A big congratulations to the Year 8 students on producing some wonderful Tobias projects this year. Tobias is a year long design based project for all Year 8 students. Students are strongly encouraged to find a mentor outside of school to help guide them through this process. We spend 1 hour a week in class formulating a project proposal, developing, analysing ideas and evaluating design projects.
A huge heart felt thankyou to all the mentors in the community who helped guide Year 8 students throughout the year. We know it is a huge commitment and we also send a lot of gratitude for the work you put in. Some of the projects produced are of industry standard and it was a wonderful presentation night. Brooke did a wonderful job preparing these students for their confident and entertaining speeches.
Peter & Brooke
2016 saw our Year 9 students working on various projects as part of their community service program. One of their aims was to raise money to purchase equipment for Birthing Kits Foundation Australia.
This week Shannon Morris and three midwives came to assist Year 9 in putting 600 packs together.
These kits will be distributed to remote regions of developing countries with the assistance of a health professional who gives instructions on how to use the kits correctly and dispose of the waste safely. Giving women hygienic births and decreasing infant and maternal mortality.
During Advent, we can deepen our relationship to the world around us through recognising the strength and beauty in all the four kingdoms of the natural world.
The first week is related to the mineral kingdom, the physical foundation for life. The mineral world gives us a fixed basis for our ever-changing existence. Without the mineral world we would have no ground to stand on. The second week focuses on the plant kingdom, from which we receive nourishment from living forces. Earth, rain, light and warmth create a balance of growth and decay. The plant world has life that distinguishes it from the mineral world. It is life itself which human beings share with the plants. The third week focuses on the kingdom of beasts. We share our capacity for movement and feelings with the animal kingdom. In this week of Advent we are reminded of our relationship with the birds, beasts and other members of the animal kingdom and how they reflect our most basic soul states. The fourth week of Advent speaks of the human being. All the kingdoms of nature contribute to our existence. We all have mineral, plant and animal aspects surrounding and supporting the flame of our individual human spirit, this flame that is the essence of what it is to be human.
The verse below is attributed to Rudolf Steiner, acknowledging the natural world at the time of Advent:
The first light of Advent is the light of stone-
Stones that live in crystals, seashells, and bones.
The second light of Advent is the light of plants-
Plants that reach up to the sun and in the breezes dance.
The third light of Advent is the light of beasts-
All await the birth, from the greatest and in least.
The fourth light of Advent is the light of humankind-
The light of hope, that we may learn to love and understand.
Primary students participated in swimming classes at Mullumbimby Petria Thomas pool over the past weeks and the continuity of this program has been a great success. The head instructor commented that on average, our school had an extremely high level of swim skills and ability.
A reminder for parents to put their child’s swimming ability in the medical section of the Parent Lounge for their child.
The Epic of Gilgamesh is the oldest surviving written story, 4000 yrs old. It tells of a tyrant King, Gilgamesh, who is overcome by friendship and loss and embarks on an existential journey to avoid suffering and death. The children first heard the story in our Ancient Persia main lesson and then, with the help of Jude, transformed it into a play full of improvised music, choreographed dance and drama. Annually putting together a production like this is akin to going on camp or the heroes journey – we leave behind the ordinary, say yes to the call of adventure, meet trials and tribulations, pick up the sword after failures and offer the elixir of our work to the school and parent audience. Through the process we become a different, more connected class.
Come along this Friday for our students musical Christmas performance at 1.30pm, which will be held in the amphitheater. Then swing by our special Christmas Market extravaganza straight after, where there will be plenty of handmade gifts to purchase, activities for adults and children, and yummy foods to eat.
Please make sure you stop by Class 2’s extra special Christmas activity to make a Christmas Wreath.
From 20 December 2016, the Private Vehicle Conveyance (PVC) subsidy will be phased out and replaced with the new School Drive Subsidy. Changes are outlined in the attached SDS Quick Guide PDF, or you can pick up a brochure from reception.
