Classes 9 & 10 VA Elective – Sculpture and Ceramics

Portraits in clay were sculpted by the students in the sculpture elective in Term 1 by students of Classes 9 and 10. Working from a 2D picture into a 3D form is challenging and the face is only one of 5 hands that make up the total space of the head – so a lot of hair to cover the skull and only a relatively small area to create the features of the face. Gesture and mood was emphasised. Ceramics in Term 2 was a mixture of handmade work and students learning to use the potters’ wheel. Centring the clay takes a student into the centre of themselves where there is the still centre of the turning world… only then can a bowl or cup or vase be magically thrown. Students loved this challenge. The work was decorated using underglaze colours and a clear glaze over the top.
Like the bodies and brains of these young 14, 15, and 16-year-olds, clay is a wonderfully malleable, forgiving material but it never forgets how it was treated, made and formed – such is the importance of a well rounded educational experience, especially with all these elective options that students can choose from.

Teacher Denis Hopking.

Classes 9 & 10 Elective Showcase Semester 1 2021

Subject Selection for Class 12 2023

In the high school right now, Class 10 students are busy giving thought to and selecting their subjects for senior study next year in Class 11. A highlight of this process is the Student Forum, where current Class 11 and 12 students share their perspective on their studies of each subject – Drama, Legal Studies, D&T, Physics, Visual Arts, and so on. The vibrancy and maturity of discussion always makes it a great afternoon. Thank you to everyone who was involved for another great year and for your time, insights and focus.

Class 11 Camp – Kakadu

Towards the end of Term 2, Class 11 enjoyed an amazing camp in the ancient land and cultural riches of Kakadu National Park. Every day was a highlight and we felt grateful for so many things: the vastness of the sky and the beauty of the flat, ochre landscape, the spectacular swimming holes, waterfalls and gorges, the enduring custodianship of the Bininj and Munguuy People and their generous sharing of cultural knowledge, the millennia-old rock art, the birdlife and crocodiles, the starry night sky, downtime at Jeff and Mel’s property in Katherine, and more. In amongst all this, as a group, we also felt keenly aware that we were fortunate enough to travel and move about, something not everyone in the world can do right now. It was a magical week away together filled with laughter and soul. Thanks to Ric, Paddy N, Paddy I-H, Kate and Joel for joining us.

Alix

Class 11 Guardian

Class 12 Camp – Kakadu

Class 12 News

Charlotte and Inde recently represented the school at the Secondary Schools Leadership Program at Parliament of NSW and Government House.
They gained a greater understanding of our system of government and parliamentary proceedings through discussions with people within the Senate. They also had the opportunity to meet the Governor, Her Excellency The Honourable Margaret Beazley and gain a better understanding of her role.

Class 12 Fundraiser

Dear CBRSS Community,
As most of you will know it is common practice for Class 12 to have an end of year celebration when graduating.
Raising money for graduation has been commonplace for all the past classes. We have created an online stall to sell donated products to fundraise for our graduation (see the link below). Seed and sprout have generously eco-friendly keep cups and lunch box bags.
Products can also be purchased at the Friday markets.
All the money raised will go towards flowers, candles, and a professional photographer. These are just a few things required to make it a night to remember.

Thank you!

Class of 2021

Please note: shipping is NOT available any orders can be picked up from the office or from our stall at the Friday markets.

Have you cleared out your closets lately?

Class 9 will be hosting a fortnightly Op-Shop at the Friday markets to raise money.

If you have quality, unused clothes suitable for donating we would very much appreciate you bringing them down to the Class 9 veranda (located next to the swings) over the next few weeks.

The initiative is part of Class 9’s community service program which runs each year with the goal of enabling students to look at ways in which they can be of service in a community context.

Sophie Brazenor

Class Nine

Class 12 Fundraiser

Dear CBRSS Community,
As most of you will know it is common practice for Class 12 to have an end of year celebration when graduating.
Raising money for graduation has been commonplace for all the past classes. We have created an online stall to sell donated products to fundraise for our graduation (see the link below). Seed and sprout have generously eco-friendly keep cups and lunch box bags.
Products can also be purchased at the Friday markets.
All the money raised will go towards flowers, candles, and a professional photographer. These are just a few things required to make it a night to remember.

