Community Giving Fund

One of the great things about our school community is the care we have for each other. Covid-19 has inspired us to have a fresh look at how we support our school community. Hence, we have established the Community Giving Fund as a way for you to offer support to the community and thereby provide support for families who are doing it tough and struggling to meet their fee commitments.

The fund provides an opportunity for you to join us and contribute to helping families financially. Every act of generosity and simple kindness, big or small, has a powerful effect and goes a long way to supporting each other.

To launch the new Fund, the school has made a significant contribution and has already financially supported many families.

We are excited to be sharing this inspired new initiative with you and we thank you for your continued support of our amazing school.

Please Click Here and Join Us in Supporting the Community Giving Fund

Finance news

Thank you to all the families who have paid their Term 2 fees on time. If you have Term 2 fees still outstanding and are not on an agreed payment plan, please clear your Term 2 account balance prior to the commencement of Term 3.  If you are on an altered payment plan for Term 2 please contact Strawberry on accounts@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au to revise your payments moving forward into Term 3.

We understand some families are still being impacted by COVID-19.  Limited school fee assistance for Term 3 is available for families who have lost substantial income due to the pandemic. Please contact Julia on finance@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au or covidhelp@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au to apply.

Thanks, and enjoy your holiday break

Stay Safe

Julia and Strawberry

Finance Team

What is National Reconciliation Week?

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

It’s raining it’s pouring – Wet Days – Primary School

Request to parents of Primary School students.

Please remember to provide a clean change of clothing that your student(s) can keep in their bags. Occasionally the rain gets through and dry clothes are required to keep your student(s) comfortable after the rain.

Much appreciated.

Margaret

Friendly reminder re School Fees due

Term 2 school fees were due Friday the 22nd of May 2020. Thank you to all who have already paid.

If you haven’t paid for Term 2 yet and you are not on an approved payment plan please address this promptly.

Please remember to include your parent code when paying fees so we can identify you.

If you are experiencing financial difficulty due to COVID-19, please contact Julia.

Finance@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au or phone 02 6639 9303

Thanks
Julia & Strawberry

Please don’t send emojis to school via SMS

As much as we like them, unfortunately, emojis that are texted to the schools SMS system do not work and turn the entire message into illegible gobbledygook.

Please support Reception and refrain from using Emojis when texting us.

Kinder 2021 waiting list closing 3.4.2020

The waiting list for Kinder in 2021 at CBRSS will be closed from Friday the 3rd of April 2020. Any applications received after this for a child eligible for that age group will be added to the list for Enrolment from 2022 and beyond depending on when an opportunity may arise.

Please note that the waiting list for Kindergarten in 2021 is already extensive with many more applicants than places available.

If you have a child that you would like considered for Kinder placement in 2021 please complete the online “Intention to enrol form” on our website which can be found via this link, please note that an email will then be sent to you explaining how to make the payment from our Enrolments email address, if you do not see this please check your junk/spam mail. The form and payment must be received before Friday April 3rd 2020, no exceptions.

THIS DOES NOT APPLY IF YOUR CHILD IS ALREADY ON THE WAITING LIST FOR KINDER IN 2021. IF YOU ARE NOT SURE WHETHER YOUR CHILD IS ON THE LIST PLEASE SEARCH YOUR EMAILS FOR A CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM ENROLMENTS AND ONLY CONTACT THE ENROLMENTS OFFICE IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ONE.

If you have any queries please contact the Enrolments Office enrolments@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

2020 Student Residential Address and Other Information collection notice

Last week we emailed all families regarding the Australian Governments request for current residential address details. Included with the email was a letter from the Australia Government outlining the reasons for the collection, this letter is also below for your reference. Please refer to that email for information regarding the process for updating your address where relevant.

The links in the letter do not work because it is a picture, these are active links in order of how they appear in the letter for your convenience.

https://www.education.gov.au/review-socio-economic-status-ses-score-methodology

https://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/D3310114.nsf/4a256353001af3ed4b2562bb00121564/9099c77cb979d55 (this is a copy of the link provided but the page can’t be found)

seshelpdesk@dese.gov.au

https://www.dese.gov.au/

Friendly reminder re School Fees due

Friendly reminder re School Fees due

Term 1 school fees are due Friday the 21st if February 2020. Thank you to all who have already paid.

If you haven’t paid for Term 1 yet and you are not on an approved payment plan please address this by then.

Please remember to include your parent code when paying fees so we can identify you.

Thanks
Julia & Strawberry

Change of procedure for School Fee payment plans

As of the beginning of the 2020 school year, all school fees for any given year must now be finalised by the end of December of the same year as opposed to by the end of January of the following year.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the finance office and ask for Julia or Strawberry.

Phone: 02 6639 9304 or email accounts@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

You can access 2020 School Fees via this link to our website, please note there are 2 pages to view.

