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From the Principal

Greetings to Parents and Friends

In the air, all around just now, there is such a wonderful feeling of increasing warmth and excited quickening, to which the birds and the cicadas are also noisily contributing.

As always, at this very fulsome time of year, it feels like the collective challenge for us all, is to strive for calm, centredness, and a sense of balance, as we reflect on and celebrate the culmination of a year of growth, work, effort, activity and the general navigation of our life path.

This Term (4), continues to feel particularly full for staff and students, given it is short and being only 9 weeks. With the easing of some Covid restrictions, we have been allowed and hence, have needed to crowd most of our camps, excursions, plays and other events, which are usually spaced throughout the year, into this brief time.

As a staff, in true resilient style, we have risen to the challenge and facilitated 7 Class Camps this term, in addition to many excursions, Primary swimming, several Class Plays, Class Parent Meetings which included Melanie Deefholts presenting valuable Parent Education sessions and much more.

As always, we have also proudly and affectionately farewelled our amazing Year 12 graduating students (see photos following in this Bulletin) and the Primary school will soon farewell the Class 6 Students, as they move towards ‘crossing the bridge’ to High School next year.

Our Kindergarten children are also busily working to finish their craft bags which will travel with them when they cross the ‘Rainbow Bridge’ to Class 1 next year and they will together enjoy a Festival of Christmas celebrating the Gifts of Love and Peace, on the last day of term: Friday 11 December 2020.

We are thankful that we have been able to invite parents to join us in person for some of our special Class events this term, and in these times, we also hugely appreciate that we continue to feel the support of all of our wonderful parents from afar.

Best wishes and strength to all

Teera

Start using the School app

This is the first in a series of How-to posts where we will be providing tips to Parents to help get the most out of the new school app.

Earlier this Term we rolled out our new School app. Basically this is a piece of software that can be run on a smart phone or iPad and is designed to be a central hub for communications from the school to our parent community and for parents to manage their accounts here at the school. Some of the things parents can do from the app include; view push notifications that may contain urgent information, view student calendars to see what events and classes are coming up, access Parent Lounge to approve excursions and update contact information or medical information and notify the school of any upcoming absentee days.

If you haven’t started using the school app yet here are some simple steps to get you going.

  1. If you are reading this on a computer, open you iPhone camera and point it at the QR Code below. Or if you are currently on your iPhone, tap the QR Code. This will link you directly to the app in the Apple app store where you can download and open the app.
  2. When you have the app on your phone you will be asked to login, this will be your Parent Code and Password that were emailed to you. If you cant find the email or the password doesn’t work, give the school a call or send an email.
  3. Once you have logged-in (depending the the type of phone) you maybe give the option to enable Face ID  or Touch ID, this is useful as you dont need to repeatedly enter your password.
  4. You should now be on the home screen of the app. This has a series of icons that will link you to different areas of interest.
  5. A good start is to go to settings (cog in the top right) and select Subscriptions > Year Levels > and tick only the Year Levels of your children. This will target the notifications that you receive to the ones most relevant to you.

Accept Excursions in School app

Reporting Student Absence

Missing emails?

Some parents have reported that they are not receiving all email communications from the school. If you have confirmed that we have the correct email address on file, and that emails are being sent to you (we can check a log of outgoing emails) the issue could be with your email filters. An email client can incorrectly mark legitimate email as spam and either block the email or hide it from your inbox. The best solution is to Whitelist any email coming from capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au If you need some directions, this webpage has some good tips, just select the software that you use and follow the steps. If you still dont receive emails, contact the school and ask to speak to our ICT department.

Lost Property

The Lost Property Box has been very hungry lately! Please come and check his tummy to see if he has eaten any of your things!!!

Year 12 Graduation

The Principal’s Year 12 Graduation Speech 2020

It is a great pleasure to be here with you all on this special day and to honour you, our wonderful Graduating Class of 2020. I also feel particularly proud having known and observed many of you, as you have journeyed, grown and changed through the years from Kindergarten to Year 12.