Thank you!

Class of 2021

Please note: shipping is NOT available any orders can be picked up from the office or from our stall at the Friday markets.

Volleyball Games with Shearwater

This term we were extremely fortunate to share two sporting days with Shearwater.
Class 7-10 students played Volleyball in a series of round-robin games. A total of 26 students (Class 7 and 8) went out to Shearwater on Friday, May 21st. A week later we also hosted Shearwater Year 9 and 10 students.
There was a great demonstration of spirit, respect, and participation throughout the games. We look forward to continuing a strong relationship with our local compatriots.

Tim Waller

High School House Cross Country Report 2021

Olympia – 1627 pts
Crete – 1362 pts
Sparta – 1305 pts
Athens – 1185 pts

This term kicked off with the House Cross Country at Brunswick Heads on a fine sunny day.

After the cancellation of last term (Byron COVID), it was worth the wait as students swarmed in numbers at the starting line at Torakina Park.

Many students were pleasantly surprised with their performances. In the end, it was Olympia who were crowned victors. This raised eyebrows for veteran staff, as it has been a long time for Olympia’s moment to come.

Samuel Knopke was first over the line and has now found a new passion for running, joining the local Byron Bay Runners Club. Jasmine Ruthven put in an excellent run and was 6th overall, outstanding for a Year 7 student. Both students represented the school on the NCIS Cross Country Day and were successful in gaining selection for Sydney, with Sam and Jasmine finishing 7th and 5th respectively.

Tim Waller

Cl 9 & 10 Elective Showcase

We are thrilled to have parents back onsite for the Elective Showcase!
(Numbers restricted – Parents and Family of Class 9/10 students only, please.)

Mature Themes: We recommend an audience of 15+ Years

Class 7 Camp

Class 7 enjoyed a week-long camp out west near the town of Bingara. We visited the Myall Creek Massacre Memorial where we were given a tour and learnt how the descendants of both perpetrators and victims were able to create the redemptive power of reconciliation. We stayed at The Living Classroom which is a sustainable agriculture education centre in the town of Bingara. We explored amazing geological features such as Sawn Rocks with its geometrical lava flows and the Glacial area of Rocky Creek where we swam in the chilly freshwater. One of the highlights was riding horses through the river and travelling with the whole class on horseback through the bush. It was great fun and an insight into an inland country town, it’s past, present and potential future.

Matt

Class 7 Guardian

Congratulations to Kaia – Class 11 Student

We are so inspired by the work of Kaia Walton and wanted to share with our wider community what he has recently produced. We think you will love it too! Kaia – known artistically as Kai-Fi – is a passionate and talented music producer who is being mentored by Oka, an indigenous dub reggae band, and the Brisbane City Council QUBE Effect, a program that aims to nurture young talent. Kaia is the youngest ever and only teenager to be part of this program! The culmination of his work so far is The Calling featuring Natty.D, a music clip which he also co-directed and that explores his connection to two worlds: growing up in Brisbane while still having strong connections to the Pacific, in big and small ways. To view Kai-Fi’s work – and to vote in the People’s Choice award – click on the link.  https://woobox.com/y8u9ws/gallery/–6IKCw46o8.

It is amazing work and he is only 16! Congratulations Kaia.

Peter and Alix,

Class 11 Guardians

As part of this program – Kaia (KAI-FI) performed live in the Fortitude Valley, pictures below.

Harmony Week

In term one the SRC organised an event in the High School to celebrate Harmony Week. Harmony Week celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. Orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Week. Traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect.

CBRSS High School Chess Club

 

CBRSS High School Chess Club

 

High School House Swimming Report 2021

Crete – 702 pts
Sparta – 606 pts
Athens – 526 pts
Olympia – 513 pts

What a wonderful way to start off the year with the House Swimming Carnival!

Being new to the school, I was in awe of the way students and staff embraced the day. The spells of rain did not deter us, as there was a great demonstration of spirit and participation throughout.

Most pleasing of all, was to see all students in the pool playing volleyball, as one High School. Not to mention the entertaining ‘War Cries’, which each house exhibited and added to the passion for the day.

Congratulations to all students who competed and a special thanks to students who could not swim but assisted throughout the day as time-keepers, scorers and runners. Also, to the house captains, officials and the staff who assisted on the day. Thank you.

