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From The Principal

With just two weeks left of the school year, there is a real buzz around the school and a lot of different activity happening. Our calendar of events is very full and staff are busy writing reports, teaching and organising special activities.

Earlier this week I watched the Class One play. What a beautiful performance and how wonderful
to see just how much the Class One children have grown and learned this year. The kindergarten children in the audience were looking wide- eyed around the room with the knowledge that, after the holidays, they would be the next Class One. The movement into the seventh year marks such a change in the children and, looking at both the Kindergarten and Class One children in the same room, it was clear to see the difference in their whole beings. One of the great joys of working in a school such as ours is that the teachers really get to focus on observing and understanding the developmental changes happening in the children we teach.

Preparations are well underway for our Christmas Concert and Market on Friday 5th December. Please make sure you note this in your diaries, as it is a wonderful opportunity for our school community to come together and share some time at the close of the school year.

Finally, today we unveiled a plaque and two of our senior students planted a persimmon tree in memory of John O’Brien, Principal of the school in 2010 and 2011. A number of staff spoke of their fond memories of John, with stories being told of his warmth, sense of humour and love for the school and the students. The plaque and tree will stand as a tribute to a lovely man who touched the hearts of many in our community.

Peace Nerrida

 

From the Principal

What an interesting week we have had! With the extreme heat to start with, then storms and heavy rain and finally, quite
a lot of wind. One certainly couldn’t blame the children for feeling just a little unsettled in the midst of all this changeable
weather.
In the High School, our brave Year 8 students set out on their camp, travelling from the Mountains to the Sea. They
managed the challenge of a VERY wet night in their tents and then awoke to a sparkling day, perfect for paddling down the
river.
Our Class Three students were also out on camp this week, experiencing a wonderful Farm stay. As I write this, they are
making their way back to the school and I am sure they will have many wonderful stories to tell.
I was very lucky this week to have the wonderful opportunity to spend some time with the Year 10 students in their
Philosophy Main Lesson whilst their teacher was away. I was so impressed by the depth of their thinking and their ability to
talk about the theories of their chosen philosophers.
We are now into the very busy last weeks of term. The school calendar is very full of events, meetings and
presentations. Please do keep an eye on the calendar for events which may interest or involve you.
Finally, we sent out the annual school survey this week. Please take a few moments to go online and complete the
survey. If you missed the email, the link is here. Your feedback will help us to
plan for the future. Staff and students will also be surveyed. The information from the survey will be analysed in our
Strategic Plan process. We have received a $20,000 grant from the AIS to join the Embedding Excellence program and this
will assist us with the further development of our Strategic Plan.
Have a great week everyone.
Peace
Nerrida

From the Principal

Another busy week has passed with some important events in the life of our school community. The passing of our much-loved former Principal, John O’Brien, was a sad event and I attended his funeral today, along with a group of teachers and support staff. Katie and Greg spoke beautifully of their memories of John’s time as Principal at CBRSS.

Last week we also said goodbye to the 2014 Year 12 Class at their final Class formal. With the need for study now over, it was great to see the students all dressed up and enjoying themselves with parents and teachers at the Byron Beach Cafe.

This week you will receive a copy of our annual school community survey. Some of the questions on the survey are specifically designed to assist us with our strategic plan process. Your help in completing the survey as soon as possible after you receive it would be most appreciated.

This week we received the exciting news that the school has been awarded a grant to participate in the AIS Embedding Excellence program, a program which should assist us with our strategic planning process. “Embedding Excellence is an evidence- based approach to school improvement developed by the Association of Independent Schools of NSW to support independent schools through a collaborative process of self-evaluation that involves looking inward, looking outward and looking forward. Embedding Excellence supports schools to develop and enact a comprehensive school plan which leads to meaningful action, innovation that transforms what we do and embedded excellence.”

Over the last few weeks I have received some excellent feedback from students and parents in relation to a range of issues around the school. Your constructive feedback is always very welcome as it can assist us reflect and make improvements to our wonderful school. Positive comments and affirmations are always welcome too!

