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Updated Action Plan for Tick bites

We have recently had an increase of students reporting tick related allergies to our school. Please note that we will now be following the latest action plan suggested by ascia (Australian society of clinical Immunology and allergy) which is to kill the tick by using ether-containing spray.

Following is an excerpt from ascia, you may like to read the full details here to best manage tick bites at home.

What to do if you find a tick lodged in your skin and you are NOT allergic to ticks:
Never attempt to place any chemical such as methylated spirits onto the tick, nor should it be touched or disturbed, as the tick will inject saliva into the skin. The aim is to first kill the tick with an ether-containing spray and then remove it as soon as is practicable and in as safe a setting as is possible. Doing so may reduce the possibility of you becoming allergic to ticks and may also reduce the risk of you contracting a tick-borne infectious disease or developing tick paralysis.
What to do if you find a tick lodged in your skin and you are ALLERGIC to tick bites:
If you have been diagnosed as allergic to ticks, you should have emergency medication -adrenaline (epinephrine) autoinjector (e.g. EpiPen®), a means of summoning medical assistance, and a signed ASCIA Action Plan from your GP or the hospital.
If you find a tick, do NOT forcibly remove the tick, but rather kill the tick first by using a product to rapidly freeze the tick to prevent it from injecting more allergen-containing saliva. In a tick allergic person, the tick should be killed and removed in a safe place (e.g. an emergency department of a hospital).
Ether-containing aerosol sprays are currently recommended for killing the tick. Aerostart® or ether-containing sprays (e.g. Wart-Off Freeze®, Elastoplast Cold Spray®) has also been effective. Freezing the tick (regardless of whether one is concerned about transmission of infection, tick paralysis or tick allergy) may also have the advantage of reducing the risk of tick sensitisation and later development of tick allergy or related allergic syndromes.
For those who have had severe reactions to tick bites, it is now possible to test for Mammalian Meat Allergy.

Christmas Concert and Market

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Celebrating Advent

In the Southern hemisphere, Christmas falls near the Summer Solstice when the light is at its strongest and we celebrate the triumph of light at its greatest point in the yearly cycle. For thousands of years before Christianity, the Egyptians celebrated the Festival of Osiris, the Celts and Druids held great festivals of fire and light, the Hindus had the Diwali festival of lights and the Jewish celebrated Hanukkah.

As the year draws to an end in our beautiful part of the world, we increasingly spend time outside enjoying “the sun in the heavens”. With the long warm days, intense light and balmy nights we are drawn out into the elements rather than into “the sun in our hearts”. It can be challenging to develop a sense of inwardness, patience and contemplation when the Spirit of the Earth (and us) is on its outward breath. To balance this we can consciously choose to “receive the light” and celebrate what is both universally human and universally spiritual.

How Advent is celebrated in your family is a personal choice. It can provide an opportunity for some quiet ‘breathing in’ during this outwardly busy time of year and help your children to practice preparation and patience through the ritual of counting the weeks and days to the special celebratory event. The lighting of candles each week also reflects our own ‘Divine Light’ and helps to bring us a little inward contemplation.

Here are some ideas that you might like to include in your own advent celebrations:

Advent Wreath
Advent Garden
Advent Spiral
Advent Crib

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Verses for the 4 weeks of Advent

Week 1: Crystal Kingdom
The first light of Advent
Is the light of stones,
Stones that shine through seashells
Crystals and in bones.

Week 2: Plant Kingdom
The second light of Advent
Is the light of plants,
Plants that reach up to the sun
And in the breezes dance.

Week 3: Animal Kingdom
The third light of Advent
Is the light of beasts,
The light of hope that we may see
In greatest and in least.

Week 4: Humankind
The fourth light of Advent
Is the light of man,
The light of hope, of thoughts,
To give and understand.

Additional Reading:

Resources for Advent

Winter Festival Guidebooks

Our library also has some handouts on making an advent wreath, etc.

 

Win a beautiful hand-crafted Nativity scene

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On display at the school reception, is this adorable hand-crafted Nativity scene.

Raffle tickets only $2 each
Drawn: 4pm 9th Dec at the Christmas Festival Market

Tickets available from the Office
Craft Group (Tuesdays)
Christmas Festival Market

Spread the savings and help our school

To all family, friends, and friends of friends,

Do you know anyone who may appreciate quality art and craft materials, or Steiner based toys?

