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Bulletin 150508

 

Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School Weekly Bulletin.

TERM 2  Week 3   2015

From the Principal

The autumn weather is well and truly upon us, with chilly nights with beautiful clear skies and sparkling stars, damp and misty mornings and then days of warm sunshine.  I like to think of this as the Goldilocks time of the year – not too hot, not too cold…. but just right for learning and playing.
Yesterday morning I tiptoed down to Kindy, drawn by the smell of cooking and also the faint but delicate aroma of something special being made for Mothers’ Day.  It is always such a privilege to spend some time watching the serious business of play happening in so many different ways: cubby houses, kings and queens and a serious construction site in the corner.
I was glad I had had some Kindy time in the morning, as my afternoon was taken up with dealing with the very unfortunate article printed in the Sydney Morning Herald which misrepresented our school as being linked with cheating in the HSC last year.  I feel upset and angry for our wonderful teachers and students that such a link was made.  I have responded by doing an interview with ABC radio and also Katie and I have written to the Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald.  The text of our letter is as follows:
To the Editor,

We are writing in relation to the article “The many ways to (attempt) to cheat in the HSC”, published on page 7 of todays Sydney Morning Herald.  This article was based on information provided by BOSTES about cheating in HSC exams last year.
In the centre of the article was a graphic and text box with a list naming the schools with the “highest level of misadventure applications (% of HSC Cohort)”.  Our school, Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School, was listed second with a figure of 25%.   To place this list in the centre of this article incorrectly links misadventure applications with cheating.    BOSTES require a high standard of documentation and evidence to accompany any misadventure applications, with provision for special consideration being made in genuine cases to ensure students who have suffered misadventure are not disadvantaged.
We are a small, single-stream Steiner school.  Last year we had a class of 24 students sit their HSC.  A small number of those students unfortunately suffered misadventure and made application to BOSTES, with appropriate evidence attached.  It is very unfortunate that your newspaper has chosen to represent this in such a way that it could be linked with cheating or malpractice.
Our teachers are extremely dedicated, our processes are very thorough and we are very proud of our students and their genuine achievements.  Of our small HSC class last year, one of our students ranked 1st in the state in drama, 3 of our students were chosen to perform at the Encore performances at the Sydney Opera House (chosen as among the best music students in the state) and a number of our students achieved scores above 90% in their subjects.
Your article has incorrectly linked our school with HSC cheating and has potentially damaged the reputation of the school, our wonderful teachers and our dedicated students.  We ask that you print an apology and make it clear that Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School has not been linked with cheating in the HSC.

 

Yours sincerely,
Nerrida Johnson  and   Katie Biggin
Principal                        Deputy Principal
I want to be very clear to our school community that there is absolutely no link between misadventure applications and cheating.  The NSW Board of Studies have not linked our school to cheating, nor have they linked the process of making misadventure applications to cheating.  Katie and I absolutely stand by our teachers and students.    If you have any questions about this media article, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.
Peace
Nerrida
To view our upcoming events click here
Hot off the Press – High School Cross Country
On Your Mark, Get Set, GO!!!!!!!!
Reminder – Children at School after Hours

Please note that students must not be at school after school hours without a parent supervising.  The only exceptions to this are students who are attending music lessons or after school activities (such as drama or tennis) and Year 11 and 12 students.  The school does not have teachers rostered on duty after the last bus leaves and we cannot have unsupervised children at school.  Please note that it is not appropriate for students to be waiting, unsupervised, at school for a sibling who is attending an after school class or activity.

Photographs and Social Networking

We are currently working on a policy in relation to the publication on social networking sites such as Facebook and Instagram of photographs of children participating in school events.  We STRONGLY advise that parents not publish photographs of children other than their own on social networking sites.  There are serious privacy issues around this and it is absolutely inappropriate for people to publish photographs of other people’s children without their express permission to do so.  

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Tennis-with-Dennis

Every Thursday for 8 weeks through to 11 June. These tennis lessons are about learning the techniques, getting skills, increasing athleticism and are game based with drills incorporated. These lessons are not for kids just to play around. Kids have to listen, practice and try to implement the drills. It is a fun class where there is latent learning. Beginners use Hot Shot balls which are softer slower depressurised  – Red Orange Green. Squad use Green and Yellow
Juniors 3.15 to 3.55 – $100 per term (up to Grade 5)
Squad   4 to 5         – $140 per term (depending on skill level)
Contact Denis 0406277459
Denis is an certificated Tennis Australia Junior Development Coach

Study & Discussion Group

Steiner Discussion Group – The Kingdom of Childhood

We are discussing Steiner’s Lectures given to teachers in England in 1924.   If you would like to join our group, please just come along (the ‘discussion’ nature of the group means that whilst it would be great for people to attend every week, it is not essential).  If you would like to join us and would like a copy of Lecture Seven for next week, please contact the office.   The group meets every Tuesday in the Library at 6.00 pm.
Nerrida
Steiner Family looking for home in local area

 
Lovely Steiner family with 3 boys (12,6 and 1) who have recently moved from Lord Howe Island are looking for a place to call home. Would like to rent a property within 20 minutes from the school for a permanent long term basis for at least 1 year plus.

3-4 bedrooms
Private home
Green and leafy
Floorboards
Dishwasher
Deck
And lots of grass and trees so the boys can be free.
We do have a 14 yr old dog so a fenced area would be wonderful.
Max rent $500-550
We are able move in around the 18th May.
We are home owners ourselves and have amazing references.
Please feel free to contact me anytime on 0411 192 194 or snowfernblossom@icloud.com

COMMUNITY NOTICES

Copyright © 2015 Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
reception@capebyronsteinerschool.nsw.edu.au

 

 

From The Principal

The autumn weather is well and truly upon us, with chilly nights with beautiful clear skies and sparkling stars, damp and misty mornings and then days of warm sunshine. I like to think of this as the Goldilocks time of the year – not too hot, not too cold…. but just right for learning and playing.

Yesterday morning I tiptoed down to Kindy, drawn by the smell of cooking and also the faint but delicate aroma of something special being made for Mothers’ Day. It is always such a privilege to spend some time watching the serious business of play happening in so many different ways: cubby houses, kings and queens and a serious construction site in the corner.

I was glad I had had some Kindy time in the morning, as my afternoon was taken up with dealing with the very unfortunate article printed in the Sydney Morning Herald which misrepresented our school as being linked with cheating in the HSC last year. I feel upset and angry for our wonderful teachers and students that such a link was made. I have responded by doing an interview with ABC radio and also Katie and I have written to the Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald. The text of our letter is as follows:

To the Editor,

We are writing in relation to the article “The many ways to (attempt) to cheat in the HSC”, published on page 7 of todays Sydney Morning Herald. This article was based on information provided by BOSTES about cheating in HSC exams last year.

In the centre of the article was a graphic and text box with a list naming the schools with the “highest level of misadventure applications (% of HSC Cohort)”. Our school, Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School, was listed second with a figure of 25%. To place this list in the centre of this article incorrectly links misadventure applications with cheating. BOSTES require a high standard of documentation and evidence to accompany any misadventure applications, with provision for special consideration being made in genuine cases to ensure students who have suffered misadventure are not disadvantaged.

