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From The Principal

Hello everyone,
This week I was having a discussion with some parents and teachers about what makes a healthy school community and how we can work to build this.  One of the central pillars of “community” is involvement and participation.  There are many opportunities for parents to get involved at our school.  At the class level, there are reading programs, craft programs, class meetings and other projects and activities.  There are also festivals, showcases and special occasions like this week’s Book Week celebrations (more about that later).
Another part of having a healthy school community is having clear communication and opportunity for dialogue, discussion and debate.  There are a number of forums for this within the school, including our regular Friday markets (where members of the management team and the Board are frequently in attendance and happy to talk), the Chai Tent (organised by the P&F as an opportunity to relax over a cup of chai and have a chat with me), monthly P&F meetings (the Chair of the Board and I try to always attend these meetings), the AGM and Special General Meetings of the Association and various surveys, bulletins, class meetings and community events.
The responsibility for building and maintaining a healthy school community rests with all of us.  The challenge is for each of us to get involved and play a part in the continuous forming of our wonderful school.  When we are working side by side for the common good, when we are communicating clearly, positively and openly, then we are working in a healthy community.
This week we had a lovely example of our primary school community coming together to celebrate Book Week.  The students (and teachers) really look forward to this event and love the opportunity to dress up as their favourite character.  I am sure there were a few parents (and teachers) up late on Wednesday night organising costumes.  This year the teachers chose the theme of “Winnie the Pooh” for the celebration.  It’s not often that I get the chance to dress up and have some fun …. so I jumped at the chance to be Kanga (sorry about the pun).
I hope to see some of you at the Repair, Care and Maintenance day at the school tomorrow.

From The Principal

Hello everyone,

It seems that there is a hint of the coming Spring in the air.  The weather seems just a bit warmer, the grass is a bit greener and the plovers nesting in the grass in my front yard are fiercely protecting their babies.   Meanwhile at school, the Spring Fair preparations are in full swing with raffle tickets selling, gardening activities happening and preparations underway for the great Spring Fair Pickle-off.
The feeling as we move out of the quiet, reflective time of winter, is one of hope, vitality and lightness.  For the younger children, it can be a time of extra energy and testing new boundaries (think of new lambs playing and jumping in the sunshine).  As I look around the playground in the kindergarten and the primary school, that is exactly the image that can be seen as children laugh, play and test out new boundaries in the warm sunshine.
Another sign that Spring is just around the corner is that it is time to spruce up our school again on Saturday at our Repair, Care and Maintenance Day.  This is a terrific opportunity to join together  with other members of our school community to give the school grounds some extra, tender, loving care.  There are jobs to suit everybody and you can come for a little while or stay for the whole day.  The difference in our school is really noticeable after an R.C & M day.  Being part of a school community isn’t just about paying fees or coming to a job, it’s also about joining together to contribute to something wonderful and worthwhile.  I hope to see many of you there.
Finally, there are a few illnesses travelling around the school at the moment (chicken pox, viruses and colds).  If your child is unwell, please keep them home until they are better.  This will serve the two-fold purpose of allowing them a speedier recovery and also helping stop the further spread of the illness.

From The Principal

Hello everyone,

The school has been a hive of activity this week.  We have welcomed a number of new students to our classes since the beginning of this term and it has been wonderful to see excited families beginning their journey with us.
Julie and Teera have been conducting Kindergarten interviews over the last few days and should soon be able to advise parents in relation to kindergarten enrolments for next year.  This is always a difficult process as we know we only have a limited number of places each year and some families will miss out.  Yvette, Teera and Julie work with great care, integrity and sensitivity in this process.
Class 6 students presented their play to a very appreciative audience this week.  The process of putting on a play is not only a lot of fun, but it provides great opportunities for growth and learning.  The days leading up the play often include the tension of forgotten lines, prop and wardrobe malfunctions and last minute changes to the script.  Then, finally the play comes together and the students have a wonderful sense of both group and individual achievement.  Working through the challenges and finally presenting the play is a wonderful resilience building exercise for students (and the teacher!).
In the High School, students and some teachers have been involved in a lip syncing competition at lunch times.  This has been organised as a house event and the participation has been inspiring.  It is wonderful seeing students so confident and comfortable performing in front of their peers.
Everywhere I look, across the school, I see teachers who are utterly dedicated to their students and their practice.  This dedication translates into happy, engaged students who really want to be at school.
Finally, today I spent some time looking at our hive of native bees.  I regularly go down to the hive when I need a break from the office.  The bees are a little slower and less active in the colder weather.  They huddle at the entrance to the hive, watching the slow procession of bees march down the landing board and take off in search of pollen for the hive.  If you have some spare moments at the school, please do go down and have a look at the hive.  It is in the garden outside the Class 3 room.

