From the Principal

Hello everyone,

As I write this, final preparations are underway for our two Winter Festivals, with the Winter Festival for Classes 3-12 happening this evening and the Winter Festival for the younger classes next week. Each year we come together as close as possible to the Winter Solstice to mark the longest night. At this point we pause in a moment of reverence and stillness to experience the turning point of this yearly journey we take. Many cultures celebrate this time with an experience of walking a spiral – symbolic of journey from the outer reaches at the summer solstice, in to a deeply personal inner experience at the winter solstice and then spiralling back out again.

Our teachers and students have made some beautiful lanterns in preparation and we look forward to joining together with our school community for this celebration. For the festival this evening, I encourage you to come well rugged-up and arrive on time for the beginning of the festival (please be at the Bangalow Showground by 4.45 pm, we will begin as soon as it is dark enough and it would be great to have everyone there and ready in time).

At the end of the festival, we ask that you take the feeling of reverence and peace into the night and leave quietly together immediately after the festival is over.

As a final note on tonight’s festival, the A&I Hall has a limited capacity – we will be able to fit our school community (Classes 3-12 and their immediate families), however, there won’t be room to fit members of the broader community….. so this will be something to share with extended family and friends through your stories and recollections, rather than bringing them all along.

I look forward to seeing you at our Festival tonight or next week. I hope you are able to enjoy the stillness and peace of this special time of the year.


New Students

We warmly welcome the following students and their families to the CBRSS Community:

  • Ivy Adamo Class 3
  • Marco Colvin Class 4
  • Cherry Paltos Class 6
  • Manon Pouget Year 7
  • River Rettenmaier Year 7
  • Ava Pizzinat Year 10
  • Imogen Hendrichs year 10
  • Jahla Ferguson Year 10

Donations of German books wanted

Dear parents and caregivers,

To support our new German language program the library has started a German Language book collection. We have already purchased some picture books and received a very welcome donation of chapter books written in German.

We are looking for donations of any suitable books for children and young adults written in German.

Please deliver them to the library if you can help.

Thank you warmly,

Manuela (German teacher) and Charlotte (Librarian)

Opportunity for tax deduction….June 30 is nearly here!

Very soon our fabulous new Innovation Centre will be operational but we are calling on the community to please help us with the final touches.

We would like to create a beautiful entry to the school including an outdoor shelter between the new building & the Performance Hall. The aim is to provide students & parents with a covered drop off area at pick up time and students with an additional sheltered space in the playground. This is in addition to the building that is currently underway.

We are aiming to raise $30,000 for this addition. The current balance in our Building Fund account is $17,450 so we still need to raise at least $12,550. To read about our Masterplan, to see the latest timelapse videos of the construction so far or to make a donation please follow this link

Donations to the Building Fund are tax deductible and with June 30 fast approaching now is a great time to help!

Thanks to those who have donated so far! 

Classes 3-12 Winter festival 2018

For full details please go to our online noticeboard posting here

Yr 12 Fundraiser Monday lunch for HS students

Spring Fair Craft

P & F Fundraiser

Looking for quality art and craft supplies or 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

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

The educational significance of practical learning

By Wilfried Gabriel, April 2018

Which skills and abilities should schools give to children and young people so that they are prepared to confidently confront the challenges of the future? On what basis can these increasingly bigger and more complex seeming tasks such as globalisation and digitalisation, peace and social justice, and responsibility towards the earth and its inhabitants be tackled? From the point of view of Waldorf education, the school’s contribution when it comes to overcoming these challenges can only arise through a human-centred understanding of education.

To read the full article please click here

Ten Reasons Middle Schoolers (Yr 7-9) Don’t Need Social Media

1. Social media was not designed for children. A tween’s underdeveloped frontal cortex can’t manage the distraction nor the temptations that come with social media use.

Read the full article here

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


Ugandan Ubuntu Choir

Last week, our students and some families were very blessed to experience the Ugandan Ubuntu Choir. UBUNTU Choir is a charitable organisation that provides scholarships to vulnerable Ugandan children for education. The touring choir is a fundraising exercise.
The choir was billeted out amongst local families, I wish to extend our thanks for your contribution.

