Winter Festival 2021

Mosaic Magic

The beautiful sunflower mosaics on the library walls were made by the current Class 8 students back in 2019 when they were in Class 6 with Teera and have been waiting patiently for their chance to blossom. During the middle of term two, Tanja and her fantastic parent helpers spent a wonderful four days bringing the mosaic to life. A huge thank-you to Gavin for ground support, to Charlotte for her patience while we blocked the main access to the library, and the passing teachers, parents and students for their ‘oohs’ and ‘ahs’. The library walls will be re-painted during the winter holidays to complete the project in time for spring and our return to school.

Tanja

A huge thank you to Tanja for her generous creativity in leading this project

Class 12 Fundraiser

Dear CBRSS Community,
As most of you will know it is common practice for Class 12 to have an end of year celebration when graduating.
Raising money for graduation has been commonplace for all the past classes. We have created an online stall to sell donated products to fundraise for our graduation (see the link below). Seed and sprout have generously eco-friendly keep cups and lunch box bags.
Products can also be purchased at the Friday markets.
All the money raised will go towards flowers, candles, and a professional photographer. These are just a few things required to make it a night to remember.

Thank you!

Class of 2021

Please note: shipping is NOT available any orders can be picked up from the office or from our stall at the Friday markets.

Music Lessons at CBRSS

We welcome to our school some new music teachers.

Nerida Hornery VOICE
John Dixon. GUITAR
Steve Berry GUITAR

Please let Loani know if you would like to have private lessons. loanim@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

Reconciliation at CBRSS

Thanks to Peter, Teera and Penny for planning this year’s Reconciliation Week Assembly where we were fortunate to have as guest speakers two Arakwal Bundjalung women, Karena and her daughter Taleah. Rosie (cl.12), Naomi (9) and Evie (9) sang “Beds are Burning” accompanied by Sam (cl.11) on acoustic guitar, Rosie gave a speech about the significance of this week, and Andy closed with a heartfelt thanks to our guests for their ongoing custodianship of this land we all love.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags were then raised together, alongside the Australian flag, on the new flag poles – note, all of equal height! – in our carpark, on a clear blue day. Thank you to all who made that symbolic change happen.

Alix

Autumn Bulb Planting

The joy of working in the garden and planning/planting ahead has been experienced by all students at CBRSS recently.
We have planted 380 Spring Flowering Bulbs as an extension of our Autumn Festival.
We had to wait for our bulbs to arrive & now we will have to wait for them to pop up out of the ground and then we will have to wait for them to flower. Patience!
Depending on weather bulbs in the subtropics can choose their own time to appear, indeed some previous Daffodils are raising their heads now.
A good time to remind everyone now. Please leave the flowers for all creatures to enjoy!
Dutch Iris, Daffodils, Jonquils, Ranunculus and Freesias. A Blooming Festival of Colour.

Have you cleared out your closets lately?

Class 9 will be hosting a fortnightly Op-Shop at the Friday markets to raise money.

If you have quality, unused clothes suitable for donating we would very much appreciate you bringing them down to the Class 9 veranda (located next to the swings) over the next few weeks.

The initiative is part of Class 9’s community service program which runs each year with the goal of enabling students to look at ways in which they can be of service in a community context.

Sophie Brazenor

Class Nine

Class 12 Fundraiser

Dear CBRSS Community,
As most of you will know it is common practice for Class 12 to have an end of year celebration when graduating.
Raising money for graduation has been commonplace for all the past classes. We have created an online stall to sell donated products to fundraise for our graduation (see the link below). Seed and sprout have generously eco-friendly keep cups and lunch box bags.
Products can also be purchased at the Friday markets.
All the money raised will go towards flowers, candles, and a professional photographer. These are just a few things required to make it a night to remember.

Thank you!

Class of 2021

Please note: shipping is NOT available any orders can be picked up from the office or from our stall at the Friday markets.

CBRSS Chess Club

Dear CBRSS Community,

The Chess Club has been running for almost a year and some dedicated students come to play every session while others drop in occasionally to play or just watch. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and we welcome anyone to drop by whether it be to play or to watch.

Our Chess Champions so far are Willow (in Class 8) who has been busy honing her chess skills and started to beat much older students at their game without problems. She is closely followed by Riv (also in Class 8) who comes to most sessions and has demonstrated his ability to beat even seasoned players on a good day. – Well done, Willow and Riv!