What is the School Drive Subsidy? In 2017 the new subsidy will available to parents or guardians who drive students to school or a public transport pick up point.
A nature and art based school holiday program for children aged 7 -13.
Activities include meeting the horses. Leading, grooming and general care of horses and ponies. Problem solving and obstacle courses involving horses. Supervised riding where appropriate. Painting, sculpting and camp-fire cooking. Facilitated by a registered primary teacher/equine assisted learning practitioner
Dates: Dec 20th – Jan 19th 2017
Time: 9am – 3pm
Cost $75/day $50/Half day
Discount – 3 or more days, more than 1 child per family
Enquiries and bookings please call Ann 0421952035 or email email@example.com
Registration is available online from 1 January 2017 for ages 5-10 years www.netsetgo.asn.au or 11-100 years www.mynetball.com.au
Bangalow: Wed 8th & 15th Feb 2017 3.30pm to 5.30pm. Bangalow Bowling Club. For more info Contact Ellie 0429 855 399
Byron Bay: Thur 9th Feb 2017 4pm to 5-30pm at Byron Rec Grounds. For more info Contact Brooke 0418 628 353 Nichole 0427 948 749.
Main Arm: Contact Noreen 0438 181 219 or Sarah 6684 1487 by the 9th Feb 2017.
Mullumbimby: 11th Feb 2017 9 to 11am at Brunswick Byron Clubhouse. For more info Contact Narelle 6684 3870
Ocean Shores: 11th Feb 2017 9 to 11am at Ocean Shores Shopping Village. For more info Contact Joanne 6680 1857 ah or Janine 6680 5067 ah or 0438 649 061
Come and try day 11 February 2017 at the netball courts Byron Street Mullumimby from 9:00am to 11:00am for those that want to see what netball is all about.
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What a wonderful week we have had this week. There have been many activities happening across the school and we have also received some very exiting news.
I am really pleased to let you know that we have been notified that we have received Capital Grants funding from the Commonwealth government so that we can build a new Science and Mathematics Innovation Centre in the High School. The building will have two Science labs as well as some flexible teaching and learning spaces in the upper level. Whilst there are still a lot of design and approval processes to step through, we hope that building will begin in the first half of next year. I will keep you regularly updated on progress in relation to this exciting project.
Our Kindergarten parents met this week and were introduced to their new Class One Teacher for 2017. We are really excited that Anna Weatherstone will be taking up this position. Anna is a young Steiner Teacher who has been working in our school both as a relief teacher and also as an classroom assistant for some time now and is ready to step up into the important role of Class Teacher.
In the Primary School there have been a range of camps, sleepovers and plays happening over the last couple of weeks, with more to come in the remaining weeks of the term.
In the High School, we have had some wonderful news from our 2016 HSC students, please see Katie’s HSC Update report for further details. Our Year 7 students enjoyed a terrific day out kayaking (with some very friendly dolphins joining them for a while) as a part of their Wish, Wonder and Surprise Main Lesson whilst our Year 9 students have had a wonderful week out sailing and kayaking at Noosa Heads.
With all this activity and enjoyment of the sunshine and longer days, we are definitely moving towards the time of the year where we are drawn towards the experience of the external light (we can feel a bit ‘out of ourselves’ during these warmer months). Tanja Nelson (Chair of the P&F) has kindly provided us with an article which reflects on how we experience and celebrate the light as we move towards Advent. The article is printed later in this Bulletin for your information.
We would like to warmly welcome the following families to the school:
The Djula and Colvin family, with Claudia Colvin in Year 10.
The Ben Harush family, with Naomi in Class 5, sister to Omri in Year 12.
Apologies for last bulletin, D’arcy and Romany Woods are in the reverse classes, D’Arcy in Year 10 and Romany in Year 8
We welcome you to our school community and hope you and your family find your time with us enriching and enjoyable.