From The Principal

Hello everyone,

I have had a wonderful week this week, meeting with parents and teachers in a range of forums at school. On Monday night I attended the regular Board meeting where I worked with the Directors on a range of issues relating to the current and future operations of the school.  On Tuesday night I joined with our regular study group to discuss the Steiner lectures we are currently studying.  On Wednesday I met with a group of parents to share thoughts and ideas about the vision, mission and values of the school and then on Wednesday night I joined with Gael and Andy to meet with Class 9 parents. This morning I had a wonderful meeting with Tanja and Lisa from the P&F.   I love having the opportunity to meet and talk with members of the school community and this has been a particularly fruitful week.
In order to provide further opportunities for communication with the school community the P&F and generously offered to organise a Chai tent at the Friday markets where you can come and catch up with me over a lovely cup of chai.  I will be available to answer any questions and also to talk about current issues, plans and activities in the school.  The first chai tent event will be on the Friday market on 7th August.   For those parents who are unable to come to this event, but would like an opportunity to catch up with me in an informal setting, I will also be available for questions and discussion following the P&F meeting on Monday 7th September.  Of course, if you need to communicate at any other time, please feel free to call, email or set up an appointment to come and see me.
Finally, just a reminder that I sent out the link to our school survey via email earlier this week.  If you have not yet completed the survey, please do take some time to share your thoughts and ideas as we will be using some of this information to help us to plan for future improvement across the school.  In case you did not receive the email, the link for the parent survey is http://bit.ly/1VrNhTi . The link to the student survey is http://bit.ly/1LrVy6L  Your assistance in completing this survey would be very much appreciated.

From The Principal

Hello everyone,The start of a new term is always exciting as the school bursts into life with teachers and students all happy to be back working and learning together.We are currently working with the Embedding Excellence Program, an AIS initiative aimed at helping us to evaluate our performance and then make plans for improvement across the school.  The first step in this process is to work with the Vision, Mission and Values of the school.  Our teaching staff participated in a workshop on the first day of term and we are now inviting parents to join in the process of developing a Vision, Mission and Values statement which accurately reflects who we are now as a school and what we aspire to be.  Please see the invitation attached in this bulletin.  I encourage you to join us and be a part of this process.

As a further part of this program, we will be surveying teachers, support staff, some year levels of students, and the parent community.  Emails will be sent out next Monday with the link to the survey, please do take the time to complete the survey and share your thoughts and ideas about our school.


From The Principal

The end of the term has arrived and as I watch excited students and very tired teachers leaving the site, I am reflecting on what a busy, productive and event-filled term this has been.
There have been school camps, excursions, visits from musicians, singers, dancers, overseas students and their teachers, performances, special activities, after school activities, the introduction of a new school constitution, our Annual General meeting, a range of parent and staff meetings, and a range of rich, engaging, inspired and thoughtfully prepared learning experiences in every part of the school.  No wonder everyone is ready for a break!
Our Winter festival last week was, once again a beautiful, inspiring and moving experience.  Our senior students showed wonderful leadership in assisting with the set-up and running of the event.  The team of staff, lead by Tom and Loani, put such a lot of work into ensuring that this is a very special occasion in the life of our school.  Each year we learn a little more from the year before, and each year our staff create something very special.
This week, our Year 9 and 10 students presented their Electives showcase.  The artworks were expressive, creative and of such a wonderful standard.  The performance of “The Snow Queen”, was awe-inspiring (did anyone expect those goblins to come streaming down from their silk pods high up, near the ceiling of the hall?).  With beautiful set-design, wonderful music, truly funny clowning and clever use of audio-visuals, it was a wonderful showcase of just what our Year 9 and 10 students are capable of achieving.
Finally, today, we had a visit from some of our Cape Byron Alumni to talk to High School classes about their lives and the opportunities available to them once they had graduated. I was lucky enough to share lunch with them today and thought they were wonderful ambassadors for our school.
Thank you to staff, students and our school community for making this such a wonderful semester.  Have a safe, joyful and restful break and I look forward to seeing you again in the new term.

