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Spring Fair

The 2016 Spring Fair is fast approaching!  Please click on the following link to view the update on this special day.  Help & donations still needed!

Spring Fair 2016

Canteen Roster

Helping at the canteen is a wonderful way of not only getting to know the school community a little bit more, but also in claiming RC&M hours, and receiving a free delicious lunch for your child/ren. Hours are between 9.30am – 2.30pm. To put your name down on the roster, please contact Amanda at amandaeade55@gmail.com or 0411 837 699.

Term 3

Canteen Roster

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

A presentation by Dr Simon Bednarek

Dear Class 3, 4, 5, 6 Parents and Staff,

We are glad to invite you to another educational evening presented by Dr Simon Bednarek:

Transformation around the age of 12….. The pre-teen years

Time:  6:30 – 7:30pm
Where:  CBRSS Performance Hall.
When:  Tuesday 23rd August 2016

This talk follows on from Simon’s wonderful presentation last term focusing on ‘The 9 Year Old Transition ….’

We encourage all families from Classes 3, 4, 5 and 6 to have at least one parent attend the evening, which will bring a helpful and informative view of child development from an Anthroposophical perspective during the upper stages of the Primary School years.

Parents of other age groups are also welcome to attend. Please see Simon’s biography below.

The Teachers and I are looking forward to enjoying this evening with you all,
Best wishes,
Teera

Simon Bednarek

Simon Bednarek MBBS (WA), FRNZCGP, FRACGP Simon is an anthroposophic GP working at Meadows Medical Centre Mullumbimby and living in Byron Shire. Previously, he worked in Perth for 5 years and for 28 years as a General Practitioner in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. Simon is the coordinator of the medical section in NZ and has organised many conferences and seminars in this role. He has worked as a school doctor and as GP for curative adult and children residential homes in Hawkes Bay. He is a past chair of the Taikura Rudolf Steiner School board of trustees. Simon has taught and spoken at events such as the International Postgraduate Medical Training (IPMT) and Kolisko conferences in Dornach, Switzerland, Philippines, Thailand, NZ, Australia, Hungary, South Africa and India on topics ranging from anthroposophic medicine, organisational development, soul development and leadership. Simon has four children who all attended the Hastings Taikura Waldorf School and have now completed university.

Live Life Well @ School ~ The importance of Sleep

Our school is currently involved in the Live Life Well @ School, which is co-ordinated by Northern NSW Local Health.  A snippet will be included in upcoming Bulletins about healthy ways to live life well!  Here is the first, on the importance of sleep!

Live Life Well

Sleep is Essential

“Sleep is essential for a healthy life, and it is important to promote healthy sleep habits in early childhood,” says Dr. Paruthi, of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. “It is especially important as children reach adolescence to continue to ensure that teens are able to get sufficient sleep.”

How much do you need?

  •  Infants between 4 and 12 months – 12 to 16 hours of sleep  including naps.
  • Children 1 and 2 years – 11 to 14 hours.
  • Children 3 and 5 years old – 10 to 13 hours.
  • 6 to 12 years old- 9 to 12 hours.
  • Teenagers to 18 need 8 to 10 hours.
  • Adults, –  7 to 9 hours of sleep each day.

Getting the right amount of shuteye is critical to kids’ developing brains and bodies. The consensus from the panel was that if children clock in enough hours of sleep on a regular basis, it will lead to a host of improvements, plus better overall mental and physical health. On the flipside, the researchers found that sleeping fewer than the recommended hours directly affected a child’s behavior and increased their risk of a number of potentially harmful and life-long health problems.

Putting aside enough sleep for a child is one of the best ways parents can lay a foundation of healthy habits that children can take with them into adulthood. With more than one third of the adult population sleep deprived, sleep becomes paramount for children to avoid the consequences that come with a lifetime of sleep problems.

AFL AUSKICK

AFL AUSKICK

When: Monday’s 3-4pm
Venue: School Cola
Cost: $75 for six weeks.
Who: Primary school children

Register online at www.aflauskick.com.au
Further information Contact
Julian: 0439 003 721
julian.vandenriest@afl.com.au

Need babysitting, your house looked after, or your birthday organised?

Hi everyone!

My name is Kai Suzuki Jones, I am currently in Year 12 at Cape Byron Steiner.  I am looking for some jobs such as babysitting, house sitting, and organising birthday parties.  I have experience teaching young children as well as supervising and organising children’s birthday parties.  I love working with children and have good experience with them.  Please contact me anytime during the day!

Contact me on: 0474038970
Email: kai2016@http://capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

Do you need Au Pair help in your home?

Dear Sir or Madam

My name is Julia Langer, 19-year-old au pair from Hamburg, Germany. One month ago, I finished my A-Levels at our local Rudolf Steiner School and now I am looking for a Steiner inspired host family in Australia. I would like to take on a share of the family’s responsibility for childcare as well as some housework.

My Steiner school (Germany) publishes a newsletter weekly and there are often ads from students wanting to come over to and au pair or sometimes families looking for an English speaking au pair to come to Europe.

Does your school have a newsletter, too? Or do you have any ideas how I can find a suitable family?

