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Our Mission

To provide a nurturing, creative and academic education inspired by the indications of Rudolf Steiner for a healthy social life and the developing human being.

Our Vision

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.

From the Principal

Hello everyone, What tumultuous times we are living in! Things are changing so quickly that it is hard to have any certainty from day to day - and yet we must find our 'anchor' and ground in the knowledge that we will get through this time. As we near the autumn equinox, we are also at the time when we focus on the message of St Michael - and this is a message about finding the strength and courage we all have. Please know that, as a school community, we are walking through this together. I am needing to make decisions I have never had to make before and these all weigh heavily - but please know that at the absolute centre of all, is the need to do the very best we can for our children. Thank you for your patience and support, we do have the courage to see this through. Peace Nerrida
Hello everyone, I am always amazed when autumn arrives here, it seems as though someone has flicked a switch and suddenly we see the features of autumn turn up. Cloudy skies, slightly cooler nights, mist on the hillsides - it is somewhat of a relief after the heat and frenetic activity of summer. This week we have enacted our school planned response to the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Australia. Whilst there are no confirmed cases in the Byron community yet, it is better that we are prepared and following best practice as the situation seems to be changing daily. I have sent emails out to all parents with details about this, however, the main point is that children who are showing signs of fever, sore throat, cough or runny nose should not come to school. We are asking for the community to really support us in this as we often have children coming to school who are unwell and should be staying at home. I do understand how very difficult this can be for working parents, however, in…
Hello everyone, What a challenging couple of weeks it has been with some wild weather and heavy rain impacting us all! The school sustained damage in a number of areas in the recent weather and we are working to address these issues as efficiently as possible. Thank you for your understanding last week when we asked those parents who were able, to keep their children at home. I understand the timing of this event was challenging, however we do hope you understand that we were making decisions within the timeframe and information we had to hand, always with the best interests of our students at heart. We have developed a School Closure and Restriction Policy and Procedure to assist everyone to understand our process when a severe weather event occurs. We will publish this on the school website in the near future. You will by now have heard that I will be leaving the school at the end of May to take up a position as Principal of a school in West New Britain, Papua New Guinea. The Board…
Hello everyone, It was wonderful to welcome everyone back to the school after the break. It always amazes me just how much the children seem to grow over the Christmas period! I know many of us are still feeling the impact of the events across Australia during the break. The loss of so much of our beautiful natural landscape, the loss of wildlife and the magnitude of the human impact is still something many are trying to understand. For our children, this can feel like an extremely unsettling time, even if they have not been exposed to the media coverage (they certainly feel the increased anxiety in family and community). A few parents have asked me what we can do to support the children through this. I think, for younger children particularly, getting back into normal rhythms and routines is very comforting and allows them to relax into their bodies. If a child is feeling particularly sad or anxious about what has happened, some gentle healing stories can help (stories of hope and…
Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School students achieve outstanding HSC Results Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School is celebrating its best ever HSC results in the school’s 30-year history. One third of the 2019 graduating class has received an ATAR of well over 90, placing students in the top 10% of the entire state. This is unheard of for such a small school. Principal, Nerrida Johnson commented, “Our students have worked really hard this year and have achieved outstanding results. The combination of dedicated and mature students working with passionate and skilled teachers has produced this best-ever result for the school. Our graduating students are rightfully thrilled this morning; with results like these, they will be able to go on to pursue the study or career of their choice.” Nerrida said, “I’d like to thank our dedicated staff and committed parents for helping guide these beautiful souls through their education. We are proud of every single one of our graduating students,…

  • Last day of Term 1
    Thursday 9th April

  • Good Friday - Public Holiday
    Friday 10th April

  • Cancelled: HSC Music Performance - Blues Festival
    Monday 13th April 10:00 am to 1:30 pm

  • Pupil Free Day
    Monday 27th April

  • First Day Term 2
    Tuesday 28th April

Autumn - The Michael Festival

At this autumn festival of Michael there should grow in you everything that goes against love of ease, against anxiety, and makes for the unfolding of inner initiative and free, strong, courageous will. The Festival of strong will — that is how we should conceive of the Michael Festival. - Rudolf Steiner

Reflecting on the path to Higher Knowledge

We must never forget that higher knowledge has to do with revering truth and insight and not with revering people. - Rudolf Steiner

Reflection on economic life

This limitation of interest to solely what people receive through their labour, instead of what they produce, is what poisons our entire economic life. - Rudolf Steiner

Facing the future

We must progress, from a material attitude which has entered and taken hold of all minds and hearts, towards a spiritual attitude. For, that renewal, which is necessary to counterbalance today's prosaic ways of life, can only be born out of the spirit. - Rudolf Steiner

