We are proposing a change to the Primary School Dress Code as from the beginning of next year. This change is being proposed following requests from both parents and teachers. The proposed additions are listed in bold italics below.
- Clothing should suit the season. Please provide spare clothes in rainy weather.
- Plain coloured clothing made of natural fibres is recommended.
- No black clothing or clothing with printed images, messages or slogans.
- Top must be a short or long sleeved plain t-shirt of a single rainbow colour or a CBRSS t-shirt
- Clothing should allow freedom of movement (consider bike pants or shorts under skirts to support this).
- Strong, supportive, flat-soled shoes in winter and autumn and shoes or sandals in summer or spring.
- Thongs, ‘Crocs’, Ugg boots and fashion shoes are not suitable for school.
- Shoes should be suitable for nature walks and sport.
- Soft-soled slippers for indoor use.
- Broad-brimmed CBRSS school hat must be worn for outdoor play.
- Hair longer than shoulder length must be tied back at all times.
- Jewellery kept to a minimum. Earrings to be simple studs or sleepers only. No make-up.
Please send in your feedback to the proposed change so that we can consider all views before making a final decision. Send feedback to info@http://capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au
The changes are planned to come into effect at the beginning of next year.
At the end of last term Class Five celebrated learning about Ancient Greece with a Greek Day. The children learnt a traditional Greek dance, heard stories and saw artifacts from a small island, presented their Greek Projects and then shared a formal Greek meal together.
Their projects are currently on display in the library, please stop past and have a look.
School photos will commence first week of November for primary school classes. Photos will again be taken by Jacqui Judd
Tuesday 1st November Class 1 & 2
Tuesday 8th November Class 3 & 5
Tuesday 15th November Class 4 & 6
The group photo will be taken first thing in the morning and the individual photos afterwards. Students will be given order forms shortly.
A visit to the school beehive is always popular and it’s always interesting to see what the bees are carrying into the hive.
The children can see all of the different coloured pollens and how the bees congregate around the entrance before marching in with their harvest. The hive has expanded to occupy about half of the frames, most of them full of brood and more recently some honey is being stored in some new white wax combs. There might be a harvest for us at the end of the Summer if we’re lucky.
Earlier this term in Week 5, all of the Class Three students, with one parent each, experienced a special Camp Out with Kids. This was the first time the program has been run for a whole class and by trained CBRSS staff. It was a wonderful opportunity for each child to share special one-on-one time with their parent and lovely to have the whole class together for such a cherished class occasion. As we sat around the fire gazing at the stars and sharing stories, we could feel that this was a special and important moment of bonding and growth for everyone. It was also brilliant preparation for our following first big camp away from school.
In week 7, Class three set out for their adventure to Binna Burra in Lamington National Park. We had a feeling this class would be ready for 4-days and 3-nights for their first camp away, and we were right! Class Three certainly stepped up to the occasion with impressive determination and enthusiasm.
We spent the days exploring the glorious rainforests with our most lovely National Park guides. The flying fox was definitely a highlight, along with the great ‘EGGsperiment’. We caught and examined water sensitive bugs, built up our trust for each on the low ropes course and sensory trail and went on a night exploration for nocturnal animals. In the evenings we sat in the beautiful Grooms Cottage by the fire knitting and listening to stories. It could just well have been a scene from Little House in the Prairie!
We were very grateful for our superb parent helpers Craig, Peter, Joe and Tahl who ensured that our bellies were always full, our questions always answered, and our timely bed-time always guaranteed!
At the end of the camp, the Binna Burra guides told us that they were especially impressed with how exceptionally respectful, considerate, creative and enthusiastic Class Three were. We felt very proud! The children returned home safe, contentedly worn-out and full of wonderful stories.
We are already dreaming up plans for our Class 4 camp in 2017……
ahhh the joy of it!!!
From the happy campers,
Busy Fingers made all of this beautiful work.
Class 6 ventured out to sea last week to for a whale watching experience. It didn’t take long to spot the distant flume of a pod of humpback whales. With eyes peeled, we saw many whale pods around us – but still so far away! The class sang and called to the whales, and the whales responded by coming nearer and gracing us with a magnificently beautiful whale ballet. The experience culminated in a whale spy hopping within metres of the boat, really getting a good look at the children that were so delighted to see them.
As part of Class Three’s current Money Main Lesson, the classroom has transformed into a thriving Market Place! We spent last week discovering the highs and lows of bartering and trading, and this week we are discovering how money has evolved to make the job much easier!
Bethanie & Teera
Class Three have written some spectacular poems as part of their recent Main Lesson ‘The Wonder and Wisdom of Words’. I wish I could share them all with you! Here are just a few:
Oh so high, touching the stars
Until it stops at a pinpoint, so close to the moon glowing in the
Night, I stare at it as
The water ripples like
A million pearls shining brighter than the brightest flame.
