From the Principal

Hello everyone,

The term is humming along with our new students settling in well and everyone showing wonderful patience and flexibility in coping with having a large building site in our school grounds. As I have walked around the school, I have noticed such a settled and focused feeling in the classrooms with some wonderful teaching and learning happening.

I have really enjoyed being down in the bottom car park most mornings and afternoons this term. It has been lovely to greet students and families and have the opportunity to have a quick catch-up. Thank you for adapting so quickly to our new pick-up and drop-off system, so far the system is running quite smoothly with only a few hiccups.

This week I met with school leaders from the Steiner Schools across the Mid North and North Coasts (9 schools in all). We meet twice a year and share ideas and resources and talk about how we can develop and maintain close ties between the schools. I think it is valuable to remember that we are part of a larger movement of wonderful, vibrant and thriving Steiner schools from all over the world. As we move towards celebrating 100 years of Steiner education next year, it is good to work on building and strengthening the relationships between us.

Peace Nerrida

New Student

We warmly welcome Lilla Arnott and her family to Class 2.

Friendly reminder re School Fees due

Term 1 school fees and confirmation of a payment plan for 2018 are due today – Friday 23rd February 2018. Thank you to all who have already done this.

If you haven’t paid for Term 1 or confirmed your payment plan yet please address this promptly.

Please remember to include your parent code when paying fees so we can identify you.

Julia – Finance Manager

Unidentified money received

A payment was received on 19th of February from the Commonwealth bank with the only comment being Term 1 fees.

Please remember to include your parent code when paying fees so we can identify you.

If you made this payment please contact our Finance Manager Julia Ph: 02 6639 9304 or email:

Article about smartphone addiction

This link will take you to an article that is well worth reading about the perils of smartphone addiction, please take some time to read it.

Wanted: 35mm Film Cameras

Do you have an old camera that you no longer need? Our school media department needs donations of any working 35mm film cameras for our photography courses. Please drop in to the office.

WANTED – magazines.

The High School Visual Art Department is after some old magazines for collage activities. (We would love some old National Geographic magazines).

Please drop off any donations to the High School Visual Art Classroom.

High School House Swimming Report 2018

Sparta 994 pts
Crete 774 pts
Olympia 763 pts
Athens 675 pts

An enjoyable day! A few records broken and a vast demonstration of spirit and participation throughout the High School. Sparta came home strong showing participation is the key with 92% of students in Sparta participating in events and collecting points for their team. A very full programme was planned and we managed to complete the programme despite a little bit of a rush with the cheer displays at the end of the day. Athens was well seen and heard at the end of the day with their magnificent combination of song and dance. Crete looked threatening all day and Olympia kept up a quiet push and almost stole second place away from Crete. However, it was Sparta that spoke with action, deed and participation to collect the top position on the day.

Congratulations to all students who competed and a special thanks to students who could not swim but assisted throughout the day as time-keepers, scorers and runners. (These volunteers also scored points for their houses). More than two thirds of the high school participated in individual events and by the look of the empty stands during the ten minute participation swim and the aqua volleyball, very few students did not contribute in some way to their house points.

There are some outstanding individual performances that need to be mentioned.

New record holders-
Kashi Hagedoorn-Weekes yr 7
50m Freestyle 34.00 , 50m backstroke- 47.72, 50m Butterfly -41.8, 100m Free 83.00
Tom Pierce yr 10
50m backstroke – 42.88, 50m Butterfly 37.91
Celeste McPhee yr 9
50m Breaststroke – 48.76
Zen Larkins-Widdison yr 8
50m Breastroke – 47.17
Paddy Swain yr 11
100m Freestyle – 72.00

Congratulations to all those students who participated and helped your team score points. A special mention to the following high scorers in each year level. (Please note that 50 points is the maximum score any student can collect in individual events.)

