From the Principal

Hello everyone,

Our very busy term has come to a lovely end with many special activities happening in and around the school in the last two weeks. Our Winter festivals have been lovely celebrations of this very special part of our annual journey. In the High School, our Year 9 and 10 students beautifully showcased their elective work this week and tonight is our annual Bush Dance (organised by our hard-working Class 5 and 6 parents).

In addition to this, we have had the very great privilege of having Valentine Wember in our school this week. Valentine Wember is an extremely highly experienced Steiner Teacher who has spent many years deeply researching in relation to Steiner Education. He has published a number of wonderful books and is a very gifted speaker. Valentine has given talks, joined our study group, met with teachers, the Chairs of the College of Teachers and the leadership team and has even found the time to work with a couple of our teachers individually. Next week, Valentine will be the keynote speaker at the National Steiner Teachers’ Conference, which is a booked-out event being held in our school next week. We are so very lucky to have had time with Valentine this week.

On another night, an absolute highlight this week was when two of our wonderful art teachers, Denis and Eleni came to present the school with the magnificent artworks they have created in recognition of 100 years of Steiner Education. Eleni created a magnificent charcoal portrait of Rudolf Steiner, capturing the love and wisdom that Steiner brought to the world. Denis created a sculpture of Rudolf Steiner which deeply evokes Steiner’s wisdom, authority and great will in creating the foundations for Steiner Education in the world. The sculpture of Steiner contains the beautiful quote, “Teachers are Sculptors of Souls.”
I was moved to tears by the beauty of these two magnificent works of art and they will take pride of place down in the hall whilst the conference is on.

I wish you all a safe and enjoyable term break and look forward to seeing all our students back bright, healthy and well-rested next term. (Our teachers will all still be here next week, attending the conference – their rest is still just a little way off.

Peace, Nerrida

Coming Together – World Cafe Event – Save the Date

Thursday 1st August – 6.30 pm

You are invited to attend a special World Cafe event to share ideas, discuss challenges and celebrate all that is good about our wonderful school. We are asking at least one adult from each family to attend this special event. There will be opportunities to meet with school leadership, Board members, the P&F and key staff and stakeholders in the school (there will be yummy food provided too). Those of you who attended this event 3 years ago will remember that it was a wonderful evening which bore many fruits for our school. Please mark the date in your calendar now.

CBRSS Bushdance 2019

At the Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School in the Hall!

Spring Fair Raffle

Many thanks to everyone who has spread the word about our Spring Fair Raffle. We’ve raised $2000 so far, which is a great start. Every ticket sold means more funds to spend on play and exercise equipment for our kids, and on gear for our school camps. Instead of asking you to sell paper tickets, we are asking every school family to send the following link to family and friends. https://www.rafflelink.com.au/springfair2019 If you are heading away for the holidays, please take the chance to sell tickets to family and friends.

There are no paper tickets this year. Except for paper ticket sales at the Friday market, local farmers’ markets and at this evening’s Bush Dance.

We’ve had lots of great feedback on the prizes in the raffle. Please check out the prize packages if you haven’t already. For example, The Byron Bliss Out package includes a family ocean adventure guided by a marine biologist (see the photo). Plus oodles of pampering goodies, a private yoga class and meal and magazine vouchers.

And especially popular among the students is the Family Fun package, whose winner will walk away a stack of vouchers: for a family surf lesson, roller skating, ten-pin bowling, horse-riding, a private skateboard lesson, Bush School, flying trapeze lesson, water slide, a visit to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, plus vouchers for the camping store, sushi and gelato.

Let’s make the most of the wonderful generosity of all the donors and sell lots of tickets.

