Lisa Romero workshop

Working with Social Understanding, Gender and Sexuality – Understanding Individual Responsibility in Working Towards New Community. With Lisa Romero
1 September – 3 September Byron Bay
In community life we learn consciously and unconsciously from each other. Rudolf Steiner stated that to be an educator in the Consciousness-soul Age we need to be able to elicit the individuality. This course focuses on how to perceive support and elicit the true nature of the individual human being from childhood to adulthood. We will explore the changing role and the need for new community responsibility, that can provide young people with what is needed in the growing self-consciousness and separation that they are facing. We look at how young people can be supported within a community that respects, encourages and expands each individual’s qualities as the basis for the modern rites of passage into adulthood.
for more info; email phone: 66646147

From the Principal

Hello everyone,

It has been a busy couple of weeks and a really great start to the term. We have had Lisa Romero in the school, talking to students, parents and teachers about issues of growth and development, sexuality and gender. Lisa brings a wealth of experience and wisdom about these topics from an anthroposophical understanding of the development of the human being.

We have also had students from both Primary and High School classes visiting the Byron Writers’ Festival. They have had the opportunity to listen to some really interesting writers speaking about their lives and their craft.

This week our High School students attended in our annual athletics carnival. It was great to see the students actively participating in all of the events and also supporting the running of the day. There were many wonderful performances with students pushing to do their best and enjoy the involvement. Congratulations to Caspar Thomas for his outstanding performance in breaking the CBRSS boys High Jump record by a substantial margin (with a backflip over the bar). Thanks to Lizzie Gavaghan for organising the day and to all of the teachers for their enthusiastic support for the day.

Plans for the Spring Fair are well underway – please do look carefully at the notice later in this bulletin and see if there is something you could do to help out. The Spring Fair is one of the really important events for our school community and your participation and support will help to make it a wonderful day.


Please welcome our new Students

We warmly welcome the following students and their families to our School Community.

Quin Adamo joins class 4

Yindi Morrisey joins Year 10

Alena Tsukamoto joins Year 10 for term 3 as an exchange student from Japan.

Milli Wooding joins Year 11


Would You Like Steiner Based Before and/or After School Care at CBRSS?

We are currently running a survey to gauge parent interest in having Steiner based before and/or after school care provided at the school. Dependent on the results of the survey, we will make a decision about whether to apply for funding to set up this program. Please go to the survey website to complete this short survey by Monday 7th August (better still, do it right now so you don’t forget).

Repair Care & Maintenance Day

Saturday 12th August 9am – 12.30pm
Followed by lunch at Canteen supplied by school.

We will be working on beautification of the school entrance.
There will be walls to paint.
Gardens to renovate.
Cleaning of various areas.
And lots more. Something for everyone.
Come along have fun and build the school social body.


On The Road with Gavin Kerouac

Keeping the Beat with the Dreamers & Future Travellers.

Stay safe on our road into CBRSS



Spring Fair 2017

Dear School Community
We would like to welcome you all to the launch of our 2017 Spring Fair!!

As temporary custodians of the famous annual Cape Byron Steiner School Spring Fair event, Class 3 is excited to announce that the theme this year is Awaken to Wonder.

With the new Science Building commencing soon, we were inspired to look at the science of all things in nature, and we hope ‘Awaken to Wonder’ captures the appreciation of our beautiful school, the sense of curiosity of our children and the new beginnings that spring unfolds for all of us

So please save the date in your Calendars – Saturday 16 September

While Emma Davies and Class 3 parents are taking on the project of running the fair this year, as a community there is plenty you can do to ensure this year is a success.
We have the following information regarding the Spring Fair, which we would be grateful if you could read and respond if appropriate to any or all of the following:

  • Advertising Opportunity

Each year we advertise to the Byron Bay locals and visitors in the Echo. We are proud to offer advertising spaces for your businesses to appear on our double page spread in the issue of September 13th. If you are interested in advertising, please respond to Anna Watson at or call 0410 007 144 to book in your preferred spot. Please respond by August 18 if you are interested. Ad sizes available: 58 x 85 – $150, 88 x 85 – $225, 118 x 85 – $300. Artwork for the Ad would be due by the 31st of August. If you don’t have artwork for your business, The Echo have kindly offered to design the ad for free.

  • Raffle Tickets

Over the next few weeks we will be delivering to students, one of our biggest fundraising projects of the fair – the CBRSS Spring Fair Raffle Ticket booklets.

