From the Principal

Hello everyone,

Our school is humming with wonderful activity at the moment. Our Kindergarten children are well settled into their daily routine and enjoying days full of play based activity. Meanwhile Teera and our Kindergarten Teachers have been busy interviewing for our 2019 intake of children. We know that we cannot take in all of the children on the list but are doing our best to welcome in those children we can accept.

In the Primary School, we celebrated Book Week with a wonderful parade and the much anticipated annual teacher Book Week play – this year we all laughed at the efforts of a long line of characters to pull out a VERY stubborn, VERY stuck enormous turnip. Thank goodness for the efforts of the tiny little Class One mouse at the end of the line who gave that last little bit of strength needed to dislodge the turnip! It is always wonderful to see the children coming to school dressed up as a favourite book character and sharing their love of story.

In the High School, Year 7 have been excitedly involved in some of the wonderful surprises and activities that are part of the Wish Wonder and Surprise Main Lesson. This Main Lesson is always a real highlight for the year and is always very much enjoyed by our students. Meanwhile at the upper end of the High School, our HSC students are busy finalising and handing in Major Works for their different subject areas. I am always stunned by the extremely high standard achieved by our students in their major works and by the maturity with which they approach these huge projects.

As a final thought, I have been thinking about the polarising forces around us at the moment; the effects of social media, the widening political divide (on all levels), the gap between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ … the list could go on. I wonder what we can do to actively choose to live in a space of unity. Our challenge is to focus on what unites us, rather than what sets us apart. Rudolf Steiner set up this form of education almost 100 years ago as a force for social renewal. It seems that now, more than ever before, we need to focus on that social renewal and find a space where we can build and share in community.

Peace
Nerrida

Friendly reminder re School Fees due

Term 3 school fees are due today – Friday 24th August 2018. Thank you, to everyone, who have already paid.

If you haven’t paid for Term 3 yet please address this promptly.

Please remember to include your parent code when paying fees so we can identify you.

Thanks, from the Finance team

If you are planning a move please let us know.

Please be mindful that if your child is leaving the school we require 1 full term’s notice. We understand that this may not always be possible but sincerely appreciate your assistance with future planning when it is possible. This notice period is important for multiple reasons, including saving you money but most importantly it enables us to provide plenty of notice to new families/students and ensure a smooth transition into the school, it is very challenging for the new student, their family, the class they are entering and for all staff when the process is rushed. It can also be distressing for the community when there is not adequate time to farewell a family/student.

If your child is leaving at the end of the year please wherever possible provide notice by the end of Term 3. (Note: School Holidays do not count in the notice period, as staff are on leave during this time.) 

THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO YEAR 12 STUDENTS WHO ARE GRADUATING.

In regards to withdrawal of students please note the following:

  • As per the School’s Enrolment & Fee Policies: The school commits substantial resources to the education of each child and the whole school community development. Therefore when a child leaves, there is a significant impact on the school both financially and communally. For a student to be withdrawn from school once he/she has commenced at CBRSS i.e. for parents to end the enrolment contract, the School requires one term’s notice. Parents and guardians must inform and submit a Student Withdrawal Form one term in advance if they intend to withdraw their child from the school and end the enrolment contract. If no such notification is received a Withdrawal Fee of one term’s fees from the date of notification will be charged. If a student withdraws part way through a term, having given one term’s notice, tuition fees and consolidated charges will be charged on a pro-rata weekly basis; for the purpose of this clause, a part week is considered a full week.
  • Once notice has been received the Enrolments Officer will proceed immediately with filling the place. Please do not give notice unless/until you are certain that your child will be leaving. If you decide that you would like your child to return to CBRSS they will need to join the waiting list and wait for an opportunity, we are unable to provide any guarantees about when/if they will be able to return.
  • Once notice is received, administrative processes will occur that prevent confidentiality so please only give notice once you are prepared for the information to be public, please ensure you have advised your child prior to submitting the form.

You can find our Student withdrawal form on our website under the forms and downloads tab or by following this link. please return it to Enrolments.

If you require assistance with completing this form or need to discuss your options please contact Yvette via email: enrolments@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au or by phone 02 66399302.

CBRSS Talks and workshops

Do you have an idea for some talks, workshops or adult classes related to any aspect of our school or the philosophy underpinning it? If so please, contact Yvette in the office. Yvette coordinates study groups, adult education classes, talks and workshops and these all need to be organised and booked through her (so that we have a coordinated approach to this). We appreciate your ideas, suggestions and contacts in this regard.

email: yvettet@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au phone: 02 6639 9302

CBRSS eSafety guidelines updated

We’ve recently updated the eSafety page on our website. It now has all of the SOS media Guides, Cheat Sheets and Parenting at the speed of light documents available for download. This is a wonderful resource so please take time to check it out here.

