From the Principal

Hello everyone,

As I write this, the last children have left for the summer break. When I reflect back over the last year, I think of all of the wonderful learning and growth which has happened across our school (for students and growth) and I feel enormous gratitude to everybody involved in the school.

This week I attended the Class 6 farewell party; what a lovely evening! The students performed some beautiful music pieces and it was a fitting and honouring farewell to their Class Teacher, Naina. I also attended the Year 9 and 10 Elective Showcase and, as always, was amazed by the confidence, poise and talent of our young students (and the amazing work done by their teachers).

This week our Year 12 students also received their final HSC results. I am so proud of every single student for their hard work and wonderful achievements and wish them all the very best for the next stage of their lives.

I would like to close by thanking all of our wonderful teaching and support staff for their professional, dedicated and caring work this year. I would like to thank the Class Coordinators and P&F Executive for supporting the school and our community so beautifully. I would like to thank James Dods (Chair) and the Board for the time, commitment and deep care they have for our lovely school. I would like to thank the parents for trusting us with the care and education of your children – it is indeed a privilege. Finally, I would like to thank our wonderful students – you are the reason we are all here and we so lucky to have a part to play in your learning journey.

Please all have a safe and enjoyable break. I look forward to seeing you all again in the new year.

Peace
Nerrida

Important re Bus passes

This is a reminder regarding students who need to re-apply for School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS) travel in 2018

Students who hold an School Student Transport Scheme entitlement and are changing grade bands i.e. going from year 2 to 3 or year 6 to 7 and changing school, and students whose entitlement was approved under a medical condition, should have received notification by email or post informing them of the pending expiry of their entitlement. Term Buss Pass holders will have also received notification.

Students enquiring about a pending cancellation should be advised to go online to https://apps.transport.nsw.gov.au/ssts/updateDetails to update their details or apply for next year’s entitlement. Students changing residential address will also need to go online to update their information.

Applications need to be submitted before 31 December 2017 to ensure students’ entitlements are updated and their current card is not cancelled. If their application is submitted after 31 December 2017, the system will automatically cancel their card and a new one will need to be issued.

Students who do not need to re-apply:

Students who are changing grade band and are remaining at the same school and same residential address will not receive notification and do not need to reapply. The system now automatically validates a student’s on-going eligibility if they’re at the same school and going from infants to primary or primary to secondary. Where a student meets the new eligibility the system will automatically update their entitlement and card.

Students in the Opal network applying for an SSTS or Term Bus Pass entitlement for the first time will receive their card at their nominated postal address. Cards will be mailed out during the 3rd week of January 2018.

Students residing in Rural and Regional (R&R) areas should receive their new travel pass at the commencement of the new school year in 2018. Note: some R&R operators do not issue travel passes. Students should check with their operator for more information.

Advent & Hanukkah stories

Some lovely stories for Advent and Hanukkah by Eugene Schwartz available by following this link.

 

 

Musical Christmas Market 2017

HSC 2017

We are extremely happy with the wonderful results achieved by the HSC students of 2017. There has been a notable strengthening of results across every subject with outstanding results having been achieved across a number of subjects such as Mathematics, Languages, Biology, Design and Technology, Drama and Music. In a cohort of 30 students, there were some fabulous achievements including 10 Band 6 results and 59 Band 5 results in 17 subjects.

The 2017 HSC class were notable for their unique and creative approach to their Major Works. Over 80% of the Visual Arts students receiving 80 or above. Music students also received excellent results with 12 out of 16 Music students receiving 80% or above and 3 impressive Band 6 results. The school’s history of excellent Drama results continued with 8 out of 12 students receiving Band 5 and above. Students demonstrated strength in other areas as well; with one of the school’s Mathematics students achieving high Band 6 in both Mathematics and Mathematics Extension.

Once again the school saw a strengthening of Band 5 results and and an overall continued strengthening of academic success across all subjects. English Advanced and English Extension 2 were again very strong subjects this year with more than half of the students in each subject receiving 80 or above. HSIE subjects showed very strong results with all Society and Culture students achieving over 80% and strong Band 5 results in Ancient History. Some brilliant language results were demonstrated with a 95% for French Beginners and a 93% for German Beginners. One of the school’s talented Design and Technology students achieved a Band 6 result as well as a nomination into The Design and Technology Showcase ‘Shape’.