A ticket is $3 each and they come in a book of ten, so we are making the offer to sell a book of single tickets or to purchase a book for $20, a huge saving of $10.

You can sell a book of single tickets and a book for $20, or two books for $40 etc.

This year we will be handing out two books to each Kindergarten and Primary school student. All Kindy and Primary school students get a prize for bringing back their raffle books. We have crystals and the very popular friendship bracelets to choose from.

This year we are not automatically giving HS students a book to sell. We will be asking students directly to get involved and to pick up some Raffle tickets from reception if they are interested in selling them. We might add there will be a significant prize for the High School student who sells the most!

  • The Great White Elephant Stall

Time to spring clean your wardrobe! This year we may have the biggest White Elephant stall yet, as we take over the High School Hall. Although we will not start our full scale second hand drive until closer to the Fair date (due to lack of storage), we are asking that you start considering an early ‘spring clean out’ for quality items you would be happy to donate such as clothing, toys, small furniture items, kitchen gadgets and books. Please note that we don’t want any Junk or electrical items, (as what doesn’t sell we have pack up and get rid of which is very time/energy consuming).

First call out is for jewellery. We would like to help your spring cleaning projects by collecting any jewellery you don’t wear anymore for the White Elephant Stall. Costume jewellery and all those single earrings. Please drop it into the box we have at reception, marked ‘Treasures and Bling’.

  • The Produce Stall

If you have been busy creating wonderful preserves etc., and would like to donate some to the produce stall we would be happy to accept any jams, preserves, pickles, sauerkraut, sauces etc. .. YUM!

  • Silent Auction

We have many exciting offers already for this year’s Silent Auction. We will be sending out more exact details of what’s on offer later this month. But if you have any items you would like to donate please contact Douglas May at the Class 3 super dad organizing the Silent Auction Stall this year, or of course via reception.

  • The Craft Stall Co-operative

This year our beautiful craft stall would like to invite parents to participate in a craft co-operative. If you have beautiful handmade products you may wish to sell at our Fair, we have an ‘expression of interest’ form available at reception, or we can email it out if you are interested in exhibiting and selling your ‘Steiner appropriate’ craft goods this year. Please ring Kylie Clark on 0433 176 895 for more details. We look forward to hearing from you!!

  • The Great Book Swap

We will also be running a book swap at this year’s fair, where you can drop in a book and swap it, or purchase one with a gold coin donation. All proceed will go to a charity organization soon to be announced. So save your books.

  • Class Stalls/Activities

This week your Class coordinators are receiving their information packs for the class activities you will all be participating in to make our fair a very special day. Please support them to get your class organized and all preparations completed. Your help makes the world of difference!

  • Short Form Performance Poetry Competition

One of the exciting new events at the fair, will be a Short Form Performance Poetry Competition. Open to all High School Students, this will be in place of the song competition. We are lucky to have Class 3 parent Lisa Brockwell, a published poetry author and recent speaker at the Byron Writer’s Festival as an coordinator. We encourage students to put pen to paper and express your selves poetically!

The poem/performance must be:

  1. A maximum 3 minutes.
  2. On any topic, but must be suitable for general exhibition.
  3. Submitted as a written transcript one week prior to the fair.

More details to follow…

Finally, thank you for all the citrus that was donated. The canteen was working overtime to juice and freeze your produce. It was greatly appreciated.

We look forward to co-creating a wonderful event with you all.

Class 3.

High School Athletics day

Year 7 excursion

As part of the Year 7 Wish, Wonder and Surprise Main Lesson, this week the class went on a wonderful excursion to first visit the pre-schoolers at Periwinkle and then the residents at the RSL Nursing Home in Suffolk Park. Students spent the morning playing with 4 year olds in the sandpit, on the flying fox, up a tree, with their elbows immersed in bubbles and singing songs. At midday, the students met an equally welcoming group of new friends, this time aged into their late 80s. Our students recited poetry and played musical instruments, before playing a group game of Pictionary, sharing cookies and fruit platters, and getting to know a little about the people who live there in residential care. The class felt profoundly touched by this unique excursion where we experienced up close and back-to-back the polarities of life, and the wonder each brings. Thank you so much to the staff at both Periwinkle and the RSL Nursing Home for welcoming us so warmly into your environments as you did. The students described the day as “inspiring”, “touching”, “moving” and a day that made them feel “grateful” and “happy”.

