Request from Kaitlyn McMurtry

Hello parents,

My name is Kaitlyn McMurtry and I am a student in Year 12 doing a major work for Society and Culture. The major work, called the PIP (personal interest project) is focused on only children, how being an only child affects someone’s identity, and how increasing numbers of only children affect Australian society.

I am looking for parents and children to be a part of a focus group. The focus group will be in the second week of the April school holidays (date to yet be decided) and will consist of 6-7 people sitting in a circle to discuss being an only child. It will be in Mullumbimby at my house and food will be provided.

If you or your child are interested please email me on: kaitlyn2016@

Kaitlyn McMurtry

Request for denim


I am upcycling denim for my Design Tech major work and creating a Haute Couture range out of it, so any denim donations would be very greatly appreciated!

Many thanks,

Cally Winfield.



Cape Byron Ensemble at ‘Old & Gold’ in June

Dear school community
Our wonderful school ensemble ‘Della Mar’ will be having a fundraiser at this years Old n Gold festival at Brunswick Heads in June.
The nature of the old n gold festival is a giant whole town garage sale. Along with busking, we also aim to have a stall, so if you are having a clean up these holidays, and have any unwanted items, please think of us.
This fundraiser is to support our students for their upcoming tour to Tasmania in October.
I will send an email with Collection details for any unwanted goods after the holidays. Any enquiries  to:
Thanks for your support, and Happy Holidays!!
Elizabeth Williams
On behalf of the ‘Della Mar’


Moral Technologies Conference ~ 11-14 April in Melbourne

Dear Steiner Schools,

Steiner school teachers, parents and alumni are specially invited to participate in the Moral Technologies Conference which features Nicanor Perlas, 11 – 14 April in Melbourne.  How does your Steiner schooling meet the world that is being created?  Would be GREAT to have as many schools as possible represented, so we can hear how technology affects your school, and you can take back to your school what is birthed through the conference.
Moral Technologies is being produced by Seed Australia, which comprises of myself, Lisa Devine, and Rose Nekvapil.  The event is supported by The Anthroposophical Society and The Christian Community, among others.
Vaike Neeme

Forgiving Sourdough Bread Baking Workshop


More than a Sourdough Bread Baking Workshop!

Saturday April 16 th,2016

10:00am-12:00pm at

Shearwater Kitchen (next to The Canteen)

Shearwater,The Mullumbimby Steiner School

349 Left Bank Road, Mullumbimby

*We will learn the principles of sourdough bread-making and then Practice making no-knead and kneaded bread.

*We will Explore a variety of grains, use a grain grinder and make a“sourdough starter”.

*We will Make Butter and Cream Cheese!

RSVP to Sandra 0413 271 308 or

$35 per adult $20 per student (Children free)

includes Morning Tea and Take Aways.

(Take homes include starter, your own sourdough bun, recipe and fact sheets.)

For 12 years Sandra has offered her popular bread workshops to all ages of people in NSW and Queensland. Sandra brings wisdom to the art and science of food and nutrition, that will inspire you too.

After school and holiday sewing lessons for children & teens

Hello, my name is Simone Ellis.  I am running sewing lessons for children & teens.  The details of my classes are as follows:

Learn and develop the skills needed to design and create your own clothing.  All equipment provided.  Small class sizes in a beautiful work room.

Please call Simone on 0405 451 184 for bookings and details.

Warmest Regards,

Simone Ellis

Writing Safari Workshop in April School Holidays


When:  Wednesday April 20th 10am-1pm

Where:  Byron Community College, 107 Johnson Street, Byron Bay (opp Woolworths carpark)

Cost:  $45 members or $55 non-members

Looking for ways to keep the kids entertained at the tail end of the Easter school holidays?  How about a Writing Safari workshop with popular children’s and YA author, Tristan Bancks?  With Writing Safari, Tristan has designed a fun and active full-day writing adventure where young participants will be encouraged to use nature, their own lives, and the world around them for inspiration.  The day will involve fully supervised walks along the beach, tracing Tristan’s own regular writing paths and teaching kids how they can use the world around them to inspire ideas and spin them into stories.

Please click on link below for more information, and to make bookings:

School Holiday workshops at Spaghetti Circus

Its nearly holiday time and we have workshops on for children 4-6 years and 7-14 years!

Holiday workshops @ Spaghetti

Open Day on Saturday 9 April for new hospital at Ewingsdale

A Community Open Day will take place tomorrow, Saturday 9 April from 10am-2pm, for the new Byron Central Hospital at Ewingsdale.  Please see flyer attached.





