BASE Youth leadership awards

BASE Youth Leadership is a movement promoting young men and women to be recognised, guided and mentored to strive for excellence in the Tweed and Byron Shires.

Students can apply in various categories. Hundreds of applicants are reduced down to a shortlist of 10 in each category which this year included 3 CBRSS students; Yani Murray in the Sports Leadership category, Yemaya Nelson in the Performing Arts Leadership category and Lily Harrison in the Community Service/Citizenship Leadership category.

Today on International Women’s day a breakfast was held where the winners of the Women’s awards in each category were announced, congratulations to Lily for winning in her category, Lily has worked tirelessly to improve conditions for local homeless people and it is wonderful that she has been recognised for this. Congratulations also to Yemaya and Yani for being acknowledged as outstanding leaders, we’re very proud of all of you.

CBRSS Library news

A healthy library, like a healthy habitat, is diverse and dynamic. Like species in a rainforest or fishes on a reef, the books on the shelves shift and change, with time and season, so that every week there is something new to discover. A healthy library invites the eye and mind to wander round.

This book habitat does not happen on its own – it is created by librarians. Librarians are the keystone of good libraries. Without them, dust gathers, book collections are not refreshed, readers do not feel enticed and beguiled, relationships between books and people dwindle into nothing.

From an article in The Guardian called “Without libraries we are less human and more profoundly alone” you can find it via this link

Our Librarian Charlotte regularly creates wonderful book display’s to inspire and support the School community, for the next week we have 2.

1. A parent education display with lovely books on early childhood, parenting, seasonal activities and Steiner education.

2. Honouring International Women’s Day, today (March 8th) with a colourful display on inspirational women -recognising and celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and girls around the world.

Drop in and check it out!

Celebrating International Women’s day!

International Women’s Day 2019 campaign theme: #BalanceforBetter

The future is exciting. Let’s build a gender-balanced world.

Everyone has a part to play – all the time, everywhere.

From grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance. We notice its absence and celebrate its presence.

Balance drives a better working world. Let’s all help create a #BalanceforBetter.

About International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated annually on March 8.

The day has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911.

The day is not country, group or organization specific – and belongs to all groups collectively everywhere.

Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”

So make International Women’s Day your day and do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women.

Read more about the History of International women’s day here

What happens when you ask girls one important question? 

Watch the video here

Scroll to the end of the Bulletin to see what Rudolf Steiner had to say about gender equality over 100 years ago!

Waldorf 100 Postcards

The first Waldorf school (Steiner School) was founded in Stuttgart in 1919. Today there are over 1,100 Waldorf schools and almost 2,000 Waldorf kindergartens in some 80 countries around the globe.

To commemorate 100 years of Waldorf education Steiner/Waldorf Schools around the world have been participating in a Postcard Exchange. Every school has been sent blank, pre-addressed postcards and they have been slowly but surely making their way around the world since April 2017. Each postcard carries an individual design from a young person, telling or showing something about its place of origin. Below are some of the postcards that we have received.

Merry Christmas

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


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.

Visit their Facebook page for more about In My Skin and BYT 

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 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.


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