CBRSS Community Christmas Market

The Festive Season is almost upon us and the Christmas Market will be extra special this year. Please mark your calendar now and bring the whole family along to enjoy an afternoon of celebration, giving and community. Our market will begin at 1.30 with musical performances from primary and high school students. Stay on for class stalls, local artisans and craft activities on the school green. *Children can craft a precious gift (such as felt ball necklaces, pinecone decorations and dyed Japanese paper). *Print your own wrapping paper and gift tags (or purchase pre-made rolls). *Select beautiful locally made gifts for the whole family plus a sweet selection of hand-crafted treasures just for the kids. *Enjoy some bubbly fun with showman Shep Huntly (AKA Dr Hubble) *Browse the latest beautiful books from local bookshop The Book Room. *A variety of nourishing refreshments will be on offer. Enjoy cool drinks, chai, and delicious food including wood-fired pizza (GF & VG options) and a sausage sizzle. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy an easy, early dinner in the Summer twilight.

Please note this celebration is for CBRSS families only.

In the spirit of the season, each year CBRSS families generously donate gifts for our Giving Tree. This year the gifts will go to children living with their mother in local refuges after family violence. Please include a tag describing the gift so it can be best matched with a child. If you purchase a gift for the Giving Tree during the Market, we’ll wrap it for you.

Let’s come together to celebrate Summer, Christmas, Hanukkah and another wonderful year in our school community.

Celebrating Advent

Advent starts this year on Sunday 2nd December and is celebrated for the four Sundays leading up to Christmas until Sunday 23rd 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.

      

Additional Reading:
Our library also has some handouts on making an advent wreath, nature table etc.
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.

Year 12 Graduation 2018

Principals Address

I would like to begin by acknowledging that we are privileged to be on the traditional lands of the Arakwal people of the Bundjalung Nation and I would like to honour and pay my deepest respect to Elders, both past and present. Australia’s aboriginal people are amongst the oldest known civilisations in the world. They undertook the first great sea journeys of exploration and developed a culture of deep knowledge and connection with the land that has endured longer than almost any other in the world’s history. We are all held in the cradle of this knowledge and connection and I am deeply grateful for the opportunities this brings to us all.

Almost 6 years ago, you started your High School Journey – at the same time as I started my journey as Principal here at Cape Byron. I remember giving you a candle for your morning circle and commenting to you that I looked forward to being with you at your graduation. Well, here we are! Over the last 13 years of your schooling, you have learned a lot of things. You have developed skills and learned about the world and, most importantly, you have learned about yourselves. Now, as you stand on the threshold of a new beginning, I want to take a moment to reflect on some things that really matter.

We live in a time of great change, uncertainty and possibility. It is a time where change is happening so quickly that it is hard to even imagine what the world will look like in a few years. Political and social boundaries are moving and the change in our beautiful, fragile environment is palpable. The task of imagining the future is now yours and you are already in the complex process of shaping it.

Whilst I hope the skills we have taught you will be useful to you in this changing world, I believe that it isn’t what you know that truly matters now, it is who you are and who you are going to be in the world.

Around 100 years ago, Rudolf Steiner gave us a Michaelic verse,

“Imbue thyself with the power of imagination
Have courage for the truth
Sharpen thy feeling for the responsibility of soul”

Today I would like to focus on this concept of having courage.

We live in a time when we are bombarded daily with advertising messages which urge us, as consumers, to believe a particular view of the world or ourselves, a time when social media targets messages directly at us with information designed to make us vote or spend our money in a particular way. I ask that you have the courage to be aware, reflect deeply and search for a universal truth in the messages you receive each day.

We live in a time when there is an ever-increasing emphasis on self-absorption and the endless need for external approval and acceptance. We spend time trying to create and promote an image of our lives which others will ‘like’. The selfie-stick is actually a thing! I want you to have the courage to be authentically who you are and to make real connections with others based on this true sense of self.

We live in a time where it is easy to draw apart, to polarise and to find the differences between us and to reinforce these. I want to encourage you not to follow this path. I know that you have the courage to stop and listen to those whose views are different to your own. You do not need to agree, and certainly it is important to stand up for what you truly believe is right, but please take the time to at least try to understand the other view; see and understand our differences and then search for the things that draw us together. You are all developing a strong moral compass; use it to make good choices but also have the empathy, courage and insight to understand those who do not. The hope for the future is in finding our common humanity and forging a path we can walk together.

Our school vision is to enable each individual to realise their potential to be self aware, resourceful and resilient with the empathy, skills and initiative to make a positive contribution to the world. I want you to know that, right at this turning point in your lives, as you are about to finish your school education, you are exactly who you should be and you are exactly what our world needs. Have the courage to know and understand this.

