From the Principal

It is so very lovely at present seeing children, big and small, frolicking together again, playing chase games and flying paper planes in our beautiful school grounds. After all the weeks of the school feeling empty and quiet, many teachers have expressed that hearing the joyful sounds of child’s play in the school again, is music to our ears.

Now that the Wintery coolness has arrived, chilly mornings and evenings encourage us to seek warmth and enjoy cosy times together with family. These cooler days are a time for children to come to school dressed warmly in the mornings, with bodies and legs clothed by layers, that can gradually peel off as the day warms up. Many children have been shivering at school in recent days, having dressed in light-weight shorts and t-shirts, which are not adequate for the season. Please be sure to check before leaving home that your child is wearing long pants or tights, a jumper or jacket and shoes and socks.

For many, this is a favourite time of year, as the days slowly grow shorter, the nightimes grow longer, doonas are fluffed, candles are lit, kindling and firewood are gathered and it is so special to sit by a fire with friends under the starry sky.

You may have heard of Hygge, the Danish word for this kind of comfortable, content, feeling of wellbeing and cosiness of the soul.

Hygge (Hoo-guh), invites closeness and makes us feel open-hearted and alive. Hygge is to drink cocoa by candlelight and enjoy life’s simple pleasures with family and friends.

May the cooler season be Hygge-ful for all!
Warm wishes

Teera Palmer
Acting Principal

A Message From The Board

Dear school community

Welcome back to campus – we hope everyone is enjoying reconnecting with the rhythm of regular school days and feeling safe and well.

As you may be aware, Nerrida resigned early in the year; this week staff have been able to have a celebration of Nerrida’s time at the school and to wish her farewell. Nerrida is now making preparations towards her next appointment in Papua New Guinea and we extend our grateful thanks for her careful leadership and for the strong position she has left the school in.

Please join us in thanking all the teachers and the entire CBRSS staff for acting responsively in transitioning to School-At-Home and in assisting students to switch to online learning so well, and so quickly. We are also appreciative of Teera and all the support and teaching staff for the preparations and additional work undertaken with transitioning us back to school on site in recent weeks – we know everyone has been working really hard behind the scenes.

From the Board’s perspective, given the atmosphere of change and uncertain times due to COVID-19, we have been focusing on the smooth transition of leadership, on ensuring the financial and future security of the school and on assisting to keep all our families at the school, as far as we can.

We are supportive and confident in our Acting Principal Teera Palmer, leading the staff and school community in working together to ensure the stability of the school in these unprecedented times and have made a decision to recommence the Principal recruitment process later in the year.

We, the Board, invite you to share in our vision for Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School, of a strong, vibrant, collaborative, generous and respectful community; we hope you will join us in holding this vision.

Best wishes as we move out of isolation and warm regards from your Board of Directors
John, Christian, Salakesh, Toni, Jenny, Neil and Magdalena

Friendly reminder re School Fees due

Term 2 school fees were due Friday the 22nd of May 2020. Thank you to all who have already paid.

If you haven’t paid for Term 2 yet and you are not on an approved payment plan please address this promptly.

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

If you are experiencing financial difficulty due to COVID-19, please contact Julia.

Finance@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au or phone 02 6639 9303

Thanks
Julia & Strawberry

Please don’t send emojis to school via SMS

As much as we like them, unfortunately, emojis that are texted to the schools SMS system do not work and turn the entire message into illegible gobbledygook.

Please support Reception and refrain from using Emojis when texting us.

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A Verse for Our Time from Rudolf Steiner

When In Wilderness

Applying wilderness wisdom to navigating the current pandemic

By Karl Johnson M.A.

Our present situation with the novel coronavirus has thrust us all into new terrains – a wilderness of uncertainty. When in a wilderness, it’s easy to feel disorientation and even trepidation – especially if one is unaccustomed to traversing such terrains. The complexity of wild environments and shifting variables, such as weather, all necessitate the need to steadfastly and bravely assess and meet new situations head on with commitment. Being in wilderness can also evoke a feeling of excitement and curiosity. The unknown holds opportunities. A sense of adventure can arise. In life, adventures invigorate us.

