Merry Christmas

Our love and best wishes to everyone for a happy and festive Holiday Season.

CBRSS Staff

May these lights on the Christmas Tree say to us: If ever thy soul is weak, if ever thou believest that the goals of earth-existence are beyond thy reach, think of man’s divine origin and become aware of those forces within thee which are also the forces of supreme Love. Become inwardly conscious of the forces which give thee confidence and certainty in all thy works, through all thy life, now and in all ages of time to come. – Rudolf Steiner

‘Revelation of the divine in the heights of being, and peace to those on earth who are of good will.’

Happy last day!

HSC 2018

Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School students and staff are extremely happy with the wonderful results achieved by their HSC students of 2018. Students achieved outstanding results across a large number of subjects including Drama, Music, Design and Technology, English Advanced and Extension, Society and Culture, Design and Technology and many others. In a cohort of 28 students, there were some fabulous achievements including 18 Band 6 results and 56 Band 5 results across 17 subjects.

Once again the school saw a strengthening of Band 5 results and an overall continued strengthening of academic success across all subjects. Cape Byron student, Mirani Astawa achieved an outstanding result of First in Course (NSW) in Beginners Indonesian. Mirani was presented with her award at a special ceremony in Sydney this week.

Some other stand out results were a 96% for Design & Technology, 98% for General Mathematics, 94% for Visual Arts, 93% and 91% for Music, 90% and 2 x 91% for Drama, 92% for German Beginners and 90% for Legal Studies.

Principal Nerrida Johnson commented : “The students have worked extremely hard in 2018. I am deeply proud of all our HSC students. Their results show an overall commitment to study and inspired learning. I am very proud of every single one of our graduating students, they have each completed a wonderful learning journey.” She said. “I’d also like to thank our skilled and dedicated staff and committed parents for helping guide these beautiful souls through their education. Steiner Education prepares students for the rigours of the HSC by cultivating academic excellence through a balance of academic studies, artistic achievements and practical learning.”

Nerrida joined with the Deputy Principal, Katie Biggin, and all Cape Byron Steiner School Staff in congratulating all of the Cape Byron 2018 cohort for their achievements.

Graduating Class of 2018

Farewell Stephanie

Goodbye and thank you to our French teacher and Distant Ed coordinator who finishes with us at the end of the year. Our very best wishes for a bright and prosperous future Stephanie!

Stephanie with Year 7 Students enjoying a French breakfast.

CBRSS Students and Staff perform Mozart’s Requiem

CBRSS Students, Yemaya Nelson, Phoebe Neumann and Pearl Andrews together with our music teachers Ian Bowles and Robbie Farrer made us very proud when they joined a 40 piece Orchestra and 100 member choir to perform Mozart’s Requiem for the Byron Musical Society to a packed house in Lismore on Sunday the 2nd of December.

CBRSS Students work with Byron Youth Theatre

Current student Sam Morrell and past student Seth Freeman joined the cast for the recent BYT performance of In My skin, an original play exploring the themes of prejudice and racism. It was an excellent, professional production which captivated the audience with its powerful message. CBRSS graduate and former BYT member Ebony Webb returned from studying Drama in Brisbane to choreograph the show.

Listen to what Tony Barry has to say about it here. Listen to what local MP Ben Franklin has to say about it here

Bryon Youth Theatre is run by Lisa Apostolides and is the only youth SOCIAL ACTION not for profit company in Northern NSW. Since 2010 they have devised 12 major productions and deliver performances and workshops to local schools, community events and conferences. http://byronyouththeatre.com/

Visit their Facebook page for more about In My Skin and BYT https://www.facebook.com/ByronYouthTheatre/ 

Christmas Market News

There are just 2 weeks until this wonderful celebration on the afternoon of Friday 7 December. If books are on your gift giving list this festive season please purchase them from Byron Bay’s The Book Room stall at the market, where 35% of what you spend will buy more beautiful books for our school library. You may pre-order books NOW by emailing sarah@sarah-armstrong.com and collect them on market day!
Class 1 will be serving us delicious wood-fired pizza, lovingly created from scratch by that class’s parents, which include an expert baker. With gluten-free and vegan options there is something for everyone. We’ll also have a sausage sizzle, with preservative-free sausages, sauerkraut and home-made tomato sauce (gluten-free bread option). There will also be fruit, fresh coconuts, delicious tarts and cakes, a chai tent and more. Be sure to bring a picnic blanket for an easy festive dinner on the Green.
Don’t forget the Student Concert begins at 1.30pm in the amphitheatre. When the concert finishes (at 2.15pm), parents will have half an hour of child-free shopping, before our children join us at 2.45pm. Please also consider bringing a gift for our Giving Tree; this year the gifts will go to children living in local refuges. Please attach a note of what the gift is so it can be matched with the very right child, and if you buy a gift for the Giving Tree at the Market, we will wrap it for you.
You’ll have the chance to tick off your Christmas shopping list, print and/or purchase your own wrapping paper and make decorations. Expect some bubble magic from school parent Shep Huntley AKA Dr Hubble, and a relaxed coming together of our school community. It’s time to celebrate Summer, Christmas, Hanukkah and another wonderful school year.
Student concert 1.30 – 2.15
Child-free shopping at market 2.15 – 2.45
Market goes until 6 pm.

Class 2 parents are creating beautiful wrapping paper to purchase at the market, or you can make your own.

CBRSS students exceed in World recognised Music Exams

On Wednesday 7th November eight exceptional students from CBRSS participated in the Trinity College practical Music Exams. The following students who participated in the exams from Trinity College London all achieved very high results;

Yr 5 Nina Walker violin 2nd grade
Yr 5 Ayla Vargas violin 2nd grade
Yr 6 Koko Le Roy cello 2nd Grade
Yr 6 Dakota Dennis cello 2nd Grade
Yr 7 Amit Sonnenfeld violin 4th grade
Yr 9 Isaac Poulsen cello 4th grade
Yr 11 Max De Saxe piano 7th Grade
Yr 11 Kalani Knight piano 5th Grade

Congratulations to all these students for their hard effort and for taking on the challenge.Well done!

World Teachers’ Day – Today!

Love saturated with wisdom or wisdom penetrated with love is the highest goal. – Rudolf Steiner

Today, 26 October, 2018 we celebrate World Teachers’ Day.

World Teachers’ Day provides a wonderful reminder to reflect with gratitude on the remarkable teachers who are educating, encouraging and inspiring our children with so much love and wisdom. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the amazing work of our teachers and thank them for their hard work, dedication, creativity and passion for inspiring and for meeting the daily challenges that come with educating our children towards freedom.

Nerrida

Catching up with the Walsh Family in Ireland

On our recent UK/ Ireland trip, it was lovely to catch up with the Walsh family and hear all of their exciting news following their recent big move to Ireland! We spent an afternoon together chatting over coffee and ice cream at Kilkenny Castle. Happy days!

Gavin and Teera