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.

Celebration of our Year 11 school leavers to further study

On Tuesday we said farewell to four of our senior students who have chosen to leave school at the end of year 11.
Maia Borrack and McKenzie Morton have been part of our school community since kindy. Marcello Santucci has been with the class since year 4 and Jules Tait joined the class in year 9. It is sad to see them leave and we wish them the best of luck in their new endeavours.

CBRSS Short Film Festival

At the end of the last term, CBRSS held their first Short Film Festival. Year 11, Year 12, Year 9 & Year 10 were lucky to view the Yr 11 films made in the Photography, Video and Digital Imaging Course.

Congratulations to our equal 1st Prize Short Film Winners!!!!!!

Ethan ‘In the light of the day’
&
Rose ‘Get out of my Head’

Followed closely behind by:

Billie Swain’s ‘Making a coffee’ & Marcello’s ‘BLINK’

We recognise the high standard of short filmmaking from this group and look forward to seeing what they produce during Year 12.

Katie Alleva

High School House Leaders for 2021

We have announced our new House Leaders for the 2021 year! At the end of Term 3, Year 11 students are invited to apply to take on a leadership role. The application involves a written letter responding to selection criteria which includes showing evidence of and enthusiasm for being strong role models for younger students, leading House Meetings and Carnivals and other roles. The applications are read by the Guardians, the Senior School and High School Co-ordinator and the Deputy and Principal.

We are very excited to announce the following leaders:

Crete – Rose Eadie, Anouk Smith, Marcus Gibbs, Della Hamilton Knight

Olympia – Muriwai Waata, Naraian Solomon, Izac Wiseman, Buzz Walker

Sparta – Meira Gorcey, Isaac Poulson, Oceana Williams – Brauer, Joshua Sykes, Sam Trowbridge

Athens – Lani Kwiatkista, Charlotte Vockler, Elan Derofe-Gallant, Itamar Stein Weinberg

CONGRATULATIONS!

Three of our six Year 12 distance education students have recently received achievement awards from Southern Cross School for Distance Education for their outstanding performance in their chosen distance education subjects:

  • Pearl Truswell is studying Italian Beginners
  • Thibault Walker is studying French Beginners
  • Lily Pouget is studying French Continuers

What an achievement! You can be proud of yourselves. We wish you all the best for your upcoming HSC exams.

Manuela Matheson

Distance Education Supervisor

HSC Visual Art

CONGRATULATIONS to Anais Stewert-Long for her Portrait Drawing ‘Motherhood’ and Taj Birrell’s short film ‘Estrange’ for being accepted into the prestigious Art Express Exhibition. Art Express features a selection of outstanding student artworks across NSW. A special mention to Bimini Plesser for her art work ‘ ATELOPHOBIA; the fear of imperfection’ being nominated for Art Express. Well done all.

Claire Sleeman

Motherhood by Anais

Screenshot from the film ‘Estranged’ by Taj

ATELOPHOBIA by Bimini

Please Support our Year 11 Fundraiser

Year 11 Steiner students feel extremely grateful to have not been deeply affected by COVID-19. Nevertheless, our previous fundraising events, such as showcases, have been cancelled as a result of the physical distancing restrictions. Due to this, our class has had to create alternative fundraising events in order to support our year 12 formal. Hence our idea to host an online silent auction of our peers’ artworks. Art students have worked tirelessly to produce artworks to auction via this website. We would be beyond grateful if bids were placed on these beautiful pieces, in order to help raise money for our formal. Thank you.

Click on the link to view the artwork: https://joshuas20211.wixsite.com/steiner-art-auction

Wellbeing news in the High School

We have been really fortunate this year to have Mark Smith from Safer Communities facilitating teen Mental health First Aid training for years 7, 8, 9 and 10 in terms 2 and 3. Our current year 11’s (soon moving into HSC in term 4) did the training last year. Students received a first aid booklet plus a certificate on completion of their 3 sessions. Students learnt about mental health problems, how to support their friends and importantly how to help friends connect with adult support. It is fabulous to have our high school students now trained in Mental Health First Aid.