Moreover, I am interested in working and helping at your school. I like creativity and music and I am open to new ideas. I would like to support for example:  class plays, assist with the scene painting, realize the set etc.
homework supervision, private coaching, tuition…

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind regards from Germany,

Julia Langer

Our resident koala

Our gorgeous resident koala was recently spotted in the trees, keeping an eye on the children!

 

Koala

From the Principal

Hello everyone,

What a busy couple of weeks it has been. The Winter Festival was a lovely opportunity for the school community to come together and celebrate the winter season. It was great to see so many parents, family members and friends coming along to celebrate this special occasion with us. The challenge with the increased popularity of this event is finding a venue which can safely and effectively fit everybody in. We will certainly be thinking carefully about this as we plan next year’s Winter Festival as the hall in Bangalow was certainly bulging at the seams last week.

The kindergarten children also enjoyed a very beautiful and reverent Winter Festival at school this week. The sense of community was strong and the children experienced a very special and reverent celebration of the season.

In the High School, our Year 9 and 10 students demonstrated some of the outstanding work they have been doing in their electives this semester. Works from Design and Technology and the Creative Arts were on display and the audience enjoyed wonderful performances of circus skills, music and drama. Congratulations to the students and the teachers for such a wonderful night.

Earlier this year, some parents approached me with some concerns about our use of WiFi technology in the school. I undertook some extensive research into this topic and, whilst there is no definitive evidence about the effects of WiFi technology, there is enough concern to warrant some preventative action. With the agreement and support of the Primary School Teachers, we have decided that the WiFi routers in the Primary School will be turned off when they are not being used by the teachers and we have purchased some timer devices to assist with this.

Finally, just a reminder that we will be having a meeting for all parents on Wednesday 27th July at 7pm at the school. We will start the meeting by sharing our new Master Plan for the school. Michael Leung, architect and parent, will be there to take us all through the plan. This will be a great opportunity for parents to have a look at what is planned for the development of school buildings and facilities into the future. The next part of the meeting will be a “World Cafe” type meeting (coffee and cake provided) to discuss parent engagement in student learning and the school. We are asking that at least 1 adult from each family attend this meeting, so please put it into your calendars.

Have a wonderful, peaceful and safe Term break.

Peace
Nerrida

Parent Involvement in the School – Important Meeting

Could you please mark in your diaries the date of 27th of July (which is Week 1 of Term 3).

We are holding an important parent meeting and are asking that at least one parent from every family attend.  At this meeting, we will be presenting our Master Plan to the school community.  We will also be talking about parent involvement in our school community.  There will be a number of short presentations and plenty of time for discussion.

We are asking for at least one parent from each family to attend (regardless of whether you are a new parent or have been involved in the school for years).

An invitation, with more information, will go out soon.

Winter Festival 2016

Our Winter Festival was a special, cosy, and reverent celebration of the Winter Solstice.  Students, teachers, and the school community gathered at the A & I Hall in Bangalow for some beautiful music, dance, song, and the lantern walk.  The Dynasty Eight choir delighted us with their harmonies, and Loani & Tom did a beautiful job of leading the students, teachers, and our very own school choir, The Grail Singers, in song.  Eva, and drama students from Year 11, mesmerised the crowd with a dramatic indigenous dance performance, the Aboriginal Myth of the Sun  It was the perfect way to celebrate the coming of the light.  The evening’s finale was a lantern walk of the spiral, beautifully laid out on the oval outside.  Students from Class 1-12 carried their carefully made lanterns and walked the spiral, on a very windy evening, before heading back to warm and cosy homes.

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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!!

Term 2 wrap up for K-6

Term 2 has been full of rich experiences for K-6.  The primary classes have been on a number of excursions in the local area.  The children have enjoyed visits to The Farm, Mullumbimby Community Gardens & Historical Museum, Minyon Falls, a local produce farm, and a viewing of the Aboriginal art exhibition ~ Bunjalung Country.  Class 6 expanded their knowledge of the galaxy with a trip to the Brisbane Planetarium & Science Museum, followed by a stargazing sleepover at school.  Class 5 had a fabulous week of outdoor activities at Tyalgum Ridge.

Class 5 & 6 started their mornings by jogging a circuit around the school in preparation for the annual cross-country race.

In addition to these forays out into the wider community, we were lucky to have several visitors to the school.

Bothmer specialist Dan Freeman brought his expertise to the school with lessons and games for the children and ideas and observations for the teachers.  John Billings played two Lyre concerts, including some Irish folk songs that were very familiar to the children.

There were visitors for teachers and parents to learn from too, with Dr Simon Bednarek giving a presentation on the 9-year transition.  Lou Harvey Zahara shared some gems on creative discipline, and Nathan Verinder kept parents up to date with tips on Cyber Safety.

Within the school there have been various festivals, performances, and fundraisers including the launch of the Kitchen Garden Program and the popular Bush Dance.  The sharing and enjoyment of the Class 4 & 5 Strings concerts was a pleasure for parents, and the Winter Festival, a soulful and evocative celebration of the season.  The coming of the light dramatized so beautifully in the Aboriginal myth of the Sun.

The teaching staff continued to develop their professional skills with an intensive on Bothmer Gymnastics, an AIS Child Protection workshop, training in First Aid & CPR, and the Camp Out for Kids.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Below are pics from the Class 2, 3, & 4 Term 2 excursions.

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