From the Principal

Hello everyone,

Two years ago, I asked our staff at our end-of-year staff meeting, “What are your dreams for the next year for the school?” One of the strongest responses, agreed by all, was that our staff wanted to build a stronger relationship with the Arakwal people and come to a better understanding of and relationship to country. Last year, with wonderful leadership from Peter Palmer, we celebrated NAIDOC week across the school. We also introduced a new emphasis on acknowledging country at all school events.

This year we have turned our attention to developing a Reconciliation Action Plan for the school. A group of dedicated staff from across the school have been meeting to work on this and, this week, we met with Aunty Delta Kay to talk about the process and how we can work together. The process of developing a Reconciliation Action Plan is a process of building relationship and developing understanding. We expect this will be an ongoing process and are really looking forward to engaging fully with it.

We are currently in the process of developing a vision for our reconciliation plan and will be engaging staff, High School students and our school community in this. In the coming weeks, parents will receive a short survey on this topic and I hope you are able to complete the survey for us. If you are interested in joining our Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group, I would love to hear from you.

On another topic, thank you to those parents who are working so hard on final preparations for our Spring Fair. This is a huge event in our school calendar and takes a lot of organisation. I know that our parent community are very busy and that it can be difficult to find the time to devote to working on the Spring Fair. I truly appreciate the hard work of those parents who are so generously giving of their time. Our Spring Fair brings our school community together and it simply wouldn’t happen without the tireless efforts of Emma (Spring Fair Coordinator) and the wonderful team of parent volunteers. Please help them out by supporting wherever you can.


Important resource available – CBRSS eSafety guidelines

Managing Social Media as a parent can be a scary & daunting prospect but it is very important that we understand the ramifications of this increasingly impactful influence on our lives and particularly how to protect our children from it. It is never too early to start informing yourself, please don’t make the mistake of assuming you don’t need to worry until your child is in High School.

Did you know that posting photos and sharing personal information about your child could be putting them at significant risk of being preyed upon? As noted in our Social Media Top Tips for Parents cheat sheet (which you can find here.“If your account is not completely private, anyone can see your photos of your child, their name, the name of the cat, where you go on holiday, what your family does on weekends, when birthdays were and other information about your family and your life. Therefore a complete stranger could make up a story that could be convincing to your child by using the information you have shared in a public forum of more than 500 million users.”

We’ve recently updated the eSafety page on our website. In addition to links to important resources it now has all of the ‘Safe on Social Media Guides’ which explain various Social Media platforms, ‘SOS Cheat Sheets’ about significant issues such as location services, youth and pornography and sexting and child pornography. There are also ‘Parenting at the speed of light’ documents with further info about some specific games, online predators and a doc titled Parents this is for you which elaborates on the issues mentioned above, these are all available to read or download. This is a very valuable and important resource provided by experts in the field and Jon in ICT has spent significant time to ensure they are available to our community in a simple user-friendly format so please make time to check it out here.

CBRSS Talks and workshops

Do you have an idea for some talks, workshops or adult classes related to any aspect of our school or the philosophy underpinning it? If so please, contact Yvette in the office. Yvette coordinates study groups, adult education classes, talks and workshops and these all need to be organised and booked through her (so that we have a coordinated approach to this). We appreciate your ideas, suggestions and contacts in this regard.

email: phone: 02 6639 9302

Innovation Centre update

Our new Innovation Centre has transformed our School, the High School is revelling in the much needed additional space, and the students are loving the “state of the art” facilities we now have available for their use. Be sure to join in one of the tours we’re running at the Spring Fair to get the full experience inside and out.

We still need to raise $12,115 to pay for the entry to the school which includes the outdoor shelter between the new building & the Performance Hall, which provides students & parents with a covered drop off area at pick up time and students with an additional sheltered space in the playground.

To read about our Masterplan, to see the latest timelapse videos of the construction or to make a donation please follow this link

Donations to the Building Fund are tax deductible.

A big thanks to those who have donated so far! 


HSC Showcase

Spring Fair: 2 Weeks Away!

