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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

Spring Greetings to all!! "Spring's greatest joy beyond a doubt is when it brings the children out." Edgar Guest. Such a wonderfully simple, joyous, colourful, lively, playful, collaborative, beautiful, celebratory Spring Festival we enjoyed with Class 1 to Year 12 on Monday! There were so many special and lovely elements and moments which made the day a fun, sweet and uplifting experience. Congratulations to all our wonderful staff and students for their contributions to making the day feel so fulfilling. Please enjoy looking at a taster video and photos of the day in the bulletin below. A more comprehensive Spring Festival video is currently being prepared and a link to view it will be sent out to Parents next week during term break. At this time of year in each class from Kindergarten to High School, a vibrant kind of ‘Spring quickening’ is felt for teachers and students, a sense that the end of a year and the transition to a new year, is fast approaching. In particular,…
The wind is in the barley-grass The wattles are in bloom The breezes greet us as they pass With honey-sweet perfume; The parakeets go screaming by With flash of golden wing, And from the swamp the wild-ducks cry Their long-drawn note of revelry Rejoicing at the spring. A.B.Paterson Isn’t it lovely to feel Spring in the air? With the recent warmer mornings, the bright moon-lit nights and welcome rain too, it feels with nature’s offerings, we have much to feel grateful for! One of the lovely times of day on our school site is late afternoon when everything gradually becomes quieter and quieter and the animals and birds come out to play. It was just this time last Friday when something unexpected and magical happened. A very active, healthy Koala came bounding across the top green playground (much like a rabbit) and scampered up a tree...it sat and looked around...then climbed higher and took a flying leap to another tree. It leapt this way from tree to tree several…
Greetings to all Thank you to all members of our CBRSS community who continue to follow health advice regarding COVID-19, in keeping unwell children at home and respecting changed protocols. This continues to be a challenging time for all of us, as we find things changing day to day and as we face the uncertainty of what lies ahead should the situation in NSW deteriorate. You may have heard that last week the Chief Health Officer of New South Wales issued a NSW Public Health Order. One directive which has impacted our school greatly is that group singing and chanting activities and use of wind instruments such as recorders in group music is to cease in schools. CBRSS Updated Response is effective as of Wednesday 19th August. This situation has required us to make sudden changes to school management, events, classes, routines and teaching modes in a swiftly, responsive way. Once again, it is with inspiring flexibility, that our wonderful Teachers and Support Staff continue…
Students and Staff have had a lovely few weeks together since returning from the break and the school is now feeling well and truly settled into Term 3. With the many brisk and chilly mornings we’ve had, it is wonderful to now start feeling the Spring warmth pushing through when the sun is high in the sky. I hope you are finding some time on these beautiful days, to sit peacefully, soak up the warmth and re-energise.  I’m sure you will have noticed all the beautiful yellow Wattles in bloom at the moment? As just one species of a large group of flora in Australia, the Golden Wattle has come to be known as a symbol of unity. Wattle is able to withstand Australia’s droughts, winds and bushfires and wattle also often grows and regenerates land that has been disturbed. In contemplating the resilience of Wattle growing on this Australian land, one can visualise that resilience and spirit in the people of this land….May the Golden Wattles inspire you to reflect optimistically on this…
Winter Greetings to all Each day at present, I find myself needing to remember often to appreciate the simple joys in life….like drinking tea ...and appreciating the gift of time with others...and taking a moment to gaze in awe at the beauty of a crisp winter evening sunset sky and the wonderous moon. Our Winter Festival was steeped in a certain kind of simple joy for our students and teachers through song and spiral and sharing light, warmth and a lovely feeling of togetherness. Such a privilege and pleasure it was for me to join Year 7 for their spiral, to hear Year 12 sing divinely to Year 11, and to light and tend a fire to warm the senior students as they enjoyed sipping spiced apple juice. My appreciative thanks to our wonderful teaching and support staff, students and parents who have navigated an unprecedentedly challenging Term 2 with cheerfulness and care. Sending best wishes to all for some well deserved rest and rejuvenation and may many simple joys fill your holiday time…
  • Class 4 Camp - Midginbil Hill
    Tuesday 20th October to Friday 23rd October
    Lasts for 4 days
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  • Class 3 Camp - Midginbil Hill
    Wednesday 21st October to Friday 23rd October
    Lasts for 3 days
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  • P and F Meeting
    Monday 26th October 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

  • Kindergarten Parent Meeting
    Wednesday 28th October 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

  • Year 12 2021 Parent Night - Zoom
    Wednesday 4th November 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    6-7.30pm HSC Info
    7.30-8.00pm PIP Info

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  • Year 10 Exam Week
    Monday 9th November to Friday 13th November
    Lasts for 5 days

  • Class 5 Camp - Tyalgum Ridge
    Monday 9th November to Wednesday 11th November
    Lasts for 3 days

  • HSC Exams - Last Day
    Wednesday 11th November

  • RCM Morning
    Wednesday 11th November 9:00 am to 11:00 am

  • Year 12 Graduation
    Friday 13th November

  • Class 6 Camp Kokoda
    Monday 16th November to Friday 20th November
    Lasts for 5 days

  • Year 12 Formal
    Monday 16th November

  • Pupil Free Day - Report Writing
    Wednesday 25th November

  • Year 8 Tobias Presentations
    Thursday 26th November

Springtime

The external physical light of the Sun, the physical forces of the Heavens, come down to the Earth in the spring. - Rudolf Steiner

Deeds of Love

Our value for the world must be seen to lie wholly in deeds of love - Rudolf Steiner

Rhythm

Only man is permitted to live without rhythm in order that he can become free. However, he must of his own accord bring rhythm again into the chaos. - Rudolf Steiner

The wisdom of love

To disseminate love over the earth in the greatest measure possible, to promote love on the earth — that and that alone is wisdom. - Rudolf Steiner

Reverence

The soul is drawn by the strength of its reverence towards the eternal, with which it longs to unite itself.  - Rudolf Steiner

Winter

Below the Earth's surface, in winter, there is a tremendous reinforcement of the Earth's capacity to produce life. - Rudolf Steiner

Evolution

If man's future evolution is to avoid being swept into total degeneracy, a true spiritual culture will have to enter ever more strongly into external life. - Rudolf Steiner

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