From the Principal

Hello Everyone,

As I write this, the sun is shining, the skies are blue and the temperature is hovering in the high 20’s. Is it really still winter? This unseasonal weather can make us feel a bit grumpy, out of sorts and ‘on edge’. If we reflect on this in relation to the importance of the rhythm of the seasons in our inner life, it is understandable why we might feel like this. Normally, we would have been just emerging from the quiet and still inner experience of mid winter at this time of the year, instead we have had a couple of weeks of bright sunshine and weather which we more normally associate with the outward streaming feel of summer.

The wildlife around the school are responding to the warmer weather too. Our reptile friends, the snakes and lizards, are on the move and looking for food mates and some of that lovely sunshine. With this in mind, please take extra care when driving down the hill and walking through the school grounds.

This week I spent some time down in the High School reading some of the beautiful wishes made by our students and placed on the ‘Wishing Tree’ as part of the Year 7 ‘Wish, Wonder and Surprise’ Main Lesson. The wishes are a beautiful reflection of our students hopes and dreams for themselves and the wider world. If you are at the school, I encourage you to go and have a look. The tree is just outside the staffroom door in the High School.

Last week I attended the Class Three Parent Meeting to talk to parents about the changes which happen for the nine year old child (one of my favourite topics). I really enjoyed sharing with the parents and it reminded me of the importance of parents attending their child’s class meetings. These are such a good opportunity to share information, learn about what is happening in class and connect with other parents.

Our Class Three parents are now almost in the ‘home straight’ with organising the Spring Fair. This is such an important event in our school calendar – please do jump in and help out in any way you can. This year’s event promises some lovely new features and will be a great day out for everyone. Please make sure you have the date marked in your calendar (Saturday 16th September).


Friendly reminder re School Fees due

Term 3 school fees are due today – Friday 18th August 2017. Thank you to all who have already paid. If you haven’t paid or made other arrangements yet please pay Term 3 fees promptly.


Unidentified money received

Some money was paid in to the School bank account with the only identifier being Micro packaging. If you made this payment please contact our Finance Manager Julia Ph: 02 6639 9304 or email:

From the Library

After a wonderful week of inspiration at the Byron Bay Writers Festival (see above our libraries book display of some of the authors represented) we now look forward to our school celebrating Book Week with our Primary school children.
The Children’s Book Council of Australia celebrates Book Week nationally from August 19-26. The theme this year is “Escape to Everywhere”.
Pop in and see books from the CBCA 2017 Notables List, peruse our shelves and get ideas for your Book Week costume!

Our school celebrates with a Book Week parade on Thursday 24th August from 9.15-11 am

See you there!!!


Lisa Romero’s books

Following on from Lisa Romero’s recent talks to parents and her up and coming workshop in September the library is pleased to be able to offer Lisa’s books available to purchase at our school-

The Inner Work Path $20
Living Inner Development $25
Developing the Self $25
and her NEW book Sex Education and the Spirit $25

Please come past and have a look,


Repair Care & Maintenance Day

Hello and a big thank you to the 20 plus people who came and gave the entrance to our school a wonderful face lift. The energy was upbeat with lots of talking and working with and getting to know new people.
If we can get 30 plus people to these events it does wonders for building the social body of the school and facilitates your children’s education being just that bit more nourishing.
See you at the next one. Stay tuned for the exciting activities we will be undertaking.
I got so involved in the day that I didn’t take photos till it was over.


Spring Fair update

  • Craft Stall Co-operative 
    We would love some more applications for our craft co-operative. This is where parents can participate at our beautiful craft stall to sell your handmade products at our Spring Fair.
    Please ring Kylie Clark on 0433 176 895 for more details or request an application form from reception.

  • Advertise with us

If you would like your businesses to appear on our double page spread ad in the Echo, September 13th, we have a couple of spots left. Please call Anna Watson 0410 007 144 to book in your preferred spot. Ad sizes available: 58 x 85 – $150, 88 x 85 – $225, 118 x 85 – $300. Artwork for the Ad would be due by the 31st of August. If you don’t have artwork for your business, The Echo have kindly offered to design the ad for free.

  • Class stalls and activities

By now your class coordinator would have emailed directions for the activity you class is responsible for at the fair. Please assist your coordinators by responding to emails and signing up for rosters promptly. Your help makes the world of difference!