Thank you to everyone who has been out there selling raffle tickets, donating to Silent Auction and White Elephant. Your support and contributions are greatly appreciated.

As the Fair is just around the corner we thought we would provide a helpful checklist highlighting what to bring and when!

Before Spring Fair:

  • Raffle Tickets: please continue to sell and return any unsold tickets to reception by 18th September.
  • White Elephant: donations will be taken right up until the 20th Sept. Please bring clothes, toys, books, small gadgets etc to Class 3
  • Produce: donate any preserves, pickles, jams, sauces to box outside Class 3
  • Craft Stall: want to see your craft at the Spring Fair? Ring Kylie on 0433 176 895

Day of Spring Fair:

  • Cake: Each family is to bring a cake for the High School cake stall. Please deliver to stall on the day.
  • Foliage: Flowers and vines, please bring any from your garden and deliver to garland stall.
  • Produce: Any fresh produce like eggs, veggies etc can be delivered to stall on the day.

Set Up Day – Friday 21st Sept – if you are available, please come along and help Class 3 set up for the Fair. We’d love your help.

And remember our popular High School Song Writing Competition is open to High School students in the Northern Rivers region. For more info please follow this link.

Again, thank you for all your support in making this a magical Spring Fair.

Class 3 Spring Fair Team

P & F Fundraiser

Looking for quality art and craft supplies or a Steiner inspired gift or toy?

Art Makes Sense!

A beautiful array of quality art and craft supplies as well as Steiner based toys are available online at Mercurius

Enter the promotional code: FRIENDCBRSS and 15% of the sale will also go towards P&F fundraising!

Reflection on Community

The well-being of a community of people working together will be the greater, the less the individual claims for himself the proceeds of his work, i.e. the more of these proceeds he makes over to his fellow-workers, the more his own needs are satisfied, not out of his own work but out of the work done by others. – Rudolf Steiner

Kindy news

Mrs Thaw and some woodcutter Gnomes recently visited Kindy Rose

Classes 3-6 Jump Rope for Heart

Classes 3-6 are very enthusiastically embracing the Jump Rope for Heart challenge, a quick walk around the school at recess and lunch will reveal an abundance of children mastering the fine art of skipping. Skipping is a great way to improve coordination and wellbeing in general and while there is the option for small-scale (i.e within the family) fundraising the main focus at CBRSS is about the health benefits and pleasure it offers our students.


Recently Charlie Arnott (Class 2 parent) provided a flowform with some 500 preparation that children in Primary School with the help and guidance of Gavin then sprinkled around our beautiful school to enrich and enliven our land just in time for our Spring Fair. Flowforms by design, emulate the swirls and vortices of the mountain stream, enabling water to reoxygenate, revitalise and rejuvenate, bringing it back to its more natural state. Flowforms provide a perfect way to stir large quantities of 500 preparations in an enlivening and sympathetic manner. Our thanks to Charlie and Gavin for undertaking this important initiative.

From the Principal

Hello everyone,

Our school is humming with wonderful activity at the moment. Our Kindergarten children are well settled into their daily routine and enjoying days full of play based activity. Meanwhile Teera and our Kindergarten Teachers have been busy interviewing for our 2019 intake of children. We know that we cannot take in all of the children on the list but are doing our best to welcome in those children we can accept.

In the Primary School, we celebrated Book Week with a wonderful parade and the much anticipated annual teacher Book Week play – this year we all laughed at the efforts of a long line of characters to pull out a VERY stubborn, VERY stuck enormous turnip. Thank goodness for the efforts of the tiny little Class One mouse at the end of the line who gave that last little bit of strength needed to dislodge the turnip! It is always wonderful to see the children coming to school dressed up as a favourite book character and sharing their love of story.

In the High School, Year 7 have been excitedly involved in some of the wonderful surprises and activities that are part of the Wish Wonder and Surprise Main Lesson. This Main Lesson is always a real highlight for the year and is always very much enjoyed by our students. Meanwhile at the upper end of the High School, our HSC students are busy finalising and handing in Major Works for their different subject areas. I am always stunned by the extremely high standard achieved by our students in their major works and by the maturity with which they approach these huge projects.

