We are forming a Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School Alumni so that we can keep in touch with our graduate students. An Alumni is a great resource to former students, building a network of support that will gradually spread across the world. Already we have Alumni members in Melbourne and Brisbane who are giving support to our recent graduates, helping them to settle in to their new career pathways.

We are currently receiving very positive feedback about our students. The talent and high standards of our graduates’ folio work is being noted and commented upon by heads of department at several universities. The success of our Alumni reflects well on our school and our current students who aspire to the same high standards.

If you are a former student of Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School and you would like to join our Alumni list to gain information about Alumni events and opportunities to connect with other former students, please email info@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

Alumni News – Merryn Jeann

Merry Jeann graduated from CBRSS in 2014. In 2016 Merryn established herself as a feature vocalist and songwriter to take serious note of. Merryn has been compared to artists Amy Winehouse, Feist and Yukimi Nagano (Little Dragon), herself drawing vocal inspiration from diverse acts like Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote), Laura Marling and Moses Sumney.

Students from the high school were invited to work with Merryn this week, rehearsing and performing an acoustic version of her new single “Wantigga- Slowly”

The single was released on Good Friday and has already had 54000 views on Youtube.

The intention of the project with the students was to create a live acoustic version, featuring a choir of CBRSS students performing it with Merryn in the Movement room.

The Audio and Visual recording will be used as promotion of the song and the artist “Merryn Jeann”.

There will be a professional crew making the clip which will be launched sometime next week on Youtube and other social media platforms.

2017 HS drama students perform at “Onstage”

At the beginning of this term a group of our 2017 HSC students travelled to Sydney to perform their HSC drama piece, Invictus, as part of the ‘Onstage’ event; an event showcasing the best of the year’s NSW HSC drama pieces. Ben Daley, their drama teacher, travelled down to Sydney to watch the performance and provide support. Congratulations to Seth, Raphael, Sabrina and Tahlia. We are very proud of your wonderful effort.

Alumni News

Returning to Byron Shire and CBRSS from her Melbourne home, Alumni student Domini Forster treated our students and staff to a preview performance of her set for the Mullum Music Festival in November. It was a delight to see her perform with her former string teachers and mentors from the school Ian, Robbie, and Belinda. Afterwards, there was a Q&A session with some primary school classes and also a session with the new HSC music students about the HSC music experience and life in the music industry.

Katie’s past Guardian group reps

So lovely to have a student from my 3 last guardian groups together at Mullum Fest.
Domini from 2009
Maeve from 2012
Cecilia from 2015

Katie Biggin

Alumni news

As you may be aware, one of our 2016 graduating students, Jasmine Pierce, received a perfect score of 100% for her English Extension 2 Poetry Major Work in 2016.

Not only is this an enormous achievement, but she has now been acknowledged as one of the most accomplished young writers in the state of NSW by being selected in the publication Young Writers’ Showcase, which publishes the best pieces from each year out of the many thousands who take the course in NSW.
Nerrida and I joined Jasmine at the celebration launch event at the State Library of NSW on 21st August. We are both very proud of Jasmine’s achievement. Her poetry is exceptional.

This is now the third time we have had a student from our school achieve this accomplishment of being published in the Young Writers’ Showcase, an outstanding achievement for such a small, rural school. All three writers spent many years at this school and have obviously benefited from a beautiful Steiner education that nurtures the soul and inspires storytelling. This is a real testament, not only to our wonderful students, but also to the extremely high standard of teaching in the school.

If you wish to read Jasmine’s poems, please visit Charlotte in the library.

Congratulations Jasmine!

Jasmine was quoted in a recent newsletter from the New South Wales Education Standards Authority. The article can be found at this link.

Katie Biggin

(And congratulations to Katie and all the teachers who worked with Jasmine over the years for such highly skilled and professional teaching. Nerrida)