From the Principal

Hello everyone,

It has been a positive and energetic two weeks around the school with a number of excursions and events happening for various classes, as well as our Autumn Festival. Students from right across the school were involved in the festival; with Kindy children joining us to watch and Primary and High School students singing, acting and providing musical accompaniment. As with most of our festivals, the teachers also had an opportunity to get up and sing.

I know that some members of our parent community were disappointed that this was a student-only event – we certainly missed you all at the festival and really look forward to welcoming you all to the Winter Festival (which will be held off site). We will be emailing out a link to parents so that you can watch some lovely video footage of the Autumn Festival and just ask that you do not upload the link to any social media or forward it to others.

Last week Teera and I attended the March Delegates Meeting of Steiner Education Australia (SEA). Delegates from Steiner schools from all over Australia attended this two day meeting to talk about a range of issues common to us all. Steiner Education Australia supports Steiner Schools across Australia in a range of ways, including by developing and maintaining the Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework – which is the first national Steiner curriculum to have been accepted as a registered alternative anywhere in the world. As a NSW school, we also have to abide by the Education Act (NSW) which requires us to teach the New South Wales Education Authority Curriculum, and SEA assists us by providing advice and guidance in this regard .

At the meeting, we listened to an interesting presentation from Alex Shain of Reconciliation Australia; this was particularly relevant as we are just at the beginning of the process of creating a Reconciliation Action Plan for our school. (We will share more information about this in the near future, inviting parents to register their interest in joining our working group.) It is certainly a shared aim of our teachers to develop a deeper relationship with the local Arakwal Bundjalung community and the proposed Reconciliation Action Plan is just one part of this.

Finally, a big thank you to all of the parents who have attended Class Meetings this term. Attendance at these meetings has been quite high and I know our teachers really appreciate it when they are able to talk with parents and share information about what we are doing at school. I know it isn’t always easy to get out in the evenings for meetings and I am really grateful that so many of you have been able to do this.

Peace
Nerrida

Attention Parents and Staff – Canteen Closed Tuesday 3rd April

Please note on Tuesday (3rd April) after the Easter break, the Canteen will be CLOSED. The Canteen will re open on Wednesday 4 April.

Craig

 

 

Parent guide on Bullying

 

 

Safe on Social Media

Kirra Pendergast is the director of the Safe on Social Media website who recently gave a talk at our school. www.safeonsocial.com

This link takes you to some important insight she shares specifically for parents.

You would be careful in real life, so why not online?

Social Media is viewed by most people as a fun way to share information about themselves, friendships, family and things that happen in their day-to-day lives.

But things can go wrong…

It is important to understand that what you post on social media sites can affect your life both in good ways and bad.

Safe on Social Media guides are available on our website you can find them here 

Repair Care & Maintenance Morning 28/3 9-11am

Repair Care & Maintenance Morning
Wednesday 28th March 9 -11am.
We will be working in the top playground and around Admin & Silky Oak Cottage.
Another opportunity to contribute to the vibrant community life of our school.
There will be a variety of tasks for all.
It will be my second morning back after my recent Hip Replacement.
See you there.

Site Manager
Gavin Colley

 

Innovation Centre update

As you may have noticed, construction of our new Innovation Centre is now well underway. We would like to create a beautiful entry to the school including an outdoor shelter between the new building & the Performance Hall. The aim is to provide students & parents a covered drop off area at pick up time and students with an additional sheltered space in the playground. This is in addition to the building that is currently underway.
We are aiming to raise $30,000 for this addition. The current balance in our Building Fund account is $13,000, so we still need to raise $17,000. If you would like to make a donation please scroll down to the bottom of the Bulletin and click our Donate today button. Please note that deductions to the Building Fund are tax deductible.

Watch the first 12 weeks of construction in under 5 mins.

Sound track Freedom Jazz Dance by Patrick, Louie, Noah & Anatole.
Thanks to Nigel Haslam of motioncircus.com who has kindly installed his Timelapse equipment and donated his time to document the construction of the new Innovation Centre.

 

 

Autumn Festival 2018

Autumn Pop-up Market Thursday 29th March 2.15pm

For stall enquires please contact Joss – M: 0416 310 110 – Deadline of 23 March 2018.
Join the School community for a seasonal celebration on the afternoon of Thursday 29 March including an Easter Hat Parade, Chai and food stalls plus a Year 11 fundraiser.

Stalls will be open from 2.15 pm for parents to enjoy half an hour before the students finish their school day and join in.

