From the Principal

Hello everyone,

What a challenging couple of weeks it has been with some wild weather and heavy rain impacting us all! The school sustained damage in a number of areas in the recent weather and we are working to address these issues as efficiently as possible. Thank you for your understanding last week when we asked those parents who were able, to keep their children at home. I understand the timing of this event was challenging, however we do hope you understand that we were making decisions within the timeframe and information we had to hand, always with the best interests of our students at heart. We have developed a School Closure and Restriction Policy and Procedure to assist everyone to understand our process when a severe weather event occurs. We will publish this on the school website in the near future.

You will by now have heard that I will be leaving the school at the end of May to take up a position as Principal of a school in West New Britain, Papua New Guinea. The Board is currently working with the process of finding a suitable candidate to carry the position forward. We have an outstanding leadership team in the school and I know they will work together to continue this wonderful school’s journey beyond my departure with the minimum of disruption. I will be working over the coming three months to ensure the transfer is as smooth as possible.

Peace
Nerrida

Friendly reminder re School Fees due

Repair Car & Maintenance (RCM) Afternoon

Wednesday 26th February 3pm – 5.30pm
Working at new COLA Shed Area.
We will be cleaning up & sorting some old desks & chairs and applying a little bit of estapol to furniture.
Details of the RCM Program can be found at the following link.
Basically every family contributes either 20 hours or $500 towards the maintenance of the school site. per year.
It’s a great way to meet & socialise with fellow school families whilst looking after the place where your children spend their day.
Site Manager
Gavin Colley
0427 847 400.

CBRSS Site report

SOME OF THE ITEMS DONE OVER THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

To enhance the learning environment for our students & staff.

  • Replace roof on Kindergarten plus all ceiling insulation & upgrade gutters, downpipes etc to take into account Climate Change. 
  • Install large 3 Bay Storage Shed at COLA for excess furniture & general storage plus Garden Program & Camping Equipment plus PS Equipment & Admin Archives. 
  • Install new double pipe road crossing over gully to new storage shed.
  • Install underground power to COLA Sports Shed plus light.
  • Lower height of Cl 4 Treehouse Upper Platform & add Slippery Dip.
  • Replace all posts on PS Monkey Bars.
  • Replace Cupboard Doors Cl’s 4-5-6.
  • Construct Paint Board Towers for Cl 1 & Kindergarten.
  • Construct 70 new paint boards for Cl 1 & Kindergarten.
  • Construct 12 new shelving units for new COLA Storage Sheds.
  • Construct Concrete Spoon Drain at Cl 1-4 Path.
  • 4 new Lunch tables for Kindergarten.
  • 4 new Student Timber Chairs for Kindergarten
  • New Bench Seats for Cl 1.
  • New round rug for Cl 1.
  • New Gas Stoves for Cl 1 & Kindy Rose.
  • 3 new Lunch Tables for Cl 5.
  • Install 3 new bubbler setup to Top Playground. On exterior wall of Marlis’ Room.
  • Install new Air Conditioning unit in PS Music Room.
  • Service all (56) Air Conditioning Units.
  • Service All Fire Equipment.
  • Service all Gas Equipment.
  • Service all D&T Equipment.
  • Service All Hall Safety Systems.
  • Service all Smoke Detectors.
  • Service Innovation Ctr Lift. 
  • Service all Wastewater Systems.
  • Electrical Testing & Tagging of 801 items.
  • Install new Shelving in PS Music Room & Cl 5.
  • New mirror to PS Music Room.
  • New Sand to all Sandpits.
  • New Soft Fall to all Playground Equipment.
  • Window Clean the whole school.
  • Term Break Clean the whole school.
  • Steam Clean all carpets & rugs.

And a million other little jobs done with the help of Julian, Jamie & Lyam plus approximately 50 Tradespeople & Contractors.

Site Manager 

Gavin Colley.

German at CBRSS

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

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

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

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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.

Tik Tok: Should I Be Worried?

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, Tumblr, Kik, Snapchat, WeChat, the list goes on. Just when you thought there couldn’t be any more social media apps for your child to use… enter Tik Tok. With its recent merge with Musical.ly, Tik Tok is ready for its breakthrough into Western markets from China. In the UK, Musical.ly is no stranger to controversy, with reports of children being groomed by pedophiles and explicit or disturbing content being prevalent on the app.

With this in mind, is Tik Tok any cause for concern?

Tik Tok – New Kid On The Block

As much as we try to wrangle our kids away from their phone, it’s nearly impossible. It’s an all-too-familiar scene: whether it’s in the car on the way to school, in between bites at the dinner table, or sneaking in a last-minute snap right before bedtime, social media is now so entrenched in the lives of our kids that it is impossible to ignore. Every new social media app comes with its own unique set of opportunities for communication and self-expression, but also new obstacles.