From The Principal

As the days grow shorter, it feels like we are getting ever busier.  Perhaps it is just because the end of the term is drawing near, the teachers are all writing reports, some classes are out on camps and excursions, the High School Electives Showcase night is almost upon us and there are a number of events happening in and around the school.  Thank goodness for the Winter Festival, which will give us a few moments of quiet reverence and reflection (as well as some beautiful sounds and sights).  You may have noticed the typo in last week’s bulletin.  Rest assured the Winter Festival is happening on Friday the 19th of June (next Friday)……. not the final day of term as was accidentally advertised.
This week we have been blessed with a wonderful visit from the African Children’s Choir.  Our students have really enjoyed sharing in a workshop with the children from the choir, hearing some of their stories and listening to their amazing music.  Thank you Loani for putting such a huge effort into making sure our school could be a part of this amazing tour.  It is a humbling experience to hear these children talk about some of the challenges of their lives in Uganda.  To look upon the lives of another with respect, care, empathy and an open heart is to experience being fully human.
Finally, it was wonderful to see some of the lovely crafts on display at the market this afternoon.  The Wednesday craft co-op have been meeting regularly and working away all term on some beautiful crafts.  My special little “King Winter” will take pride of place on my desk now. If you are interested in joining the craft group, please do come in on a Wednesday morning.  It is a great opportunity to chat and enjoy making with some other members of our school community.



CBRSS Bulletin 150612


Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School Weekly Bulletin.

TERM 2  Week 8   2015
As the days grow shorter, it feels like we are getting ever busier.  Perhaps it is just because the end of the term is drawing near, the teachers are all writing reports, some classes are out on camps and excursions, the High School Electives Showcase night is almost upon us and there are a number of events happening in and around the school.  Thank goodness for the Winter Festival, which will give us a few moments of quiet reverence and reflection (as well as some beautiful sounds and sights).  You may have noticed the typo in last week’s bulletin.  Rest assured the Winter Festival is happening on Friday the 19th of June (next Friday)……. not the final day of term as was accidentally advertised.
This week we have been blessed with a wonderful visit from the African Children’s Choir.  Our students have really enjoyed sharing in a workshop with the children from the choir, hearing some of their stories and listening to their amazing music.  Thank you Loani for putting such a huge effort into making sure our school could be a part of this amazing tour.  It is a humbling experience to hear these children talk about some of the challenges of their lives in Uganda.  To look upon the lives of another with respect, care, empathy and an open heart is to experience being fully human.
Finally, it was wonderful to see some of the lovely crafts on display at the market this afternoon.  The Wednesday craft co-op have been meeting regularly and working away all term on some beautiful crafts.  My special little “King Winter” will take pride of place on my desk now. If you are interested in joining the craft group, please do come in on a Wednesday morning.  It is a great opportunity to chat and enjoy making with some other members of our school community.Peace


King Winter
If you have driven to the school in the last week, you would have seen our beautiful, new school sign.  Bruce Johnson has been working away at this special project for weeks and we now have a stunning new sign pointing the way to our school.  Our new sign, made from a very beautiful slab of Camphor Laurel timber, is an appropriate reflection of our wonderful school.  Thank you to Bruce for your wonderful work on this, from design through to completion and erection of the sign.