Here are some guiding thoughts gleaned from many years of leading wilderness experiences. May these be helpful metaphors in navigating our current, uncertain landscapes.

Orient Yourself to Your New Surroundings and to Those with You

Start to pay attention to what is around you. What resources do you have? Where is your water? What is your orientation to the earth and sky? Who is with you? Being observant, alert, and identifying your essential resources that will help you survive physically, mentally and spiritually. How do we take stock of what useful resources we have with us right now and what is close at hand?. Have we been practicing for contingencies? Do we have a resource of people in our community we can count on? Is there a way to accentuate strengths right now? Are there new opportunities that we see around us in this new landscape? Remember the essentials. Find the “waters” that will sustain you and protect the source. Make sure you keep practicing as a meditant to keep those “waters” flowing. Trust in life and the guidance of the spiritual world.

Establish your Camp

Create a safe shelter. Protect oneself from the elements. Be prepared for sudden changes in the weather. Choose your site carefully. A homebase is the foundation of safety in your journey. It allows you protection, support and security. By having a secure base, one can venture forth, but also retreat. There may be dramatic shifts in the “weather,” but you can take shelter in what you have created as a “ base camp.” Safety and security are foundational. Ground yourself nightly in the security of what is your well-made and well-maintained shelter. This can be your actual home, but also the safety and security of one’s nightly practice, which we build up every evening. “Building one’s hut” gives one the opportunity to begin to practice gratitude. Gratitude is the attitude that will change everything.

Quiet your Mind

Stay calm. Mindfulness, on the trail and at home, is key to being resilient, flexible and centered. Remember you are the “decisive element” in this moment in this wilderness. Practice mindfulness and steadfast courage. As the saying goes, “Worry never lessens tomorrow’s problem, but rather robs today of its strength.” Focus on the positive. Take deep breaths. Cultivate a still mind even amid the thunderstorms of the wilderness.

Listen to All that is Around You

Listen intently. Attune to what is being intoned in the wilderness around you. Notice the wind. Listen to the “voices” around you. The capacity to listen in many different ways – to yourself, to your body, to others around you and to the world at large is key to helping you stay focused. This includes all who are near and dear to you. And especially the “quiet “voices that we only hear if we ourselves are quiet. There may be other voices clamoring for our attention. We should learn how to listen carefully to dissenting voices. But learn also how to separate what is “essential from what is not essential.” Seek to hear the quiet voice of inner guidance.

Be Aware of the Sun

When and where is the sun rising? When and where is it setting? What is its arc during the day? Can you orient to the sun and find the right daily rhythms? The path of the sun through our days and regular daily rhythms are essential in new (and even in familiar) environments. In rhythm is strength. Be aware of the “Sun” – the big picture of guiding forces in our lives. Remember there are larger patterns in motion. Through these larger motions, seek to find your rhythms and steadfastly maintain them. Rhythm replaces strength – and rhythm awakens life. We also benefit greatly when we remember that “wisdom lives in the light.” Focus on the light.

Tend Your Fires

At the end of every day, the night will come. Have you gathered your woodpile? Have you kept your tinder dry? Warmth is an essential of survival – whether in the wilderness or in your daily life. Especially when the new technology provides no supportive physical warmth – like a fire that won’t stay lit or burns too small. When the light fades, we can tend our fire. Through the darkness, can we remember our core passions? What actually inspires and motivates us? How do we attend to those motivations when darkness encroaches? Remember, we need some preparation beforehand. Gather and sort the resources of your “woodpile.” Lay your fire well. Start small and feed it carefully. If we are not careful our “fire” can easily become wild. A well-laid and well-tended fire will burn steadily and then, at evening’s end, we can enjoy the abiding, glowing embers of our efforts.

Notice the Stars

When the fire dies away, gaze upward. The stars, which have always been there, will now be revealed. Take time to marvel and ponder. A sense of wonder and awe are not just gifts, but significant aspects of any journey. The stars are always above us at night, but do we take the time to notice? What secrets are arrayed before us in their nightly sweep?