RCM day Saturday 1st September

Hello,
We are having a Repair Care & Maintenance (RCM) morning on Saturday 1st September 9am – 12.30pm. A shared lunch, provided by the school, will follow. We will be working in the new Innovation Ctr Entrance Area to beautify our entrance in the lead up to Spring Fair. So come along, share company, get to know new people and help make the children’s environment a beautiful one to be in.
See You There!
Gavin – 0427 847 400.

Innnovation Centre update

Our fabulous new Innovation Centre is now operational and everyone has been thoroughly enjoying this new addition to our school.

We have created a beautiful entry to the school including an outdoor shelter between the new building & the Performance Hall, providing students & parents with a covered drop off area at pick up time and students with an additional sheltered space in the playground.

We need to raise $30,000 for this addition. The current balance in our Building Fund account is $17,885 so we still need at least $12,115. To read about our Masterplan, to see the latest timelapse videos of the construction so far or to make a donation please follow this link

Donations to the Building Fund are tax deductible.

A big thanks to those who have donated so far! 

 

Spring Fair 2018

The theme this year is “Celebration” – celebrating Spring, our school, our 30th birthday, the new innovation building, students past and present. There will be special events through the day including a special opening ceremony and a naming ceremony for the new building. There will be plenty of things for you, your friends and families to enjoy so please share the festival date with them too. We are very excited to be creating this year’s Spring Fair and we look forward to sharing it with you all.

As you know, creating the Spring Fair takes all of us as a community to come together and offer our time, skills, talents and love. Below are all the ways you can get involved and join in the fun.

Raffle Tickets

The Spring Fair is an opportunity for us to raise much needed funds for the school, funds will go towards music and sports equipment and helping to complete the walkway from the Innovation Centre.

This year we are focusing on selling complete raffle booklets (to the 1 person/family) for just $20 and we have 4 fantastic prizes for the students that sell the highest number of complete books! 2 x Private Circus Classes and 2 x Book Vouchers Prizes

Please give the complete raffle books to Reception and accept a crystal as a thank you and feel free to collect more! Every single raffle ticket sold counts and is a big help in our fundraising efforts.

Silent Auction

We are currently seeking donations for the Silent Auction, if you would like to offer a donation please contact – Jen Henderson0413057600/ jennyahenderson@me.com

White Elephant

Time to spring clean your wardrobe! We ask that you start considering an early ‘spring clean out’ for quality items you would be happy to donate such as clothing, toys, small furniture items, kitchen gadgets and books. Please note that we don’t want any junk or electrical items, (what doesn’t sell we pack up and get rid of which is very time/energy consuming).

Please bring your donations to Class 3 – there will be a White Elephant Box. Should you require any assistance please contact Rachel 0439 382657

High School Song Writing Competition

Once again we will be running the songwriters competition which is open to all High School students in the Northern Rivers region.

There are some amazing prizes to be won, so get your creative juices flowing! See flyer for details.

The Produce Stall

This year Class 3 is focusing on fermentation and will be creating a number of goodies for the produce stall. If you are creating fermented produce or have been busy creating wonderful preserves this winter and would like to donate some to the produce stall we would be happy to accept any sauerkraut, jams, preserves, pickles, sauces etc. .. YUM!

Craft Stall Cooperative

Craft Group would love to invite creative parents and students to sell their craft at the Spring Fair. Please ring Kylie Clark on 0433 176 895 or see flyer for more details. We look forward to hearing from you!!

Class Stalls

Supporting your class activity is very important and adds to the specialness of the Spring Fair. Please ensure you help your class with the preparations and sign up for rosters on the day. Your help makes the world of difference!

Calling all Alumni

Calling all parents who are past students of Cape Byron to get in touch to help provide material for our media project that documents the history of our school. This might include old photos, video footage and a willingness to give a short interview so we have anecdotal snippets. If you are still in touch with friends who have moved away and feel they would also be willing to contribute please pass this on.

If you are willing/able to help out and share your school experiences and photos please contact Suzanne (0428 731 921/ suzanneflowerday@gmail.com)

We look forward to co-creating and sharing this wonderful day together.

The Spring Fair Team

Calling all Alumni

Dear School Community,

You may or may not be aware that this year marks the 30th anniversary of Cape Byron Steiner School. To acknowledge and celebrate this, we are wanting to collate material that the high school students can use for a media project that documents the history of the Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School over the last 30 years. The presentation will be showcased at this year’s Spring Fair in the new High School Building.

