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From The Co-Heads of School

“Out of chaos comes the dancing stars”  

Friedrich Nietzsche

And so, the great ‘Wheel of the Year’ has carried us once again to another Summer close…
A year of immense complexity and challenge for all, big and small…in so many varied ways…

And as with the rhythm we feel of the passing of a Year; a similar rhythm is experienced in a less majestic way, in the passing of a Day…

And so, as always, in our very special CBRSS Children’s Garden this year…
Our community of learners, big and small…
Have together welcomed each new day, as the Sun rises in the East…

The Sun with loving light
Makes bright for me each day
The soul with spirit power
Brings strength unto my limbs
In sunlight shining clear
I reverence oh God
The strength of humankind
Which though so graciously
Has planted into my heart
That I with all my might
May love to work and learn
From thee comes light and strength
To thee rise love and thanks

And every day, no matter what the ‘mood of the wider World’ may be….
Our Teachers with their students in each class, big and small…
Strive:
To live, love, learn, work and play together in harmony…
To participate, contribute and be authentic…
To do, and be their best, to learn from their mistakes…
To forgive…to notice a need…
To respect and care for self and others…
To be a ‘friendly’ friend with many…
To imagine, feel inspired.. think, create, innovate…
To persist, encourage others, use initiative…
To be responsible and safe and courageous and bold; to have fun…
To know how, and when, to bring calm for self and the group…
To know thyself, to feel your purpose…
To welcome change, adapt and keep on growing resilience…
To follow life’s path and to always be willing to learn as you go…

Such strivings, carried intentionally every day by many…
For a class, for a school, for a community, for a country, for the Earth…
can become the ‘essential golden essence’ of a living, learning, thriving, healthy community…
for big and small…
It is such striving together that unites and carries us through times of thick and thin, pleasure and pain, harmony and disharmony, chaos and change…

And every day, no matter what the ‘mood of the wider World’ may be….
Our community of learners,Teachers and students, big and small…
Together give appreciative thanks for the day, as the Sun sets in the West…

In the height of the heavens
In the depth of space
In the width of the Universe
In the fullness of grace,
I walk life’s path
My angel beside me
My star above
The road before me
With all around me
God’s love
Through day and night
I walk in light

And on these glorious Summer evenings shared with loved ones, as we look to the night skies, we can feel ‘our place’ here on the land, affirming and wonderful, sheltered and guided by the celestial journeying of the stars…and the wisdom of Eternity…

Our appreciative and grateful thanks to our astonishingly skillied, talented, adaptive Staff, Students, Parents and Friends who contribute with care to our beautiful school and community.

May your Summer celebration with loved ones be filled with simple pleasures, fine food, sweet music, good reads and long restful, rejuvenating days in nature.

Warm wishes
Paddy and Teera

Holiday Blessings

CBRSS staff wishes the community an especially fun, vibrant and rejuvenating Christmas and Holiday Season. With heartfelt thanks to parents and friends for the support and care shown towards us throughout a very challenging year.

The great ideal of Peace stands there before us when at Christmas we contemplate the course of the Sun. And when we think about the victory of the Sun over the darkness during these days of Festival there is born in us an unshakeable conviction which makes our own evolving soul akin to the harmony of the cosmos. – Rudolf Steiner

Wax resist artwork by Teera

The Christmas Festival is known Anthroposophically as the victory of the Sun over darkness which the lights of the Christmas Tree represent. This is a cosmic picture that also works powerfully in us individually. May this picture come to life in the heart of our community. While we are apart physically may we strive to unite in our souls and embrace the potential for both inner and outer transformation offered to us by the spiritual realms at this potent time.

In support, we offer you this verse from the end of the Foundation Stone Meditation which Steiner seeded into the heart of the Anthroposophical Community at the Christmas conference of 1923/1924:

Light divine
Christ-Sun
Warm
Our hearts;
Enlighten
Our heads:
That good may become
What from our hearts
We are founding,
What from our heads
We direct,
With focused Will.