I look at you and I am filled with so much hope for the future. You are creative, caring, empathetic, thoughtful, insightful, gentle, humorous, determined, imaginative, analytical, hopeful and courageous. You have what you need to step out into the world and fulfill your own life destinies. You will be the lovers, the carers, the decision makers, the inventors, the collaborators and the healers. You will be the artists, poets, musicians, strategists, scientists, engineers and farmers who will shape and change the new world.

So now, go out there and ask questions. Have courage to stand up for what you believe in. Make strong, ethical choices. Care for others, even if you don’t understand their lives or their choices. Actively care for this magnificent planet and speak up when others don’t. Find happiness in the small things. Draw pictures, make music, plant gardens, write poems – be a creator in the world. Accept that you are not perfect and sometimes you will get it wrong. Make mistakes – and then learn from them. Be prepared to wait and work for the things you want. Look for the music and the beauty around you (it is always there).

I want you to know that your teachers, your family and your school community, are so very proud of you. I am very proud of you. Almost 100 years ago, Rudolf Steiner said “Receive children in reverence, educate them in love, and let them go forth in freedom.” We received you with reverence, we have educated you with so much love, and now it is time for you to go forth in freedom.

Your education at Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School has finished, my wish for you all is that you can go on to fulfill the highest, truest expression of yourselves as the wonderful human beings you are. You have the courage for this task!

Congratulations to Year 12 on Graduating!

Farewell to the graduating Year 12 students for 2018, you have all made us so very proud. We can’t wait to see where life will take you next. Wherever it is, our love and blessings go with you all, you will be missed!

Year 12 verse 

Quiet I bear within me.
I bear within myself
forces to make me strong.
Now will I be imbued
with their glowing warmth.
Now will I fill myself
with my own will’s resolve
and I will feel the quiet
pouring through all my being
When, by my steadfast striving,
I become strong
to find within myself
the source of strength
The strength of inner quiet.

Rudolf Steiner

Halloween

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.
  • Create a family altar: symbols of the season, pictures of beloved dead relatives and special things that may have belonged to them. In Mexico during the Day of the Dead, altars are made for particular family members and include their favourite food and objects of theirs, alongside cut out paper stars, clay figures and bread shaped like people.
  • Tell a story, one that you could repeat every Halloween, for example, Vasilisa a Russian Fairy Tale that includes that old witch Baba Yaga or the Little Hobgoblin which you will find by following this link.
  • Have an Ancestor Feast – prepare a meal that is traditional in your family from your heritage. Before you eat you can take a little from each dish and put on a plate in front of the picture of your relatives.
  • After the feast, or around the altar, you could light a candle,  sit back and tell a story about your ancestors. This could be a personal story about someone in your family or a traditional folktale or myth. You could pass around photos and recall memories. Who were your ancestors? Where did they come from? Did you ever meet your grandparents or great-grandparents? Talking about where we come from instils a sense of belonging and security in the children and also gives a healthy context to acknowledging death.
  • Baking and craft opportunities include carving turnips and pumpkins, making apple chains to represent the Isle of Apples (Celtic tradition) or have a go at making sugar skulls.
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.

Spring Fair 2018

The magic of Spring at CBRSS

A special kind of harmony between our animals, humans and land.

Spring is coming, spring is coming
birdies build your nest.
weave together straw and feather
doing each your best.
Spring is coming, spring is coming
flowers are waking, too.
daisies, lilies, and daffodils
now are coming through.
spring is coming, spring is coming
all around is fair.
shimmer, glimmer on the meadow,
joy is everywhere.

HSC Showcase 2018

HSC Showcase

Spring Fair: 2 Weeks Away!

Thank you to everyone who has been out there selling raffle tickets, donating to Silent Auction and White Elephant. Your support and contributions are greatly appreciated.

As the Fair is just around the corner we thought we would provide a helpful checklist highlighting what to bring and when!

Before Spring Fair:

  • Raffle Tickets: please continue to sell and return any unsold tickets to reception by 18th September.
  • White Elephant: donations will be taken right up until the 20th Sept. Please bring clothes, toys, books, small gadgets etc to Class 3
  • Produce: donate any preserves, pickles, jams, sauces to box outside Class 3
  • Craft Stall: want to see your craft at the Spring Fair? Ring Kylie on 0433 176 895

Day of Spring Fair:

  • Cake: Each family is to bring a cake for the High School cake stall. Please deliver to stall on the day.
  • Foliage: Flowers and vines, please bring any from your garden and deliver to garland stall.
  • Produce: Any fresh produce like eggs, veggies etc can be delivered to stall on the day.

Set Up Day – Friday 21st Sept – if you are available, please come along and help Class 3 set up for the Fair. We’d love your help.

And remember our popular High School Song Writing Competition is open to High School students in the Northern Rivers region. For more info please follow this link.