The Christmas Festival

If we rightly understand this festival we must say: That which we believe to be born anew symbolically every Christmas Night, is the human soul in its original nature, the childhood-spirit of man as it was at the beginning of earth-evolution; then it descended as a revelation from the heavenly heights. And when the human heart can become conscious of this reality, the soul is filled with the unshakable peace that can bear us to our lofty goals, if we are of goodwill. Mighty indeed is the word that can resound to us on Christmas Night, do we but understand its import. - Rudolf Steiner

Christmas

The Christmas Festival is the Festival of the Holy Night, celebrated in the Mysteries by those who were ready for the awakening of the higher Self within them, or, as we should say in our time, those who have brought the Christ to birth within them. - Rudolf Steiner

Empathy

The path to the peaks of knowledge and the path to the heights of compassion are one and the same. Only knowledge and understanding -not preaching- will lead to empathy. - Rudolf Steiner

Why reverence is important

A soul educated by reverence will convert its dark cravings and aversions into a feeling for the beautiful and a feeling for the good. A soul that has cleansed its obscure instincts and will-impulses through devotion will gradually build up from them what we call moral ideals. Reverence is something that we plant in the soul as a seed; and the seed will bear fruit. - Rudolf Steiner

Spring

In the spring, physical and spiritual, heavenly and earthly, work together - Rudolf Steiner

Who knows...

We will always find that those who truly know are the most humble and that nothing is more alien to them than any lust for power. - Rudolf Steiner

Perception of Self

You must learn to perceive as your self that which lies outside you. Looking only within oneself leads to a hardening in oneself, to a higher egotism. - Rudolf Steiner

Reflection on colour

Colours are the soul of nature and the entire cosmos – and we become part of that soul when we live with the colours. - Rudolf Steiner

Winter

In the depths of winter the Earth is more earthly, more truly itself, than at any other time. - Rudolf Steiner

Seasons

I know about what I am as human only when I don't live along stolidly, but when I allow myself to be lifted up to the heavens in summer, when I let myself sink down in winter into the Earth mysteries, into the secrets of the Earth. - Rudolf Steiner

Human Development

The strength people need to proceed along the path of human development can come only from the spiritual worlds. - Rudolf Steiner

Reflecting on Rhythm

One can ascend to a higher development only by bringing rhythm and repetition into one's life. Rhythm holds sway in all nature. - Rudolf Steiner

Reflecting on Politics

Today's policies and political activity treat people like pawns. More than ever before, attempts will be made to use people like cogs in a wheel. People will be handled like puppets on a string, and everyone will think that this reflects the greatest progress imaginable. - Rudolf Steiner

Reflection on Easter

At present, mankind exists amidst inharmonious, disordered conditions. But man knows how the world has emerged from chaos, and that out of his chaotic inner being harmony will ultimately arise. Like the regular paths of the planets around the sun, so will the inner saviour of mankind arise, — herald and creator of unity and harmony amid all disharmony. All humanity shall be reminded by the Easter festival of the resurrection of the spirit from the present obscurity of human nature. - Rudolf Steiner

Reflecting on Autumn

At the beginning of autumn, at the Michael Festival, the picture of Michael with the Dragon will stand there to act as a powerful summons, a powerful spur to action, which must work on men in the midst of the events of our times. - Rudolf Steiner Michael Festival....a festival for the conquest of anxiety and fear; a festival of inner strength and initiative; a festival for the commemoration of selfless self-consciousness. - Rudolf Steiner

Reflection on Women

Anyone who fears a cataclysm in our social conditions if women are accepted not as generic entities but as individuals should be told that social conditions in which one half of humanity leads an existence unworthy of human beings are conditions that stand in great need of improvement. - Rudolf Steiner (over 100 years ago)

Human formative forces

What the human being sees, what is poured into his environment, becomes a force in him. In accordance with it, he forms himself. - Rudolf Steiner

Reflection on Spirit

Only a person who has passed through the gate of humility can ascend to the heights of the spirit. - Rudolf Steiner

Healing for humanity

What can be healing for humanity can develop only if people find the way into the spiritual worlds, if people do not forget that there was not only one Christmas but that there must be an everlasting Christmas, an everlasting coming-to-birth of the divine- spiritual in the physical, earthly human being. - Rudolf Steiner

Human Fellowship

Love is higher than opinion. If people love one another the most varied opinions can be reconciled - thus one of the most important tasks for humankind today and in the future is that we should learn to live together and understand one another. If this human fellowship is not achieved, all talk of development is empty. ~ Rudolf Steiner