  • Raffle Tickets

Primary school students were given books of raffle tickets to sell this week with a gift for every child who returns a book sold. The primary student who sells the most books will receive a gift voucher from Crystal Castle.

For High School students we have extended the invitation to participate in our biggest fund raiser of the year. We will reward the top three sellers of tickets in the high school with the following prizes.

  • First prize: $50 to spend at Treehouse on Belongil PLUS from the good people at Skullcandy a pair of Uproar Wireless Headphones
  • Second and third prize: Uproar Wireless Headphones

If it is unlikely that your family will find time to sell the tickets you have been allocated, we would very much appreciate it if books of tickets could be returned as soon as possible so we can give them to student wishing to sell more books.

  • Silent Auction Stall

We would like to invite our school community to donate a ‘new’ item to the Silent Auction. If you have a donation for our Silent Auction table at the Fair, please email Dougal or reception.

Thank you Tanja Nelson for donating this handmade crochet 100% pure wool long vest. Make sure you stop by and bid on it at the Silent Auction stall.


A big thank you to the students and parents who have already donated to the jewellery drive. Remember we would love all types of jewellery: contemporary, junk, retro, costume, the odd single earring. Drop it into this box found at reception.

  • Donations welcome for our Produce Stall

If you have preserves, jams, pickles, sauerkraut, sauces, seedlings, plants, seeds. Bring them up to the office, or email Nadine if you have bulk items to donate.

  • Can you lend these items for the Spring Fair?

For the White elephant stall – Coat racks and hangers (these can be returned if labelled) – Email Fiona-
For our Garland stall – A tee pee, rugs and cushions – email Oren

A Good News Story

During NAIDOC Week last term, The Great Book Swap raised $160 which has now been received by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.


Year 8 Information and Communication Technology class are studying Robotics with Mat Gulliford this term. Students are working together in teams to build small robots and will be programming them to achieve different objectives throughout the term. Some of these challenges will include obstacle avoidance, line following, and autonomous maze solving. This is the first time CBRSS has offered robotics in our Stage 4 program and we hope to include more opportunities for our students to get involved with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in our curriculum in the coming years.

Yr 9 & 10 Music Elective workshop

Our lucky Year 9 & 10 elective music students were recently visited by Emily Lubitz from Tinpan Orange.

Yr 11 student makes us proud

Tara Jahns of Year 11 made us very proud serving on the panel at the Byron Bay Writers Festival after winning the young writers’ award.


P & F Fundraiser

Looking for a Steiner inspired gift or toy?

Art Makes Sense!

A beautiful array of quality art and craft supplies as well as Steiner based toys are available online
at Mercurius’s Art Makes Sense

Enter the promotional code: FRIENDCBRSS and 15% of the sale will also go towards P&F fundraising!

Please support our Student’s fundraiser

Lisa Romero workshop

Working with Social Understanding, Gender and Sexuality – Understanding Individual Responsibility in Working Towards New Community. With Lisa Romero
1 September – 3 September Byron Bay
In community life we learn consciously and unconsciously from each other. Rudolf Steiner stated that to be an educator in the Consciousness-soul Age we need to be able to elicit the individuality. This course focuses on how to perceive support and elicit the true nature of the individual human being from childhood to adulthood. We will explore the changing role and the need for new community responsibility, that can provide young people with what is needed in the growing self-consciousness and separation that they are facing. We look at how young people can be supported within a community that respects, encourages and expands each individual’s qualities as the basis for the modern rites of passage into adulthood.
for more info; email phone: 66646147

From the Principal

Hello everyone,

It has been a busy couple of weeks and a really great start to the term. We have had Lisa Romero in the school, talking to students, parents and teachers about issues of growth and development, sexuality and gender. Lisa brings a wealth of experience and wisdom about these topics from an anthroposophical understanding of the development of the human being.

We have also had students from both Primary and High School classes visiting the Byron Writers’ Festival. They have had the opportunity to listen to some really interesting writers speaking about their lives and their craft.

This week our High School students attended in our annual athletics carnival. It was great to see the students actively participating in all of the events and also supporting the running of the day. There were many wonderful performances with students pushing to do their best and enjoy the involvement. Congratulations to Caspar Thomas for his outstanding performance in breaking the CBRSS boys High Jump record by a substantial margin (with a backflip over the bar). Thanks to Lizzie Gavaghan for organising the day and to all of the teachers for their enthusiastic support for the day.

