From the Principal

Hello everyone,

It seems only yesterday that we were beginning third term and now the term is drawing to a close. It has been a busy and very productive term in the school, beginning with a vibrant and informative parent engagement evening and culminating in the Spring fair and the graduating ceremony for our Year 12 students.

This week I had the wonderful opportunity to share a special breakfast with our graduating class. As I am unable to attend their graduation ceremony on the last Thursday of term, I delivered my annual graduating address to the students at the breakfast. The text of the speech can be found later in this bulletin. I am so very proud of our graduating class, they are wonderful young people who will make a real difference in the world in whatever path they choose.

As mentioned above, I am about to take some much needed annual leave and will return to the school at the end of the first week of next term. Whilst I am away, Katie and Teera will continue to manage in their respective areas of the school.

Please all have an enjoyable and safe term break. I look forward to catching up with many of you when Fourth Term resumes.



Principal’s Address to the 2016 Graduation Class

Your years of school education are now coming to an end and you are about to launch into a future filled with possibilities.  During your time at school, you have learned how to read and write, how to analyse pieces of writing and create a whole range of texts of your own.  These things are important, but they are not what truly matters.  You have learned to count, to add, subtract, multiply and divide (perhaps with the help of some little number gnomes).  You have learned to measure and quantify things and you have learned how to use number to understand the world.  These things are also important, but they are not what truly matters.  You have learned about the events in history that have shaped who we are today and you have learned about the many different landscapes and environments around the world.  You have learned about your own bodies and what they are capable of.  You have learned about the beauty and wonder in art, music and poetry.  All of these things are so important, but again, they are not what truly matters.

You are about to step out into a world which is changing so quickly that it is hard to understand what it will look like in another few years.  60% of the jobs that exist today will not exist in 10 years.  Political and social boundaries are quickly changing and environmental change is happening so quickly now that it is hard to understand what our planet will look like in the near future.

Whilst we hope the skills we have taught you will be useful to you in this changing world, I believe that it isn’t what you know that truly matters now, it is who you are and who you are going to be in the world.

Our school vision is 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. I want you to know that, right at this turning point in your lives, as you are about to finish your school education, you are exactly who you should be.

I look at you and I am filled with so much hope for the future.  You are creative, caring, empathetic, thoughtful, insightful, gentle, determined, imaginative, analytical, hopeful and courageous.  You are exactly who you need to be to step out into the world and fulfill your own life destinies.  You will be the lovers, the carers, the decision makers, the inventors, the collaborators and the healers.  You will be the artists, poets, musicians, strategists, scientists, engineers and farmers who will shape and change the new world.

So now, go out there and ask questions. Stand up for what you believe in.  Make strong, ethical choices. Care for others, even if you don’t understand their lives or their choices. Actively care for this magnificent planet and speak up when others don’t.   Find happiness in the small things. Draw pictures, make music, plant gardens, write poems – be a creator in the world.  Accept that you are not perfect and sometimes you will get it wrong.  Make mistakes – and then learn from them. Be prepared to wait and work for the things you want.  Look for the music and the beauty around you (it is always there).

I want you to know that your teachers, your family and your school community, are so very proud of you.  I am proud of you!  Almost 100 years ago, Rudolf Steiner said “Receive children in reverence, educate them in love, and let them go forth in freedom.”  We received you with reverence, we have educated you with so much love, and now it is time for you to go forth in freedom.

Your education at Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School has finished, my wish for you all is that you can go on to fulfill the highest, truest expression of yourselves as the wonderful human beings you are.


School Fees 2017

2017 School Fees

The School Board has met to set the School Fees for 2017. In deciding on the rate of increase for our school fees, the Board considered the following factors:

Scheduled wage increases
The expected rate of Federal and State funding
Education CPI (currently 3.3%)
Need to increase teaching hours for the HSC
Ongoing maintenance costs for our site

The Board is cognisant of the need to keep fee increases to a reasonable level so that our rates remain manageable for our school community. With this in mind, tuition fees will increase by 3% in 2017. This is in keeping with other independent schools in our area and also with previous years’ increases.

