What tumultuous times we are living in! Things are changing so quickly that it is hard to have any certainty from day to day – and yet we must find our ‘anchor’ and ground in the knowledge that we will get through this time. As we near the autumn equinox, we are also at the time when we focus on the message of St Michael – and this is a message about finding the strength and courage we all have.
Please know that, as a school community, we are walking through this together. I am needing to make decisions I have never had to make before and these all weigh heavily – but please know that at the absolute centre of all, is the need to do the very best we can for our children. Thank you for your patience and support, we do have the courage to see this through.
Please note that the waiting list for Kindergarten in 2021 is already extensive with many more applicants than places available.
THIS DOES NOT APPLY IF YOUR CHILD IS ALREADY ON THE WAITING LIST FOR KINDER IN 2021. IF YOU ARE NOT SURE WHETHER YOUR CHILD IS ON THE LIST PLEASE SEARCH YOUR EMAILS FOR A CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM ENROLMENTS AND ONLY CONTACT THE ENROLMENTS OFFICE IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ONE.
RCM workdays have been postponed until further notice. We will be reviewing the RCM requirements as things progress.
March 21 is the midpoint between the Southern Hemisphere’s summer and winter solstices, it is also known as the autumn equinox and for us, it is when the festival of Michaelmas is celebrated. Michaelmas is the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel. The Archangel Michael is one of the principal angelic warriors, seen as a protector against the dark of night, and the administrator of cosmic intelligence.
The season of Michaelmas asks us to be thankful for the plentiful harvest of the preceding year and to face the approaching darkness of winter with courage in order to meet the darker days and places in ourselves symbolised by the dragon. The fire and fury of the dragon are strong in the world presently and increasingly so with each passing day it seems. We are called to face these challenging times with Michaelic courage to tame the dragon.
Rudolf Steiner said that the outer conflict of Michael and the Dragon was transferred to the inner human being because only in human nature can the Dragon now find its sphere of action. Thus, we are called to face our own darkness with courage and light. It is even time to question: when we find the “enemy” in the outer world, are we just avoiding facing him in ourselves? And also: how can one be a “peaceful warrior,” taking a stand with courage for a higher truth?
At this time stories of good versus evil or light versus dark are often told to illuminate the balance of light and dark that we all must strive towards mastering.
Here are some ideas for observing the festival and the season at home:
• Learn Michaelmas songs and verses.
• Create a Seasonal Nature Table depicting St. Michael and the Dragon. You could display autumn leaves, small pumpkins and gourds to represent the harvest.
• Tell stories about St. Michael or St. George and the Dragon.
• Do fun outdoor activities that require strength, courage and bravery.
As adults, we can use this time to focus on our own inner work and spiritual growth. Take time for meditation and journal writing, and think about the areas in which we would like to grow.
Some verses for children
Brave and True (this is a nice verse to recite while marching out the rhythm.)
Brave and true I will be
Each good deed sets me free.
Each kind word makes me strong.
I will fight for the right,
I will conquer the wrong.
Earth grows dark and fear is lurking,
O St. Michael, Heaven’s knight,
Go before us now and lead us,
Out of darkness, into light.
We wish everyone strength and courage this Michaelmas season, may all your dragons be tamed!
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A selection of Autumn watercolour paintings done by Class 6 with Eleni.
Year 9’s early 20th century Modern Art Main Lesson have been learning the history behind this incredibly inventive time of individuals and groups who not only made art practice available for everyone but which is still having an effect on art, architecture, fashion, theatre, furniture and ceramics. In conjunction with this, they have been exploring the actual art techniques using different paint materials and clay modelling. The photos show their exploration of expressionism which was an art movement that painted their own subjective experiences onto the portraits they observed using bold colour, emotional moods and gestural strokes.
Y10 will be encountering many different art movements during this four week ML
The groundbreaking controversial abstract expressionist drip paintings by Jackson Pollock and The spin paintings of Damien Hirst both of which the artist did not touch the canvas with a brush…
Appropriation art using art from the past and adding collage discreetly to change the mood of the artwork as in these 17/18th C engravings
Art Brut (Raw Art) was a movement that looked at children’s art and people in mental institutions who painted naively. The students are asked to draw with their non-dominant hands.