Annie Barrett Wellbeing Worker

Indigenous Literacy Day

This week, Guardian classes had the opportunity to participate in the live stream Premier Indigenous Literacy Day via YouTube. It was welcomed by students and it gave them some insight into the privileges we have living here in Byron Bay and attending CBRSS.
The Indigenous Literacy Foundations programs focus on instilling a love of reading from an early age. Being able to read opens so many doors. But in very remote Indigenous communities, books are all too scarce and literacy levels are so much lower than anywhere else in Australia. Our purpose is to make a difference to the lives of Indigenous families by not only gifting thousands of new culturally appropriate books – with a focus on early literacy and first language – but also by running programs to inspire the communities to tell and publish their own stories.’
Traditionally we have done a book-swap with a gold coin donation, however, due to COVID, this was not possible this year. Instead, we tuned into the premier and listened to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories of how the generous donations of organisations and individuals have given their children a sense of connection and engagement from books that are written in their own language. An inspiring 40 minutes if you get a chance to have a look. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtrOi2Y-B8A&ab_channel=IndigenousLiteracyFoundation
If you would like to read more about it or donate please click on the link. https://www.indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au/
Peter Palmer

YEAR 8 Art with Vatika and Ryan

Year 8 have been making mixed-media sculptures of animals. They were very enthusiastic and rose to the challenge of creating with a variety of materials. The results are magical!
They were photographed in nature by Ryan.
Vatika

Base Leadership Awards – Congratulations!

Congratulations Ethan for winning the Creative and Performing Arts Men’s Base Leadership Award 2020.
Congratulations to Billy Swain for being shortlisted for the Creative and Performing Arts Men’s Base Leadership Award 2020.
The goal of BASE is to identify and celebrate Year 11 and Year 12 students in their respective areas of excellence and to support them in their future endeavours.”
Unfortunately, they couldn’t go ahead with the Young Men’s Awards Breakfast but instead made a short film with the winners from each category. The young men spoke beautifully about leadership, mental health and being a good mate. You can watch it here https://youtu.be/CaMDosTXjJk

Please Support our Year 11 Fundraiser

Year 11 Steiner students feel extremely grateful to have not been deeply affected by COVID-19. Nevertheless, our previous fundraising events, such as showcases, have been cancelled as a result of the physical distancing restrictions. Due to this, our class has had to create alternative fundraising events in order to support our year 12 formal. Hence our idea to host an online silent auction of our peers’ artworks. Art students have worked tirelessly to produce artworks to auction via this website. We would be beyond grateful if bids were placed on these beautiful pieces, in order to help raise money for our formal. Thank you.

Click on the link to view the artwork: https://joshuas20211.wixsite.com/steiner-art-auction

Class 3 and Class 9 news

Class Nine and Class Three shared some time reading together and showing their Main Lesson books. Over the years the two classes have periodically met; something that is beneficial and enjoyable for both ages (and a true joy for Naina who has been class teacher for both.)

High School Athletics Carnival Day

On Friday the 14th of August, the High School students spent a sunny winters day at Ewingsdale sports ground participating in the Inter-House Athletics Carnival. A total of ten Track and Field events were on offer for students to test their physical skills in running, jumping and throwing. The carnival continued into a couple of weeks after the Ewingsdale event with students completing the high jump event during lunchtimes and in their PE lessons, so the final results were not be known until just last week.

The results were incredibly close and could have seen any house in the lead at the end of the carnival. The final results are;-

Crete               878pts,

Sparta              859pts,

Athens             837pts,

Olympia          831pts.

Without doubt, this has been the closest competition between all the houses ever!