Rudolf Steiner

Farewell Denis and Eleni

After so many years it is incredibly difficult to say Goodbye to Denis and Eleni our very beloved Art Teachers but alas the time has come, words cannot express the depth of gratitude and love this community has for you Denis and Eleni and we wish you only the very best for 2022 and beyond. You will be missed, but you are forever embedded in the heart and soul of the CBRSS community, which is so much richer from your contributions. Bless you, both!

K6 Staff Farewell by the Brunswick River

A beautiful morning in paradise was shared to farewell our dear colleagues, with yummy nibbles, refreshing swims and appreciative words…
Dear Emily, Sophie, Prue and Rin,
Our appreciative and grateful thanks for all the gifts you shared.
May light continue to illuminate your path on life’s great adventure…

Parent Gathering with Board and Co-Heads of School on Thursday 9th December

This recording will be available for viewing for two weeks. 

https://vimeo.com/655179702/d445c050cb

(If the link does not work for you please copy and past the web address into your browser)

Ewingsdale Community request

The Ewingsdale Community has asked all those using McGettigan’s lane to remember to please adhere to the speed limits and keep a careful watch when driving. Speeding poses a real threat to our wildlife, cyclists, walkers and children. Much appreciation.

Canteen Assistant Required

Start January 2022
5-day fortnight 8.30 – 2.30

  • Kitchen Experience
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Good communication skills
  • High standard of hygiene
  • Enjoy working with children

As a Canteen Assistant you will be responsible for the preparation, cooking and presentation of foods prepared. You will be responsible for looking after the areas you work within, making sure they are clean, tidy and well maintained at all times.

Required:
Current NSW Working with Children Certificate
Covid Vaccination Certificate

Please send your resume to:
employment@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

Class 6 Primary Farewell

Farewell Speech – From Prue (Class 6 teacher)

I would like to acknowledge the Original People of this land where we are gathered– the Arakwal people of the Bundjalung Nation and pay respects to Elders past, present, and emerging and honour their spiritual connection to Country.

It is such a pleasure to be here with you today in this stunning place being held in the loving arms of nature, the sun to warm us and the gentle breeze to freshen us. I’d like to welcome everyone who could make it here today and send my love and thoughts to those who cannot be here. In that spirit, I would like to take deep breaths and say our morning verse one last time. As we breathe and feel the pink light in our hearts I will say the names of those members of our class who cannot be here. If you could bring them to mind and send them your love   – Sari, Sachika, Laila Belle, Zoe, Ofir, Ma’ayan, Sunny, Ivy, Willow and Remi….the sun with loving light…..

A special word of thanks to Laurie, Suzie and Skai who, despite the many difficulties thrown at us, have remained positive and tried to make today a beautiful day. The fact that a group of parents saw to it that we could gather together after so many months apart is testament to the resilience and open- hearts and minds of you all. These are qualities that have been imparted to this superb group of children that I have had the honour to have in my care for the past six years. Every day I have been blessed to witness the intelligence, playfulness, wonder and amiability of the people who met me on the other side of the rainbow bridge along with those who left us along the way and others who have joined us. Today, I am honoured to say that I am proud of your achievements over the years and the sweet memories will forever remain in my heart.

On that first day of Class One, you were perhaps a little bit nervous – I know I was. But after those first few days, I knew that I had arrived where I belonged and that my angel had guided me to you. We got to work quickly and Class One got off to a great start learning about the straight and curved lines of shapes and all the challenges of form drawing. It only took about six months until everyone could, mostly, open their books around the right way! You learned the alphabet from Fairy Tales and you met Portly, Tikkity, Mini and Dame Divide and counted all the way to 100! Our class play was Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and you brought it alive with talking mirrors, trees, a prince prancing on a pony and all of the other ways that you were able to take your place and make this together – the first of many. The field out the back of the classroom and the mud pit that was there for much of the year was a constant source of enjoyment – getting stuck in the mud was cause for hilarity….sorry for the messy clothes that went home parents. Many cake shops did a roaring trade from the kitchen/cubby underneath the deck, the fairies were accommodated in some of the fanciest and most lovingly created palaces, the slope at the side of hill next to Kindy became the site of an epic water game that lasted most of the year and there was lots of free play in and out of the classroom. Dress ups and cubbies with tunnels of sheets connecting them. This is when the two Kindies really came together and began forming one class. And through much of the year, you learned to knit and get those little fingers and hands so able that out of them came your cuddles knitted dolls, each one as unique as you are. Very importantly you began learning about helping one another during this year and there have been so many times that I have looked out over the classroom to see all of you busy at work and helping one another. You give each other a lift when you need it and I am so proud of you for that.

