From the Co-Heads of School

May my soul bloom in love for all existence. – Rudolf Steiner

All the flowers, of all the tomorrows, are in the seeds of today.

At this time of year, as the cold of winter gradually moves away, we feel the warmth of spring bringing a mood of new beginnings. These particular times in the season of new beginnings have not been easy, new beginnings never are. Even so, we are warmed and affirmed by contributing to, sharing and observing how our wonderful school community continues to accomplish amazing things, even though we have not been able to be present altogether on our beautiful school site.  The way in which we come together in both our work, play and interactions day to day, adds to the continuation of supporting and developing a school where what we do today, plants the seeds that come to life in the times that follow.

In feedback from our Teachers, Guardians, Students and Parents in recent weeks, we have heard anecdotes that have warmed our hearts and given us cause to reflect on and feel grateful for what we share together as a school community.

And now, it feels somewhat odd and also exciting that Students and teachers will return back to school on site for the last week of Term 3. We will all have much adjusting to do in moving back into the mode of being together in person in a full class of students again. 

Our grateful, appreciative thanks to our dedicated, necessarily tireless and particularly agile teachers – Kindergarten to Class 12 – who are willing, able and skilled in working in an educational environment of constant change, that is being determined from afar. 

Again, and thankfully, it is time for our whole school community to prepare for the approaching time of well-earned rest…and to collectively breathe out and relax deeply…

May your holidays be happy, safe and filled with lovely, long unscheduled days of rest and rejuvenation, care for others, care for self and enjoyed with family and friends – in person!!!

With Kind thoughts and good wishes

Teera and Paddy

Rose Kindy Home School

In Rose Kindy, friends have been busy making and baking and wishing and fishing.
All With busy hands and happy hearts.

We’ve celebrated 6 year olds, congratulated wobbly teeth finally coming out, said goodbye to winter and welcomed lady spring.

We’ve even had furry friends help us wind our wool!

We’ve missed each other and look forward to all being back together soon as one big happy rosebud family.

Lizzie and Emily

Sunflower Kindergarten News

Ollie’s cake making adventures – Class 4

Hello Naina,
We made your carrot cake recipe and it was an epic cooking adventure!!!!
We ordered all the ingredients from Woolies online.
We kept forgetting to do the day before prep. to leave the dough in a warm place for 12 – 24 hrs….
then one day we got it all together and the cake making was well on its way!!!!
The next day Gramsie started to make the carrot cake – she got up to adding the coconut and we realised we forgot it!
So she hopped in her car and drove all the way to Woolies to buy it and back!
Determined we persisted, although by this time Ollie had had enough of grating the carrots and decided instead to serenade Gramsie
on the guitar! LOLS
We did it though! We achieved the outcome and it was the most delicious carrot cake ever! –
The extra lockdown kilos piled on but we didn’t mind because this was a special carrot cake adventure!
We had yummy carrot cake for days!
Kind regards,
Katie 

Class 9/10 Art Elective @ home learning

Arlo and Aquila’s fishing adventure

From Arlo, Class 10:
It was “Well Being Wednesday” in the High School and Aquila and I had planned to go fishing out in the Bay. We woke up at 6.00am and I ran down to Main Beach where we met and jumped in his Tinny. We motored around chasing schools of Tuna swimming in the Bay. We managed to hook up to a few and they gave us a great fight on our fishing rods. We were pulling hard to get these powerful fish into the boat. All up, after a few hours of chasing these fish down we got two Tuna, one Kingfish and a Snapper. We were super stoked to get those catches as we had a few more on the line, yet, unfortunately, they were taken by sharks just before getting them into the boat. All the fish we managed to catch in these few hours that morning, all before our online school call for Morning Circle! We then went home to surprise our families with fresh fish to eat and enjoy for the next few weeks. That night I made Tuna Ceviche, inspired by Food elective teacher Paddy Nash.

Ingredients for Tuna Ceviche

– Freshly caught long tail tuna, diced into half inch cubes
– Avocado
– red onion
– radish
– garlic
– coriander
– chili
– chives
– mint
– lime juice
– Put all ingredients in a bowl and squeeze lime juice on top, let this sit and marinate while the citrus of the lime will leave the fish cured to perfection. (“This dish is an easy way to impress friends and family,” quote Paddy Nash:)

Welcome to Frida’s online Art lessons.

Today I met some very arty people. I started the gathering off with my most famous quote:

I don’t paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.” Frida

It was so lovely to have Picasso, Andy Warhol and Van Gough (in fact three dropped in!) to stop in for a chat about their artwork. Andy was raving about something deep and meaningful which I just loved.
Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it is good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”
Banksy turned up with his spray can. Even a unicorn popped in from somewhere and a koala – how lucky was I!
I realised how opposite I am to Vincent, for he said,
I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” “Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all.
Even though he was a bit down, I am glad he made it today, it’s good to be amongst friends during this time.

Signing off for now,
See you next time!

