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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
- 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!!
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.
Tree pasting is a process of mixing manure, sand, clay and water and applying it to the trunk and branches of trees which carries out a similar function to that of compost spread on the ground. It also nourishes and protects the bark and cambium of tress and vines and has the effect of sealing over crevices which pests may attack.
Last week we had the pleasure of hosting expert Biodynamic Gardening teacher Sandra Frain with a tree pasting workshop. She brings wonderful energy to the class with a wealth of knowledge. It was an inspiring workshop to see the students get into the process of applying medicine to trees.
Year 9 & 10 students recently showcased their work from elective subjects such as art, media, textiles, D&T, music, drama, & circus. An entertaining evening was had by all!
Denis recently ran a Contemporary Art main lesson with Year 10 students. Gorgeous environmental artwork displays popped up all over the school.
Much fun was had on the last day of Term 2! Teachers & students in the high school came together to enjoy a Lip Syncing Competition. We saw Lizzie, dressed in Geri Haliwell outfit & blonde wig, very convincingly, lip sync to ‘It’s Raining Men’. She had many men (teachers and students) on stage to accompany her, and got them all doing a conga line off stage! Malcolm, Andy, Ric, Peter, & James dressed up as The Village People, and had the crowd smiling with their lip sync to ‘YMCA’. Many student groups dressed up and entertained the audience with their lip syncing renditions, but in the end, it was ‘Athens House’ (pictured below) who took out the prize for the 2016 CBRSS Lip Syncing Competion!
Photo courtesy of Katie Biggin
Much fun, and GROOVY dancing, was had at the 70’s Disco Decade Dance, held on Friday night, 10 June, in the performance hall.
Year 12 hosted this fundraiser (for their class), and did a great job. The hall was beautifully decorated, their were games & prizes, and everyone got their GROOVE on!
Well done Year 12!
The winners of ‘best costume’ with Year 12 MC’s were:
From left to right (bottom right pic): Aleshanee (yr12), Dane (yr7), Fergus (yr9), Yani (yr9), Celeste (yr7), Sam (yr 12)
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Enquiries:Tel: (02) 6639 9300
Office Hours:Term Time: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm Holidays: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm