Student Attendance

What Happens When Your Child Arrives Late to School?

* Your child misses the very important opportunity to settle into the day
* Your child misses connecting with the Class Teacher or Guardian and sharing the verse with the class
* Your child may miss important instructions or information for the day
* Your child’s late entry may disrupt other students
* Your child’s teacher has to re-settle the class and individually catch your child up on any information already shared
* Your child may feel that their whole day has got off to a bad start
* Our reception staff have to spend time manually updating databases and signing your child in.

Please help your child and help their teacher and class by ensuring they arrive on time to school each day. As traffic can be unpredictable, please leave enough time to get through the traffic and still arrive on time.

What Happens When You Take Your Child Away From School During Term Time?

* Your child misses essential learning content
* Your child misses out on developing and consolidating skills
* Your child misses out on important events in the social development of the class
* Your child feels the stress of having to catch up on missed work
* Your child’s teacher feels the stress of having to catch your child up on missed work
* Your child can feel that they are “behind the rest of the class”
* Your child drops out of any group work or class projects, not only missing the experience but also letting classmates down
* You do not fulfill your legal obligation to send your child to school.

We are getting an increasing amount of applications for large amounts of leave so that families can holiday outside term time. This is having a serious impact on learning and not only impacts on your child, but also impacts the teacher and the rest of the class. We are very clear in the enrolment process that we expect students to attend school during term time and ask parents not to schedule holidays during term time. Please support your child and the school by holding off on holidays and overseas trips until school holidays.

Coming Together – World Cafe Event – Save the Date

Thursday 1st August – 6.30 pm

You are invited to attend a special World Cafe event to share ideas, discuss challenges and celebrate all that is good about our wonderful school. We are asking at least one adult from each family to attend this special event. There will be opportunities to meet with school leadership, Board members, the P&F and key staff and stakeholders in the school (there will be yummy food provided too). Those of you who attended this event 3 years ago will remember that it was a wonderful evening which bore many fruits for our school. Please mark the date in your calendar now.

Friendly reminder re School Fees due

Term 2 school fees are due today – Friday 24th of May 2019. 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.

Thanks
Julia & Strawberry

Tips to keep your child safe

  • Hold hands with your child when crossing the road until they are at least 10 years old
  • Children need to be actively supervised in and around traffic.
  • If your hands are full, make sure your child holds onto a trolley or pram, your bag, or even your arm or sleeve.
  • Set a good example
  • Children are always watching – they want to be grown up and be just like older children and adults. Make sure you always set a good example for your child around traffic. Talk with children about traffic and road safety
  • As you are walking, talk with your child about why you are stopping, and what you are looking and listening for. Explain to your child where it is safer to cross the road and why.

Tips to keep your child safe

  • Hold hands with your child when crossing the road until they are at least 10 years old
  • Children need to be actively supervised in and around traffic.
  • If your hands are full, make sure your child holds onto a trolley or pram, your bag, or even your arm or sleeve.
  • Set a good example
  • Children are always watching – they want to be grown up and be just like older children and adults. Make sure you always set a good example for your child around traffic. Talk with children about traffic and road safety
  • As you are walking, talk with your child about why you are stopping, and what you are looking and listening for. Explain to your child where it is safer to cross the road and why.

CBRSS joins the Woolworths Earn & Learn Program

Woolworths has just launched their Earn & Learn program, and this year we’re joining in. For those parents who aren’t aware of the program, if you shop at Woolworths between 1st of May and the 25th of June, you can earn stickers.

Our school will be collecting those stickers which we can then swap for new school equipment; things like art and craft supplies, sports gear, teaching aids and much more. There are thousands of things we can choose from.

So for any parents who shop at Woolworths, please collect the stickers and drop them in to our collection box, which will be located at Reception. Students can pick up the Sticker Collection Sheets from Reception.

Thanks for helping us out!

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Alert

There have been confirmed cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in persons that attend Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School.

Pertussis caught at school can spread to any other members at home. Coughing spreads the infection to others nearby. Pertussis can be especially dangerous for babies.

