Reconciliation week

This may well be one of the most significant Reconciliation weeks in Australian History. With the new government change, Anthony Albonese and Penny Wong’s first comments after becoming Prime Minister / Foreign Minister was to acknowledge First Nations People and mention their intentions of endorsing the Uluru Statement From The Heart. This was a promising sign First Nations People will be recognised in the Constitution, have a voice in Parliament and a Makarrata will be created. This year we did a range of activities (listed below) to bring awareness to Reconciliation and the significance of the Uluru Statement From the Heart.

  • Welcome to Country / Mural

This wonderful Mural that you can see on the side of the Hall near the entrance to the school has been 2 years in the making. Claire Sleeman has worked tirelessly and had many obstacles in her way to secure Kaitlyn who is an Arakwal First Nations Person. Kaitlyn did a wonderful Welcome to country in language and some teachers described her talking to the students as the most meaningful stories we have heard. Kaitlyn talked of significant and sacred sites around the Byron Shire and talked of her family and connection to Cabbage Tree Island mission where a lot of her family lived. Painting the Mural was a busy but beautiful two days where Claire coordinated as many students as possible to participate in painting the mural. The design of the mural represents the merging of the land and the ocean. The large carpet python represents the totem of Kaitlyn’s great grandfather, the dolphin represents the ancestors of the Arakwal women. The central organic lines and dotes are the river systems that flow through this land. The sun is the energy force for all life and the horseshoe shapes are people sitting on the Earth.  A huge acknowledgement to Claire for all her hard work to get this project off the ground.

  • Uluru Statement from the Heart

Students read the Uluru Statement From the Heart in year levels and discussed how it was composed, what it means and what the significance is. Find out more about the Uluru Statement.

  • Welcome to Country

In Guardian this week, Students watched a TED talk on Jade Kennedy talking about Welcome to Country and the significant of it (watch it here). Students had fruitful discussions within their classes discussing what the video was about. It is a powerful video that gives some insights into what his people have experienced and you can’t help left feeling with Empathy for First Nations People.

  • Flag Raising Ceremony

Last year, some of you might have noticed 3 new flag poles erected in the carpark. Our Reconciliation Action Plan Committee recognised the old flag pole held the Australian Flag higher than the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Flags and we felt this didn’t sit well with the values we were trying to portray at CBRSS. The school invested in 3 flag poles of equal height and on Tuesday morning Paddy Innes-Hill led the high school in a Flag Raising Ceremony discussing different flag protocols and the symbolic meaning of flying the flags.

  • Culturally Safe Libraries Program

I would like to introduce to you how our school library at CBRSS responds to creating a culturally inclusive space and contributing to achieving reconciliation. Firstly our library responds to and is implementing the Culturally Safe Libraries Program, the process has started and will be implemented across the collection. AUSTLANG Protocol 5  is recognised and used in our library where possible. Protocol 5 is about how collection content by and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is described and classified in our catalogues and library management systems.

So what is a culturally safe library?

“A library that provides an environment that is emotionally safe for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; where people feel supported, can express themselves and their culture, history and identity with dignity and pride. An environment which fosters shared respect, meaning, knowledge and an opportunity to learn together without judgement.”

  1. In our school library this means being sensitive as to how books are catalogued and shelved.
  2. That indigenous peoples are widely represented across the collection and available for teachers and students to access from Kindergarten to Year 12, as picture books and teaching resources.

Resources and display for Reconciliation Week 2022 – some books from our collection on display this week.
Charlotte, from the CBRSS Library 

Creating our new Mural

A new Mural has been created and now installed at the entrance to the School. The Mural was created under the guidance of local indigenous Artist Kaitlyn Clark and completed over 2 days with the help of many CBRSS students and staff.

Elective Showcase 2022

For only the second time since 2019 we will host an Elective Showcase for our whole CBRSS community.

What a joy it is to welcome you back to the school to celebrate the beautiful work of our students.

SAVE THE DATE: FRIDAY 17 JUNE.

We recommend an audience of high school age and above.

Student Representative Council

The SRC have been busy this semester. First, we organised the IDAHOBIT day (International Day Against Homophobia, Biophobia and Transphobia) where the high school dressed up in rainbow colours to show our support and to stand out against discrimination of the LGBTQIA+ community.