So this is an appeal to all parents who are past students of Cape Byron to get in touch to help provide material for this fabulous project. This might include old photos, video footage and a willingness to give a short interview so we have anecdotal snippets. We are hoping to get a diverse range of material that documents the entire period starting with the founders of the school!

If you are still in touch with friends who have moved away and feel they would also be willing to contribute please pass this on to them (there is a link at the bottom of the Bulletin email to “forward to a friend”). This is a great opportunity to have the Cape Byron Alumni Network creak into motion and give back to the school. We need to get the ball rolling as the students will need to start putting the material together early in Term 3.

So if you are willing/able to help out and share your school experiences and photos please contact Suzanne (0428 731 921/ suzanneflowerday@gmail.com ) and we’ll take it from there.

At the moment we are just trying to get a list together of willing contributors.

You may wish to visit the “Our History” page of our website for some inspiration, you will find it here.

Many thanks and looking forward to receiving a flurry of texts, emails and phone calls from people I don’t know!!

Suzanne Flowerday
(2018 Cape Byron Spring Fair Team)

The importance of Biodynamics

On Wednesday CBRSS hosted a wonderfully informative and comprehensive talk by Hamish MacKay about the importance of both Biodynamics and Steiner education. Hamish spoke about the common tasks that biodynamic farmers and gardeners share with Steiner teachers and parents, such as, working to support the incarnating individual to fulfil their destiny.

Hamish says “We are more than one third of the way through the current regency of Michaël as the ruling Time Spirit and we can expect certain individuals will find their way to Steiner schools to give them the foundation to become significant players in the shaping of this regency. By 2030 the world will be very different and we have the opportunity/responsibility to provide these children with the head, heart and hands to make a difference.

Our thanks to Hamish for sharing his knowledge with our community and a special thanks to Charlie Arnott (Class 2 parent) for organising this event and for providing a flow form with some 500 preparation that children were able to sprinkle around our beautiful school to enrich and enliven our land. Thanks also go to Gavin for supporting and encouraging this initiative.

Hamish is offering a free talk tomorrow at the Farm, we encourage everyone to attend!

 

Please help our Year 9 Student

Dear School Community,

This is a request for users of ‘who gives a crap’ toilet paper , to please save all colourful wrappers, and rolls, to help support a year nine students art project..

These can be dropped off at Kindergarten , or in the box provided at the front of the office..

Many Thanks
Elizabeth & Oceana ( year 9)

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!

How Video Games Are Getting Inside Your Head — And Wallet

by STEVE HENN

Max Kelmon, 13, has his own little version of a man cave in Palo Alto, Calif. Behind the family kitchen in a converted garage, he has an Xbox, a big-screen TV, headphones and a microphone. There’s an old couch covered in a sheet. And that couch where he parks himself, surrounded by boxes and Christmas lights, is one of Max’s favorite places on the planet.

From that couch, he connects to friends all over the globe — and he spends hours, pretty much every day, honing his skills in Call of Duty.

Read the full article here

 

Warmth & Waldorf: Steiner’s Wisdom & The Unexpected Benefits For Our Children

Slippers, soup, tea, stories, snuggling, candlelight, being fireside, the feel of natural materials like silks, handmade dolls and wooden toys, acts of kindness, lullabies, wonder, simplicity, beauty, laughter, touch, slow pace, sharing, sunsets, warm comfortable clothing on a cold day, pausing, free play, connection, a smile, holding hands in a circle, holding hands (period) (-:, singing together, rest, heavy warm blanket, sunshine. All of these have a quality of warmth to them … open, nourishing, grounding, embodying. Some physical warmth, some more of an emotional heart-felt warmth.

Rudolf Steiner, founder of Waldorf Education, really saw the connection between these two types of warmth. Steiner would talk about how the physical warmth that a child receives in the younger years (before age 7) would impact positively not only their physical health in years to come but also a child’s capacity for emotional warmth as an adult. Talk about looking at the bigger picture! We probably can all think of an adult who really embodies emotional and physical warmth – generous heart, warm hands, great hugs … and we know how good it feels when we are in that space ourselves.

Read the full article here.

 

Free Spirit

Each one of us has it in themselves to be a free spirit, just as every rose bud has in it a rose. – Rudolf Steiner

Bethanie interviewed by the Echo

One of our Class 5 teachers, Bethanie, featured in The Echo this week.

Five years ago Bethanie Jolly lost her partner in an accident. He was a beautiful musician who had long encouraged Bethanie to share the music she had been creating since childhood. His death taught her something quite profound, and in the process Bethanie has found her way as a musician. She talks with The Echo about her new album Woo Me from My Sleep, launching at the Drill Hall this Saturday with an accompanying art show by Bethanie.