Alix Johnson – Yr 7 Guardian

Harry James Angus Songwriting Workshop

The Music students in our Year 9 and 10 Music Elective program were lucky enough to have Harry spend some time work-shopping songwriting and playing music with them. Harry is most well known for his role in The Cat Empire as the trumpet player and singer and has shared his knowledge and experiences with our students. Harry shared some great songwriting techniques and participating students wrote and shared their own short compositions.

Congratulations to our Yr 11 Student

We received excellent news today that Tara Jahns of Year 11 won the prestigious young writers’ award for the Byron Bay Writers Festival. Tara submitted a story that was chosen from many entries! We are very proud of Tara who will receive a cash prize to further her writing ambitions, and she will be given a formal presentation at the festival this weekend.

A student from our school, Thea Shields from the graduating year of 2015, also won this prize, showing Cape Byron Steiner School as a school that produces wonderful young writers.

Katie Biggin

Congratulations to our Yr 12 Student

We wish to congratulate Isabelle McMullen for being awarded the title of Lifesaver of the year for the Far North Coast of NSW.

Isabelle has been involved in lifesaving since she was a young child. She participates in volunteer patrolling at Byron Bay and has assisted in managing younger age groups in her capacity as a leader in the club.

We are very proud of Isabelle for achieving this wonderful award. It is a testament to her hard work and commitment to an important social service in the community.

Katie Biggin

The Philosophy of Freedom

Freedom is the sense of being capable of actions motivated solely by love.

~ Rudolf Steiner, 1894

Silversmithing Term 3 @ CBRSS

From the Principal

Hello everyone,

It was lovely to see the students all back at school on Tuesday, after the mid year term break.

Gavin and his crew have been very busy over the break, working on maintenance and development projects around the school. You may have noticed our beautiful brick paving behind the Performance Hall. This will really improve the entry to the school, especially when our building project begins and the traffic flow to that area subsequently increases.

Our teachers have been busy in the Term Break. I joined a group of teachers who travelled to Sydney to attend the National Steiner Teachers’ Conference. With international keynote speakers and a range of workshops aimed at both Primary and High School teachers, the conference was a wonderful opportunity to deepen our understanding of Steiner Education. I was also honoured to be able to present workshops on the 9 year old transition at the conference.

Meanwhile, back at home, teachers were busy catching up with programming and assessments. Our HSC teachers were working with their students, supporting them in the development of their major works and preparation for trial exams. The trial exams were held in the last week of the break. I am hopeful that, in amongst all of this, our hard-working teachers managed to enjoy some down time with family and friends.

Early this week, I was lucky enough to be able to take two of our senior students to an afternoon tea with Gladys Berijiklian, the Premier of NSW. Bridget Brandolini and Minnie Manton were excellent representatives for our school and were able to raise the issue of the lack of public transport in the area when they spoke to the Premier.

This term will be busy with a number of camps and excursions, kindergarten enrolments for 2018, the HSC showcase and graduation activities, 2018 budget preparations and, of course, the Spring Fair. Even though it is busy, I do always try to make time to talk to parents and students whenever possible. If you would like to have a chat to me about any aspect of our school, please either send me an email ( or call Jacquie in the office to make an appointment. I am happy to find the time to talk to you.

It’s a mini Bulletin this week for the start of the term, next week the usual full Bulletin will resume.

Here’s to a wonderful, productive Term 3!


Meeting the Premier

Nerrida, Bridget and Minnie meet the Premier

Keeping Everyone Safe

Just a gentle reminder to please drive slowly and carefully down the hill when coming to the school. Please also take extra care in the car-park as there are a large number of children moving through this area in a short space of time during drop off and pick up times. We have asked staff and students to park on the far side of the bottom car-park, to leave the front parking spaces open for parents bringing students to and from school. Also, a gentle reminder that all drop offs and pick ups must happen from the bottom car park. Please consider carefully the need to drive students to and from school – using the buses saves fuel and time and also reduces the traffic volume on Balraith Lane (and helps us to maintain good relationships with our neighbours).


Would You Like Steiner Based Before and/or After School Care at Our School?

We are currently running a survey to gauge parent interest in having Steiner based before and/or after school care provided at the school. Dependent on the results of the survey, we will make a decision about whether to apply for funding to set up this program. Please go to the survey website to complete this short survey by Monday 7th August (better still, do it right now so you don’t forget).

CBRSS Student Wellbeing talks

Lisa is offering her Student Wellbeing talks again this year for classes 5 to 11, exploring sexuality and student wellbeing.