When you all came back together for Class Two you knew each other and arrived ready for another great year. Sol joined us and it wasn’t long before he belonged with us. By now you were able to do a lot more things and you knew the daily and weekly rhythm. You had gotten to know one another during morning circle news time and being in the playground or working together and so our class was really humming. This was the year you started the reading program and that was hard work for many of you, but you did it and worked your way through those coloured boxes!  The King of Ireland’s Son delighted us so much we had to do a class play from it – who can ever forget cheeky little Gilly with his horse’s legs and being thoroughly entertained by the Mummers – a play within a play. That play was only as spectacular as it was because you had learned to collaborate and work well together. You all took your little part and worked with it to create something wonderful as a group. During Class Two you moved from learning and writing letters to beginning to write sentences and now you were able to learn about Place Value. It was very exciting for you to move to the Class Two room – most of all because that meant you were allowed on the monkey bars. And wow, did they get a workout that year! That game, “Crocodiles” kept many of you busy and happy every morning tea and lunchtime.

After a long Summer holiday, you came back ready for Class Three and Ivy and Django joined us that year. They very quickly became a part of our energetic group who were ready to learn and have fun which was just as well because we had a busy year ahead!  We began the year learning running writing and hearing Old Testament stories but you wanted to know more about how the world works so we began to measure it, time it, build on it, as well as garden on it. The brilliant house projects were a highlight of the year and perhaps for some of you being covered in mud while building our little home was a highlight.  Again parents…..sorry for the mess. But how good was that homemade butter with bread? I think it is safe to say that all of you know that Captain Cap goes at the beginning and at the end is a cannonball.  The day our classroom turned into a Bazar was one of the most memorable for me – we had book shops, chocolate shops, lolly shops and the room was a hive of activity. It was very exciting to camp at school that year, all snuggled up in your tent with your parent. You could be found playing on the green at morning tea stretching those little legs that were growing so quickly. There were a lot of Mummy Daddy games that year and all sorts of family configurations….twins, brothers, sisters, aunties, uncles…all of it kept many of you happy.

Class Four was the year of all of those exciting Norse Myths and you made the shields too. All those weaving form drawings, under and over, under and over! Now you were allowed in the field and you made the most of that….. but handball was the favourite game by far. Now that you could write you learned about the History of Writing. The Animal Main Lesson was a favourite and all of your brilliant animal projects filled our classroom. Our class play – The Three Trials of Thor – was spectacular. The King of the Giants isn’t here with us today, but he is remembered fondly along with all of the other children who have left – Harry, Alice, Jesara, Maya, Poppy, Indie, Llewellyn and Jessie. You were all very brave at our camp at Midginbil Hill camp, sleeping in tents on your own, but for me, the best part was when we could all swim in the dam. That was a lot of fun taking turns jumping off the pier.

In Class Five we welcomed Kirra, Sachika and Max and we gobbled them up because more kind people are always welcome. It was the year of ancient cultures – Persia, India, Egypt and Greece – Ahura Mazdao, Rama and Sita, Isis and Osiris and the deities of ancient Greece. So many wonderful stories to fill your souls. Your geometry went to the next step when you were given instruments and were able to become more precise and naturally you rose to that challenge. Personally, one of my favourite lessons was Botany when we would go into the playground every day and find what we were learning about.

