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Class One Nature Main Lesson

While we are experiencing this beautiful season of Winter, Class One has been discovering the wonderful world of elementals and how they help each other and the world around us. Outside the children have built a fairy house village, gone on weekly Friday nature walks to watch autumn give way to winter, checked on the great golden orb spider that lives in the bus shelter, collected seeds and marvelled at the trees and the myriad of animals that share our campus. After much delight and conversation we end up in our sit spots for a few quiet moments of basking in the beauty all around us before going inside to draw and learn our little letters.


Year 9 & 10 Elective Showcase

Parliament of NSW 2018 Secondary Schools Student Leadership Program.

On Wednesday 6 June, Robyn Grapentin and Zoli Wiseman represented our school with their Guardian Gael Lewis at the 2018 Secondary Schools Student Leadership Program in Sydney. The civics and citizenship program offers Year 12 student leaders the opportunity to develop their knowledge of our system of government proceedings, and the role of the Governor.

The visit included an introductory address at Parliament House, the opportunity to sit in the public galleries of the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council chambers. At lunch we met with our local Nationals Member, Ben Franklin. Zoli and Robin asked some probing questions about the West Byron development and the potential environmental impact and what he was doing about it and shared with him the issues we have with our short school day due to the buses. Ben Franklin answered both questions enthusiastically and promised to look into the bus situation.

From the Principal

Hello everyone,

As I write this, final preparations are underway for our two Winter Festivals, with the Winter Festival for Classes 3-12 happening this evening and the Winter Festival for the younger classes next week. Each year we come together as close as possible to the Winter Solstice to mark the longest night. At this point we pause in a moment of reverence and stillness to experience the turning point of this yearly journey we take. Many cultures celebrate this time with an experience of walking a spiral – symbolic of journey from the outer reaches at the summer solstice, in to a deeply personal inner experience at the winter solstice and then spiralling back out again.

Our teachers and students have made some beautiful lanterns in preparation and we look forward to joining together with our school community for this celebration. For the festival this evening, I encourage you to come well rugged-up and arrive on time for the beginning of the festival (please be at the Bangalow Showground by 4.45 pm, we will begin as soon as it is dark enough and it would be great to have everyone there and ready in time).

At the end of the festival, we ask that you take the feeling of reverence and peace into the night and leave quietly together immediately after the festival is over.

As a final note on tonight’s festival, the A&I Hall has a limited capacity – we will be able to fit our school community (Classes 3-12 and their immediate families), however, there won’t be room to fit members of the broader community….. so this will be something to share with extended family and friends through your stories and recollections, rather than bringing them all along.

I look forward to seeing you at our Festival tonight or next week. I hope you are able to enjoy the stillness and peace of this special time of the year.


New Students

We warmly welcome the following students and their families to the CBRSS Community:

  • Ivy Adamo Class 3
  • Marco Colvin Class 4
  • Cherry Paltos Class 6
  • Manon Pouget Year 7
  • River Rettenmaier Year 7
  • Ava Pizzinat Year 10
  • Imogen Hendrichs year 10
  • Jahla Ferguson Year 10

Donations of German books wanted

Dear parents and caregivers,

To support our new German language program the library has started a German Language book collection. We have already purchased some picture books and received a very welcome donation of chapter books written in German.

We are looking for donations of any suitable books for children and young adults written in German.

Please deliver them to the library if you can help.

Thank you warmly,

Manuela (German teacher) and Charlotte (Librarian)

Opportunity for tax deduction….June 30 is nearly here!

Very soon our fabulous new Innovation Centre will be operational but we are calling on the community to please help us with the final touches.

We would like to create a beautiful entry to the school including an outdoor shelter between the new building & the Performance Hall. The aim is to provide students & parents with a covered drop off area at pick up time and students with an additional sheltered space in the playground. This is in addition to the building that is currently underway.

We are aiming to raise $30,000 for this addition. The current balance in our Building Fund account is $17,450 so we still need to raise at least $12,550. To read about our Masterplan, to see the latest timelapse videos of the construction so far or to make a donation please follow this link

Donations to the Building Fund are tax deductible and with June 30 fast approaching now is a great time to help!

Thanks to those who have donated so far! 

Classes 3-12 Winter festival 2018

For full details please go to our online noticeboard posting here

Yr 12 Fundraiser Monday lunch for HS students

Spring Fair Craft

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!

The educational significance of practical learning

By Wilfried Gabriel, April 2018

Which skills and abilities should schools give to children and young people so that they are prepared to confidently confront the challenges of the future? On what basis can these increasingly bigger and more complex seeming tasks such as globalisation and digitalisation, peace and social justice, and responsibility towards the earth and its inhabitants be tackled? From the point of view of Waldorf education, the school’s contribution when it comes to overcoming these challenges can only arise through a human-centred understanding of education.

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Ten Reasons Middle Schoolers (Yr 7-9) Don’t Need Social Media

1. Social media was not designed for children. A tween’s underdeveloped frontal cortex can’t manage the distraction nor the temptations that come with social media use.

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Love as our “Sun”

Our egoism gains nothing from acts of love, but the world gains all the more. Esotericism tells us that love is to the world what the Sun is for outer life. No soul could thrive if love departed from the world. Love is the ‘moral’ Sun of the world. ~ Rudolf Steiner