One of the things that still amazes me about our climate is the way Autumn just seems to arrive overnight. Whilst we are still getting warm days (sometimes even quite hot days), the nights are cooler and there is often dew on the grass in the mornings. With the change of the seasons, comes a change in our own beings as we “come in” from the summer experience of being out in the cosmos (think of the bbqs, parties, camps, travel and social life of the summer months). As we start the movement back in towards the quieter, more reflective times of winter, we often can feel a little unsettled as we “meet ourselves” again and have to deal with our thoughts and feelings, and reflections about ourselves and others.
As teachers, we often find Autumn a time when there are playground disputes and flare-ups and when social relationships between children can be a bit tested. The teachers in the primary school work with this by sharing stories with the children which demonstrate courage and the finding of strength and integrity to do what is right and good (the story of St George and the Dragon is a good example of this). As adults we can lead by example, trying to find our own courage, integrity and strength to deal with the issues that confront and unsettle us. This is truly an interesting, sometimes challenging time of the year and one that offers great opportunities for growth and learning.
This week I hosted a morning tea for our Year 12 students. It was lovely to spend some time with our senior students, chatting about their studies and their experiences as they move towards their last months at the school. I am struck by their maturity and the way they hold the lovely balance between confidence in who they are and uncertainty, excitement and determination as they move towards the end of their days at Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School.
Fees for Term One are now overdue. Thank you to those parents who have paid promptly. If you have not paid your fees or made an agreement to pay, please do so as a matter of urgency. Payment of fees is a condition of ongoing enrolment and forms part of the enrolment contract parents have signed with the school. Each year our finance team spend a large amount of time telephoning, emailing and meeting with parents to chase up overdue fees.
It is also a conditional of enrolment that each family complete a fee agreement form and return it to the school. These forms need to be completed and returned to the school at the beginning of each year and updated every time there is a change to the way you wish to pay your fees. If you have not yet returned your form, please do so as a matter of urgency.
We have a range of options available for parents who are experiencing financial difficulty, including making regular smaller payments and short term fee relief (Community Fee Assistance Fund). If you are finding it difficult to meet your payments, please contact the Finance Office to discuss options.
Car Parking – Pick Up and Drop Off
Please remember that children must be dropped off and picked up at the bottom car park. The top car park is a bus zone. It is noted that a number of parents are dropping children off at the top car park again. Please know that we ask that children be dropped off at the bottom car park for safety reasons (buses and pedestrians are not a good mix). Your help in following the correct processes would be most appreciated.
Study and Discussion Group
Steiner Discussion Group – The Kingdom of Childhood
Our study group is well on its way & happy to see new faces each week. We are currently discussing Steiner’s Lectures, given to teachers in England in 1924. Last week we discussed aspects of Lecture 2 and we plan to take on a new lecture every week. If you would like to join our group, please just come along (the ‘discussion’ nature of the group means that whilst it would be great for people to attend every week, it is not essential). If you would like to join us and would like a copy of Lecture Three for next week, please contact the office. The group meets every Tuesday in the Library at 6.00 pm.
Repair Care and Maintenance this Saturday
This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved in our school community and help to make our school a better place for our students. There are many tasks which suit all ranges of skills and abilities. Come for a couple of hours or come for the whole day – any help is really appreciated.
Sat 7th March 9am – 3pm
BBQ Lunch supplied by school
See you there. Bring your friends. Have fun & improve the school.
Waldorf is an education that values the inside as much as the outside. A good Waldorf education is not job training and not just a step to the next level of education. Itâ€™s the Art of teaching, guiding, allowing, unfolding and inspiring Education. Itâ€™s a place where failing is allowed to be a path to succeeding, where the good is the same as the bad is the same as the good â€“ just like in life. A good Waldorf school is tough, rebellious, challenging and brave: it has to be these days. Look into the world and see all it has to give, all that lies beneath, all that lies above, all that lies within. It is very big and very small, just like you. A good Waldorf school carves out a little piece where that is true.
Nicole Nicola, Handwork, Fine Arts and Clay Modeling Teacher, The Waldorf School of Philadelphia
Administration – Casual Relief Position
Thank you for those who applied for the above position. We are currently processing the applications
NSW Government Health – North Coast Public Health
Year 7, 11&12 Vaccination Program 2015
All Year 7 Students:
* Chicken Pox
* Boostrix (Diptheria, Tetnas & Whooping Cough)
* Gardasil vacine (Human Papillomavirus)
Year 11 & 12 Students
* MMR (Measles, Mumps & Rubella). This is a catch-up vaccination program for students who are not fully vaccinated.
These are free vaccines while they are in Year 7 and the MMR for Year 11 & 12.
For any parents interested, please contact the office.
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.
As you might be aware the price of bananas have increased over the last couple of weeks.It has been challenging for Craig during this period. Is there anyone that can supply the canteen with wholesale bananas? If so, Craig will be very keen to hear from you.
Bringing Spirit to Life
March Wed 11th 7â€“8:30pm
Biography, Learning and the Development of Consciousness
Life Story Work and Lifelong Learning
Cape Byron Steiner School
Lot 5 Balraith Lane Ewingsdale NSW 2481
Taking Charge Life Story Work and Lifelong Learning
There are three ways of learning: Formal Learning or Learning for Life, Learning from Life Experiences, and Learning with the Night Consciousness. We also learn with head, heart and hand. The workshop will use participants’ life stories to explore and illustrate these different learning paths. The course is developed on Coenraad van Houten’s research on adult learning (Awakening the Will) and Gudrun Burkhard’s approach to biography work (Taking Charge). Following the theme of learning allows for a deeper understanding of our Life Journey and gaining insights into the journey ahead of us.
The course is also a practical and life-related introduction into Anthroposophy. More Information on Life Story Work:
Thu – Sat: 9.00am–6.00pm / Sun: 9.00am–4.00pm
Karl-Heinz was born in Germany 1955. He is a Naturopath for Psychotherapy and works as lecturer, teacher, trainer, adult educator and consultant.
He studied Social Sciences and Psychology in Berlin. From 1992 to 1997 he attended training in Biography Work, adult education and organisation development led by Gudrun Burkhard (MD), Coenraad van Houten and Helmuth ten Siethoff.
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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.