HSC Showcase

The HSC Showcase was, once again, a fabulous night of amazing performances from our very talented Year 12 students. In the Hall we listened to the Music students share their various talents and bring the house down with the cool Mat in the sunnies on drums. English Extension 2 students read out excerpts of their pieces and the audience was highly impressed with their Major Works. The second half showcased the Drama Individual and Group Projects as well as Science, Maths and Society and Culture. In the courtyard, the wonderful Design and Technology projects were displayed and the 2 Art spaces were filled with Visual Art, Photography, Society and Culture and written Drama Major Works. Congratulations to all the students and the staff for their efforts in showcasing the fruits of the Year 12 labours.

NCIS Regional Athletics Carnival

On Tuesday the 20th of August Ric, Lizzie and Rachel took students to the Regional Athletics Carnival in Coffs Harbour. It was a cool and early start leaving the school at 5:15 am. There was a little excitement on the bus as everyone was hoping that they were well prepared for the day. All our students strived to do their best scoring well for the school and showing impressive athletic abilities. Cape Byron put in an amazing effort as a team ending up 7th place overall. This is a strong achievement considering that we could not fill all the events. We had some outstanding individual results on the day with Taj Birrell yr 11 winning the runner up Age Champion Trophy. Taj came first in Shot Put, 2nd in High Jump, 3rd in Javelin and scored a total of 50 points with his efforts in 6 events! Naomi Ben Harush yr 8 won the Javelin, 2nd in Shot Put and 3rd in the Discus and collected 39 points for the school over the day. Jesua Ball yr 7 came 1st in High Jump, 2nd in Long Jump. Phoenix Brooke-Mclaughlan yr 9 came 1st in High Jump. Koa Connable yr 7 came 3rd in Javelin. Brianna Hart yr 8 came 3rd in the 400m. Della Knight yr 10 came 1st in Javelin. Dane Krackowizer yr 10 came 2nd in the 800m. Ollie Liebke Pereyra yr 11 came 2nd in the 800m. Obi Neale yr 9 came 2nd in the Long Jump. Manon Pouget yr 8 came 2nd in Javelin. All these students have received an invitation to the CIS State Championships to be held in Sydney on the 24th of September.

Thank you to all the Cape Byron athletes who participated and made the day so enjoyable.

Steven Richards (Ric)

CBRSS Ocean Shores Art Expo Student Prize Winners!

Congratulations to our creative visual art and photography students, who took out major prizes in the Ocean Shores Art Expo student exhibition on the last weekend of August. What a fabulous exhibition it was!

This year’s theme was ‘celebrating a moment.’

Here are some of the prize winners:

‘Out and about with the Electives’

The Media Elective experimented with a green screen studio shoot today. Lots of fun was had by all! The students were invited to imagine being flying super hero’s, a family driving, dancing, playing with a spinning hat, some imagined they were sleeping in clouds!

The green screen enables a photographer or filmmaker to add a specific location or ‘background.’ The students intend to add an image of clouds on the image below and on the right. The clouds will cover where you can see all the green fabric.

It’s very fun, and a great way to make creative pictures!

Year 9 & 10 Media Elective Teacher

Celebrating Wear it Purple Day

The HighSchool students all wore purple to show their support for the LGBTIQ+ community.
Wear it Purple strives to foster supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for rainbow young people.

Year 10 Camp

On the 6th of August, our trip began with a 3am wake up call. We arrived in Melbourne mid morning and were shocked at the temperature drop. We checked into our hostel and running on adrenaline we proceeded to walk around the CBD hitting all the landmarks and features that the city has to offer. Throughout the week we visited three universities; VCA, RMIT and Melbourne Uni and learnt about what we could study and where it could take us. We participated in the brand new Road To Zero exhibit at the Museum and got to try out the virtual reality and technology that they offered. We were able to see the famous and stunning Terracotta Warriors and some more amazing exhibits at the National Gallery. At night we explored The Queen Victoria Market and walked the streets of Melbourne in search of a new cuisine to try.
We visited the Parliament House and learnt about the laws and how they got there and then, in a sharp contrast we met up with the Salvation Army. It was from gold ceilings to dirty streets and as we laid eyes on the driveways and air vents that were popular places for people to sleep we all felt so lucky and grateful for our warm beds and a roof over our heads. In the weeks before our trip, we had got together and organised to make period packs filled with sanitary products to donate to the people of Melbourne. We asked our class to donate what they could and then we put them together and were able to hand 12 packs over to a volunteer.
On our last day, we swam at the Melbourne Pools and then proceeded to get ready for our night out; we had the amazing opportunity to watch a performance of Shakespeare In Love. The performance was magical with incredible costumes and an engaging plot which left us leaning forward in our seats. We left the theatre smiling and the next day after a rushed morning of packing and some last minute shopping we travelled to the airport and arrived in a shockingly warm NSW.
Despite the cold, the dramas and the sickness we all had a great time and made memories that will last forever.

Mia Green
Year 10

Year 11 Biology Excursion

The Year 11 Biology students enjoyed a beautiful winters day at Flat Rock, where they were measuring the biodiversity of marine organisms and the abiotic factors that may affect their distribution and abundance.

Year 7: Hero’s Journey Main Lesson

The students are immersed in a study of Arthurian Literature and through their reading discover the dramatic battles for honour and chivalry. They see the inner and outer struggle of individuals to subdue their impulses of greed, dishonour, lust, power, pride and envy and the constant striving necessary to be truthful, merciful, compassionate, faithful and kind. The unit offers them the inspiration of high ideals which counterbalance the turbulence of adolescence.

