Winter has arrived with a blast this week! I think we were all lulled into a false sense of security by the unseasonably warm May weather. It seems perhaps that many of us were caught unaware, I know I have certainly seen some shivering children in the playground wearing shorts or t-shirts (and a few shivering staff in light weight clothes). It is so hard to understand the weather at the moment that I would strongly recommend that people wear layers every day. Rudolf Steiner had quite a lot to say about the importance of warmth, particularly around the organs. I have discovered the best option for me is to wear a sleeveless vest (daggy, I know, but it keeps me warm).
I have had a few people approach me over the last week asking where they can purchase a copy of Annie Barrett’s new book, “A School’s Journey – Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School”. The book details the wonderful history of our school, from its first days at Bangalow and is available from Reception for $15 a copy.
We are now moving towards the very busy last part of term. Preparations are well underway for our Winter Festivals, please look out for more detailed information as we draw closer to the date. Our Year 7 students are currently out on camp (experiencing the winter chill of Western NSW) with Year 8 to follow soon. Our year 9 and 10 students are working towards the elective showcase night and Class 5 and 6 parents are busy preparing for the annual bush dance, which will be held on the last night of term.
Preparations are also well underway for our school to host the Steiner Education Australia National Teachers’ Conference in the first week of the term break. My involvement with Steiner Education Australia meant I was in the right place at the right time to offer our school as the site for this important and prestigious conference. Apart from having the honour of welcoming guests from across Australia and overseas to our wonderful school, we have the added benefit of having a major Steiner Teachers’ Conference on our own turf, enabling all of our teachers to attend. There are some excellent speakers at the conference, if you are interested in attending please see the Steiner Education Australia website for details (I believe the earlybird price closes this weekend).
I will be away from school for the next two weeks as I am having some minor surgery and unfortunately this means I will miss the Winter Festival (I won’t quite be back on my feet by then). I will be thinking of you all on the night. Teera will be Acting Principal in my absence and Penny, my PA, will manage my emails and calls. I look forward to returning, fit and well, in a couple of weeks.
What Happens When Your Child Arrives Late to School?
* Your child misses the very important opportunity to settle into the day
* Your child misses connecting with the Class Teacher or Guardian and sharing the verse with the class
* Your child may miss important instructions or information for the day
* Your child’s late entry may disrupt other students
* Your child’s teacher has to re-settle the class and individually catch your child up on any information already shared
* Your child may feel that their whole day has got off to a bad start
* Our reception staff have to spend time manually updating databases and signing your child in.
Please help your child and help their teacher and class by ensuring they arrive on time to school each day. As traffic can be unpredictable, please leave enough time to get through the traffic and still arrive on time.
What Happens When You Take Your Child Away From School During Term Time?
* Your child misses essential learning content
* Your child misses out on developing and consolidating skills
* Your child misses out on important events in the social development of the class
* Your child feels the stress of having to catch up on missed work
* Your child’s teacher feels the stress of having to catch your child up on missed work
* Your child can feel that they are “behind the rest of the class”
* Your child drops out of any group work or class projects, not only missing the experience but also letting classmates down
* You do not fulfill your legal obligation to send your child to school.
We are getting an increasing amount of applications for large amounts of leave so that families can holiday outside term time. This is having a serious impact on learning and not only impacts on your child, but also impacts the teacher and the rest of the class. We are very clear in the enrolment process that we expect students to attend school during term time and ask parents not to schedule holidays during term time. Please support your child and the school by holding off on holidays and overseas trips until school holidays.
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.
Classes 3-12 Friday 21st of June – Bangalow for approximately a 5pm start.
Classes K – 2 Thursday 27th of June at CBRSS: 9am Kindy Spiral, 10am Class 1 Spiral, 11.30am Class 2 Spiral in the Movement Room. 5pm for singing, fire and a lantern walk
For more detailed information keep an eye on your email.
These events are for the CBRSS community only.
At the Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School in the Hall!
‘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
A number of Mum’s in Class 4 decided to get involved in a really fun event where they will be dancing at the Byron Bay Community Center in a Dancing with the Stars like competition to raise money for the Cancer Council on the 7th of June at 6pm.