Class 3 News

Class 3 have been enjoying learning to measure their world with many hands on experiences, this week that included a classroom market place with a range of wares available to weigh on their scales.

Prue

NCIS Soccer Tournament

On Monday 12th March after a strenuous day of school 11 boys from year 11, 10 and 9 travelled an arduous 5 hours to Armidale, slept in boarding house accommodation at “The Armidale School” in preparation for an all day soccer tournament to be held on Tuesday 13th March. Did I mention that these boys had never played together or even trained together as a team. After such great preparation and without any substitutes, the Cape Byron Steiner School Open Boys Soccer Team took to the field on Tuesday morning ready to do their best, but not expecting great returns on the scoreboard.

Our boys played exceptionally well and looked sensational as they ran onto the field. Luka Biggin-Johnson led the team confidently into the game and found himself working hard to make the right calls with the coin toss. Buzz Walker, one of our youngest team members demonstrated excellent kicking skills and cleared the ball out of defence on many occasions. Paddy was a tireless worker and a key player of the team showing excellent leadership in driving the ball through the mid field but early in the last game had to leave the field due to an injury. Harper Kelso maintained a steady head and was able to stop many attacking plays from the opposition. Looking a little shell shocked most of the time, Billy Swain worked tirelessly in keeping his much larger and stronger opponents out of play and continuously cleared the ball to our advantage. Fergus and Charlie worked brilliantly well in driving the ball forward towards our goals and together always looked menacing. Taj Birrell can run and run he did, creating havoc and pressure on the opposition letting them know that they could never feel safe and in control. Ayden with some magical footwork was the instigator for the “Goal of the Day” with a beautiful pass on the back of his foot to Harper who made no mistake in finding the back of the net. Joshua Stante was a little bit reserved in the first game but soon found his mojo and demonstrated some excellent skills and speed often driving the ball into our attacking zone. Tom maintained a strong defence in goals thwarting many ominous runs by the opposition and definitely caught the eyes of the selectors.
In the last game of the day with a player down because Paddy had suffered a badly twisted ankle. We came up against Lindesfarne and our boys played a tight, well fought game to win 1-0. This was a very rewarding win and the team left the field exhausted, a little sore but very happy with their efforts
During the day we won two games, lost two games and came third on the ladder out of the six teams in our division. Well done, Boys!

Steve Richards (Ric)

The varied talents of Bethanie Jolly….

In celebration of International Women’s day on March 8th the achievements of talented Female creators were featured in a pozible blog, follow this link then scroll to the bottom to find an interview with our very own Bethanie Jolly, Class 5 teacher.

 

P & F Fundraiser

Looking for quality art and craft supplies or a Steiner inspired gift or toy?

Art Makes Sense!

A beautiful array of quality art and craft supplies as well as Steiner based toys are available online at Mercurius http://www.mercurius.com.au/

Enter the promotional code: FRIENDCBRSS and 15% of the sale will also go towards P&F fundraising!

Reflection on education

Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility—these three forces are the very nerve of education. ~Rudolf Steiner

Mullum Hospital site- Have your say

From the Principal

Hello everyone,

With the arrival of the rain and cooler weather, it has certainly felt like Autumn is coming. With the beginning of Autumn, we turn and take the first steps on the inward journey which takes us all the way from the outer experiences of mid summer (a way to think of this is to think about the feeling of the very active outward social and environmental experiences we have during summer) to the deep and quiet inner experience of mid winter. As we begin that journey, we often meet those parts of ourselves that perhaps we have been able to ignore over the summer months. This can feel a bit uncomfortable and we often find Autumn is a time where children can experience some more unsettled social interactions in the playground. Interestingly though, it can also be a time when students really settle down in class and get some solid work done (perhaps this relates more to the cooler, more comfortable weather than anything else). As adults, autumn is a great time to reflect on our own experiences of ourselves. What ‘pushes our buttons’? What things are difficult to deal with and where do we feel real strength and clarity in our own being?

Preparations are underway for our Autumn Festival. Unfortunately, this year the Autumn Festival will be a students-only event. This is because of the difficulties with parking on-site whilst the building project is taking up so much of our car park – there are simply not enough car parks left and this problem is compounded if the weather has been wet, as cars cannot park on the grassed areas. Festivals are such an important part of the life of our school community and the decision to have a students-only Autumn Festival was not taken lightly. We are, however, planning to have our big Winter Festival (3-12) off-site so that our school community can participate so please mark the date of Thursday 21st June into your diaries as it will be a very special school community festival.