Our staff have been sharing the successes of their students in the last few weeks, even before the release of the results. 8 out of 12 Drama students were nominated for OnStage, with 4 being selected. One of the school’s talented artists has been offered a place at the Victorian College of the Arts and a number of students have already gained entry into universities of their choice.

Nerrida commented : “I am deeply proud of all our HSC students. Their results show an overall commitment to study and inspired learning. I imagine some happy faces around the shire this week!” She said. “I’d like to thank our dedicated staff and committed parents for helping guide these beautiful souls through their education. Steiner Education prepares students for the rigours of the HSC by cultivating academic excellence through a balance of academic studies, artistic achievements and practical learning.”

Nerrida and Katie, would like to congratulate all of the Cape Byron 2017 cohort for their achievements.

Photo by Jacqui Judd

CBRSS Playgroup

Enrolments for our playgroup in 2018 are open now.

Please contact Maxine Green to register your interest.

Phone: 0411 220 247 Email: playgroup@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

Class 3 Orchestra

After their first year of learning Strings Class 3 came together to treat their parents to their first Orchestra performance.

Class 6 Excursion

Class Six went on a fun excursion kayaking up the Brunswick River. What good company and beautiful surrounds.
Naina

 

Class 6 Graduation

Thankyou and Farewell Eleni from the High School

Eleni has worked for the High School for 11 years. Her expertise, skill and passion are, in many ways, irreplaceable. She has taught the students the important of colour, light, tone and perspective. She has shown them the joys of drawing and painting and helped develop artistic skill in many years of keen VA students in Years 7 and 8 and the 9/10 Elective. Eleni has shared her skills with our talented VA teachers so her teaching will live on in our High School. We thank Eleni for her many years of service to our students. We will miss her in the HS.

At the Elective Showcase this week the Visual Art Students farewell Eleni from
Teaching the Visual Art Elective – drawing

French Club for High School students

Bonjour!

Next year, if there is enough interest, some after school French classes will be offered to students who have already done French in Y7 and would like to continue learning about the French language and its culture.

At this stage I was thinking of running hourly lessons once a week for a term (probably starting in week 3, Term 1) from 3pm.

Please advise me asap:
– if your child is interested in being part of the French Club and,
– of a day which would work better for your child.

Please be aware that a cost will be involved (and that there will always be yummy French snacks!)

Please email me via Reception for further enquiries. reception@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

Merci beaucoup!

Stephanie Malaurie

Year 8 Robotics

This term year 8 studied an Introduction to Robotics. Students assembled a small programmable robot kit and designed programs to control the motors and various other sensors. The year wrapped up with a robot soccer game. Red team won 1 – 0 after Blue team scored an own goal!

Year 9 & 10 Elective Showcase

Year 10 Special Program

Year 10 Dinner

Alumni News

Returning to Byron Shire and CBRSS from her Melbourne home, Alumni student Domini Forster treated our students and staff to a preview performance of her set for the Mullum Music Festival in November. It was a delight to see her perform with her former string teachers and mentors from the school Ian, Robbie, and Belinda. Afterwards, there was a Q&A session with some primary school classes and also a session with the new HSC music students about the HSC music experience and life in the music industry.

CBRSS Fundraising

Christmas Meditation

At the turning-point of time,
The Spirit-Light of the World
Entered the stream of Earthly Evolution.
Darkness of Night had held its sway;
Day-radiant Light poured into the souls of men,
Light that gave warmth to simple shepherds’ hearts,
Light that enlightened the wise heads of kings.

O Light Divine! O Sun of Christ!
Warm Thou our hearts,
Enlighten Thou our heads,
That good may become
What from our hearts we would found
And from our heads direct
With single purpose.

Rudolf Steiner, Christmas, 1923.

 

Cape Byron Steiner School calendar for 2018

A must for the fridge! Marked days for school terms and events, pupil free days and holidays.
A3 size & laminated with six months on each side
Mark with a permanent marker and wipe off with essential oils.
Available at Reception. $8 each or 2 for $12.