What are the patterns which have “constellated” for us in this lifetime? Can we truly “re-member?” In other words, can we integrate all those parts of ourselves – even from pre-earthly existence – and remember what we said we would do in this lifetime? In so many ways, life is about remembering what we said we would do – before this incarnation – and doing it. The stars can help us “re-member”….

Karl Johnson, presently the Pedagogical Chair for the Santa Fe Waldorf School, is approaching his 35th year as a Waldorf Educator. He has also been an Outdoor Educator for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and founded the Santa Fe Waldorf High School Wilderness Experience Program. If you are planning real wilderness journeys for yourself or for your school or if you need help navigating the strange, new world we are experiencing, feel free to contact Karl for some advice. A guide is always helpful. An experienced mentor, consultant, and trainer, Karl Johnson has mentored and trained teachers at dozens of schools in the U.S. and internationally. He still goes out to rejuvenate himself in the wilderness at every opportunity.

kjohnsoneducator@gmail.com
www.karljohnsoneducator.com

John Marsden’s tips for parents

1. Give children space. Back off. Let them roam. Let them be bored. Don’t over-plan their lives. Cut way back on the after-school activities programs.

2. Keep away from all those ghastly, soulless, sterile playgrounds. Keep away from shopping malls. Look for real places. Wild places.

3. Be an adult. Say no to your children at least once a day. If the role of Adult in your family is vacant, then one of your children will fill it. And it won’t be pretty.

4. Don’t take up all the space. If you are dominating, loud, forceful, your children are highly likely to become passive, lacking spirit and personality … and/or sullen.

5. Believe about 40 per cent of the dramatic stories your children tell you of the injustices, corruption and satanic practices happening at school.

6. Teach them empathy. For example, after their jubilant victory celebrations when they win a sporting match, remind them that their jubilation was only possible because someone else – the losers – have been made to feel awful.

7. Help them develop language skills. Don’t finish their sentences for them. Don’t correct them when they mispronounce a word – they’ll work it out sooner or later. Ask them open-ended questions, that need a detailed answer, not Yes/No questions.

8. Make sure they have regular jobs/duties at home and that those jobs are done to a consistently high standard.

9. Don’t whinge endlessly about the miseries of your adult life. A lot of children now are fearful about growing up because their parents paint such a grim picture of the awfulness ahead.

10. Teach them to be very wary of people who Absolutely Know the Absolute Truth about Absolutely Everything! The colour of truth is always grey. Extreme positions are for the ignorant. Every creature, every person and every situation is complex. The universe is a wonderful mystery.

Teachers Pet

For those wondering about the unknown ‘teachers pet’ in last weeks ‘At Home Magazine’, it is in fact a RAT, loved by former CBRSS student Moksha (aka Ruby), daughter of Naina, our class three teacher. Many extra points would have gone to guessing his name: Toast (aka Flotation Device). We don’t think you would have guessed either.

Class 3 News

Class Three have been hearing Old Testament stories at home and have been learning about measurement and construction at school. Here is some of their beautiful work, Naina

Class 5 news

The 18th Century returns for a day in Class 5. We have been learning about life in the 1800s as part of our Mai Lesson. Today we’ve had a lot of fun dressing up as people who lived in the time of the arrival of the First Fleet.

Prue

Class 6 News

Class Six finished a Main Lesson on creative writing where we studied examples of great poetry, learnt about poetic imagery and wrote our own poems inspired by the natural world. Part of the main lesson was experienced at home and the rest was back here at school. It felt like a time of heightened sensitivity and awareness of nature’s beauty and our love and connection with the world.

Matthew Reynolds

The Sly Snake by Jasmine

Shadow by Elise

Fire by Ella

Year 11 and 12 English Advanced with Katie

 

I would like to very publicly show gratitude to the wonderful senior English students I have been teaching. When classes went online last term, I was perturbed and anxious about my ability to adapt to this new way of teaching.

I found some of the initial sessions quite challenging, particularly relating to open discussions, group work and other collaborative tasks. Questions came up, such as how to manage when students didn’t turn their cameras on and how could I really tell how my students were feeling in the lesson without seeing them face to face.