I watch in awe as the icy glaciers shimmer.
Nature’s story unfolds from great heights
Mischievously swinging upon moist vines
On the tree tops
Noisily chattering amongst themselves
Keeping very loud
Eager to eat some fruits
Yawning tiredly as the orange sun sets
Moving across the sky
On a silver river
On a golden lake
Now time to curl up small in your bed
There once was a small skinny rat
Who wanted to be very fat
So he stole some cheese
And didn’t say please
Then he got eaten by a cat!
There once was a man from Glee
Who wanted to kiss a wee flea
He puckered his lips
Then swallowed some pips
And ended up kissing a bee!
Class 6 had a wonderful adventure on their class camp last week. They walked many kilometres, over 4-5 days, on the Yuraygir Coastal Walk (Yuraygir National Park). The class were joined by their teacher, Maree, support teacher, Anna, outdoor education expert, Stuart, and parent helpers, Sandi & Rachel.
Maree said that the children found joy in each day. The coastal walk was very beautiful and the children loved finding spectacular shell and rock treasures along the beach as well as spotting whales from the headlands.
The class were well supported by parent helpers, Sandi and Rachel. The food on camp was nourishing, plentiful and so delicious. On the last day, Nicole drove down to meet the class to help with the pack up and drive out of Station Creek, which was enormously helpful.
The group returned at the end of the week tired and very happy!
Dear Class 3, 4, 5, 6 Parents and Staff,
We are glad to invite you to another educational evening presented by Dr Simon Bednarek:
Transformation around the age of 12….. The pre-teen years
Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm
Where: CBRSS Performance Hall.
When: Tuesday 23rd August 2016
This talk follows on from Simon’s wonderful presentation last term focusing on ‘The 9 Year Old Transition ….’
We encourage all families from Classes 3, 4, 5 and 6 to have at least one parent attend the evening, which will bring a helpful and informative view of child development from an Anthroposophical perspective during the upper stages of the Primary School years.
Parents of other age groups are also welcome to attend. Please see Simon’s biography below.
The Teachers and I are looking forward to enjoying this evening with you all,
Simon Bednarek MBBS (WA), FRNZCGP, FRACGP Simon is an anthroposophic GP working at Meadows Medical Centre Mullumbimby and living in Byron Shire. Previously, he worked in Perth for 5 years and for 28 years as a General Practitioner in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. Simon is the coordinator of the medical section in NZ and has organised many conferences and seminars in this role. He has worked as a school doctor and as GP for curative adult and children residential homes in Hawkes Bay. He is a past chair of the Taikura Rudolf Steiner School board of trustees. Simon has taught and spoken at events such as the International Postgraduate Medical Training (IPMT) and Kolisko conferences in Dornach, Switzerland, Philippines, Thailand, NZ, Australia, Hungary, South Africa and India on topics ranging from anthroposophic medicine, organisational development, soul development and leadership. Simon has four children who all attended the Hastings Taikura Waldorf School and have now completed university.
Term 2 has been full of rich experiences for K-6. The primary classes have been on a number of excursions in the local area. The children have enjoyed visits to The Farm, Mullumbimby Community Gardens & Historical Museum, Minyon Falls, a local produce farm, and a viewing of the Aboriginal art exhibition ~ Bunjalung Country. Class 6 expanded their knowledge of the galaxy with a trip to the Brisbane Planetarium & Science Museum, followed by a stargazing sleepover at school. Class 5 had a fabulous week of outdoor activities at Tyalgum Ridge.
Class 5 & 6 started their mornings by jogging a circuit around the school in preparation for the annual cross-country race.
In addition to these forays out into the wider community, we were lucky to have several visitors to the school.
Bothmer specialist Dan Freeman brought his expertise to the school with lessons and games for the children and ideas and observations for the teachers. John Billings played two Lyre concerts, including some Irish folk songs that were very familiar to the children.
There were visitors for teachers and parents to learn from too, with Dr Simon Bednarek giving a presentation on the 9-year transition. Lou Harvey Zahara shared some gems on creative discipline, and Nathan Verinder kept parents up to date with tips on Cyber Safety.
Within the school there have been various festivals, performances, and fundraisers including the launch of the Kitchen Garden Program and the popular Bush Dance. The sharing and enjoyment of the Class 4 & 5 Strings concerts was a pleasure for parents, and the Winter Festival, a soulful and evocative celebration of the season. The coming of the light dramatized so beautifully in the Aboriginal myth of the Sun.
The teaching staff continued to develop their professional skills with an intensive on Bothmer Gymnastics, an AIS Child Protection workshop, training in First Aid & CPR, and the Camp Out for Kids.
Happy Holidays everyone!
Below are pics from the Class 2, 3, & 4 Term 2 excursions.
Term Times 8:30 ~ 3:30
Holidays 10:00 ~ 3:00
Fax: (02) 6684 7399