Important information for K-6 parents

As we are at the beginning of the school year, it is timely to provide some information about some of our policies and procedures. These have been developed to ensure your child’s experience at the school is safe, harmonious, productive and positive. Your assistance in working with our policies and procedures is very much appreciated.

Dress Code
Our dress code was developed over time, in consultation with teachers and parents. The dress code is fairly straight forward and is designed to allow the children to learn and play freely. You can support your child by ensuring their clothing fits within the guidelines of the code. Click to view our parent information sheet which gives clear information about the dress code for the whole school.

After School Pick-Up
Parents can collect Kindergarten and Class One children directly from the classrooms after school. For children in Classes 2-6, the options are to use the drive-through pick up option in the bottom car park, or to park the car and wait outside the performance hall for the children to walk down from the classrooms. There is ample shade and seating there for parents who would like the chance to chat, though we do ask that you carefully watch younger children during this time as the car park can get very busy. Your assistance in waiting for children at the hall rather than meeting them in classrooms would be very much appreciated as many of our teachers have after-school duties and cannot get to these if they are having to manage pick-ups at the classroom.

Food
Children expend a lot of energy learning and playing at school. We ask that you send nutritious and filling food to school, avoiding lollies, chips and sugary foods and minimising the packaging that comes to school. Click to view our Food policy, which provides further detail about this.

Communication
We consider clear communication to be an important part of our relationship with you. In March we will be launching our CBRSS app, which will integrate parent communication, the school calendar, notices from the school and access to the parent portal into one simple app. We will be sharing further information about this at class meetings. In the meantime, click to view a parent information sheet which clearly outlines the different ways to communicate in the school.

Thank you for choosing Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School for your child(ren). We look forward to a productive and enjoyable year with you.

Click to view the Primary School Handbook

Seasons Greetings

Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful Holiday and a Happy New Year from all the staff at CBRSS.

Change of procedure for School Fee payment plans

As of the beginning of the 2020 school year all school fees for any given year must be finalised by the end of December of the same year as opposed to by the end of January of the following year.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the finance office and ask for Julia or Strawberry.

Phone: 02 6639 9304 or email accounts@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

You can access 2020 School Fees via this link to our website, please note there are 2 pages to view.

Friendly reminder re School Fees due

All school fees should be finalised in full before the end of the term/school year.  If you are not on an approved payment plan please address this promptly.

Please remember to include your parent code when paying fees so we can identify you.

Thanks
Julia & Strawberry

Unidentified deposit received

A payment was received on the 18th of November in the School Bank Account with an unidentifiable comment.

If you made this payment please contact our Finance Office Ph: 02 6639 9304 or email: finance@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

Please remember to include your parent code when paying fees so we can identify you.

If you are planning a move please let us know

Please be mindful that if your child is leaving the school we require 1 full term’s notice. We understand that this may not always be possible but sincerely appreciate your assistance with future planning when it is possible. This notice period is important for multiple reasons, including saving you money but most importantly it enables us to provide plenty of notice to new families/students and ensure a smooth transition into the school, it is very challenging for the new student, their family, the class they are entering and for all staff when the process is rushed. It can also be distressing for the community when there is not adequate time to farewell a family/student.

If your child is leaving at the end of the year please wherever possible provide notice by the end of Term 3. (Note: School Holidays do not count in the notice period, as staff are on leave during this time.) 

THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO YEAR 12 STUDENTS WHO ARE GRADUATING.

In regards to withdrawal of students please note the following:

  • As per the School’s Enrolment & Fee Policies: The school commits substantial resources to the education of each child and the whole school community development. Therefore when a child leaves, there is a significant impact on the school both financially and communally. For a student to be withdrawn from school once he/she has commenced at CBRSS i.e. for parents to end the enrolment contract, the School requires one term’s notice. Parents and guardians must inform and submit a Student Withdrawal Form one term in advance if they intend to withdraw their child from the school and end the enrolment contract. If no such notification is received a Withdrawal Fee of one term’s fees from the date of notification will be charged. If a student withdraws part way through a term, having given one term’s notice, tuition fees and consolidated charges will be charged on a pro-rata weekly basis; for the purpose of this clause, a part week is considered a full week.
  • Once notice has been received the Enrolments Officer will proceed immediately with filling the place. Please do not give notice unless/until you are certain that your child will be leaving. If you decide that you would like your child to return to CBRSS they will need to join the waiting list and wait for an opportunity, we are unable to provide any guarantees about when/if they will be able to return.
  • Once notice is received, administrative processes will occur that prevent confidentiality so please only give notice once you are prepared for the information to be public, please ensure you have advised your child prior to submitting the form.

You can find our Student withdrawal form on our website under the forms and downloads tab or by following this link. please return it to Enrolments.

If you require assistance with completing this form or need to discuss your options please contact Yvette via email: enrolments@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au or by phone 02 66399302.

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.

2020 School Fees

The School Board has met to set the School Fees for 2020.

