Celebrating the Autumn Festival

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CELEBRATING THE AUTUMN FESTIVAL

Each year Cape Byron Steiner School celebrates the Autumnal Equinox, usually falling on or about 21st March each year, with our Autumn Festival. The entire school prepares for this over many weeks from the beginning of term and the students from Kindergarten to Year 12 participate in some way on the day, as participation deepens the experience, makes it personal, even though it is a whole community event.

The students and teachers dress in the colours of autumn: red, golden yellow, orange, brown, purple, etc even though here in the Northern Rivers area the coming of Autumn is not as clearly defined as in inland and cooler areas. The Primary School students have embraced a recently formed tradition of composing a verse each for an autumn song, the chorus of which is known by all, to be sung throughout the celebration of the festival. There is generally a surprise element and a dance which includes the entire school community. Families are encouraged to bring in home-grown produce or market bought produce, breads, preserves, etc to add to the “harvest bounty” display which is the focal point of our celebration; the food afterwards being given to a local charity, namely the Liberation Larder which feeds many homeless and needy members in our wider community.

A traditional song is sung each year:

“In Autumn Saint Michael with sword and with shield
Passes over meadow and orchard and field;
He’s on the path to battle ‘gainst darkness and strife;
He is the heavenly warrior, protector of life.

The harvest let us gather with Michael’s aid;
The light he sheddeth fails not nor does it fade;
And when the corn is cut and the meadows are bare
We’ll don Saint Michael’s armour and onward we’ll fare…”

Saint Michael is regarded as the guide and protector of our era (Zeitgeist – spirit of our time) and he is depicted holding a flaming sword to protect and give us courage in the face of darkness or hard times, traditionally in the dark of Winter which follows Autumn. In the English tradition, the story of Saint George overcoming the Dragon depictions the Michaelic task.

The Equinox signifies the beginning of the days growing shorter and the coming of Winter, a sort of dying of natural forces on the outside while inner forces of strength and courage are awakened in the indomitable human spirit. With the cooler weather, we human beings notice a change in our energy, a sharpening of interest and a sense of enterprise, in contrast to the sleepiness and dreaminess of the long, hot Summer months.

For the children, following the rhythms and cycles of the year with festivals and celebrations is an important part of their development. They look forward to the ‘sameness’ and predictability of the event and yet each time there is something new, something fresh, which they experience as the festival is created and re-created anew. This gives them a sense of stability and trust in the world as well as a sense of belonging; an opportunity to see themselves as part of the wider community.

Rosina Mihajlovic.

Report from Class 6 Arlia and Olivia Jane

Eleni Uluru

 

Eleni ~ the beautiful art teacher

Reported by Arlia and Olivia Jane from Class 6

Our beloved art teacher, Eleni, went on long service leave for one term at the end of last year, after her ten enjoyable years of working in our school. “My holiday was excellent, I went to Uluru. I flew from Sydney to Uluru, it was a three and a half hour flight,” Eleni told us.

Eleni saw Uluru, Kata Tjuta and King’s Canyon as well as a few beautiful sights around Alice Springs. She missed us when she got back from Alice Springs and was excited to get back to school and start teaching again.

“I had a lot of fun, the desert was very hot. Even though it was so hot walking around the base of Uluru, it was one of my favourite things to do,” Eleni said.

Class 6 Report Olivia

Lemons for Sale

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There are lemons for sale outside of the office for 50c each. They are home

grown, organic and picked fresh daily. All profits will be going to support African children in need, which is my class project for this year.

Thank you for supporting the African children.

Olivia Eade

Class 6

Report from Class 6 Ayla

Save Our Ocean

Reported by Ayla, Class 6

Hey! Have you guys heard about all the rubbish?

Guess What? There’s so much it’s taking up half our beaches!

We need to do something fast or else all our marine life will die. Our beaches will be polluted! You won’t be able to swim in the ocean. Terrible, right!!

There is a solution that can help. There’s an organisation called Take Three for the Sea. They organise beach clean ups all around Australia and go on big ships to clean up the ocean.

I think we can learn a lot from their name. Every time you’re out at the beach, or anywhere really, just pick up three pieces of rubbish. It’s not a lot, but if everyone was doing it, it will make a world of difference!

Take Three for the Sea, and save the animals!

Ayla dolphin

A day of Indian Celebration with Class 5

As a part of our Class Five Ancient Indian Main Lesson the children had a day engaged in classical Indian experiences.  The Class Five child takes a long look back over 10,000 years of history throughout this year which has a therapeutic effect on their soul.  Naina, Class 5 teacher.

Class 5 dressed up in their best Indian outfits, enjoyed a yoga class, experienced beautiful Sitar music, and had fun learning & watching Bollywood dance with The Bollywood Sisters!  Georgi, from the office, jumped in and performed with The Bollywood Sisters too!  Nerrida joined Class 5, in her Sari, for Dahl & rice on banana leaves at lunchtime.
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Report from Class 6

A Conversation With Gavin.
Reported here by Michelangelo and Sammy from Class 6.

