From the Principal

Seasons Greetings to Parents and Friends

In early Term 4, many events that had been on-hold or postponed were now able to take place. Miraculously, now we were able to compress most of the year’s calendar events into Term 4 and it was a pleasure to be able to finally invite parents to attend some of these events in person too. It has been lovely in recent weeks to receive so many messages from parents expressing gratitude and appreciation for these opportunities; on behalf of staff, we thank you!

Our Term 4 events included: 7 Class Camps, Year 10 Special Program, 5 Class Plays, String concerts, HS Parent Meetings, K-7 Class Parent Meetings at which Melanie Deefholts presented, Year 12 Graduation, Year 12 Formal, Year 8 Tobias, Class 6 Primary Farewell, Class 6 Celebration Evening, Christmas Giving Festival, HS Elective Showcase, Class 1-6 Swimming, HS Beach day, Class 1-6 Swim fun Day and K-10 Classroom moving too!

Understandably, this sudden ‘event quickening’ caused an atmosphere of intensity to arise for our teachers, administration and support staff. I invite parents and friends to join me in sending thoughts of appreciation and thanks to our incredible, dedicated CBRSS staff; each has risen to work with collaborative purpose, strength and persistence with all that has come towards our school this year.

Perhaps like me, when taking time to reflect on this enormous 2020 year, you may find that with all of the complex and challenging events we have faced, it feels as if time has somehow been strangely stretched and compressed and massaged into a rhythm that feels not so familiar, nor so comfortable. Even so, I am feeling grateful and very relieved that together as a school community, we have successfully navigated the challenges, (growing plenty of flexibility, resilience and goodwill along the way), and we are all relatively healthy and well as we close the year.

Now, thankfully, the time has come for all to rest and rejuvenate.

May your Summer holidays and festive time with family and loved ones be filled with unscheduled time, simple pleasures, fine food, sweet music, good reads and long lazy days in nature.

I look forward to welcoming Paddy Innes-Hill, my Co Head of School and seeing all your smiling faces next year!

Best and warm wishes

Teera

Merry Christmas

May you all enjoy rest and recuperation these holidays, we look forward to seeing you in 2021, with love from the CBRSS Staff.

Friendly reminder re School Fees

Primary School Giving Festival

Kindergarten Christmas Festival

Wholesome Ways to Prepare for Christmas with Children

By Annie Bryant

Christmas is all about the journey, and here’s some daily rituals and activities to help bring wonder, patience and joy into your family home during the festive season.

Even if you’re not ‘into’ Christmas, it’s very difficult to avoid the busy energy and consumeristic onslaught that unfortunately dominates the Western culture in the lead up to December 25th. I think it was my own massive aversion to this unsavoury aspect of the season that inspired me to research and create wholesome ways to bring Christmas to my own children.

Children LOVE Christmas, and it just didn’t feel right to me as Mother to deprive my boys (or myself) of the wonder and joy and beautiful messages that can be found within the Christmas stories from around the world.

By consciously celebrating the lead up to Christmas in a meaningful way, I find it helps immensely in grounding and connecting our family at a time when packed schedules and neverending to-do lists can otherwise scatter all of our energies!

Read the full article by clicking this link

Finding Christmas – An Australian Christmas Story by Annie Bryant

Where do you find Christmas in your family?
Is it hidden within the pages of your favourite story book?
Maybe it’s wrapped up in a gift made especially for someone you love?
Or perhaps, it can be found amongst the delicious smells of a Christmas feast?
Well, this is the story of a little boy who went on his own search for Christmas….and you’ll
never guess what he found!

Joey had looked everywhere, but still had found no signs of Christmas.

They were staying on his Grandparents farm, way out west for the whole month until after Christmas – and while Joey usually loved the tractor rides and farm adventures – this time he couldn’t help but think about all the ‘Christmassy’ things he was missing out on back home.

First, there was the Christmas Market & the end of year school Concert.

Then, there was the Santa sleighs and giant candy canes and bright lights up and down his street, not to mention the fake snow and happy carols playing in all shops.

But out here on the farm there was no shiny tinsel or red hats to be seen and he was starting to worry that maybe Christmas just wasn’t going to happen at all?!

And he also missed Dad.

Dad was coming to meet Mum and Joey and his little sister May at the farm on Christmas Eve and it felt like such a long time away.

When they chatted on the phone one night Joey whispered his concerns about Christmas and Dad reassured him, “Don’t worry mate, you’ll find Christmas out there – you just need to know where to look.”

But so far, he hadn’t found anything.

So, before bed that night Joey asked Lil-Ma & Jo-Pa in a very serious voice, “Do you know where to find Christmas on your farm?”

His grandparents looked at each other with mischievous smiles before Jo-Pa turned to Joey and replied with a wink, “I think we might have a few ideas.”

Read the full story from talesandsongs.com here

Community Christmas Play

Class 6 Farewell

Class 6 Farewell

Class 6 Celebration with Parents

Farewell Katie Biggin

After 16 years it is time to say Goodbye to our beloved Katie Biggin but as the saying goes: Goodbyes are not forever, Goodbyes are not the end, they simply mean we’ll miss you until we meet again.

