
The speeches on the night were polished and entertaining. They illustrated some of the massive effort, learning and growth that took place throughout the year. We are so proud of them all and acknowledge all of the work by the Year 8 students, parents, mentors and teachers.
Malcolm, Claire and Peter
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