A key aspect of our job as Steiner Educators is to find ways to​ remove hindrances​ for our students, so that they can grow, learn, dream and reach for their stars.
It is this that teachers strive for, in providing creative and enabling educational environments, so that all of our students may flourish, grow confidence and skill in themselves as learners, and ultimately mature into fine young people. And as you sit before us today, we can see that you have indeed become a graduating class of very fine young people and the kind of class that every teacher dreams of growing.

And now that you are old enough to understand I thought I would share with you, a mini explanation of the uniqueness and some of the reasons we do what we do here at Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School and maybe a little bit of what lies behind all the colours of the rainbow at ‘Steiner’

In a nutshell, Steiner Teachers understand that children learn differently at different ages and stages.

Picture this….You are 5 years old in Kindergarten….
You learn best through play….think sandpit, dress-ups, block construction, tree climbing and you learn with your whole body through imitation. Your Kindergarten teachers understand this and offer nourishment to this powerful imitative impulse within you, in an atmosphere of calm and predictable rhythm; Monday drawing, Tuesday painting, Wednesday cooking, Thursday handwork, Friday outside day, your Kindergarten teachers tell you stories, sing songs, bake bread, show you how to sew, twist, and felt wool and you learn how to interact, take turns, wait and help….eventually in harmony with others.

Picture this….you are 6 years old when you enter Class 1 and you journey through the years so that you are 12 years old in Class 6. From the ages of 6 to 12 you learn best by forming a strong feeling and imaginative connection to the lesson content presented by your teachers. Your Primary teachers understand this and offer a learning environment filled with an artistic and warm classroom approach (think colours of the rainbow); they tell you stories, sing, play music, engage you in drawing, writing and modelling, and rhythm and repetition in all subjects. Your teachers observe that such warmth in your learning environment provides you with a foundation for clear thought and moral strength later on and in these years, you thrive surrounded by the calm authority of your teachers, who strive to be reliable and nurturing.

Picture this….you are 13 in Year 7 and you journey through the High School years. Now as an adolescent you begin to build a future intellectual life learning best through questioning, testing and later analysing and comparing. Your High School teachers understand this and they design activities that require you to engage in self reflection and critical observation rather than simple immersion and activity and in senior years, your teachers set increasingly complex work that builds your capacity towards an adult skill set. However, your High School teachers know you still learn best in an atmosphere of respect, trust and continuity, surrounded by adults who can provide fine role models of creative problem-solving and respectful interaction.

Picture this…….you finally arrive at the finish line of Year 12 and here you are! Your effort, enthusiasm, focus, determination and persistence have served you well.

Know that you have achieved great things and that the fruits of your work have filled us with joy, awe, wonder and great excitement for what will come towards you, and from you, into the future.

May you relish and savour the wonderful feeling of satisfaction that such completion and accomplishment can bring and may you also now find the balance and the space in between and seek some well deserved rest and relaxation when you can.

We hope we have given you the time, space, creativity, skill and inspiration, to always be able to learn whatever you wish to learn, to know yourselves well, to have a developing deep sense of your destiny and of your many possible life-pathways, and ultimately, to come to know your own true purpose and place in the world, with a sense of comfort and confidence, for now and forever.

May your presence, ideas and contributions make the world a better place and may you build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung!

 

Class 1- 6 Farewell Year 12

Class 1- 6 students offered beautiful verses, poems and songs to honour the Year 12 Graduating Class and to remind them of their Primary School Journey.

P&F Christmas Raffle Fabulous Prize Packages

P&F Christmas Raffle is now underway! This year it will be an online raffle, with some truly fantastic prizes. Or if you prefer to use cash please print out this attachment.

Thank you for supporting our school’s only P&F fundraiser for 2020. The more tickets sold, the more money we’ll raise to support our School community and our students.

Please help Class 3 and P&F continue to support the heart and soul of our School community through:

  • Supporting students through funding of resources that enhance their educational experience and personal development
  • Overseeing social and fundraising events
  • Hosting workshops and information for parents

With thanks,

Class 3 Raffle Coordinators

From The CBRSS Parents and Friends Association (P and F)

On Monday, October 26 the P and F had the privilege of hosting a very special guest speaker, Lisa Devine, via zoom from Sydney. Lisa’s one hour presentation entitled, ‘From Resignation to Regeneration – Fostering enthusiasm for life as a healing force in an anxious world’ was recorded for those who were unable to attend and we would recommend it to parents with children of all ages. It is an uplifting conversation reflecting on our current times and it contains beautiful gems of anthroposophical wisdom. Lisa refers to Steiner Schools being an oasis for social transformation and a place where students can ‘breathe out’.