Teaching is fundamentally about human relationships and connection. It is about sparking the fire of enthusiasm and inspiring learning. These aspects are more challenging in an online environment – but not impossible. I learnt much along the way.

‘Cameras off’ could have meant that the internet was down or that the student had actually left the room, gone to sleep or actually had never been there after the first 1 minute! ‘Cameras off’ also might mean that the idea of watching yourself online was way too confronting – I think a lot of us could relate to that.

I learnt that it was pretty easy to ask the well timed question to a student with a camera off to try to catch them out. I never did – they always answered and were fully there in the lesson.

It was fun to have the option to ‘mute’ a student at any time, a practice much easier than in class when physical muting is not an option!

It was fun to continue my obsessive colour wearing with full embellishments (on the top half at least) and try to find something of the correct day colour to hang on the wall behind.

Despite the challenges of poor internet, weird connections, frozen faces and not being able to really judge how someone was feeling in each class (a vital thing for us teachers), there were moments of joy and humour. We managed to recite King Richard’s famous soliloquy with every student taking on a line.

All of my students were gracious, punctual, diligent, innovative and deeply forgiving of my mistakes and attempts at the new technology. They greeted me with smiles every day and their maturity in adapting was a pleasure to observe. I loved their delicate suggestions; “Katie, um, I think you might have your mic turned off” after I’ve been rabbiting on for minutes about something. Or…”Katie, it sometimes works better if you……insert many phrases here…!”

They were all so patient and kind.

It wasn’t so bad after all. But the goosebumps I got when walking back into class and seeing them all face to face were wonderful to feel.

You just can’t replace the full human connection. What a gift it is to be a teacher.

Katie Biggin

Evolution

If man’s future evolution is to avoid being swept into total degeneracy, a true spiritual culture will have to enter ever more strongly into external life. – Rudolf Steiner

Easter at home

Easter in Rose Kindy

Easter Hare, Easter Hare come into my garden.

Hop, hop, hop, I’ve not got time to stop.

Easter on its way you know.

Gifts for all I have to go!

Hop, hop, hop

The children of Rose Kindy continue to share the magic of Kindergarten in their homes. As our term ended, families were busily preparing to bring the gift of Easter to life and forever etching these beautiful memories into their children’s hearts. Easter baskets were painted and constructed in preparation of Easter hunts, nature tables lovingly created, hot cross buns baked on Good Friday and felted eggs rolled. Easter songs and an Easter story of the True Easter Hare shared. This term, we continue to relive the spirit of Easter by sharing a story of a Rabbit with magical ears.

Pransky Success!

A three hour epic craft bonanza took place on Zoom for a group of Class 6 students with some great results.

Der Osterzopf by Harry (Year 7)

Harry shared some photos with his German teacher Manuela before Easter. 

Harry baked ‘Der Osterzopf’ from page 27 of his Katzensprung textbook! Harry reported that ‘It was good.’

Projects at Home

Make a possum box

While you have extra time at home you might like to make something useful for your local wildlife. What about a bird or a possum box? Some children in Class 6 took the opportunity to construct a possum box. Many of you will be familiar with the nesting boxes around the school and the animals that come and go in them.

By providing a possum box, you are encouraging a possum to stay and claim your garden as its territory. The possum will then discourage other possums from moving into your yard and roof. By making friends with a possum, you can help conserve the species and learn about their way of life at the same time. You can decide if you would like to make a box to suit a ringtail or brushtail possum, or a glider.

Read the guide and instructions here. Hunt around for some materials. Hopefully you have some materials at home so you don’t need to go out to buy them. If not, try making a cardboard model first which will be good practise for doing a wooden box later. You will need your ruler, some cardboard and glue/sticky tape for that.

Good luck and please send us some pictures. Ann (Class 6)

Emily: Class 6 and James her dad.

Jasmine: Class 6

I made a Possum box with the help of my dad and my little brother Elton.

We had to measure and cut the wood and screw it together. We painted our house this year so we had some paint left over and I painted it the same colours so it looked like a mini version of our house. I found a stick on the beach to fix to the front and decided which tree I wanted to put it in. My dad fixed it to the tree. I enjoyed doing this project with my dad. My favourite part was painting the possum box.

Building a Vegie Patch at Home.

Some children in Class 6 have been busy in their gardens. creating their own special vegetable and/or flower garden. They have considered the position of their patch as well as what they like to eat. They’ve also had to think about predators, watering and access. Some already have a vegie garden at home so they are working with the one they have. 

Who are the Teachers Pets of CBRSS?

What a treat: Here we expose and name our ‘teachers pets’ who are grateful for the extra time spent with them.

 

 

Lizzie: Science & PDHPE Teacher & Y7 Guardian

From left to right Nala Mavis, me and Bodhi. I am grateful at how many hours I can sit and watch the dogs and think about all the ways they are ridiculously cute and I am grateful to live in a place that gives so much love to sick hens.

Teera: Acting Principal ‘Dusty Cow Chasing Days’

I’m so grateful for my lovely ‘Outback’ family and times we share on that amazing land out there! Alderley Station near Boulia, Qeensland

Chris: Music & Maths Teacher

This is a photo of me on our deck in the morning with Charles (little brown) and Rufus (big brown). As Charlie wouldn’t keep still I’ve included his scholarship photo too. This is where my wife, Amber, and I drink tea every morning, as our sleepy eyes become bright and happy.

Matt: Class 6 Teacher

Introducing Hank the Jack Russel and Marble. They are my daughters dogs and every weekend they come over for a sleepover. Each day we go twice to the beach to exercise at sunrise and midday. Marble chases a ball and tries to train all the humans she comes across to throw it for her and Hank runs off to meet other dogs in the far distance and then returns at high speed with his little legs practically a blur. 

I’m grateful that we get down to the beach and have a laugh.

Paddy: HSIE Teacher & Year 9 Guardian

These are pets from my front yard. Their names are Henrii (spelt weirdly cause his from Byron) and The Dude. It’s great to see them up close.

Claire: Visual Arts & Science Teacher & Y11 Guardian

Me and our pet turtles, Lucky and Tanky (with a little puppy). We are grateful for their calming nature.

Emily: Kinder Rose Teacher

This is our cat Nala (yes like in the Lion King, it means Queen). I am grateful for hugs from my children; snuggles from my cat (when she remembers her manners and tucks her claws in); lots of delicious baking; living in the hinterland with lots of space, quiet, calm, birds & butterflies; living in the Byron Shire not-too-far from fabulous beaches for early morning walks and swims, and a big shelf full of wonderful books to read!

Rachel: English Teacher, Curriculum Coordinator & Year 8 Guardian

This is our 5 day old chick called Brave. I am grateful to have been witness to the hatching of this little being who was born in our chicken coop on Saturday 25.4.2020. One of our broody hens had been sitting on her eggs for weeks and we had almost lost hope that she was going to have any success. Miracles do happen!! Watching Mumma teach her baby how to drink, scratch and eat has been very special. #Farm life – Myocum 2020

Ann: Class 6 Teacher

This is Penny. I’m grateful to her for her for reminding me to notice the details.

James: Class 2 Teacher

This is Angel. She recently turned 1. I’m grateful for this time with my baby and having lots of milky smelling cuddles

Ric: PDHPE Teacher & Y12 Guardian

This is Mimosa the dog and Honey the chicken. I am so grateful to be healthy, happy and living in Brunz.

Katie: English Teacher & Department Mentor

This is Lollie who loved to sleep under the bed. Lollie was loved and loved her family in return completely. Sadly at 14 years old, Lollie passed away 4 weeks ago. She will be greatly missed.

Jon: ICT

This is Halo drinking from her favourite Chewbacca cup. She keeps us smiling.

Lisa: DP’s Assistant

This is Inka, the super Kelpie. Great for rounding up the kids and keeping us all active.

Margaret: Reception

Here I am working from home with our 13 and half years old, female German Shepherd / English Collie cross – Qi (pronounced Chee). We are grateful to share each other’s company on dog walks on the beach.

