Year 11 and 12 English Advanced with Katie

 

I would like to very publicly show gratitude to the wonderful senior English students I have been teaching. When classes went online last term, I was perturbed and anxious about my ability to adapt to this new way of teaching.

I found some of the initial sessions quite challenging, particularly relating to open discussions, group work and other collaborative tasks. Questions came up, such as how to manage when students didn’t turn their cameras on and how could I really tell how my students were feeling in the lesson without seeing them face to face.

Teaching is fundamentally about human relationships and connection. It is about sparking the fire of enthusiasm and inspiring learning. These aspects are more challenging in an online environment – but not impossible. I learnt much along the way.

‘Cameras off’ could have meant that the internet was down or that the student had actually left the room, gone to sleep or actually had never been there after the first 1 minute! ‘Cameras off’ also might mean that the idea of watching yourself online was way too confronting – I think a lot of us could relate to that.

I learnt that it was pretty easy to ask the well timed question to a student with a camera off to try to catch them out. I never did – they always answered and were fully there in the lesson.

It was fun to have the option to ‘mute’ a student at any time, a practice much easier than in class when physical muting is not an option!

It was fun to continue my obsessive colour wearing with full embellishments (on the top half at least) and try to find something of the correct day colour to hang on the wall behind.

Despite the challenges of poor internet, weird connections, frozen faces and not being able to really judge how someone was feeling in each class (a vital thing for us teachers), there were moments of joy and humour. We managed to recite King Richard’s famous soliloquy with every student taking on a line.

All of my students were gracious, punctual, diligent, innovative and deeply forgiving of my mistakes and attempts at the new technology. They greeted me with smiles every day and their maturity in adapting was a pleasure to observe. I loved their delicate suggestions; “Katie, um, I think you might have your mic turned off” after I’ve been rabbiting on for minutes about something. Or…”Katie, it sometimes works better if you……insert many phrases here…!”

They were all so patient and kind.

It wasn’t so bad after all. But the goosebumps I got when walking back into class and seeing them all face to face were wonderful to feel.

You just can’t replace the full human connection. What a gift it is to be a teacher.

Katie Biggin

Year 9 Art Main Lesson

Year 9’s early 20th century Modern Art Main Lesson have been learning the history behind this incredibly inventive time of individuals and groups who not only made art practice available for everyone but which is still having an effect on art, architecture, fashion, theatre, furniture and ceramics. In conjunction with this, they have been exploring the actual art techniques using different paint materials and clay modelling. The photos show their exploration of expressionism which was an art movement that painted their own subjective experiences onto the portraits they observed using bold colour, emotional moods and gestural strokes.

Denis

Y10 PostModern Art Main Lesson

Y10 will be encountering many different art movements during this four week ML
The groundbreaking controversial abstract expressionist drip paintings by Jackson Pollock and The spin paintings of Damien Hirst both of which the artist did not touch the canvas with a brush…
Appropriation art using art from the past and adding collage discreetly to change the mood of the artwork as in these 17/18th C engravings
Art Brut (Raw Art) was a movement that looked at children’s art and people in mental institutions who painted naively. The students are asked to draw with their non-dominant hands.
They will be researching a whole variety of contemporary artists and their artwork

Denis

High School Swimming Carnival

High School House Swimming Report 2020

Olympia – 770 pts

Athens – 708 pts

Sparta – 703 pts

Crete – 701 pts

What a great day! Even though we had to shorten the program due to a late start created by Telstra and a complete communication outage combined with an accident on Ewingsdale road. Only a few records were broken this year but what a great demonstration of spirit and participation throughout the High School. Olympia finally broke their drought, holding a confident lead throughout the day. The other three houses were so close that their positions almost changed after every event. At the end of the day, only 7 points separated 2nd, 3rd and 4th position.

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.  (These volunteers also scored points for their houses).  More than two thirds of the high school participated in individual events and a special mention needs to be made for the excellent work by all the year 12 leaders in making the day fun and entertaining for all.

There are some outstanding individual performances that need to be mentioned.

New Record Holders-

Manon Pouget yr 9 girls

  • 50m Breastroke 48.56

Tom Pierce yr 12 boys

  • 50m Backstroke – 40.88,

Thibault Walker yr 12 boys

  • 50m Breastroke – 42.28,

Congratulations to all those students who participated and helped your team score points.  A special mention to the following high scorers in each year level.