And here we are at the end of Class Six after this long and fulfilling journey. The rainbow bridge was crossed but so many other bridges have been crossed along the way – from those beginnings of learning each letter to being able to write essays or poetry, debate and public speaking. From meeting the characters of Numberumbria to all of the abstract ways you can work with numbers now. From the seven dwarves to a complex musical. You are so clever and capable, and the future looks bright for you not only because you are so willing to apply yourself to a task with gusto but also because you are a group of respectful and loving people. You have shown me over and over again that life is good and there is fun to be found everywhere. You take care of one another. We have shared so many experiences and they have helped grow you into fine young adults. I know that you are well prepared for High School and that you are ready for this big transition from PS to the new routines and teachers of HS.

Your Primary School days have been an amazing journey for not only you but also for your parents. I remember a few tears from your families on your first day of Class One and I am sure there will be tears for some on your first day of High School next year. Throughout all of these years, your parents have been holding you with love and care and given you everything you need to succeed and arrive here. The craft helpers – and Laura you get a special mention – how could we have done it without you– reading helpers, popcorn makers, mud house creators, parents who came on camps, or made wooden shields…and all of those amazing buffets created when everyone brought a plate. Parents, thank you for all of your loving support over these years. You can be so proud of this group of children that you have helped to form with your care and attention. They will continue to excel in High School, and I know the teachers will enjoy getting to know them.

So my dear Class Six, after a long and sometimes bumpy road this year we have made it through and you have a long summer holiday to recharge and get ready for this next exciting chapter in your lives. You might be a little nervous or perhaps you’re excited or maybe a little bit of both. I would like to acknowledge Tanya and how lucky we were that she was able to step in and guide you through these last few weeks. I know you are in good hands. And for those of you who are leaving to go to a new school, those schools are so lucky to have you! They don’t know it yet, but they are about to receive some extraordinary individuals into their care. You may be moving on but like all of the class you carry qualities you have developed throughout the years – graciousness, an excellent work ethic, a love of learning and of course a fine sense of humour. It is with pride and love that I farewell you today and I look forward to hearing about the wonderful places your lives lead you.

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2021

To the Class of 2021 – From Claire Sleeman (Class Guardian)

Dear Class of 2021.

It has been my honour and absolute pleasure to have been your Guardian since class 7.

Reflecting back on our first day together when I greeted each of you with a handshake at the door and Malcolm welcomed you all with his rendition of a One Direction song. You were all bright-eyed and eager to learn, I felt excited to be part of your journey through high school.

I have enjoyed all our camps together from escaping cyclonic conditions in year 8, freezing cold weather and winds in Melbourne and the warmth, humidity and culture of the Northern Territory.

Our class has been ever-changing with classmates leaving and new ones joining us. Co-guardians are also changing, and I would like to take this opportunity to honour Malcolm who was with us until year 9, James briefly in year 10, and for the home stretch Andy.

As much as I am going to miss you all, today is a great day to celebrate with your family and friends. A day when you confidently enter the world of your own creative future since your journey began in kindergarten 13 years ago. You have all worked so hard to get here.

It has been a difficult two years and I would like to thank your parents for nurturing such beautiful resilient children and making my job easier.

Each and every one of you are wonderful talented and creative human beings and I am so grateful to have been part of your lives. I would like to share a quote with you from one of my favourite childhood books The Little Prince:

“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.”

You have all touched my heart and will forever be remembered.

Class 12 2021 Formal

To teachers and staff – From Emma Walker (Class 12 Parent)

On behalf of the year 12 parents, step-parents, and carers, I would like to express deep gratitude to all the teachers and staff at Cape Byron Steiner for the work that you do, both individually and collectively. Our kids have flourished in your care and within this extraordinary school community.

Although we are not privy to the daily ins and outs of school life, we are well aware of the enormous amounts of work that you all do. Beyond teaching and the sharing of your knowledge and experience, you have also cared for the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of our children. You have made them feel safe and valued within the space of their school environment. You have made them feel part of an ever-extending family. These are invaluable gifts that will benefit our kids for many years to come.

Our special thanks also to guardians Claire and Andy for their steady presence and the daily care and guidance that they have given our children and to Alix for the tireless way she has fulfilled her role as the senior school coordinator. We thank you all, so very much.

Graduation Speech to Teachers – From Della Knight (Class 12 Student)

As a waldorphan, I have spent countless afternoons hanging around the staffroom waiting for my mum to finish work and lock up, I have come into school on weekends and holidays to help draw main lesson drawings on the chalkboard and over the years I have gained insight into the world of teaching at CBRSS.

