A presentation by Dr Simon Bednarek

Dear Class 3, 4, 5, 6 Parents and Staff,

We are glad to invite you to another educational evening presented by Dr Simon Bednarek:

Transformation around the age of 12….. The pre-teen years

Time:  6:30 – 7:30pm
Where:  CBRSS Performance Hall.
When:  Tuesday 23rd August 2016

This talk follows on from Simon’s wonderful presentation last term focusing on ‘The 9 Year Old Transition ….’

We encourage all families from Classes 3, 4, 5 and 6 to have at least one parent attend the evening, which will bring a helpful and informative view of child development from an Anthroposophical perspective during the upper stages of the Primary School years.

Parents of other age groups are also welcome to attend. Please see Simon’s biography below.

The Teachers and I are looking forward to enjoying this evening with you all,
Best wishes,

Simon Bednarek

Simon Bednarek MBBS (WA), FRNZCGP, FRACGP Simon is an anthroposophic GP working at Meadows Medical Centre Mullumbimby and living in Byron Shire. Previously, he worked in Perth for 5 years and for 28 years as a General Practitioner in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. Simon is the coordinator of the medical section in NZ and has organised many conferences and seminars in this role. He has worked as a school doctor and as GP for curative adult and children residential homes in Hawkes Bay. He is a past chair of the Taikura Rudolf Steiner School board of trustees. Simon has taught and spoken at events such as the International Postgraduate Medical Training (IPMT) and Kolisko conferences in Dornach, Switzerland, Philippines, Thailand, NZ, Australia, Hungary, South Africa and India on topics ranging from anthroposophic medicine, organisational development, soul development and leadership. Simon has four children who all attended the Hastings Taikura Waldorf School and have now completed university.

Term 2 wrap up for K-6

Term 2 has been full of rich experiences for K-6.  The primary classes have been on a number of excursions in the local area.  The children have enjoyed visits to The Farm, Mullumbimby Community Gardens & Historical Museum, Minyon Falls, a local produce farm, and a viewing of the Aboriginal art exhibition ~ Bunjalung Country.  Class 6 expanded their knowledge of the galaxy with a trip to the Brisbane Planetarium & Science Museum, followed by a stargazing sleepover at school.  Class 5 had a fabulous week of outdoor activities at Tyalgum Ridge.

Class 5 & 6 started their mornings by jogging a circuit around the school in preparation for the annual cross-country race.

In addition to these forays out into the wider community, we were lucky to have several visitors to the school.

Bothmer specialist Dan Freeman brought his expertise to the school with lessons and games for the children and ideas and observations for the teachers.  John Billings played two Lyre concerts, including some Irish folk songs that were very familiar to the children.

There were visitors for teachers and parents to learn from too, with Dr Simon Bednarek giving a presentation on the 9-year transition.  Lou Harvey Zahara shared some gems on creative discipline, and Nathan Verinder kept parents up to date with tips on Cyber Safety.

Within the school there have been various festivals, performances, and fundraisers including the launch of the Kitchen Garden Program and the popular Bush Dance.  The sharing and enjoyment of the Class 4 & 5 Strings concerts was a pleasure for parents, and the Winter Festival, a soulful and evocative celebration of the season.  The coming of the light dramatized so beautifully in the Aboriginal myth of the Sun.

The teaching staff continued to develop their professional skills with an intensive on Bothmer Gymnastics, an AIS Child Protection workshop, training in First Aid & CPR, and the Camp Out for Kids.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Below are pics from the Class 2, 3, & 4 Term 2 excursions.

Excursions-01 Excursions-02

A successful Kindy fundraiser!

We are excited to announce that we have raised a spectacular $1455 for the Kindy!  Congratulations and well done everyone!

On Friday afternoon, the raffle was drawn in the office by the School Receptionist, Felicity.  First prize was won by Kindy mum, Sarah P, and second prize was won by Cath of Byron Bay.  Congratulations!