Year 7     Coco Winchester – 27 points/Zane Walmesley – 32 points

Year 8     Dakota Dennis – 28 points/Happi McMullen – 35 points

Year 9     Manon Pouget – 39 points/Jack Dodds -35 points,

Year 10   Lizzie Kirkpatrick – 30 points/Lenny Dowling – 30 points,

Year 11   Della Knight – 35 points/Dash Pegram-Jones – 30 points,

Year 12   Anais Stewart -Long – 32 points/Taj Birrell – 30pts, Thibault Walker -30points

A special thanks to the house captains and all the year 12’s for their hard work, encouragement and keeping the day fun. To the parents, officials and the staff who assisted on the day.

Steve Richards (Ric)

Congratulations Shanti!

Congratulations to Shanti Leimanis – Budden in Year 9 for winning first prize for her age group in the Wildlife Art Competition.
Shanti will receive a $50 Still at the Centre gift voucher.
Well done!

Year 12 Art

Year 12 Art Students immersed themselves in Contemporary Art at the MCA last week as part of their week in Sydney.

Parzival Main Lesson Year 11

In Year 11 at Waldorf Schools all over the world Parzival by Wolfram Von Eschenbach is studied by students. As they journey with Parzival the students embark on their own journey of understanding themselves, which in their future life will enable them to have a more conscious relationship to the world. Parzival offers our students many seeds that will germinate much later in life and imparts knowledge and wisdom our young people need to meet the challenges we all face as human beings.

CBRSS Students invited to attend Questacon Invention Convention

Isaac Poulsen and I both submitted applications to attend the National Questacon Invention Convention in Canberra at the start of next year and we’re very excited to both be offered places to attend. To get a place at the convention you are required to submit an original invention of your own. Your application has to compete with other students applications from all around Australia with the top 25 being chosen to attend the convention. My invention is designed to help the elderly or handicapped people to open difficult fridge doors. The lower temperature and thus lower air pressure makes fridges hard to open, particularly for elderly people. The device attaches to the side of the fridge with a small paddle inserted in between the seals, when the device senses motion around the handle it activates an actuator that moves the paddle in order to break the seal and equalise the air pressure allowing the fridge to be opened easily. I’d encourage any fellow student passionate about design and engineering to submit an application for next years convention.

Joshua Sykes Year 10

The National Invention Convention is an all-expenses-paid, five-day workshop held in Canberra every January. This program gives 25 delegates aged 14-18 from all around Australia the opportunity to play, make and create with us, designing and developing a prototype that solves a real-world problem.

Participants will use tools, tech and materials, work with local mentors and entrepreneurs, and forge friendships that last a lifetime!

https://www.questacon.edu.au/outreach/programs/questacon-smart-skills-initiative/questacon-invention-convention

End of Year 10 “Special Program”

As 2019 comes to an end and the current crop of Year 10 students prepare for their senior years ahead, Year 10 has been having an interesting last 3 weeks. Dressed in their finest they gathered together recently at the Kouzina Greek restaurant for their year 10 social and had a great night. They also undertook a “special program” for the last three weeks of term where they gained certification in First Aid and in Barista and Hospitality at Tafe NSW Wollongbar campus. Other things they learnt in the special program included their rights at work, car maintenance, sex education and their rights as young people when dealing with the law. All great skills that hopefully will assist them as they move forward as young adults.

Andy Robinson – Year 10 Guardian

High School Awards

At the end of each year, the school distributes a number of awards donated by organisations or philanthropists. The whole HS staff decide on the winners of these awards.

The Reuben Scarf award is given to a leaving Year 12 student for perseverance and commitment to achieve. Reuben Scarf was a philanthropist who donates a cash prize to every school (both government and independent) in NSW. This year the award went to Abbie Walden for her demonstrated determination, excellence and commitment to the school. Congratulations!

The Long Tan award is gifted by the Australian Defence Force to every school in Australia at the end of each year to a Year 10 and Year 12 student. The student must demonstrate teamwork, commitment to the local and wider community, leadership and determination to succeed at school. This year the award was gifted to Mia Green in Year 10 for her incredible commitment to her SRC role and fundraising for the wider community. The Year 12 award went to Avryl Hart who similarly was unsurpassed in her leadership amongst her class and her commitment to her studies and representation on behalf of our school in a wide variety of areas.

To give just one example in the past week of Mia and Avryl’s selflessness and commitment….Mia spoke to the whole HS at an assembly last week about her initiative to ensure older people living in aged care facilities in the shire all receive a handmade Christmas card at school to counter the loneliness that many older people experience. Many students are now busy meeting in the art room at lunchtime making these beautiful cards in the last week of school. Avryl decided that she wanted to organise some of the leaving Year 12 to come over to her house and sew little pouches and mittens for injured wildlife and this is what they are doing this week.

We are so very proud of all our students and the leadership shown by some to think about the world outside of their own and initiate positive actions.

House Leaders for 2020

The following students have nominated and completed an application for House Leadership. As part of the process, prospective House Leaders needed to demonstrate that they are committed to the role of leader including; upholding all school guidelines, being positive role models and being excellent peer mentors with younger students.

The following students have had their applications accepted and we congratulate them on their new positions!

Athens – Harper Kelso, Oden Lerner, Phoebe Neumann, Taj Birrell, Josie Huntsman

Crete – Amelie Wright, Zara Pellen, Danielle Shai, Ollie Liebke Pereyra

Olympia – Thibault Walker, Tilka Biason Formale, Pearl Truswell.

Sparta – Bimini Plesser, Tom Pierce, Lucia Bora, Phoebe Flamer Caldera.

Year 12 Formal 2019

Student Congratulations

Della Knight from year 10 recently received an academic excellence award at Southern Cross University. Congratulations Della!

RRISK = Reduce Risk – Increase Student Knowledge

The RRISK program aims to reduce adolescent risk taking associated with alcohol and drug use, driving and celebrating.

RRISK is a resilience building program that is relevant to the social life, developmental stage and concerns of adolescents. It extends the school based drug education and road safety curriculum by providing opportunities for senior high school students to develop knowledge, attitudes and skills to reduce risk taking and develop safer celebrating strategies. The program includes a well-designed, multi-strategic seminar day, preceded and followed by a range of in-school activities. It incorporates factual presentations on risk taking, alcohol, drugs, safe celebrating, safe driving and vehicle safety and is enlivened by drama, life stories and role models.

Year 10 Students at CBRSS participate in the RRISK program each year.

We have some comprehensive parent information available from RRISK we encourage all parents of adolescents to make time to read this, you can access it by clicking this link

Year 12 Celebrates

Small Change Grants Program – Open for Applications

Council recognises and values the contribution that young people bring to the Byron Shire community with their energy, ideas, perspectives and liveliness. The aim of the grants program is to provide a voice for young people, encourage them to participate and to gain experience in leadership roles.

Young people aged between 15 and 25 are invited to apply for a small grant to help fund a project that will benefit young people in Byron Shire. Young people need to be auspiced by an organisation, must live in the Byron Shire and must deliver the project in Byron Shire.

Further information including assessment criteria and an application form can be downloaded from Council’s website via this link

Applications close:  4pm Friday 1 November 2019

Enquiries to:  Joanne McMurtry on  02 6626 7316 or email  jmcmurtry@byron.nsw.gov.au

RRISK = Reduce Risk – Increase Student Knowledge

The RRISK program aims to reduce adolescent risk taking associated with alcohol and drug use, driving and celebrating.

RRISK is a resilience building program that is relevant to the social life, developmental stage and concerns of adolescents. It extends the school based drug education and road safety curriculum by providing opportunities for senior high school students to develop knowledge, attitudes and skills to reduce risk taking and develop safer celebrating strategies. The program includes a well-designed, multi-strategic seminar day, preceded and followed by a range of in-school activities. It incorporates factual presentations on risk taking, alcohol, drugs, safe celebrating, safe driving and vehicle safety and is enlivened by drama, life stories and role models.

Year 10 Students at CBRSS participate in the RRISK program each year.

We have some comprehensive parent information available from RRISK we encourage all parents of adolescents to make time to read this, you can access it by clicking this link

Congratulations to Lizzie, Year 9

I always say, Tobias is meant to end in Year 8, but for me it’s still going! Last year I made a short documentary called Seeking Safety about my friendship with Abdul, who is a refugee from Afghanistan. Two weeks ago, I found out I had been selected to be in the Byron International Film Festival as the youngest filmmaker included, and my film screens this Sunday 27th October at 7pm. Since Year 8, I have been interviewed by multiple media outlets, and even walked my first red carpet. The ripple effect of my Tobias year continues to surprise me!

Lizzie Y9

Lizzie and her sister (CBRSS Graduate) Katie on the red carpet

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!

Katie
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.