To teachers and staff – From Emma Walker (Class 12 Parent)
On behalf of the year 12 parents, step-parents, and carers, I would like to express deep gratitude to all the teachers and staff at Cape Byron Steiner for the work that you do, both individually and collectively. Our kids have flourished in your care and within this extraordinary school community.
Although we are not privy to the daily ins and outs of school life, we are well aware of the enormous amounts of work that you all do. Beyond teaching and the sharing of your knowledge and experience, you have also cared for the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of our children. You have made them feel safe and valued within the space of their school environment. You have made them feel part of an ever-extending family. These are invaluable gifts that will benefit our kids for many years to come.
Our special thanks also to guardians Claire and Andy for their steady presence and the daily care and guidance that they have given our children and to Alix for the tireless way she has fulfilled her role as the senior school coordinator. We thank you all, so very much.
Graduation Speech to Teachers – From Della Knight (Class 12 Student)
As a waldorphan, I have spent countless afternoons hanging around the staffroom waiting for my mum to finish work and lock up, I have come into school on weekends and holidays to help draw main lesson drawings on the chalkboard and over the years I have gained insight into the world of teaching at CBRSS.
The teachers at our school work so hard for students across the entire high school but especially the HSC students. I have memories of major work teachers frantically replying to emails and receiving phone calls left right and centre the day before major works are due. The working day for some teachers doesn’t end when they go home, they will continue to work into the evening to help students with school and for that, we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. I don’t think any of us would have succeeded as we have without the tireless efforts from our teachers throughout the HSC year. I remember coming into school in the holidays before main lessons started and seeing teachers creating their board drawings, and other teachers planning out the exciting tasks that were to come in the term. All these things have contributed to the most wonderful high school experience and for that we thank you.
Now I want to give a special shout-out to some individuals that were crucial to our classes’ success in the HSC and high school in general.
Alix – you have worked tirelessly over the last two years for our class and we quite literally wouldn’t be here, at the formal, without you. Your dedication to our class is so under appreciated and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you dearly Alix for all you do for our class.
Andy – your upbeat and humorous personality has made senior school so much better. You have such a caring soul and I know you will always be there to check up on people, make sure they are ok and reach out in times of need. Also, we really appreciate your good sense of humour, particularly over the last few years, you always deliver a good laugh.
Claire – you have been with us the whole high school journey and have become a second mother to us all. Your kind nature and caring spirit have nurtured us for 6 years and we are so grateful. We can always rely on you for a comforting hug, some words of wisdom, or a shoulder to cry on.
To our guardians, you have been like our parents at school, and we want to extend the biggest thanks for being with us through this journey. We love you and we are going to miss you and the whole school community.
A speech to my classmates – From Inde Henderson (Class 12 Student)
Tonight we have celebrated and acknowledged the unconditional support of our beloved teachers and family members, for without their encouragement we would not be where we are today.
However, above all we stand together, amidst these crazy times, to celebrate the Class of 2021 and acknowledge the strength, resilience and courage that my year group has demonstrated over these past years. As such, I would like to dedicate my few words to my fellow classmates, who have continued to surprise me with their unwavering kindness, support, love and friendship.
To the class of 2021, as you sit here tonight surrounded by your loved ones and classmates, I urge you to reflect on how much you have grown and achieved over your 13 years of schooling.
I still vividly remember watching Year 12s in Year 7 and, apart from being utterly terrified of them, I also remember looking at their major works and assignments and thinking how could they possibly have done that. Whether it was English work or Music, History or Drama, I remember thinking it’s too long or too confusing, too smart or just too hard. To be honest, I think a lot of us, including myself, still felt the same last year, when looking at the Class of 2020, but if this year has taught me anything it’s that there is truly nothing that we can’t achieve.
Time and time again I thought of giving up, the night I accidently deleted my English assignment the day before it was due or when I was told to film my drama major work in my living room. In lockdown, I have seen friends perform HSC Music pieces without backup musicians or create D&T projects without woodwork tools or spaces. And yet, despite all these challenges and obstacles we made it out the other side.
As our parents, older siblings and teachers can vouch for, high school and navigating the highs and lows that come with adolescence, was never going to be easy, let alone amidst a Global Pandemic. Nevertheless, each and every one of you continued to smile amidst it all and persevere with kindness, strength and unwavering courage.
As Winston Churchill said:
“Success is not final
Failure is not fatal
It is the courage to continue that counts.”
And I cannot think of a year group more courageous, resilient and better prepared to step into the world, than our Class of 2021.
As our ATAR results expire and our academic results, good or bad are forgotten, we will be left with our infinitely more valuable friendships and memories of our days at CBRSS. Let us hold onto the values and virtues we have learnt over these 13 years and brace ourselves for the journey that lies ahead.
Know that each of you has my unwavering love and support in anything you choose to do, I could not be more proud of you all.
15 December 2021
The Farm, Byron Bay
Formal Photos by Kate Holmes