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

Camp Out With Kids

camp out

Earlier this term in Week 5, all of the Class Three students, with one parent each, experienced a special Camp Out with Kids. This was the first time the program has been run for a whole class and by trained CBRSS staff. It was a wonderful opportunity for each child to share special one-on-one time with their parent and lovely to have the whole class together for such a cherished class occasion. As we sat around the fire gazing at the stars and sharing stories, we could feel that this was a special and important moment of bonding and growth for everyone. It was also brilliant preparation for our following first big camp away from school.

Class 3 Binna Burra Camp

Binna Burra

In week 7, Class three set out for their adventure to Binna Burra in Lamington National Park. We had a feeling this class would be ready for 4-days and 3-nights for their first camp away, and we were right! Class Three certainly stepped up to the occasion with impressive determination and enthusiasm.

We spent the days exploring the glorious rainforests with our most lovely National Park guides. The flying fox was definitely a highlight, along with the great ‘EGGsperiment’. We caught and examined water sensitive bugs, built up our trust for each on the low ropes course and sensory trail and went on a night exploration for nocturnal animals. In the evenings we sat in the beautiful Grooms Cottage by the fire knitting and listening to stories. It could just well have been a scene from Little House in the Prairie!

We were very grateful for our superb parent helpers Craig, Peter, Joe and Tahl who ensured that our bellies were always full, our questions always answered, and our timely bed-time always guaranteed!

At the end of the camp, the Binna Burra guides told us that they were especially impressed with how exceptionally respectful, considerate, creative and enthusiastic Class Three were. We felt very proud! The children returned home safe, contentedly worn-out and full of wonderful stories.

We are already dreaming up plans for our Class 4 camp in 2017……
ahhh the joy of it!!!

From the happy campers,
Bethanie &Teera

Kindergarten Hand Work


Busy Fingers made all of this beautiful work.

Class 6 Whale Watching

Class 6 ventured out to sea last week to for a whale watching experience. It didn’t take long to spot the distant flume of a pod of humpback whales. With eyes peeled, we saw many whale pods around us – but still so far away! The class sang and called to the whales, and the whales responded by coming nearer and gracing us with a magnificently beautiful whale ballet. The experience culminated in a whale spy hopping within metres of the boat, really getting a good look at the children that were so delighted to see them.

Book Week Parade

Book Week Parade


Class 3 Bartering & Trading

As part of Class Three’s current Money Main Lesson, the classroom has transformed into a thriving Market Place! We spent last week discovering the highs and lows of bartering and trading, and this week we are discovering how money has evolved to make the job much easier!

Bethanie & Teera

bartering and trading

Poetry by Class 3

Class Three have written some spectacular poems as part of their recent Main Lesson ‘The Wonder and Wisdom of Words’.  I wish I could share them all with you!  Here are just a few:


Magnificent and

Oh so high, touching the stars

Until it stops at a pinpoint, so close to the moon glowing in the

Night, I stare at it as

The water ripples like

A million pearls shining brighter than the brightest flame.

I watch in awe as the icy glaciers shimmer.

Nature’s story unfolds from great heights

By Rory



Mischievously swinging upon moist vines

On the tree tops

Noisily chattering amongst themselves

Keeping very loud

Eager to eat some fruits

Yawning tiredly as the orange sun sets

By Caelan



Moving across the sky

On a silver river

On a golden lake

Now time to curl up small in your bed

By Zane


River’s Limerick

There once was a small skinny rat

Who wanted to be very fat

So he stole some cheese

And didn’t say please

Then he got eaten by a cat!


Kaden’s Limerick

There once was a man from Glee

Who wanted to kiss a wee flea

He puckered his lips

Then swallowed some pips

And ended up kissing a bee!

Class 6 Camp

Class 6 had a wonderful adventure on their class camp last week.  They walked many kilometres, over 4-5 days, on the Yuraygir Coastal Walk (Yuraygir National Park).  The class were joined by their teacher, Maree,  support teacher, Anna, outdoor education expert, Stuart, and parent helpers, Sandi & Rachel.

Maree said that the children found joy in each day. The coastal walk was very beautiful and the children loved finding spectacular shell and rock treasures along the beach as well as spotting whales from the headlands.

The class were well supported by parent helpers, Sandi and Rachel. The food on camp was nourishing, plentiful and so delicious. On the last day, Nicole drove down to meet the class to help with the pack up and drive out of Station Creek, which was enormously helpful.

The group returned at the end of the week tired and very happy!

Class 6 Camp Yuraygir NP pic 1



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.

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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.