We recommend that all CBRSS parents take some time to listen to this presentation as Lisa is highly regarded in the Steiner community and has gentle suggestions for ways we can navigate through these challenging times. Available exclusively through the CBRSS parent App, please look for this recording under links, it is called Lisa Devine talk.

CBRSS Reconciliation Action Plan

We have made significant progress in our CBRSS Reconciliation Action Plan and have now had our RAP published with the official Reconciliation Action Plan website called Narragunnawali. Narragunnawali (pronounced narra-gunna-wally) is a word from the language of the Ngunnawal people, Traditional Owners of the land on which Reconciliation Australia’s Canberra office is located, meaning alive, wellbeing, coming together and peace. With input from the Arakwal Corporation, the Parent Body, Teachers and Students we have created a Vision statement below for our school. The RAP working group met numerous times in Term 2 and discussed the direction and actions we plan to take as a school working towards reconciliation.

It has been great to have additional members join the group from the parent body with Poppy Walker and from the student body with Pearl Andrews bringing some great ideas and enthusiasm to the working group. Pearl has been busy engaging with the SRC (Student Representative Council) and the Year 12 students to create an amazing sign that will bring awareness of the sacred land our school inhabits.

Some of the action points we are working towards as a school are; engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in the classroom, embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures into the curriculum, Cultural Competence for Staff to build and extend knowledge and understanding, reconciliation projects, celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander significant events, build relationships with Community, Acknowledgement of Country, visibly demonstrate Respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures, care for Country, action against Racism, inclusive policies and celebrating our RAP progress. This can all be found in our published CBRSS Poster attached.

If you want to get involved with the RAP working group, please get in contact with Peter. peterp@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

CBRSS Vision Statement
Our vision is to create and nurture our special place of learning, with care, so that all people can develop understanding and respect for the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, identities, culture and histories.

We proudly respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as descendents of the oldest continuing culture on earth and we celebrate their continuing inspiring wisdom, influence and connection to Country, agriculture, architecture, the arts and society, as we strive to live and walk together on our learning journey towards a more equal and respectful future.
In this place, on land, under sky and by the sea, we will always embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories, perspectives and histories to form an essential stream that naturally merges with our Steiner Education approach, whereby we teach and learn much through story-telling.

With guidance and in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, we will respectfully and continuously learn of Country and Culture; so that our young people will move into the wider world with a deep knowing of what has been, what is, and what is needed for a healthy and respectful humanity, and will influence and advocate for true reconciliation into the future.

Library News

Donated to the CBRSS Library by our Byron Bay Writers Festival Storyboard friends, is the just released book A User’s Guide to a Pandemic

This is a unique collection of writing by young people in Australia sharing their experiences of living through the current surreal times of COVID19.
The works take many different approaches to exploring the pandemic: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, personal statements, and ephemeral observations about life in lockdown.

Pictured is Elise Nikkinen, 12 from Class 6 who has a short story included Lucky in love, Lucky in Lockdown.

Pick up a copy from your local bookstore or ask Charlotte in the library to borrow this copy.

CBRSS Chess Club

Many students are excited about the revival of the CBRSS CHESS CLUB this term. In the short term, the plan is for students to play friendly games at school, work out teams and develop skills. Long-term plans will include tournaments with students at other local and regional schools.

We would gladly accept donations of chess boards and/or sets should you wish to support this endeavour.

Please contact Manuela for more information. manuelam@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

Sunflower Kindy News

Spring is in the air
Tr la la tra la la
Butterflies are fluttering
Little birds are singing……

In Sunflower Kindy we have been witness to the magical cycle of life.
The children have patiently watched with wonder, anticipation and awe as our monarch caterpillars nibbled their way through the milk thistle leaves, spun their cocoons, and finally hatched into beautiful butterflies!