Peace Nerrida

From the Principal

Today marks the final exam for our 2014 HSC students – there were certainly a lot of smiling faces as the students left the hall when it was over.  Tomorrow night we will farewell the students at their Year 12 Formal.  It is wonderful to see how much these students have grown and matured in their time with us and I wish them all the very best as they step out into the next part of their lives.

Last week we finalised our employment process for the 2015 Class One teacher.  I am very happy to announce that Teresa Morton will be joining us to begin the Class Teacher Journey next year.  Last week Teresa attended the kindergarten meeting to meet the parents and introduce herself.  Teresa is a qualified teacher who brings a wealth of experience and understanding.  She has completed the Grail Quest Steiner Teacher Training course and has been doing some relief teaching in the school.  Teresa is very much looking forward to beginning the journey with her first Steiner Class.

This week we also welcomed Mat Reynolds.  Mat will be taking next year’s Class 6 after the departure of Greg at the end of this year.  Mat visited the class and spent some time with the children.  He also attended an afternoon tea to meet some of the parents in the class.  There will be further opportunities for Mat to meet parents when he arrives at the beginning of next year.

Last week we completed our administration review process.  With the big jump in enrolments over the last 18 months, our hardworking administration team have had a substantially increased workload.  After looking at our current structure, the current needs and some future projections, we have decided to increase staffing in the office and to shift some responsibilities. All of our current administration staff will continue with us, but some in different roles.  As a result of this shift, Jacquie will be moving to become my PA and we are advertising for a new, full time receptionist.  Please see the advertisement in this bulletin and on the website if you are interested in applying for this position.

Finally, just a reminder, our fee schedule for 2015 is now on the website.  Please don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions about this.

Peace

Nerrida

From the Principal

This week I walked around the school and saw teachers working with such skill and care, I saw students laughing, singing and working and I saw our wonderful Administration and Support Crew cheerfully working together to support the school. It struck me that the school is often a haven of calm and warmth in a world which can seem increasingly frightening. Almost every news story at the moment is filled with things designed to make us fearful, worried and at a high state of alert. This makes it all the more important that school can be a place of calm for our students, a place of truth, beauty and goodness. I am grateful to our staff and school community for continuing work to ensure that our school remains just such a haven for our students.

Next week our Year 10 students head out to complete their second week of work experience. The work experience program is an important bridge to the external world and a chance for our students to have a glimpse of some of the possibilities which might open up for them once they have finished school. The feedback we receive from our work experience “employers” is that they absolutely love having our students as they are interested, polite, enthusiastic and willing to get in and ‘have a go.’

Finally, just a reminder that we have a really wonderful library of Steiner related literature in the library. Please do go in and have a chat to Charlotte if you would like to borrow some of our wonderful Steiner resources and find out a little more about the philosophy that underpins our education.

Peace Nerrida

From the Principal

A new term has started and it is hard to believe we are into the final term for the year. It was wonderful to see our students streaming back into the school with happy faces and many stories of their holiday break adventures.

From next week, our 2014 HSC students will begin sitting their exams. This means we all need to take extra care to be quiet around the exam rooms whilst exams are in progress. There will be really clear signage to indicate when exams are in progress and particular care needs to be taken around the performance hall at drop-off and pick up times.

Whilst I am on the subject of drop-off and pick-ups, many of you will have noticed that we have made modifications to our bottom car-park to make it safer and a little more weather-proof. There is now a one-way loop and clear parking spaces. Early reports are that this is working quite well, however we will continue to monitor this and I welcome your feedback. We will be creating a new garden to replace the garden that was in the carpark early next year.

This term we will also be holding a range of parent education/information events for our school community. I will be hosting a “tea and talk” afternoon in November. I will give a short talk about an aspect of Steiner Education, followed by an opportunity for conversation. Greg Noakes is also continuing his series of talks on Steiner Education on Monday afternoons. We will also be introducing the first of what we hope will become a regular series of “Steiner-Ed Talks” (our version of ‘TED Talks’ – a night of short talks given by some of our teachers on a range of topics). More details about this will follow next week. I really encourage you to try to come along to some of these school community events.