The teachers at our school work so hard for students across the entire high school but especially the HSC students. I have memories of major work teachers frantically replying to emails and receiving phone calls left right and centre the day before major works are due. The working day for some teachers doesn’t end when they go home, they will continue to work into the evening to help students with school and for that, we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. I don’t think any of us would have succeeded as we have without the tireless efforts from our teachers throughout the HSC year. I remember coming into school in the holidays before main lessons started and seeing teachers creating their board drawings, and other teachers planning out the exciting tasks that were to come in the term. All these things have contributed to the most wonderful high school experience and for that we thank you.

Now I want to give a special shout-out to some individuals that were crucial to our classes’ success in the HSC and high school in general.

Alix – you have worked tirelessly over the last two years for our class and we quite literally wouldn’t be here, at the formal, without you. Your dedication to our class is so under appreciated and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you dearly Alix for all you do for our class.

Andy – your upbeat and humorous personality has made senior school so much better. You have such a caring soul and I know you will always be there to check up on people, make sure they are ok and reach out in times of need. Also, we really appreciate your good sense of humour, particularly over the last few years, you always deliver a good laugh.

Claire – you have been with us the whole high school journey and have become a second mother to us all. Your kind nature and caring spirit have nurtured us for 6 years and we are so grateful. We can always rely on you for a comforting hug, some words of wisdom, or a shoulder to cry on.

To our guardians, you have been like our parents at school, and we want to extend the biggest thanks for being with us through this journey. We love you and we are going to miss you and the whole school community.

A speech to my classmates – From Inde Henderson (Class 12 Student)

Tonight we have celebrated and acknowledged the unconditional support of our beloved teachers and family members, for without their encouragement we would not be where we are today.

However, above all we stand together, amidst these crazy times, to celebrate the Class of 2021 and acknowledge the strength, resilience and courage that my year group has demonstrated over these past years. As such, I would like to dedicate my few words to my fellow classmates, who have continued to surprise me with their unwavering kindness, support, love and friendship.

To the class of 2021, as you sit here tonight surrounded by your loved ones and classmates, I urge you to reflect on how much you have grown and achieved over your 13 years of schooling.

I still vividly remember watching Year 12s in Year 7 and, apart from being utterly terrified of them, I also remember looking at their major works and assignments and thinking how could they possibly have done that. Whether it was English work or Music, History or Drama, I remember thinking it’s too long or too confusing, too smart or just too hard. To be honest, I think a lot of us, including myself, still felt the same last year, when looking at the Class of 2020, but if this year has taught me anything it’s that there is truly nothing that we can’t achieve.

Time and time again I thought of giving up, the night I accidently deleted my English assignment the day before it was due or when I was told to film my drama major work in my living room. In lockdown, I have seen friends perform HSC Music pieces without backup musicians or create D&T projects without woodwork tools or spaces. And yet, despite all these challenges and obstacles we made it out the other side.

As our parents, older siblings and teachers can vouch for, high school and navigating the highs and lows that come with adolescence, was never going to be easy, let alone amidst a Global Pandemic. Nevertheless, each and every one of you continued to smile amidst it all and persevere with kindness, strength and unwavering courage.

As Winston Churchill said:

“Success is not final
Failure is not fatal
It is the courage to continue that counts.”

And I cannot think of a year group more courageous, resilient and better prepared to step into the world, than our Class of 2021.

As our ATAR results expire and our academic results, good or bad are forgotten, we will be left with our infinitely more valuable friendships and memories of our days at CBRSS. Let us hold onto the values and virtues we have learnt over these 13 years and brace ourselves for the journey that lies ahead.

Know that each of you has my unwavering love and support in anything you choose to do, I could not be more proud of you all.

15 December 2021
The Farm, Byron Bay

Formal Photos by Kate Holmes

From the Kindy Garden

Class One the Sun

Embracing our last term of ONE the SUN as we began = together.
‘The sun with loving light ”

Rin

Class 4 Excursion

As a part of Our Land, Our Place local geography Main Lesson, Class Four went on an excursion to Brunswick Heads where they drew, walked along the river, waded, ate hot chips and enjoyed a glorious summer day.