Lizzie

Class Three Camp

Class Three spent most of last week having an enormously fun time at Midjinbil Hill near Uki. The class spent two nights and three days learning about our surrounding environment, going on a night walk, making rafts and billy tea and exploring the creek and rocks of the Wollumbin caldera. The staff were very impressed with the engagement, knowledge and resilience of the children, I saw a lot of friendship, kindness, joy and working together, something so common in Steiner classrooms. But most of all, it was all about getting muddy!

Naina
Class Three Teacher

CBRSS Short Film Festival

At the end of the last term, CBRSS held their first Short Film Festival. Year 11, Year 12, Year 9 & Year 10 were lucky to view the Yr 11 films made in the Photography, Video and Digital Imaging Course.

Congratulations to our equal 1st Prize Short Film Winners!!!!!!

Ethan ‘In the light of the day’
&
Rose ‘Get out of my Head’

Followed closely behind by:

Billie Swain’s ‘Making a coffee’ & Marcello’s ‘BLINK’

We recognise the high standard of short filmmaking from this group and look forward to seeing what they produce during Year 12.

Katie Alleva

High School House Leaders for 2021

We have announced our new House Leaders for the 2021 year! At the end of Term 3, Year 11 students are invited to apply to take on a leadership role. The application involves a written letter responding to selection criteria which includes showing evidence of and enthusiasm for being strong role models for younger students, leading House Meetings and Carnivals and other roles. The applications are read by the Guardians, the Senior School and High School Co-ordinator and the Deputy and Principal.

We are very excited to announce the following leaders:

Crete – Rose Eadie, Anouk Smith, Marcus Gibbs, Della Hamilton Knight

Olympia – Muriwai Waata, Naraian Solomon, Izac Wiseman, Buzz Walker

Sparta – Meira Gorcey, Isaac Poulson, Oceana Williams – Brauer, Joshua Sykes, Sam Trowbridge

Athens – Lani Kwiatkista, Charlotte Vockler, Elan Derofe-Gallant, Itamar Stein Weinberg

CONGRATULATIONS!

Three of our six Year 12 distance education students have recently received achievement awards from Southern Cross School for Distance Education for their outstanding performance in their chosen distance education subjects:

  • Pearl Truswell is studying Italian Beginners
  • Thibault Walker is studying French Beginners
  • Lily Pouget is studying French Continuers

What an achievement! You can be proud of yourselves. We wish you all the best for your upcoming HSC exams.

Manuela Matheson

Distance Education Supervisor

HSC Visual Art

CONGRATULATIONS to Anais Stewert-Long for her Portrait Drawing ‘Motherhood’ and Taj Birrell’s short film ‘Estrange’ for being accepted into the prestigious Art Express Exhibition. Art Express features a selection of outstanding student artworks across NSW. A special mention to Bimini Plesser for her art work ‘ ATELOPHOBIA; the fear of imperfection’ being nominated for Art Express. Well done all.

Claire Sleeman

Motherhood by Anais

Screenshot from the film ‘Estranged’ by Taj

ATELOPHOBIA by Bimini

Celebrating Advent

Advent starts this year on Sunday the 29th of November and is celebrated for the four Sundays leading up to Christmas, Advent season ends on Christmas Eve. Advent is frequently celebrated by people of every religious background, every faith, every spiritual path as part of the festivals of the cycle of the year.

In the Southern hemisphere, Christmas falls near the Summer Solstice when the light is at its strongest and we celebrate the triumph of light at its greatest point in the yearly cycle. As the year draws to an end we increasingly spend time outside enjoying “the sun in the heavens”. With the long warm days, intense light and balmy nights we are drawn out into the elements rather than into “the sun in our hearts”.

It can be challenging to develop a sense of inwardness, patience and contemplation when the Spirit of the Earth is on its outward breath. To balance this we can consciously choose to “receive the light” and celebrate what is both universally human and universally spiritual. Celebrating Advent can provide an opportunity for some quiet ‘breathing in’ during this outwardly busy time of year and help your children to practice preparation, reverence and patience through the ritual of counting the weeks and days to the special celebratory event. The lighting of candles each week also reflects our own ‘Divine Light’ and helps to bring us a little inward contemplation.