Katie, we all wish you the very best for the new adventures that life has in store for you.

Christmas Raffle Results

NEWS FROM THE CHESS CLUB

It has been a great pleasure to see the many students from Years 6 – 12 come and play or simply observe a game of chess during the past term. The interest was so great that we quickly purchased three additional chess sets. Soon, the request came, “Can we play twice a week?” – Of course, we can. Will the six chess boards we currently have be enough? We may have to find more boards if the interest in PLAYING TO LEARN AND LEARNING TO PLAY is continuing to grow. – I am looking forward to an exciting year of chess in 2021.

Please contact Manuela at manuelam@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au if you have any questions or would like to contribute in any way.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

News from Sunflower Kindy

There was much excitement in Kindy this week after discovering a message from the ‘Grandmother of all Dolls’… The message was an invitation for the Sunflower Dolls to spend their summer holiday at the Grandmothers cottage! Grandmother Doll was to send a bus to collect the dolls and asked that they wait at the front office until this time.

The children excitedly gathered up the dolls, and their belongings, and safely delivered them into the arms of Margaret and Lisa who lovingly cared for them until the bus arrived.
I wonder if they will send us a postcard in the holidays!
Lizzie and Emily

Kindy Rose News

Class 1 and 2 swimming

Class 1 and 2 joyously took to the Mullum pool a few weeks ago for their annual swimming lessons. It was Class 1’s first time at the pool and they thoroughly enjoyed it.
The swimming lessons focus on technique and swimming strokes and many of the children picked up new skills. They are looking forward to coming back to the pool for Swim Fun Day.

Class 2 Play

Class 2 completed their play main lesson with the performance of St Francis and St Clare. They thoroughly enjoyed bringing this story to their parents and school friends. The story focusses on two people born into privilege and who give it all up to dedicate their lives to helping others in their home town of Assisi. It was an inspiration to all who saw it and the children’s singing was delightful and touching. Well done Class 2!

James

TIME – Class Three

In Class Three, one of our Measurement blocks is learning about Time. We do this by looking at how the ancient people would have observed the world around them and tallied the sun, moon and seasons.

In the second week, we looked at inventions used to calculate time from water and candle clocks to sundials and hourglasses.  Only after this recapitulation of human thinking did we come to reading analogue and digital clocks.

Alongside our book work, we made sundials, modern clocks and calendars.

Naina

Class Four Camp

Class Four enjoyed their camp at Midginbill Hill earlier this term. We spent four days exploring nature, making mud bricks, canoeing, painting with ochre, finding animals in the creek, raft building, hiking, learning archery, playing games and making damper and billy tea over the fire.
Anna
Class Four Teacher

Class 5 play “Demeter and Persephone”

Year 9 Camp

Distance Education at CBRSS

Year 11 Fundraiser Raffle

CONGRATULATIONS to the following winners of the year 11 fundraising raffle.
1st Prize: Belle Eder
2nd Prize: Karl Waden
3rd Prize Leela Forde
4th Prize: Julia Fox
5th Prize: Penny van den Hoek
Winners will be contacted directly. Prizes will be at Reception ready for you to pick up.
Thank you to everyone who supported us, and thank you to our prize donors: Seed and Sprout, Kinfolk and Co., Santos, Byron Kayak, The Loft, Temple of The Sun, Rowie, Linen House and Church Farm, we couldn’t have done it without you.
Wishing everyone a fabulous Christmas from the Graduating Class of 2021.

Celebration of our Year 11 school leavers to further study

On Tuesday we said farewell to four of our senior students who have chosen to leave school at the end of year 11.
Maia Borrack and McKenzie Morton have been part of our school community since kindy. Marcello Santucci has been with the class since year 4 and Jules Tait joined the class in year 9. It is sad to see them leave and we wish them the best of luck in their new endeavours.

Bridging the Divide – Conversation with Lisa Romero and Jonah Evans

Jonah Evans and Lisa Romero dive into essential questions for our future: the human heart and being of Christ; the moral forces of our humanity in relationship to technology and the spiritual beings connected to it and how this impacts the future of human culture and the earth.

Please click to listen

Online safety tips for parents to keep their kids safe this holiday season

Whether your child is receiving their first device, or they may be online more over the holidays. Remember you wouldn’t give your child the keys to the car and let them drive off down the highway without lessons. It is the same with devices. Here are a few tips which will help you to support your children in navigating the online world better.

1. Talk as a family about what is ok and not ok to share online.

For example:

· Whether any member of the family shares a photo of the house or pet’s name online.

· When to share family holiday photos and what photos can be shared.

· What is not to be shared online.

If your child is receiving their first device, make sure that you get them to do a little presentation or write a small project sheet on cyber safety in the lead up to their first social media apps on the device.