As usual there was some outstanding individual performers with 19 school records being broken. However, what was more impressive was the extent of participation of students enjoying the thrill and challenge of doing their best or pushing themselves to achieve a few extra points for their house. Team spirit was strong and defined by the excellent performances and leadership of all the house captains and by the number of new records broken by the year 12’s

New record holders,-

Year 12 Taj Birrell yr 12 – 100m, 200m & Shot Put, Thibault Walker– Long Jump, Lucia Bora – Long Jump & High Jump, Pearl Truswell– Javelin,  Harper Kelso -400m, Josie Huntsman – 200m,

Year 11 Della Knight – Javelin, Issac Poulson – 200m

Year 10 Zac Walcott – Shot Put, Arlia Keller – High Jump & Discus, Sachin Smith – 400m

Year 9 Brianna Hart – 800m & Long Jump

Junior Boys Relay by Crete

Senior Boys Relay by Athens

Students who performed well in their events by coming first or second would normally be invited to represent the school at the North Coast Sports Association Regional Carnival. Unfortunately, due to the Corona Virus, these have been cancelled.

Rudolf Steiner knew how important it was to have students participate in physical activities.  It has been proven time and time again how physical movement is directly related to assisting the development of pathways in the brain and therefore assists learning in many academic pursuits. It is also well known that exercise relieves stress and improves self-esteem. It allows social development and encourages students to express themselves in an acceptable and healthy way. Carnivals such as this provide opportunities for students to hone social skills of co-operation, teamwork and to develop a sense of empathy and trust. Skills that are not easily taught in the classroom but are regarded by Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School, its staff, and its community as important life skills required for any human being to achieve their potential.

A big thank you to all staff and parents who support these events and encourage the students to participate. You have made a difference to allow these students to realise their potential and be the best they can be as human beings.

Steven (Ric) Richards

CBRSS High School students and Staff “Wear it Purple”

Wear it Purple strives to foster supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for rainbow young people. wearitpurple.org

Year 9/10 Art Elective

Some Beautiful Pencil and Charcoal Animal Drawings created by the students in Year 9/10 Art Elective.

Claire

The Summer Day reimagined

In Year 11 English Standard, we have been studying poetry from a recent anthology compiled by Paul Kelly, including Mary Oliver’s well known poem The Summer Day that celebrates the wonder of life via close observation of the natural world. The students appropriated her work, replacing her imagery of the grasshopper with aspects of the natural world as they know it to be. If you have a moment to pour a cup of tea and read their work, I’m sure you will also find it uplifting and reaffirming of life. Beautiful work Year 11! – Cover art, “Towards Bangalow” by Dash Pegram-Jones.

Alix

English Extension 2 Major Work- done!

Congratulations to all!

High School Athletics 2020

High School Dress Up days

Year 11 students are busy finding fun and creative ways to fundraise and support important causes. Thursday 20 August Dress was ‘dress as the Opposite Gender Day‘ and our students and High School teachers looked great as they paid a gold coin for the privilege to dress up. Next week it’s ‘Wear it Purple Day‘ on Friday 28 August to celebrate and foster a safe, inclusive and empowering environment for rainbow young people.

A quixotic lot!

Congratulations Anouk!

Congratulations to Anouk Smith for being selected as a finalist in the prestigious Lester Portrait Art Competition. The Lester Prize Youth Award encourages the creative talents of young, aspiring and emerging artists. For more details please visit the website: https://www.lesterprize.com/index.php/gallery/youth-prize/

Year 9/10 Art Elective

The year 9/10 Art Elective class have started the term by exploring the works of Georgia O’Keeffe and have already started to produce some exceptional artworks using charcoal and soft pastels.

Claire Sleeman

High School End of Term 2 Activities

At the end of last term, the activities organised by my fellow year 12 PDHPE students provided a well needed breather from our studies, a chance to connect with the younger students and an opportunity to enjoy the company of my friends before the holidays. The atmosphere while doing the activities was lighthearted and enjoyable. I left the last day of term feeling excited and ready for the holidays!

Lily – Year 12