From the Principal

Hello everyone,

What a busy and productive couple of weeks it has been in and around the school! Our new building is racing ahead and we are looking to be in it before the middle of next term. We are at the stage of choosing and ordering furniture and fittings and feeling really excited about the opportunities our new learning spaces will provide for our students and teachers.

Preparations are also well underway for our Winter Festivals. It has been lovely to see our students out in the sunshine and fresh air, making their lanterns in readiness. This year, Kindergarten, Class One and Two will be celebrating the Winter Festival at school and the celebration for the rest of our school community will be held at the A&I Hall and showgrounds in Bangalow (where our school began 30 years ago).

Recently I attended the Governance, Leadership and Management Conference organised by Steiner Education Australia with a team from our School. Two of our Board Directors, the Director Primary K-6, our College Chair, our Finance Manager and Enrolments Officer all came along and were able to learn from the many wonderful workshops and keynote addresses. It is so important that we continue to deepen our knowledge, skills and understanding so that we can better support the school. Learning is an ongoing process for everyone at our wonderful school!

Last week we held the first Parent Conversation evening at the school. It was wonderful to engage in some deep conversation with parents around the topic of communication. There were some terrific suggestions which came out of those conversations and we will be implementing some of these over the coming weeks. You might notice that more of the photos are towards the end of the bulletin now, so that those parents who are a bit pushed for time can quickly get to the important information and save the browsing of photos to when there is a little more time. We are also making some changes to the way we share parent contact details and information will be sent out about this in the coming weeks. Thank you to those parents who were able to make it on the night, we will hold another conversation evening next term.

At the beginning of this week, we held the Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School Ltd Annual General Meeting. At the meeting James Dods stepped down from the Board after many years of service, five of them as Chair of the Board. James was an outstanding Chair who lead the school to a place where we have a very firm financial foundation and a clear vision for the future. I am sure you all join me in thanking James for his hard work for the school. At the AGM, two Directors were elected to the Board; Jen Henderson who was re-elected after stepping in late last year to fill a casual vacancy on the Board, and Neil Young who has been a very active and supportive member of our school community over the last couple of years. Congratulations to both Jen and Neil and thank you for offering your time to the school.

Finally, this week we enjoyed a visit from Paul Daniell, one of the Executive Directors of the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) and Heidi O’Brien, NESA School Liaison Officer. It was good to have the opportunity to show Paul around the school and talk about some of the issues of concern of us. These included NAPLAN, the requirements around teaching of ICT in Primary School, HSC Minimum Standards, School and Teacher Registration and the crowded curriculum.

As I write this, I am sitting in a workshop in Sydney in relation to NESA registration as our school is due for registration next year and we are now beginning the work to prepare for this. It is certainly a busy time!


Friendly reminder re School Fees due

Term 2 school fees are due today – Friday 25th May 2018. Thank you to all who have already paid them.

If you haven’t paid for Term 2 yet please address this promptly.

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

Julia – Finance Manager

Farewell Malcolm

Our much loved High School Maths teacher, Malcolm left us recently to return to New Zealand. Farewell Malcolm, we wish you much joy and happiness as you begin a new chapter in your life, you will be missed!

Can you help with construction of our Innovation Centre?

As you may have noticed, construction of our new Innovation Centre is now well underway.

We would like to create a beautiful entry to the school including an outdoor shelter between the new building & the Performance Hall. The aim is to provide students & parents with a covered drop off area at pick up time and students with an additional sheltered space in the playground. This is in addition to the building that is currently underway.

We are aiming to raise $30,000 for this addition. The current balance in our Building Fund account is $13,650, so we still need to raise $17,000. To read about our Masterplan, to see a time lapse video of the construction so far or to make a donation please follow this link

Please note that deductions to the Building Fund are tax deductible and June 30 is fast approaching!

CBRSS Bushdance Friday 1st June

Ensemble Concert at CBRSS

Yr 12 Fundraiser Monday lunch for HS students

Soup, bread and spinach triangles available from the canteen this Monday at lunchtime for High School students only

Winter Festival 2018

Preparations are well underway for this year’s Winter Festival which is returning to the A&I Hall. It is sure to be a  magical night so be sure to SAVE THE DATE! Please note the change of date from Thursday, June 21 to Friday, June 22.

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!

Divine Nature

The outer world, with all its phenomena, is filled with divine splendour, but we must have experienced the divine within ourselves before we can discover it in our environment ~ Rudolf Steiner


Mosaics class 6 & 5

We are very excited that our collaborative Class 5/6 Mosaic Project is well and truly underway – together we are designing and making a land and animals landscape on the wall behind Class 2 to meet the sea mosaic on the Class 3 wall!
Our wonderful mosaic expert, Tanja Nelson is leading the project along with artistic guidance from Eleni and lots of wonderful assistance from parents.
We encourage Class 5 and 6 parents to come and assist us; please go sign up for the roster here or contact Tanja Nelson regarding session times 0431 044 254.

Donated Pollinator

A big thank you to Roe and Trace and the Team at Flow for donating this little pollinator house.

Created from Flow Hive offcuts, this house is designed to help build pollinator corridors through our urban landscapes. With 100% of profits being donated for habitat regeneration and protection, the Flow Pollinator House is our first hive designed to house native solitary nesting bees.

Bees are tiny environmental champions!
They are responsible for the pollination of 30 percent of the world’s crops and up to 90 percent of our wild plants.

There are over 19,000 different species of bees worldwide, the majority of which are solitary nesters and, like honeybees, their numbers are on the decline.

We decided to take a leaf out of their book and created this cosy home to raise awareness for the protection of these incredible creatures.

