From the Principal

Hello everyone,

Poet, John Keats, described autumn as the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.” Autumn has certainly arrived here and we are all enjoying the cooler nights, the floating morning mists and the subtle changes in the natural world around us. This week we celebrated our Autumn Harvest Festival with a beautiful gathering of our school community, collection of the harvest produce, sharing of song and verse and finally, dancing together on the green. ‘Mellow fruitfulness’ indeed! These beautiful events are so important as they draw together our school community and allow us to mark the rhythms of the year and our human experience of the changing of the seasons.

This week I also attended the AGM for our Parents and Friends Association. Tanja and Lisa have done an amazing job of leading the P&F over the last year and have provided a wonderful level of support and care for both the parent body and the school. I would like to personally thank them both for their work and congratulate and thank them for their willingness to take on the task for another year. Thank you also to Sarah Sykes for taking on the role of Treasurer for the next year. I would like to strongly encourage parents to become involved in the P&F. It is a great way to find out what is happening in the school, meet and connect with other parents and lend your support.

This weekend is, as we are all aware, the Bluesfest Festival. A group of our students will be performing at the the “Juke Joint” at the festival from 12 o’clock on Monday. Not only is it a great experience for them, they will be wonderfully representing our school. A special thank you to Tom Whitaker (one of our wonderful music teachers), for organising this.


A Gorgeous Autumn Festival

The school celebrated the Autumn Festival last Monday 21 March.  The whole school community came together to celebrate this special time.  A beautiful display of Autumn offerings from the garden and Mother Nature was created in the Amphitheatre.  Thank you to everyone for bringing in produce and offerings from your gardens and from home.  Teachers, students, and parents gathered, in their Autumn colours, to celebrate the Festival with music and song.  We were also joined by special guest, Irish Joe Lynch, who shared some entertaining stories with everyone.  The school then gathered on the grass, surrounding our clever musicians, to enjoy some Autumn dances!  Much fun & joy was had by all!

Autumn Festival 2016 Nerrida 1

Photo:  Nerrida Johnson

Autumn Festival 2016 Nerrida 2

Photo:  Nerrida Johnson

Autumn Festival 2016 Irish Joe Lynch

Photo:  Nerrida Johnson

Autumn Festival 2016 Felicity 1

Photo:  Felicity Dynes

From The Principal

Dear Parents,

As you may have noticed, we are now circulating our Bulletin every two weeks.  We hope that changing to a fortnightly cycle will reduce the workload for our Administration Staff whilst still providing interesting and timely communication to our School Community.
Last weekend approximately 30 dedicated and hard-working parents attended our Repair, Care and Maintenance Day.  They worked on a range of tasks around the school and made a real difference to our beautiful school site.  Thank you to those parents who came and helped, your contribution is very much appreciated.
This week I was lucky enough to watch some of the Year 8 performance of excerpts from Romeo and Juliet.  The performances showed such a lovely understanding of both the emotional depth and the subtlety of Shakespeare’s word-play, they were a real credit to both the students and the quality of teaching.  Well done Year 8 and Brook.
Preparations are now well underway for our Autumn Festival.  This week students were involved in a rehearsal of the event and each day preparations continue across the school.  Please make sure you mark the date, Monday 21st March from 9.15 am, in your calendar.  The festivals are such important occasions in the life of our school community, providing us with the opportunity to share together in marking the cycle of our seasons.
Finally, it is wonderful to have all of our Year 9 students and our staff back at school after the Year 9 camp.  The response from both our staff and our school community to the recent critical incident has been truly affirming.  We have a strong school community who are really able to pull together and care for each other when it matters most.  I would like to personally thank the school community for the support you have shown, both to those directly involved and to those of us on the school staff working to respond to the incident.  Your support is very much appreciated.

A Big Thank You from Gavin


 We appreciate the good work done by the 30 + parents at our recent Repair Care & Maintenance Day. You made a wonderful difference to the place. The gardens are humming, the buildings are sighing and the furniture is lapping it up. We would be hard pressed to provide such a rich and wonderful learning environment for our students without this added input from you parents.

Next RCM is Sat 28th May. Put it in your calendar and come along and join in this vibrant day in the life of our school. With more people attending & cooperation skills multiplying we will be able to take on many more ambitious projects to improve our school-earning environment.