Traditionally Steiner schools and families celebrate Advent by looking each week at the natural kingdoms on Earth: minerals the first week, plants the second week, animals the third week and humans the fourth week (see verses below).

Here are some ideas that you might like to include in your own advent celebrations:

  

An Advent verse
‘The gift of the light we thankfully take, But not shall it be alone for our sake, The more we give light, the one to the other, It shines and it spreads, growing still further; Until every spark by friends set aflame, Until every heart, the joy to proclaim; In the depths of our souls, A shining sun glows.’

Advent Wreath  – on a special table made with greenery and seasonal flowers, four advent candles to light each consecutive Sunday of Advent.

Advent Garden – assembled and added to each Sunday of Advent with the four kingdoms celebrated each week try adding tiny crushed shells (collected from the beach) in a spiral pattern for the spiral on which Mary and Joseph figures walk.

Advent Crib – a nativity scene of the four kingdoms, adding a different one each of the Sundays- Crystal Kingdom, plant kingdom, animal and human kingdoms.

Advent calendars are available from Rudolf Steiner Bookstore by following this link

Verses for the 4 weeks of Advent

Week 1: Crystal Kingdom
The crystal kingdom comes first and is honoured by decorating the wreath or garden with crystals, seashells, stones or little bones you may find.

Week 2: Plant Kingdom
In the second week the plant kingdom is honoured by adding little dried flowers, seeds and pine cones and greenery.

                     

Week 3: Animal Kingdom
The animal kingdom, in the third week, is honoured by adding little wooden animals or beeswax creatures the children make.

Week 4: Humankind
The fourth week sees us honouring humankind by adding a little felted or beeswax child and figures.

      

Additional Reading:
Our library has some Advent handouts available.
Possible stories include The Star Money from the Brothers Grimm, (and if you have the book “Rose Windows”, there is a lovely idea for a window transparency in there); craft ideas in The Children’s Year and Families, Festivals and Food. Other stories include the ones from “The Light In the Lantern: Stories for Advent” from Wynstones Press; Advent Sunday Stories, Collette Leenman; Mary’s Little Donkey, Gunhild Sehlin; Advent and Christmas Stories, Estelle Bryer and Janni Nicol.

Evolving Humanity

Fundamentally, the whole meaning and spirit of evolution rests on the fact, that we pass from taking, to giving. – Rudolf Steiner

From the Principal

Spring Greetings to all!!

Spring’s greatest joy beyond a doubt is when it brings the children out.” Edgar Guest.

Such a wonderfully simple, joyous, colourful, lively, playful, collaborative, beautiful, celebratory Spring Festival we enjoyed with Class 1 to Year 12 on Monday! There were so many special and lovely elements and moments which made the day a fun, sweet and uplifting experience. Congratulations to all our wonderful staff and students for their contributions to making the day feel so fulfilling. Please enjoy looking at a taster video and photos of the day in the bulletin below.
A more comprehensive Spring Festival video is currently being prepared and a link to view it will be sent out to Parents next week during term break.

At this time of year in each class from Kindergarten to High School, a vibrant kind of ‘Spring quickening’ is felt for teachers and students, a sense that the end of a year and the transition to a new year, is fast approaching. In particular, the end of Term 3 is a very special time for our Year 12 Students who will complete the final classes of their school journey this week. We are so proud of this lovely class of fine individuals, of their wonderful accomplishments and of their inspiring resourcefulness in navigating a challenging year with such positivity and we wish them all the best for their upcoming HSC Exams.

To our wonderful K-12 Parents, I extend appreciative thanks for your calm and cooperative support as we have worked together to keep our school healthy, happy and operating onsite in changing and complex times.
It is now time for our school community to prepare for the approaching time of well-earned rest…and to collectively breathe out…
May your holidays be happy, safe and filled with lovely, long unscheduled days of relaxation and rejuvenation enjoyed with family and friends.

Best relaxing wishes

Teera

2021 School Fees

School Fees for 2021 will be finalised shortly and published on the school website next week.

Spring Festival 2020