Welcome home concert

The Ensemble Della Mar comprising 31 students in years 7 – 10 from Cape Byron Steiner School have just returned from a successful tour of Melbourne and Tasmania.

Ensemble Della Mar 2016 with logo

 

The ensemble includes cello, violin, flute, trumpet, melodica, piano, voice, guitar, percussion and even features the banjo for a couple of rollicking Bluegrass numbers.

This will be a very inspiring concert of world music, jazz, classical and popular styles.
The quality of musicianship in the young people is outstandingly high and they have had a great reception at all their interstate concerts.

The ensemble experiences a huge leap forward in confidence and ability on the tours and it so much fun being together, traveling together, laughing and dancing to disco music in our breaks!

Join us to celebrate and be inspired!

Tickets for the concert and $5 or $10 per family
Refreshments will be served at interval.

All proceeds assist with expenses for the tour.

Loani x

Year 12 Muck up day

On the last day of Term 3, students from Year 12 celebrated their last ever day of schooling in a creative, humorous and respectful way. Gone are the days of making the school and staff ‘mucked up’ by throwing water bombs of other such things.

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Our students know how to leave well. There were some creative room changes (one room filled with balloons and another with plants) and a very funny assembly organised by the Yr 12 students. In the assembly, staff were put in pairs to battle out challenges for their imaginary country in an olympics. Some performed strongly in the ‘spell your name in Eurythmy actions’ and ‘draw as many Steiner icons you can think of’ while others excelled in the spelling and intellectual challenges. Tom and Eva were winners in the movement section while Rachel Knight was a clear first in being able to recite all the Steiner verses.

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The morning ended with the class performing a rap version of their verse and Rachel H giving the students some special T Shirts with the slogan ‘I’m So Steiner’ on the front.

wall-before-after

The photos you can see are the students painting their 2016 mural of a tiger – signifying their year of the tiger birthdates. It is a beautiful legacy of a wonderful class who will be very missed by all of our staff and students.

Wheelchair Sports NSW Roadshow

It was great to see Brendan from Wheelchair Sports NSW Roadshow today running six sessions through the day with students from the high school and year 6. The Roadshow raises awareness of wheelchair sport, creates a greater understanding of people with disabilities, their challenges and the reality of accidents that can occur from poor decision making, risk taking and encourages acceptance and integration, promotes Wheelchair Sports NSW to potential new members and includes associated road safety messages.

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Ayden representing Australia

We are delighted that Year 9’s Ayden Vescio was selected and played in the National School Futsal Tournament in Brisbane during the school holidays representing Far North NSW. He was the only player for NSW, north of Coffs. As a result of his performances, the selectors have appointed him to represent Australia in the Under 16’s team that will be touring and competing in Italy next April/May!

We would like to congratulate Ayden on this great achievement.

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HSC Showcase

The last two weeks of term are always emotion filled and exciting for our Year 12 students. The HSC Showcase was a spectacular event featuring the special talents and work of all of our HSC Major Work subjects. We were treated to professional level Drama and Music entertainment, outstanding Visual Art works, as well as amazing English, Media, Design and Technology and Society and Culture works. We even got to see a Business Studies Eurythmy performance!

HSC Showcase

 

High School News

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We are excited to announce that one of our Drama group pieces was nominated for OnStage this year. OnStage is an event where the best Drama pieces from HSC students around the state are showcased in Sydney in February next year. The nomination is done by the HSC Drama Markers who visit the school.
The students in the group nominated are Lee-El Vaknin, Indiarose Thomas, Inez Brookes and Joey Dillon. Congratulations girls and well done Eva Brown for her wonderful teaching of Year 12 Drama. We also congratulate all the Drama students as their individual pieces and group pieces were all of a high quality.

 

Year 12 Final Assembly

The Year 12 students celebrated their graduation in a special assembly on Thursday for the whole school. It was a moving and joyful morning watching our Year 12 students accept their certificates and gifts and thank the school for their journey. This is their final week of schooling until the HSC exams begin on October 13th. We wish them all the best for their exams.

Year 12 Farewell Assembly

NSW State Champions

netball

Cape Byron turned a few heads at Sydney Olympic park this week coming out the overall Winner in the NSW State netball Championships. The “Black Oystas” looked sleek, professional and showed great skill on the courts with all 5 games undefeated. The final was a nail-biting and tough game with the boys behind by three in the first half, then charging to a solid victory of 18 – 13 in the second half. With a maximum of 10 to a side, Netball NSW allowed an exception so we could have ALL 11 of our year 8 boys participate in the Championships and this was a key component of their success. While their skills were impressive, what stood out the most was their teamwork – they were respectful to their opponents, courteous to their umpires and showed wonderful team spirit.

Our illustrious leader Ric also turned heads in the Staff Vs Coaches game. An obvious crowd favourite, Ric pulled out some moves Netball NSW had never seen before and was voted ‘Best on Court’ for his athleticism, skills and entertainment value. Cape Byron should feel very proud of their ambassadors this week; I certainly was.
Jane Dolahenty

Questacon Smartskills Tour

Questacon came to visit this week from Canberra. Students where asked to build Rube Goldberg machines to achieve a simple task in a creative way. They had to use all of the simple machines, levers, pulley, inclined planes to complete a challenge like kick a ball in a cup or drop the rubbish in the bin. Sounds simple but turns out it is quite a challenge, but that is what our students love.  All our students were fantastic.