We are a small, single-stream Steiner school. Last year we had a class of 24 students sit their HSC. A small number of those students unfortunately suffered misadventure and made application to BOSTES, with appropriate evidence attached. It is very unfortunate that your newspaper has chosen to represent this in such a way that it could be linked with cheating or malpractice.

Our teachers are extremely dedicated, our processes are very thorough and we are very proud of our students and their genuine achievements. Of our small HSC class last year, one of our students ranked 1st in the state in drama, 3 of our students were chosen to perform at the Encore performances at the Sydney Opera House (chosen as among the best music students in the state) and a number of our students achieved scores above 90% in their subjects.

Your article has incorrectly linked our school with HSC cheating and has potentially damaged the reputation of the school, our wonderful teachers and our dedicated students. We ask that you print an apology and make it clear that Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School has not been linked with cheating in the HSC.

Yours sincerely,

Nerrida Johnson    and     Katie Biggin
Principal                              Deputy Principal

I want to be very clear to our school community that there is absolutely no link between misadventure applications and cheating. The NSW Board of Studies have not linked our school to cheating, nor have they linked the process of making misadventure applications to cheating. Katie and I absolutely stand by our teachers and students. If you have any questions about this media article, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

Peace
Nerrida

Bulletin 150501

 

Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School Weekly Bulletin.

TERM 2  Week 2   2015

Both Nerrida & Teera are attending the SEA’s 8th Governance, Leadership & Management Conference today at Shearwater, Mullumbimby where Nerrida is also presenting.
Please stay safe over the weekend with all this wet weather we are experiencing.
CLASS 5/6 &
HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY

POSTPONED

NEW DATE:  Friday, 8th May

Members of the Association

As you are aware, our AGM is to be held of Monday 18th May.  As this will be the first AGM after the introduction of our new constitution, there will be four Director positions to be filled at the AGM.  
Nominations for the Director vacancies are now open and will close at 3 pm on Thursday 7th May.
If there are more than 4 nominations, an election will be held. The timeline for the election process is as follows:
Wednesday 29th April – nominations open
Thursday 7th May – nominations close
Friday 8th May – voting information distributed to association members
Monday 11th May – voting opens
Monday 18th May – AGM, voting closes at 7.10 pm.  Votes counted and result declared.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about this process.
Kind regards,
James Dods
Chairperson

VIETNAM TOUR 2015

Students from Cape Byron Steiner School have just returned from a 10 day visit to the north of Vietnam. The trip was the inspiration of Rachel Knight, Society and Culture teacher at CBRSS and both Rachel and Katie Biggin (High School Deputy Principal) experienced the joy of travelling with 19 Year 11 and 12 students.

Students flew into Hanoi and learnt how to cross the motorbike filled streets before heading off to a small village and the Moon Garden homestay. This beautiful traditional homestay had all students and teachers sleeping on mattresses in a wooden stilt house surrounded by rice paddies and tea plantations. The students enjoyed cooking classes to prepare Vietnamese rice paper rolls and were lucky enough to have locally grown, mugwort hand and foot baths.

After a challenging overnight train ride (we seemed to be frequently airborne) to the hill town of Sapa where students undertook some arduous trekking in the bamboo forests and steep hills of an area populated by Hmong hill tribe people. We shared money fundraised at Cape Byron Steiner with local schools and learnt the benefits of soft mattresses and comfortable homes with a night on wooden floors in a local village home!

We all tried not to think too much about the overnight train back to Hanoi but had to enjoy the bone shaking experience again before heading off to HaLong Bay to stay on a junk and float and canoe around the unique and spectacular landscape. 

We were able to donate some specially made toys made lovingly by Cape Byron Steiner School staff and students: wooden trucks made in the Technology shed and a felt fishing game, inspired by our Kindergarten teachers. 

Students learnt a great deal about the culture of Vietnam and how the country has changed enormously in the past 20 years. The food was varied and every meal was sumptuous – even the street food that we experienced, sitting on small stools amongst locals having their morning Pho (noodle soup). Society and Culture is a popular Year 11 and 12 subject at Cape Byron Steiner School and with this trip planned for every 2 years, younger students can have the opportunity to save over a few years to join this amazing experience. So many special memories and learning experiences were had by our students and we thank the Vietnam School Tours organisation for assisting us in our adventures.
Katie Biggin

Taylah Henderson Yr 12: “It was a beautiful experience, shared with beautiful people”.

Matilda Dods Yr 12: “Being able to see and understand first hand all the things we have been studying about the culture of Vietnam was really fantastic. The 2 days in Sapa was my favourite part, the trek was so challenging but so rewarding and absolutely incredible”.

Hayley Acton Yr 12: “The Vietnam trip was a massive success on all accounts as far as I can see, everyone gained such amazing insights into the culture so different from our own, the Year 11’s and 12’s bonded and got on famously, and according to Katie and Rachel, we were a joy to take care of! I hope many more classes experience this amazing trip, it was a perfect last hoorah as a Year Twelver”.

PROUD TO ANNOUNCE SPEAKER DR. SIMON BEDNAREK @ CBRSS

MONDAY, 4TH MAY AT 5PM IN THE LIBRARY

Presenting:

What is healthy, What is Normal? Understanding fear, anxiety & hyperactivity in children

 

GOLD COIN DONATION
Presenter: Simon Bednarak MBBS (WA), FRNZCGP, FRACGP
Simon is an anthroposophic GP working and living in Perth, WA.  Previously, he worked for 28 years as a General Practitioner in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand where he founded and managed a franchise of general practices.  He integrated anthroposophic medicine into his practice and anthroposophic concepts into his businesses.
Simon is the co-ordinator of the medical section in NZ and has organised many conferences and seminars in this role. He is also on the board of the Australian Anthroposophic Medical Association.  He has worked as a school doctor and as GP for curative adult and children residential homes in Hawkes Bay.  Simon has taught and spoken at events such as the International Postgraduate medical Training (IPMT) and Kolisko conferences in Dornach, Philippines, Thailand, NZ, Australia, Hungary, South Africa and India on topics ranging from anthroposophic medicine, organisational development, soul development and leadership.
To view our upcoming events click here

ANNOUNCEMENTS

P & F Meeting – Monday 4th May @ 6.30pm

Art Classes for Teachers/Parents

Term 2, 2015 Thursday, Week 3, 5, 7 & 9   3.30pm to 4.30pm
Cost: $75 p/p for the term          Limited numbers: 3  left
Students will experience wet on wet, water colour techniques and drawing with a variety of mediums.  Contact the office if interested.
Eleni Mann

Tennis-with-Dennis

Every Thursday for 8 weeks through to 11 June. These tennis lessons are about learning the techniques, getting skills, increasing athleticism and are game based with drills incorporated. These lessons are not for kids just to play around. Kids have to listen, practice and try to implement the drills. It is a fun class where there is latent learning. Beginners use Hot Shot balls which are softer slower depressurised  – Red Orange Green. Squad use Green and Yellow
Juniors 3.15 to 3.55 – $100 per term (up to Grade 5)
Squad   4 to 5         – $140 per term (depending on skill level)
Contact Denis 0406277459
Denis is an certificated Tennis Australia Junior Development Coach

Study & Discussion Group

Steiner Discussion Group – The Kingdom of Childhood

We are discussing Steiner’s Lectures given to teachers in England in 1924.   If you would like to join our group, please just come along (the ‘discussion’ nature of the group means that whilst it would be great for people to attend every week, it is not essential).  If you would like to join us and would like a copy of Lecture Six for next week, please contact the office.   The group meets every Tuesday in the Library at 6.00 pm.
Nerrida
Steiner Family looking for home in local area

 
Lovely Steiner family with 3 boys (12,6 and 1) who have recently moved from Lord Howe Island are looking for a place to call home. Would like to rent a property within 20 minutes from the school for a permanent long term basis for at least 1 year plus.

