Class 4 Camp

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.

Cl 3 & 6 Buddy time

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.

Matt

 

Lucus Proudfoot visit to Cl 6

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?

Kindy Autumn Festival

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…

Excursion to Dorroughby Education Centre

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.

Cl 3 & 4 visit to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

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.

Class 5 News!

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!

Namaste

Ben Mackenzie

 

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