A huge thank you to the Kindy families, school, and wider community for your generous donations, ticket selling efforts, and support for our fundraiser!

Warm wishes

Sarah A and Jorja (Kindy Co-ordinators).

Kindy fundraiser 2016

Year 9 students helping Class 3

During a recent PDHPE lesson, Lizzie encouraged her Year 9 students to show Class 3 children a few games.  A very sweet display of older students helping younger students was the result.


Call out for Empty Egg Cartons!


As preparations for the Spring Fair get underway, the Decorations Co-ordinators (Ebony and Suzanne from Class 3) need your help.

Don’t panic.  Its minor!

Egg eaters ~ Please could you save all your empty egg cartons over the school holidays and the first couple of weeks of Term 3.  We need to collect over 500 (yep, FIVE HUNDRED ‘cups’!).  That’s a lot!  …. and it’s way more eggs than our two families can eat.  Please take your empty egg cartons to Felicity at Reception ~ she is EGG-SPECTING you :-)

Thank you, Ebony and Suzanne.

Cat in egg carton

Kitchen Garden Program & Spring Fair theme launch ~ ‘The Earth is Our Garden’

On Friday 10 June, Classes 1-6 gathered in the afternoon sunlight to celebrate the launch of The Kitchen Garden Program and this year’s Spring Fair theme, ‘The Earth is Our Garden‘.  A variety of characters arrived dressed as flowers, fruit, vegetables, farmers, scarecrows …. strawberries, mushrooms, carrots, grapes and celery!  Activities included singing a garden song and planting sunflower seeds.



Bon Appetit with Francoise & Stephanie!

During Week 4, Class 5, and their Class 2 buddies,  experienced a taste of France during their French lesson!  Francoise & Stephanie set up a traditional crepe stall, with French music and all!  The children were able to order their crepes in French, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed this delicious French experience!

Miam Miam! (Yum Yum!)

Francoise & Stephanie.


Kindy Raffle

Kindy parents are running a raffle to raise money to buy new dolls for the two Kindy rooms (the existing dolls have put in thirteen years of dedicated service and are due for a rest!).  First prize includes vouchers for: massages, yoga classes, made-to-order felt toys, a music store, a mower service, cafes, hair cuts for a whole family, plus a hamper of family goodies (natural body products, soaps etc).  Second prize include a three-hour creative writing class for four people, a massage and Santos voucher!

Ticket will be for sale at upcoming Friday markets, and only cost $2 for one ticket, or $5 for three.

Early Childhood Regional Meeting

The Regional Meeting for the Australian Association for Rudolf Steiner Early Childhood Education was held on Saturday 19h March 2016,  at Cape Byron Steiner School.

Click here to read a report

Congratulations Byron Bay Futsal reps from Class 5 & 6!

Congratulations to representatives from Class 5 and 6 who took out the Byron Bay Futsal Under 11’s Minor Premiers and Championship this week.  They also did very well at the regional championships held in Grafton recently.

Celebrating the Autumn Festival



Each year Cape Byron Steiner School celebrates the Autumnal Equinox, usually falling on or about 21st March each year, with our Autumn Festival. The entire school prepares for this over many weeks from the beginning of term and the students from Kindergarten to Year 12 participate in some way on the day, as participation deepens the experience, makes it personal, even though it is a whole community event.

The students and teachers dress in the colours of autumn: red, golden yellow, orange, brown, purple, etc even though here in the Northern Rivers area the coming of Autumn is not as clearly defined as in inland and cooler areas. The Primary School students have embraced a recently formed tradition of composing a verse each for an autumn song, the chorus of which is known by all, to be sung throughout the celebration of the festival. There is generally a surprise element and a dance which includes the entire school community. Families are encouraged to bring in home-grown produce or market bought produce, breads, preserves, etc to add to the “harvest bounty” display which is the focal point of our celebration; the food afterwards being given to a local charity, namely the Liberation Larder which feeds many homeless and needy members in our wider community.