3-4 bedrooms
Private home
Green and leafy
Floorboards
Dishwasher
Deck
And lots of grass and trees so the boys can be free.
We do have a 14 yr old dog so a fenced area would be wonderful.
Max rent $500-550
We are able move in around the 18th May.
We are home owners ourselves and have amazing references.
Please feel free to contact me anytime on 0411 192 194 or snowfernblossom@icloud.com

COMMUNITY NOTICES

Copyright © 2015 Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School, All rights reserved.Our mailing address is:
reception@capebyronsteinerschool.nsw.edu.au

 

 

From The Principal

Hello everyone and welcome back to a new term. I hope everyone had an enjoyable term break. As always, it was wonderful to see our students bringing the school back to life after their break.

This week we welcomed a group of our senior students back from their trip to Vietnam. They all look tired, but are filled to the brim with stories of adventures, experiences and encounters from their visit to a country with such a different culture to our own. We hope to make this valuable learning experience available to students every two years. I am grateful to Rachel Knight and Katie Biggin for putting so much effort into organising this camp and for giving up some of their holiday time to travel with our students. I look forward to seeing some of their stories in next week’s bulletin.

Over the last few weeks I have enjoyed watching some of our senior primary students running around the school as they practise for the upcoming cross country running event. This event, shared with the High School, is an important part of our sporting calendar and a great opportunity for students to train and participate in a fun physical activity together.

Lastly, my visit to the Goetheanum to participate in the ‘Transitions’ conference was a a wonderful experience. The workshops I presented were booked out with participants from all over the world. It was a wonderful experience to spend time with educators, researchers and medical practitioners from the global Steiner community. I will be giving a version of the workshops I presented, for both parents and teachers, later this term.

Peace
Nerrida

Bulletin 150424

 

Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School Weekly Bulletin.
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TERM 2  Week 1   2015
From the Principal

Hello everyone and welcome back to a new term.  I hope everyone had an enjoyable term break.  As always, it was wonderful to see our students bringing the school back to life after their break.

This week we welcomed a group of our senior students back from their trip to Vietnam.  They all look tired, but are filled to the brim with stories of adventures, experiences and encounters from their visit to a country with such a different culture to our own.  We hope to make this valuable learning experience available to students every two years.  I am grateful to Rachel Knight and Katie Biggin for putting so much effort into organising this camp and for giving up some of their holiday time to travel with our students.  I look forward to seeing some of their stories in next week’s bulletin.
Over the last few weeks I have enjoyed watching some of our senior primary students running around the school as they practise for the upcoming cross country running event.  This event, shared with the High School, is an important part of our sporting calendar and a great opportunity for students to train and participate in a fun physical activity together.
Lastly, my visit to the Goetheanum to participate in the ‘Transitions’ conference was a a wonderful experience.  The workshops I presented were booked out with participants from all over the world.  It was a wonderful experience to spend time with educators, researchers and medical practitioners from the global Steiner community.  I will be giving a version of the workshops I presented, for both parents and teachers, later this term.

Peace

Nerrida

Important Notice regarding Traffic Flow and Parking at the School

Up until now, we have been fortunate enough to be able to use some of our neighbouring owner’s land for parking at the school (the grassed area opposite the top car park).  The owner would like to landscape this area and has asked that we stop parking in this area.  He has also asked that we not park along the roadway, as there have been some very near misses with people pulling out into the path of through traffic.In view of this, from next Monday, parking will not be allowed on the grassed area of the top car park, or alongside the road.  Once the top car park is filled, staff will need to park at the back area of the bottom car park.  Students must park in the back area of the bottom car park. The parking area for drop-off and pick-up of students will be the same as it is currently.In order to make this a little safer, we have changed the direction of the traffic flow in the bottom car park.  Gavin will be at the bottom car park during drop-off and pick-up times next week to assist drivers with these changes.Your patience and cooperation with the new arrangements will be very much appreciated.  Please see the map below for parking and traffic flow information.

VIETNAM TOUR 2015

For the first time, some of our Yr 11 & 12 students had an exciting opportunity to travel to Vietnam as part of an educational & cultural excursion.  The students explored  some amazing places like: 
  • Hanoi City – Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum & city sights
  • Hanoi – Ky Son, Moon Garden homestay where they enjoyed a cooking class 
  • Sapa –  adventured on a trek, met locals and went to the Lao Chai Primary School
  • Halong Bay, experienced an overnight cruise on a deluxe junk
  • Hanoi – cycled ride through the “old quarter”
The students had a wonderful time as you can see by the photos below.
Katie and Rachel will provide a more detailed report next week (when they have had time to recover).

PROUD TO ANNOUNCE SPEAKER DR. SIMON BEDNAREK @ CBRSS

MONDAY, 4TH MAY AT 5PM IN THE LIBRARY

Presenting:

What is healthy, What is Normal? Understanding fear, anxiety & hyperactivity in children

 

GOLD COIN DONATION

Presenter: Simon Bednarak MBBS (WA), FRNZCGP, FRACGP

Simon is an anthroposophic GP working and living in Perth, WA.  Previously, he worked for 28 years as a General Practitioner in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand where he founded and managed a franchise of general practices.  He integrated anthroposophic medicine into his practice and anthroposophic concepts into his businesses.

Simon is the co-ordinator of the medical section in NZ and has organised many conferences and seminars in this role. He is also on the board of the Australian Anthroposophic Medical Association.  He has worked as a school doctor and as GP for curative adult and children residential homes in Hawkes Bay.  Simon has taught and spoken at events such as the International Postgraduate medical Training (IPMT) and Kolisko conferences in Dornach, Philippines, Thailand, NZ, Australia, Hungary, South Africa and India on topics ranging from anthroposophic medicine, organisational development, soul development and leadership.

NOTICE OF SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING

CAPE BYRON RUDOLF STEINER SCHOOL INC.

DATE:                 Monday 27th April 2015

TIME:                 7.00 pm

VENUE:              School Library

You are invited to attend a Special General Meeting of the CBRSS Association Inc.

The purpose of the meeting is to put the following special resolution:

That the members of Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School Inc. adopt the draft constitution prepared by the school Council and circulated with the notice of meeting.

Voting on this resolution is now open and will close on the 27th of April at 7.10 pm. You can place your vote in Administration in the Accounts department.