Read the full article here

For details of Bethanie’s show on Saturday please visit our online community noticeboard here

Bookweek

Class 4 camp

Class 4 went to Midginbil Hill and spent four days canoeing, climbing, exploring and learning about the local environment. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. – Matt

We went on an eco walk and I learned about four different types of trees.  – Jasmine

On the last day of camp we went rock climbing which was very fun. – Marco

We did pioneering and made a mud brick, that was fun and later we went on a night walk, that was so fun. – Aoife

Year 7 Platonic Solids Main Lesson

The Platonic Solids Main Lesson began with an exploration into the works of Plato and his 4 “Big Ideas”. These were to think more, let your partner change you, decode the message of beauty and reform society. Plato encouraged people to work with the four big ideas by developing a better understanding of the physical world and its components, including geometrical shapes.

Our study of geometry started with a point, this became a line, then a circle. Our circles grew into hexagons and from the hexagon we were able to create some very complex 2 dimensional drawings of the Platonic Solids.

On the last day of the Main Lesson Denis “Dendog” Hopkins came in to give the students an experience of the solids in their 3 dimensional form. Students started by making a clay sphere and from this created tetrahedrons, hexahedrons, octahedrons and for those very skilled sculptors, icosahedrons.

Rachel K

Community street art installation

We’re very proud of our year 9 student Mia Green who has been featured in the Echo recently due to her participation in a new community street art installation by the Byron Youth Services (BYS).

You can read the article here

Mia with her beautiful contribution Woman of many tribes

 

Northern New South Wales School Netball Cup

Our year 7/ 8 boys team and our year 9/10 boys team both qualified to attend the regional championships at Casino on 13th August. Both teams excelled during this event to progress into the Grand Finals in each division. The 7/8 Team lost their grand final to Trinity in a hard fought match. Our year 9/10 team “The Black Oysters” had to concentrate and work as a team to win their close fought match by only two goals and hold on to their regional trophy from last year.
They will now head off to Sydney to take on the State Championships in week 10 of this term. We wish them well!
Many thanks to Lizzie and Ric and a special thank you to Della Knight for being our official umpire at the event.

This year’s Far North Coast Regional Champions “The Black Oysters” s at the Schools Cup Gala Day in Casino.

NCIS Regional Athletics Carnival

On Tuesday 21st August Ric, Lizzie and Tanya took 29 students to the Regional Athletics Carnival in Coffs Harbour. It was a cold and early start leaving the school at 5:15 am. There was a little excitement in the bus as everyone was hoping that they were well prepared for the day. The day was a fantastic cool but sunny day, perfect for an athletics carnival. All our students strived to do their best scoring well for the school and showing impressive athletic abilities. Cape Byron put in an amazing effort as a team ending up 5th place overall. This is an amazing achievement considering that we could not fill all the events. We had some outstanding individual results on the day with Taj Birrell winning the runner up Age Champion Trophy. Taj came first in Shot put, 3rd in Javelin and scored a total of 45 points with his efforts in 5 other events! Naomi Ben Harush won the 12 year old Javelin throwing 16.70 m and breaking the NCIS record by almost a metre. She also came 1st in the shot put, 3rd in the discus and collected 38 points for the school over the day. Laila Campbell demonstrated an excellent running style that saw her come 3rd in the 200m and over the day she collected a healthy 27 points for the school. Sam Morrell managed a massive Javelin throw to come first in this event and collected 24 points for the school. Jamaii Nelson showed great focus to win the 100m, 3rd in the 200m, 3rd in the high jump and collect 35 valuable points for the school. Michelangelo Thomas came 2nd in the Discus and collected a total of 20 points with his efforts in other events through the day. Sammy Walsh made an impression in the Javelin throwing 27.57 meters coming 2nd in this event. All these students have received an invitation to the CIS State Championships to be held in Sydney on the 25th September.

All our other team members contributed well throughout the day collecting many points for their involvement. Asher Clarke 7pts, Ryder Doran 8 pts, Kashi Hagedoorn-Weekes 6pts, Brianna Hart 15pts, Maiso Hemensley Kolcze 5 pts, Jassie Jones 6pts, Della Knight 10pts, Zen Larkins-Widdison 10pts, Hannah Murray an impressive 19pts, Eyal Partush 2pts, Krystal Pierce 8pts, Sachin Smith 6pts, Sam Trowbridge 8pts, Zach Walcott 9pts, Buzz Walker 8pts, Oceana Williams-Brauer 1pt, Noni Wright 9 pts.

Thank you to all the Cape Byron athletes who participated and made the day so enjoyable. Also a big thank you to Adrian and Richard who helped with training and to Tanya, Lizzie, Ric and Adrian who made the day possible.