Plans for the Spring Fair are well underway – please do look carefully at the notice later in this bulletin and see if there is something you could do to help out. The Spring Fair is one of the really important events for our school community and your participation and support will help to make it a wonderful day.


Please welcome our new Students

We warmly welcome the following students and their families to our School Community.

Quin Adamo joins class 4

Yindi Morrisey joins Year 10

Alena Tsukamoto joins Year 10 for term 3 as an exchange student from Japan.

Milli Wooding joins Year 11


Would You Like Steiner Based Before and/or After School Care at CBRSS?

We are currently running a survey to gauge parent interest in having Steiner based before and/or after school care provided at the school. Dependent on the results of the survey, we will make a decision about whether to apply for funding to set up this program. Please go to the survey website to complete this short survey by Monday 7th August (better still, do it right now so you don’t forget).

Repair Care & Maintenance Day

Saturday 12th August 9am – 12.30pm
Followed by lunch at Canteen supplied by school.

We will be working on beautification of the school entrance.
There will be walls to paint.
Gardens to renovate.
Cleaning of various areas.
And lots more. Something for everyone.
Come along have fun and build the school social body.


On The Road with Gavin Kerouac

Keeping the Beat with the Dreamers & Future Travellers.

Stay safe on our road into CBRSS



Spring Fair 2017

Dear School Community
We would like to welcome you all to the launch of our 2017 Spring Fair!!

As temporary custodians of the famous annual Cape Byron Steiner School Spring Fair event, Class 3 is excited to announce that the theme this year is Awaken to Wonder.

With the new Science Building commencing soon, we were inspired to look at the science of all things in nature, and we hope ‘Awaken to Wonder’ captures the appreciation of our beautiful school, the sense of curiosity of our children and the new beginnings that spring unfolds for all of us

So please save the date in your Calendars – Saturday 16 September

While Emma Davies and Class 3 parents are taking on the project of running the fair this year, as a community there is plenty you can do to ensure this year is a success.
We have the following information regarding the Spring Fair, which we would be grateful if you could read and respond if appropriate to any or all of the following:

  • Advertising Opportunity

Each year we advertise to the Byron Bay locals and visitors in the Echo. We are proud to offer advertising spaces for your businesses to appear on our double page spread in the issue of September 13th. If you are interested in advertising, please respond to Anna Watson at or call 0410 007 144 to book in your preferred spot. Please respond by August 18 if you are interested. Ad sizes available: 58 x 85 – $150, 88 x 85 – $225, 118 x 85 – $300. Artwork for the Ad would be due by the 31st of August. If you don’t have artwork for your business, The Echo have kindly offered to design the ad for free.

  • Raffle Tickets

Over the next few weeks we will be delivering to students, one of our biggest fundraising projects of the fair – the CBRSS Spring Fair Raffle Ticket booklets.

A ticket is $3 each and they come in a book of ten, so we are making the offer to sell a book of single tickets or to purchase a book for $20, a huge saving of $10.

You can sell a book of single tickets and a book for $20, or two books for $40 etc.

This year we will be handing out two books to each Kindergarten and Primary school student. All Kindy and Primary school students get a prize for bringing back their raffle books. We have crystals and the very popular friendship bracelets to choose from.

This year we are not automatically giving HS students a book to sell. We will be asking students directly to get involved and to pick up some Raffle tickets from reception if they are interested in selling them. We might add there will be a significant prize for the High School student who sells the most!

  • The Great White Elephant Stall

Time to spring clean your wardrobe! This year we may have the biggest White Elephant stall yet, as we take over the High School Hall. Although we will not start our full scale second hand drive until closer to the Fair date (due to lack of storage), we are asking that you start considering an early ‘spring clean out’ for quality items you would be happy to donate such as clothing, toys, small furniture items, kitchen gadgets and books. Please note that we don’t want any Junk or electrical items, (as what doesn’t sell we have pack up and get rid of which is very time/energy consuming).

First call out is for jewellery. We would like to help your spring cleaning projects by collecting any jewellery you don’t wear anymore for the White Elephant Stall. Costume jewellery and all those single earrings. Please drop it into the box we have at reception, marked ‘Treasures and Bling’.