We wish all selected swimmers the very best at the NCIS Swimming Carnival this Thursday.

Tim Waller

CBRSS High School Chess Club News

After the initial buzz last year, the CBRSS Chess Club has now settled into a quiet routine of meeting every Tuesday and Friday during lunch with a small core of enthusiastic players playing a game or two while enjoying the companionship and honing their skills. Frequently, other students drop by to watch or enjoy a game themselves with a friend or anyone. It’s a good place to connect with others in this unique way of largely non-verbal interactions over a game of chess.

With the help of a generous community donation, the school has been able to fulfil an old dream of purchasing a giant chess game for our students to play during their breaks. – Many thanks!

We now award House Points for every game played during Chess Club and many points have already been earned. In Term 3 we are planning to run an in-school Tournament with the intention of creating local inter-school chess events soon after.

Warm regards

Manuela

Innovators at CBRSS

Students from Years 8-12 were lucky enough this week to get two very special guest speakers to talk to students about design and innovation. Our first speaker on Wednesday was Nathan Pollock, the founder of Katapult Designs. Katapult Design is a leading global product design and development consultancy with studios in Byron Bay, Sydney and Melbourne, Australia and a dynamic team of highly experienced, passionate industrial designers, product engineers and creative thinkers. Nathan has volunteered time each year to come back and talk to our Tobias students and young inventors about the design process. Some of the projects he is currently working on are the interior design of the new supersonic Jet funded by Richard Branson, The flight board (a stand up paddleboard that is powered by an electric motor), a sensory system for fighter jets along with many more. He was well received by students and the stories he brings are inspirational for students learning more about project development and problem solving using the design process.

Our second guest speaker was Ric Ricardson who is one of Australia’s most successful inventors. He is most known for his epic court battle with Tech giant Microsoft, in which he was compensated approximately half a billion dollars after it was deemed they stole intellectual property from his anti piracy invention from the 90’s. He brings his ideas with charismatic humour and engages students through the process of identifying problems and inventing solutions. Some of the senior students delivered their Major Design Project ideas to Ric and he was so impressed with some of their ideas that he has offered to help write provisional patents to protect their intellectual property. Jess’s legal studies class was equally impressed with his knowledge of the law and how a patent works and why it is so powerful in protecting peoples ideas.

With thanks to Nathan and Ric!

Peter Palmer

Design and Technology Teacher

FlickerFest Update

We were very proud of our Year 12 Filmmaking students whose shorts were showcased recently in Mullumbimby.

We would like to congratulate Ethan Lamb- Kelly, who won the SAE Institute Australia Award for ‘Best Emerging Talent’ for his short film, ‘In The Light Of Day.’

Katie Alleva
Photography, Video and Digital Imaging Teacher

To the HSC Music class of 2020

What an amazing class! I would firstly like to acknowledge Tom, Loani and all other music teachers and tutors both in school and out who have made a contribution to your musicianship. I am humbled to have had the opportunity to work with you throughout your HSC.
I am so impressed with the way that you all managed to interpret your performance pieces within the restrictions that we all had to deal with around COVID and all of the distancing protocols.
The quality of performances was outstanding and I would like to say congratulations to all of you for your hard work and commitment to making this HSC one that we will never forget.
A special mention goes to Phoebe Neumann for her nomination for Encore.
I wish you the best possible journey ahead whatever that may be and remember to always learn, listen and love the music.
Mat Gulliford
If you missed any of last years HSC Performances, they are available to view here

Year 9 Camp

Distance Education at CBRSS

Year 11 Fundraiser Raffle

CONGRATULATIONS to the following winners of the year 11 fundraising raffle.
1st Prize: Belle Eder
2nd Prize: Karl Waden
3rd Prize Leela Forde
4th Prize: Julia Fox
5th Prize: Penny van den Hoek
Winners will be contacted directly. Prizes will be at Reception ready for you to pick up.
Thank you to everyone who supported us, and thank you to our prize donors: Seed and Sprout, Kinfolk and Co., Santos, Byron Kayak, The Loft, Temple of The Sun, Rowie, Linen House and Church Farm, we couldn’t have done it without you.
Wishing everyone a fabulous Christmas from the Graduating Class of 2021.