The Council Secretary

Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School

To view our upcoming events click here

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Art Classes for Teachers/Parents

 

Term 2, 2015 Thursday, Week 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9   3.30pm to 4.30pm

Cost: $75 p/p for the term          Limited numbers: 10 people

Students will experience wet on wet, water colour techniques and drawing with a variety of mediums.  Contact the office if interested.

Eleni Mann

Study & Discussion Group

Steiner Discussion Group – The Kingdom of Childhood

We are following on from Term 1 discussing Steiner’s Lectures given to teachers in England in 1924.   If you would like to join our group, please just come along (the ‘discussion’ nature of the group means that whilst it would be great for people to attend every week, it is not essential).  If you would like to join us and would like a copy of Lecture Five for next week, please contact the office.   The group meets every Tuesday in the Library at 6.00 pm.

Nerrida
Spring Fair Coordinator 2015

 

The school is looking for a Coordinator with proven skills in event organisation to organise our annual Spring Fair in conjunction with the Class 3 Spring Fair Organising Committee from mid-May to September. Remuneration negotiable.

For more details please contact Teera Palmer – Director Primary

or send your CV to hr@http://capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

COMMUNITY NOTICES

VOLUNTEER POSITION AVAILABLECape Byron Steiner Playgroup needs a kind, friendly, efficient assistant. Our group meets every Friday morning at Bangalow 10am-noon. This is a good opportunity to gather early childhood skills.If you are interested or require more information please contact Maxine at playgroup@http://capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au.
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Copyright 2015 Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School, All rights reserved.Our mailing address is:reception@capebyronsteinerschool.nsw.edu.au

 

 

From The Principal

I am writing this from the “Transitions” conference at the Goetheanum in Switzerland. I am very fortunate to be here, attending an international conference at the world centre for all things related to Anthroposophy and the work of Rudolf Steiner.  I am delivering a series of workshop titled, “Navigating the Calm and Storm of the Mini-Adolescence – 8 – 10 years”.  There are 32 people attending my workshops and they come from Steiner Schools all over the world (including Peru, Guatemala, Myanmar, China and Moldovia).  It is quite an experience to be delivering a workshop with two translators working in the room (translating into Chinese and Spanish).  I am learning so much from the Global Steiner community whilst I am here and  am looking forward to delivering a version of the workshop for the school community when I return.

Back at home, Teera and Katie have been working hard in my absence and managing all of those wonderful activities that come with the last week of term.  It has certainly been a busy term with many camps and excursions, new teachers and students settling in, work towards the adoption of a new constitution and a BOSTES inspection.  I would like to thank all of our wonderful staff and the school community for helping to make the school such a wonderful, enriching and nurturing place for our students this term.

Have a safe and enjoyable Easter break and we look forward to seeing you again next term.

Peace

Nerrida

Bulletin 150402

 

Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School Weekly Bulletin.

TERM 1  Week 10   2015
From the Principal

I am writing this from the “Transitions” conference at the Goetheanum in Switzerland. I am very fortunate to be here, attending an international conference at the world centre for all things related to Anthroposophy and the work of Rudolf Steiner.  I am delivering a series of workshop titled, “Navigating the Calm and Storm of the Mini-Adolescence – 8 – 10 years”.  There are 32 people attending my workshops and they come from Steiner Schools all over the world (including Peru, Guatemala, Myanmar, China and Moldovia).  It is quite an experience to be delivering a workshop with two translators working in the room (translating into Chinese and Spanish).  I am learning so much from the Global Steiner community whilst I am here and  am looking forward to delivering a version of the workshop for the school community when I return.

Back at home, Teera and Katie have been working hard in my absence and managing all of those wonderful activities that come with the last week of term.  It has certainly been a busy term with many camps and excursions, new teachers and students settling in, work towards the adoption of a new constitution and a BOSTES inspection.  I would like to thank all of our wonderful staff and the school community for helping to make the school such a wonderful, enriching and nurturing place for our students this term.

Have a safe and enjoyable Easter break and we look forward to seeing you again next term.

Peace

Nerrida

From the Deputy Principals

Well, we have come to the end of a lovely Term 1. Easter is upon us, which means very different things to many of our students and families. For our High School students, it might mean the yearly Bluesfest extravaganza while for younger students it may mean traditions of dying eggs, family time and chocolate feasts. We hope that the start of our Term Break is relaxing and peaceful and that the 2 weeks’ break brings some welcome family time.

The High School have had an interesting end to the term. The Science department, particularly James, organised a liquid nitrogen show in the High School Assembly time. James put on a spectacular show! We saw how liquid nitrogen snap freezes objects or immediately boils at room temperature. The students thoroughly enjoyed watching the very strange properties of this substance and its behaviour in different situations. The final outside demonstration was amazing – ask your High School child about this. It is indescribable in words! It was thoroughly enjoyed by all and James has a potential secondary career in presenting Science Shows.

The Primary School equally had a fantastic Term 1 including excursions, swimming lessons and just last week our beautiful Autumn Festival. Thank you to all our parents for your support throughout Term 1.

We wish everyone a safe & happy holiday and look forward to seeing you all again for Term 2.
Katie & Teera

Photo – Class 5 Gender Swap Day

The Kindergarten
Harvest Festival on the last day of Term One

As the cooler days arrive and Autumn begins to creep across the land, we celebrate the Harvest in Kindergarten.  Autumn’s dance is one of change and transformation, a season of journeys; the migration of creatures and the changes in the garden remind us of this every day. Ours becomes a journey within: we take time to appreciate and to have gratitude for the many blessings in our lives. Sharing this journey with our children brings them into a closer harmony with the earth and with all beings.
 
In the Kindergarten we have been preparing food, learning new songs & dances and making some Autumn craft things to take home. The children have had a wonderful Term 1.
Julie, Jana, Kim, Elizabeth & Anatelyah
To view our upcoming events click here

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Art Classes for Teachers/Parents

 

Term 2, 2015 Thursday, Week 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9   3.30pm to 4.30pm
Cost: $75 p/p for the term          Limited numbers: 10 people  

Students will experience wet on wet, water colour techniques and drawing with a variety of mediums.  Contact the office if interested.
Eleni Mann

Finding the universal human values to celebrate in the Easter traditions… visit Susan Laing’s resources for understanding children…

http://www.creativelivingwithchildren.com/easter-festivals/
Spring Fair Coordinator 2015

 

The school is looking for a Coordinator with proven skills in event organisation to organise our annual Spring Fair in conjunction with the Class 3 Spring Fair Organising Committee from mid-May to September. Remuneration negotiable.
For more details please contact Teera Palmer – Director Primary
or send your CV to hr@http://capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

COMMUNITY NOTICES

VOLUNTEER POSITION AVAILABLE
Cape Byron Steiner Playgroup needs a kind, friendly, efficient assistant. Our group meets every Friday morning at Bangalow 10am-noon. This is a good opportunity to gather early childhood skills.
If you are interested or require more information please contact Maxine at playgroup@http://capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au.
Keen to study more?

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can support students with an interest-free loan – up to $2500
to attend tertiary courses
in Australia or overseas
based on the work of Rudolf Steiner.

Apply NOW  – 1 June 2015.