We have decided to make some changes to our Chess Club in response to changing demand.
The High-School sessions are now running weekly on a Tuesday during lunch and we are currently not pursuing competitions due to a lack of interest.
Most excitingly, we are starting to run Primary School sessions on Fridays during lunch at the library.
Starting next term, we will set up the Giant Chess Set periodically for the High School during lunchtimes and for the Primary School during lunch sometime during the last week of term. – Exact dates and place of set-up will be announced soon.
Please contact Manuela if you have any questions or suggestions. manuelam@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

Marlon and the octopus – Marlon is in Class 8 at CBRSS

From The Echo 

Lennox Head’s 13 year old Marlon Denning had an exciting and educational experience during the home-schooling lock-down period in 2020.

Before the Netflix hit My Octopus Teacher came out, Marlon made friends with not one but two octopuses (these were the common species, not the poisonous blue-ringed octopus).

His mother Sharyn Denning told Echonetdaily, ‘He’s got a very unusual affinity with most animals, or really weird animals anyway! Frogs and lizards and snakes.’

Normally Marlon goes to Cape Byron Steiner School, but during lock-down he spent time every day at the ocean rock pools with his mum, who’s an environmental scientist.

Marlon remembers, ‘I just stuck my face in the water with the goggles on, and I looked around and I saw a tentacle and thought, there’s an octopus over there, so I went over to where I saw it, and sure enough there he was.

‘I wriggled my fingers around the water, then he started chasing them around. He chased me back to a shallower part, then he found a little cavern thing, and he hid there.

‘Then he came out and he was swimming around me, and trying to catch my toes and fingers,’ said Marlon.

‘He was there for a week and then one day he wasn’t there. He wasn’t in the same spot for a few days.

‘Then we went back there, and my dad was wading through a slightly deeper part of the pool and then he latched on to his ankle. He grabbed his foot and he screamed!’

Mr Big
When the smaller octopus disappeared for a few days, Marlon made friends with a larger one.

‘That’s when I found the big one you see in the photos that’s touching my hand,’ he said.’That’s Mr Big.’

Marlon’s mum Sharyn says it didn’t take long for her son to build up trust with the normally shy sea creatures.

‘He’s really gentle, so most animals just stay with him for hours, even lizards and things he finds in the garden, he’s a bit unusual like that.

‘He knew that octopus were quite smart, ’cause he reads a lot of nature books. And I’m saying, “Oh it’s not dangerous is it?” He said “no Mum”.

‘They’d just play with him. It was quite incredible really. Then he taught them how to high five, and he knew all their little spots, where they’d be, ’cause this went on for three months.’

‘I had a great time,’ remembers Marlon.

Sadly, he lost contact with his octopus friends after the lockdown period ended.

Sharyn Denning remembers, ‘Then he was back to school, so he could only go on the weekends if the tide was right, so we weren’t there as often.

‘And he hasn’t been able to find them again, so they’ve either moved on or – specially the real big one – that might have just been his life. They only live a year or two. But the little one, he might have just moved on, especially if the tide’s real big, they might use it as an opportunity to move on.

‘But it was really quite incredible, and the really big one, it had an injured tentacle, so over the months we saw it regrowing. That was pretty cool too.’

Octopus art


Marlon still hasn’t seen My Octopus Teacher, but says he’s looking forward to it.

Recently he’s been busy helping artist Austin NITSUA complete a spectacular new mural at the Lennox Skate Park, which has just been finished, and includes an octopus.

‘Yes he said he would put an octopus into the mural after I told him my story,’ said Marlon. ‘There’s tentacles coming out of the waves and kind of touching the hand, which is surfing on the waves.’

Marlon told Echonetdaily he’d like to do something with animals when he’s older. ‘Yeah definitely, I’d love to own a zoo, or work at a zoo.’

Marlon has already been in touch with BBC nature journalist Steve Backshall, and made it to the top ten of Australia Zoo’s nature photo competition for his photo of a frog, out of 6,500 entries.

David Attenborough watch out!

Below is a link to a video shot by Marlon’s mum, Sharyn, showing Marlon with one of the octopuses:

https://youtu.be/cWPDCo8NDdE

Dustyesky at the Opera House

Two full houses. Two standing ovations. We men of Mullumgrad sang for 3000 people at the Sydney Opera House. That’s nuts! Everyone went home smiling and humming Kalinka and Ochy Chornye. Young, old, and so many Russians! It was such a buzz. Like winning a grand final with your best mates. We did it like an ordinary gig. Like we’ve been doing for 7 years. Swainski has trained us hard, taken us to new levels. We sang better than ever. Ben Blay started the show with a solo for the Song of the Volga Boatmen. Gutsy! Did it like a pro – we so proud of him. Gully and Joa sang Monotonously like the angels we are not. Chris Mallory brought the crowd to their feet on with Ochy Chornye. We made the audience to stand for the Soviet National Anthem. 1500 people on their feet at the Opera House, hats off, is a sight we’ll never forget. We paused for a moment to take it all in. Everyone brought together in this magical, unlikely moment, united in music. Spine tingling. We so happy and grateful to everyone who has made this madness possible. Spasibo. Davai! We sleep now. Dustyesky. Photos: Kirra Pendergast – terrific job, thank you from all of us.

