Class 4 students have been busy learning to crochet some cosy colorful mittens.
Class 4 students have been busy learning to crochet some cosy colorful mittens.
THE BIG SWING
The Giant Swing was one of the best activities possible. You were pulled by a team of human huskies up and up into the sky. When you were ready, you let go of the rope and you dropped, dropped, then flung upwards into the air until you swung to a stop.
WHAT WAS CHALLENGING
I think we would all agree when I say that the hiking was the hardest part, but everyone enjoyed it anyway. Also challenging was starting the fire and maintaining it with enough wood. When we tried to sleep, it took awhile as it was cold and some felt lonely. I think everyone was scared by the activities a little. I think everyone would agree when I say that the abseiling was the most challenging of all the activities because of the trust required to walk off a cliff with nothing stopping you from falling except a little rope.
THE BIG SWING
On Wednesday evening when the sun was setting over the horizon half of our class prepared themselves for their ride on the Giant Swing.
As the full moon rose up into the sky, our first flier began her ascent. Strapped in by two harnesses attaching her to the swing, our class pull her into the air.
Three quarters of the way up, Desiree commanded the huskies (classmates) to stop. The instructor told the husky team pulling her to brace, then she let the rope go and plummeted into nothingness.
The ropes caught Desiree and the momentum swung her out over the cliff as the moon rose higher and higher into the evening sky.
Desiree smiled as the wind whipped her hair around her face, turning her cheeks a rosy red.
By Desiree and Brianna
WHAT WE LEARNT ABOUT OURSELVES
I think that we all learnt something about ourselves on camp. I learnt that I’m stronger than I think and I can get over my fears. My friend Kiana learnt that she needs to listen to the safety instructions the first time! Gabe learnt how to abseil and Naina confirmed that she has the best class in the world and that she loves us all a lot.
WHAT I LEARNT ABOUT MYSELF
I learnt that I am stronger than I think and I need to stop being vague when we are learning about safety. I also learnt that I uncontrollably sleep talk, even when I try not to! And, I cannot cook porridge!
CAMP KOKODA REVIEW
During our stay at Camp Kokoda we did the following activities; flying fox, canoeing, giant swing, abseiling and the sugar glider. My favourite activity was the giant swing. The class was put into five groups to help decide who was cooking, for example group one would cook and group two would clean up and the next meal group three cooked and group four cleaned up. I didn’t like walking between each campsite with our heavy backpacks. If I could rate my stay at Camp Kokoda I would give it a 8 1/2 out of 10.
In the morning we woke up very early and lit our fire with left over coals from the night before. Later we would go and watch the stunningly majestic sunrise over the horizon while another group made breakfast. After breakfast we would pack our backpacks, clean the camp site and pack down our tents before walking back to base camp. There we would adjust what we had in our pack depending on how hard the hike was to come. Once we packed our bags we would have lunch and walk to the next camp. Upon arrival we pitched our tents and would do an activity. Our first activity was the flying fox; we were harnessed to a wire and were thrown off a platform in a tree – then we flew along the wire till we reached the tree on the other side . Our second activity was the big swing. We were pulled by nine people, huskies, and they pulled you into the air as high as you liked. Once up there you let go of a rope and fell towards the ground swinging and flying above a cliff before swinging back. The third activity we did was abseiling where we walked harnessed down a cliff.
By Gabe, Jack and Arlo
On camp we did lots of fun things including lots of challenging subjects; such as hiking up steep hills, carrying heavy backpacks and doing some very challenging activities. Each day we would hike up different hills to get to a different campsite where we set up our tents, cooked food and did activities. We hiked with backpacks in which we carried spare clothing, utensils, sleeping bags and mats. On our camp we also did some very challenged ourselves by abseiling, swinging on a giant swing and the flying fox, but we all loved them!
I could not go on camp, instead I went to Sydney. On the first day my nan picked us up from the airport and took us to Mr Wentworth’s house. He was one of the men that found a way through the Blue Mountains. Mr Wentworth was not respected at that time as his wife’s family were all convicts and because the Wentworth’s had their first children before they were married. On the second day we stayed at home. On the third day we went back into Sydney and went to Government House for a tour. We realised that the house had lots of treasures and that the government still lived upstairs, but they had renovated it and it was now a luxury apartment. At 6pm Vivid started. My favourite two light shows were the Aboriginal dancing and the arts of dancing colours and shapes.
Midginbil Hill – By Yonatan, Kaden, Rory, Bella and Ayla
We went on camp to Midginbil Hill last week. Our guides were Thomas and John. Thomas was really funny and John was smart and helpful. The cooks were Craig and Emma. The helpers were Peter, Jason and Mikey. We did pioneering, canoeing, archery, By The Creek, problem solving, eco walk, night walk, initiative games and Indiana Jones bridge. Some people fed the chickens and saw the owner of Midgnbil Hill’s dog.