Videos of kids lip-syncing to songs? Sounds innocent enough. But, in an app where over 13 million videos are uploaded a day, it’s impossible for parents to filter out all the inappropriate or dangerous content, without being accused of being a “helicopter parent”. We know parenting is hard as it is. You don’t need, or want, the extra worry about what content your child has access to on a day-to-day basis. To simplify your job, we share three main areas you should pay special attention to when exploring Tik Tok in light of this new merger.

Dad, Am I Ugly?

A 2017 study by the Royal Society for Public Health and (RSPH) and the Young Health Movement (YHM) found Instagram and Snapchat to be the most detrimental apps to mental health. It’s not hard to see why – since both platforms are image-focused, they are more likely to stir up feelings of inadequacy and anxiety in teens. Although neither Musical.ly nor Tik Tok were named in the study, Tik Tok is also an image-focused app, with the core feature of the app being the viewing and uploading of young users lip-syncing to popular songs or quotes from movies or TV shows. It’s hard to believe Tik Tok won’t share the same destiny as its face-loving competitors.

A quick scroll through Tik Tok reveals a mixed bag of content, ranging from the more innocent content of kids (still dressed in school uniform) choreographing dance routines in their living rooms to slim, young, scantily-clad children showing off their hourglass figures and thigh gaps dancing provocatively. Not really the sort of content we’d want our impressionable youngsters to be bombarded with every day, is it?

The Ugly Side of Social Media

Jokes aside, the statistics are shocking. Studies demonstrate that more frequent social network use is related to increased body dissatisfaction over time in children. A 2014 study by the University of Florida found a correlation between social media use and eating disorders. A recent “makeup removal challenge” went viral on Tik Tok earlier this year, where young girls posted videos showing their beauty transformations. These often involved false eyelashes, colourful contact lenses, wigs and even chin and nose prosthetics. While there is nothing intrinsically wrong with using makeup, these videos could be potentially detrimental for young girls who already suffer from body-image issues. Put yourself in the shoes of a 13-year-old girl, just starting puberty, scrolling through video after video of perfect, plump pouts and impossibly thick, long lashes. Definitely a space where negative thoughts could be reinforced.

Rated “R”

The South China Morning Post (SCMP) recently carried out an investigation on the content available on Tik Tok. Essentially, the Post found that there were at least 100 active users of primary-school going age on the app. This, despite that fact that users must be 12 and above. They were identified through their school uniform, real names or phone numbers. Shockingly, videos featuring simulations of sexual acts, self-harm and even a dead body were found on the app. The investigation uncovered several suspicious adult users using the platform to stalk and groom young girls, often through “likes” and “comments” praising their videos. Growing up, I recall my parents constantly warning me against talking to strangers whenever we were out. With apps like Tik Tok, strangers have 24/7 access to our kids. How can we support our children to build resilience and healthy digital relationships?

It doesn’t stop there with the controversy. Recently, the Indonesian authorities banned Tik Tok due to the presence of “pornographic, inappropriate and blasphemous content”. The ban lasted a week. After this, ByteDance, the Beijing-based technology giant that owns Tik Tok, agreed to clear all indecent content and enhance security functions of the app. This included setting additional restrictions on all users under 18, and raising the minimum age requirement from 12 to 13. This still doesn’t sound like the kind of platform I am comfortable with my kids using without my support.

By Ida Lassesen

Read the full article at kindaba.com

Music Participation Is Linked to Teens’ Academic Achievement

Music students have higher academic exam scores than their non-musical peers.

Students who participate in music-related activities between grades 7-12 achieve significantly higher scores on science, math, and English exams in high school than non-musical classmates, according to a new large-scale study. This research by Peter Gouzouasis and colleagues at the University of British Columbia (UBC) involved a cohort of 112,916 public school students in Canada. These findings (Guhn et al., 2019) were published on June 24 in the Journal of Educational Psychology.

“Students who learned to play a musical instrument in elementary and continued playing in high school not only score significantly higher but were about one academic year ahead of their non-music peers with regard to their English, mathematics and science skills,” Gouzouasis said in a statement. These exam-based statistics were consistent across the board, regardless of socioeconomic background, gender, ethnicity, or prior learning in science, math, and English.

The authors sum up the educational significance of these findings in their impact statement:

“This large-scale study identified evidence of positive relationships between school music participation and high school exam scores in English, mathematics, and science. The findings suggest that multiyear engagement in music, especially instrumental music, may benefit high school academic achievement. In light of this study (the largest of its kind to date), as well as supporting evidence suggesting music learning in childhood may foster competencies (e.g., executive functioning) that support academic achievement, educators may consider the potential positive influence of school music on students’ high school achievement.”

Interestingly, the researchers found that the correlation between music education and better academic achievement was most significant for students who practiced instrumental music. According to the authors, these findings suggest that the skill set required to master playing a musical instrument transfers to other types of academic learning in high school.

“Learning to play a musical instrument and playing in an ensemble is very demanding,” the study’s co-investigator Martin Guhn stated. “A student has to learn to read music notation, develop eye-hand-mind coordination, develop keen listening skills, develop team skills for playing in an ensemble, and develop discipline to practice. All those learning experiences, and more, play a role in enhancing the learner’s cognitive capacities, executive functions, motivation to learn in school, and self-efficacy.” Guhn is an assistant professor in UBC’s school of population and public health and Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP).

Read the full article from Psychology today here.

Year 12 Art

Year 12 Art Students immersed themselves in Contemporary Art at the MCA last week as part of their week in Sydney.

Alumni News

Congratulations to our 2019 Graduate Hunter Amos for his Sellout Solo Art Exhibition at Jai Gallery in Byron. We are all so proud of you!

Reflection on economic life

This limitation of interest to solely what people receive through their labour, instead of what they produce, is what poisons our entire economic life.

– Rudolf Steiner

From the Principal

Hello everyone,

It was wonderful to welcome everyone back to the school after the break. It always amazes me just how much the children seem to grow over the Christmas period!

I know many of us are still feeling the impact of the events across Australia during the break. The loss of so much of our beautiful natural landscape, the loss of wildlife and the magnitude of the human impact is still something many are trying to understand. For our children, this can feel like an extremely unsettling time, even if they have not been exposed to the media coverage (they certainly feel the increased anxiety in family and community). A few parents have asked me what we can do to support the children through this. I think, for younger children particularly, getting back into normal rhythms and routines is very comforting and allows them to relax into their bodies. If a child is feeling particularly sad or anxious about what has happened, some gentle healing stories can help (stories of hope and safety and human kindness). If you are unsure about how to tell healing stories to young children, your class teacher can help with advice about this.

For our older students, the recent events can lead to feelings of hopelessness and anger. Providing young people with outlets for activity is a good way to work with this. Anything that involved positive activity is helpful. It is also helpful to sit and really listen as your teenager talks about their concerns – having someone in the family who listens and understands can be really healing.

For anyone with children experiencing particular increase in anxiety over the bushfire events, our Wellbeing Workers, Geraldine and Annie, are available for support.

From a school perspective, we will be starting a CBRSS sustainability group and inviting interested students and staff to join to look at how we can improve our environmental sustainability across the school. We are also looking at how we can build further educational activities and community support activities across our curriculum.

I look forward to a wonderful year together as we support our young community to grow and learn.

Peace
Nerrida

From the CBRSS Board

The CBRSS Board is looking forward to 2020 and looking forward to working closely with school management in our role to govern the business and legal functions of the school. Some of the matters considered by the board include setting fees and charges, fee collection, fee relief, formulating short and medium term budgets, building and maintenance projects, formulating policies and practices and other governance issues. For practical purposes, the day-to-day operation of the school is delegated to the Principal. We have a new fresh look this year, some new members and some shuffling of positions. We welcome John, Christian and Magdalena to the Board and say farewell and thank-you to Steve Heptonstall who has led us as Chair for the last few years.

At our AGM in May we will be seeking a new Treasurer, so if anyone within the school community has business or accounting experience and a desire to serve and contribute to the school’s wellbeing, please contact us (email one of us via reception or use the ‘contact the board’ section on the school website). Learn more about your Board of Directors here.

Friendly reminder re School Fees due

Term 1 school fees are due Friday the 21st if February 2020. Thank you to all who have already paid.

If you haven’t paid for Term 1 yet and you are not on an approved payment plan please address this by then.

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

Thanks
Julia & Strawberry

Change of procedure for School Fee payment plans

As of the beginning of the 2020 school year, all school fees for any given year must now be finalised by the end of December of the same year as opposed to by the end of January of the following year.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the finance office and ask for Julia or Strawberry.

Phone: 02 6639 9304 or email accounts@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

You can access 2020 School Fees via this link to our website, please note there are 2 pages to view.

Important information for K-6 parents

As we are at the beginning of the school year, it is timely to provide some information about some of our policies and procedures. These have been developed to ensure your child’s experience at the school is safe, harmonious, productive and positive. Your assistance in working with our policies and procedures is very much appreciated.