 

We also actively wanted to support the people who have been affected by the recent floods. The SRC students in year 7 and 9 lovingly made over 50 beautiful cotton tote bags which were filled by the SRC students (year 7,9 and 10) with sanitary items donated by IGA Byron bay and reusable keep cups and lunch boxes donated from seed and sprout.

During our assembly, Nena from Bunjum Aboriginal corporation, graciously accepted our care packs which were then distributed amongst the People of Cabbage Tree Island who are still living in temporary housing in Ballina. Special thank you to Vatika and Joss for helping us out.

Autumn Festival 2022

Autumn and the Michaelmas Festival

March 21 is the midpoint between the Southern Hemisphere’s summer and winter solstices, it is also known as the autumn equinox and for us, it is when the festival of Michaelmas is celebrated. Michaelmas is the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel. The Archangel Michael is one of the principal angelic warriors, seen as a protector against the dark of night, and the administrator of cosmic intelligence.

The season of Michaelmas asks us to be thankful for the plentiful harvest of the preceding year and to face the approaching darkness of winter with courage in order to meet the darker days and places in ourselves symbolised by the dragon. The fire and fury of the dragon are strong in the world presently and increasingly so with each passing day it seems. We are called to face these challenging times with Michaelic courage to tame the dragon.

Rudolf Steiner said that the outer conflict of Michael and the Dragon was transferred to the inner human being because only in human nature can the Dragon now find its sphere of action. Thus, we are called to face our own darkness with courage and light. It is even time to question: when we find the “enemy” in the outer world, are we just avoiding facing him in ourselves? And also: how can one be a “peaceful warrior,” taking a stand with courage for a higher truth?

At this time stories of good versus evil or light versus dark are often told to illuminate the balance of light and dark that we all must strive towards mastering.

Here are some ideas for observing the festival and the season:

• Learn Michaelmas songs and verses.
• Create a Seasonal Nature Table depicting St. Michael and the Dragon. You could display autumn leaves, small pumpkins and gourds to represent the harvest.
• Tell stories about St. Michael or St. George and the Dragon.
• Do fun outdoor activities that require strength, courage and bravery.

As adults, we can use this time to focus on our own inner work and spiritual growth. Take time for meditation and journal writing, and think about the areas in which we would like to grow.

Some verses for children

Brave and True (this is a nice verse to recite while marching out the rhythm.)

Brave and true I will be
Each good deed sets me free.
Each kind word makes me strong.
I will fight for the right,
I will conquer the wrong.

St. Michael

Earth grows dark and fear is lurking,
O St. Michael, Heaven’s knight,
Go before us now and lead us,
Out of darkness, into light.

The Story of St Michael and the Dragon

A Michaelmas Story

St Michael’s Harvest Song

A Michaelmas Song

We wish everyone strength and courage this Michaelmas season, may all your dragons be tamed!

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

Kindergarten Winter Festival

The Kindergarten families enjoyed songs, story and some stone soup around the fire before a lantern walk beneath the twinkling stars.

Winter Festival 2021

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

Friday Markets are back!

Welcome back to Friday Markets!  We are so pleased to welcome our beloved Friday Markets back.  Please be reminded that parents need to be responsible for their children’s behaviour and school boundaries.  This means that children are able to play, calmly, with supervision, on the top green area, under the Dome and on the low monkey bars only.  The high monkey bars and sandpit are out of bounds please, as are other areas of the school grounds.  Teachers will be present and we ask that parents please be responsible for their own children and keep them in their sites.
The Markets will officially close at 3:45pm.

For the current CBRSS Community.

Autumn Festival 2021

Autumn Festival 2021

Primary School Giving Festival

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.

Spring Festival 2020

Winter Festival 2020

A quiet and peaceful feeling set the tone for our Winter Festival celebrations last week. Primary school classes enjoyed the gift of a beautiful song from the Year Twelves; their voices filling the Performance Hall with the sweet harmonies of ‘Deep Peace’.
Each class then walked to the darkened Movement Room where a spiral of greenery was laid out on the floor, a candle at its centre. Our wonderful music teachers played divine music as every child took their turn to walk into the spiral to light their candle and then leave it in place to add to the building light.
A spiral of candles burning brightly reminds us that we have reached the shortest day of the year and that days will soon be growing longer as the light returns.