For parents she is offering 2 parent talks:

Classes 5, 6 and 7 Monday 31 July @ 6 – 7.30pm

Years 8- 11 Wednesday 2 August @6 – 7.30pm

Her latest book Sex Education and the Spirit will also be available at her parent talks.

Sex Education and The Spirit

Understanding Our Communal Responsibility for the Healthy Development of Gender and Sexuality within Society

A healthy relationship to gender and sexuality supports our wellbeing, both as individuals and as a community. The form of sex education that we bring to children and adolescents not only needs to combat the inner disturbances and imbalances created by social media and exposure to pornography – as the most prevalent sources of implicit sex-education in our time – but it also needs to serve them in cultivating useful capacities with which to meet the growing societal changes around this fundamental aspect of being human.

Providing a healthy and socially constructive sex education is the responsibility not only of the primary caregivers, parents, and teachers, but also of the individuals in the wider community, who likewise contribute to the collective consciousness.

Working to overcome our own biases and imbalances will prepare us to more readily awaken to the spiritual wisdom that can bring health and harmony into the evolving reality of gender and sexuality.

“Our bodies are our gardens, to which our wills are gardeners” – Shakespeare, Othello

The insights shared in this book are important for everyone who is interested in understanding the various forms of human relationship, and how we might work together to bring about a healthier community life.

LISA ROMERO is an author of inner development books, a complementary health practitioner and an adult educator who has been offering healthcare and education enriched with anthroposophy since 1993. From 2006 the primary focus of her work has been on teaching inner development and anthroposophical meditation. Through the Inner Work Path Lisa offers lectures, courses and retreats for personal and professional development, in communities and schools worldwide. Steiner Books has published; ‘The Inner Work Path’focusing on meditation practice, ‘Developing the Self’ written after years of working with Waldorf teachers to support their inner work and pedagogical understanding of child development, ‘Living Inner Development’ offering an understanding of the inner experiences and results of various inner development exercises, and ‘Sex Education and The Spirit’ to help awaken an understanding of our communal responsibility for the healthy development of gender and sexuality within society.

Lisa’s capacity to deliver esoteric wisdom with insight and understanding allows her to meet the diverse needs of a range of communities and professions. Essentially, her work springs from the inner work, meditation and exercises, together with a dedication to the path of unfolding consciousness.

From the Principal

Hello everyone,

As always, it has been a very busy last two weeks of term. With the severe weather and heavy rain in the lead-up to the Winter Festivals, we had to make some major changes to the planned events. I would like to thank the teachers involved for their flexibility in working with the changed plans. I would also like to thank the parent community for being so understanding and supportive. Our Winter Festivals are an important opportunity to bring our school community together and it was not an easy decision to alter the event. Having said this, our students had a very deep and reverent experience of this beautiful event. We have included some photographs later in this bulletin. We will be including a clip with some of the lovely music and images of the senior festival on our website in the near future.

This week we have been celebrating NAIDOC week at the school (a week early because of school holidays). We had a special opening of the week with our High School students on Monday where Peter Palmer talked about the purpose of NAIDOC week and I raised the Aboriginal Flag. Thank you to Sy Mullumby for coming along to play the didgeridoo during the flag raising. Peter Palmer has done a wonderful job of organising a series of events across the week. Hopefully this will become something we will celebrate every year.

This week we have also launched our Building Fund page on our website. The models for our new Science and Maths Innovation Centre are on the web page and there is an opportunity for people to donate to our Building Fund. A copy of the school Master Plan can also be found on the page; this details our plans for building development across the school site over the coming years. Please do go and have a look at the page. The link to the page can be found in the article later in this Bulletin.

Last night I attended the High School Electives Showcase. It was a wonderful celebration of the work of our very talented Year 9 and 10 students. I saw beautiful paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and finely crafted woodwork items. I also thoroughly enjoyed watching the drama performances, fashion parade and heart-stopping circus performances. The music finale was a wonderful finish to the night. Congratulations to our Year 9 and 10 students and a huge thank you to our wonderfully skilled Elective teachers.

Finally, this week marked a very special day in the kindergarten, with Julie McVeigh teaching her last day in the classroom. Julie has had a wonderful career over many years, wisely and gently shepherding young children into their first experience of school life. Julie is now transitioning into the next stage of her professional career and will be working in a mentoring capacity for the rest of the year, sharing her wisdom and experience with our Kindergarten teachers. I would like to honour and thank Julie for her many years of wonderful service to the school and to a generation of young children.

I hope you all enjoy the term break, I look forward to seeing some well-rested and cheerful faces back at school at the beginning of next term.