French Exchange Student

Jules – French student aged 15 (nearly 16), living in Bordeaux France, is looking for a host family with child(ren) his age to exchange with in the Mullumbimby/Byron area.  Jules will be arriving in July for one month.  His family in France could then welcome the Australian student whenever it suits them in France – duration negotiable.  Please call Corinne 0427645492.

Au pair from Germany seeking family for 6-9 months

Good morning,

I am a class teacher at the Waldorf School in Filderstadt/Germany.  Angela, our daughter, is looking for an au-pairing place in Australia.  We are looking for a family in your school community who may be keen to have Angela stay and help with your children for 6-9 months.

If you interested, please email me:

Thank you so much,

Johannes Schaaf.

From the Principal

Hello everyone,

Poet, John Keats, described autumn as the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.” Autumn has certainly arrived here and we are all enjoying the cooler nights, the floating morning mists and the subtle changes in the natural world around us. This week we celebrated our Autumn Harvest Festival with a beautiful gathering of our school community, collection of the harvest produce, sharing of song and verse and finally, dancing together on the green. ‘Mellow fruitfulness’ indeed! These beautiful events are so important as they draw together our school community and allow us to mark the rhythms of the year and our human experience of the changing of the seasons.

This week I also attended the AGM for our Parents and Friends Association. Tanja and Lisa have done an amazing job of leading the P&F over the last year and have provided a wonderful level of support and care for both the parent body and the school. I would like to personally thank them both for their work and congratulate and thank them for their willingness to take on the task for another year. Thank you also to Sarah Sykes for taking on the role of Treasurer for the next year. I would like to strongly encourage parents to become involved in the P&F. It is a great way to find out what is happening in the school, meet and connect with other parents and lend your support.

This weekend is, as we are all aware, the Bluesfest Festival. A group of our students will be performing at the the “Juke Joint” at the festival from 12 o’clock on Monday. Not only is it a great experience for them, they will be wonderfully representing our school. A special thank you to Tom Whitaker (one of our wonderful music teachers), for organising this.


A Gorgeous Autumn Festival

The school celebrated the Autumn Festival last Monday 21 March.  The whole school community came together to celebrate this special time.  A beautiful display of Autumn offerings from the garden and Mother Nature was created in the Amphitheatre.  Thank you to everyone for bringing in produce and offerings from your gardens and from home.  Teachers, students, and parents gathered, in their Autumn colours, to celebrate the Festival with music and song.  We were also joined by special guest, Irish Joe Lynch, who shared some entertaining stories with everyone.  The school then gathered on the grass, surrounding our clever musicians, to enjoy some Autumn dances!  Much fun & joy was had by all!

Autumn Festival 2016 Nerrida 1

Photo:  Nerrida Johnson

Autumn Festival 2016 Nerrida 2

Photo:  Nerrida Johnson

Autumn Festival 2016 Irish Joe Lynch

Photo:  Nerrida Johnson

Autumn Festival 2016 Felicity 1

Photo:  Felicity Dynes

From The Principal

Dear Parents,

As you may have noticed, we are now circulating our Bulletin every two weeks.  We hope that changing to a fortnightly cycle will reduce the workload for our Administration Staff whilst still providing interesting and timely communication to our School Community.
Last weekend approximately 30 dedicated and hard-working parents attended our Repair, Care and Maintenance Day.  They worked on a range of tasks around the school and made a real difference to our beautiful school site.  Thank you to those parents who came and helped, your contribution is very much appreciated.
This week I was lucky enough to watch some of the Year 8 performance of excerpts from Romeo and Juliet.  The performances showed such a lovely understanding of both the emotional depth and the subtlety of Shakespeare’s word-play, they were a real credit to both the students and the quality of teaching.  Well done Year 8 and Brook.
Preparations are now well underway for our Autumn Festival.  This week students were involved in a rehearsal of the event and each day preparations continue across the school.  Please make sure you mark the date, Monday 21st March from 9.15 am, in your calendar.  The festivals are such important occasions in the life of our school community, providing us with the opportunity to share together in marking the cycle of our seasons.
Finally, it is wonderful to have all of our Year 9 students and our staff back at school after the Year 9 camp.  The response from both our staff and our school community to the recent critical incident has been truly affirming.  We have a strong school community who are really able to pull together and care for each other when it matters most.  I would like to personally thank the school community for the support you have shown, both to those directly involved and to those of us on the school staff working to respond to the incident.  Your support is very much appreciated.