Naina

Tobias 2021

The Tobias project is a year-long design project done in Class 8. Learning is aimed at developing an understanding of design processes that enable students to manage, interpret, shape and alter their environment to improve the quality of life at home, school, in workplaces, and in the broader community.

The standard of work somehow gets even better each year and this year it was exceptional. Students unveiled their year-long project, ranging from an exquisitely illustrated picture book to handmade jewelry, original music to body care products, a treehouse to a computer game, honey to a hand-carved desk, and much more. The students set up beautiful displays to showcase their projects in the Hall and addressed an audience of Class 7 about the trials and tribulations of their project journey; and the Class 4, 5 and 6 students enjoyed walking through and looking at the amazing displays too. Seeing the fruition of the students’ work is always inspiring and a joy for all in the high school.

In the past few weeks after the Tobias presentation, we have assisted students to create their own web page to share their journey including speeches and process journals.

This year we have compiled each student’s Tobias Project into a website that you can share and enjoy. Click on the links in the right column to view.

https://sites.google.com/capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au/tobias-project-2021/home

Class 10 Special Program

Class 12 HSC Showcase

In lieu of an actual HSC Showcase this year, we have produced this “Virtual Showcase.” Please take time to enjoy some of the amazing and diverse work our Class 12 Students have created over this challenging past year.

A Gift of Starlight – by Susan Perrow

With warm thanks to Susan Perrow for gifting the CBRSS community this story. 

Please visit Susan’s website for more therapeutic stories. SusanPerrow.com

From Gifts from the Sea by Susan Perrow.

The Prayerful Warrior

By Dennis Klocek January 22, 2021, from dennisklocek.com

The developmental signs of advancement in an alchemical soul practice usually involve some sort of healing crisis brought on by a discharge in the soul of accumulated assumptions and belief structures. Most often these assumptions are not perceived by the student in a conscious way. They arise like dream fragments in the daily life and invade the serenity of the soul with impulses that are definitely not in line with progressive development.

It is usually only after an event or situation has wreaked havoc in our lives that we can dimly divine the deeper meanings and assumptions behind our moments of suffering. We could even say that esoteric development is really the cultivation of the capacity to consciously experience the arising of dysfunctional patterns based on faulty assumptions before taking over our lives. At bottom the capacity to do this recognizing of patterns is really what is known as metanoia or changing the thinking.

Normally when we are under stress our own will comes forward and we use an instinctual force to fight against the intrusion. In this way we act aggressively as warriors towards the threats and stress. In each of the following situations the solution to the dilemma will be approached as a warrior who uses prayer instead of threats and aggression. The idea is that the will force in prayer is what is of importance just as will is the most important force to the conventional warrior. The difference is that in the prayerful warrior there has been some degree of metanoia that allows the will to be employed in a much more whole and creative way.

The alchemical approach to metanoia is known as turning the soul. Turning the soul is the initiating process for any attempt at developing the inner life. There are a few different stages of inner development that can be good signposts to determining how much capacity we have to turn our souls. These signposts are indicators of the direction and intensity of blaming which goes on in our inner dialogue when we are under stressful or threatening situations.

In the first stage, the roots of blaming lie in the firm belief that another person is the source of our misfortune or dissatisfaction. This is known technically in psychology as projection. We project our dissatisfaction on another and then that is the only way we can see the situation. In projection we leave ourselves with no options. The belief structures and the inner dialogues in the projection stage of blaming completely fill the soul with pictures of anger and resentment. While the thinking processes flow into thoughts of justification and retaliation. Some personalities spend whole lifetimes in the first stage of projection. The newspapers are full of stories based upon the belief that someone else is to blame. The whole culture is devoted to finding blame.

