Dear Parents and Community Members,
Now that our new school year is underway and we have all begun to settle in, Teera and I as your new Co-Heads of School welcome and wish you all a Happy 2021.
Like all the staff, we were incredibly excited to welcome our students back. It has been so energising to see the enthusiasm with which they are settling back into our rhythms. Listening to the holiday stories, hearing the sounds of singing and play, and of music and happy chatter has been wonderful.
Some of the many special moments of this first fortnight have included our Class 1 Rainbow Bridge Crossing, our new Kindergarten children beginning and morning teas with the parents of Kindergarten and Class 1.
We also loved the sheer joy and enthusiasm shared by students and teachers at our High School Swimming Carnival, and also hearing the news of last year’s Class 12’s and their amazing achievements has been a highlight – we feel incredibly proud of them!
But for me, the biggest highlight has been getting to know the students, the staff and the community.
I have long known that Steiner Education provides a particularly rich environment for whole-person flourishing. In fact, throughout my career I have been inspired by Steiner’s beliefs that
“Our highest endeavour must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves, to impart purpose and direction to their lives.” and that “The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility … are the very nerve of education.”
It is so wonderful getting to know this, my new school, and to see Steiner’s aspirations being lived out in this beautiful community.
Joining this school is a real honour, and I look forward to meeting all of you and making CBRSS my new ‘home.’ My thanks to everyone who has welcomed me so warmly.
Co-Head of School
We are pleased to have had a very good response to our new Parent Mobile App. This will streamline communication between the school and parent community. If you have not yet installed our mobile app please download on the App Store or get it on Google Play by searching “Cape Byron”. For any assistance please visit our help page or contact our ICT department.
We would like to remind you of some of the important changes we are implementing:
- Absentee Reporting is now made very quick and easy through the mobile app. Notify the school for future absences or prior to Morning Circle whenever possible. SMS will be sent to parents of students who have not attended morning circle requesting to notify the school via the app.
- Daily Notices/Calendar Events are now easily accessed through the mobile app. See important notices for the day or upcoming events.
- Push notifications to the mobile app will be used in place of SMS in most cases for organisational reminders and brief one way communications. (please enable)
- SMS will be used to notify parents of student absence and in urgent situations.
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
May you all enjoy rest and recuperation these holidays, we look forward to seeing you in 2021, with love from the CBRSS Staff.
Class 6 Farewell
Class 6 Celebration with Parents
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 email@example.com if you have any questions or would like to contribute in any way.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Class Four Teacher