Guarding our thoughts

We must guard against disrespectful, disparaging, and criticizing thoughts. We must try to practice reverence and devotion in our thinking at all times. - Rudolf Steiner

Practical Spiritual life

Seek the truly practical life, but seek it in such a way that it does not blind you to the spirit working in it. Seek the spirit, but seek it not out of spiritual greed, but so that you may apply it in the genuinely practical life. - Rudolf Steiner

Human beings seeking spirit

When human beings meet together seeking the spirit with unity of purpose then they will also find their way to each other. - Rudolf Steiner

Nature's secrets

All of nature begins to whisper its secrets to us through its sounds. Sounds that were previously incomprehensible to our soul now become the meaningful language of nature. - Rudolf Steiner

Reflection on Community

The well-being of a community of people working together will be the greater, the less the individual claims for himself the proceeds of his work, i.e. the more of these proceeds he makes over to his fellow-workers, the more his own needs are satisfied, not out of his own work but out of the work done by others. - Rudolf Steiner

Free Spirit

Each one of us has it in themselves to be a free spirit, just as every rose bud has in it a rose. - Rudolf Steiner

On Love and Compassion

Wherever love and compassion are active in life, we can perceive the magic breath of the spirit blowing through the sense world. - Rudolf Steiner

The importance of play

If a child has been able in his play to give up his whole loving being to the world around him, he will be able, in the serious tasks of later life, to devote himself with confidence and power to the service of the world. - Rudolf Steiner

Love as our "Sun"

Our egoism gains nothing from acts of love, but the world gains all the more. Esotericism tells us that love is to the world what the Sun is for outer life. No soul could thrive if love departed from the world. Love is the 'moral' Sun of the world. ~ Rudolf Steiner  

Winter Verse

Deep in the ground of the human soul Of victory assured The Spirit-Sun is living All through the winter of the inner life, The faithful heart divines it. Rudolf Steiner

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  

Stages of development

When what we introduce into the children's world of ideas and feelings is in line with the direction of the developmental forces of a given stage of life, we strengthen the entire developing person in a way that remains a source of strength throughout that person's life. ~ Rudolf Steiner

Reflection on Unity

Mankind must above all seek universality and the courage to look at things from all sides ~ Rudolf Steiner

Reflection on education

Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility—these three forces are the very nerve of education. ~Rudolf Steiner

Equal rights

A feeling for equal rights for other human beings cannot exist in adults if a feeling for authority is not implanted in them during childhood. Otherwise, adults will never become mature enough to recognize the rights of others.  ~Rudolf Steiner

Destiny

If there is something more powerful than destiny, this must be the human being who bears destiny unshaken. - Rudolf Steiner

Reflections on love

Love starts when we push aside our ego and make room for someone else. ~ Rudolf Steiner  

Christmas Meditation

At the turning-point of time, The Spirit-Light of the World Entered the stream of Earthly Evolution. Darkness of Night had held its sway; Day-radiant Light poured into the souls of men, Light that gave warmth to simple shepherds' hearts, Light that enlightened the wise heads of kings. O Light Divine! O Sun of Christ! Warm Thou our hearts, Enlighten Thou our heads, That good may become What from our hearts we would found And from our heads direct With single purpose. Rudolf Steiner, Christmas, 1923.  

Reflection on Equality

The fact that we all bear a human countenance and encounter one another as external, physical human beings… this makes us equal on this footing. ~Rudolf Steiner

Reverence

If one observes children, who by a right upbringing, have developed a natural reverence for the grownups and their surroundings, and if one follows them through their various stages of life, one can discover that their feelings of reverence and devotion in childhood are gradually being transformed during the years leading to old age. As adults such persons may have a healing effect upon their fellow man so that by their mere presence, or through the tone of their voice, or perhaps by a single glance they can spread inner peace to others.  - Rudolf Steiner  

Our highest endeavour...

Our highest endeavour must be to develop individuals who are able out of their own initiative to impart purpose & direction to their lives. - Rudolf Steiner

On beauty & art

Beauty is not the divine in a cloak of physical reality; no, it is physical reality in a cloak that is divine. The artist does not bring the divine on to the earth by letting it flow into the world; he raises the world into the sphere of the divine. ~ Rudolf Steiner

Reflection for Spring

May my soul bloom in love for all existence ~ Rudolf Steiner    

Kingdom of Childhood

You must be for the children the representative of the good, the true, and the beautiful. The Children must be drawn to truth, goodness, and beauty simply because the children are drawn to you yourself. ~ Rudolf Steiner, Kingdom of Childhood

The Philosophy of Freedom

Freedom is the sense of being capable of actions motivated solely by love. ~ Rudolf Steiner, 1894