Winter Festival

 When:           Friday 19th June  @ 4.45pm
 Where:         A and I Hall Bangalow
Within our darkest night
You kindle the fire that never dies way……
We invite you all to bring a lantern to the winter festival this year. 
After the beauty and quiet of the inside singing, the Year 12’s will lead you on a magical walk to the oval to watch the children walk the winter spiral and perform in the fire display.
Please do not park in the show-grounds as we need to keep this area free of cars. Please park in the side streets of Bangalow and walk to the Hall.
The Winter Festival Committee


To view our upcoming events click here
Year 11 drama students at CBRSS have recently completed their studies of styles of theatre where they delved into the major theatrical traditions from Greek Tragedy to Absurdism. At the conclusion of this study students recently attended LaBoite Theatre’s production of ‘Medea’ to see what is possible in a professional, contemporary take on Ancient Tragedy. Students are now in the throes of a major production of Bertolt Brecht’s classic, ‘The Threepenny Opera’ to be performed late next term.
African Children’s Choir
Class 5 and 6 will be performing at a special concert on Sunday 14th June at 6.30pm at Mullumbimby High School.
They will be singing in the first half from 6.30pm – 7pm and will also have the opportunity to perform with the African choir in the second half.
Dress code for the concert will be plain coloured pants or skirts with an orange, red or yellow shirt without patterns. An orange, red or yellow dress is also fine.
All children who are participating will be able to watch the show at no charge.
Parents/non singers $25/$15 at the door or www.trybooking.com
Thank you for all your support in this wonderful event.
Reminder – parents on site

Just a reminder, if you are coming on site for any purpose other than to pick up or drop off your child or to attend a class event or festival, please come to the office and sign in.  We need to be aware of who is on site at any given time for evacuation purposes and also for child safety purposes.  Your assistance in this would be greatly appreciated.  Please also be aware that if you are on site without a visitor pass, one of our teachers may approach you to ask who you are.  As our teachers can’t be expected to know every parent in the school, it is better that we ask than risk having uninvited strangers on the school site whilst the children are here.
Sustainability Arts Project
Toilet rolls wanted for the Elective Showcase.
Please recycle your cardboard toilet rolls and drop at reception.
Katie A


Steiner Education Australia CONFERENCE JULY 4-7 2015
Seeking homemade, naturally based, Steiner inspired craft stalls or local businesses interested in participating in a market stall to be held at the SEA Conference @ CBRSS  on the 4-7th July, 2015. There are over 200 delegates registered for the conference already.Enquiries call Jacquie 66399300
There will be no charge for stall holders at the conference, however we will be asking stall holders to donate something each day for our daily raffle prize.  The raffle will raise money for WOW day.  If anyone would like information about WOW day, here is the link http://www.freunde-waldorf.de/en/wow-day/what-is-wow-day.html.





April 21 –  Zan April 22 – Ross April 23 – Zan
April 28 –  Angela April 29 – Leone C April 30 – Nat
May 5- Lisa K May 6 – Natalie D May 7- Simon W
May 12- Helen May 13 – Quigley A May 14 – Leone C
May 19 –  Abby B May 20 – Quigley A May 21 – Simon W
May 26 – Felicity D May 27 – Quigley A May 28 Donna A
June 2 –  Nicole J June 3 – Quigley A June 4 –  Maggie K
June 9 – Nadine Z June 10 – Quigley A June 11 – Callula.
June 16 – John C June 17 – Quigley A June 18 –
June 23 June 24 – June 25


July 21 July 22 July 23
July 28 July 29 July 30
August 4 August 5 August 6
August 11 August 12 August 13
August 18 August 19 August 20
August 25 August 26 August 27
Sept 1 Sept 2 Sept 3
Sept 8 Sept 9 Sept 10
Sept 15 Sept 16 Sept 17

if you would like to put your name down to help out at the canteen please email Amanda at amandaeade1@bigpond.com.

Repair Care & Maintenance Task
Would there be 2-3 wonderful dads out there that could relocate our timber bridge in bottom car park to outside Hall. It is just sitting on ground & needs digging out, lifting & resetting in new location & lower hand rail. No technical challenges, just a bit of hard work. If you can rustle up a couple of other dads & do this task please contact me on details below. A few hours work that you can claim RCM hours for and can be done at any time. Much appreciated. Gavin.
Attn: Bush Dance Attendees
An amount of money was found at the Bush Dance.  If you think this is yours, please contact Sarah on jasarah@powerup.com.au with details.