The P&F approached the Board with a request that the RC&M levy also be increased. Parents are asked to contribute 16 hours of approved Repair, Care and Maintenance work to the school each year (per family). For those parents who are unable to make this contribution, the levy is charged to cover some of the cost of completing some of the RC&M tasks. (Note that the levy is charged at the beginning of the year and credited to your account once the required number of hours are completed). The Board considered the P&F request and noted that in recent years’ parent participation in RC&M days and other school ‘helping’ events has decreased. The Board feels the current levy does not accurately reflect the value of the hours of work requested. For this reason, the Board has decided that the annual RC&M levy will increase to $400 per family next year. Families will still be able to complete the 16 hours of work in lieu of paying the levy and it is important to note that the school will be providing additional opportunities for this to happen next year (a twilight RC&M working bee and an updated list of approved jobs which can be completed at other times listed on the school website).

The Board has also approved increases to our Registration and Enrolment Fees. These fees have remained at the same rate for a number of years and it was felt that an increase was appropriate to more accurately reflect the cost of the work involved in each area. The increases are as follows:

Registration to enrol fees increased to $110 for the first child and $55 for each sibling
Enrolment fees increased to $550 for the first child and $200 for siblings

Finally, the Board approved an increase of $100 per year to the Consolidated Charge for High School students. This increase is necessary to meet some of the ever increasing costs of maintaining and updating the ICT infrastructure we provide for our students. Next year the school will be leasing a further 10 iMac Computers and replacing a full class set of iPads.

The Community Fee Assistance Program (CFAF) will remain in place for families experiencing short term financial difficulties and our Finance staff are happy to talk with any families who are experiencing need. The Board feels the school continues to offer an excellent education which is good value for money and we feel the fee increases for next year will adequately allow the school to continue to provide such a wonderful service for our children.

An updated fee schedule for 2017 can be found on our school website.

James Dods

Thank you team Spring Fair 2016


Through The Earth is Our Garden, Class 3 brought a picture of a strong community impulse to nurture, guide and support our children throughout their Steiner school journey, from seed to fruit, from Kindy to Class 12.

The one place we all come together to celebrate and offer our time and energy so strongly, to reflect back to each other our willingness to nurture, guide and support, is our annual Spring Fair.

A HUGE thank-you to every single one of you for your care and readiness to support your school community and an extra BIG thank-you to Jen, Emma and Class 3 for their exceptional guidance of us throughout the 2016 journey, and Rachel Sullivan for coordinating the event.

The healthy social life is found
When in the mirror of each human soul
The community finds its reflection;
And when, in the community
The virtue of each one is living.

    Rudolf Steiner

Warmest regards
Tanja, Lisa and Sarah
Parents & Friends Assoc

It takes a whole community to grow a Spring Fair

A magical Spring Fair opening ceremony was enjoyed by all as Aunty Delta Kay shared her warm Welcome to Country; the earth appeared and was carefully placed; lovely words, sounds, singing and watering, grew a garden of flowers and the maypole dancers wove a festive pattern with their coloured ribbons.

Grateful and appreciative thanks to Spring Fair coordinators Rachel Sullivan, Jen Henderson, Emma Davies, the Class 3 parents for their inspired vision of The Earth As Our Garden and their wonderful energy in creating a wonderful day and to the whole community .

Thank you again,
Bethanie &Teera


New Enrolment

We would like to warmly welcome the following families to the school:

  • The Cornell and Norman family with Willow in Year 10.
  • The Green and Williams family with Manon in Year 10 and Henri in Year 11.

We welcome you to our school community and hope you and your family find your time with us enriching and enjoyable.

HSC Showcase

The last two weeks of term are always emotion filled and exciting for our Year 12 students. The HSC Showcase was a spectacular event featuring the special talents and work of all of our HSC Major Work subjects. We were treated to professional level Drama and Music entertainment, outstanding Visual Art works, as well as amazing English, Media, Design and Technology and Society and Culture works. We even got to see a Business Studies Eurythmy performance!