Students from classes 3 to 12 received an incredibly dynamic and inspiring workshop performance in which the leaders cracked hilarious jokes, played games and shared culture, language and stories of general life in Uganda. The musicians played traditional drums, danced and sang. It was a vibrant and beautiful experience for all the students, all of us learning two dances and singing along with the Ubuntu Choir.
Janet Swain and Elizabeth Swain (CBRSS Family) facilitate the choir coming to the Northern Rivers area, much respect and gratitude to them and also to Loani for her work on the school end organising the workshop.

Students from the year 9/10 Music Elective course were invited to sing with a massed choir of adults and children to open the UBUNTU choir performance last Thursday night. The project was facilitated by Janet Swain and Tom Whitaker, involving Brunswick Heads Primary School, CBRSS and members of local community choirs. It was such a rich experience for all involved, Women, Men, Youth and Children. We sang four songs, maximum inspirational melodies.
Ubuntu then performed their amazing show to a very packed civic hall in Mullumbimby.
Overall, the immersion of these beautiful humans in our community through billeting, engaging and vibrant workshops at the school and a collaboration with Brunswick Heads Primary School and various community choirs culminating in a performance before UBUNTU played to a packed Civic hall.
Heartfelt thank you to the following people who made this possible. Janet Swain, Elizabeth Swain, Loani McCrae, Matt Gulliford, Tom.

Class 5 & 6 Mosaic

Class 5 & 6 and their various helpers have been busy working away on the Mosaic in the amphitheatre which was finished this week. It looks amazing so please take time to drop past for a look.

A big thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to help and a particularly big thank you to Tanja Nelson.

High School Athletics Carnival Day

On Friday 15th June, the High School students spent a sunny winters day at Ewingsdale sports ground participating in the Inter-House Athletics Carnival. A total of nine Track and Field events were on offer for students to test their physical skills in running, jumping and throwing. The carnival is not yet complete as the students are currently competing in the high jump event during lunch times and their PE lessons this and next week, so the final results will not be known for a couple of weeks.

As usual, there were some outstanding individual performers but what was more impressive was the extent of participation with students enjoying the thrill and challenge of doing their best or pushing themselves to achieve a few extra points for their house. Team spirit was strong and defined by the excellent performances and leadership of all the house captains. Crete rose to the challenge thrown at them by the other houses and is currently in front by a small margin followed by Athens, Sparta and then Olympia. There are only a few points that separate the houses and the results of the high jump could alter the current positions of the houses.

Students who performed well in their events by coming first or second have been invited to represent the school at the North Coast Sports Association Regional Carnival to be held in Coffs Harbour, next term. These students may be challenged by other Cape Byron students who feel they deserve a place in the team. Challenges may be made up until the week before the Interschool Carnival. So I hope all athletes spend some of their holiday time in training for their special event. There will be training next term leading up to the Inter-school Carnival for those students able and willing to attend.

Rudolf Steiner knew how important it was to have students participate in physical activities. It has been proven time and time again how physical movement is directly related to assisting the development of pathways in the brain and therefore assists learning in many academic pursuits. It is also well known that exercise relieves stress and improves self-esteem. It allows social development and encourages students to express themselves in an acceptable and healthy way. Carnivals such as this provide opportunities for students to hone social skills of co-operation, teamwork and to develop a sense of empathy and trust. Skills that are not easily taught in the classroom but are regarded by Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School, its staff, and its community as important life skills required for any human being to achieve their potential. So a big thank you to all parents who support these events and encourage not only their own children to participate, but also for your encouragement of all students in being involved. You have made a difference to allow these students to realise their potential and be the best they can be.

Year 8 Camp

In early June, Year 8 undertook their week-long camp in the Nightcap Ranges, From the Mountain to the Sea, in which students made their own way – hiking, biking, paddling – through the beautiful forests and waterways of our local area.

There were many standout moments during the week: the students spontaneously playing touch football at any given chance, ringed by the forest at Rummery Park; setting off on our two-day hike watching the colourful trail of backpacks and rain jackets bob along the path ahead; coming out of the mists of the forest and seeing glimpses of the far horizon through Bangalow Palm studded valleys; reaching the lookout over Uki one way and back to Byron the other and basking in warm afternoon sunshine – a welcome relief after the rain! – only to share the rocky outcrop with a mighty python (Ric reckons two adult hands would not have encompassed its belly); watching the students work in teams to cook each night and getting to sample their delicious meals; listening to them laugh and laugh, in particular while playing King of the Mountain; waking up to distant drumming in the valley on our last morning; quietly paddling down the Brunswick River in the afternoon light on Friday.

