NAPLAN: How Northern Rivers schools performed over 5 years

By Geoff Egan

THESE are the Northern Rivers schools that consistently top the state’s NAPLAN results.

An independent analysis of five years of NAPLAN results has revealed the schools that performed the best in the Year 5 and Year 9 tests between 2014 and 2018.

Over that five-year period, Bexhill Public School, in Bexhill, had higher Year 5 yearly results than any other school in the state, scoring an average of 2740.2 each year.

The top performing Year 9 school was Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School, in Byron Bay, where the average yearly result was 3010.0 for the five years.

To find how each school performed between 2014 and 2018, their average scores for each year were combined and the yearly average found.

Special schools, schools with fewer than 20 students enrolled in either year, and schools that did not report any results for NAPLAN subjects in either year were excluded from the analysis.

The figures were independently compiled from the Federal Government’s MySchool website.

That revealed Emmanuel Anglican College, in Ballina, had the second highest results for Year 5s over that period, with a yearly average of 2652.6.

The third best performing Year 5 school was Holy Family Catholic Primary School, in Skennars Head, with five yearly average results of 2637.6.

The second-best performing Year 9 results were at Emmanuel Anglican College, in Ballina, where yearly results were 3000.6.

Shearwater the Mullumbimby Steiner School, in Mullumbimby, had the third highest average results between 2014 and 2018 with averages of 2982.8.

Read the full article from the Northern Star here

Eurythmy Performance at Shearwater

Mullum Music Fest Youth Mentorship Winners

Congratulations to current CBRSS student Phoebe Neumann and CBRSS graduate Mali Biggin on being Youth Mentorship Winners for this Years Mullum Music Festival.

For a decade now Mullum Music Festival has offered young musicians the chance to be heard, a chance to find an audience and start their career with their Youth Mentorship Program. Many of the winners have gone on to International careers, with Parcels playing the European Festival Circuit and supporting acts like Toto and this year’s Falls’ Festival. Paris dwelling Merryn Jean is a previous winner who’s made some global ripples, with rising stars Asha Jeffries and three-piece Mullum band Loose Change in their wake. Loose Change won last year’s band section – this year they’re on the program as an act in their own right. That’s how serious the festival is about inclusive programming for young and emerging artists.

Festival Director Glenn Wright has always been passionate about creating spaces for musicians at every level of their career.

‘The best way to find emerging artists is to give them a place to emerge. Mullum Music Festival is that place where many new musicians get a leg up and develop relationships with their mentors and peers.”

Read the full media release here

An extremely successful CBRSS String Program

Five students at CBRSS participated in a Trinity Music Exam in Early November this year achieving outstanding results bringing credit to themselves and our school.

Student Year Trinity Grade Award
Isaac Poulsen 10 5th Cello Distinction
Jarrah King 8 5th Violin Distinction
Nina Walker 6 3rd Violin Distinction
Ayla Vargas 6 3rd Violin Distinction
Bodil Pages 6 2nd Violin Distinction

Trinity College London is an internationally recognised Music examination system used throughout the entire world. The examination venue for our students is conveniently located in Bangalow and an examiner usually travels from England to assess and hold the exams.
Students need to prepare 3 pieces, 3 studies, a scale and chose to be tested in either Theory, Sight reading, Improvisation or Aural. Our students all achieved marks ranging from 87 to 94 awarding them all the top ranking award of Distinction. Congratulations to all of them and their teachers!

As a school, we should feel very proud to have such talented musicians among us.

Student Congratulations

Della Knight from year 10 recently received an academic excellence award at Southern Cross University. Congratulations Della!

Zone 5

Celebrating Waldorf 100

The first Waldorf School (Steiner School) was founded in September 1919.

To commemorate 100 years of Waldorf education Steiner/Waldorf schools worldwide have been participating in an international postcard exchange.
Every school was sent blank, pre-addressed postcards and they have been slowly but surely making their way around the world since April 2017.
Each postcard depicts artistic work or a story from a young person, telling or showing something about its place of origin. A display of postcards in the library has attracted the interest of many students and they have enjoyed looking at the postcards we have received and remembering the ones that they sent!
We have postcards from over 36 countries including Japan, Russia, Finland, Germany, Croatia, Italy, Greece, Thailand, the Phillipines, USA, Scotland, South Korea, Canada, Brasil, Mexico and Spain…..