Canoeing – By Nina
When class 4 went on camp at Midginbill Hill we did lots of activities. One of them was canoeing. In canoeing we had groups of 2 or 3 and each group shared their own canoe. While we canoed, we played ‘Sponge Tiggy’ and a few times we rafted up (which means when you join the canoes together to make a raft). It was lots of fun.
Archery – By Wil and Zane
We did archery with re-curve bows The targets had 5 colours – white, black, blue, red and yellow. Thomas, our guide, tied a balloon to the middle of the yellow bullseye. The aim was to try and shoot it. Bethanie shot the balloon on her first try. Lots of people thought it would be easy but it turned out to be quite hard.
By The Creek – By Marlon and River
We (Class 4) went on a camp to Midginbil Hill. We did lots of fun activities!! On of them was called ‘By The Creek’, where we went exploring in and around the creek. We started off with sieves and tubs. We used the sieves to catch sensitive water bugs, very sensitive water bugs, tolerant bugs and very tolerant bugs! Sensitive water bugs can only survive in clean non-polluted water. Tolerant water bugs can live in both habitats. We also found red, brown, orange and purple ochre. We found flat rocks, wet the surface and rubbed the ochre on to paint each other’s faces. We found crystals as well as the ochre and bugs. We found quarz, agate, jade, jasper, smoky quartz, rose quarz and obsidian!! WE HAD A GREAT TIME!!! (Highly recommended!)
Pioneering – By Bella and Ayla
We went on camp to Midginbill Hil! First of all we went over a creek then up a hill, down a little hill and then we got to a mud shack. Our guides were Thomas and John. John and Thomas talked about how others before us had made lots and lots of mud bricks. Some people got water and others hacked mud and made mud balls and got REALLY MUDDY!!! Then we went back up to the mud hut and mushed all the mud balls together to make a brick.
Classes Six and Three caught up this week for some buddy time together. They shared Main lesson work and read to each other as well as spending time in the library talking about their favourite books. It was a relaxed and fun occasion and so lovely to see how interested and caring the children were towards each other.
We finished with an outside game filled with light hearted silliness and laughs. It was a simple and wonderful afternoon of connection and wellbeing.
Class Six had the pleasure of visiting author Lucus Proudfoot from Byron Writers Festival in our classroom this week. Lucas promoted fluid creativity via his songs, stories and fabulous humour. He generously shared about his family history and Aboriginal culture and spoke about how these have affected him as an author.
The children then went for a walk outside and were asked to write down three things they love or have a connection to and one random thing, from there they created a story. Eg, moon, stars, sun and a yellow pea or caterpillar, garden, tomato and headphones. Perhaps you’d like to give it a go?
Kindergarten Harvest Blessing
The silver rain, the shining sun
The fields where Scarlett poppies run
And all the ripples in the wheat
Are in the bread that we do eat
So when we sit at every meal
And say our grace, we always feel
That we are eating rain and sun
And fields where Scarlett poppies run…
Classes 3 and 6 took a trip back in time on their visit to Dorroughby Education Centre. The staff there shared their knowledge of the Big Scrub rainforest of this region and the useful plants that can be found in it, such as the ‘Red Gold’ that was harvested in the 1800’s. We looked at an old crosscut saw and saw photos of the Cedar getters – it was a hard life back then.
One of the highlights of the day was an experience of life in an 1800’s schoolhouse. The children lined up and presented their hands for inspection by their ‘teacher’ then marched into the schoolhouse to practice copperplate writing on slates. They recited some proverbs, dressed up in old fashioned clothing, stitched a sampler, and practiced adding pounds, shilling and pence. Our teacher, ‘Ma’am’ was very strict but fortunately no one got the cane on the day.
In the afternoon Class 6 learned about the formation of rocks and minerals whilst Class Three made damper scones and helped to churn butter. There was enough for everyone to have afternoon tea followed by a few old fashioned relay games altogether.
It was a a beautiful sunny day and the children thoroughly enjoyed chatting and playing with their buddies and classmates.
On Tuesday this week, class 3 and 4 braved those heavy rain clouds and ventured off to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Thanks to our Currumbin Wildlife Ambassador, Ned in Class 3, we were invited to visit the sanctuary for free. We started the day up at the Discovery Den for an educational talk. Here we got to meet, learn about and pat ‘Wattle’ the elegant stick insect, ‘Turtle’ the Echidna and a VERY big beautiful python!
From there we ventured on to the Free Flight Bird Show where we encountered some magnificent birds such as the barking owl, the black kite and the wedge-tailed eagle. As our adventure continued, we met lots of very cute koalas, kangaroos, reptiles and some hungry crocodiles!