HSC Showcase


High School News


We are excited to announce that one of our Drama group pieces was nominated for OnStage this year. OnStage is an event where the best Drama pieces from HSC students around the state are showcased in Sydney in February next year. The nomination is done by the HSC Drama Markers who visit the school.
The students in the group nominated are Lee-El Vaknin, Indiarose Thomas, Inez Brookes and Joey Dillon. Congratulations girls and well done Eva Brown for her wonderful teaching of Year 12 Drama. We also congratulate all the Drama students as their individual pieces and group pieces were all of a high quality.


Year 12 Final Assembly

The Year 12 students celebrated their graduation in a special assembly on Thursday for the whole school. It was a moving and joyful morning watching our Year 12 students accept their certificates and gifts and thank the school for their journey. This is their final week of schooling until the HSC exams begin on October 13th. We wish them all the best for their exams.

Year 12 Farewell Assembly

NSW State Champions


Cape Byron turned a few heads at Sydney Olympic park this week coming out the overall Winner in the NSW State netball Championships. The “Black Oystas” looked sleek, professional and showed great skill on the courts with all 5 games undefeated. The final was a nail-biting and tough game with the boys behind by three in the first half, then charging to a solid victory of 18 – 13 in the second half. With a maximum of 10 to a side, Netball NSW allowed an exception so we could have ALL 11 of our year 8 boys participate in the Championships and this was a key component of their success. While their skills were impressive, what stood out the most was their teamwork – they were respectful to their opponents, courteous to their umpires and showed wonderful team spirit.

Our illustrious leader Ric also turned heads in the Staff Vs Coaches game. An obvious crowd favourite, Ric pulled out some moves Netball NSW had never seen before and was voted ‘Best on Court’ for his athleticism, skills and entertainment value. Cape Byron should feel very proud of their ambassadors this week; I certainly was.
Jane Dolahenty

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.

A Collection of Gems is now available


This beautiful collection of students music has been compiled from recordings made over the last 9 years.

CD’s are available for purchase from the Admin office.
$15 each (2 for $25 or 5 for $50)


Season’s Cafe


The team at Season’s Café would like to thank everyone who supported the canteen this term. The 5 star rated (by local health inspectors) café will be publishing the Term 4 menu at the end of this week. It was hinted to us by Café manager Craig Atkinson, one dish may be of Middle Eastern flavour, yum, stay tuned.
Prepared with love and goodness, our Café does rely on parent help and support. If you are interested in volunteering next term (especially week one) please contact Amanda Eade on or text 0411837699. It’s also a fun way to claim those RC&M hours, meet the school community while your children receive a free lunch. With no experience necessary.

New Meditation Group

Parents and Friends… we invite you to join us on Monday mornings throughout Term 4 (starting Oct 17) 9am-10 am in the P&F cottage (Silky Oak room) for a meditation session empowering loving intentions for our children, teachers, school community and extending beyond to love on the Earth.  Meditation starts 9.15am.

Prerequisite : a loving heart…


Mercurius school fund raiser

Mercurius Australia supplies a quality range of art materials, wooden and natural toys and other products to support healthy development for all ages. They are now offering their product range through their retail website, to our school community.

In partnership with Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School P&F in a fundraising initiative, every product purchased through on their site using the promotion code FRIENDCBRSS, 15% of the value of purchases will be donated back to our school P&F.

Happy shopping and feel free to contact Mercurius if you need any help.


What’s on in the holidays

Looking for things to do these holidays around Byron? A great local Calendar of Events site is


From the Principal

Hello everyone,

What a productive and exciting couple of weeks it has been at school. We are certainly all feeling that lovely renewed sense of energy that accompanies the arrival of Spring.

I hope you have all seen some of our wonderful new Spring Fair signs around the community. We are looking forward to a truly wonderful day of community celebration together. I know the organising committee and many members of our school community have been working hard to bring this event together.

