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Winter Festival Class 3 to Year 12 – New Arrangements

Hopefully all Class 3 – Year 12 parents will have, by now, received a text message letting them know that we have changed the pick up times for the Winter Festival this afternoon.

The new pick up times are as follows:

5.00 pm  Children from Class 3-6 (and their High School Siblings)

5.30 pm  High School students.

We ask that parents please understand that this is a student only event.  We have made this decision for safety reasons:  our hall will already be at the legal capacity with all of the students, choir and staff and the school grounds are extremely wet and muddy (we did another walk through the school this morning which confirmed that the grounds are still extremely sodden).

It has been very challenging to come up with an alternative which still allows the students a reverent and joyful experience of this important winter celebration and we trust that we have managed to do this.  It is unfortunate that we cannot invite parents to this event, however the safety and wellbeing of all involved must be our first priority.

Please support us by not arriving until the designated pick up time.  When you do pick up your children, please park your car and come to collect them from the basketball court next to the hall and then leave straight away – we will have a high number of vehicles coming into the car park and will need cars to move through as efficiently and safely as possible.

Thank you in advance for being understanding of the changes we have had to make.

From the Principal

Hello everyone,

I am writing this from Melbourne, where I am attending the Year 10 Camp. Every year I join some of our teachers and students on their camp. It gives me a great opportunity to spend time with our students and teachers, getting to know them all in a more relaxed setting. We bring our Year 10 students to Melbourne to give them a taste of city life; giving them an opportunity to learn how to find their way around a big city, visit some universities and tertiary institutions and experience some of the cultural life of the city. It is really enjoyable to watch the students working together to manage the money they are given to buy each meal – budgeting and working together to get the best value for their money. This is a taste of a possible life to come as university students in the future!

Meanwhile, back at school, preparations are now in the final stages for our Winter Festivals. This year we are trialling a new format, with the Class One and Two children joining the Kindergarten children for a junior festival on a different date to the senior festival. The two festivals are planned to be beautiful, reverent and joyful celebrations of mid-winter. I look forward to seeing you as our school joins together for these special events.

As a final note, today we watched a wonderful performance at the National Institute of Circus Arts. I was chatting to one of our 2016 graduating students who is now studying at NICA and asked her if she was enjoying her studies there. Her answer was, “I love it, it is the fire in my blood!” What a wonderful response! Surely our aim at CBRSS is to educate every student so that they can go out into the world and do whatever it is that is the fire in their blood.


After School Pick Up – New Safety Guidelines

After some recent safety issues involving after school pick up (including Friday markets), we have developed a new Parent Information Sheet outlining safety guidelines. One of the key points in this is that parents must park the car, pick up their children (1-6) from the basketball court outside the hall and walk the children back to the car. Please note that our bottom car park does not currently operate as a ‘drop and go’ site. K-6 aged students should not ever be walking through the car park unaccompanied. We also ask that parents of kindergarten children walk up to the kindergarten to pick up their children, we will no longer allow kindergarten children to be picked up by siblings. Please do take the time to read the new Parent Information Sheet in full. It can be found on our school website here.



School Vehicle For sale

FOR SALE: School Motor Vehicle. Nissan Navara Twin Cab Diesel Ute. Year 2000.
$5,000. Contact Gavin on 0427 847 400.

Winter Festival 2017

Naidoc week book swap

Kindy news

Helping each other to keep the winter colds away …. Thank you to our organic orange farmers for their donations!

Class 4 news

Class 4 students have been busy learning to crochet some cosy colorful mittens.

Class 6 Camp


The Giant Swing was one of the best activities possible. You were pulled by a team of human huskies up and up into the sky. When you were ready, you let go of the rope and you dropped, dropped, then flung upwards into the air until you swung to a stop.

By Amit


I think we would all agree when I say that the hiking was the hardest part, but everyone enjoyed it anyway. Also challenging was starting the fire and maintaining it with enough wood. When we tried to sleep, it took awhile as it was cold and some felt lonely. I think everyone was scared by the activities a little. I think everyone would agree when I say that the abseiling was the most challenging of all the activities because of the trust required to walk off a cliff with nothing stopping you from falling except a little rope.

By Raman


On Wednesday evening when the sun was setting over the horizon half of our class prepared themselves for their ride on the Giant Swing.
As the full moon rose up into the sky, our first flier began her ascent. Strapped in by two harnesses attaching her to the swing, our class pull her into the air.
Three quarters of the way up, Desiree commanded the huskies (classmates) to stop. The instructor told the husky team pulling her to brace, then she let the rope go and plummeted into nothingness.
The ropes caught Desiree and the momentum swung her out over the cliff as the moon rose higher and higher into the evening sky.
Desiree smiled as the wind whipped her hair around her face, turning her cheeks a rosy red.

By Desiree and Brianna


I think that we all learnt something about ourselves on camp. I learnt that I’m stronger than I think and I can get over my fears. My friend Kiana learnt that she needs to listen to the safety instructions the first time! Gabe learnt how to abseil and Naina confirmed that she has the best class in the world and that she loves us all a lot.

By Eva


I learnt that I am stronger than I think and I need to stop being vague when we are learning about safety. I also learnt that I uncontrollably sleep talk, even when I try not to! And, I cannot cook porridge!

By Kiana


During our stay at Camp Kokoda we did the following activities; flying fox, canoeing, giant swing, abseiling and the sugar glider. My favourite activity was the giant swing. The class was put into five groups to help decide who was cooking, for example group one would cook and group two would clean up and the next meal group three cooked and group four cleaned up. I didn’t like walking between each campsite with our heavy backpacks. If I could rate my stay at Camp Kokoda I would give it a 8 1/2 out of 10.