We all arrived back safe and sound, much drier than we’d expected to and with LOTS of wondrous animal tales to tell. A big thank you to our lovely parent helpers Nadine and Cindy for coming along.
We celebrated the end of our Ancient Indian Main Lesson with an Indian Feast day and what a feast it was!
The amphitheatre was turned into a sacred Indian space which set the mood for a puja ritual, (led by Fiona Walsh), which was powerful/beautiful/sacred and the children participated with equal reverence, respect and stillness.
The delicious Indian dishes were then served by the parents on banana leaves and we all eagerly awaited the last person being served, before a blessing of the food, and then the moment of eating our meal(with our fingers) had arrived. A little messy it may have been, however, eating food with your hands feeds not only the body but also the mind and the spirit.
The main meal was followed by Indian sweets and an Ayurvedic tea made by Aly, to help digest the delicious meal. A wonderful, gastronomic experience was had by all!!
In the afternoon we had the Bollywood sisters perform and they brought a different energy, lightness and joy . Before too long all the children were performing the moves and they even managed to get we adults on stage and there we were-‘Bollywooding’ together!
It was a fantastic day for all and a perfect way to enrich the lessons over the last three weeks!
A big thank you to all the parents who contributed to make this day the success that it was!
The children in the Primary School were very excited to put on their new school hats this week. Each child now has a hat which will stay at school. Gavin has been busy this week ensuring there are enough hat hooks at the classrooms to give each hat a home. The hats are functional, comfortable and colourful and hopefully we won’t have any children missing out on play opportunities because they don’t have a hat at school.
Thanks to Felicity for organising the hats (including sizing and colour choices for each child) and to Gavin for making sure the hats have a place to hang at each classroom.
On the first day our Class 1 students were welcomed to Primary School in a beautiful ceremony. Parents watery eyes were blamed on the dust in the air, but we knew better!
Teachers really appreciate your assistance and support by ensuring your children are following our new dress code. Congratulations and thank you to everyone for embracing it so quickly and graciously. We’re eagerly anticipating the arrival of the new sun hats next week which will remain at school for playtime and excursions.
For those who are still unsure what the dress code is please visit our website.
It’s great to see Class 4 students already hard at work on their Kitchen Gardening program.
Christmas Greetings, good wishes and magic was certainly in the air at our Christmas Concert, so beautifully decorated by the Class Two parents and with all the lovely musical gifts of song, harmonies and good old traditional Christmas Carols sung by the students and teachers.
Bravo! What a wonderful first performance for parents by the newly formed Class Three Orchestra on the last day of school for 2016!
Classes 1-6 enjoyed a wonderful Swim Fun Day at the Mullumbimby Pool during the last week of school….such a nice way to cool off the year!
Theatre Express at CBRSS ~ End of year performance
A lively group of 8-10 year olds joined us this year, for a fun-filled semester of drama and games, improvisation, self-expression, theatre skills and performance.
Look out for the ad in next years’ bulletin – Another fabulous program will be offered Term 2-4 2017.
Happy Holidays, everyone! Jude
A big thank you to all the parent helpers who cleaned and moved class rooms for Primary School.
During Advent, we can deepen our relationship to the world around us through recognising the strength and beauty in all the four kingdoms of the natural world.
The first week is related to the mineral kingdom, the physical foundation for life. The mineral world gives us a fixed basis for our ever-changing existence. Without the mineral world we would have no ground to stand on. The second week focuses on the plant kingdom, from which we receive nourishment from living forces. Earth, rain, light and warmth create a balance of growth and decay. The plant world has life that distinguishes it from the mineral world. It is life itself which human beings share with the plants. The third week focuses on the kingdom of beasts. We share our capacity for movement and feelings with the animal kingdom. In this week of Advent we are reminded of our relationship with the birds, beasts and other members of the animal kingdom and how they reflect our most basic soul states. The fourth week of Advent speaks of the human being. All the kingdoms of nature contribute to our existence. We all have mineral, plant and animal aspects surrounding and supporting the flame of our individual human spirit, this flame that is the essence of what it is to be human.
The verse below is attributed to Rudolf Steiner, acknowledging the natural world at the time of Advent:
The first light of Advent is the light of stone-
Stones that live in crystals, seashells, and bones.
The second light of Advent is the light of plants-
Plants that reach up to the sun and in the breezes dance.
The third light of Advent is the light of beasts-
All await the birth, from the greatest and in least.
The fourth light of Advent is the light of humankind-
The light of hope, that we may learn to love and understand.
Primary students participated in swimming classes at Mullumbimby Petria Thomas pool over the past weeks and the continuity of this program has been a great success. The head instructor commented that on average, our school had an extremely high level of swim skills and ability.
A reminder for parents to put their child’s swimming ability in the medical section of the Parent Lounge for their child.
Term Times 8:30 ~ 3:30
Holidays 10:00 ~ 3:00