Finally, just a note about after-school activities. Last term we noted that a number of children were playing around the school grounds unsupervised after school. Some of these were siblings of children involved in after-school activities and some were children waiting to be picked up from activities. Children must be actively supervised when on school grounds after school and no child should be at school at these times unless they are directly involved in supervised after-school activities.

I look forward to catching up with many of you at the range of class meetings being held this term.

Peace Nerrida

Reminder about Dress Code

By enrolling your child at Cape Byron you have agreed to abide by the school’s dress code, as described below, and your continued support in this area will be much appreciated.

Clothing

  • Please dress your child warmly during Autumn and Winter and provide spare clothes in rainy weather.
  • Plain coloured clothing made of natural fibres is recommended. For the Primary School black clothes are considered unsuitable because we understand beautiful colours help to enrich the child’s soul life and colour experience.
  • Clothing should promote freedom of movement, but not promote gender stereotypical behaviour. Bike pants or shorts under skirts allow modest freedom movement.
  • Clothing should cover shoulders and midriffs. In hot weather singlets are acceptable but an over shirt which covers the shoulders is required for outside play.
  • Clothing with printed images, messages or slogans are not acceptable. Children may be asked to turn their T-shirt inside out if it is considered to be unsuitable for school.
  • Clothing should be clean and tidy.
  • Clothing is the best form of sun protection.

Shoes
Strong, supportive flat soled shoes in Winter and Autumn and shoes or sandals in Summer and Spring are suitable for school. Thongs and Ugg boots are not acceptable for school. ‘Fashion’ shoes are not suitable and in fact endanger arches, ankles and knees. Shoes need to be suitable for playing sport and for nature walks. Inadequate or built up shoes limit the capacity of the child to engage in everyday activities, so please ensure your child has suitable shoes for school and socks in the cooler months (Terms 2 and 3).

Slippers
Soft indoor slippers are used by all children K-6. They are used for Eurythmy classes once a week throughout the year. Teachers also require slippers to be worn for all or part of the day while the children are in the classrooms. The reasons for this are:

  • To keep the children’s feet warm in the cooler weather.
  • To allow the children to move their feet more freely and easily while participating in indoor movement activities.
  • To promote a separation between inside and outside, where children change footwear and prepare to move inside for different activities.
  • To help cultivate an attitude of respect for a calm, peaceful indoor learning environment.
  • To help maintain a clean floor space in the classroom.

Suitable slippers can be purchased locally, contact details for sale points are available from the office.

Clothes for Special Events
Occasionally your child will need special clothes for school for sports days, performances or festivals. Your child’s Class Teacher will inform you of this in advance.

Hats
Every child needs a broad brimmed hat which shades the ears and nose while at school. Caps and sunshades are not acceptable. The children are expected to wear hats whenever they leave the shade of their class veranda. Children who forget to bring their hat must remain on their class veranda or in their classrooms during the breaks.

Anthroposophical medical advice supports the view that hats should be worn all year round in Australia even during those cloudy winter days. Protection from the sun’s harmful rays ensures that the child’s immune system is not damaged.

Hair and nails
Hair is to be kept clean. Long hair (below shoulders) needs to be kept tied back as do long fringes. Nails are to be kept clean and trimmed short.

From the Principal

Last week was a lovely week of welcomes.

We welcome back our students and families from the summer holiday break. I am sure every student grew at least 5 cm over the break! It was great to see new students coming to join classes across the school. It is always wonderful to welcome new families to our school community.

On Monday I watched as our lovely new Class One teacher, Prue, welcomed her new students, receiving a rose from each and guiding them into their classroom to begin their journeys together. It was wonderful to spend some time together with the Class One parents in a morning tea after the ceremony.

On Tuesday it was the turn of the Kindergarten Teachers to welcome their new little charges into the school. For some parents, it was an emotional farewell as their first child began the school journey and for others the day marked the beginning of some child-free time at home as their youngest child joined the kindergarten.

This week we also welcomed back some students who have been away from the school for a little while and have now returned. It’s great to see those familiar faces back with us again.