We would love to here of ideas for projects you’d like to see happen and help in organising.

Seven lengths of Bamboo 7-8 meters long.
Tapering to about 20mm so we can slide flags onto.
Can count for your RCM hours.
If you can help, please ring Gavin 0427 847 400 or email:  site@

Gavin Colley
Site Manager

RCM 5 March Gavin

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Autumn Festival


Each year as a school community we gather fresh produce from our gardens or the Farmers Market to create a harvest display. This produce is donated to the Liberation Larder to support their wonderful community work.

Gather in the Amphitheatre for songs and celebration.
More details to follow…

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.

Lost Property

Small items that are handed in to Reception, are on display in the Reception window.  Two single keys were found in the car park on Thursday, they are now in the Reception window :)

Warm Regards,


Drop-off and Pick-up Reminder

Just a gentle reminder when dropping off or picking up children that this is to happen from the bottom car-park.  No children should be dropped off or picked up from the top car park as this is a school bus zone.

Permission slips for excursions!

Important Information ~ Return of Permission Notes!

We are finding that parents are increasingly returning permission slips after the due date, and on many occasions on the actual day of the camp or excursion.  In some cases, we have had to telephone parents on the day of the excursion to chase up a permission note.  This is not only time consuming for us, it also makes it very difficult to adequately cater for any additional student needs on the camp or excursion (illnesses, medications etc.).  For this reason, we will no longer accept permission notes which have been returned after the due date.
Permission notes for camps must be returned at least 5 days prior to the camp.  
Permission notes for excursions must be returned at least 3 days before the excursion.  
If the permission note is not returned on time, the student will not be able to attend the camp or excursion.  Please help us out by returning permission notes on time.

Members of the Association

If you were a Member of the Association of the Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School inc. under the terms of the previous constitution, your membership has now lapsed.  You will need to complete the application process to become a Member under the terms of the current constitution.

James Dods, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, recently sent out an email to the school community, inviting the community to apply for membership, and to support our wonderful school.  Members of the Association elect Directors of the Board and can vote at the Annual General Meeting, and any Special General Meetings of the Association which may be called from time to time.

The Association’s primary purpose is to: “Ensure that the legal entity (the school) can still function

If you are interested in being a Member of the Association, please see Reception to pick up an application form.  Application forms need to be given to Georgi Brooke, the Principal’s Assistant, to collect.  You may drop off at Reception for Georgi.  Further information about the procedure to become a Member of the Association can be found at this address:

If you are interested in becoming a Member of the Association, we encourage you to lodge an application for approval before the next Board meeting on 4 April, as the AGM is coming up soon.  Only Members of the Association will be able to vote.

The No.1 bus from Ballina

Blanch’s No.1 bus from Ballina

Byron Council posted the following roadworks notice on their site yesterday regarding Broken Head Rd reconstruction, which will see one lane traffic conditions from next Monday 14 March 2016, extending for a 8-week period to 24 May 2016.  Students are advised that there could be additional delays with both the morning and afternoon school to Ballina route.

Phil Blanch has communicated to the school that to address the existing delays with the morning bus No.1 they will be adding an extra bus No.15 shortly.  More details will be communicated to the students and parents of regular users of this service shortly, but this may or may not alleviate the schedule during the Broken Head upgrade. They are hoping that one lane traffic may be beneficial to the buses traffic flow, but we shall see!

Canteen Roster

Hi All,

The Canteen is always in need of happy helpers!  If you would like to volunteer at the school canteen please contact Amanda Eade on or text 0411837699 to put your name down.  The following table shows dates that need to be filled:


  Tuesday   Wednesday   Thursday
  Feb 2 – Kathryn Walker   Feb 3 – Christina G-F   Feb 4 – Hetty
  Feb 9 – Emma   Feb 10 – Paula Z   Feb 11- Hetty
  Feb 16 – Hetty   Feb 17 – Paula Z   Feb 18 – Suzanne A
  Feb 23 – Jason L   Feb 24 –  Caroline S   Feb 25 – Sharon S
  March 1 –   March 2 – Lisa K   March 3 – Nat D
  March 8 – Kathryn W   March 9 – Paula Z   March 10 Abby B
  March 15   March 16   March 17 Suzanne A
  March 22 – Maggie K   March 23 – Paula Z   March 24 – Ann P
  March 29   March 30   March 31 Suzanne A
  April 5   April 6 – Paula Z   April 7 – Ann P


We love communicating with parents – it’s how we best work in partnership with you to support your child’s learning journey.  Please help us out by using the correct form of communication.  If you need to speak to a teacher, the best option is to call reception and ask to make an appointment.  Alternatively you could email the teacher (preferably through our reception email address  Please do not contact the teachers by calling or texting their mobile phones.  Our teachers work hard and they do need to have a home life away from work – phone calls and text messages disturb this time and are not helpful to good communication.