100% of profits are donated to conservation
Our gardens are important for pollinator habitat, however, pollinators also need large areas of habitat to flourish—this is why 100% of profits from this product are donated to habitat protection.

You can purchase or read more about it here

Every human being should show the greatest interest in beekeeping because our lives depend upon it. – Rudolf Steiner

Steiner Education Australia Glam Conference

This was SEA’s biggest GLaM conference to date, with nearly 140 attendees from every state and territory in Australia, and from all but a few schools.

NESA visit

Nerrida showing Paul Daniell, one of the Executive Directors of the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) and Heidi O’Brien, NESA School Liaison Officer around the school.

From the Principal

Hello everyone,

It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces returning to school last week after the break (teachers and students). The first and most obvious thing to notice on return to school was just how far our wonderful new building has progressed. The builders are doing an amazing job and we expect to be using the new building next term. It isn’t easy having a building site in the middle of our school, however the builders have done their best to minimise disruption and I am very grateful to our whole school community for the way you have adapted and worked with the changes and limitations such a project brings.

We have quite a busy term coming up with several school camps and excursion (Year 7 are away at the moment), our AGM, the High School Electives Showcase and the Winter Festival … along with all of the wonderful teaching and learning which occurs every school day. Next week we are holding a parent conversation evening. Parents will already have received an invitation to this by email and further details can be found later in this bulletin. I would like to encourage parents to come along and have a conversation with the Management Team about our wonderful school and how we can work together to get the best possible outcomes for our students. We are looking forward to hearing your ideas.

One way we can support the strengthening of our school community is through our offering of parent education opportunities. We have a new study group beginning next week, working through the wonderful “Kingdom of Childhood” lectures. Our Tuesday evening study group is also continuing to meet each week. Whilst the ‘Kingdom of Childhood’ study group is a great introductory group, the Tuesday night group work quite deeply with some of the more in-depth (and sometimes challenging) Steiner lectures. If you would like further information about either of the study groups, please contact Yvette in the office.

This term we will also be offering some special events with Melanie Deefholts for parents of Primary aged students, looking at how parents can best understand and support their children through the different phases of development. Melanie is an experienced parent educator and will lead these interesting, engaging and informative evenings. Further information will be sent out to parents closer to the dates.

Finally, our AGM will be held on Monday 21st May at 5.30 pm in the Library at school. As the number of nominations exceed the vacancies on the Board, there will be an election and further information about this process will be sent out to members of the Company in the next few days. If you are a member of the Company (previously known as a member of the Association), and you don’t receive information by the end of the week, please contact Penny in the office to let her know.


New Students

We warmly welcome the following students and their families to the CBRSS Community:

Henry Sweetman Class 4

Aoife Gordos Class 4

Reuben Hardy Class 5

June Sweetman Class 6

Jasmine Jones Yr 8

Elan Derofe-Gallant Yr 9

Finn Morris Yr 9

Welcome to our new German teacher

This term we are really happy to welcome Manuela as our new German Language teacher. Manuela is a very experienced teacher who will bring much warmth, passion and creativity to language classes. From Manuela ….

Guten Tag!

As you may know, the children in Classes 1 – 4 will be learning German from Week 3. My name is Manuela Matheson. I grew up in Germany and have lived in Australia for most of my adult life. I have been teaching German for many years and I very much look forward to getting to know the children and sharing my native language and culture in these beautiful surroundings.

School Community Conversation Evening

As it is now almost 2 years since we held the wonderfully successful Parent Engagement Evening at the school, we would like to invite members of our school community to attend a School Community Conversation Evening on Monday 14th May at 6.00 pm at the school. The evening will be held in the Movement room and should conclude around 7:30 pm.

Members of the management team will attend and we look forward to having a rich and constructive conversation with the school community about ways we can work together to build and strengthen our beautiful school.

We want to hear from you about what is working well and your thoughts and ideas for improvement. Please mark the date in your calendar.


The Easiest Parenting Strategy That Actually Works: Don’t Get in the Way

Screens vs. Staying Out of the Way
Both of these strategies: showing your child a screen and staying out of the way give the parent some more freedom and flexibility in their day. Parents often turn to screens so that they can get something done or “get a moment’s peace.” However, there is another alternative: insist your child solve the problem independently or play independently whilst you have some time for yourself.

Read the full article here


When everyone else is on holidays Gavin gets extra busy, following is the list of activities undertaken during the term break…

• 30 tonne road base to bottom car park to fill in potholes.
• Car Park at Kindy extended with road base to provide safer parking.
• Tree work at Kindy to help ameliorate tick problem.
• Various other tree works around school.
• Installation of storage shed at Silky Oak Cottage.
• Underground power, communications & fibre optic cable pipes installed to new Innovation Ctr building.
• Various fence replacements & repairs around school.
• Service canteen coffee machine.
• Various electrical repairs around school.
• Installation of new short throw projector to Casuarina room.
• Install shelving in HS Music room for speaker mounts.
• All classroom water filter cartridges changed.
• Installation of 2 new filtered water bottle fill stations at steps to Grevillia room & outside disabled toilet at front of Hall.
• Clean all air-con filters.
• End of term clean to whole school.
• Clean all gutters.
• Weed control program to whole school.
• Spray & whipper snip all paving.
• Constant clearing of erosion around school from various earthworks & rain events.
• Continue with attempts to possum seal Cl 5 & 6.
• Possum seal archive & power rooms.
• Paint touch ups to Cl 3.
• Oil D of P K-6 Office door.
• Repairs to a number of table tennis tables in Hall.
• Tidy up power leads in Lemon Myrtle room.
• Extensive work with Innovation Ctr contractors sorting many, many details.

Site Manager
Gavin Colley.