As a healing for this first level of soul work there can be attention given to address the Creator in a mood of thanks. Imagine that you have given someone something that has helped them to advance in their lives. Imagine that the person took what you gave and went away without expressing some form of thanks to you. How would you feel? Then imagine that you are the Creator of the World and the beings to whom you have given life and livelihood do not thank you for their gifts but instead spend their days moaning that they have not been met in their needs. Imagine how you would feel. Then give thanks and send prayers of sincere thanks that the Creator is not a vindictive God. This does not have to be long winded but the mood must be sincere. If the affection for the benevolence of the Creator is genuine this is a healing of the tendency to project blame on others. The returning prodigal has little time for resentment or casting blame on others.

Rudolf Steiner suggests that we imagine that the person whom we are blaming was denied an opportunity that was given to us instead. It was that denied opportunity that was the source of their downfall into the state for which we are blaming them. Imagine this and then give a prayer of thanks to the Creator for the blessings that have been given to you in your life. Then send a prayer of humility to the angel of the other person for judging them, in your ignorance, to be so bad.

Using prayers like this over time it may be that our soul comes to realize that the others are not really to blame for our misfortunes. We see that there are patterns in our lives that have to do with inabilities on our own part. This is a healing but it often leads to the second stage of blaming.

In the second level of blaming we have a sudden realization that we are to blame for most of our dysfunctional experiences. This is a tough one since when this level is realized we become doubly mortified; once for truly being to blame, and once for having, up to the present moment, blamed everyone else. This level of blaming is a burning process with very intense flames of shame and blame. Working in this stage for extended periods can be a dangerous and unbalancing activity for the soul. Sooner or later however the self blaming will become bothersome and boring even to ourselves. When any form of blaming is no longer a reasonable option then that is the sign that the capacity of Moral Imagination is unfolding in the soul. It is then that we are truly on the threshold of turning the soul towards Inspiration.

The life of prayer in this stage can be focused on the use of what could be called creative suffering. No one develops their soul forces without owning their own projections, this is a fierce suffering which is often self inflicted. In the alchemical language this stage is called cooking and eating the shadow. It can lead to deep characterological problems such as depression. In our suffering we can no longer blame others that is clear. But someone must be to blame. Around and around we go getting ever more tightly wound. In these dark hours it is useful to dedicate our suffering to another whom we deem is suffering a bit more than we are. It could be a sick person or a more severely depressed person. We picture that person and we ask our angel or the Christ Being to please take the will forces that we are learning to develop in our trials and apply them to the account of the other person who is more needy than ourselves.

By the incredible action of the spirit every force that is so designated for another has a healing force on the giver and the recipient. It is like a two-for-one deal with the Christ. Of course we cannot pray in this way with the idea that we will also be the recipient and do not be tempted into imagining that the other person will be made well by your prayers. That is called petitionary prayer. It is an inflation and will nullify any will force which you can contribute to the other. Simply imagine that your prayers are like a good home cooked meal that you place before the other by means of your angel. Simply paying attention to the other person in their suffering is a good prayer. Dedicating your own suffering as a help towards the other is a doubly effective prayer. While immersed in this type of prayer activity we do not sit and suffer and be tempted back into blaming. The other person benefits with help they get in the spirit through your purified will. In this type of prayer your imagination is made into a moral force. Your inner picturing can then be called Moral Imagination.

In Moral Imagination we work with the force of the realization that blaming itself is a useless waste of human life. No one wins in a blaming situation, neither the blamer nor the blamee. We see blame as the work of the adversarial spiritual beings who deceive humans into inflation and projection, activities that always result in blaming. The deceptions of the adversaries are the ways in which they cover up their own hidden roles in the ongoing fantasy lives of humans.

When a human fully realizes that there is actually no blame this is usually simultaneous with the counter realization that there really must be an accounting of our actions. This is the realization of the cosmic nature of karma. This is a deep puzzle to a soul that is habitually used to blaming others. The challenge of accounting with no blame brings to the fore the Moral Imaginative forces in the human soul. It is with these forces that the human develops the capacity and will to make atonement for being a willing yet unconscious accomplice to transgressions against the progressive Will of the Creator. With Moral Imaginative forces the human being hungers and thirsts after righteousness without a thought of revenge. At the level of Moral Imagination the soul comes into contact with the higher spiritual members of its own being. This is a foundation for metanoia. The actual willed deed that brings about metanoia is the turning of the soul. While turning the soul the student must encounter the laws of karma.