The Board is cognisant of the need to keep fee increases to a reasonable level so that our rates remain manageable for our school community whilst also maintaining a level of income which will allow us to meet our costs and continue to provide a high-quality education. With this in mind, tuition fees and charges will increase by 4% in 2020. This is in keeping with other independent schools in our area.

The RC&M levy will increase to $500 per family per annum. Families will still be able to complete hours of approved Repair, Care and Maintenance work to the school each year (per family) in lieu of paying the levy, in 2020 this will be 20 hours per family. Note that the levy is charged at the beginning of the year and credited to your account once the required number of hours are completed.

Registration and Enrolment Fees will remain unchanged from 2019. Registration to enrol fees are $110 for the first child and $55 for each sibling. Enrolment fees are $550 for the first child and $200 for siblings.

Ensemble fees will increase slightly to $300 per year.

The Community Fee Assistance Program (CFAF) will remain in place for families experiencing short term financial difficulties and our Finance Manager Julia is happy to talk with any families who are experiencing need.

The Board feels the school continues to offer an excellent education which is good value for money. We feel the fee increases for next year will adequately allow the school to continue to provide a wonderful service for our children and allow the School to maintain our facilities and provide capital and educational improvements as part of our Master Plan.

An updated fee schedule for 2020 will be available on our school website next week.

Steve Heptonstall
Chairperson

If you are planning a move please let us know.

Please be mindful that if your child is leaving the school we require 1 full term’s notice. We understand that this may not always be possible but sincerely appreciate your assistance with future planning when it is possible. This notice period is important for multiple reasons, including saving you money but most importantly it enables us to provide plenty of notice to new families/students and ensure a smooth transition into the school, it is very challenging for the new student, their family, the class they are entering and for all staff when the process is rushed. It can also be distressing for the community when there is not adequate time to farewell a family/student.

If your child is leaving at the end of the year please wherever possible provide notice by the end of Term 3. (Note: School Holidays do not count in the notice period, as staff are on leave during this time.) 

THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO YEAR 12 STUDENTS WHO ARE GRADUATING.

In regards to withdrawal of students please note the following:

  • As per the School’s Enrolment & Fee Policies: The school commits substantial resources to the education of each child and the whole school community development. Therefore when a child leaves, there is a significant impact on the school both financially and communally. For a student to be withdrawn from school once he/she has commenced at CBRSS i.e. for parents to end the enrolment contract, the School requires one term’s notice. Parents and guardians must inform and submit a Student Withdrawal Form one term in advance if they intend to withdraw their child from the school and end the enrolment contract. If no such notification is received a Withdrawal Fee of one term’s fees from the date of notification will be charged. If a student withdraws part way through a term, having given one term’s notice, tuition fees and consolidated charges will be charged on a pro-rata weekly basis; for the purpose of this clause, a part week is considered a full week.
  • Once notice has been received the Enrolments Officer will proceed immediately with filling the place. Please do not give notice unless/until you are certain that your child will be leaving. If you decide that you would like your child to return to CBRSS they will need to join the waiting list and wait for an opportunity, we are unable to provide any guarantees about when/if they will be able to return.
  • Once notice is received, administrative processes will occur that prevent confidentiality so please only give notice once you are prepared for the information to be public, please ensure you have advised your child prior to submitting the form.

You can find our Student withdrawal form on our website under the forms and downloads tab or by following this link. please return it to Enrolments.

If you require assistance with completing this form or need to discuss your options please contact Yvette via email: enrolments@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au or by phone 02 66399302.

Pupil Free Day Friday September 20

To allow for the set-up of the Spring Fair.

CBRSS Community Survey

You may be aware that we recently held a “World Cafe” event for parents so that we could enter into conversation with our school community and start the process of working together to make our wonderful school even better. We received some wonderful feedback and hope to soon start some working groups to implement some of the suggestions.

I am aware that not every family was able to attend the World Cafe evening (it was a cold winter’s night after all) and so would like to offer those who weren’t able to attend the opportunity to provide feedback via a survey. We are asking for your constructive feedback as to what is working well and what we could do to make our school even better.

I would be most appreciative if you could take the time to complete the survey which can be found at this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F7BMNHC

You don’t need to comment in every section, but your feedback would be greatly appreciated. This survey is not designed as an avenue to air complaints, rather it is an opportunity for you to offer suggestions which would help us on our path of school improvement. Responsibility for this rests with all of us.

CBRSS Music Teachers available

Guitar teacher Tim tims@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au has availability for guitar and bass students on Monday and Friday morning. Great opportunity!
Drum tuition with Chris chrism@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au availability Thurs and Friday mornings, and after school Mon, Tues, Fri.

Friendly reminder re School Fees

Term 3 school fees were due last Friday 23rd of August 2019. Thank you to all who have already paid.

If you haven’t paid for Term 3 yet and you are not on an approved payment plan please address this promptly.

Please remember to include your parent code when paying fees so we can identify you.

Thanks
Julia & Strawberry