Gabe and Cecilia
Album Launch- “Vessels”

Well, you all know Gabe and Cecilia by now- along with the rest of the amazing Brandolini Family! Gabe and Cecilia have something special and very new to share with you all.
I am constantly amazed by these two musicians. They have contributed so very much to the Byron Shire and to our schools Music culture and community life for many years.
Gabe and Cecilia have released two EP’s in the last three years, and now they are about to present a mature, interesting and ultimately very beautiful recording project, “Vessels”.

They will be launching the project at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall on the 20th Of June.
Come along and support these two amazing young people, see you there.

Tom Whitaker

5:30 – Doors Open
6:30 – 1st Support TBA
7:00 – The Twins (No Frills – Vanessa & Arna) (Graduated CBRSS 2013)
7:30 – Gabriel and Cecilia

~ Starting and ending early for a friendly family event!

Kids Entry – $5
Adults Entry – $10
Tickets for sale at the door.

CDs, vinyls and merchandise will be available to buy on the night.

“We are so humbled to have grown up in the Byron Shire and you can see how much influence this place has had on us, and the all the work we’ve put into ”Vessels”. We absolutely cannot wait to share it with all of you.”
Gabe and Cecilia

Delectable edibles from Healing Foods for the night.

Bring your kids, bring your grandparents, bring your pet snail  🙂


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From The Principal

“Let us recall how the year’s course, in its regular sequence through Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter has a spiritual content. How, in what appears outwardly during the year’s course, in Winter’s snow, Spring’s sprouting waxing life, in Summer’s life of blossoming and Autumn’s life of ripening and fruiting; how in all this which discloses itself physically to humankind, something spiritual is hidden, something spiritual sustains us.”
– Rudolf Steiner, (Festivals and their Meaning)

Winter has arrived and, whilst we do not have the experience of “Winter’s snow”, we nevertheless feel the change of the cold, crisp air, the clear winter night skies and the shorter days and longer nights.  We can also feel the change of the seasons within ourselves.  This is a more reflective time, a time when we can sense the need to “come inside” and experience our own selves in the stillness.  It is a lovely thing to take the time to quietly consider what it is that spiritually sustains each of us through all of the year.

Throughout the school, preparations are underway for our Winter Festival.  When I walked through the school this week there were High School children working away at making lanterns, primary school students practising beautiful festival songs and fire twirlers making their magic in the (empty) car park.

The celebration of festivals is a very important aspect of Steiner education. It is a wonderful opportunity for parents to take time to experience with their child a connection to the natural world and to give acknowledgement to something beyond busy every day activity. As they move through the school the children of all ages become familiar with the rhythm and certainty of the seasons and calendar of festivals. It brings certainty and security in a world of so much uncertainty. The beauty and traditions provide enrichment and allow everyone who participates to feel connected to the world and to each other.

We appeal to you to find ways to acknowledge the festivals through making the time to attend or being involved in discussions with your child about the meaning of each festival or season as it arises. Lantern making is a world-wide Steiner activity and the deeper meaning of bringing light into darkness is something that will live beyond the actual festival evening.  Perhaps now is the time for you to start working on your own lantern to join our lantern walk during the Winter Festival.



From The Principal

I am writing this as we make the long trip back from the Year 7 camp at Bingara.  We have had a wonderful week…… Incredible watching the students working and living together and pushing themselves to take on new challenges. We had the extra challenge of some rainy weather (and a short but intense storm), however this didn’t stop us from having an amazing time.

The learning that happens on camp is so very important.  Every child (and teacher) comes back from a camp knowing a little more about themselves and how they can stand in the world.


From The Principal

The daylight hours certainly seem to be noticeably shorter and suddenly our thoughts are moving from Autumn towards the coming Winter season and, of course, our Winter festival.  The weather is certainly quite changeable at the moment – with the much colder mornings being counterbalanced by some quite warm and sunny afternoons.  At this time of the year, we always seem to find our lost property bins overflowing as children shed their many layers during the day and forget to take them home.  If your child’s wardrobe is suddenly looking very empty, please do check our lost property bins.

Today a team of students attended the Regional Cross Country finals.  Our team represented our school beautifully, showed wonderful sportsmanship and maturity and achieved outstanding results.  Our school placed fourth overall and several of our students placed highly in their events.  Congratulations to all of the students who participated and thank you to Ric and Lizzie for putting so much effort into ensuring the day was a success.  It is important that our students have the opportunity to mix with students from other schools in a range of cultural, educational and sporting events.