Finally, I have started calling parents from across the school to talk about their experiences of the school; the things we are doing well and the things we could do better. I have received some terrific feedback and really enjoyed some very insightful conversations. Thank you to those parents who have so generously shared their experiences and ideas. I will continue this process throughout this year and look forward to having the opportunity to speak to many more of you. Aside from the phone-calls, if members of the school community have any thoughts, ideas, feedback or inspirations about the school, please don’t hesitate to email me at principal@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au .

Peace
Nerrida

Child safety

We have recently had an incident where a young child was left in a hot car with the windows wound up in the car park whilst a parent walked a child up to Kindergarten or Class One. Please be aware that it can get extremely hot inside a car which is parked in full sun – and this can quickly become a life-threatening situation. We ask that you take care not to leave any young children in cars whilst dropping off or picking up other children.

Drop Off and Pick Up Zone – Notice for High School Parents

If you are dropping off or picking up your High School students, please use the designated drop-off and pick-up zone. Students only get into cars in the first three spaces at the front of the hall, and when this happens, the line moves fairly quickly. Please don’t park unless you have other business in the school (picking up kindergarten children, Friday Market, appointments etc.) We have had some High School parents stopping to pick up their children in the middle, drive-through lane. This is dangerous and disrupts our flow of traffic. The pick-up zone generally operates smoothly and we usually have all children picked up and gone by about 3 pm.

Thank you to all those parents who are working to ensure the process is as safe and smooth as possible.

Kinder 2019 waiting list closing soon

The waiting list for Kinder in 2019 at CBRSS will be closed from Friday 23rd  March 2018. Any applications received after this for a child eligible for that age group will be added to the list for Enrolment from 2020 and beyond depending on when an opportunity may arise.
If you have a child that you would like considered for Kinder placement in 2019 please complete the online “Intention to enrol form” on our website which can be found via this link, please note that an email will then be sent to you explaining how to make payment from our Enrolments email address, if you do not see this please check your junk/spam mail. The form and payment must be received before Friday March 23rd 2018, no exceptions.
If you have any queries please contact the Enrolments Officer Yvette

Harry Potter- Why we should wait!

Please find  below some links to a couple of very good articles on why it is a good idea for children to wait until they are well into the middle primary school years to start reading Harry Potter.

Increasingly we are experiencing parents of very young children questioning the schools policy on not letting them start reading Harry Potter series until Class 4 and asking for more information as to why it is best to wait. One article suggests that Class 4 age is still considered too young- but they are certainly not for the 6-7 year olds that are wanting to get started.
Harry Potter is a great fantasy but as renowned author and Steiner teacher Horst Kornberger points out “a certain foundation of the soul needs to be established before a child enters the gothic labyrinth of Hogwarts”. The books are based on a mystery novel and emotional suspense. The dark forces are hidden and unscrupulous, and become even more so as the books progress. This is exciting for a teenager but is not appropriate for younger readers who need to know who is good and who is bad so they can orientate themselves in a story. ” H. Kornberger, Story Medicine.

We hope you will find the articles food for thought and help back up our schools policy. Whilst we all appreciate J.K Rowling’s imaginative series (they are well written, entertaining and exciting books) let’s all try and keep them for the appropriate time. We still have high school students enjoying the series and rereading them-they are very quick to report they are glad they waited …

https://capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/New-Tales-for-Old-from-Story-Medicine-by-Horst-Kornberger-1.pdf

https://bookriot.com/2015/08/04/ill-kids-wait-read-harry-potter/

 

Is Your Child Overstimulated from Too Much Screen Time?

A quiz and article to help you identify whether your child is at risk. Suggestions on how to take action and protect your child from too much screen time. Please make time to read.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/mental-wealth/201711/is-your-child-overstimulated-too-much-screen-time

 

 

In celebration of International Women’s day

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2018

The International Women’s Day 2018 campaign theme is #PressforProgress.

Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. There’s a strong call to #PressforProgress motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

Individually, we’re one drop but together we’re an ocean. Commit to a “gender parity mindset” via progressive action. Let’s all collaborate to accelerate gender parity, so our collective action powers equality worldwide.

How will you #PressforProgress in 2018?

Thank you Charlotte for creating a wonderful display in support of this movement, please be sure to visit our library for inspiration!

 

Scientific Calculators available for sale at Reception

We now have new stock of the CBRSS preferred scientific calculators available for sale at Reception for $26. Payment options are eftpos or cash. If anyone has one that they are no longer using and they wish to donate to the school we can always put them to good use.