In the Administration Office, we also welcomed some new faces. Georgi was initially joining us in the Reception role, however she willingly stepped in to the Principal Assistant role, and is doing a great job of replacing Jacquie who will be away for approximately 6 months. Felicity has joined us in the Reception role for this period and is already a welcoming and helpful presence at the front desk.

It has been great to welcome all of our amazing staff back, the holiday break is such an important opportunity to rest and re-charge and, whilst our students returned last week, many teachers have been busy with planning for the year from the middle of January. This year we have welcomed three new teachers to our staff; Prue in Class One, Eva teaching Drama and English in the High School and Jess teaching History and Careers.

At our first College meeting for the year, the new College Chair was elected. This year we will be working with a team of teachers in the “Chair” position – congratulations and welcome to the position to Rosina, Rachel K and Malcolm. I would like to thank Maree for the wonderful job she has done as Chair of the College of Teachers last year. Our College holds and nurtures the spiritual heart of the school and I thank Maree for the work she has done in leading this important part of the school.

Over the break, we also welcomed some new additions to our site. We have a new (temporary) classroom in the High School, with “Lemon Myrtle” room having been brought in and placed next to Lily PIlly room. Gavin has some amazing video footage of the building being lifted high in the air, over the trees, and put into place. We will try to upload a link to the footage to our School website. The new classroom is a temporary addition until we are able to build some more permanent classrooms. In this regard, the Master Planning process is continuing and we will have further information for our school community about this later this term. The other major building work over the holiday break was an addition to our Library, which will allow us to bring the book collections currency housed in the ICT office out into the library space, giving our ICT crew a little more room to work.

Finally, you may have noticed our new noticeboards on site. The large notice-board down at the carpark entrance to the school contains school notices. You will find copies of the bulletin, advertisements for school events and other key school documents on this noticeboard. We have another new noticeboard up at the Administration Office. This notice board is for appropriate notices from our school and local community. Please see Felicity in the office if you wish to place a notice on our community noticeboard.

Peace
Nerrida

Outstanding HSC Results 2015!

We congratulate our 2015 graduating class for achieving outstanding results in the 2015 HSC!

There has been a notable strengthening of results across every subject.  In a cohort of 24 students, there were 19 Band 6 results (over 90) and 49 Band 5 (over 80) results. Students achieved extremely strong results in Music, Drama, Extension English 1 and 2 and French.

Our vision is “to enable each individual to realise their potential to be self aware, resourceful and resilient with the empathy, skills and initiative to make a positive contribution to the world.”  It is wonderful to see that our students are able to step out into the world to make a positive contribution.  Some of the post-school destinations for our 2015 graduating class include:

  • Bachelor of Arts/Letters at Melbourne University – combined degree. This student also gained a full scholarship to Ormond College for her residential costs.
  • Bachelor of Applied Science at Griffith, the first year course for a medicine degree.
  • One student received a scholarship to Monash to study Law.
  • Aviation at RMIT to become a pilot.
  • Bachelor of Arts and Curatorial Studies at Monash.
  • Double degree at ACU in Paramedics and Nursing.
  • Marketing at Swinburne University for Marketing.

Many other students received offers for university places and those who did not want to study further have taken up a range of opportunities all around the world.

Congratulations to the School Canteen!

Canteen Gets 5 Star Rating!

Our canteen was inspected by local health inspectors this week as part of a program of random spot-inspections.  Our canteen was given a 5 star rating by the inspectors.  We are very proud of our wonderful canteen crew.  Under Craig’s guidance, they provide delicious and healthy food for students and staff and work well within the food handling guidelines.  Congratulations Craig and Crew!

Regarding the Canteen Roster:

Once again our school canteen is  busy preparing delicious meals for our children on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Prepared with love and goodness, it does rely on parent help and support.  If volunteering at the canteen is something you have always wanted to do but haven’t had the chance, well here’s your opportunity. The roster has plenty of free spaces waiting to be filled (see available days below).

It’s also a fun way to claim those RC&M hours, meet the school community while your children receive a free lunch. With no experience necessary, please contact Amanda Eade on amandaeade55@gmail.com or text 0411837699.