Frida Kahlo

CBRSS Chess Club

Please contact Manuela if you have any questions or suggestions. manuelam@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

Reflections on Spring

Humanity needs the support of external Nature, of the external Resurrection in Nature. Humanity needs to see how the plants spring out of the Earth, how the Sun increases in strength, how light and warmth increase in strength once more. Humanity needs the Resurrection in Nature in order to celebrate the thought of the Resurrection. – Rudolf Steiner

From the Co-Heads of School

“Love is higher than opinion. If people love one another the most varied opinions can be reconciled – thus one of the most important tasks for humankind today and in the future is that we should learn to live together and understand one another. If this human fellowship is not achieved, all talk of development is empty.” Rudolf Steiner

In our K-12 Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner school, each day, the core work of our Leadership, Support and Teaching Staff is to inspire, create and support a healthy teaching and learning environment, with our students, at the centre.

Picture by Tanja Nelson

In navigating the continuing uncertainty, complexity and destabilising effects of ‘unprecedented’ times, it is affirming and helpful to be reminded of and reflect on our school’s Mission and Vision…

Our MissionTo provide a nurturing, creative and academic education inspired by the indications of Rudolf Steiner for a healthy social life and the developing human being.

Our VisionTo enable each individual to realise their potential to be self aware, resourceful and resilient, with the empathy, skills, and initiative to make a positive contribution to the world.

And so, every day in our K-12 classrooms and beautiful school grounds, teachers and students are striving to live, learn, create, work and play together; (often with joy and importantly, also sometimes with sorrow); to grow skills allowing us to interact, understand, cooperate and respect each other; to be responsible and considerate; to appreciate difference, uniqueness, harmony, disharmony, agreement, disagreement, to be brave and courageous, to try new things; to care, to be sensitive and perceptive and passionate; to be appreciative, to feel grateful, to become self aware, to reflect, to adjust, to be adaptive, to grow resilience… 

To be kind and giving to others; and to recognise that all of our friends have different families and stories and needs and learning styles and gifts and destinies.

As a class, we work with all of this and much more, day in and day out; in and out of seasons; year by year; through thick and through thin… And in this way, the class journey is experienced together as an authentic continuum, a community of learning. Our students learn how to practice and refine these qualities over time as a collective – for each individual, and for the greater good of the group – growing comfort in navigating their world, moving from chaos to order, fine tuning, harmonising, and growing a deep sense of love and respect for each other along the way. 

This is the gift and the gold of our Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner Education… 

Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility — these three forces are the very nerve of education.

Perhaps Hugh Mackay’s call for a ‘Kindness Revolution’ is a worthy contemplation at this time? 

He describes ‘Kindness’ as the purest form of love and sees kindness as a personal and collective value and activity that can sustain us through times of uncertainty, both as individuals and communities. 

“We are a social species, therefore a cooperative species. 

It’s in our deepest nature to be cooperative…

How are any of us changed by disruption and by a heightened sense of life’s uncertainties? Either we become frustrated and let our frustration boil over into anger and recklessness, or else we think more clearly about what matters to us. We consider which values are worth clinging to. We become more caring, since that’s the inevitable consequence, for most of us, of realising just how interdependent and interconnected we really are.

By modifying our behaviour so radically in response to the prolonged threat of COVID-19, we were showing our care and concern for each other; our willingness to make personal sacrifices for the common good. And those are signs of the purest form of human love: the love that has nothing to do with emotion or affection; the love that says we will treat each other kindly and respectfully regardless of how we happen to feel about each other, because we know that’s the only way a human community can thrive.”

The Kindness Revolution – Hugh McKay

With Kind thoughts and good wishes

Teera and Paddy

A Verse for Our Time from Rudolf Steiner

Lost Property

We have a number of found valuable items such as rings, keys, and pendants sitting in Reception that have yet to find their home. If you have lost any treasures please contact reception and provide a description of what you’ve lost so, if we have it, you can be reunited.

Kindy Sunflower News

Class ONE = Growing and Working TOGETHER.

Y9 & 10 Surfing Elective – Ash Grunwald Guest Speaker

At the end of last term, the Year 9 and 10 Surfing Elective class were fortunate to have Ash Grunwald over as a guest speaker.

Ash spoke in detail about how he hit a roadblock in his musical career and used a growth mindset to take his guitar playing and singing to the next level. Ash, who is an avid surfer, shared many stories and challenged the class to get out of their comfort zones and be ambitious with their goals. The class were stoked to have Ash come and speak and play a few songs.

Tim Waller

Congratulations Kaia – Class 11

Class 11 student Kaia Walton was invited to perform live at the Brisbane City Council’s official Olympic 2032 bid launch as the closing act which was a huge honour. This picture was taken over the holidays when Kaia opened for The QUBE Effect Awards for which he was a finalist.

CBRSS Chess Club

Please contact Manuela if you have any questions or suggestions. manuelam@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au