Last week I was lucky enough to accompany the Grade 6 students and Maree on a whale watching trip off Tweed Heads. We were so very lucky to have a few whales come right up to (and swim under) our boat and then put on a wonderful display of play for us. It was an experience the students (and the adults) will never forget. My trust camera certainly got a workout on the day – I hope you enjoy some of my photos later in the bulletin.

Excitement is building down at the High School today as preparations are underway for our Annual HSC Showcase. This is one of the absolute highlights of the school year and a very important moment for our Year 12 students as they share with the community some of the fruits of their education with us.

I hope to see many of you either at the showcase tonight or the Spring Fair next week.



CBRSS ~ Spring Fair Update

The Earth Is Our Garden
Countdown! – 1 week until Spring Fair!!

Dress Up for Spring Fair on the day! Come join us dressed in Spring Garden theme. Calling all garden creatures, scarecrows, gnomes, animals, fruit & veg!

ONE CAKE PER FAMILY – High School Café stall Every family is required to please contribute one cake to the High School Cafe on the day.

Next week each family will be given a cake box and an ingredients tag via your eldest child. We ask that you make (or purchase) a cake, slice, biscuits, cupcakes, muffins, fruit bread or scones in the style that you would eat at home. For example, if you normally eat organic, gluten free, dairy free or vegan, bring a little of your home-­life along to share. Help us to reflect the diversity of our school ­culture and preferences of visitors on the day.

You can drop ­off your offering on the ‘Pupil Free Friday’ prior to the Fair, or directly to the stall on Saturday. To avoid mishaps, please ensure ingredients are clearly marked on the tags provided.

Needing Coat Hangers We would love more coat hangers for the white elephant stall, and old white cream sheets or old white lace tablecloths. Please bring in a bag with your name and number to class 3. You will get them back!

Electrical Appliances Please bring all Electrical appliances that are to be used for Spring Fair to school by Thursday 15th September for safety testing and tagging. Thanks

Pupil Free Day Please remember Friday 16th is a pupil free day. Each class is responsible for set up of their activity on this day.

Raffle and Silent Auction We do not want to reprint more booklets of tickets to sell on the day, so if you still have unsold books please return them.

Plants and Produce We welcome seedlings, plants, fresh garden produce, pickles, jams, conserves and eggs for the Produce Stall as we get closer to Spring Fair. Contact Tanya on 0425239284 or

White Elephant Stall NOW is the time for Spring Cleaning and de-cluttering! All second hand goods welcome especially clothing. Please bring to class 3. No electrical, mouldy, broken or damaged goods. Contact Lisa at

Craft Stall We welcome any craft donations. Please bring to reception. Contact Kylie 0433176895

Garlands Stall Save your blooms and vines! We will be collecting for our Garlands Stall on either Friday 16th and the morning of the Fair.

First Aid Calling on a few parents who have current First Aid Certificates to be available for contact on the day.

Opening Ceremony Starts at 10am. All classes from 1-6, as well as high school classes, are performing at this time. Please make sure that students are here by 9:30am.

From the Spring Fair Team :-)

Wildlife on the Move – Please drive with Care

This morning I was driving down the hill at the entrance to the school when a wallaby hopped across the road directly in front of my car. Fortunately, I was travelling at the prescribed 40 kph and was able to stop in time. If I had been travelling any faster, I would definitely have hit the wallaby. Recently there have been wallabies, koalas, echidnas and water dragons on our school road. Please drive very carefully and at the correct speed when you are driving to school. We love the little critters who live around our school and would hate to see them injured or killed.

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.

National Poetry Competition Winners

National Poetry Comp

It is great to see our students submitting work in regional and national competitions ans being awarded for their creativity and talent. Recently we received notification that Jasmine Pierce, Raani Nichols (pictured) and Esme Heath (pictured) all received nominations for the poetry they submitted to a national poetry competition.

Ocean Shores Art Comp Winners

Ocean Shores Art Comp Winners

We often shine at the Ocean Shores Art Expo and this year was no different. We had Willow, Tulsi and Marcello win cash prizes. Our own Denis Hopking won the adult sculpture competition. What talent lies within this school!