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Year 12 Muck up day

On the last day of Term 3, students from Year 12 celebrated their last ever day of schooling in a creative, humorous and respectful way. Gone are the days of making the school and staff ‘mucked up’ by throwing water bombs of other such things.


Our students know how to leave well. There were some creative room changes (one room filled with balloons and another with plants) and a very funny assembly organised by the Yr 12 students. In the assembly, staff were put in pairs to battle out challenges for their imaginary country in an olympics. Some performed strongly in the ‘spell your name in Eurythmy actions’ and ‘draw as many Steiner icons you can think of’ while others excelled in the spelling and intellectual challenges. Tom and Eva were winners in the movement section while Rachel Knight was a clear first in being able to recite all the Steiner verses.


The morning ended with the class performing a rap version of their verse and Rachel H giving the students some special T Shirts with the slogan ‘I’m So Steiner’ on the front.


The photos you can see are the students painting their 2016 mural of a tiger – signifying their year of the tiger birthdates. It is a beautiful legacy of a wonderful class who will be very missed by all of our staff and students.

Wheelchair Sports NSW Roadshow

It was great to see Brendan from Wheelchair Sports NSW Roadshow today running six sessions through the day with students from the high school and year 6. The Roadshow raises awareness of wheelchair sport, creates a greater understanding of people with disabilities, their challenges and the reality of accidents that can occur from poor decision making, risk taking and encourages acceptance and integration, promotes Wheelchair Sports NSW to potential new members and includes associated road safety messages.



Proposed Change to Primary School Dress Code ~ Please Provide Feedback

We are proposing a change to the Primary School Dress Code as from the beginning of next year. This change is being proposed following requests from both parents and teachers. The proposed additions are listed in bold italics below.

  • Clothing should suit the season. Please provide spare clothes in rainy weather.
  • Plain coloured clothing made of natural fibres is recommended.
  • No black clothing or clothing with printed images, messages or slogans.
  • Top must be a short or long sleeved plain t-shirt of a single rainbow colour or a CBRSS t-shirt
  • Clothing should allow freedom of movement (consider bike pants or shorts under skirts to support this).
  • Strong, supportive, flat-soled shoes in winter and autumn and shoes or sandals in summer or spring.
  • Thongs, ‘Crocs’, Ugg boots and fashion shoes are not suitable for school.
  • Shoes should be suitable for nature walks and sport.
  • Soft-soled slippers for indoor use.
  • Broad-brimmed CBRSS school hat must be worn for outdoor play.
  • Hair longer than shoulder length must be tied back at all times.
  • Jewellery kept to a minimum. Earrings to be simple studs or sleepers only. No make-up.

Please send in your feedback to the proposed change so that we can consider all views before making a final decision. Send feedback to info@http://capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au
The changes are planned to come into effect at the beginning of next year.


Class 5 Greek Day

At the end of last term Class Five celebrated learning about Ancient Greece with a Greek Day. The children learnt a traditional Greek dance, heard stories and saw artifacts from a small island, presented their Greek Projects and then shared a formal Greek meal together.

Their projects are currently on display in the library, please stop past and have a look.


School photos for Primary School

School photos will commence first week of  November for primary school classes. Photos will again be taken by Jacqui Judd

Tuesday 1st November Class 1 & 2
Tuesday 8th November Class 3 & 5
Tuesday 15th November Class 4 & 6

The group photo will be taken first thing in the morning and the individual photos afterwards. Students will be given order forms shortly.

Class 2 visits our bee hive

A visit to the school beehive is always popular and it’s always interesting to see what the bees are carrying into the hive.
The children can see all of the different coloured pollens and how the bees congregate around the entrance before marching in with their harvest. The hive has expanded to occupy about half of the frames, most of them full of brood and more recently some honey is being stored in some new white wax combs. There might be a harvest for us at the end of the Summer if we’re lucky.class2-bees

Repair, Care and Maintenance Days in 2016

This year a Repair, Care & Maintenance levy of $250 per annum appeared on the invoice at the commencement of school. The levy is credited back after the completion of 16 hours of community work within the school. The credit is applied at the end of the term when your 16 hours are completed.
To arrange for the completion of your remaining RC&M hours please contact the Office. The work includes assisting in the canteen, gardening and minor landscaping, painting, cleaning, repair and minor maintenance work. You are also able to complete your RC&M hours assisting class teachers at their request.

Cyclists on the road ~ please take care

We have a small number of very dedicated (and very fit!) teachers who ride their bicycles to school. They need to share the road space on the hill coming down into the school with cars and buses as there is no paved shoulder. Could everybody please take care, slow down and watch out for cyclists on this part of the road. Our local wildlife will thank you for this too!

Mercurius ~ Help our school blossom

We have a great opportunity to earn 15% on all purchases of Steiner inspired art, craft and toys from “art makes sense” (Mercurius retail). This offer is open to all families and friends who enjoy beautiful art/crafts and toys for their children or themselves.

We encourage you to continue to buy Mercurius products at the office, and if desired Steiner inspired products locally. This fundraiser can nurture our school and gives us access to an extended product range not available locally. It is also for friends and family who don’t have local access, they can purchase from anywhere in the world as long as delivered within Australia.
With Christmas coming this would be a way to share the joy of beautiful Steiner inspired toys and art supplies!