Story by Mark Swivel

Safe on Social

Kirra Pendergast from Safe on social visited the school Monday the 31st of May to talk to HS students and also parents of classes 4-12 in the evening.

Safe on Social Toolkit link

Social Media is viewed by most people as a fun way to share information about themselves, friendships, family and things that happen in their day-to-day lives.

But things can go wrong…

It is important to understand that what you post on social media sites can affect your life both in good ways and bad. The guides available on our website contain detailed information to help parents and students make informed decisions when using various platforms.

Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School E-Safety Information 

From Gael

Dear Cape Byron School Community,

I would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Arakwal people of the Bundjalung Nation, the Traditional Custodians of this land. I first walked onto this site twenty-seven years ago as a parent, my youngest was starting kindy and one of my daughters joined Class Five. Over those years I worked for a time in the front office, taught ballroom dancing now and again and did a bit of storytelling when asked. Before moving here, my association with Steiner schools had begun as a founding member of the Sophia Mundi Steiner School in Melbourne.

A decade or so ago, I came back, this time as an English teacher in the High School. I fell in love with a class of Year Seven’s and was fortunate enough to become their Guardian. I loved my six years as Class Guardian. There is an old saying, the teacher always gains more than the student. That has certainly been the case for me. To all the dear students it’s been my privilege to teach past and present I say thank you.

To Management, for the opportunities I’ve been given, thank you. To all my exceptional colleagues in the High School, thank you, your support, laughter, camaraderie, and love stitched a thread of friendship that will connect us always. To all the Primary and Kindergarten teachers, support staff and office staff, your kindness towards me has often astounded me, I am humbled by your generosity of spirit. Thank you. And to all the parents, thank you for entrusting your children into my care. it’s been a privilege to teach them and an honour to learn from them, particularly in my role as Learning Support Coordinator in the High School. While it is bittersweet to say goodbye, I take my leave with a heart full of gratitude knowing my grandchildren will also thrive here. I’m off now to write the next chapter …

Gael

A special farewell afternoon tea for Gael, a very special friend of CBRSS

CBRSS Study Group – Sol Circle

FOREWORD by Arthur G. Zajonc
We live and act within a world whose deeper aspects are hidden from our physical senses. Yet each of us possesses other faculties which, when cultivated, can lift the veil that separates us from spiritual knowledge. In this book, Rudolf Steiner charts a meditative path that leads both to inner peace and to enhanced powers of soul, and finally to the lifting of that veil. The road is long but secure, and is open to everyone. Its fruits of inner serenity, strength, and wisdom benefit not only the seeker but others as well, and certainly the world stands more than ever in need of insights and actions that are born of the spirit. How to Know Higher Worlds is, therefore, not only a personal guide to the spirit, but also a path through self-knowledge to compassionate action in the world.

Access a PDF of How to Know Higher Worlds here.

Listen to How to Know Higher Worlds here.

We warmly invite past & present members of the CBRSS community to join Sol Circle in Term 2 and 3 as we study this foundational text by Rudolf Steiner. To register please contact Yvette yvettet@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

CBRSS Study Group – Sol Circle

FOREWORD by Arthur G. Zajonc
We live and act within a world whose deeper aspects are hidden from our physical senses. Yet each of us possesses other faculties which, when cultivated, can lift the veil that separates us from spiritual knowledge. In this book, Rudolf Steiner charts a meditative path that leads both to inner peace and to enhanced powers of soul, and finally to the lifting of that veil. The road is long but secure, and is open to everyone. Its fruits of inner serenity, strength, and wisdom benefit not only the seeker but others as well, and certainly the world stands more than ever in need of insights and actions that are born of the spirit. How to Know Higher Worlds is, therefore, not only a personal guide to the spirit, but also a path through self-knowledge to compassionate action in the world.

Access a PDF of How to Know Higher Worlds here.

Listen to How to Know Higher Worlds here.

We warmly invite past & present members of the CBRSS community to join Sol Circle in Term 2 and 3 as we study this foundational text by Rudolf Steiner. To register please contact Yvette yvettet@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

Thank you to the School

CBRSS Study Group – Sol Circle

FOREWORD by Arthur G. Zajonc
We live and act within a world whose deeper aspects are hidden from our physical senses. Yet each of us possesses other faculties which, when cultivated, can lift the veil that separates us from spiritual knowledge. In this book, Rudolf Steiner charts a meditative path that leads both to inner peace and to enhanced powers of soul, and finally to the lifting of that veil. The road is long but secure, and is open to everyone. Its fruits of inner serenity, strength, and wisdom benefit not only the seeker but others as well, and certainly the world stands more than ever in need of insights and actions that are born of the spirit. How to Know Higher Worlds is, therefore, not only a personal guide to the spirit, but also a path through self-knowledge to compassionate action in the world.