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A Christmas reflection

If the glory, the revelation of the divine harmony in the heavenly heights is a real experience within us, and if we know that this harmony will one day resound from our own souls, then we can also feel what will be brought about in humanity itself by this harmony: peace among people of good-will. – Rudolf Steiner

From the Co-Heads of School

To resolve our past
Requires knowledge.
To forge our future
We need courage.
To experience the present
We must develop dedication.
Our thinking needs
Riddles to wake up.
Our feeling needs
Pain to mature.
Our willing needs
Resistance to become strong. – Rudolf Steiner

It is so heartwarming during these complex times that despite all of the recent changes in staffing, the school has been able to settle into a familiar rhythm, with the mood in the playgrounds being positive and harmonious as we close the week.

We are in awe of our wonderful Staff who have risen to the recent challenges with flexibility and goodwill, and we give our appreciative thanks and gratitude to all our Staff who are working hard at present to keep the Goodship CBRSS on a steady course.

As always, our students inspire and bring us joy every day. In recent days, strolling through the grounds, there are children making fairy houses made of mud and flowers near Class Two, imaginative games under the shade of the trees, games of handball in the dome, energetic Tips games on the field, soccer in the Cola, and smaller children walking by with their teachers, hats bobbing. Class 5 students have been rehearsing their Greek Play, ‘Taverna’, with gusto and the merry sounds of their dancing and music-making are in the air.

Other wonderful happenings this week include the Tobias projects of Class 8! The standard of work somehow gets even better each year and this year it was exceptional. Students unveiled their year-long project, ranging from an exquisitely illustrated picture book to handmade jewelry, original music to body care products, a treehouse to a computer game, honey to a hand-carved desk, and much more. The students set up beautiful displays to showcase their projects in the Hall and addressed an audience of Class 7 about the trials and tribulations of their project journey; and the Class 4, 5 and 6 students enjoyed walking through and looking at the amazing displays too. Seeing the fruition of the students’ work is always inspiring and a joy for all in the high school.

Year 10 completed their first set of formal exams, working conscientiously to complete their Stage 5 courses. Next week they move into the special program, where they will do their final Main Lesson: The Rhythms of Time, as well as doing a range of activities from First Aid to a public speaking course to bushwalking. Year 12 is humming along in their HSC exams, turning up for each one – sometimes two in one day – with an attitude of always doing their best and supporting one another. We are so proud of their resilience and focus. Year 11 students are embracing leadership roles, in volunteering to assist in the Year 10 exams, rehearsing to sing with Loani and Ian at the Class 12 graduation and in nominating themselves for House Leadership positions.

In the best possible ways, our wonderful school is supporting a teaching and learning environment that is feeling rich, alive and positive. We are grateful for the supportive contributions of the whole school community near and far, as we move towards the warmer days of Summer and contemplate the closing of another very full and unique school year.

Best and warm wishes

Paddy and Teera

From the Board

Board appointments
For those members who were unable to attend our delayed SGM, and for the information of the entire school community, the board would like to announce that Christian Edwards was re-elected to the Board of Directors. At the SGM we also said goodbye and thank you to Jen Henderson for over 3 years of service to the school. Like all Board Directors, Jen volunteered hundreds of hours of her time to the board, she also inspired a deeper Anthroposophical impulse in our work which we intend to continue. We also welcome to the board Aaron Tait. Aaron joined the board at the AGM earlier this year, he brings a wealth of experience in education and the not-for-profit sector. He is also our second non-parent (as required by our Constitution) and we thank him for volunteering his passion, knowledge and energy to our school.
The board has been in constant communication with the Co-Heads during these unprecedented times and would like to thank them for the work they are doing holding the school and navigating through these challenging times of uncertainty with care and compassion for all.

Best wishes and warm regards to all from your Board of Directors

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Even though Gavin & Lavanda are offsite we are still both working to keep our special school vibrant & functioning well. May our world become a brighter place.