The newsletter is coming to you a bit early this week as we have had to make the decision to close the school tomorrow (Friday) due to a forecasted severe weather event with heavy rains and flash flooding predicted. It is not an easy decision to close the whole school down for a day, however we have been advised by both the SES and the AIS that this is what we should do. Safety will always be at the forefront of school decisions and, in this case, the safer decision is not to have our children out on the roads tomorrow. I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause parents and hope you all stay safe and dry tomorrow.
We do have a Year 8 camp due to head out next week. Katie, Ric and I will talk tomorrow evening and make a decision about whether this will need to be postponed (depending on how the weather situation develops over the next 24 hours). Parents of Year 8 students will be notified of any changes over the weekend.
This morning I attended the Primary School assembly. As this regular event is something most parents do not get to experience, I thought I might provide you with a little glimpse into what happens. The children all line up in their classes outside the Performance Hall. They are very quiet and there is an air of expectation. When all is ready, the Class 6 ushers lead each class into the hall in silence. This morning Loani was playing a very beautiful and gentle song quietly on the piano as the children walked in. After a lovely song together, a candle is lit and each class provides an item for the centre table: flowers, a shell, a beautiful rock or a special little ornament – soon the table is a thing of beauty gracing the centre of the room. After this, two Class 6 students read the Acknowledgement of Country before introducing each class. Each class brings a small presentation as a gift to the assembled student – a song, a verse, a dance or some music. The assembly finishes with some announcements from teachers, introductions of new students (and teachers) to the school and a final song together with Loani. After this the special items from the centre table are returned to each class and they file out of the hall, quietly singing. During the whole assembly there is a beautiful air of reverence and respect. The Primary School teachers have worked hard to create this special feeling in the assemblies and it is truly a privilege to witness them.
Just a reminder that our new study and discussion group will begin next Tuesday, 24th February. We will meet on Tuesday evenings in the library from 6.00 to 7.30 pm. The group will be studying â€œThe Kingdom of Childhoodâ€ and we can provide access to copies of the readings if required. The emphasis in our study group will be on discussion and sharing of ideas. The group is open to parents, friends and members of the wider school community and is suitable for everyone: from those who are new to Steiner Education to those who already have a deeper level of understanding. If you would like to join the group, please call Lucille in reception to register your interest.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Repair Care and Maintenance Sat 7th March 9am-3pm
REPAIR, CARE & MAINTENANCE (RCM) DAY Saturday 7th March 9am â€“ 3pm. Lunch supplied by School.
Our first RCM day for the year is coming up and we have lots of interesting & challenging tasks for people to do.
It is a fantastic day to socialise with other parents & staff and to see the school from a different angle and help improve & beautify the school.
We have one large challenging task, which will require several people and that is to construct another three raised vegetable garden beds near the Outdoor Classroom. Once constructed we need to fill them with garden soil. So it would be good if we could get some indication before hand if you can help out on this task.
Also we need two people to manage the BBQ Lunch, involving cleaning BBQ before and after use and preparing & serving lunch. Please let me know as soon as possible if you can do this task.
There will be lots of other cleaning, painting, oiling, small construction and repair tasks, organising tasks plus soft tasks for mums and dads with little children.
These are one of the best days in the year so come along, have fun and help out.
See You There!!!
Please ring me if you can help with BBQ Lunch or on construction of garden beds.
0427 847 400
Administration – Casual Relief Positions Available
We are seeking applications from suitably experienced people to work in the school administration as Casual Relief Staff. Successful applicants will be given some on-site training before joining our Administration Casual Relief list.Applicants should have excellent communication skills and a range of proven office skills, along with a current NSW Working with Children Check. Applications should be forwarded to hr@http://capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au. Applications close March 2 2015.
The Rainbow Garden Playgroup – On behalf of the Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School
The Rainbow Garden is a Steiner based playgroup for young children, their parents and carers. The playgroup is located in Bangalow and runs from 10am to Midday each Friday morning during the school term.
Parents, carers and children journey together and experience the changing of the seasons through songs, stories, games and celebrations. Activities include:singing, baking wholesome bread and playing creatively using handcrafted toys & dolls, craft, garden & sand play.Please contact Maxine Green on 0411 22 02 47
or email playgroup@http://capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au
The NSW Board of Studies have informed us that school principals are no longer able to grant exemptions from attendance for holidays. This means that students who are away because they are on a holiday during term must be marked as absent. It is a legal requirement that parents sent students to school on every day unless they are sick or have an exceptional circumstance (family funeral etc.) Students who are absent without valid reason may be subject to mandatory reporting requirements.
All legal requirements aside, students who go away during term time miss valuable learning opportunities adding stress to both teachers and students . Please donâ€™t book holidays for students in term times other than in exceptional circumstances.
The school canteen is once again looking for parent helpers on a Tues, Wed or Thursday between 9.30am-2.30pm. Being involved is lots of fun, a great way to get to know the school community, allows you to claim RC&M hours and your child/ren receives a free lunch on the day!! If this is something you would like to do, please email Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0411837699.
Creating â€œNatureâ€ Based Educational Childrenâ€™s Programs Through Story, Song, and Play
Thursday February 26th 2015 from 6-8pm
5 Sunrise Blvd, Byron Industrial Estate (Behind Supa IGA)
“Natural” play materials to benefit children’s sensory, emotional, imaginative, cognitive and physical development.
Transform risk /safety factors to exploration/ respect for the sacred:
From fear to anticipation
Support Children’s unique selves considering “Earth, Water, Air, Fire”
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We are an independent, co-educational, non-sectarian school providing education from Kindergarten through to Year 12. The school is a fully accredited and registered educational institution and is a proud member of Steiner Education Australia (SEA). We offer a high quality education which is based on the indications given by Rudolf Steiner and which meets the requirements of the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Education Standards.