School Hats

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.

Class 1 Welcome Ceremony

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!

 

Primary School dress code

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.

Kitchen Garden Program

It’s great to see Class 4 students already hard at work on their Kitchen Gardening program.

Christmas Concert

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.

Class Three Orchestra Performance

Bravo! What a wonderful first performance for parents by the newly formed Class Three Orchestra on the last day of school for 2016!

Class 1 to 6 Swim Fun Day

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!

A taste of Peanuts

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

Primary on the move

A big thank you to all the parent helpers who cleaned and moved class rooms for Primary School.

Advent activities in Kindy

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.

“Kindy

Primary Swimming Program

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.

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Primary are now looking forward to the Swim Fun Day with inflatables on the 14th of December. Parents are welcome to attend this day, please be in contact with your class teacher to coordinate.

A reminder for parents to put their child’s swimming ability in the medical section of the Parent Lounge for their child.

Class 5 Play

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The Epic of Gilgamesh is the oldest surviving written story, 4000 yrs old. It tells of a tyrant King, Gilgamesh, who is overcome by friendship and loss and embarks on an existential journey to avoid suffering and death. The children first heard the story in our Ancient Persia main lesson and then, with the help of Jude, transformed it into a play full of improvised music, choreographed dance and drama. Annually putting together a production like this is akin to going on camp or the heroes journey – we leave behind the ordinary, say yes to the call of adventure, meet trials and tribulations, pick up the sword after failures and offer the elixir of our work to the school and parent audience. Through the process we become a different, more connected class.

 

 

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Class 4 Camp

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Class 4 enjoyed a wonderful camp at Lake Ainsworth in Lennox Head.

The accommodation was 5 star, as was the gourmet food created by Craig and the parent body.

We shared many adventures together, including having fun canoeing, rock climbing, snorkelling, swimming in the pool, building sand sculptures etc..

I had no idea when I packed the cricket equipment that it would be the focus for adults and children alike, and now looking at the poor showing of the Australian Cricket Team, I’m sure we could have done a lot better against the South Africans.

Our skit night was a revelation of much talent and laughter. Also, another spectacular performance was the arrival of a ‘lightning show’, which entertained us in awe for hours on end from the balconies of our cabins.

A big thank you to Anna Weatherstone and all the volunteer parents (Zac, Mason, Michio, Frances and Craig) who helped make this camp the success that it was.

Ben Mackenzie

Class 2 Sleepover

Class Two children had their first school camp experience with a sleepover on the oval next to the COLA. We pitched tents after school on Friday and in the early evening the children and I went to night class to make thank you cards. After that we explored the grounds to meet some of the local wildlife. We discovered that there are a lot of cane toads that gather in the drain outside the movement room. In the meantime the parents had rigged up a camp kitchen in the COLA and had prepared a sumptuous shared meal. Everyone had a reasonable night’s sleep and there were lots of smiles and happy faces after breakfast when the children sang songs and gave their special card to their parent.

Matt

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‘Have A Go’ Athletics day

We had a great day yesterday with Classes 3 to 6 participating in the Have-A -Go Athletics day. A big thanks to the students in Year 8 and 9 who assisted on the day and to Ric for organising.

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