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

News from the High School

This week has been exciting in the High School. We started off the week having a well known local industrial designer, Nathan Pollock, come to the school and talk to our Design and Technology students. We also had a portable timber mill arrive at the school and demonstrate how timber is milled for use. It was noisy but fascinating! The smell of camphor cleared all our heads. Thanks to Peter Palmer for his work in bringing exciting experiences to our D & T students. 
Autumn Festival rehearsal took place on Thursday, followed by our High School Assembly which celebrated the whole High School’s participation in our Swimming Carnival. Ric was able to read out the winning house, amidst enthusiastic cheering. Sparta was declared the winner but the real winners were all the students who participated for their House. The House Captains handed out certificates to students who gained points for their house.

Tom Whitaker took his Year 12 Music students to Kadina HS for a rehearsal for the upcoming Bluesfest where our students will be performing on the Monday. At the same time, Loani and Ian accompanied the ensemble to Shearwater and Mullumbimby for some performances and fund raising for their trip later in the year.

The High School is a dynamic and enriching place offering students the opportunity to shine in their own individual fields and I applaud our wonderful teachers who, this week, have brought a variety of interesting experiences for the students. 
Katie Biggin
Deputy Principal

Class 12 rehearse for BluesFest at Kadina High

Year 12 music students went on an excursion to Kadina High School last Thursday 10 March, to participate in a rehearsal for the exciting opportunity to play at the upcoming Local High School showcase at the Blues Festival on Easter Monday at Midday!


BlueFest rehearsal at Kadina March 2016

Request from Taya Solomon from Class 11

NOTICE: Do you have an old dustpan you have been meaning to get rid of?!? 
Hello, I am a student from year 11.  For my Design & Technology project, I am raising awareness of sustainability fashion and encouraging recycling.  I desperately need dustpans for my project!  Any donations would be much appreciated, whether they are cracked or in any form of condition!
Thank you

A Magical Evening with Irish Joe Lynch

For some years now, Irish Joe Lynch has been wooing audiences at all the major festivals around Australia.  Next Monday evening we are lucky enough to have him join us for a cosy evening house concert in Mullumbimby.

‘Irish Joe hails from the remote and beautiful mountains of west Cork in the south of Ireland where the art of storytelling is still very strong.  When Joe performs, one can’t help but be transported by his natural brogue and his unique ability to capture your imagination.  He weaves a blend of ancient Celtic tales and dynamic and romantic poetry that leaves his audience spellbound’.
Come one, come all and prepare to be thoroughly and most delightfully enchanted! (But get in quick, as numbers will be capped).
When:  7pm, Monday 21st March (Doors open at 6.30).
Where:  At a lovely house in Mullumbimby ~ Address will be given with your ticket booking.
Ticket:  $20 (Includes Chai and Nibblies) Children free.
Contact:  Bethanie ~ 0416 523 731

From the P&F

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Dear Parents and Friends of the School Community,

The CHAI TENT will be operating at the Friday Market 18th March, as part of ongoing student fundraising efforts.  Please come along and enjoy the chai while helping our Year 12 students to raise class funds during this busy and pressured final year.  Thank you for your ongoing support  of the school community and we look forward to other community events in the near future.

Warm Regards

Tanja and Lisa
P&F Executive

Craft Group

Craft Group commenced again on Thursday 25th February, at 9-11am in Silky Oak
Cottage (P&F room).   All crafters and would-be-crafters are most welcome are welcome to join us, and any little
helpers too.  Come and share the joy of creating within your community.  The group is also seeking donations of pure wool/yarn (for knitted toys), wool felt and natural fibre fabrics (cotton, wool, silk). Maybe you have a
stash of leftovers that you be happy to share with our creative crafters.

Please contact Tanja to organise a drop off or for more information