By Roman


In the morning we woke up very early and lit our fire with left over coals from the night before. Later we would go and watch the stunningly majestic sunrise over the horizon while another group made breakfast. After breakfast we would pack our backpacks, clean the camp site and pack down our tents before walking back to base camp. There we would adjust what we had in our pack depending on how hard the hike was to come. Once we packed our bags we would have lunch and walk to the next camp. Upon arrival we pitched our tents and would do an activity. Our first activity was the flying fox; we were harnessed to a wire and were thrown off a platform in a tree – then we flew along the wire till we reached the tree on the other side . Our second activity was the big swing. We were pulled by nine people, huskies, and they pulled you into the air as high as you liked. Once up there you let go of a rope and fell towards the ground swinging and flying above a cliff before swinging back. The third activity we did was abseiling where we walked harnessed down a cliff.

By Gabe, Jack and Arlo


On camp we did lots of fun things including lots of challenging subjects; such as hiking up steep hills, carrying heavy backpacks and doing some very challenging activities. Each day we would hike up different hills to get to a different campsite where we set up our tents, cooked food and did activities. We hiked with backpacks in which we carried spare clothing, utensils, sleeping bags and mats. On our camp we also did some very challenged ourselves by abseiling, swinging on a giant swing and the flying fox, but we all loved them!

By Tobsha


I could not go on camp, instead I went to Sydney. On the first day my nan picked us up from the airport and took us to Mr Wentworth’s house. He was one of the men that found a way through the Blue Mountains. Mr Wentworth was not respected at that time as his wife’s family were all convicts and because the Wentworth’s had their first children before they were married. On the second day we stayed at home. On the third day we went back into Sydney and went to Government House for a tour. We realised that the house had lots of treasures and that the government still lived upstairs, but they had renovated it and it was now a luxury apartment. At 6pm Vivid started. My favourite two light shows were the Aboriginal dancing and the arts of dancing colours and shapes.

By Tallulah

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CBRSS community noticeboard

Have you seen our new Online Community noticeboard yet?

New things are being added all the time so please be sure to check it out regularly here.

If you would like to post something to the community noticeboard please use this link or email Yvette at news@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

From the Principal

Hello everyone,

There has been a lot of activity around our school community over the last two weeks. We have had many students out on camps, excursions and sporting events with more planned in the coming weeks. It is important that our students have opportunities to interact with students from other schools, particularly as they get a little bit older. We always get such wonderful feedback about the way our students conduct themselves and our students tell us that they really enjoy these opportunities.

Last weekend was a very busy weekend in the school, beginning with the wonderful bush dance on Friday night. The hall was beautifully decorated, the band played energetically, the food was delicious and everyone enjoyed a wonderful social evening. I particularly enjoyed joining some of our younger students in a lively progressive dance. Congratulations to the Class 5 parents for organising such a terrific event for our school community.

On Saturday we had a RCM morning, with a lot of wonderful work being done to care for our school (with a focus on the Kindergarten this time). The parent workers joined with some of our staff (who were attending a first aid course at the school) for a delicious lunch. These RCM days are a very good way of adding some extra love and care to our school facilities as well as being a great opportunity to socialise and build our school community. Thank you to the parents who came along to help and thank you to Evan for organising and holding the event so well.

Finally, many of you may have already come into contact with Margaret, our new Receptionist. Margaret brings a wealth of experience and a warm and friendly presence at the front office. I am sure you will join me in welcoming Margaret to our school community.


Term Dates 2018

Our Term Dates for 2018 are as follows:

Term One
Tuesday 30th Jan – Friday 13th April
* Note that Easter is 30th March – 2 April

Term Two
Tuesday 1st May – Friday 6th July

Term Three
Tuesday 31st July – Friday 28th September

Term Four
Tuesday 16th October – Friday 14th December


CBRSS Online Community noticeboard

Have you seen our new Online Community noticeboard yet?

Plenty more has been added since the last Bulletin so please be sure to check it out regularly here.

If you would like to post something to the community noticeboard please use this link or email Yvette at news@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

George the Snakeman

Our friendly local Snakeman was here this week to help with the removal of one of our red bellied friends. Rest assured he will be re-located and released in to a safe and suitable new environment. George the Snakeman has been caring for our slithery friends locally since 1996. Contact details are available on our Community noticeboard

Thanks Snake man!

RCM day

Thank you to everyone who turned up for the RCM day on Saturday, the Kinder is even more beautiful from all your hard work. A big thanks to Craig for providing a yummy lunch and to Evan for leading the charge, it’s such a great way to connect with and support this wonderful School Community that we are so lucky to be a part of.

Stay tuned for details on the next one!

Winter Festival 2017 Cl 3-12

Preparations are under way for the Winter Festival on Wednesday June 21. Students across the school have been making lanterns with great enthusiasm, expertly assisted by lightenUp inc. It will be a truly special and beautiful festival so make sure you save the date!

CBRSS Naidoc week 2017

Bush dance 2017

I go to the bush dance every year. When the music starts it just carries you away and then there’s the games and line dances! In the breaks there’s cheap food that the parents make and the country vibes are great, I love the bush dance.
Jarrah Cl 6
A fun, crazy dance with friends. It’s all dancing, hanging out, fun, having a good time and meeting new people. It’s a great event. Maybe we will see you there next year.
Eva Cl 6
A crazy wonderful experience of dancing, music and fund. The bush dance is enjoyable for any and every age group. Every minute of this special night is filled with different activities and heaps of dancing. There is also a large variety of different, yummy foods (savoury and sweet). I highly recommend this amazing event.
Desiree Cl 6

News from Kindy

Down in Kindergarten we’ve been:
Enjoying the Autumn rains

Making rainbows

Making jam



And Sailing the high seas!

Elizabeth Williams