Thank you Questacon!
James Hagger

Questacon

Year 11 Visual Arts

Year 11 Visual Arts have been busy over the last few months studying street art. Just recently they completed a large mural appropriating the artworks from the Australian artist John Coburn, that has been hung near the Hall. A big thank you to Bunnings for supplying us with the paints. The students have also been pasting up their own artworks around the year 8 and 10 rooms, inspired by New York street artists. Last week they traveled up to the Queensland Art Gallery to view the works of Cindy Sherman and the year 12 art excellence awards. They have also just recently participated in a natural fibers weaving workshop run by Anaheke.

Year 11 Visual Arts

Request for wool, lace, felt, & feathers!

Donations wanted of wool, lace, scrap material, felt, feathers and any material that can be used for weaving for Year 11 Spring Fair sculpture.  Please deliver to the Reception or the high school art room.  Thank you in advance.

Claire ~HS art teacher

CBRSS High School students at Writers Fest

Writers Festival

Our school was invited this year to have student MCs to introduce the writers speaking on the student day of the Byron Bay Writers Festival.

Our MCs performed so beautifully and all the staff were very proud of the way they shone for our school.

All the introductory speeches were carefully crafted and were respectful, knowledgeable and entertaining. One writer even suggested that the introduction by Mackenzie and Willow from Year 10 was so good that they should be the ones being interviewed!

Congratulations to you wonderful MCs – Bella Walz, Mackenzie Stephan, Willow Cuthbert-Howard, Lily Harrison and Jasmine Walcott.

Overall our students were excellent in the audience. They were highly entertained by such writers as John Marsden, Bob Brown, Osama Sami and Tara June Winch among others. Despite the wind and rain, the day was inspiring.

Katie Biggin

Deputy Principal.

HSC Trial Exams

Year 12 students worked hard in the last week of the holidays, sitting trial exams for their upcoming HSC exams.

HSC trial exams

High School Activities

There have been many Wellbeing initiatives for High School this term and students have been treated to many important speakers and sessions to help them negotiate the teenage years. I would like to share them with you.  Annie Barrett, our Wellbeing Worker, and I work closely to bring a variety of expert speakers and groups to our High School students.

There are also many other events that we are involved in that are listed below!

Wellbeing Events:

  • The Youth Liaison Police visited the students early in the term to talk about cyberbullying and how to stay safe online. Students were given the opportunity to ask questions and learn how to protect their identity and manage their online behaviour
  • Drug and Alcohol talks for Years 9-12 from NCAHS Drug and Alcohol Counsellor. Kate Leith explored the perceptions of what might appear ‘normal’ in the North Coast about drug and alcohol behaviour, but is out of sync with the national picture.
  • PASH – Positive Attitudes to Sexual Health conference for Year 10. This whole day conference in Lismore, with students from all schools and systems, is a perfect opportunity to explore issues around sexuality and sexual health.
  • Psychologist Peter Chown talked to Years 9- 12 about use of smartphones and mental health implications. He also spoke to parents on the same day, in the evening. While we had some parents turn up for the very important evening session, it would have been great to see more parents come and hear what is delivered to students and learn about how to manage screen time. He is a wonderful speaker with a depth of knowledge on the subject and other parenting issues.
  • Byron Youth Theatre performance about LGBTIA issues for Years 9-11. What an amazing presentation, with some of our Year 11 students in the performance. So great to see issues of gender and sexuality explored in a sensitive and creative way.

As well as Wellbeing initiatives, there have been a plethora of amazing experiences for all HS students this term:

  • a national poetry group called Poetry in Action presented to Years 9- 12
  • Study skills workshops for Years 10-12 from the Elevate Education team
  • Careers Expo for Years 11 and 12
  • Futsal competitions for Years 9-11
  • Year 6 High School experience day in High School – Year 6 visited our High School to learn a bit about what we do.
  • Cross Country House competitions and subsequent winners going to local and then state competitions!
  • Netball Gala day for Primary and High School
  • HSC English Advanced Excursion to Sydney to see Shakespeare’s King Richard 3rd
  • Year 7 Camp
  • Year 10 Camp
  • Subject Forum lead by Year 11 and 12 students for Year 10 students during a guardian period.
  • Senior School Information Night for Year 10 students and parents with staff presenting their subjects.
  • Year 9 visit to Lifecare – Older people’s home as part of their local community work.
  • Year 11 Survival Camp for PDHPE
  • HSC Parent Teacher Interviews
  • Winter Festival for all
  • Many subject specific excursions for Year 12 students to local HSC Study Day events

So, no wonder we all need a holiday!!

Have a great term break. Our HSC students will be busy studying, spending time on holiday classes with staff and then sitting their HSC Trial Exams in the 3rd week of the term break. We wish them the best of luck!!

Year 9 students helping Class 3

During a recent PDHPE lesson, Lizzie encouraged her Year 9 students to show Class 3 children a few games.  A very sweet display of older students helping younger students was the result.

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