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New Enrolments!

This term, we would like to warmly welcome the following families to the school:

  • The Hart family with Brianna in Cl 5 and Avryl in Yr 9
  • The Genis and Tait family with Bodhi in Yr 9
  • The Leigh family with Honey in Yr 9
  • The Miles family with Phire in Yr 8 and Chilli in Yr 9
  • The Whitling family with Serene in Yr 9
  • The Dodd family with Jack in Cl 5
  • The Brooke family with Kale in Cl 4
  • The McKenzie and Lamont family with Mischa in Cl 2 and Dexter in Cl 3

We welcome you to our school community and hope you and your family find your time with us enriching and enjoyable.

Parent Engagement

Following on from our recent parent engagement evening, we will be including two of the discussion questions from the event in each Bulletin. If you were unable to attend on the night (or if you did attend and have further ideas to add), please feel free to send in any of your thoughts, ideas or comments. All ideas are welcome. The general feeling of the evening was positive, constructive and collaborative and any ideas or suggestions you have would add to the terrific information we have already collected. Please email your thoughts and ideas to principal@http://capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au .

1. How could we support parents to find out more about the ethos/philosophy of the school?

2. What does good quality communication between parents and the school look like in our school setting? How can we do this better?

The Bulletin on a Sunday?

Following on from discussion at the Parent Engagement evening, we received feedback that some parents find they lose the Bulletin in the rush of their weekly news feed. From the next bulletin we will be trialling sending the Bulletin out on a Sunday morning, hopefully a slightly quieter time when members of our school community have a little more time to read it. Please let us know how this works for you.

Noticeboards

Did you know?

The school has two main noticeboards on site. The noticeboard located at the lower car park entrance has information about the school. In the coming weeks we will be adding an Upcoming School Events section to this noticeboard and it will be updated regularly. The noticeboard located at the Administration Office has information about upcoming events in the community and community service notices.

Important ~ Change of dress code for K-12

Please note that there has been an important change to our dress code. All students with hair which is shoulder length or longer MUST have their hair tied back in a plait or a bun whilst on camps and excursions. This change has been made to improve safety for our students. We will carry extra hair ties in our first aid kits, but ask your assistance to support this change from home.

Student Absences

It is a legal requirement that school-aged children must attend school. If your child is going to be away from school for more than three days, you will need to submit an application for exemption to attendance. The government allows Principals to grant exemption under very specific circumstances. If you know your child is going to be absent for more than 3 days, please contact Reception for a form and return the form prior to the absence.

We ask that families do not take holidays during term time. Students can miss really important learning and experiences. This also places additional pressure on the teachers to try to help the students to catch up. It is unfair to ask teachers to provide additional work for students to take away with them on holiday to term time and teachers are not able to do this for unapproved absences. By planning holidays so that they occur in the term breaks, you are supporting your child’s learning and also supporting the teacher in their work.

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.

Visit the Parent Lounge to pay your fees!

Many, in the school community, are getting used to visiting the Parent Lounge, on our website, to view information about upcoming camps and excursions, and to give their permission for their child to attend.

You can now pay your school fees through the Parent Lounge too!  Please follow the steps below if you are keen to try:

  1. Go to our website:  www.http://capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au
  2. Click on Quick Links and you will see the Parent Lounge in the drop down box.
  3. Click on Parent Lounge.
  4. Enter your username (which is your 5-digit parent code) and password.
  5. Click on Make a payment (see example image below)
  6. School fees account ~ It shows your current balance, but you can edit it and choose how much you want to pay.
  7. Proceed to payment.

Parent Lounge

Please note:

If you are paying through the parent portal, you will notice you are given the opportunity to donate to our Building Fund.  This is absolutely optional, however if you wish to make a donation, you will be contributing to the development of projects as per the school’s Master Plan.  We hope to begin the first stage of this with the construction of a new Science/Maths building next year.  All donations are tax deductable.

The Next RCM Day ~ Saturday 20 August

REPAIR CARE & MAINTENANCE DAY (RCM) NEW PROGRAM!

NEXT SATURDAY 20 TH AUGUST – 9AM – 3PM

LUNCH SUPPLIED BY CANTEEN

We have listened to your requests at the recent World Café on Parent Participation.

Our first step in improving the RCM day is to concentrate on only 2 areas, so people are able to work close together in groups.

So we are working on Beautification of School Entrance around bottom car park entry areas. The second area will be Beautification around Administration Area.

This work will also feed into preparing our site as a showcase for all the new visitors at this years Spring Fair.

Of course you can still do work around your classroom as well.

Last time people really enjoyed having a lunch prepared by Craig at the canteen so we will continue with that as well.

Also to manage safety of children onsite we will, in the future, have a supervised gardening program for all students attending. We will incorporate other ideas as time goes along including online info etc.

So lets have a record turn out, come along and encourage other parents to come and lets have a wonderful time together.

A suggestion was to also come up with a new name for the day. So any suggestions please email to Gavin – site@http://capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

Site Manager

Gavin Colley

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