Byron Writers Festival

Students in Y8 – 11 attended the Writer’s Festival last week. It was an inspiring day in which we heard writers such as Tara June Winch, Clementine Ford, John Marsden, A.C Grayling, Isobelle Carmody and Eddie Woo speak about their new books and life experiences. They discussed issues of race, gender, ethics, culture and politics. Here are some comments from students who attended.

I found the best part of the Writer’s Festival was hearing the writer’s process described. Hearing the challenges they have faced during the time they have been composing and how they journey to achieve their end result.

Thomas Y11

It was a great eye-opening experience, listening to a few writers talking about domestic violence and other gender issues. It opened my eyes to some of the bigger issues happening outside the bubble of my Byron Shire experiences.

Amber Y11

I had the wonderful opportunity of going to the Writer’s Festival over two days. I found each writer extremely inspiring and it was nice to see the bigger picture beyond school. One of my favourites was Marcus Zusak – he is one of my favourite authors ever and he combined humour so seamlessly he was incredible to listen to. I can’t wait for next year!!

Romy Y11

Slam Poetry at Byron Writers Festival

Congratulations to Coco Neumann and Krystal Pierce in Year 9 who both entered the youth slam poetry competition as part of the Byron Writers Festival 2019. Both girls were highly commended for their powerful poems. Krystal wrote ‘I Have a Dream’ about how her generation has been given the huge responsibility of dealing with global problems, while Coco wrote ‘Dear Cancer’ as a way to express her love for someone special and to let go of a story that had been buried deep inside. The girls performed with such passion, anger, love and depth of feeling that the judges deliberated for quite a while, before awarding first prize to Coco, including a trophy, $500 and a chance to speak on ABC radio. We are so proud of both girls for sharing their talents! Well done Coco and Krystal!

Congratulations to Ella Hill-Smith in Year 12

One of our talented English Extension Year 12 students won the main prize at the Byron Bay Writers Festival for the Susie Warrick High School Writer’s prize.

Ella’s piece is described below. We are proud of her efforts. Ella won second prize last year (another CBRSS student, Mackenzie Stephan, came first) and took out first prize this year.

Ella is a very talented writer and I expect to be asking her to sign copies of her books in the future when she becomes a famous writer.

Winner: One Thousand Paper Cranes (Gabrielle Hill-Smith – Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School)

Judges comments: This is restrained, elegant and layered writing that packs a powerful emotional punch and made at least one judge cry. The writer invokes the emotional heft of Hiroshima, and the looming fear and unknown of climate change, without melodrama or overstatement. The mature and masterful narrative deftly spanned decades and collected histories without feeling abstract or disjointed. We loved how the writer was aware of the tension between hope (as symbolised by the thousands and thousands of paper cranes) and almost certain disappointment, and yet could tap into the very human tendency to grip tenaciously to hope regardless. An accomplished story that left us moved and impressed.

As 1st Prize winner Ella is the recipient of the following;

– $500 cash

– 1 x Byron Writers Festival Pass for Sunday 4 August

– Publication of her winning story in the Spring northerly, the quarterly magazine of the Byron Writers Festival.

– Publication of her winning story in the Susie Warrick Award Anthology to be published later in the year

– A one and a half hour mentoring session with Author Jesse Blackadder.

Ella with judges Jesse Blackadder and Sarah Armstrong

Visit by Eileen Chong – poet on the HSC English Extension syllabus

We were lucky to have Eileen come and give a 2 hour workshop to our senior English Extension students. Eileen’s poetry anthology, Burning Rice, is an HSC English Extension 1 text and Alix Johnson organised Eileen’s to visit us!

Eileen’s talk was exceptionally engaging and students were able to learn about her process of crafting her poetry and about her life experiences that are the catalyst for her work. It was captivating to hear about her life and heritage in Singapore and how that has shaped her poetry.

Eileen was funny, warm, entertaining and full of interesting stories and information. We thank her for making the effort!

3-12 Winter Festival

Farewell Shanti

This week we say Farewell to Shanti who has been a beloved Science Assistant in the High School for many years. We wish Shanti all the best for her next adventures, with Love and Gratitude from all at CBRSS.

Year 7 Camp

My camp experience was pretty good!! I had lots of fun with our class and loved exploring new places and things. I did not enjoy Gibraltar Range as much as Bingara but it made me appreciate my home and family. Dakota

I thought camp was really fun, although cleaning the trangias was not. Hapi

Camp was really fun I think it was probably the best camp I have been on so far. Some of the best parts about camp were the horse riding – it was super fun and I liked that we got two days to ride so you could get to know your horse a bit better. June

If you were one of the unlucky ones who got a tent that didn’t care about keeping you dry, well then you had to deal with wet clothes and puddles in your tent. Aly

My favourite part of the camp was the spectacular view at the end of our three hour walk to The Needles. My least favourite part was when the farm dogs puppy Rollie was sick on my bag. Jesua

Camp was really fun, what I enjoyed most was horse riding – learning to canter and being free to get to know my horse. I think it was the best camp because even though it was rainy and freezing I still had fun. I also loved spending time with my teachers and my friends. Lhola

Cleaning the trangias wasn’t fun at all and it took me about two hours to clean the burnt rice off the bottom. My tent was leaky and all my stuff got wet, including me in my sleeping bag which wasn’t nice and I got sick of everyone in my class and didn’t ever want to see them ever again (just kidding). Thanks for all the fun though Rachel and Andrew, there was plenty. Leela

Camp was cold, wet but very fun. Our cooking skills were average but luckily the food was still edible. Alekzander