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Ensemble Concert at CBRSS

Yr 12 Fundraiser Monday lunch for HS students

Soup, bread and spinach triangles available from the canteen this Monday at lunchtime for High School students only

Winter Festival 2018

Preparations are well underway for this year’s Winter Festival which is returning to the A&I Hall. It is sure to be a  magical night so be sure to SAVE THE DATE! Please note the change of date from Thursday, June 21 to Friday, June 22.

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!

Tests or trees?

Emphasis on standardised tests is robbing children of crucial playtime, some teachers say.

Read the article here



Children struggle to hold pencils due to too much tech, doctors say

Children are increasingly finding it hard to hold pens and pencils because of an excessive use of technology, senior paediatric doctors have warned.

An overuse of touchscreen phones and tablets is preventing children’s finger muscles from developing sufficiently to enable them to hold a pencil correctly, they say.

Read the article here




Divine Nature

The outer world, with all its phenomena, is filled with divine splendour, but we must have experienced the divine within ourselves before we can discover it in our environment ~ Rudolf Steiner


Mosaics class 6 & 5

We are very excited that our collaborative Class 5/6 Mosaic Project is well and truly underway – together we are designing and making a land and animals landscape on the wall behind Class 2 to meet the sea mosaic on the Class 3 wall!
Our wonderful mosaic expert, Tanja Nelson is leading the project along with artistic guidance from Eleni and lots of wonderful assistance from parents.
We encourage Class 5 and 6 parents to come and assist us; please go sign up for the roster here or contact Tanja Nelson regarding session times 0431 044 254.

Donated Pollinator

A big thank you to Roe and Trace and the Team at Flow for donating this little pollinator house.

Created from Flow Hive offcuts, this house is designed to help build pollinator corridors through our urban landscapes. With 100% of profits being donated for habitat regeneration and protection, the Flow Pollinator House is our first hive designed to house native solitary nesting bees.

Bees are tiny environmental champions!
They are responsible for the pollination of 30 percent of the world’s crops and up to 90 percent of our wild plants.

There are over 19,000 different species of bees worldwide, the majority of which are solitary nesters and, like honeybees, their numbers are on the decline.

We decided to take a leaf out of their book and created this cosy home to raise awareness for the protection of these incredible creatures.

100% of profits are donated to conservation
Our gardens are important for pollinator habitat, however, pollinators also need large areas of habitat to flourish—this is why 100% of profits from this product are donated to habitat protection.

You can purchase or read more about it here https://www.honeyflow.com/shop/flow-hive/flow-pollinator-house/p/350

Every human being should show the greatest interest in beekeeping because our lives depend upon it. – Rudolf Steiner

Steiner Education Australia Glam Conference

This was SEA’s biggest GLaM conference to date, with nearly 140 attendees from every state and territory in Australia, and from all but a few schools.

NESA visit

Nerrida showing Paul Daniell, one of the Executive Directors of the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) and Heidi O’Brien, NESA School Liaison Officer around the school.

From the Principal

Hello everyone,

It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces returning to school last week after the break (teachers and students). The first and most obvious thing to notice on return to school was just how far our wonderful new building has progressed. The builders are doing an amazing job and we expect to be using the new building next term. It isn’t easy having a building site in the middle of our school, however the builders have done their best to minimise disruption and I am very grateful to our whole school community for the way you have adapted and worked with the changes and limitations such a project brings.

We have quite a busy term coming up with several school camps and excursion (Year 7 are away at the moment), our AGM, the High School Electives Showcase and the Winter Festival … along with all of the wonderful teaching and learning which occurs every school day. Next week we are holding a parent conversation evening. Parents will already have received an invitation to this by email and further details can be found later in this bulletin. I would like to encourage parents to come along and have a conversation with the Management Team about our wonderful school and how we can work together to get the best possible outcomes for our students. We are looking forward to hearing your ideas.

One way we can support the strengthening of our school community is through our offering of parent education opportunities. We have a new study group beginning next week, working through the wonderful “Kingdom of Childhood” lectures. Our Tuesday evening study group is also continuing to meet each week. Whilst the ‘Kingdom of Childhood’ study group is a great introductory group, the Tuesday night group work quite deeply with some of the more in-depth (and sometimes challenging) Steiner lectures. If you would like further information about either of the study groups, please contact Yvette in the office.

This term we will also be offering some special events with Melanie Deefholts for parents of Primary aged students, looking at how parents can best understand and support their children through the different phases of development. Melanie is an experienced parent educator and will lead these interesting, engaging and informative evenings. Further information will be sent out to parents closer to the dates.

Finally, our AGM will be held on Monday 21st May at 5.30 pm in the Library at school. As the number of nominations exceed the vacancies on the Board, there will be an election and further information about this process will be sent out to members of the Company in the next few days. If you are a member of the Company (previously known as a member of the Association), and you don’t receive information by the end of the week, please contact Penny in the office to let her know.


New Students

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

Henry Sweetman Class 4

Aoife Gordos Class 4

Reuben Hardy Class 5

June Sweetman Class 6

Jasmine Jones Yr 8

Elan Derofe-Gallant Yr 9

Finn Morris Yr 9

Welcome to our new German teacher

This term we are really happy to welcome Manuela as our new German Language teacher. Manuela is a very experienced teacher who will bring much warmth, passion and creativity to language classes. From Manuela ….

Guten Tag!

As you may know, the children in Classes 1 – 4 will be learning German from Week 3. My name is Manuela Matheson. I grew up in Germany and have lived in Australia for most of my adult life. I have been teaching German for many years and I very much look forward to getting to know the children and sharing my native language and culture in these beautiful surroundings.

School Community Conversation Evening

As it is now almost 2 years since we held the wonderfully successful Parent Engagement Evening at the school, we would like to invite members of our school community to attend a School Community Conversation Evening on Monday 14th May at 6.00 pm at the school. The evening will be held in the Movement room and should conclude around 7:30 pm.

Members of the management team will attend and we look forward to having a rich and constructive conversation with the school community about ways we can work together to build and strengthen our beautiful school.

We want to hear from you about what is working well and your thoughts and ideas for improvement. Please mark the date in your calendar.