Advent starts this year on Sunday the 1st of December and is celebrated for the four Sundays leading up to Christmas until Sunday the 22nd of December. 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.
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.
Some lovely stories for Advent and Hanukkah by Eugene Schwartz available by following this link.
Please join us to celebrate another wonderful year at the Cape Byron Steiner School Christmas Market.
Friday 13th December
1.30-2.15pm School Christmas Performance (amphitheatre)
2.15-2.45pm Parents can enjoy some relaxed Christmas Shopping at one of the many stalls.
2.45-5pm Please collect your child from their classroom promptly at 2.45pm then head to The Green for a beautiful afternoon of live music, delicious food and Christmas crafting.
This year we are delighted to welcome these local makers to our market – The Book Room, Happy Flame Beeswax Candles, Zephyr’s Nest, Church Farm General Store, Seed & Sprout, Steiner Arts & Crafts, along with other handcrafted goodies.
Enjoy live music from our CBRSS community and a reading by author, Simi Genziuk, of her book So She Did.
*In the spirit of the season, each year families generously donate gifts for our Giving Tree. Gifts can be placed under the Christmas Tree at the market or placed in the box at the office. Please include a tag describing the gift so it can be best matched with a child.*
– This is a waste-wise event. Please bring your own cups, straws, plates and cutlery and a picnic blanket.
– Most stalls will take cash on the day so please come prepared.
– This celebration is for CBRSS and Periwinkle families only.
Let’s come together to celebrate another wonderful year in our school community.
At school, we don’t celebrate Halloween and at home, there can be tremendous pressure to join in “trick and treating”, even if it doesn’t wholly match your family values, we warmly encourage you to withstand this pressure and instead find inspiration below to celebrate with reverence.
In ancient times Halloween was believed to be the time when the veil was thin between the world of the living and the world of the dead. Our ancestors could return to visit us, to give help and advice. People set lights in the hollowed out turnips to guide the spirits of the dead, and put out food as an offering. You no doubt have noticed that in modern times a materialistic aspect has crept in and celebrating and honouring our ancestors has been lost.
We’d like to offer some other ways to acknowledge this festival day and to have a wholesome and in context opportunity to discuss death and family ancestors.
Halloween provides a wonderful opportunity to connect in meaningful and reverent ways both as a family and to our heritage.
For more information about Halloween and it’s true significance please read the article further along in this Bulletin.
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The HSC Showcase was, once again, a fabulous night of amazing performances from our very talented Year 12 students. In the Hall we listened to the Music students share their various talents and bring the house down with the cool Mat in the sunnies on drums. English Extension 2 students read out excerpts of their pieces and the audience was highly impressed with their Major Works. The second half showcased the Drama Individual and Group Projects as well as Science, Maths and Society and Culture. In the courtyard, the wonderful Design and Technology projects were displayed and the 2 Art spaces were filled with Visual Art, Photography, Society and Culture and written Drama Major Works. Congratulations to all the students and the staff for their efforts in showcasing the fruits of the Year 12 labours.
Thanks everyone. With all your awesome help spreading the word and selling tickets, this raffle has earned $12,900 so far.
The raffle will be drawn tomorrow at the Fair at 2pm, so this is the last chance to invite friends and family to buy a ticket.
We will be selling tickets around the Fair tomorrow, if you want another chance to win the great prizes, including the Family Fun Package, featured in the photo. It’s worth more than $1400 and includes a family surf lesson with private instructor, a family pass to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, family passes to go roller skating and ten-pin bowling, a private skateboarding lesson, a forest-to-beach horseride, a holiday circus workshop and flying trapeze lesson, vouchers for water sliding, two days at bush school, plus a $100 voucher to spend at Byron Bay camping store, and $100 for a meal at Oh-Sushi Japanese restaurant. There’s lots of buzz among the kids about this prize!
Please make a last effort to spread the word to friends and family, using Facebook, email and text. People can buy tickets at this site: https://www.rafflelink.com.au/springfair2019
And in case you accidentally find yourself with some paper tickets you have sold but forgotten to return, please hand them into the raffle table (up near office) first thing in the morning so we can enter the details into the system.
The raffle will be drawn at 2pm, using the Rafflelink random draw software, and the winners announced (and contacted) soon after.
Thanks again everyone for your mammoth effort selling tickets. Together we’ve raised lots of money for our kids’ play and exercise equipment, and for school camp gear.
Sarah & Lesa for the Class 3 Raffle Team.
SPRING FAIR September 21st.
We are thrilled to announce an incredible line up of goodies for our Spring Fair Silent Auction. We have almost 40 wonderful prizes sourced and gifted from local businesses, and you’ll be able to see and start bidding on them THIS WEEK!
Many of our prizes are wonderful and useful items that you’ll want to have in your home. When you bid via the Silent Auction you are supporting our beautiful school community to thrive, so please take a look at the list that will be published this week, and make your bids!
Come along to our stall at the Friday market this week (6th September) to be the first to see the incredible prizes up for grabs!
Thank you so much, everyone! Together we’ve already raised $7000 in the raffle. We have 17 days left to sell tickets (the raffle will be drawn at the Spring Fair), so let’s get the word out there and raise as much as we can to buy play and exercise equipment, and camp gear for our kids. Please send an email or text, or share a Facebook post (from school Facebook page) with friends and family. https://www.rafflelink.com.au/springfair2019
Paper tickets: If you’d like to sell paper tickets for the raffle, then now is the moment to get some, as they’re due back to the office by 10 September. Tickets will be for sale online right up until the 2pm draw on 21 September, and paper tickets will be for sale at the Fair, in the morning. Please ask at the front office for paper tickets. They can be delivered to your child in class if you aren’t able to make it to school. And of course you can visit the raffle site to buy tickets online. https://www.rafflelink.com.au/springfair2019
Waste-free, healthy home prize package. 6th prize in the raffle is the amazing package pictured above. More than $1200 worth of goodies including stainless steel and silicon-ware (lunch box with carry case, drink flask, leak-proof containers, glass and bamboo storage, silicon fridge pouches and food wraps, stretch lids and food huggers), net market bags, bread bag, nut mylk bag, produce bags, bulk bin bags and a stainless steel funnel. Beeswax wraps. Natural fibre brushes and copper scourer. 28cm non-stick, toxin-free frypan. Reusable coffee cup. $200 worth of vouchers for bulk foods. Plus a bundle of plant-based cleaning products.
Lots of work went into collecting these great prizes, and the local and school communities have been so generous. Let’s make the most of all that effort and generosity.
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