To find out MORE about conditions,
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or to read about past recipients
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Taking Charge Workshop  9-12 April
Life Story Work and Lifelong Learning

The workshop will use participants’ life stories to explore and illustrate these different learning paths. The course is developed on Coenraad van Houten’s research on adult learning (Awakening the Will) and Gudrun Burkhard’s approach to biography work (Taking Charge). Following the theme of learning allows for a deeper understanding of our Life Journey and gaining insights into the journey ahead of us.
The course is also a practical and life-related introduction into Anthroposophy. More Information on Life Story Work:
www.sydneyrudolfsteinercollege.com
Copyright © 2015 Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
reception@capebyronsteinerschool.nsw.edu.au

 

 

Bulletin 150327

 

Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School Weekly Bulletin.

TERM 1 WEEK 9  2015
Now to myself belonging
I radiate my inner light
Within the darkened realms of space and time;
To sleep inclines the natural Being.
The depths of Soul-life must awaken
And waking, carry sun-filled glowing
To chilly winter’s flooding.
Rudolf Steiner (translation; Cotterell)

From The Deputy Principals

At this moment Nerrida is on her journey to the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. Nerrida is one of only two Australian presenters at the International Conference: Transitions in Childhood from Birth to 14 Years: Significance, Challenges, Consequences. It is a great honour for Nerrida to be selected to present and reflects her extensive experience as a Steiner educator. We wish her well on her journey and we know she will make our school proud. In her absence we will manage the school as is usual.
Best wishes, 
Katie & Teera
The College of Teachers gathered for a workshop to hand craft a soft toy magnetic fishing game and wooden trucks with racing cars. It was a delightful experience working together for a good cause.

Once completed these will be delivered to children in Vietnam when Rachel Knight takes a group of 20 senior students on an excursion to Vietnam in the coming weeks
To view our upcoming events click here

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Reminder – Feedback on the Proposed Constitution is due no later than 5pm Monday 30th March 2015

Council has circulated a copy of the proposed new constitution to Members of the Association.  Members are encouraged to read the draft document and provide feedback by next Monday 30th March.  A copy of the draft constitution and the notes from the consultation meeting held last Monday are available on our website.  Please provide feedback by email to council@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au. Council will consider the feedback received to develop a final draft constitution, which will be voted on at the end of April. A number of submissions have already been received .

Council will consider all submissions and make suggested changes as appropriate.  The final draft will be circulated on or by Monday 6th April, with voting on the new constitution to be held in the week finishing Monday 27th April.  A special general meeting of the Association will be held on that night to close the voting and adopt the resolution according to the vote.  I will send further information to you about this process closer to the date.
Please note that the Annual General Meeting of the Association has been moved to Monday 18th May in order to allow time for this process to occur.
Regards
James Dods
Chair CBRSS Council
Spring Fair Coordinator 2015

 

The school is looking for a Coordinator with proven skills in event organisation to organise our annual Spring Fair in conjunction with the Class 3 Spring Fair Organising Committee from mid-May to September. A token remuneration is available.
For more details please contact Teera Palmer – Director Primary
or send your CV to hr@http://capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

Study and Discussion Group

Steiner Discussion Group – continued Term 2.

COMMUNITY NOTICES

VOLUNTEER POSITION AVAILABLE
Cape Byron Steiner Playgroup needs a kind, friendly, efficient assistant. Our group meets every Friday morning at Bangalow 10am-noon. This is a good opportunity to gather early childhood skills.
If you are interested or require more information please contact Maxine at playgroup@http://capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au.
Taking Charge Workshop  9-12 April
Life Story Work and Lifelong Learning

The workshop will use participants’ life stories to explore and illustrate these different learning paths. The course is developed on Coenraad van Houten’s research on adult learning (Awakening the Will) and Gudrun Burkhard’s approach to biography work (Taking Charge). Following the theme of learning allows for a deeper understanding of our Life Journey and gaining insights into the journey ahead of us.
The course is also a practical and life-related introduction into Anthroposophy.
More Information on Life Story Work:
www.sydneyrudolfsteinercollege.com
Copyright © 2015 Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School, All rights reserved.Our mailing address is:
reception@capebyronsteinerschool.nsw.edu.au

 

 

 

From the Principal

“When autumn mists gather
and leaves fall gently down.
New strength in me rises
to bear life’s waiting crown”

  What a beautiful autumn festival we experienced this morning.  With the mist rising in the valleys and the dew on the grass, there was a gentle hint of autumn in the warm air.  With singing and playing, verses and dances and reverent contributions to the harvest table, we celebrated the changing season with our lovely school community.  Autumn is the time when we move from the outward activities of the summer towards the more inward, reflective time of winter.  On the way, through the autumn months, we ‘come back to ourselves’ and this can feel a little unsettling.  This is the time we are called on to find the strength to work through the grumbles and inner instability to be our true ‘better selves.’  Our students showed a beautiful example of this with their participation in the festival today.

Our Year 9 students have been sailing the high seas (well the bay at least) on their camp.  I have heard that they had a wonderful time and there are some very tired and happy students (and teachers) heading for home as I write this.  Next week, our Year 8 students finally head out on their camp.  They have been waiting patiently since the camp was postponed a couple of weeks ago due to bad weather.

Finally, I would like to apologise for the ‘absent student’ text messages which were mistakenly sent out today to many parents.  We have a problem with our administration software system which is causing the text messages to be sent out.  We are in contact with the software support team and are attempting to rectify the problem and ensure this doesn’t happen again.  We are in the process of transferring to a new system and hopefully will have no further problems in the future.

Peace

Nerrida

Bulletin 150320

 

Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School Weekly Bulletin.

TERM 1 WEEK 8  2015

From The Principal

“When autumn mists gather
and leaves fall gently down.
New strength in me rises
to bear life’s waiting crown”

What a beautiful autumn festival we experienced this morning.  With the mist rising in the valleys and the dew on the grass, there was a gentle hint of autumn in the warm air.  With singing and playing, verses and dances and reverent contributions to the harvest table, we celebrated the changing season with our lovely school community.  Autumn is the time when we move from the outward activities of the summer towards the more inward, reflective time of winter.  On the way, through the autumn months, we ‘come back to ourselves’ and this can feel a little unsettling.  This is the time we are called on to find the strength to work through the grumbles and inner instability to be our true ‘better selves.’  Our students showed a beautiful example of this with their participation in the festival today.

Our Year 9 students have been sailing the high seas (well the bay at least) on their camp.  I have heard that they had a wonderful time and there are some very tired and happy students (and teachers) heading for home as I write this.  Next week, our Year 8 students finally head out on their camp.  They have been waiting patiently since the camp was postponed a couple of weeks ago due to bad weather.
Finally, I would like to apologise for the ‘absent student’ text messages which were mistakenly sent out today to many parents.  We have a problem with our administration software system which is causing the text messages to be sent out.  We are in contact with the software support team and are attempting to rectify the problem and ensure this doesn’t happen again.  We are in the process of transferring to a new system and hopefully will have no further problems in the future.
Peace
Nerrida

UPCOMING EVENTS

To view our Upcoming Events Calendar click here

ANNOUNCEMENTS

P&F Annual General Meeting

All Parents are invited to attend the AGM this Monday 23 March from 6-7pm in the Movement Room.

CBRSS Association SGM

The School Council has been working for many months to produce a draft of the school’s new constitution. We will be holding a meeting on Monday 23 March to provide information about the proposed changes and to allow for consultation and discussion. I invite all members of the association to come along and be part of this process.  The meeting will be held at the school, beginning at 7.00 pm (straight after the P&F AGM) in the Movement Room.
James Dods
Chair CBRSS Council

Year 8 Camp Monday, 23rd March – 27th March 2015

Hinterland to Sea Year 8 camp departing CBRSS 9am.

Ric

LOCKDOWN PROCEDURE

On the very rare (if ever) occasion that a lockdown is called at Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School it will be carried out as set out in the policy available on the school website. If this occurs, parents will be notified as soon as it is practical to do so. However, parents are requested not to

come to the school, as students will not be released to parents during lock down. Parents are also asked not to call the school as this may tie up emergency lines that must remain open.

Parents should not expect their child to call them, nor should they call student mobiles, as the lock down situation requires silence in order not to alert an intruder to the presence of students and staff in classrooms. If your child’s stay at school is extended beyond the regular time, you will receive information about the time and place that you can pick up your child.

Please be assured, in the event of lock down, that the overriding consideration for the school is the safety and well being of your child.

Study and Discussion Group

Steiner Discussion Group – continued Term 2.

Nerrida

SICK CHILDREN 

Recently we have had a number of ‘bugs’ going around the school, causing students to become unwell at school.  We have limited sick-bay facilities and our administration can quickly become overwhelmed with numbers of students presenting at the office requiring care and attention.  If a child is vomiting, or it is immediately obvious the child is very unwell (or the child does not recover within 20 minutes), our process is to call and ask parents to pick the child up.  It is very important that parents are able to pick up their child or arrange an alternative person to do this if they are not available.  The best place for a sick child is at home!

Safety in the Carpark

We have noticed that lately a number of younger children are being allowed to walk, unsupervised through the bottom car park to their cars in the afternoon.  This is a very dangerous practice in our busy car park.  If you have primary school aged children, please meet them and walk them safely across the car park to your car.  Help us to make our car park a child-safe place.

COMMUNITY NOTICES

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Challenge Yourself, Other People Will Understand

Where does creativity come from? Is it talent, inspiration, monetary incentive? These questions were all discussed with Independent Melbourne band, Hiatus Kaiyote when they came to talk to the young musicians of the Byron Shire. Their track ‘Nakarama,’ was nominated for a Grammy under the category of best RMB performance in 2011. They performed at the event. Lead singer Nai Pal said she ‘stuffed it up,’ but ‘Pharell liked it anyway.’ Music teacher Tom Whitaker rounded up well- known musicians from young Byron bands included members from Potato Potato and TORA and individuals including Gabriel and Cecilia, Matilda Dodds, Annie Pulmber and Nick Scales, who have all been making waves in our local music industry. Nai Palm, Bender and Perrin form 3 of the four- member group and gave invaluable advice to the younger artists one afternoon a few weeks ago.

Eccentric lead singer Nai Palm, bedazzled in an intricate head piece, hat, and a variety of tattoos, gave all sorts of advice to do with sticking to your passion whilst avoiding ‘sharks in the music industry.’ The band had come to Byron, along with herds to play at Splendour in the Grass, stopping off to have a chat in the music room of Cape Byron Steiner.

The atmosphere buzzed with a sense of creativity. Some of the students had learned one of Hiatus’ songs and performed it to the audience, all of which were filming the experience. As I looked around, I noticed everyone was smiling. Nai Palm, who told the room she was always jealous of her backup singers’ job, sang backups to Cecilia Brandolini who sang one of the bands hits ‘Nakarama,’ accompanied by members of local band Potato Potato.

The band told the budding musicians that their music was an echo of their creativity, and that making their music had been hard and challenging, but also ‘really fun.’ The workshop was an inspiration in itself, everyone on the same level, showing each other what they were creatively capable of. There was a cascade of helpful tips including connecting with people who you could work with in some way, even if they weren’t directly related to your field. The band spoke about a close friend who became their manager and was great at it. They had worked this out because he enjoyed planning parties.

A theme ran through the afternoon of pursuing what you enjoy, even if people don’t understand it or it’s difficult to achieve. This advice rings true for Nai Palm, who had not had any formal musical training, which made it difficult for her to be able to form a band. She met Perrin and Bender who were able to understand what she was trying to do with her music. This mesh of Nai Palms creative flair and Bender and Perrin’s knowledge of music theory could be the reason that Hiatus’ Kaiyote’s music is so interesting.

The message left at the end of the afternoon was to celebrate your imagination, and to pursue what you love, the rewards being that you will be successful because you are passionate. Perrin summed it up by saying, ‘yeah, music is pretty cool.’ This hub of artistic expression, advice given from one group of musicians to another was a promise of the continuation of creation, and the importance of keeping the imagination alive.

(Written By Y12 Student – Jahlia 2014)

From The Principal

There is only a week to go until our Autumn Festival and classes have been preparing, learning songs and verses and thinking about this wonderful season when the weather is changing and a range of different fruits and vegetables are being harvested.  
Our school is looking particularly beautiful thanks to the efforts of those wonderful parents, students and staff who turned up to our Repair, Care and Maintenance day last weekend.  New garden beds were built, existing garden beds were weeded, a classroom was painted, pencil cases were sewn and a whole range of other jobs around the school were attended to.  It was lovely to see people from across our community working together to make our school a better place.
On Monday night I was lucky enough to attend a performance at the Sydney Opera House of the very best of last year’s HSC music students from across the state.  Three of our students, Patrick, Louie and Noah, were selected and played in front of a very large and very appreciative audience.  Their performance was outstanding and they represented Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School beautifully.  It is wonderful to see our students graduating as confident, capable (and often very talented) young adults.
Finally, just a reminder that we have an excellent parent library within our school library collection.  Please do make use of this if you would like to read about Steiner Education, Parenting, Anthroposophy or a range of other relevant topics.  Charlotte can help you out with finding what you are looking for.
Peace
Nerrida

 

Bulletin 13th March

 

Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School Weekly Bulletin.

TERM 1 WEEK 7  2015

From The Principal

There is only a week to go until our Autumn Festival and classes have been preparing, learning songs and verses and thinking about this wonderful season when the weather is changing and a range of different fruits and vegetables are being harvested.  
Our school is looking particularly beautiful thanks to the efforts of those wonderful parents, students and staff who turned up to our Repair, Care and Maintenance day last weekend.  New garden beds were built, existing garden beds were weeded, a classroom was painted, pencil cases were sewn and a whole range of other jobs around the school were attended to.  It was lovely to see people from across our community working together to make our school a better place.
On Monday night I was lucky enough to attend a performance at the Sydney Opera House of the very best of last year’s HSC music students from across the state.  Three of our students, Patrick, Louie and Noah, were selected and played in front of a very large and very appreciative audience.  Their performance was outstanding and they represented Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School beautifully.  It is wonderful to see our students graduating as confident, capable (and often very talented) young adults.
Finally, just a reminder that we have an excellent parent library within our school library collection.  Please do make use of this if you would like to read about Steiner Education, Parenting, Anthroposophy or a range of other relevant topics.  Charlotte can help you out with finding what you are looking for.
Peace
Nerrida

UPCOMING EVENTS

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Notice  about  the  SMG  from  James

The School Council has been working for many months to produce a draft of the school’s new constitution.  This week we circulated the draft to all members of the Association so that you can have time to have a look at it and consider the changes.  We will be holding a meeting on Monday 23rd March to provide information about the proposed changes and to allow for consultation and discussion. I invite all members of the association to come along and be part of this process.  The meeting will be held at the school, beginning at 7.00 pm (straight after the P&F AGM)
James Dods
Chair CBRSS Council

Year 9 Camp Monday, 16th March – 20th March 2015

Please note the time has changed for Monday morning 16th March.  The bus will now leave CBRSS at 7:45am sharp.

Ric

Autumn Festival

Friday, 20th March, 9.30am – 10.45am  in the Amphitheatre

Please join us to celebrate the beginning of the Autumn Season as the days are beginning to get cooler and longer.

The whole school will participate in the festival. There will be some performances in the amphitheatre and then we will move to the grass area for some circle dances all together. The primary school will form the inner circle and high school and parents will form the outer circles.
Please bring in your produce from your garden or farmers market for the harvest display and these will be donated to those in need. These can be given to class teachers any day next week or early on the morning of the festival.
After the festival there will be a shared morning tea in the classrooms and then a normal school day for the all students.
Loani 

Study and Discussion Group

Steiner Discussion Group – The Kingdom of Childhood

Our study group is well on its way & happy to see new faces each week.  We are currently discussing Steiner’s Lectures, given to teachers in England in 1924.  Last week we discussed aspects of Lecture 3 and we plan to take on a new lecture every week.  If you would like to join our group, please just come along (the ‘discussion’ nature of the group means that whilst it would be great for people to attend every week, it is not essential).  If you would like to join us and would like a copy of Lecture Four for next week, please contact the office.   The group meets every Tuesday in the Library at 6.00 pm.
Nerrida

Year 11 & 12 Visual Art Excursion to GOMA – Brisbane

Last Thursday 6th March, our Senior Art students travelled to Brisbane for an immersive day analysing and interacting with Postmodern Art at “Sublime” and “We can make another future, Japanese Art after 1989”.

One of the highlights was “The Obliteration room”, by Japanese Contemporary artist, Yayoi Kusama. Students were provided with a sheet of colourful, dot stickers of various shapes and sizes and could place the dots anywhere in the once white room.  See featured photo.

The second room by Kusama, known as “The Infinity Room” was a magical experience. Students entered a room four at a time. The room was lit by a black light so everything white glowed. The most striking aspect of this room was the sensation that the eye could see forever through a multitude of colourful spheres reflected in the walls made out of mirrors. You felt as if you were actually looking into space.

A popular work was PixCell-Deer#24 (2011) by Kohei Nawa (Japanese, born 1975). The deer is classified, mixed media, taxidermied deer with artificial crystal glass. Our students were armed with pencils, paper and a challenging set of questions tailored to engage students in art analysis.

Katie Alleva
Clare Sleeman

NSW Government Health – North Coast Public Health

Year 7, 11&12 Vaccination Program 2015

All Year 7 Students:
* Chicken Pox
* Boostrix (Diptheria, Tetnas & Whooping Cough)
* Gardasil vacine (Human Papillomavirus)

Year 11 & 12 Students
* MMR (Measles, Mumps & Rubella). This is a catch-up vaccination program for students who are not fully vaccinated.

These are free vaccines while they are in Year 7 and the MMR for Year 11 & 12.

For any parents interested, please contact the office.

 

COMMUNITY NOTICES

FAMILY HOLIDAYS

The NSW Board of Studies have informed us that school principals are no longer able to grant exemptions from attendance for holidays. This means that students who are away because they are on a holiday during term must be marked as absent. It is a legal requirement that parents sent students to school on every day unless they are sick or have an exceptional circumstance (family funeral etc.) Students who are absent without valid reason may be subject to mandatory reporting requirements.
All legal requirements aside, students who go away during term time miss valuable learning opportunities adding stress to both teachers and students . Please don’t book holidays for students in term times other than in exceptional circumstances.

SCHOOL CANTEEN

The school canteen is once again looking for parent helpers on a Tues, Wed or Thursday between 9.30am-2.30pm. Being involved is lots of fun, a great way to get to know the school community, allows you to claim RC&M hours and your child/ren receives a free lunch on the day!! If this is something you would like to do, please email Amanda at amandaeade1@bigpond.com or phone 0411837699.

FRIDGE DONATION – We are looking for a small upright fridge/freezer in great working condition. Contact Craig if you can help out the canteen.

Craig

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From The Principal

One of the things that still amazes me about our climate is the way Autumn just seems to arrive overnight. Whilst we are still getting warm days (sometimes even quite hot days), the nights are cooler and there is often dew on the grass in the mornings. With the change of the seasons, comes a change in our own beings as we “come in” from the summer experience of being out in the cosmos (think of the bbqs, parties, camps, travel and social life of the summer months). As we start the movement back in towards the quieter, more reflective times of winter, we often can feel a little unsettled as we “meet ourselves” again and have to deal with our thoughts and feelings, and reflections about ourselves and others.

As teachers, we often find Autumn a time when there are playground disputes and flare-ups and when social relationships between children can be a bit tested. The teachers in the primary school work with this by sharing stories with the children which demonstrate courage and the finding of strength and integrity to do what is right and good (the story of St George and the Dragon is a good example of this). As adults we can lead by example, trying to find our own courage, integrity and strength to deal with the issues that confront and unsettle us. This is truly an interesting, sometimes challenging time of the year and one that offers great opportunities for growth and learning.

This week I hosted a morning tea for our Year 12 students. It was lovely to spend some time with our senior students, chatting about their studies and their experiences as they move towards their last months at the school. I am struck by their maturity and the way they hold the lovely balance between confidence in who they are and uncertainty, excitement and determination as they move towards the end of their days at Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School.

Peace,
Nerrida

Bulletin 6th March

 

Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School Weekly Bulletin.

TERM 1 WEEK 6  2015

From The Principal

One of the things that still amazes me about our climate is the way Autumn just seems to arrive overnight.  Whilst we are still getting warm days (sometimes even quite hot days), the nights are cooler and there is often dew on the grass in the mornings.  With the change of the seasons, comes a change in our own beings as we “come in” from the summer experience of being out in the cosmos (think of the bbqs, parties, camps, travel and social life of the summer months).  As we start the movement back in towards the quieter, more reflective times of winter, we often can feel a little unsettled as we “meet ourselves” again and have to deal with our thoughts and feelings, and reflections about ourselves and others.