As Deputy Principal, I am thrilled to announce some of the amazing successes of the leaving Year 12 students.
We have had a Drama Major Project Group Piece nominated and SELECTED for OnStage in Sydney. This means their piece was one of the best in the state. Congratulations to Inez Brooks, Lee-El Vaknin, Indiarose Thomas and Joey Dillon – very talented and creative students. Congratulations also to Eva Brown as their dedicated teacher.
We had 3 beautiful Visual Arts Major Works nominated for Art Express in Sydney. These students nominated are Hannah Richards, Esme Heath and Indra De Saxe. Congratulations also to Katie Alleva for her teaching and inspiration as their HSC Visual Arts teacher.
Some students have already received early entry into courses for next year and we are very excited to have been offered such wonderful opportunities.
Results come out mid December but many of our students are already winners!
Congratulations to you all.
Indra De Saxe
Congratulations to Jet in Year 12 and Avryl in Year 9 who applied to represented our school in the Questacon invention convention, after their visit last term and have successfully been awarded a five day all expenses paid trip to Canberra this Christmas.
The theme of this Questacon Invention Convention is REUSE, RE-PURPOSE, RECYCLE – it’s all about breaking down everyday things and building them into something new to solve a problem.
That’s 2 students out of 25 from the state!
Congratulations to Jet and Avryl and our Science faculty, especially James.
Our HSC English Extension class was lucky enough to have Sarah Armstrong, published author and parent of a Kindy child, come to our class. Sarah shared some writing exercises with us and gave us many useful tips for writing and creating our Major Work compositions.
We are hoping Sarah will come back and share our progress!
Class 4 enjoyed a wonderful camp at Lake Ainsworth in Lennox Head.
The accommodation was 5 star, as was the gourmet food created by Craig and the parent body.
We shared many adventures together, including having fun canoeing, rock climbing, snorkelling, swimming in the pool, building sand sculptures etc..
I had no idea when I packed the cricket equipment that it would be the focus for adults and children alike, and now looking at the poor showing of the Australian Cricket Team, I’m sure we could have done a lot better against the South Africans.
Our skit night was a revelation of much talent and laughter. Also, another spectacular performance was the arrival of a ‘lightning show’, which entertained us in awe for hours on end from the balconies of our cabins.
A big thank you to Anna Weatherstone and all the volunteer parents (Zac, Mason, Michio, Frances and Craig) who helped make this camp the success that it was.
A number of classes have been assisting our neighbour to plant 11,000 trees to create a continuous wildlife corridor from the Byron Escarpment to the Belongil Forest.
This will incorporate our Melaleuca Forest, to the north of the school that we planted some 10 years ago.
As part of the process Ben from “Eco Recharge” talked with the students about species selection, growth patterns & tree life, wildlife habitat & correct tree planting & mulching techniques.
Most students found it a rewarding experience and looked forward to seeing, in the future, the school nestled within a beautiful local endemic forest.
Eco Recharge has also planted approximately 50,000 trees along the Byron Escarpment behind the school. At the same time eliminating invasive weed species from the area.
It was a pleasure to be involved in this project, which was facilitated by a parent of the school who is managing the project. He came to us with the proposal after attending our Master Plan Presentation & World Café on parent involvement in the school. He saw how elements of their project overlapped elements of our Master Plan & recognised opportunities for collaboration.
This has also led to us being able to expand our playing field, providing much needed activity space. Some drainage work yet to be done.
Class Two children had their first school camp experience with a sleepover on the oval next to the COLA. We pitched tents after school on Friday and in the early evening the children and I went to night class to make thank you cards. After that we explored the grounds to meet some of the local wildlife. We discovered that there are a lot of cane toads that gather in the drain outside the movement room. In the meantime the parents had rigged up a camp kitchen in the COLA and had prepared a sumptuous shared meal. Everyone had a reasonable night’s sleep and there were lots of smiles and happy faces after breakfast when the children sang songs and gave their special card to their parent.