Let’s plant the seeds to nurture our school and our children
use our code: FRIENDCBRSS

Supporting Life in Today’s World


Inner Work Path ~ October Workshop

Working with Social Understanding, Gender and Sexuality

This professional development is comprised of three weekend courses to build an understanding of the relevant depth and progression anthroposophy brings to this important aspect of life: The Understanding of being Male and Female; Understanding and Developing the Masculine and Feminine Forces Towards Harmony; Understanding Individual Responsibility in Working Towards New Community. An individual can choose to attend any or all of the courses. Teachers, health professionals and those working with young people will find them beneficial to understand how differences and similarities work in childhood development, human relationships and spiritual development in the changing needs of our time. Supporting this aspect of the health and well-being of the individual child’s relationship to gender and sexuality results in greater resilience and confidence in their growing relationship to the wider community.
Throughout the training we look at environmental and community influences on sexuality and gender in young people’s lives. When working out of anthroposophy we are asked not to judge the other by gender and to teach in a unisexual way. Only through deep understanding of the un-freedom of being man or woman can we contribute to the education and development of others in freedom.
Understanding and Developing the Masculine and Feminine Forces Towards Harmony
From an esoteric view of the human being, it can be understood that within the individual there are both masculine and feminine forces. This course will explore the development of these masculine and feminine forces within the child, what occurs when there are imbalances and how these imbalances may be expressed later in adult sexuality and social behaviours. Although the focus of this work is on adolescence, it is useful to begin harmonising these forces earlier in the child’s life.

Friday 6.30- 8pm
Saturday & Sunday 9.30am- 2.30pm
Where: Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School Byron Bay
$300 (includes lunch) Bookings & Enquiries
Email: innerworkpath@gmail.com Phone: 0266846147 www.innerworkpath.com.au


Violin & Cello 1/2 size for sale

Half size Violin: Very good condition in hard case – $170
call Sandi 0417041897 or email sandi@sunshadowslippers.com.au

Half size Cello: High quality hand made Chinese cello that my brother ( a professional cello player) had bought for my daughter in Jerusalem but she has since stopped playing the cello. The Cello has a great sound and would suit someone with a real interest in playing the cello. It has been valued at around $2500 but we will sell for $1500 ONO. Includes a very good bow and a soft case. Call Gil Plesser 0412862442

Ayden representing Australia

We are delighted that Year 9’s Ayden Vescio was selected and played in the National School Futsal Tournament in Brisbane during the school holidays representing Far North NSW. He was the only player for NSW, north of Coffs. As a result of his performances, the selectors have appointed him to represent Australia in the Under 16’s team that will be touring and competing in Italy next April/May!

We would like to congratulate Ayden on this great achievement.


From the Principal

Hello everyone,

It seems only yesterday that we were beginning third term and now the term is drawing to a close. It has been a busy and very productive term in the school, beginning with a vibrant and informative parent engagement evening and culminating in the Spring fair and the graduating ceremony for our Year 12 students.

This week I had the wonderful opportunity to share a special breakfast with our graduating class. As I am unable to attend their graduation ceremony on the last Thursday of term, I delivered my annual graduating address to the students at the breakfast. The text of the speech can be found later in this bulletin. I am so very proud of our graduating class, they are wonderful young people who will make a real difference in the world in whatever path they choose.

As mentioned above, I am about to take some much needed annual leave and will return to the school at the end of the first week of next term. Whilst I am away, Katie and Teera will continue to manage in their respective areas of the school.

Please all have an enjoyable and safe term break. I look forward to catching up with many of you when Fourth Term resumes.



Principal’s Address to the 2016 Graduation Class

Your years of school education are now coming to an end and you are about to launch into a future filled with possibilities.  During your time at school, you have learned how to read and write, how to analyse pieces of writing and create a whole range of texts of your own.  These things are important, but they are not what truly matters.  You have learned to count, to add, subtract, multiply and divide (perhaps with the help of some little number gnomes).  You have learned to measure and quantify things and you have learned how to use number to understand the world.  These things are also important, but they are not what truly matters.  You have learned about the events in history that have shaped who we are today and you have learned about the many different landscapes and environments around the world.  You have learned about your own bodies and what they are capable of.  You have learned about the beauty and wonder in art, music and poetry.  All of these things are so important, but again, they are not what truly matters.

You are about to step out into a world which is changing so quickly that it is hard to understand what it will look like in another few years.  60% of the jobs that exist today will not exist in 10 years.  Political and social boundaries are quickly changing and environmental change is happening so quickly now that it is hard to understand what our planet will look like in the near future.

Whilst we hope the skills we have taught you will be useful to you in this changing world, I believe that it isn’t what you know that truly matters now, it is who you are and who you are going to be in the world.

Our school vision 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. I want you to know that, right at this turning point in your lives, as you are about to finish your school education, you are exactly who you should be.

I look at you and I am filled with so much hope for the future.  You are creative, caring, empathetic, thoughtful, insightful, gentle, determined, imaginative, analytical, hopeful and courageous.  You are exactly who you need to be to step out into the world and fulfill your own life destinies.  You will be the lovers, the carers, the decision makers, the inventors, the collaborators and the healers.  You will be the artists, poets, musicians, strategists, scientists, engineers and farmers who will shape and change the new world.

So now, go out there and ask questions. Stand up for what you believe in.  Make strong, ethical choices. Care for others, even if you don’t understand their lives or their choices. Actively care for this magnificent planet and speak up when others don’t.   Find happiness in the small things. Draw pictures, make music, plant gardens, write poems – be a creator in the world.  Accept that you are not perfect and sometimes you will get it wrong.  Make mistakes – and then learn from them. Be prepared to wait and work for the things you want.  Look for the music and the beauty around you (it is always there).

I want you to know that your teachers, your family and your school community, are so very proud of you.  I am proud of you!  Almost 100 years ago, Rudolf Steiner said “Receive children in reverence, educate them in love, and let them go forth in freedom.”  We received you with reverence, we have educated you with so much love, and now it is time for you to go forth in freedom.

Your education at Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School has finished, my wish for you all is that you can go on to fulfill the highest, truest expression of yourselves as the wonderful human beings you are.