This week, parents of students in Class 5 and 6 had the opportunity to listen to a presentation on cybersafety, provided by the Police Community Liaison Officer.  Technology is not something we should be afraid of, however it is very important that parents understand some of the risks and dangers inherent in the technology available today, particularly in relation to some of the social networking applications.  I note with interest that the Police Officer strongly advised parents to think carefully before providing primary school aged children access to smart phones (which are in essence, just portable computers).

Next week I will be joining the Year 7 students on their horse-riding camp.  I am so excited that I have the opportunity to spend this time with our newest High School students ……. time to polish up the riding boots and pull out my swag in preparation.


From The Principal

The autumn weather is well and truly upon us, with chilly nights with beautiful clear skies and sparkling stars, damp and misty mornings and then days of warm sunshine. I like to think of this as the Goldilocks time of the year – not too hot, not too cold…. but just right for learning and playing.

Yesterday morning I tiptoed down to Kindy, drawn by the smell of cooking and also the faint but delicate aroma of something special being made for Mothers’ Day. It is always such a privilege to spend some time watching the serious business of play happening in so many different ways: cubby houses, kings and queens and a serious construction site in the corner.

I was glad I had had some Kindy time in the morning, as my afternoon was taken up with dealing with the very unfortunate article printed in the Sydney Morning Herald which misrepresented our school as being linked with cheating in the HSC last year. I feel upset and angry for our wonderful teachers and students that such a link was made. I have responded by doing an interview with ABC radio and also Katie and I have written to the Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald. The text of our letter is as follows:

To the Editor,

We are writing in relation to the article “The many ways to (attempt) to cheat in the HSC”, published on page 7 of todays Sydney Morning Herald. This article was based on information provided by BOSTES about cheating in HSC exams last year.

In the centre of the article was a graphic and text box with a list naming the schools with the “highest level of misadventure applications (% of HSC Cohort)”. Our school, Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School, was listed second with a figure of 25%. To place this list in the centre of this article incorrectly links misadventure applications with cheating. BOSTES require a high standard of documentation and evidence to accompany any misadventure applications, with provision for special consideration being made in genuine cases to ensure students who have suffered misadventure are not disadvantaged.

We are a small, single-stream Steiner school. Last year we had a class of 24 students sit their HSC. A small number of those students unfortunately suffered misadventure and made application to BOSTES, with appropriate evidence attached. It is very unfortunate that your newspaper has chosen to represent this in such a way that it could be linked with cheating or malpractice.

Our teachers are extremely dedicated, our processes are very thorough and we are very proud of our students and their genuine achievements. Of our small HSC class last year, one of our students ranked 1st in the state in drama, 3 of our students were chosen to perform at the Encore performances at the Sydney Opera House (chosen as among the best music students in the state) and a number of our students achieved scores above 90% in their subjects.

Your article has incorrectly linked our school with HSC cheating and has potentially damaged the reputation of the school, our wonderful teachers and our dedicated students. We ask that you print an apology and make it clear that Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School has not been linked with cheating in the HSC.

Yours sincerely,

Nerrida Johnson    and     Katie Biggin
Principal                              Deputy Principal

I want to be very clear to our school community that there is absolutely no link between misadventure applications and cheating. The NSW Board of Studies have not linked our school to cheating, nor have they linked the process of making misadventure applications to cheating. Katie and I absolutely stand by our teachers and students. If you have any questions about this media article, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.


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Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School Weekly Bulletin.