Access a PDF of How to Know Higher Worlds here.

Listen to How to Know Higher Worlds here.

We warmly invite past & present members of the CBRSS community to join Sol Circle in Term 2 and 3 as we study this foundational text by Rudolf Steiner. To register please contact Yvette yvettet@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

Welcome Class 1 & Kindergarten to the school community

The Co-Heads of our school along with the P & F team welcomed the parents of Kindergarten and Class 1 students with a lovely morning tea on their first week at school. It was a pleasure to meet some of the new parents and welcome back others to CBRSS. For both mornings we were blessed with fine weather so we were able to hold a tea party outside under the shade of the trees and the dome. Teera & Paddy made the parents feel welcome to our very special primary school by sharing a few stories and tips.

Justine

on behalf of the P & F

FlickerFest Update

We were very proud of our Year 12 Filmmaking students whose shorts were showcased recently in Mullumbimby.

We would like to congratulate Ethan Lamb- Kelly, who won the SAE Institute Australia Award for ‘Best Emerging Talent’ for his short film, ‘In The Light Of Day.’

Katie Alleva
Photography, Video and Digital Imaging Teacher

To the HSC Music class of 2020

What an amazing class! I would firstly like to acknowledge Tom, Loani and all other music teachers and tutors both in school and out who have made a contribution to your musicianship. I am humbled to have had the opportunity to work with you throughout your HSC.
I am so impressed with the way that you all managed to interpret your performance pieces within the restrictions that we all had to deal with around COVID and all of the distancing protocols.
The quality of performances was outstanding and I would like to say congratulations to all of you for your hard work and commitment to making this HSC one that we will never forget.
A special mention goes to Phoebe Neumann for her nomination for Encore.
I wish you the best possible journey ahead whatever that may be and remember to always learn, listen and love the music.
Mat Gulliford
If you missed any of last years HSC Performances, they are available to view here

CBRSS HSC results 2020

Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School Class of 2020 has achieved outstanding results across all courses especially in Visual Arts, Drama, English Advanced, Extension 1 and 2, Legal Studies, Society and Culture, Music, Mathematics and languages.

Despite the obvious challenges of the year, this talented, dedicated and resilient cohort of 28 students showed unwavering commitment and passion for their subjects, underpinned by a strong, shared support for each other.

Some outstanding achievements include: the single highest ever ATAR achieved by a Cape Byron Student, an exam mark of 50/50 for English Extension 2 Major Work, 80% of English Extension 1 and 2 students receiving results above 90, 50% of Drama, Legal Studies and Society & Culture students in the top band, two Visual Arts major works being selected for display in ARTEXPRESS,  4 OnSTAGE nominations for Solo Performances in Drama as well as 30% of students receiving a Band 6 result.

Overall, there were 41 Band 6s (scores over 90) and 56 Band 5s (scores between 80 and 89), a jump from our already impressive 2019 results of 30 Band 6 achievements and 49 Band 5s.

Students have received guaranteed entry into highly competitive courses at UNSW, Victoria College of the Arts and UNE, and with so many students achieving high ATARs, many universities are contacting students today with immediate offers ahead of first-round offers in January.

The School is proud of the efforts and achievements of all students and their passionate teachers.

CBRSS Students selected for FlickerFest 2021

For tickets/more information go to https://flickerfest.com.au/tour/mullum-byron/

Event info is at: www.iQ.org.au 

We wish Rose and Ethan all the best!

Farewell Katie Biggin

After 16 years it is time to say Goodbye to our beloved Katie Biggin but as the saying goes: Goodbyes are not forever, Goodbyes are not the end, they simply mean we’ll miss you until we meet again.

Katie, we all wish you the very best for the new adventures that life has in store for you.

NEWS FROM THE CHESS CLUB

It has been a great pleasure to see the many students from Years 6 – 12 come and play or simply observe a game of chess during the past term. The interest was so great that we quickly purchased three additional chess sets. Soon, the request came, “Can we play twice a week?” – Of course, we can. Will the six chess boards we currently have be enough? We may have to find more boards if the interest in PLAYING TO LEARN AND LEARNING TO PLAY is continuing to grow. – I am looking forward to an exciting year of chess in 2021.

Please contact Manuela at manuelam@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au if you have any questions or would like to contribute in any way.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!