Watch a Short Video of our Winter Festival here

What does light mean to you?
Light means to me that I am able to see. That from the moment I first opened my eyes I could see colour. Light means to me that I can see the world, all the colours that come with it. So that I can understand the world better.
Coco Year 7

Sunflower Kindergarten Winter Festival

The Sunflower Kindergarten has been busy the last few weeks preparing for our winter festival. We have sewn snug warm, woollen beanies; painted, cut, glued, twisted, sanded and oiled to shine up our winter lanterns; gone hunting pumpkins for warming winter soup, which we delivered to the canteen pixie; and gathered pinecones and wood for the fire. Such hard working hands, and warm hearts.

Kindy Rose Winter Festival

In the dark cold days,

There shines a light,

To make my heart,

So pure and bright.

The Kindergarten students attended and observed the beautiful Class 3 Spiral Walk. We entered into the darkness of the room where the spiral walk was to commence. We walked past the seasonal table and finally through to the wonder of the laid out spiral. In the centre of the spiral, a single shining light flickered adding to the mood felt by the students. The reverence we felt as we quietly entered and settled while watching and waiting for Class 3 to enter will forever remain with the students. As each Class 3 student walked very slowly and carefully through the spiral to light their candle, I glanced at each Kindergarten face transfixed on the slow inner journey of the Class 3 students holding their apple. It was truly very special and as the seeds in the apples that the students carried, I saw in the Kindergarten students at that moment the seeds of potential waiting for when it would be their turn to walk the spiral. We watched until Class 3 completed their spiral walk and left as quietly as they had arrived. The Kindergarten student then quietly walked around the outside of the spiral, past each flickering candle to the most remarkable music, leaving with the rain drizzling down, reminding us all that Winter is indeed on the way. Thank you Class Three for allowing us to share this moment with you.

A Kindy Perspective on Winter Festival

My son in Rose Kindy returned home from school last week full of wonder at what he had experienced that day, which was witnessing Class 3 do their spiral walk. The darkness of the room, the beauty of the violin, the foliage of the spiral, the candles lighting up one by one as each child took their turn to walk into the centre and return again to the circle of the class. He took it all in and enacted with slow steps and eyes closed what he observed in those just a few years above him. It was a big step for the youngest children in the school to be invited into the quiet of the Movement Room and to bear witness to another class’s festival, and now he cannot wait until he is old enough for it to be his turn. It is very precious as a parent to observe a spirit of reverence being cultivated in your child. Thank you to Jenny, Kim, Emily and Lizzie, and to Class 3 for giving them the opportunity to experience the quiet of Winter Solstice. – Alix

WINTER FESTIVAL 2020

Lighting a candle:

Deep in the ground of the human soul,

Of victory assured,

The Spirit-Sun is living.

All through the winter of the inner life

The faithful heart divines it.

Rudolf Steiner

The winter solstice is upon us and we will be celebrating in a unique way this year. Students and Teachers in each class will individually walk a spiral in total darkness and create a spiral of light with the candles they will each carry. It will be a time for inner reflection and quiet and honouring the light in the darkness.

Our wonderful Year 12 students will greet each class beforehand with song and verse and a small gathering around a fire.

The spirals will be held over three days during lesson time with Class 1 & 2 on Wednesday 17th, Class 3-6 Thursday 18th and Class 7-12 on Friday 19th of June. Year 11 and 12 will hold their spiral walk on Friday evening.

Kindergarten children will be celebrating Winter with their teachers on Monday 22nd June.

Due to continued restrictions, the Winter Festival this year will be a student-only event. While we will miss our whole community being together, we will embrace this opportunity to come in, experience the quiet and stillness and reflect upon this time.

We also encourage you to honour this time with a ceremony at home. Please see the article in this Bulletin for some ideas for winter at home you may like to try.

We look forward to celebrating all together again next year.

In the dark of the night

The earth shall be light

And gleam like a star

I and you

You and I

We give our light too

The College of Teachers