TERM 2  Week 2   2015

Both Nerrida & Teera are attending the SEA’s 8th Governance, Leadership & Management Conference today at Shearwater, Mullumbimby where Nerrida is also presenting.
Please stay safe over the weekend with all this wet weather we are experiencing.
CLASS 5/6 &


NEW DATE:  Friday, 8th May

Members of the Association

As you are aware, our AGM is to be held of Monday 18th May.  As this will be the first AGM after the introduction of our new constitution, there will be four Director positions to be filled at the AGM.  
Nominations for the Director vacancies are now open and will close at 3 pm on Thursday 7th May.
If there are more than 4 nominations, an election will be held. The timeline for the election process is as follows:
Wednesday 29th April – nominations open
Thursday 7th May – nominations close
Friday 8th May – voting information distributed to association members
Monday 11th May – voting opens
Monday 18th May – AGM, voting closes at 7.10 pm.  Votes counted and result declared.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about this process.
Kind regards,
James Dods


Students from Cape Byron Steiner School have just returned from a 10 day visit to the north of Vietnam. The trip was the inspiration of Rachel Knight, Society and Culture teacher at CBRSS and both Rachel and Katie Biggin (High School Deputy Principal) experienced the joy of travelling with 19 Year 11 and 12 students.

Students flew into Hanoi and learnt how to cross the motorbike filled streets before heading off to a small village and the Moon Garden homestay. This beautiful traditional homestay had all students and teachers sleeping on mattresses in a wooden stilt house surrounded by rice paddies and tea plantations. The students enjoyed cooking classes to prepare Vietnamese rice paper rolls and were lucky enough to have locally grown, mugwort hand and foot baths.

After a challenging overnight train ride (we seemed to be frequently airborne) to the hill town of Sapa where students undertook some arduous trekking in the bamboo forests and steep hills of an area populated by Hmong hill tribe people. We shared money fundraised at Cape Byron Steiner with local schools and learnt the benefits of soft mattresses and comfortable homes with a night on wooden floors in a local village home!

We all tried not to think too much about the overnight train back to Hanoi but had to enjoy the bone shaking experience again before heading off to HaLong Bay to stay on a junk and float and canoe around the unique and spectacular landscape. 

We were able to donate some specially made toys made lovingly by Cape Byron Steiner School staff and students: wooden trucks made in the Technology shed and a felt fishing game, inspired by our Kindergarten teachers. 

Students learnt a great deal about the culture of Vietnam and how the country has changed enormously in the past 20 years. The food was varied and every meal was sumptuous – even the street food that we experienced, sitting on small stools amongst locals having their morning Pho (noodle soup). Society and Culture is a popular Year 11 and 12 subject at Cape Byron Steiner School and with this trip planned for every 2 years, younger students can have the opportunity to save over a few years to join this amazing experience. So many special memories and learning experiences were had by our students and we thank the Vietnam School Tours organisation for assisting us in our adventures.
Katie Biggin

Taylah Henderson Yr 12: “It was a beautiful experience, shared with beautiful people”.

Matilda Dods Yr 12: “Being able to see and understand first hand all the things we have been studying about the culture of Vietnam was really fantastic. The 2 days in Sapa was my favourite part, the trek was so challenging but so rewarding and absolutely incredible”.

Hayley Acton Yr 12: “The Vietnam trip was a massive success on all accounts as far as I can see, everyone gained such amazing insights into the culture so different from our own, the Year 11’s and 12’s bonded and got on famously, and according to Katie and Rachel, we were a joy to take care of! I hope many more classes experience this amazing trip, it was a perfect last hoorah as a Year Twelver”.




What is healthy, What is Normal? Understanding fear, anxiety & hyperactivity in children


Presenter: Simon Bednarak MBBS (WA), FRNZCGP, FRACGP
Simon is an anthroposophic GP working and living in Perth, WA.  Previously, he worked for 28 years as a General Practitioner in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand where he founded and managed a franchise of general practices.  He integrated anthroposophic medicine into his practice and anthroposophic concepts into his businesses.
Simon is the co-ordinator of the medical section in NZ and has organised many conferences and seminars in this role. He is also on the board of the Australian Anthroposophic Medical Association.  He has worked as a school doctor and as GP for curative adult and children residential homes in Hawkes Bay.  Simon has taught and spoken at events such as the International Postgraduate medical Training (IPMT) and Kolisko conferences in Dornach, Philippines, Thailand, NZ, Australia, Hungary, South Africa and India on topics ranging from anthroposophic medicine, organisational development, soul development and leadership.
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P & F Meeting – Monday 4th May @ 6.30pm