Andrew: Head of Mathematics & Y8 Guardian

This is our tiny Python is called Sheddy and the fish have no names so that when they die the kids do not know they have visited the big toilet bowl in the sky. I am grateful because none of my fish have died in ages and it’s my birthday tomorrow, go the iso birthday party!!!!

Alix:

This is Tilly, Jim (my son) and Pepper. I am grateful for family and Autumn weather.

Elizabeth: Kindy

This is the FAMOUS Pepper the kitten. Here Pepper is helping Lizzie wind the wool for Kindy.

I’m grateful for her cheekiness, and the many games of hide and seek we play… ‘I’ve looked under the table, and under the chair, down on the ground, and up in the air… but…. I could not find her anywhere!! I wonder where she is hiding today?’ 

Jess: HSIE Teacher & Year 12 Guardian

What happens when you leave the door open. Hungry and confident, ‘Hungry Bird’ walks in and makes himself at home. Hungry Bird is very demanding.

Mat: Music Teacher and ICT Manager

This is Luna the French Bulldog, a great addition to our family. We called him Luna as we love him to the moon and back. Below is Oliver’s (Class 3) portrait of Luna.

Gael: High School Learning Support Administrator 

This is Charlie, the current love of my life, except when he’s scratching my furniture and getting into places that are out of bounds. His full name is Valentine Marmaduke Charles the 3rd. He is a honey most of the time but a house destroyer when he gets that devilish bloom in his eye and wants my attention. I’m grateful for his unconditional companionship and for making me feel needed.

Felicity: Administration

I am grateful to be home with Emi (short for Emerald) and finding the book ‘Crafting with Cat Hair’ to finally make use of her moulting fur.

Renae: Science Assistant

This is me and CoCo. CoCo is 13 years old now and follows me everywhere.

Manuela: German Language Teacher & Distance Ed Coordinator

Here are my garden pets. Last week an invading swarm came and challenged them but they won. My favourite bees are B1 and B2, right in the middle there. I love them because they pollinate my flowers and vegetables.

Craig: Season’s Cafe 

Here is Silky, she provides a calm and graceful presence in our family.

Strawberry: Administration

This is Bellatrix and Holly. They love that I am working from home. I love that I don’t get dressed for work. That’s a bonus. I am grateful for my dogs for helping me remember the world is a great place.

Gavin: Site Manager

I am grateful that Buddy came to hang out with me for a few days before moving on.

Petra: Primary Teacher.

This is Poppy our beautiful dog.

Jenny: Kindy Rose Teacher

Hello this is my very sweet fish called Albie. I have had Albie for 6 years and he has grown so much. He is very shy and territorial but likes to play and seek! I am grateful for all that I have in my life.

Mystery Pet: 

Can you tell what this pet is and which (hint Primary) teacher’s daughter do you think it belongs to? We will give you the answer next week.

Visual Art

The Year 11 art class have started the term looking at appropriation in art. Appropriation is the intentional borrowing, copying and alteration of existing images. For their first creative task this week, the students were asked to use found objects at home to compose an appropriation of a painting from a Great Master and photograph it. Here are some artworks from Lani, Miera, Anouk and Dash.

Claire Sleeman

While there has been some great online access to Art from around the world at this time: ART GALLERY OF NSW  

GUGGENHEIM  RIJKSMUSEUM  and NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON

There’s nothing like creating a gallery at home. Here Jon’s fridge here features Hunter and Ochre’s artwork you can see below. Whose art does your refrigerator feature? Maybe you can upload a photo for next week’s At Home magazine. Just go to our website and click on the School Magazine button. https://capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au/

 

CBRSS Parent Photos

A Rainbow Serpent by Finn: Class 4

Zee (Class 2) and Iona

Mandala’s in the sand.

Thanks to CBRSS parent Angelina Kokolinakis for this stunning photo and reminder of what a beautiful area we live. #stayhome Lighthouse walk exercise looking over Wategos beach .
Image 2 from Angelina: Easter by the pool .. was so bloody hot ! Camp fire in the backyard. Autumn walks on the beach during school holidays. Anzac Day service listening time the last post from the top of our drive

Don’t forget to look at our online community notice and business board featuring CBRSS parent businesses.