We have been given the opportunity by our school wholesaler Mercurius to earn 15% on all sales from their ‘art makes sense’ website by using our school code. This would help our school, as well as busy mums and dads with an easier fundraiser.

Take a moment to see if there are any products that may benefit you or your family on the site. Please also forward to as many friends you know who may enjoy some of the products for themselves, their children or for gifts at this wonderful time of year. This offer is open to anyone a long as delivery is within Australia.

Please consider book marking the following link http://www.art-makes-sense.com.au/ and remember to put in our CODE: FRIENDCBRSS

With much appreciation for any and all kind-hearted desires and efforts to help us manifest for all our children at school.

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Violins for sale

3 very good quality student violins
1 x half size
2 x three quarter size
All come with hard case and chin rest, $120 each, Contact Veronica 0447 660 030

Meditation Circle ~ All welcome

Healing intentions of love and peace for our children, school and planet.

Monday mornings ~ Silky Oak Cottage, 9.00am – 9.30am

 

Periwinkle Christmas Fair ~ Next Saturday

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Claim your lost property

Please check the reception window for smaller items of lost property. We have a lovely collection of glasses, keys, jewelry, wallets, violin bow, drink bottles, knitting, watches, diaries.

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While you there, take a look in the wooden chest outside reception which is overflowing with jumpers and jackets at the moment.

Seasons Cafe Roster

Please be reminded of your canteen duty roster if you have volunteered this term. If you wish to help fill in the blank dates, please contact Amanda Eade on 0411837699 or email amandaeade55@gmail.com

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From the Principal

Hello everybody,

Friday marked the final exam for our HSC students and the end of a wonderful journey, with a number of students having been at the school since Kindergarten. I would like to thank the school community for your patience whilst the HSC exams were taking place. Everybody worked hard to ensure the spaces around the exam rooms were quiet and undisturbed. Whilst holding the exams within the school causes some disruption, sitting exams in a known environment does help to reduce the stress for our HSC students. On Monday I will join some of the teachers to say a final farewell to our 2016 graduating class at a formal dinner.

Last week we also welcomed the Ensemble Della Mar back from their tour of Victoria and Tasmania. I have received feedback that the ensemble’s performances were vibrant, entertaining and inspiring. The ensemble will be playing at a “Welcome Home” concert on Thursday at the school from 5.45 pm. This will be a wonderful celebration of our talented students and the music they make. If you haven’t attended an ensemble concert before, I strongly recommend that you come along. (If you have seen them before, you don’t need my recommendation to know it will be a wonderful night).

Thank you to those parents who gave feedback about the proposed changes to the Primary School Dress Code. So far the response to the proposed changes has been positive. We plan to make a decision in the middle of next week, so if you would like to provide feedback on the proposed change, please email your comments. Details about the proposed changes can be found later in this bulletin.

Peace
Nerrida

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Change to the Primary School Dress Code

The proposed additions are listed in bold italics below. We welcome your feedback to the proposed change so that we can consider all views before making a final decision. Send feedback to info@http://capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

  • Clothing should suit the season. Please provide spare clothes in rainy weather.
  • Plain coloured clothing made of natural fibres is recommended.
  • No black clothing or clothing with printed images, messages or slogans.
  • Top must be a short or long sleeved plain t-shirt of a single rainbow colour or a CBRSS t-shirt
  • Clothing should allow freedom of movement (consider bike pants or shorts under skirts to support this).
  • Strong, supportive, flat-soled shoes in winter and autumn and shoes or sandals in summer or spring.
  • Thongs, ‘Crocs’, Ugg boots and fashion shoes are not suitable for school.
  • Shoes should be suitable for nature walks and sport.
  • Soft-soled slippers for indoor use.
  • Broad-brimmed CBRSS school hat must be worn for outdoor play.
  • Hair longer than shoulder length must be tied back at all times.
  • Jewellery kept to a minimum. Earrings to be simple studs or sleepers only. No make-up.

The changes are planned to come into effect at the beginning of next year.

New enrolments

We would like to warmly welcome the following families to the school:

  • The Woods family with D’Arcy Year 8 and Romany Year 10

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

 

2017 Term Dates

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This information can always be found on our school website

Year 10 Work Experience

This week Year 10 have been getting a taste of working life in various career placements from retail, sports, journalism, theatre, agriculture, marine, web design, veterinary, photography, fashion, IT and alternative therapies’.
We are receiving great feed-back on their participation and professionalism.
Jess and Andy