The Seven Sassy Sisters are made up of Jen Henderson, Skai Daly, Kimberly Tharge, Sarah Sykes, Suzie Smith, Laurie Collins and their professional dance teacher is Kyla Blacksmith.
“We are dancing with Jane in our hearts and our other friends who have been touched by cancer.”
Ways you can support us!
Buy tickets and watch us strut our sassy stuff. It will be a really fun night out … adults only.. Byron Theatre at the Theatre box office or at https://byroncentre.com.au/event/stars-of-byron-shire-dance-for-cancer-presented-by-cancer-council/?instance_id=25163
We are meant to try and raise $10,000 as a group! Yikes. We’d be so grateful if you could help us reach this goal by generously donating. You can do that directly here. It’s tax free!!!
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
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!
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.
King Winter has arrived, visiting the lands and the towns. In Kindergarten we have been making warm lemon tea to share as we begin our days together. Thank you to our family farmers who provide us with the lemons each day.
Year 12 Students headed down to the University of New England for two days of lectures and practical workshops for a full University emersion experience. Students stayed on campus in the halls of residence. Students had access to the most amazing equipment and University level lectures. To give you an example: In one of the biology workshops, students used electrophoresis to DNA fingerprint four suspects at a murder scene. In another session, students investigate the cause for infection by collecting a sample of pus and investigating its response to catalase and gram stain. Armed with the knowledge of the bacteria properties they were able to select the most effective remedy by observing bacterial inhibition zones. In chemistry, students competed in the National titration competition and use an absorption spectrometer to analyse ppm of lead in paint.
It was a long drive but a great experience both socially and academically.
This week the Society and Culture class visited Sydney for 2 days to tour the Lakemba Mosque and participate in the HSC Society and Culture study day. We spent 3 1/2 hours at the mosque with our guide Tata, learning all about the origins of Islam, devotional practices including the 5 daily prayers (Salat) and observing the belief system in practice. We were fortunate to visit during Ramadan, a time of fasting, forgiveness and introspection. Whilst at the mosque we were welcomed warmly by the community and invited to observe midday prayers and 2 funerals. We were all very moved by the call to prayer, followed by readings in Arabic from the Q’oran, the congregation moving in unison to bend and stand.
The following day the class attended the Society and Culture study day. These days are excellent opportunities for HSC students to prepare for their upcoming exams, with lectures full of advice, examples and tips for success. As it was reconciliation week the organisers included a dance performance by local indigenous group Albert David and Ensemble. Kasey-Joe and Yani joined in when asked for audience volunteers and were most impressive!
The strength people need to proceed along the path of human development can come only from the spiritual worlds. – Rudolf Steiner
As you are no doubt aware, we are holding a very special celebration tomorrow evening to celebrate 100 years of Steiner Education as well as the wonderful 30 year history of our own school. This will be an exciting evening for our school community with amazing food (catered by the Open Table) as well as an incredible night of music by Pete Hunt and his big band. This will be another great opportunity for our school community to come together in a relaxed environment to celebrate (children are welcome).
One of the highlights of the evening will be the launch of Annie Barrett’s new book, “A School’s Journey – Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School.” Annie has been working on this labour of love for several years now and has produced a beautiful book which tells the rich story of our school’s history.
I strongly encourage you to come along for the evening – bring family and friends and join with us in celebrating. There is no need to pre-book, tickets will be available at the door.
Term 2 school fees are due today – Friday 24th of May 2019. 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.
Julia & Strawberry
- Hold hands with your child when crossing the road until they are at least 10 years old
- Children need to be actively supervised in and around traffic.
- If your hands are full, make sure your child holds onto a trolley or pram, your bag, or even your arm or sleeve.
- Set a good example
- Children are always watching – they want to be grown up and be just like older children and adults. Make sure you always set a good example for your child around traffic. Talk with children about traffic and road safety
- As you are walking, talk with your child about why you are stopping, and what you are looking and listening for. Explain to your child where it is safer to cross the road and why.