Year 7 – Kashi Hagedoorn-Weekes-48pts, Noni Wright 44pts
Year 8 – Krystal Pierce – 50 points, Zen Larkin-Widdison – 50 points,
Year 9 – Della Knight 48 points, Dane Krackowski – 35 points,
Year 10 – Tom Pierce – 36 points, Lucia Bora 26 pts,
Year 11 – Fergus Biggin-Johnson 44pts, AbbieWalden 40pts
Year 12 – Sage Badman 40 points, Ella Hart & D’Arcy Woods 20 points.

A special thanks to the house captains and all the year 12’s for their hard work, encouragement and keeping the day fun. To the parents, officials and the staff who assisted on the day.

Steve Richards (Ric)

2017 HS drama students perform at “Onstage”

At the beginning of this term a group of our 2017 HSC students travelled to Sydney to perform their HSC drama piece, Invictus, as part of the ‘Onstage’ event; an event showcasing the best of the year’s NSW HSC drama pieces. Ben Daley, their drama teacher, travelled down to Sydney to watch the performance and provide support. Congratulations to Seth, Raphael, Sabrina and Tahlia. We are very proud of your wonderful effort.

P & F Fundraiser

Looking for a Steiner inspired gift or toy?

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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!


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

Cape Byron Steiner School calendar for 2018

A must for the fridge! Marked days for school terms and events, pupil free days and holidays.
A3 size & laminated with six months on each side
Mark with a permanent marker and wipe off with essential oils.
Available at Reception. $8 each or 2 for $12.

From the Principal

Hello everyone,

How wonderful it is to have everyone back at school to start the new Year. There has been such a lot of work happening around our school site over the holiday break, with an extension to the roof of the Class Three Building, a new office for the Director Primary K-6 (next to the Class Three Building), an all over deep clean of the school, servicing of many of our systems and work around our gardens (including the removal of a number of storm-damaged trees). Of course, the most noticeable change is the beginning of construction of our new Innovation Centre in the High School. It would be fair to say we have all had to be a bit flexible in the first two weeks of term to cope with two active building sites on the school property. Fortunately, Teera’s office should be completed in the next couple of days, so at least things should settle down a little in the Primary part of the school.

As you are all by now aware, one of the impacts of the big building project is that we have temporarily lost a large number of spaces in the car park and have thus had to introduce a ‘drop and ride’ system for those children who do not catch the bus. We have rostered additional staff on to manage this system, particularly in the afternoon. Thank you to those parents using the system for your patience as we gradually iron out the ‘kinks’ in the system.

I enjoyed meeting Kindergarten, Class One and new parents at two morning teas last week. It was great to meet and catch up with some new and familiar faces. The Kindergarten teachers tell me that their new classes are settling in well and Naina is working gently and steadily to bring her new class together. Settling into a new school or a new class can take some time so please do talk to your child’s teacher if your child is experiencing any challenges.

There have not been major changes to staffing this year, however we are very happy to welcome Stuart Baker as our new High School Camps Coordinator and Primary School Bothmer Gym teacher and Penny Van Den Hoek as my new PA. Please do say hello to them if you see them around the school, they are both valued and skilled additions to our staff.

Finally, this year I will be telephoning a number of school families each week to touch base and check in with how your experience with the school is going. I look forward to talking to you and listening to your feedback.


New Students

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

Dress Code Reminder

We have a relatively simple and straight forward dress code across the school. This is designed to ensure our students are comfortable, safe and can learn and play with ease. Details of the dress code can be found on the school website here.

Some important things to consider include:

Primary School – tops should be plain, single colour (no patterns, designs or logos please). Please make sure children wearing dresses or skirts where shorts, bike shorts or leggings as well. Shoes must be worn at school.

High School – shoulders must be covered (straps must be at least a hand width wide), midriffs must be covered and shorts and skirts must not be too short. Shoes must be worn at school.

Your assistance in ensuring your children are dressed appropriately for school is most appreciated.