3. Respect the age recommendations; it is not illegal for a child to use social media under the age of 13yrs with their parents’ permission. But they need to remember to update their age on any site that has asked for it when they turn 13yrs. This way, the app will not think they are older. As an extreme example, if your child signs up to use Facebook when they are 10yrs, and they have to lie and say they are 13yr, by the time they are 15yrs, if not corrected, the app will think they are 18yrs. Then they can get a Tinder account as it relies on Facebook for verification!

4. Respect the classifications on games. The average age of a gamer is 34-36yrs old. Classifications are there for a reason. It is not ok for a child under the age of 18yrs to be playing R Rated games even with their parents!!! If your child is playing online games, set healthy boundaries around time playing as well.

5. Teach your kids to think twice before they accept a friend request or chat to a random stranger through a game. Just because someone is a friend of their big brother or sister or cousin who goes to another school does not mean they should let them into their life. Also, talk to them that online, someone may ask to be their online boyfriend or girlfriend (we hear this a lot from primary school-aged children at the moment). If this happens, they need to tell you immediately so that you can help block and report. They never know who they are talking to.

6. Know how to block and report on every app and game your child is using so that you can help when things go wrong if you don’t know how to sit with your child and learn together.

7. Put healthy boundaries in place. Don’t ban them from their device if they forget to do a household chore or are naughty for something unrelated to their device. Do not take it off them if they speak up about something that has happened online because you are scared. This is the quickest way to drive all the conversations that you want to be having underground. Instead, if you have a healthy boundary like all devices are banned from the bathroom or bedroom. So then, if they are caught with their device in either place, you ban them for a week. This way, they will learn that it is safe to speak up about what is going on online without punishment unless they break the rules about device use.

8. Be a good role model. Keep your screen time in check and set a good example for your children. Teach them to review who they are following often and unfollow accounts that make them feel bad about themselves. Teach then to follow accounts that inspire them, health, happy and creative is always a good place to start.

9. Please help them to check and manage privacy settings. Set all of their accounts to private. This is something you can do together when they are younger by making it a shared experience.

10. Ensure they are not being moved from another social media site or game to another by someone they don’t know. This is a big one that I hear about far too often. Particularly for kids under 13yrs, but it may happen to older teens also. They make “friends” in games such as Roblox. Their new “friend” suggests that they connect on TikTok. Once they are both following each other, they can message each other for free. This includes sharing videos. This can become every parent’s worst nightmare in the blink of an eye.

11. Teach them to look for the verification symbol there is verification symbol on all social media sites proves it is the actual verified celebrity or group. On most, there will be a little blue circle with a white tick in it next to the name; on YouTube, it is a grey circle with a white tick, and on Snapchat, it is a yellow circle with a black star. No tick, no follow. Predators can set up fraudulent accounts with a small spelling mistake or a similar version of a celebrity name.

12. Encourage your kids to speak up. Kids need to understand that an adult can help when they know what is going on and will help them without the worry of being banned from their device or game for speaking up.

13. What are they looking at? You may never know what they see, and there is a lot of graphic content, porn, and other inappropriate content online just an accident click away. Ensure they know to get off the app immediately if they see something that makes them feel uncomfortable or worried.

14. Know how to take a screenshot. In case you need it as evidence. This is a great tool to teach kids as young as possible.

15. Teach them not to give away any personal information. Use a fake username like “popcorn fairy” or something. Teach your kids never to give away things like name, address, age, phone number, where they go to school, etc.

16. Watch out for what is in the background. It is easy for people to determine a location, take a screenshot, and zoom in on a certificate on the wall.

17. Turn off location tracking in your device settings, turn location tracking off for major social media apps completely.

18. Set time limits and be very clear about how long they can be online, or they can be watching all kinds of stuff for hours!

19. Teach them the importance of a strong password and not to use the same password for everything.

20. Strategise with your children. Most young people would first turn to their friends for help. We need to teach young people how to support their friends, and while they are young, they must understand that the best way to keep their friends is to speak up. By default, we are teaching them what to do to help themselves at the same time.

Ask them questions like these:

· What would you do if a friend came to you because they are cyber bullied?

· How would you address your friend who is sharing too much information online?

· What do you do if a friend shares an inappropriate photo of themselves? Then define inappropriate.

When you feed this information to a young person so they can support their friends, at the same time, you are teaching them that they can be a leader and someone their friends can count on. As long as they respond to any of those questions with “I would tell you,” you are winning.

However, with older teens, you must always advise when there is absolutely no other option other than to get a parent or a trusted adult involved when the issues are:

· Friends sharing inappropriate photos.

· Friends are going to meet someone they have met online.

· Someone is self-harming or talking about self-harm.

This way, you are giving young people a lot of authority and autonomy, but you are also defining healthy boundaries.

21. If bullying occurs:

· Make sure your child knows not to respond

· Take screenshots or screen record

· Block and report the bully to the app that is happened on

· Support your child

· If the bullying material is not removed within 48hrs report to esafety.gov.au/report or straight to your local police or Crime Stoppers crimestoppers.com.au

From safeonsocial.com

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