A Big Thank You from Gavin


 We appreciate the good work done by the 30 + parents at our recent Repair Care & Maintenance Day. You made a wonderful difference to the place. The gardens are humming, the buildings are sighing and the furniture is lapping it up. We would be hard pressed to provide such a rich and wonderful learning environment for our students without this added input from you parents.

Next RCM is Sat 28th May. Put it in your calendar and come along and join in this vibrant day in the life of our school. With more people attending & cooperation skills multiplying we will be able to take on many more ambitious projects to improve our school-earning environment.

We would love to here of ideas for projects you’d like to see happen and help in organising.

Seven lengths of Bamboo 7-8 meters long.
Tapering to about 20mm so we can slide flags onto.
Can count for your RCM hours.
If you can help, please ring Gavin 0427 847 400 or email:  site@

Gavin Colley
Site Manager

RCM 5 March Gavin

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Autumn Festival


Each year as a school community we gather fresh produce from our gardens or the Farmers Market to create a harvest display. This produce is donated to the Liberation Larder to support their wonderful community work.

Gather in the Amphitheatre for songs and celebration.
More details to follow…

Celebrating the Autumn Festival



Each year Cape Byron Steiner School celebrates the Autumnal Equinox, usually falling on or about 21st March each year, with our Autumn Festival. The entire school prepares for this over many weeks from the beginning of term and the students from Kindergarten to Year 12 participate in some way on the day, as participation deepens the experience, makes it personal, even though it is a whole community event.

The students and teachers dress in the colours of autumn: red, golden yellow, orange, brown, purple, etc even though here in the Northern Rivers area the coming of Autumn is not as clearly defined as in inland and cooler areas. The Primary School students have embraced a recently formed tradition of composing a verse each for an autumn song, the chorus of which is known by all, to be sung throughout the celebration of the festival. There is generally a surprise element and a dance which includes the entire school community. Families are encouraged to bring in home-grown produce or market bought produce, breads, preserves, etc to add to the “harvest bounty” display which is the focal point of our celebration; the food afterwards being given to a local charity, namely the Liberation Larder which feeds many homeless and needy members in our wider community.

A traditional song is sung each year:

“In Autumn Saint Michael with sword and with shield
Passes over meadow and orchard and field;
He’s on the path to battle ‘gainst darkness and strife;
He is the heavenly warrior, protector of life.

The harvest let us gather with Michael’s aid;
The light he sheddeth fails not nor does it fade;
And when the corn is cut and the meadows are bare
We’ll don Saint Michael’s armour and onward we’ll fare…”

Saint Michael is regarded as the guide and protector of our era (Zeitgeist – spirit of our time) and he is depicted holding a flaming sword to protect and give us courage in the face of darkness or hard times, traditionally in the dark of Winter which follows Autumn. In the English tradition, the story of Saint George overcoming the Dragon depictions the Michaelic task.

The Equinox signifies the beginning of the days growing shorter and the coming of Winter, a sort of dying of natural forces on the outside while inner forces of strength and courage are awakened in the indomitable human spirit. With the cooler weather, we human beings notice a change in our energy, a sharpening of interest and a sense of enterprise, in contrast to the sleepiness and dreaminess of the long, hot Summer months.

For the children, following the rhythms and cycles of the year with festivals and celebrations is an important part of their development. They look forward to the ‘sameness’ and predictability of the event and yet each time there is something new, something fresh, which they experience as the festival is created and re-created anew. This gives them a sense of stability and trust in the world as well as a sense of belonging; an opportunity to see themselves as part of the wider community.

Rosina Mihajlovic.

Lost Property

Small items that are handed in to Reception, are on display in the Reception window.  Two single keys were found in the car park on Thursday, they are now in the Reception window 🙂

Warm Regards,


Drop-off and Pick-up Reminder

Just a gentle reminder when dropping off or picking up children that this is to happen from the bottom car-park.  No children should be dropped off or picked up from the top car park as this is a school bus zone.

Permission slips for excursions!

Important Information ~ Return of Permission Notes!

We are finding that parents are increasingly returning permission slips after the due date, and on many occasions on the actual day of the camp or excursion.  In some cases, we have had to telephone parents on the day of the excursion to chase up a permission note.  This is not only time consuming for us, it also makes it very difficult to adequately cater for any additional student needs on the camp or excursion (illnesses, medications etc.).  For this reason, we will no longer accept permission notes which have been returned after the due date.
Permission notes for camps must be returned at least 5 days prior to the camp.  
Permission notes for excursions must be returned at least 3 days before the excursion.  
If the permission note is not returned on time, the student will not be able to attend the camp or excursion.  Please help us out by returning permission notes on time.