 Feb 17  March 1  April 5
 Feb 18  March 3  April 7
 Feb 17  March 8
 Feb 23  March 10
 Feb 25  March 15
 March 16
 March 17
 March 22
 March 24
 March 29
 March 30
 March 31

 

From the P&F

Welcome Back Everyone!

  • P&F would like give a HUGE THANK-YOU to the following parents who helped spruce up Silky Oak Cottage (our Parents’ Space) last week. Julia, Kris & Shanti Budden-Lemanis, Tiffany Gee, Adrian Nelson, (and Lisa and Tanja)
  • Silky Oak Cottage is open for parents to use Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings 8:30 – 11am. Free Tea and Coffee facilities, enclosed outdoor play area and seating – a place to meet, socialise and connect with your community. No bookings required, check the notice board for availability.
  • P&F (Parents and Friends Association) first meeting of the year is Monday 15th February with the AGM in March. Everyone is welcome – details next week.
  • P&F is looking for someone to join the team as Treasurer – duties include liaising with school, the P&F bookkeeper (Bettina Hartman) and school community. Please contact either Tanja or Lisa at pandf.sec@gmail.com for more details.
  • P&F would like to thank again Sandi Valerio for all the amazing work she has done running the craft group for the past few years – the children, families and school are richer for her creative endeavours.
  • If sewing is in your soul maybe you would like to join or even run our weekly craft group? This is a beautiful and enriching component of our school which welcomes all crafters or would-be crafters alike. No previous skills are necessary to join in and young children are always welcome. For more details, contact Tanja or Lisa at pandf.sec@gmail.com

Warm regards
Tanja and Lisa
P&F Executives

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Class 6 Koala Report

Class 6 are doing a study on koalas this term.  Each student will contribute with a report about koalas in each Bulletin this term.  This first report is by Katie ~

 

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Parents & students, please be aware of our local koala community.  Our koalas travel at dawn and dusk, this includes crossing the roads of our school property.  So drive carefully as you come to school in the mornings, because koalas may be crossing our roads at this time.

DRIVE CAREFULLY, SAVE THE KOALAS!

By Katie, Class 6.

A Message from Francoise

Bonjour Chers Parents!

Our school has been given a grant by the AIS to encourage parental support for the learning of French.  This introductory course aims to expose parents to methods through which language is taught.  By extension it is expected that parents will provide modelling to their children thus making language learning a valued endeavour.

I began with a group on Tuesday 23 February.  We are meeting in the Movement Room, from 10-11:30, every Tuesday.   If you are interested in attending, please contact Reception ASAP to put your name down, with an email address or phone number.  Those attending may use the Parent Space (when free), after dropping off children in the morning, to wait and catch up with other parents & even make yourself a cup of tea or coffee, before French class begins at 10am.

Merci Beaucoup!
Francoise

A Message from Francoise

Bonjour Chers Parents!

Our school has been given a grant by the AIS to encourage parental support for the learning of French.  This introductory course aims to expose parents to methods through which language is taught.  By extension it is expected that parents will provide modelling to their children thus making language learning a valued endeavour.

I am available on both Tuesday and Friday mornings.  I am thinking of having one lesson per week for 8 weeks over 2 terms (Terms 1 & 2) for a duration of 1 hour and a half, let’s say from 9:15 to 10;45am.  Let me know, as quickly as possible, the day that would suit you so that we can begin our first lesson in Week 3.  To start this program, I would need to have a group of at least 10 people.

Merci Beaucoup!
Francoise

Discussion Meditation Group

On Tuesday evenings we meet in the Silky Oak room (P&F room) at 6pm until 7.30pm to discuss the works of Rudolf Steiner. This year we will begin with Meditation & then lead into our discussion.

Our meditation for term 1 will be the Rose cross meditation.

We will soon begin our first big text for the year – An Outline of Occult Science.

Everybody is warmly invited to join us, if you are interested please contact Yvette in Enrolments to register and get a copy of the text, you can do this in person at the office, via phone: 6639 9302 or email: enrolments@http://capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au.