K-2 Winter Festival

The Kindergarten, Class 1 and 2 Winter Festival was a delightful experience. Despite the wet weather we managed to create an atmosphere of reverence, community and seasonal celebration. Through bringing the children into connection with the earth’s seasons, they develop a deep love and respect for nature. This connection goes into the depth of their being, penetrating far beyond the intellect.
The simple act of sharing food and a story (and a laugh) together brings us together as a community. Doing this during the bitter chill of winter reminds us that no matter how cold our inner life may feel, the joy of humanity can bring warmth to our souls.

 

3-12 Winter Festival

‘A School’s Journey’, a history of Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School

‘A School’s Journey’, a history of Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School was launched at the recent evening celebrating 100 years of Steiner education.

From the first dreams and visions of the original pioneers through the love and devotion of so many people, Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School is now 30 years old. With enthusiasm, hard work and enormous trust from the first families, the School grew from small beginnings in the tin shed at Bangalow into a vibrant and strong school in Byron Bay.

The School acknowledges with gratitude all who have contributed to this extraordinary journey. Annie Barrett

Books are available to buy at Reception for $15.00

Help needed for Jamaii’s Tobias project

New local slipper supplier approved for CBRSS

I was inspired as a local Steiner Mother, to offer an affordable and sustainable choice in slippers, so I created ‘Upcycled Slippers’. They are durable and have a unique design, which I hear the children love too!.. Plus pull tags for little fingers independence. I also offer a foot measuring service, another bonus of buying local! Come and peruse my Facebook page, you can order there, and see how I hand-make Slippers all the colours of the rainbow…

Introductory Offer: Adult Sizes at Children’s Prices!

If you’d like to chat feet, you can call me, Karena on 0431 458 953. Website Coming soon upcycledslippers.com

Check out Mercurius for beautiful gifts

Are you looking for quality art and craft supplies or a Steiner inspired gift or toy?

A beautiful array of quality art and craft supplies, as well as Steiner based toys and lovely gifts, 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!

MERCURIUS AUSTRALIA

Nurturing the Senses | Fostering Creativity | Nourishing Imagination

Our vision is to support healthy development for children and all ages through education, art and play. We partner with socially and environmentally conscious businesses to offer products of aesthetic beauty, outstanding craftsmanship, quality and durability.

Why Social Media is Ruining Your Relationships

Consider social media’s role in modern life, its ability to mold relationships, and how it impacts an individual’s self-image.

How would you define a friend? Is it someone you could turn to no matter what? Just call my name and I’ll be there? Or is it someone who you’re in near-constant contact with, speaking to all day, every day? Is it the person you’ve got the longest “Snapstreak” (chatted on Snapchat for over three days straight) with? How much one-on-one time do you have together? And what are your conversations like – deeply engaged and empathetic, or more interrupted and punctuated into bite-size snippets?

The impact that social media is having on all of our relationships, spanning our families, friends and romantic couplings to our very relationships with ourselves, has been fundamentally altered by the way we use our devices to communicate with each other. What we now need from our networks is in flux, and the very nature of friendship and the foundations on which we believe they should be based have changed almost beyond recognition. The question is: is social media enhancing our social lives, or is it doing the exact opposite?

Humans are by definition social beings. From a genetic perspective, we have evolved to live in social groups for both protection and reproduction. Being social makes us buoyant: connection to a group makes us happier; social exchanges reduce the stress hormone cortisol, while simultaneously raising feel-good oxytocin and serotonin. Being social is basically like biological crack – so is it any wonder that we’ve become so very quickly, so very deeply infatuated with social media?

Read the full article from utne.com by clicking this link

Why Warmth is so Important

It is really important to nurture and protect your warmth. Warmth deserves more attention than it usually gets. Warmth holds a very special place in the life of both the developing child and the adult, because it works throughout the entire spectrum of human experience. There is physical warmth, emotional warmth—the warmth of love, of generosity, of true morality—and all of these “warmths” pour over and merge with each other. Perhaps most importantly, warmth is the essential ingredient in transformative work. Without warmth we cannot change, and our life is full of processes of growth and adaptation. Warmth helps us be healthy human beings on many different levels.