As teachers, we often find Autumn a time when there are playground disputes and flare-ups and when social relationships between children can be a bit tested.  The teachers in the primary school work with this by sharing stories with the children which demonstrate courage and the finding of strength and integrity to do what is right and good (the story of St George and the Dragon is a good example of this).  As adults we can lead by example, trying to find our own courage, integrity and strength to deal with the issues that confront and unsettle us.  This is truly an interesting, sometimes challenging time of the year and one that offers great opportunities for growth and learning.

This week I hosted a morning tea for our Year 12 students.  It was lovely to spend some time with our senior students, chatting about their studies and their experiences as they move towards their last months at the school.  I am struck by their maturity and the way they hold the lovely balance between confidence in who they are and uncertainty, excitement and determination as they move towards the end of their days at Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School.

Peace,
Nerrida

UPCOMING EVENTS

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Fees and Fee Agreements

Fees for Term One are now overdue.  Thank you to those parents who have paid promptly.  If you have not paid your fees or made an agreement to pay, please do so as a matter of urgency.  Payment of fees is a condition of ongoing enrolment and forms part of the enrolment contract parents have signed with the school.  Each year our finance team spend a large amount of time telephoning, emailing and meeting with parents to chase up overdue fees.

It is also a conditional of enrolment that each family complete a fee agreement form and return it to the school.  These forms need to be completed and returned to the school at the beginning of each year and  updated every time there is a change to the way you wish to pay your fees.  If you have not yet returned your form, please do so as a matter of urgency.

We have a range of options available for parents who are experiencing financial difficulty, including making regular smaller payments and short term fee relief (Community Fee Assistance Fund).  If you are finding it difficult to meet your payments, please contact the Finance Office to discuss options.

 

Car Parking – Pick Up and Drop Off

Please remember that children must be dropped off and picked up at the bottom car park.  The top car park is a bus zone.  It is noted that a number of parents are dropping children off at the top car park again.  Please know that we ask that children be dropped off at the bottom car park for safety reasons (buses and pedestrians are not a good mix).  Your help in following the correct processes would be most appreciated.

Study and Discussion Group

Steiner Discussion Group – The Kingdom of Childhood

Our study group is well on its way & happy to see new faces each week.  We are currently discussing Steiner’s Lectures, given to teachers in England in 1924.  Last week we discussed aspects of Lecture 2 and we plan to take on a new lecture every week.  If you would like to join our group, please just come along (the ‘discussion’ nature of the group means that whilst it would be great for people to attend every week, it is not essential).  If you would like to join us and would like a copy of Lecture Three for next week, please contact the office.   The group meets every Tuesday in the Library at 6.00 pm.
Nerrida

Repair Care and Maintenance this Saturday

This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved in our school community and help to make our school a better place for our students.  There are many tasks which suit all ranges of skills and abilities.  Come for a couple of hours or come for the whole day – any help is really appreciated.

Sat 7th March 9am – 3pm
BBQ Lunch supplied by school
See you there. Bring your friends. Have fun & improve the school.
Gavin: 0427 847 400
Regards

Gavin Colley

Site Manager
Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School

 

WHAT IS WALDORF?

 

Waldorf is an education that values the inside as much as the outside. A good Waldorf education is not job training and not just a step to the next level of education. It’s the Art of teaching, guiding, allowing, unfolding and inspiring Education. It’s a place where failing is allowed to be a path to succeeding, where the good is the same as the bad is the same as the good – just like in life. A good Waldorf school is tough, rebellious, challenging and brave: it has to be these days. Look into the world and see all it has to give, all that lies beneath, all that lies above, all that lies within. It is very big and very small, just like you. A good Waldorf school carves out a little piece where that is true.

Nicole Nicola, Handwork, Fine Arts and Clay Modeling Teacher, The Waldorf School of Philadelphia

Administration – Casual Relief Position

Thank you for those who applied for the above position.  We are currently processing the applications

NSW Government Health – North Coast Public Health

Year 7, 11&12 Vaccination Program 2015

All Year 7 Students:
* Chicken Pox
* Boostrix (Diptheria, Tetnas & Whooping Cough)
* Gardasil vacine (Human Papillomavirus)

Year 11 & 12 Students
* MMR (Measles, Mumps & Rubella). This is a catch-up vaccination program for students who are not fully vaccinated.

These are free vaccines while they are in Year 7 and the MMR for Year 11 & 12.

For any parents interested, please contact the office.

 

COMMUNITY NOTICES

FAMILY HOLIDAYS

The NSW Board of Studies have informed us that school principals are no longer able to grant exemptions from attendance for holidays. This means that students who are away because they are on a holiday during term must be marked as absent. It is a legal requirement that parents sent students to school on every day unless they are sick or have an exceptional circumstance (family funeral etc.) Students who are absent without valid reason may be subject to mandatory reporting requirements.
All legal requirements aside, students who go away during term time miss valuable learning opportunities adding stress to both teachers and students . Please don’t book holidays for students in term times other than in exceptional circumstances.

SCHOOL CANTEEN

The school canteen is once again looking for parent helpers on a Tues, Wed or Thursday between 9.30am-2.30pm. Being involved is lots of fun, a great way to get to know the school community, allows you to claim RC&M hours and your child/ren receives a free lunch on the day!! If this is something you would like to do, please email Amanda at amandaeade1@bigpond.com or phone 0411837699.

BANANAS

As you might be aware the price of bananas have increased over the last couple of weeks.It has been challenging for Craig during this period.  Is there anyone that can supply the canteen with wholesale bananas?  If so, Craig will be very keen to hear from you.
canteen@http://capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

     
Bringing Spirit to Life

Talk Life Phases
March
Wed 11th
7–8:30pm
Biography, Learning
and the Development
of Consciousness
Workshop
April Taking Charge
9–12/4
9am-6pm
Life Story Work and
Lifelong Learning
Facilitation Karl-Heinz Finke
Venue Cape Byron Steiner School
Lot 5 Balraith Lane
Ewingsdale NSW 2481
   
Taking Charge
Life Story Work and Lifelong Learning

There are three ways of learning: Formal Learning or Learning for Life, Learning from Life Experiences, and Learning with the Night Consciousness. We also learn with head, heart and hand. The workshop will use participants’ life stories to explore and illustrate these different learning paths. The course is developed on Coenraad van Houten’s research on adult learning (Awakening the Will) and Gudrun Burkhard’s approach to biography work (Taking Charge). Following the theme of learning allows for a deeper understanding of our Life Journey and gaining insights into the journey ahead of us.
The course is also a practical and life-related introduction into Anthroposophy. More Information on Life Story Work:
www.sydneyrudolfsteinercollege.com

Workshop Times
Thu – Sat: 9.00am–6.00pm / Sun: 9.00am–4.00pm

Information and Enrolment
Karl-Heinz Finke
info@Living-way.org
(03) 9005 6905
www.SydneyRudolfSteinerCollege.com
www.Living-way.org

Karl-Heinz was born in Germany 1955.  He is a Naturopath for Psychotherapy and works as lecturer, teacher, trainer, adult educator and consultant.
He studied Social Sciences and Psychology in Berlin.  From 1992 to 1997 he attended training in Biography Work, adult education and organisation development led by Gudrun Burkhard (MD), Coenraad van Houten and Helmuth ten Siethoff.

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