Again, thank you for all your support in making this a magical Spring Fair.

Class 3 Spring Fair Team

Spring Fair 2018

The theme this year is “Celebration” – celebrating Spring, our school, our 30th birthday, the new innovation building, students past and present. There will be special events through the day including a special opening ceremony and a naming ceremony for the new building. There will be plenty of things for you, your friends and families to enjoy so please share the festival date with them too. We are very excited to be creating this year’s Spring Fair and we look forward to sharing it with you all.

As you know, creating the Spring Fair takes all of us as a community to come together and offer our time, skills, talents and love. Below are all the ways you can get involved and join in the fun.

Raffle Tickets

The Spring Fair is an opportunity for us to raise much needed funds for the school, funds will go towards music and sports equipment and helping to complete the walkway from the Innovation Centre.

This year we are focusing on selling complete raffle booklets (to the 1 person/family) for just $20 and we have 4 fantastic prizes for the students that sell the highest number of complete books! 2 x Private Circus Classes and 2 x Book Vouchers Prizes

Please give the complete raffle books to Reception and accept a crystal as a thank you and feel free to collect more! Every single raffle ticket sold counts and is a big help in our fundraising efforts.

Silent Auction

We are currently seeking donations for the Silent Auction, if you would like to offer a donation please contact – Jen Henderson0413057600/ jennyahenderson@me.com

White Elephant

Time to spring clean your wardrobe! We ask that you start considering an early ‘spring clean out’ for quality items you would be happy to donate such as clothing, toys, small furniture items, kitchen gadgets and books. Please note that we don’t want any junk or electrical items, (what doesn’t sell we pack up and get rid of which is very time/energy consuming).

Please bring your donations to Class 3 – there will be a White Elephant Box. Should you require any assistance please contact Rachel 0439 382657

High School Song Writing Competition

Once again we will be running the songwriters competition which is open to all High School students in the Northern Rivers region.

There are some amazing prizes to be won, so get your creative juices flowing! See flyer for details.

The Produce Stall

This year Class 3 is focusing on fermentation and will be creating a number of goodies for the produce stall. If you are creating fermented produce or have been busy creating wonderful preserves this winter and would like to donate some to the produce stall we would be happy to accept any sauerkraut, jams, preserves, pickles, sauces etc. .. YUM!

Craft Stall Cooperative

Craft Group would love to invite creative parents and students to sell their craft at the Spring Fair. Please ring Kylie Clark on 0433 176 895 or see flyer for more details. We look forward to hearing from you!!

Class Stalls

Supporting your class activity is very important and adds to the specialness of the Spring Fair. Please ensure you help your class with the preparations and sign up for rosters on the day. Your help makes the world of difference!

Calling all Alumni

Calling all parents who are past students of Cape Byron to get in touch to help provide material for our media project that documents the history of our school. This might include old photos, video footage and a willingness to give a short interview so we have anecdotal snippets. If you are still in touch with friends who have moved away and feel they would also be willing to contribute please pass this on.

If you are willing/able to help out and share your school experiences and photos please contact Suzanne (0428 731 921/ suzanneflowerday@gmail.com)

We look forward to co-creating and sharing this wonderful day together.

The Spring Fair Team

Calling all Alumni

Dear School Community,

You may or may not be aware that this year marks the 30th anniversary of Cape Byron Steiner School. To acknowledge and celebrate this, we are wanting to collate material that the high school students can use for a media project that documents the history of the Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School over the last 30 years. The presentation will be showcased at this year’s Spring Fair in the new High School Building.

So this is an appeal to all parents who are past students of Cape Byron to get in touch to help provide material for this fabulous project. This might include old photos, video footage and a willingness to give a short interview so we have anecdotal snippets. We are hoping to get a diverse range of material that documents the entire period starting with the founders of the school!

If you are still in touch with friends who have moved away and feel they would also be willing to contribute please pass this on to them (there is a link at the bottom of the Bulletin email to “forward to a friend”). This is a great opportunity to have the Cape Byron Alumni Network creak into motion and give back to the school. We need to get the ball rolling as the students will need to start putting the material together early in Term 3.

So if you are willing/able to help out and share your school experiences and photos please contact Suzanne (0428 731 921/ suzanneflowerday@gmail.com ) and we’ll take it from there.

At the moment we are just trying to get a list together of willing contributors.

You may wish to visit the “Our History” page of our website for some inspiration, you will find it here.

Many thanks and looking forward to receiving a flurry of texts, emails and phone calls from people I don’t know!!

Suzanne Flowerday
(2018 Cape Byron Spring Fair Team)

Spring Fair 2018

Calling all Alumni

Dear School Community,

You may or may not be aware that this year marks the 30th anniversary of Cape Byron Steiner School. To acknowledge and celebrate this, we are wanting to collate material that the high school students can use for a media project that documents the history of the Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School over the last 30 years. The presentation will be showcased at this year’s Spring Fair in the new High School Building.