As a final thought, I have been thinking about the polarising forces around us at the moment; the effects of social media, the widening political divide (on all levels), the gap between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ … the list could go on. I wonder what we can do to actively choose to live in a space of unity. Our challenge is to focus on what unites us, rather than what sets us apart. Rudolf Steiner set up this form of education almost 100 years ago as a force for social renewal. It seems that now, more than ever before, we need to focus on that social renewal and find a space where we can build and share in community.


Friendly reminder re School Fees due

Term 3 school fees are due today – Friday 24th August 2018. Thank you, to everyone, who have already paid.

If you haven’t paid for Term 3 yet please address this promptly.

Please remember to include your parent code when paying fees so we can identify you.

Thanks, from the Finance team

If you are planning a move please let us know.

Please be mindful that if your child is leaving the school we require 1 full term’s notice. We understand that this may not always be possible but sincerely appreciate your assistance with future planning when it is possible. This notice period is important for multiple reasons, including saving you money but most importantly it enables us to provide plenty of notice to new families/students and ensure a smooth transition into the school, it is very challenging for the new student, their family, the class they are entering and for all staff when the process is rushed. It can also be distressing for the community when there is not adequate time to farewell a family/student.

If your child is leaving at the end of the year please wherever possible provide notice by the end of Term 3. (Note: School Holidays do not count in the notice period, as staff are on leave during this time.) 


In regards to withdrawal of students please note the following:

  • As per the School’s Enrolment & Fee Policies: The school commits substantial resources to the education of each child and the whole school community development. Therefore when a child leaves, there is a significant impact on the school both financially and communally. For a student to be withdrawn from school once he/she has commenced at CBRSS i.e. for parents to end the enrolment contract, the School requires one term’s notice. Parents and guardians must inform and submit a Student Withdrawal Form one term in advance if they intend to withdraw their child from the school and end the enrolment contract. If no such notification is received a Withdrawal Fee of one term’s fees from the date of notification will be charged. If a student withdraws part way through a term, having given one term’s notice, tuition fees and consolidated charges will be charged on a pro-rata weekly basis; for the purpose of this clause, a part week is considered a full week.
  • Once notice has been received the Enrolments Officer will proceed immediately with filling the place. Please do not give notice unless/until you are certain that your child will be leaving. If you decide that you would like your child to return to CBRSS they will need to join the waiting list and wait for an opportunity, we are unable to provide any guarantees about when/if they will be able to return.
  • Once notice is received, administrative processes will occur that prevent confidentiality so please only give notice once you are prepared for the information to be public, please ensure you have advised your child prior to submitting the form.

You can find our Student withdrawal form on our website under the forms and downloads tab or by following this link. please return it to Enrolments.

If you require assistance with completing this form or need to discuss your options please contact Yvette via email: or by phone 02 66399302.

CBRSS Talks and workshops

Do you have an idea for some talks, workshops or adult classes related to any aspect of our school or the philosophy underpinning it? If so please, contact Yvette in the office. Yvette coordinates study groups, adult education classes, talks and workshops and these all need to be organised and booked through her (so that we have a coordinated approach to this). We appreciate your ideas, suggestions and contacts in this regard.

email: phone: 02 6639 9302

CBRSS eSafety guidelines updated

We’ve recently updated the eSafety page on our website. It now has all of the SOS media Guides, Cheat Sheets and Parenting at the speed of light documents available for download. This is a wonderful resource so please take time to check it out here.

RCM day Saturday 1st September

We are having a Repair Care & Maintenance (RCM) morning on Saturday 1st September 9am – 12.30pm. A shared lunch, provided by the school, will follow. We will be working in the new Innovation Ctr Entrance Area to beautify our entrance in the lead up to Spring Fair. So come along, share company, get to know new people and help make the children’s environment a beautiful one to be in.
See You There!
Gavin – 0427 847 400.