Art Classes for Teachers/Parents

Term 2, 2015 Thursday, Week 3, 5, 7 & 9   3.30pm to 4.30pm
Cost: $75 p/p for the term          Limited numbers: 3  left
Students will experience wet on wet, water colour techniques and drawing with a variety of mediums.  Contact the office if interested.
Eleni Mann


Every Thursday for 8 weeks through to 11 June. These tennis lessons are about learning the techniques, getting skills, increasing athleticism and are game based with drills incorporated. These lessons are not for kids just to play around. Kids have to listen, practice and try to implement the drills. It is a fun class where there is latent learning. Beginners use Hot Shot balls which are softer slower depressurised  – Red Orange Green. Squad use Green and Yellow
Juniors 3.15 to 3.55 – $100 per term (up to Grade 5)
Squad   4 to 5         – $140 per term (depending on skill level)
Contact Denis 0406277459
Denis is an certificated Tennis Australia Junior Development Coach

Study & Discussion Group

Steiner Discussion Group – The Kingdom of Childhood

We are discussing Steiner’s Lectures given to teachers in England in 1924.   If you would like to join our group, please just come along (the ‘discussion’ nature of the group means that whilst it would be great for people to attend every week, it is not essential).  If you would like to join us and would like a copy of Lecture Six for next week, please contact the office.   The group meets every Tuesday in the Library at 6.00 pm.
Steiner Family looking for home in local area

Lovely Steiner family with 3 boys (12,6 and 1) who have recently moved from Lord Howe Island are looking for a place to call home. Would like to rent a property within 20 minutes from the school for a permanent long term basis for at least 1 year plus.

3-4 bedrooms
Private home
Green and leafy
And lots of grass and trees so the boys can be free.
We do have a 14 yr old dog so a fenced area would be wonderful.
Max rent $500-550
We are able move in around the 18th May.
We are home owners ourselves and have amazing references.
Please feel free to contact me anytime on 0411 192 194 or snowfernblossom@icloud.com


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From The Principal

Hello everyone and welcome back to a new term. I hope everyone had an enjoyable term break. As always, it was wonderful to see our students bringing the school back to life after their break.

This week we welcomed a group of our senior students back from their trip to Vietnam. They all look tired, but are filled to the brim with stories of adventures, experiences and encounters from their visit to a country with such a different culture to our own. We hope to make this valuable learning experience available to students every two years. I am grateful to Rachel Knight and Katie Biggin for putting so much effort into organising this camp and for giving up some of their holiday time to travel with our students. I look forward to seeing some of their stories in next week’s bulletin.

Over the last few weeks I have enjoyed watching some of our senior primary students running around the school as they practise for the upcoming cross country running event. This event, shared with the High School, is an important part of our sporting calendar and a great opportunity for students to train and participate in a fun physical activity together.

Lastly, my visit to the Goetheanum to participate in the ‘Transitions’ conference was a a wonderful experience. The workshops I presented were booked out with participants from all over the world. It was a wonderful experience to spend time with educators, researchers and medical practitioners from the global Steiner community. I will be giving a version of the workshops I presented, for both parents and teachers, later this term.


From The Principal

I am writing this from the “Transitions” conference at the Goetheanum in Switzerland. I am very fortunate to be here, attending an international conference at the world centre for all things related to Anthroposophy and the work of Rudolf Steiner.  I am delivering a series of workshop titled, “Navigating the Calm and Storm of the Mini-Adolescence – 8 – 10 years”.  There are 32 people attending my workshops and they come from Steiner Schools all over the world (including Peru, Guatemala, Myanmar, China and Moldovia).  It is quite an experience to be delivering a workshop with two translators working in the room (translating into Chinese and Spanish).  I am learning so much from the Global Steiner community whilst I am here and  am looking forward to delivering a version of the workshop for the school community when I return.

Back at home, Teera and Katie have been working hard in my absence and managing all of those wonderful activities that come with the last week of term.  It has certainly been a busy term with many camps and excursions, new teachers and students settling in, work towards the adoption of a new constitution and a BOSTES inspection.  I would like to thank all of our wonderful staff and the school community for helping to make the school such a wonderful, enriching and nurturing place for our students this term.

Have a safe and enjoyable Easter break and we look forward to seeing you again next term.