Pertussis starts like a cold and progresses to bouts of coughing that can last for many weeks. Older children may just have a cough that is persistent and is worse at night. The infection may also occur in fully vaccinated children.

What should people sick with pertussis do?
Pertussis is readily spread from an infected person to others by coughing and sneezing. If left untreated, it can be spread for up to three (3) weeks after the start of the infected person’s cough.

Do not attend work, school or a childcare facility if you or any household members:

• Have a cough as described above. Please see your doctor.
• Are being tested for Pertussis by your doctor and waiting for test results.
• Are being treated with antibiotics for whooping cough for at least five (5) days after starting the
medicine

Keep coughing children away from babies.

Pertussis vaccines give good protection against infection but immunity fades. If your school-aged child has younger siblings, it’s a good idea to check that they are up to date with their vaccines.
Information about this infection is available on NSW Health website here

Mosquitos

It’s that time of the year again when the mozzie population increases and we see more ticks in the environment. This is a feature right across our Shire, not just at school. Whilst we take what action we can at school to minimise the risk, you can also support your child by sending along an insect repellent which you are happy for your child to use. Whilst we do have some repellant at school, we are aware that parents have different preferences for choice of product – for this reason, we ask you to send along a repellant of your choice if you would like your child to have some extra protection at school.

Would you like to vote at our AGM or be elected to the CBRSS Board?

As you may be aware, the school holds its Annual General Meeting in May each year. The Board works with governance aspects of the school such as strategic planning and ensuring the school is financially viable and able to operate into the future. The Board is comprised of a number of elected Directors (elected at the AGM by members of the company) as well as some Board appointed Directors. The Board welcomes enquiries from anyone interested in becoming a Director in the future. Anyone wishing to stand for election or vote at the election must be a member of the company. The Board has one more meeting before the AGM and thus any applications for membership must be received by this date. If you would like to vote at the AGM or stand for election and you are not already a member of the company, please contact the office to ask for an application form. Applications must be received by Tuesday 9th April in order to be processed in time for the AGM in May. For enquiries about joining the Board, please contact the Chair of the Board at steveh@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

Unidentified money received

A payment was received on the 18th of March 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.

Mosquitos

It’s that time of the year again when the mozzie population increases and we see more ticks in the environment. This is a feature right across our Shire, not just at school. Whilst we take what action we can at school to minimise the risk, you can also support your child by sending along an insect repellent which you are happy for your child to use. Whilst we do have some repellant at school, we are aware that parents have different preferences for choice of product – for this reason, we ask you to send along a repellant of your choice if you would like your child to have some extra protection at school.

Would you like to vote at our AGM or be elected to the CBRSS Board?

As you may be aware, the school holds its Annual General Meeting in May each year. The Board works with governance aspects of the school such as strategic planning and ensuring the school is financially viable and able to operate into the future. The Board is comprised of a number of elected Directors (elected at the AGM by members of the company) as well as some Board appointed Directors. The Board welcomes enquiries from anyone interested in becoming a Director in the future. Anyone wishing to stand for election or vote at the election must be a member of the company. The Board has one more meeting before the AGM and thus any applications for membership must be received by this date. If you would like to vote at the AGM or stand for election and you are not already a member of the company, please contact the office to ask for an application form. Applications must be received by Tuesday 9th April in order to be processed in time for the AGM in May. For enquiries about joining the Board, please contact the Chair of the Board at steveh@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

Unidentified money received

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

If you made this payment please contact our Finance Manager Julia 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.

Please stay safe on Social Media

Kirra Pendergast is the director of the Safe on Social Media website and she recently gave a very informative and thought provoking talk at our school. www.safeonsocial.com

You would be careful in real life, so why not online?

Social Media is viewed by most people as a fun way to share information about themselves, friendships, family and things that happen in their day-to-day lives.

But things can go wrong…

It is important to understand that what you post on social media sites can affect your life both in good ways and bad.

Safe on Social Media guides are available on our website you can find them here