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From the Principal

Hello everyone,

With the arrival of the rain and cooler weather, it has certainly felt like Autumn is coming. With the beginning of Autumn, we turn and take the first steps on the inward journey which takes us all the way from the outer experiences of mid summer (a way to think of this is to think about the feeling of the very active outward social and environmental experiences we have during summer) to the deep and quiet inner experience of mid winter. As we begin that journey, we often meet those parts of ourselves that perhaps we have been able to ignore over the summer months. This can feel a bit uncomfortable and we often find Autumn is a time where children can experience some more unsettled social interactions in the playground. Interestingly though, it can also be a time when students really settle down in class and get some solid work done (perhaps this relates more to the cooler, more comfortable weather than anything else). As adults, autumn is a great time to reflect on our own experiences of ourselves. What ‘pushes our buttons’? What things are difficult to deal with and where do we feel real strength and clarity in our own being?

Preparations are underway for our Autumn Festival. Unfortunately, this year the Autumn Festival will be a students-only event. This is because of the difficulties with parking on-site whilst the building project is taking up so much of our car park – there are simply not enough car parks left and this problem is compounded if the weather has been wet, as cars cannot park on the grassed areas. Festivals are such an important part of the life of our school community and the decision to have a students-only Autumn Festival was not taken lightly. We are, however, planning to have our big Winter Festival (3-12) off-site so that our school community can participate so please mark the date of Thursday 21st June into your diaries as it will be a very special school community festival.

Finally, I have started calling parents from across the school to talk about their experiences of the school; the things we are doing well and the things we could do better. I have received some terrific feedback and really enjoyed some very insightful conversations. Thank you to those parents who have so generously shared their experiences and ideas. I will continue this process throughout this year and look forward to having the opportunity to speak to many more of you. Aside from the phone-calls, if members of the school community have any thoughts, ideas, feedback or inspirations about the school, please don’t hesitate to email me at principal@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au .


Child safety

We have recently had an incident where a young child was left in a hot car with the windows wound up in the car park whilst a parent walked a child up to Kindergarten or Class One. Please be aware that it can get extremely hot inside a car which is parked in full sun – and this can quickly become a life-threatening situation. We ask that you take care not to leave any young children in cars whilst dropping off or picking up other children.

Drop Off and Pick Up Zone – Notice for High School Parents

If you are dropping off or picking up your High School students, please use the designated drop-off and pick-up zone. Students only get into cars in the first three spaces at the front of the hall, and when this happens, the line moves fairly quickly. Please don’t park unless you have other business in the school (picking up kindergarten children, Friday Market, appointments etc.) We have had some High School parents stopping to pick up their children in the middle, drive-through lane. This is dangerous and disrupts our flow of traffic. The pick-up zone generally operates smoothly and we usually have all children picked up and gone by about 3 pm.

Thank you to all those parents who are working to ensure the process is as safe and smooth as possible.

Kinder 2019 waiting list closing soon

The waiting list for Kinder in 2019 at CBRSS will be closed from Friday 23rd  March 2018. Any applications received after this for a child eligible for that age group will be added to the list for Enrolment from 2020 and beyond depending on when an opportunity may arise.
If you have a child that you would like considered for Kinder placement in 2019 please complete the online “Intention to enrol form” on our website which can be found via this link, please note that an email will then be sent to you explaining how to make payment from our Enrolments email address, if you do not see this please check your junk/spam mail. The form and payment must be received before Friday March 23rd 2018, no exceptions.
If you have any queries please contact the Enrolments Officer Yvette

Harry Potter- Why we should wait!

Please find  below some links to a couple of very good articles on why it is a good idea for children to wait until they are well into the middle primary school years to start reading Harry Potter.

Increasingly we are experiencing parents of very young children questioning the schools policy on not letting them start reading Harry Potter series until Class 4 and asking for more information as to why it is best to wait. One article suggests that Class 4 age is still considered too young- but they are certainly not for the 6-7 year olds that are wanting to get started.
Harry Potter is a great fantasy but as renowned author and Steiner teacher Horst Kornberger points out “a certain foundation of the soul needs to be established before a child enters the gothic labyrinth of Hogwarts”. The books are based on a mystery novel and emotional suspense. The dark forces are hidden and unscrupulous, and become even more so as the books progress. This is exciting for a teenager but is not appropriate for younger readers who need to know who is good and who is bad so they can orientate themselves in a story. ” H. Kornberger, Story Medicine.

We hope you will find the articles food for thought and help back up our schools policy. Whilst we all appreciate J.K Rowling’s imaginative series (they are well written, entertaining and exciting books) let’s all try and keep them for the appropriate time. We still have high school students enjoying the series and rereading them-they are very quick to report they are glad they waited …




Is Your Child Overstimulated from Too Much Screen Time?

A quiz and article to help you identify whether your child is at risk. Suggestions on how to take action and protect your child from too much screen time. Please make time to read.




In celebration of International Women’s day


The International Women’s Day 2018 campaign theme is #PressforProgress.

Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. There’s a strong call to #PressforProgress motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

Individually, we’re one drop but together we’re an ocean. Commit to a “gender parity mindset” via progressive action. Let’s all collaborate to accelerate gender parity, so our collective action powers equality worldwide.

How will you #PressforProgress in 2018?

Thank you Charlotte for creating a wonderful display in support of this movement, please be sure to visit our library for inspiration!


Scientific Calculators available for sale at Reception

We now have new stock of the CBRSS preferred scientific calculators available for sale at Reception for $26. Payment options are eftpos or cash. If anyone has one that they are no longer using and they wish to donate to the school we can always put them to good use.


Class One news

Class One is settling into their new learning and play space with a great outside bakery and inside constructions. During Main Lesson the children are learning the alphabet via story and images; can you see the letters?


SRC Morning Tea with the Principal

Our Student Representative Council (SRC) has got off to a great start this year, with the support of Claire Sleeman (SRC coordinator). They recently met with Nerrida for a morning tea to talk about their plans for the year. The students shared some of their great ideas for improvements to the school and also talked about the upcoming waste audit they have organised. Next month the SRC will be meeting with the Board to share some of their ideas.


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 http://www.mercurius.com.au/

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

Equal rights

A feeling for equal rights for other human beings cannot exist in adults if a feeling for authority is not implanted in them during childhood. Otherwise, adults will never become mature enough to recognize the rights of others.  ~Rudolf Steiner

INVITE to Stall holders for upcoming POP-UP Market

Active kids program – apply for $100 voucher

The NSW Government is helping kids get active with the new Active Kids program.

From 31 January 2018, parents, guardians and carers can apply for a $100 voucher per calendar year for each student enrolled in school.

The voucher may be used with a registered activity provider for registration, participation and membership costs for sport, fitness and active recreation activities.

For more information and to apply please visit their website here

From the Principal

Hello everyone,

The term is humming along with our new students settling in well and everyone showing wonderful patience and flexibility in coping with having a large building site in our school grounds. As I have walked around the school, I have noticed such a settled and focused feeling in the classrooms with some wonderful teaching and learning happening.

I have really enjoyed being down in the bottom car park most mornings and afternoons this term. It has been lovely to greet students and families and have the opportunity to have a quick catch-up. Thank you for adapting so quickly to our new pick-up and drop-off system, so far the system is running quite smoothly with only a few hiccups.

This week I met with school leaders from the Steiner Schools across the Mid North and North Coasts (9 schools in all). We meet twice a year and share ideas and resources and talk about how we can develop and maintain close ties between the schools. I think it is valuable to remember that we are part of a larger movement of wonderful, vibrant and thriving Steiner schools from all over the world. As we move towards celebrating 100 years of Steiner education next year, it is good to work on building and strengthening the relationships between us.

Peace Nerrida