  • The Produce Stall

If you have been busy creating wonderful preserves etc., and would like to donate some to the produce stall we would be happy to accept any jams, preserves, pickles, sauerkraut, sauces etc. .. YUM!

  • Silent Auction

We have many exciting offers already for this year’s Silent Auction. We will be sending out more exact details of what’s on offer later this month. But if you have any items you would like to donate please contact Douglas May at the Class 3 super dad organizing the Silent Auction Stall this year, or of course via reception.

  • The Craft Stall Co-operative

This year our beautiful craft stall would like to invite parents to participate in a craft co-operative. If you have beautiful handmade products you may wish to sell at our Fair, we have an ‘expression of interest’ form available at reception, or we can email it out if you are interested in exhibiting and selling your ‘Steiner appropriate’ craft goods this year. Please ring Kylie Clark on 0433 176 895 for more details. We look forward to hearing from you!!

  • The Great Book Swap

We will also be running a book swap at this year’s fair, where you can drop in a book and swap it, or purchase one with a gold coin donation. All proceed will go to a charity organization soon to be announced. So save your books.

  • Class Stalls/Activities

This week your Class coordinators are receiving their information packs for the class activities you will all be participating in to make our fair a very special day. Please support them to get your class organized and all preparations completed. Your help makes the world of difference!

  • Short Form Performance Poetry Competition

One of the exciting new events at the fair, will be a Short Form Performance Poetry Competition. Open to all High School Students, this will be in place of the song competition. We are lucky to have Class 3 parent Lisa Brockwell, a published poetry author and recent speaker at the Byron Writer’s Festival as an coordinator. We encourage students to put pen to paper and express your selves poetically!

The poem/performance must be:

  1. A maximum 3 minutes.
  2. On any topic, but must be suitable for general exhibition.
  3. Submitted as a written transcript one week prior to the fair.

More details to follow…

Finally, thank you for all the citrus that was donated. The canteen was working overtime to juice and freeze your produce. It was greatly appreciated.

We look forward to co-creating a wonderful event with you all.

Class 3.

High School Athletics day

Year 7 excursion

As part of the Year 7 Wish, Wonder and Surprise Main Lesson, this week the class went on a wonderful excursion to first visit the pre-schoolers at Periwinkle and then the residents at the RSL Nursing Home in Suffolk Park. Students spent the morning playing with 4 year olds in the sandpit, on the flying fox, up a tree, with their elbows immersed in bubbles and singing songs. At midday, the students met an equally welcoming group of new friends, this time aged into their late 80s. Our students recited poetry and played musical instruments, before playing a group game of Pictionary, sharing cookies and fruit platters, and getting to know a little about the people who live there in residential care. The class felt profoundly touched by this unique excursion where we experienced up close and back-to-back the polarities of life, and the wonder each brings. Thank you so much to the staff at both Periwinkle and the RSL Nursing Home for welcoming us so warmly into your environments as you did. The students described the day as “inspiring”, “touching”, “moving” and a day that made them feel “grateful” and “happy”.

Alix Johnson – Yr 7 Guardian

Harry James Angus Songwriting Workshop

The Music students in our Year 9 and 10 Music Elective program were lucky enough to have Harry spend some time work-shopping songwriting and playing music with them. Harry is most well known for his role in The Cat Empire as the trumpet player and singer and has shared his knowledge and experiences with our students. Harry shared some great songwriting techniques and participating students wrote and shared their own short compositions.

Congratulations to our Yr 11 Student

We received excellent news today that Tara Jahns of Year 11 won the prestigious young writers’ award for the Byron Bay Writers Festival. Tara submitted a story that was chosen from many entries! We are very proud of Tara who will receive a cash prize to further her writing ambitions, and she will be given a formal presentation at the festival this weekend.

A student from our school, Thea Shields from the graduating year of 2015, also won this prize, showing Cape Byron Steiner School as a school that produces wonderful young writers.

Katie Biggin

Congratulations to our Yr 12 Student

We wish to congratulate Isabelle McMullen for being awarded the title of Lifesaver of the year for the Far North Coast of NSW.

Isabelle has been involved in lifesaving since she was a young child. She participates in volunteer patrolling at Byron Bay and has assisted in managing younger age groups in her capacity as a leader in the club.

We are very proud of Isabelle for achieving this wonderful award. It is a testament to her hard work and commitment to an important social service in the community.

Katie Biggin