So this is an appeal to all parents who are past students of Cape Byron to get in touch to help provide material for this fabulous project. This might include old photos, video footage and a willingness to give a short interview so we have anecdotal snippets. We are hoping to get a diverse range of material that documents the entire period starting with the founders of the school!

If you are still in touch with friends who have moved away and feel they would also be willing to contribute please pass this on to them (there is a link at the bottom of the Bulletin email to “forward to a friend”). This is a great opportunity to have the Cape Byron Alumni Network creak into motion and give back to the school. We need to get the ball rolling as the students will need to start putting the material together early in Term 3.

So if you are willing/able to help out and share your school experiences and photos please contact Suzanne (0428 731 921/ suzanneflowerday@gmail.com ) and we’ll take it from there.

At the moment we are just trying to get a list together of willing contributors.

You may wish to visit the “Our History” page of our website for some inspiration, you will find it here.

Many thanks and looking forward to receiving a flurry of texts, emails and phone calls from people I don’t know!!

Suzanne Flowerday
(2018 Cape Byron Spring Fair Team)

Ugandan Ubuntu Choir

Last week, our students and some families were very blessed to experience the Ugandan Ubuntu Choir. UBUNTU Choir is a charitable organisation that provides scholarships to vulnerable Ugandan children for education. The touring choir is a fundraising exercise.
The choir was billeted out amongst local families, I wish to extend our thanks for your contribution.

http://www.kwaya.org/UBUNTU2018TOUR.html

Students from classes 3 to 12 received an incredibly dynamic and inspiring workshop performance in which the leaders cracked hilarious jokes, played games and shared culture, language and stories of general life in Uganda. The musicians played traditional drums, danced and sang. It was a vibrant and beautiful experience for all the students, all of us learning two dances and singing along with the Ubuntu Choir.
Janet Swain and Elizabeth Swain (CBRSS Family) facilitate the choir coming to the Northern Rivers area, much respect and gratitude to them and also to Loani for her work on the school end organising the workshop.

Students from the year 9/10 Music Elective course were invited to sing with a massed choir of adults and children to open the UBUNTU choir performance last Thursday night. The project was facilitated by Janet Swain and Tom Whitaker, involving Brunswick Heads Primary School, CBRSS and members of local community choirs. It was such a rich experience for all involved, Women, Men, Youth and Children. We sang four songs, maximum inspirational melodies.
Ubuntu then performed their amazing show to a very packed civic hall in Mullumbimby.
Overall, the immersion of these beautiful humans in our community through billeting, engaging and vibrant workshops at the school and a collaboration with Brunswick Heads Primary School and various community choirs culminating in a performance before UBUNTU played to a packed Civic hall.
Heartfelt thank you to the following people who made this possible. Janet Swain, Elizabeth Swain, Loani McCrae, Matt Gulliford, Tom.

Ensemble Tour 2018

The Ensemble Della Mar has just returned from a fabulous tour to Sydney. 29 students from class 6-11 and their instruments wowed the crowds with the high standard of their playing. A highlight of the trip was playing at the Wayside Chapel where we learnt about the fantastic work done there, helping homeless people in Kings Cross. They were also the most enthusiastic audience we had! We also really enjoyed playing at Gleneaon in their beautiful hall and taking the ferry over to see the Vivid light show. A big shout goes out to Cole and his merry quartet of guitars who were fabulous. Also to Yemaya for leading the Senior Strings so well. Thank you, Robbie and Ian, for always being amazing and ever giving and to our wonderful parents, Jessie and Natalie – we could not have done it without you.

Loani

One of the visitors of the Wayside Chapel sketched this while watching the performance there.

Bush dance 2018

Parents and students danced the night away at the school bush dance last Friday which was a wonderful success. A big thank you to all the teachers and parents who made it possible by volunteering their time.

Steiner Education Australia Glam Conference

This was SEA’s biggest GLaM conference to date, with nearly 140 attendees from every state and territory in Australia, and from all but a few schools.

NESA visit

Nerrida showing Paul Daniell, one of the Executive Directors of the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) and Heidi O’Brien, NESA School Liaison Officer around the school.

Autumn Festival 2018

Autumn Pop-up Market Thursday 29th March 2.15pm

For stall enquires please contact Joss – M: 0416 310 110 – Deadline of 23 March 2018.
Join the School community for a seasonal celebration on the afternoon of Thursday 29 March including an Easter Hat Parade, Chai and food stalls plus a Year 11 fundraiser.

Stalls will be open from 2.15 pm for parents to enjoy half an hour before the students finish their school day and join in.