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The No.1 bus from Ballina

Blanch’s No.1 bus from Ballina

Byron Council posted the following roadworks notice on their site yesterday regarding Broken Head Rd reconstruction, which will see one lane traffic conditions from next Monday 14 March 2016, extending for a 8-week period to 24 May 2016.  Students are advised that there could be additional delays with both the morning and afternoon school to Ballina route.

http://www.byron.nsw.gov.au/road-works/2016/03/14/broken-head-road-reconstruction-works

Phil Blanch has communicated to the school that to address the existing delays with the morning bus No.1 they will be adding an extra bus No.15 shortly.  More details will be communicated to the students and parents of regular users of this service shortly, but this may or may not alleviate the schedule during the Broken Head upgrade. They are hoping that one lane traffic may be beneficial to the buses traffic flow, but we shall see!

Canteen Roster

Hi All,

The Canteen is always in need of happy helpers!  If you would like to volunteer at the school canteen please contact Amanda Eade on amandaeade55@gmail.com or text 0411837699 to put your name down.  The following table shows dates that need to be filled:

 

  Tuesday   Wednesday   Thursday
  Feb 2 – Kathryn Walker   Feb 3 – Christina G-F   Feb 4 – Hetty
  Feb 9 – Emma   Feb 10 – Paula Z   Feb 11- Hetty
  Feb 16 – Hetty   Feb 17 – Paula Z   Feb 18 – Suzanne A
  Feb 23 – Jason L   Feb 24 –  Caroline S   Feb 25 – Sharon S
  March 1 –   March 2 – Lisa K   March 3 – Nat D
  March 8 – Kathryn W   March 9 – Paula Z   March 10 Abby B
  March 15   March 16   March 17 Suzanne A
  March 22 – Maggie K   March 23 – Paula Z   March 24 – Ann P
  March 29   March 30   March 31 Suzanne A
  April 5   April 6 – Paula Z   April 7 – Ann P

Communication

We love communicating with parents – it’s how we best work in partnership with you to support your child’s learning journey.  Please help us out by using the correct form of communication.  If you need to speak to a teacher, the best option is to call reception and ask to make an appointment.  Alternatively you could email the teacher (preferably through our reception email address  reception@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au.  Please do not contact the teachers by calling or texting their mobile phones.  Our teachers work hard and they do need to have a home life away from work – phone calls and text messages disturb this time and are not helpful to good communication.

Report from Class 6 Arlia and Olivia Jane

Eleni Uluru

 

Eleni ~ the beautiful art teacher

Reported by Arlia and Olivia Jane from Class 6

Our beloved art teacher, Eleni, went on long service leave for one term at the end of last year, after her ten enjoyable years of working in our school. “My holiday was excellent, I went to Uluru. I flew from Sydney to Uluru, it was a three and a half hour flight,” Eleni told us.

Eleni saw Uluru, Kata Tjuta and King’s Canyon as well as a few beautiful sights around Alice Springs. She missed us when she got back from Alice Springs and was excited to get back to school and start teaching again.

“I had a lot of fun, the desert was very hot. Even though it was so hot walking around the base of Uluru, it was one of my favourite things to do,” Eleni said.

Class 6 Report Olivia

Lemons for Sale

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There are lemons for sale outside of the office for 50c each. They are home

grown, organic and picked fresh daily. All profits will be going to support African children in need, which is my class project for this year.

Thank you for supporting the African children.

Olivia Eade

Class 6

Report from Class 6 Ayla

Save Our Ocean

Reported by Ayla, Class 6

Hey! Have you guys heard about all the rubbish?

Guess What? There’s so much it’s taking up half our beaches!

We need to do something fast or else all our marine life will die. Our beaches will be polluted! You won’t be able to swim in the ocean. Terrible, right!!

There is a solution that can help. There’s an organisation called Take Three for the Sea. They organise beach clean ups all around Australia and go on big ships to clean up the ocean.

I think we can learn a lot from their name. Every time you’re out at the beach, or anywhere really, just pick up three pieces of rubbish. It’s not a lot, but if everyone was doing it, it will make a world of difference!

Take Three for the Sea, and save the animals!

Ayla dolphin

News from the High School

This week has been exciting in the High School. We started off the week having a well known local industrial designer, Nathan Pollock, come to the school and talk to our Design and Technology students. We also had a portable timber mill arrive at the school and demonstrate how timber is milled for use. It was noisy but fascinating! The smell of camphor cleared all our heads. Thanks to Peter Palmer for his work in bringing exciting experiences to our D & T students. 
 
Autumn Festival rehearsal took place on Thursday, followed by our High School Assembly which celebrated the whole High School’s participation in our Swimming Carnival. Ric was able to read out the winning house, amidst enthusiastic cheering. Sparta was declared the winner but the real winners were all the students who participated for their House. The House Captains handed out certificates to students who gained points for their house.

Tom Whitaker took his Year 12 Music students to Kadina HS for a rehearsal for the upcoming Bluesfest where our students will be performing on the Monday. At the same time, Loani and Ian accompanied the ensemble to Shearwater and Mullumbimby for some performances and fund raising for their trip later in the year.

 
The High School is a dynamic and enriching place offering students the opportunity to shine in their own individual fields and I applaud our wonderful teachers who, this week, have brought a variety of interesting experiences for the students. 
 
Katie Biggin
Deputy Principal

Class 12 rehearse for BluesFest at Kadina High

Year 12 music students went on an excursion to Kadina High School last Thursday 10 March, to participate in a rehearsal for the exciting opportunity to play at the upcoming Local High School showcase at the Blues Festival on Easter Monday at Midday!

 

BlueFest rehearsal at Kadina March 2016

Request from Taya Solomon from Class 11

NOTICE: Do you have an old dustpan you have been meaning to get rid of?!? 
Hello, I am a student from year 11.  For my Design & Technology project, I am raising awareness of sustainability fashion and encouraging recycling.  I desperately need dustpans for my project!  Any donations would be much appreciated, whether they are cracked or in any form of condition!
Thank you
Taya

A Magical Evening with Irish Joe Lynch

For some years now, Irish Joe Lynch has been wooing audiences at all the major festivals around Australia.  Next Monday evening we are lucky enough to have him join us for a cosy evening house concert in Mullumbimby.

‘Irish Joe hails from the remote and beautiful mountains of west Cork in the south of Ireland where the art of storytelling is still very strong.  When Joe performs, one can’t help but be transported by his natural brogue and his unique ability to capture your imagination.  He weaves a blend of ancient Celtic tales and dynamic and romantic poetry that leaves his audience spellbound’.
Come one, come all and prepare to be thoroughly and most delightfully enchanted! (But get in quick, as numbers will be capped).
When:  7pm, Monday 21st March (Doors open at 6.30).
Where:  At a lovely house in Mullumbimby ~ Address will be given with your ticket booking.
Ticket:  $20 (Includes Chai and Nibblies) Children free.
Contact:  Bethanie ~ 0416 523 731  bejolly8@gmail.com

From the P&F

chai tent 2

Dear Parents and Friends of the School Community,

The CHAI TENT will be operating at the Friday Market 18th March, as part of ongoing student fundraising efforts.  Please come along and enjoy the chai while helping our Year 12 students to raise class funds during this busy and pressured final year.  Thank you for your ongoing support  of the school community and we look forward to other community events in the near future.

Warm Regards

Tanja and Lisa
P&F Executive

Craft Group

Craft Group commenced again on Thursday 25th February, at 9-11am in Silky Oak
Cottage (P&F room).   All crafters and would-be-crafters are most welcome are welcome to join us, and any little
helpers too.  Come and share the joy of creating within your community.  The group is also seeking donations of pure wool/yarn (for knitted toys), wool felt and natural fibre fabrics (cotton, wool, silk). Maybe you have a
stash of leftovers that you be happy to share with our creative crafters.

Please contact Tanja to organise a drop off or for more information
pandf.sec@gmail.com

From the Principal

This week has flown by so quickly, it seems the school is buzzing with activity and we are already well into the rhythm of the year.