Dress Code
Our dress code was developed over time, in consultation with teachers and parents. The dress code is fairly straight forward and is designed to allow the children to learn and play freely. You can support your child by ensuring their clothing fits within the guidelines of the code. Click to view our parent information sheet which gives clear information about the dress code for the whole school.

After School Pick-Up
Parents can collect Kindergarten and Class One children directly from the classrooms after school. For children in Classes 2-6, the options are to use the drive-through pick up option in the bottom car park, or to park the car and wait outside the performance hall for the children to walk down from the classrooms. There is ample shade and seating there for parents who would like the chance to chat, though we do ask that you carefully watch younger children during this time as the car park can get very busy. Your assistance in waiting for children at the hall rather than meeting them in classrooms would be very much appreciated as many of our teachers have after-school duties and cannot get to these if they are having to manage pick-ups at the classroom.

Food
Children expend a lot of energy learning and playing at school. We ask that you send nutritious and filling food to school, avoiding lollies, chips and sugary foods and minimising the packaging that comes to school. Click to view our Food policy, which provides further detail about this.

Communication
We consider clear communication to be an important part of our relationship with you. In March we will be launching our CBRSS app, which will integrate parent communication, the school calendar, notices from the school and access to the parent portal into one simple app. We will be sharing further information about this at class meetings. In the meantime, click to view a parent information sheet which clearly outlines the different ways to communicate in the school.

Thank you for choosing Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School for your child(ren). We look forward to a productive and enjoyable year with you.

Click to view the Primary School Handbook

Repair Car & Maintenance (RCM) Afternoon

Wednesday 26th February 3pm – 5.30pm
Working at new COLA Shed Area.
We will be cleaning up & sorting some old desks & chairs and applying a little bit of estapol to furniture.
Details of the RCM Program can be found at the following link.
Basically every family contributes either 20 hours or $500 towards the maintenance of the school site. per year.
It’s a great way to meet & socialise with fellow school families whilst looking after the place where your children spend their day.
Site Manager
Gavin Colley
0427 847 400.

Press release from the Principal

Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School students achieve outstanding HSC Results

Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School is celebrating its best ever HSC results in the school’s 30-year history. One third of the 2019 graduating class has received an ATAR of well over 90, placing students in the top 10% of the entire state. This is unheard of for such a small school.

Principal, Nerrida Johnson commented, “Our students have worked really hard this year and have achieved outstanding results. The combination of dedicated and mature students working with passionate and skilled teachers has produced this best-ever result for the school. Our graduating students are rightfully thrilled this morning; with results like these, they will be able to go on to pursue the study or career of their choice.” Nerrida said, “I’d like to thank our dedicated staff and committed parents for helping guide these beautiful souls through their education. We are proud of every single one of our graduating students, they are truly ready to step out into the world.

Outstanding results have been achieved in English Extension 1 and 2, Legal Studies, Drama, Music, Mathematics, Society and Culture, Visual Arts, Physics, languages and many other courses.

The cohort of 27 students showed dedication, commitment, a passion for their subjects and a shared support for each other that has resulted in excellence across the board. Overall, there were 30 Band 6 results (scores over 90) and 49 Band 5 results (scores between 80 and 89). This is a jump from our already impressive 2018 results of 18 Band 6 achievements,

Students are thrilled that they will gain access into their first choice of course at universities such as University of Melbourne, Sydney University, Monash, Griffith and ANU, as well as overseas institutions.

Stand-out results include Ella Hill-Smith, who received top band results in her three Extension courses, English 1, 2 and History. Lily Harrison received top band results in Legal Studies, Society and Culture and English Extension 1 and 2, whilst Abbie Walden received top band results for English Extension 1 and 2, Visual Arts and Society and Culture. Kalani Knight received Band 6s in Chemistry, Mathematics and Legal Studies. Luka Biggin-Johnston received 97% for Music and has been selected to play at the Sydney Recital Centre as part of HSC Encore and Paddy Swain achieved Band 6 results in Drama, Mathematics 2 and Music.

With an increasing emphasis on STEM subjects in the school, students received Band 6 results in Chemistry and Mathematics and Band 5 in Physics and Mathematics Extension.

As always, students excelled in performance subjects: 30 % of Drama students gained a Band 6, in Music all students achieved a Band 5 or 6, and in Visual Arts students continued to show their creative strength with yet more Band 6 results.

Principal, Nerrida Johnson and the 2019 Senior School Coordinator, Katie Biggin are thrilled with the efforts of our students and passionate teachers.

German at CBRSS

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

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