We actually already know warmth very well, but too often we think of it in mundane ways. Consider for a moment your kitchen and how you cook. Warmth allows different objects and ingredients to be blended, to develop whole new flavors, and to become well integrated. While this may seem like a simplistic example, the human being is actually continuously called on to integrate: to become comfortable in new situation, to penetrate and maintain the substances we take into our body, just generally to develop a sense of security and understanding about all the new and unusual experiences life brings. To bring what is in, out; to make what is foreign, one’s own. Warmth is essential in that process.

Waldorf teachers and Anthroposophic physicians have been talking about the importance of warmth for almost 100 years, out of the understanding that fostering physical warmth helps us better integrate on physical, developmental, emotional and spiritual levels. And while it is an understanding born out of many ancient healing traditions, it continues to be “proven” in the 21st century:

To read the full article from The Denver Center for Anthroposophic Therapies which includes tips on maintaining your child’s health through warmth please click this link

Farewell Shanti

This week we say Farewell to Shanti who has been a beloved Science Assistant in the High School for many years. We wish Shanti all the best for her next adventures, with Love and Gratitude from all at CBRSS.

Plastic Free July has arrived

Join millions of people reducing their plastic waste.
Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?

Take our Pesky Plastic Quiz. It’s a great way of finding out what single-use plastics you’re currently using, and what you can cut out during the challenge. Even if you’ve done it before, it helps us track household trends and can be a great way to take stock of your improvements and find new ways to cut single-use plastics out of your life!

We’re incredibly excited to announce the launch of our brand-new website. A lot of time and work has gone into this new update, all with the purpose of making sure you have the best resources and help available throughout the Plastic Free July challenge – for 2019 and beyond.

Check out the fresh new look here!

You’ll find:

Thanks to our Librarian Charlotte for creating a lovely display in the CBRSS Library focusing on topics such as; how to minimise plastic use, how people have made a difference in their countries and ideas for sustainable, natural alternatives.

Kindy News

Year 7 Camp

My camp experience was pretty good!! I had lots of fun with our class and loved exploring new places and things. I did not enjoy Gibraltar Range as much as Bingara but it made me appreciate my home and family. Dakota

I thought camp was really fun, although cleaning the trangias was not. Hapi

Camp was really fun I think it was probably the best camp I have been on so far. Some of the best parts about camp were the horse riding – it was super fun and I liked that we got two days to ride so you could get to know your horse a bit better. June

If you were one of the unlucky ones who got a tent that didn’t care about keeping you dry, well then you had to deal with wet clothes and puddles in your tent. Aly

My favourite part of the camp was the spectacular view at the end of our three hour walk to The Needles. My least favourite part was when the farm dogs puppy Rollie was sick on my bag. Jesua

Camp was really fun, what I enjoyed most was horse riding – learning to canter and being free to get to know my horse. I think it was the best camp because even though it was rainy and freezing I still had fun. I also loved spending time with my teachers and my friends. Lhola

Cleaning the trangias wasn’t fun at all and it took me about two hours to clean the burnt rice off the bottom. My tent was leaky and all my stuff got wet, including me in my sleeping bag which wasn’t nice and I got sick of everyone in my class and didn’t ever want to see them ever again (just kidding). Thanks for all the fun though Rachel and Andrew, there was plenty. Leela

Camp was cold, wet but very fun. Our cooking skills were average but luckily the food was still edible. Alekzander

Year 10 Science and Engineering Challenge

Year 10 went to the Science and Engineering Challenge on Thursday 20th June at Southern Cross University. The students participated in a variety of workshops which tested their scientific knowledge, problem solving skills and ingenuity. The class competed against multiple other schools in the region and received the highest score out of all the schools on the day.

They won 1st place in the competition and qualified for the State Challenge. Congratulations Year 10!

Winter

In the depths of winter the Earth is more earthly, more truly itself, than at any other time. – Rudolf Steiner