Final Boot Camp with Kate Auld

Amazing fun and fitness. Join us next year!

 

Community Noticeboard

There are some great new additions to our online Community Noticeboard including art pieces for sale by Denis & Bethanie’s plans for her first album, be sure to check it out here.

From the Principal

Hello everyone,

It is the first day of Summer, the weather is sultry, wet, humid and stormy and this seems to be a good description of the world around us (if our only view of the world is to be taken from the media). It is worth remembering, however, that people from many different faiths and beliefs from all over the world are preparing to celebrate a special time of the year. The central theme of all of these different celebrations is one of hope – something very much needed at this time. As I look around the school, I see signs of this hope everywhere. Our Kindergarten students are looking hopefully through the arch and into the Primary School, knowing their time at Kindy is drawing to a close and soon they will begin the next part of their journey. Our Class 6 students have had their transition evening and are now packing their classroom ready for the move into the High School, They are filled with hopes and dreams for the next stage of their journey. And in the High School, the HSC students have had their final school event, a lovely formal evening at the Beach Cafe. This was truly a celebration of gratitude for the past and hope for the future. Our teachers are also busy in the task of writing reports – a celebration of each child’s journey and a statement of hope for their future learning, growth and development. I invite you to find some other signs of hope around you and take the time to honour and celebrate these.

This week marked a very special moment in our school’s history. Staff gathered together for a special afternoon tea to farewell Julie McVeigh. Julie has been an important part of CBRSS for 14 years. She has taken many leadership roles within the school, as well as shepherding a whole generation of children (and their families) into a Steiner Education at our school. I presented Julie with a beautiful painting (commissioned especially from Eleni) and James Dods (Chair of the Board) presented a special gift from the Board in recognition of Julie’s service as a Board Member and a leader in the school. We will be sad to see Julie go, but I know we will all see her legacy continuing in the school for many years to come.

Finally, preparations are in the final stages for our annual Christmas Market. Please do save the date in your calendar (next Friday 8th May) and join us for a lovely community event to celebrate this special time of the year.

You may have noticed that we have not had a bulletin for a few weeks, this is because the dreaded bug struck our lovely Admin Office and both Yvette (who writes the Bulletin) and I were quite unwell for a number of days. We are both now back on deck and hope you will understand the reason for the delay.

Peace
Nerrida

Reminder re Special General Meeting of the Association

Members of the CBRSS Association are invited to a short Special General Meeting of the Association to be held in the Library at school on Tuesday 5th December at 5 pm. The purpose of the meeting is to pass a number of resolutions which are required to enable the change from an Association to a Company Limited by Guarantee. An invitation was sent to Members, with details of the resolutions, on 10th November. For further information please contact Nerrida at the school.

Illness and Emergency – Please Help Us Out

There have been a number of bugs and lurgies doing the round this semester. When a child presents to the office as being unwell, our First Aid staff will often make the assessment that the child should go home (any child with vomiting, diarrhoea, high temperature or flue like symptoms will be sent home). When this is the case, we do ask that you come as soon as possible to pick up your child. It is not pleasant for a sick child to have to wait around in our busy sick-bay and it increases the risk of infecting other children or staff. If you are unable to pick your child up, we ask that you organise another person to come and get your child.

We are also finding that we have quite a number of families where there are no emergency contact details listed on our system, or the emergency contact details are out of date and no longer working. We are now asking all parents to please log into the parent portal and check to make sure we have emergency contact details for your child. If you are new to the area or don’t have anyone you feel you can list as an emergency contact, please contact Margaret in the office to discuss this and we will do our best to help you find some solutions. Please note that it is an absolute requirement of enrolment (and in your child’s best interests) that we have up-to-date emergency contact details on file.

Treatment of Ticks at School

As per current advice of best practice, our current treatment for a child presenting for First Aid with a tick is to kill the tick using ether spray (applied to the tick). If you do not wish us to use this treatment method with your child, could you please log into the parent portal and update your child’s medical information to provide clear details regarding this.