Class 4 students looking at some of the postcards which are still on display in our Library if you would like to see for yourself.

From our German teacher Manuela

Liebe Eltern und Erzieher/innen! (Dear parents and caregivers!)

Just over a year ago I was given the privilege to teach German at this beautiful school. Every day I drive to school I catch myself smiling, feeling happy and looking forward to teaching the children a bit more of my mother tongue and culture. It is lovely to hear more and more children and adults use German in class and in the playground.

It feels so right for the children to learn Rudolf Steiner’s native language. He strongly advocated that children should learn foreign languages throughout their schooling and thus learn to understand and appreciate, rather than judge, others with foreign cultural and language backgrounds for being different.

Last week Class 7 thought deeply about the way we perceive the sounds some animals make. They, like most Australian children, ‘knew’ that dogs go ‘woof’ and roosters go ‘kockadoodledoo’. In contrast, German children, like me, grow up ‘knowing’ that dogs go ‘wow’ and roosters go ‘kickerickee’. By the way, the rooster I heard crowing the other day didn’t sound anything like either of these sounds and, just in case you wondered, cats go ‘miaow’ in both languages.

The children are currently learning about animals. They are planning to create collaborative class posters depicting imaginary class zoos which will be displayed at the Spring Fair.

Last term the children learned about nature and created some beautiful annotated posters. The attached photos are a small sample of their work. The children described with a high level of accuracy some of the natural things they like.

If you want to get in touch with me, please feel free to stop and talk to me when you see me around the school or send me an email via the office.
Viele Grüße (Warm regards)
Manuela

Music news

Congratulations to Cole and his guitar quintet who entertained guests at a special dinner celebrating 100 years of Steiner Education. As part of the Teacher’s Conference during the last holidays, a dinner was held for the visitors to our school from all over Australia. Cole and his students Kyan, Kashi and Cosmo from Class 8 and Wil and Kade from Class 6 performed brilliantly to warm up the evening. It was very well received by all and we thank you Cole and the students for their professionalism and fine playing.

Loani

Farewell Shanti

This week we say Farewell to Shanti who has been a beloved Science Assistant in the High School for many years. We wish Shanti all the best for her next adventures, with Love and Gratitude from all at CBRSS.

Plastic Free July has arrived

Join millions of people reducing their plastic waste.
Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?

Take our Pesky Plastic Quiz. It’s a great way of finding out what single-use plastics you’re currently using, and what you can cut out during the challenge. Even if you’ve done it before, it helps us track household trends and can be a great way to take stock of your improvements and find new ways to cut single-use plastics out of your life!

We’re incredibly excited to announce the launch of our brand-new website. A lot of time and work has gone into this new update, all with the purpose of making sure you have the best resources and help available throughout the Plastic Free July challenge – for 2019 and beyond.

Check out the fresh new look here!

You’ll find:

Thanks to our Librarian Charlotte for creating a lovely display in the CBRSS Library focusing on topics such as; how to minimise plastic use, how people have made a difference in their countries and ideas for sustainable, natural alternatives.

For Jane

We had a fantastic night at the ‘Stars Of the Shire Dance for Cancer’. The Seven Sassy Sisters won people’s choice and we were the team to raise the most funds, over $6000 for Cancer Council Northern Rivers NSW. CBRSS was proudly showcased by the efforts of the Class 4 mums. It was such a fun night with so many coming to support us. Thank you for your support.

Love Laurie, Jen, Sarah, Kimberly, Skai, Suzie and our teacher Kyla xx

Five stars for our Master Chef

Byron Council surprised Craig with a  Food and Hygiene safety visit to our Season’s Cafe (School Canteen) last week. Congratulations and thanks to Craig and his team who have again received a five star ‘Excellent’ award. Craig has received five stars now for the four years he has run the school canteen. Well done Craig!

1 week to go until Plastic Free July 2019

Join millions of people reducing their plastic waste.
Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?

Take our Pesky Plastic Quiz. It’s a great way of finding out what single-use plastics you’re currently using, and what you can cut out during the challenge. Even if you’ve done it before, it helps us track household trends and can be a great way to take stock of your improvements and find new ways to cut single-use plastics out of your life!

We’re incredibly excited to announce the launch of our brand-new website. A lot of time and work has gone into this new update, all with the purpose of making sure you have the best resources and help available throughout the Plastic Free July challenge – for 2019 and beyond.

Check out the fresh new look here!

You’ll find: