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From the Principal

Hello everyone,

It was wonderful to welcome our students back to school last week. Teachers and support staff had already been back at school for several days before the students returned – but the school only really comes alive when it is filled with the laughter, chatter and striving of our wonderful students.

Our teachers gathered together for a short staff retreat together in the time before the students returned. This is something we do every year and is a great way of coming together to start the year. In this, the 100th year since the first Steiner School opened, we focused our attention on thinking deeply about the core tenets of this educational philosophy and how this might evolve so that we continue to meet the needs of the students coming to us. The discussions were vibrant and thoughtful and I am sure they will continue into this centenary year.

The first event of the year was the Rose Ceremony, where Class 1 teacher, James Deefholts, welcomed each of his new students to begin their journey together. I enjoyed meeting with Class 1 parents at a morning tea on the first morning, there is a real sense of excitement as the next part of their journey begins.

The next day, we welcomed our new Kindergarten students to the school. Again, it was lovely to spend time with Kindy parents talking about their hopes and dreams for the journey ahead and watching as the connections between families are forged. These connections will strengthen as parents work together to support the children through their school journey.

It is such an enormous privilege to be able to work with the children and families in our school community. It is no small thing to have a part in helping each young person grow and learn so that they can shape their own destinies. I know we all feel both the privilege and the responsibility deeply. Core to the success of our task are the relationships we build and the way we communicate with each other about this. My wish for this year is that we are all able to work together with positive spirit and good will to achieve the best possible outcomes for the young people who are part of our school community and who are at the centre of all we do.


Important info re Kindergarten in 2020 at CBRSS

The waiting list for Kindergarten in 2020 at Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School will be closed from Friday 15th of February 2019. Any applications received after this for a child eligible for that age group will be added to the list for Enrolment from 2021 and beyond depending on when an opportunity may arise.

Please note that the waiting list for Kindergarten in 2020 is already extensive with many more applicants than places available.

If your child is not already on our waiting list and you would like them to be considered for Kinder placement in 2020 please complete the online “Intention to enrol form” on our website which can be found via this link, an autoresponse email will then be sent to you explaining how to make payment which will come from our Enrolments email address, please make sure you have entered your email address correctly. If you have entered your email correctly but you do not see this in your inbox, please check your junk/spam folder of your email.

The following information regarding Kindergarten at CBRSS can also be found on our website:

Children start Kindergarten in the year they turn 6. The Kinder enrolment process unfolds typically in term 2 of the year before the child is eligible to attend. It is important to join the waiting list as early as possible to maximise your chances. Date of application is significant so the earlier the better. There are always many more people trying for places than we have to offer so being on the waiting list will not guarantee success at that time, if your child does not gain entry for Kindergarten they are welcome to remain on our waiting list.

The form and payment must both be received before Friday, February 15th 2019, no exceptions.

If you have any queries please contact the Enrolments Officer Yvette via email enrolments@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au. This is a very busy time for Enrolments so your patience in receiving a reply is appreciated.

CBRSS Centennial Ball – can you help us plan?

We have now set a date on which to hold our Centennial Ball, this will be Saturday 25th May 2019. Planning is now underway to have a wonderful Ball – celebrating 100 years of Steiner Education in Australia! If you would like to join our planning group, please email Penny pa@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au. We are currently at the exciting ideas and possibilities stage of planning and would love some additional input.


Repair Care & Maintenance (RCM) at CBRSS

We are having our 1st Repair Care & Maintenance (RCM) activity for the year on Wednesday 27th March from 3pm -5.30pm.
We will be working in the area from Canteen through to HS Art rooms.
There will be gardening, oiling of timber, repairs, cleaning etc so come along, have some fun, meet other people & contribute to the physical health of our wonderful school.
Details of how the program works can be found via this link.
Dates & times for the whole year can be found on our website here
Gavin 0427 847 400.
Site Manager

Seeking expressions of interest for Friday Market Stalls at CBRSS

Expressions of interest are being sought for new market stalls at our mini-markets each Friday afternoon after school during Term time.
Available areas:

~ gluten free & vegan snacks
~ chai stall
~ class fundraising, e.g popcorn stall or whatever your class would like to do.

Forms can be collected from Reception.

Check out Mercurius for beautiful gifts

Are you looking for quality art and craft supplies or a Steiner inspired gift or toy?

A beautiful array of quality art and craft supplies, as well as Steiner based toys and lovely gifts, 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!


Nurturing the Senses | Fostering Creativity | Nourishing Imagination

Our vision is to support healthy development for children and all ages through education, art and play. We partner with socially and environmentally conscious businesses to offer products of aesthetic beauty, outstanding craftsmanship, quality and durability.

Seeking donations of old magazines

Old magazines needed from any parents wishing to donate them to the Art department. If you can help, please drop them off at the Art Rooms.

Adult Eurythmy Classes at CBRSS

As an Introductory Offer, next Wednesday the 13th of February will be free for everyone, don’t miss your chance to find out what it’s all about!

CBRSS Painting Workshop for Parents

CBRSS Workshop – Transforming Destiny

Where to buy slippers for K-6 at CBRSS

The store, Herbal Wisdom, in Bangalow, is now stocking Sun Shadow Slippers which are the slippers required in K-6 at CBRSS. They are doing this to support the Steiner families in the area. The inventory is small but they do place orders directly to Sandi who makes them in Melbourne. They do not mark up the slippers but rather recoup their costs plus freight.

Herbal Wisdom, 64 Byron St, Bangalow NSW 2479. Phone: 02 6687 0457

What are our Graduates doing now?

Many of our 2018 graduating students are now beginning their post-Cape Byron lives. Those students who wanted to move on to University study have received wonderful offers.

Three of our students are headed to the University of Melbourne to study a Bachelor of Arts. This is a prestigious Arts degree with high level entry requirements; this year requiring an ATAR over 85. Another student gained entry into the Bachelor of Design at the University of Melbourne, another high level course at this university. Also Melbourne bound is another of our creative students who is headed to RMIT to study Design as well as one of our budding female scientists who gained entry into RMIT to study Aerospace Engineering and Management!

In addition to this, one of our talented 2018 graduates gained entry into a Bachelor of International Studies at the University of NSW. Two of our students will be attending Southern Cross University to study Arts/Law, with another student studying a Bachelor of Business at Southern Cross.

Two further students are heading north to Griffith University to study a mix of Business and Design.

Many other students from the 2018 cohort are engaged in employment to save and move to Melbourne or see the world before settling into further study.

One lovely ongoing connection being fostered in Melbourne (and Sydney as well) is the mentoring by older ex-students from Cape Byron Steiner who assist and spend time with newly moved students. There is a connected community of alumni who help transition the new arrivals and it is great to see this continuing as a measure of support. It is not always easy to move away from the area and from family to start university so this is lovely to observe.

Our Vision at Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School is to enable each individual to realise their potential to be self-aware, resourceful and resilient with the empathy, skills and initiative to make a positive contribution to the world. We are so proud of all of our graduates, as they embody this vision.

Class 1 news

Class 1 began their Class Teacher journey on Wednesday after a moving ceremony where I received each of the children from their Kindy teachers and assistants.
They are settling into their new classroom and the rhythm of primary school beautifully. This term is filled with lots of new and exciting experiences for the children and it is surprising to discover that even receiving a stick crayon to write with is exciting! The class also had their first Class 1 Eurythmy lesson which was beautiful! Susan and her accompanying pianist provided a magical movement session for the class which the children thoroughly enjoy.

The children are beginning to consolidate as a group with lots of creative play both inside and outside the classroom as well as social group games. The first main lesson has the children focussing on orientating themselves to their desks, books and writing implements. It feels like such an exciting opportunity to ensure that the children do this well so that they are set up with positive attitudes and habits for the rest of their primary education and I am thrilled to be the teacher doing this.