Not only is this the time when our students are settling into their daily routines, but it is also the time when much of the parent involvement in the school is being organised.  We have a very full calendar of Class meetings over the first few weeks of the year.  I would like to strongly encourage at least one parent from each family to attend  the Class meetings.  Our teachers and guardians put a lot of time and thought into planning meetings which are interesting, relevant, informative and enjoyable (and hopefully not too long).  We consider the class meetings to be a crucial part of our communication pathways.  Whilst we do our very best to avoid clashes of meetings, this is not always possible so I do apologise to any parents who have found that they have two meetings in one night.

At the beginning of the week, along with James Dods (Chair of the Board), I attended the Parents and Friends meeting.  The Parents and Friends group do such a good job of supporting the school and providing opportunities to build our school community.  I strongly encourage families to get involved with the P&F and help support our school.  At the moment, they are considering ideas for a social event for the school community.  If you have an idea for a social event to bring the adults within our school community together, please do contact Tanja Nelson (Chair of the P&F) to let her know.
This week I briefly attended the first Kindergarten meeting for the year.  It was lovely to see the new (and not so new) kindergarten parents there.  Settling our new little kindergarten children into the rhythms and routines of the kindergarten day is a big job and it is so important that our teachers are able to communicate clearly with the parents.
Finally, today I had the absolute joy of attending the Class 5 Indian Feast.  It was a great chance to dust off my sari and join the students for some wonderful dhal and rice.  Thank you to the parents who worked so hard to create this beautiful meal and thank you to Naina for organising the day for the students.  Those who looked carefully may even have seen Georgi from our Admin team dancing with the Bollywood Sisters.
Peace
Nerrida
Indian Feast Class 5

Members of the Association

If you were a Member of the Association of the Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School inc. under the terms of the previous constitution, your membership has now lapsed.  You will need to complete the application process to become a Member under the terms of the current constitution.

James Dods, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, recently sent out an email to the school community, inviting the community to apply for membership, and to support our wonderful school.  Members of the Association elect Directors of the Board and can vote at the Annual General Meeting, and any Special General Meetings of the Association which may be called from time to time.

The Association’s primary purpose is to: “Ensure that the legal entity (the school) can still function

If you are interested in being a Member of the Association, please see Reception to pick up an application form.  Application forms need to be given to Georgi Brooke, the Principal’s Assistant, to collect.  You may drop off at Reception for Georgi.  Further information about the procedure to become a Member of the Association can be found at this address:  http://capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au/schooldocs/Application_for_Membership_of_Association_Procedure_V_1.1.pdf

Privacy Reminder

It is wonderful when parents and friends come to school events and many parents love to take photos of their children at these events to remember the occasion and share with family and friends.  Whilst sharing photos of your own child is your own choice, sharing photos of other children without their parents’ permission is a breach of privacy.  For this reason, we ask that parents who take photos of children other than their own at school events do not share the photos on social media (Facebook, Instagram etc.) or on any other website or sharing platform.

Communication

We love communicating with parents – it’s how we best work in partnership with you to support your child’s learning journey.  Please help us out by using the correct form of communication.  If you need to speak to a teacher, the best option is to call reception and ask to make an appointment.  Alternatively you could email the teacher (preferably through our reception email address  reception@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au.  Please do not contact the teachers by calling or texting their mobile phones.  Our teachers work hard and they do need to have a home life away from work – phone calls and text messages disturb this time and are not helpful to good communication.

Drop-off and Pick-up Reminder

Just a gentle reminder when dropping off or picking up children that this is to happen from the bottom car-park.  No children should be dropped off or picked up from the top car park as this is a school bus zone.

Car Park Dust

Dust in the bottom car park has become an issue in this dry weather. We have been working on a solution to this and will be installing a sprinkler system within the next 10 days.  It may take a little while to fine tune this system, however we hope to have an immediate reduction to the level of dust once the system has been installed.  In the meantime, please take care to drive slowly in the car park.  Thank you for your patience whilst we try to find the best solution.

Lost Property

Small items that are handed in to Reception, are on display in the Reception window.  Two single keys were found in the car park on Thursday, they are now in the Reception window 🙂

Warm Regards,

Felicity

Permission slips for excursions

Permission slips for excursions MUST  be received two days prior to an excursion, not on the morning of the excursion, or students will not be allowed to go.  Receiving permission slips on the morning of the excursion creates unnecessary stress for all involved, and can hold up the departure time.