They will be researching a whole variety of contemporary artists and their artwork
At this autumn festival of Michael there should grow in you everything that goes against love of ease, against anxiety, and makes for the unfolding of inner initiative and free, strong, courageous will. The Festival of strong will — that is how we should conceive of the Michael Festival. – Rudolf Steiner
I am always amazed when autumn arrives here, it seems as though someone has flicked a switch and suddenly we see the features of autumn turn up. Cloudy skies, slightly cooler nights, mist on the hillsides – it is somewhat of a relief after the heat and frenetic activity of summer.
This week we have enacted our school planned response to the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Australia. Whilst there are no confirmed cases in the Byron community yet, it is better that we are prepared and following best practice as the situation seems to be changing daily.
I have sent emails out to all parents with details about this, however, the main point is that children who are showing signs of fever, sore throat, cough or runny nose should not come to school. We are asking for the community to really support us in this as we often have children coming to school who are unwell and should be staying at home.
I do understand how very difficult this can be for working parents, however, in this instance, it would be great if we could all prioritise the health and wellbeing of our whole community in this.
The other side of this situation is the mounting anxiety in our community and we need to work with this by being as calming and reassuring as we can. Children can very quickly pick up on adult anxiety and, certainly, there is a lot of very dramatic information being shared via the media and discussed around many kitchen tables (much of it inaccurate). The current lack of toilet paper on supermarket shelves is a perfect example of the very human, heightened response to the information being shared. For young children, try to keep the discussion about this to a minimum, focus on normal routines and provide reassurance when needed.
As we move into this autumn time, with so much happening around us, it is worth remembering the beautiful Michaelic Verse:
We must eradicate from the soul
All fear and terror of what comes towards us out of the future.
We must acquire serenity
In all feelings and sensations about the future.
We must look forward with absolute equanimity
To everything that may come.
And we must think only that whatever comes
Is given to us by a world-directive full of wisdom.
It is part of what we must learn in this age,
namely, to live out of pure trust,
Without any security in existence.
Trust in the ever present help
Of the spiritual world.
Truly, nothing else will do
If our courage is not to fail us.
And let us seek the awakening from within ourselves
Every morning and every evening.
Last week we emailed all families regarding the Australian Governments request for current residential address details. Included with the email was a letter from the Australia Government outlining the reasons for the collection, this letter is also below for your reference. Please refer to that email for information regarding the process for updating your address where relevant.
The links in the letter do not work because it is a picture, these are active links in order of how they appear in the letter for your convenience.
https://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/D3310114.nsf/4a256353001af3ed4b2562bb00121564/9099c77cb979d55 (this is a copy of the link provided but the page can’t be found)
For enquiries or to register please email
The daytime course runs in Term 1 & 2 on Thursday mornings from 9.15 am to 11.15 am
The evening course runs in Term 3 on Tuesday evenings from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm
Since the start of 2015 Sol Circle has met on Tuesday evenings during term time. Sol Circle is for past and present members of the CBRSS community who wish to deepen their understanding of Anthroposophy.
For enquiries or to register please email
The High School is in need of some working film cameras for the Photography department. If you have any that you would be happy to donate please hand into the office or directly to Katie Alleva.
Byron Shire Council are again running the Small Change grants program for youth, where young people can apply for up to $1000 towards a project that meets the funding criteria.
OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS
Council recognises and values the contribution that young people bring to the Byron Shire community with their energy, ideas, perspectives and liveliness. The aim of the grants program is to supports young people to participate in community life: having a voice, joining in and gaining experience in leadership roles.
Young people aged between 15 and 25 are invited to apply for a small grant to help fund a project that will benefit young people in Byron Shire. Young people need to be auspiced by an organisation, must live in the Byron Shire and must deliver the project in Byron Shire. For further information including assessment criteria and an application form see Council’s website
Enquiries to: Joanne McMurtry 02 6626 7316 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications close: 9 am Friday 3 April 2020
Contact Chris email@example.com
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