“Hi Gavin, Miche and Sammy here just wondering if we could borrow a few minutes of you time to ask you a few questions?” we asked.
“Alright, do you enjoy your job of being the school caretaker?” Sammy asked.
“I enjoy it very much, it can get hard at times but I do really enjoy it. There’s a great variety of jobs that make it interesting,” Gavin responded.
“How long have you been looking after our school environment?” Miche asked.
“15 years and this is my 16th year,” he replied.
“What are some dangers you look out for?” we asked Gavin.
“Slippery paths, trip points, snakes, tree work and working with heights.”
“Is there any improvement you would like to see in the school environment?”
“An expanded gardening program and expanded playing fields, but apart from that the environment is pretty good.”
“Gavin, thank you for your time. We have learnt a lot and we hope you have a good day.”
“Have a good day to you too!” Gavin replied.

Reminder about Dress Code

By enrolling your child at Cape Byron you have agreed to abide by the school’s dress code, as described below, and your continued support in this area will be much appreciated.

Clothing

  • Please dress your child warmly during Autumn and Winter and provide spare clothes in rainy weather.
  • Plain coloured clothing made of natural fibres is recommended. For the Primary School black clothes are considered unsuitable because we understand beautiful colours help to enrich the child’s soul life and colour experience.
  • Clothing should promote freedom of movement, but not promote gender stereotypical behaviour. Bike pants or shorts under skirts allow modest freedom movement.
  • Clothing should cover shoulders and midriffs. In hot weather singlets are acceptable but an over shirt which covers the shoulders is required for outside play.
  • Clothing with printed images, messages or slogans are not acceptable. Children may be asked to turn their T-shirt inside out if it is considered to be unsuitable for school.
  • Clothing should be clean and tidy.
  • Clothing is the best form of sun protection.

Shoes
Strong, supportive flat soled shoes in Winter and Autumn and shoes or sandals in Summer and Spring are suitable for school. Thongs and Ugg boots are not acceptable for school. ‘Fashion’ shoes are not suitable and in fact endanger arches, ankles and knees. Shoes need to be suitable for playing sport and for nature walks. Inadequate or built up shoes limit the capacity of the child to engage in everyday activities, so please ensure your child has suitable shoes for school and socks in the cooler months (Terms 2 and 3).

Slippers
Soft indoor slippers are used by all children K-6. They are used for Eurythmy classes once a week throughout the year. Teachers also require slippers to be worn for all or part of the day while the children are in the classrooms. The reasons for this are:

  • To keep the children’s feet warm in the cooler weather.
  • To allow the children to move their feet more freely and easily while participating in indoor movement activities.
  • To promote a separation between inside and outside, where children change footwear and prepare to move inside for different activities.
  • To help cultivate an attitude of respect for a calm, peaceful indoor learning environment.
  • To help maintain a clean floor space in the classroom.

Suitable slippers can be purchased locally, contact details for sale points are available from the office.

Clothes for Special Events
Occasionally your child will need special clothes for school for sports days, performances or festivals. Your child’s Class Teacher will inform you of this in advance.

Hats
Every child needs a broad brimmed hat which shades the ears and nose while at school. Caps and sunshades are not acceptable. The children are expected to wear hats whenever they leave the shade of their class veranda. Children who forget to bring their hat must remain on their class veranda or in their classrooms during the breaks.

Anthroposophical medical advice supports the view that hats should be worn all year round in Australia even during those cloudy winter days. Protection from the sun’s harmful rays ensures that the child’s immune system is not damaged.

Hair and nails
Hair is to be kept clean. Long hair (below shoulders) needs to be kept tied back as do long fringes. Nails are to be kept clean and trimmed short.

Class 6 Koala Report

Class 6 are doing a study on koalas this term.  Each student will contribute with a report about koalas in each Bulletin this term.  This first report is by Katie ~

 

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Parents & students, please be aware of our local koala community.  Our koalas travel at dawn and dusk, this includes crossing the roads of our school property.  So drive carefully as you come to school in the mornings, because koalas may be crossing our roads at this time.

DRIVE CAREFULLY, SAVE THE KOALAS!

By Katie, Class 6.

Nanny Babysitter

Former Student, Maeve Mcwilliam, is a Steiner educated 22-year old, available for babysitting or nanny work.  She has a driver’s licence and own car, fitted with child restraint.  Her focus is cooking, art, craft, and music-based activities.  Maeve has 7 years experience with children of all ages, up to teenagers.  References available.  Cost:  $20-25 p/h depending on time of day and number of children.  Enquiries:  Maeve Mcwilliam 0421 507 323 maevecara@gmail.com

Nanny Babysitter

Former Student, Maeve Mcwilliam, is a Steiner educated 22-year old, available for babysitting or nanny work.  She has a driver’s licence and own car, fitted with child restraint.  Her focus is cooking, art, craft, and music-based activities.  Maeve has 7 years experience with children of all ages, up to teenagers.  References available.  Cost:  $20-25 p/h depending on time of day and number of children.  Enquiries:  Maeve Mcwilliam 0421 507 323 maevecara@gmail.com