A traditional song is sung each year:

“In Autumn Saint Michael with sword and with shield
Passes over meadow and orchard and field;
He’s on the path to battle ‘gainst darkness and strife;
He is the heavenly warrior, protector of life.

The harvest let us gather with Michael’s aid;
The light he sheddeth fails not nor does it fade;
And when the corn is cut and the meadows are bare
We’ll don Saint Michael’s armour and onward we’ll fare…”

Saint Michael is regarded as the guide and protector of our era (Zeitgeist – spirit of our time) and he is depicted holding a flaming sword to protect and give us courage in the face of darkness or hard times, traditionally in the dark of Winter which follows Autumn. In the English tradition, the story of Saint George overcoming the Dragon depictions the Michaelic task.

The Equinox signifies the beginning of the days growing shorter and the coming of Winter, a sort of dying of natural forces on the outside while inner forces of strength and courage are awakened in the indomitable human spirit. With the cooler weather, we human beings notice a change in our energy, a sharpening of interest and a sense of enterprise, in contrast to the sleepiness and dreaminess of the long, hot Summer months.

For the children, following the rhythms and cycles of the year with festivals and celebrations is an important part of their development. They look forward to the ‘sameness’ and predictability of the event and yet each time there is something new, something fresh, which they experience as the festival is created and re-created anew. This gives them a sense of stability and trust in the world as well as a sense of belonging; an opportunity to see themselves as part of the wider community.

Rosina Mihajlovic.

Report from Class 6 Arlia and Olivia Jane

Eleni Uluru


Eleni ~ the beautiful art teacher

Reported by Arlia and Olivia Jane from Class 6

Our beloved art teacher, Eleni, went on long service leave for one term at the end of last year, after her ten enjoyable years of working in our school. “My holiday was excellent, I went to Uluru. I flew from Sydney to Uluru, it was a three and a half hour flight,” Eleni told us.

Eleni saw Uluru, Kata Tjuta and King’s Canyon as well as a few beautiful sights around Alice Springs. She missed us when she got back from Alice Springs and was excited to get back to school and start teaching again.

“I had a lot of fun, the desert was very hot. Even though it was so hot walking around the base of Uluru, it was one of my favourite things to do,” Eleni said.

Class 6 Report Olivia

Lemons for Sale


There are lemons for sale outside of the office for 50c each. They are home

grown, organic and picked fresh daily. All profits will be going to support African children in need, which is my class project for this year.

Thank you for supporting the African children.

Olivia Eade

Class 6

Report from Class 6 Ayla

Save Our Ocean

Reported by Ayla, Class 6

Hey! Have you guys heard about all the rubbish?

Guess What? There’s so much it’s taking up half our beaches!

We need to do something fast or else all our marine life will die. Our beaches will be polluted! You won’t be able to swim in the ocean. Terrible, right!!

There is a solution that can help. There’s an organisation called Take Three for the Sea. They organise beach clean ups all around Australia and go on big ships to clean up the ocean.

I think we can learn a lot from their name. Every time you’re out at the beach, or anywhere really, just pick up three pieces of rubbish. It’s not a lot, but if everyone was doing it, it will make a world of difference!

Take Three for the Sea, and save the animals!

Ayla dolphin

A day of Indian Celebration with Class 5

As a part of our Class Five Ancient Indian Main Lesson the children had a day engaged in classical Indian experiences.  The Class Five child takes a long look back over 10,000 years of history throughout this year which has a therapeutic effect on their soul.  Naina, Class 5 teacher.

Class 5 dressed up in their best Indian outfits, enjoyed a yoga class, experienced beautiful Sitar music, and had fun learning & watching Bollywood dance with The Bollywood Sisters!  Georgi, from the office, jumped in and performed with The Bollywood Sisters too!  Nerrida joined Class 5, in her Sari, for Dahl & rice on banana leaves at lunchtime.