Of all the standout moments, none eclipsed the times when the students stepped up to meet the challenges of the camp and never more so than when they stepped up to support each other. This is a class who know how to offer support, sympathy and motivation, as much as they know how to monkey around and have fun! Our key words for the week were Resilience and Perseverance: finding the deeper capacities within ourselves to go further or do more than we thought ourselves capable of, and seeing each activity embarked upon through to its completion. Peter shared a story of a marathon runner whose mantra was “Can I give more?” and this summed up the spirit of the camp. We were especially lucky to have Ric take this camp, stepping in at the last minute to direct operations when Stuart’s wife gave birth to their third son two days before our departure date! Thank you Ric – this was a memorable camp we will all treasure, and an honour to complete with you as your last Year 8 camp.
Alix and Peter


Year 9 Modern Art Main Lesson

Students had fun creating a Picasso-type cubist portrait which means having more than one view within a portrait (full face and profile). They explored this using cardboard and collage, oil pastels and acrylic. Dennis 

LINDY LEE Artists’ Talk and Group Critique with Year 12 Visual Art Class

“Lindy Lee’s imparting words of wisdom left me with a feeling of ultimate peace and taught me that there is so much more to the processes that embody an artist’s practice that extend beyond the concept. Lee said that we have to have “the courage and the heart to pursue something” which resonated deeply with me in terms of my own artist’s practice.”

Mirani Astawa (Year 12 student)

Lindy Lee
By Lucy Stranger, September 26, 2017
“For Lindy Lee the recording and questioning of self has been a constant point of examination in her practice. As a Chinese-Australian artist, her work has been critical to visualising the experience of Chinese diaspora in a country that has historically whitewashed its multiculturalism. Anchoring her practice and dual identity is her Zen Buddhism, which has propelled her current engagement with the elemental through heat, metal and fire. Now mid-career, Lindy is taking this to epic proportions. In her latest work she is pushing concept and scale with the creation of some of her largest pieces yet. For an artist who has long been in dialogue with her dual transient identities, Lindy Lee is pushing past boundaries and forging her own mark as an international artist.”
For further reading about Lindy Lee visit:

Extension English Sydney Trip

In late May a group of seven Extension English students travelled to Sydney for an HSC Study Day run by the English Teachers Association. Not wanting to let our trip to Sydney go by without covering all a city offers, we packed into our two brief days a trip to the NSW Art Gallery to see the Archibald and Wynne exhibitions, a play by Academy award winner director Martin McDonagh at New Theatre, Newtown, some browsing of eclectic shops on King Street, a night walk to the Opera House to take in the Vivid Festival, and then a full day of intense revision and note-taking at the English Extension 1 course at Newington school, Stanmore. It was a very fun, very intense and very successful trip. We even found poet Judith Wright’s memorial plaque at Circular Quay while devouring Messino gelato! Everyone was happy! Good luck to these wonderful students as they prepare these holidays for their Trial exams and to submit their various major works.


Alumni news

Eryn Thackray-Smith graduated from CBRSS in 2015. While attending CBRSS his main passion was Drama scoring 10/10 for his individual HSC performance and a nomination for “On Stage ” with is group performance. Eryn is now performing in a local Theatre production called “The Last Witch.”

Set in the Scottish highlands of 1727, The Last Witch is a story of suspicion and intrigue. With a deeply mysterious core, Rona Munro’s play seethes with poetry and grippingly powerful emotion as dark circumstances circle around Janet Horne and her daughter, Helen. Based on a true story, Janet Horne stands accused of Witchcraft and Consorting with the Devil, revealing how the Devil can appear in many faces.

Interestingly, Nerrida Johnson, our Principal is a direct descendant of Janet Horne!

For more information on the show please go to our online community noticeboard here


From the Principal

Hello everyone,

There is such a lot happening at the school at the moment that it is sometimes difficult to find the time to stop and take notice of the little things. So today I would like to recognise some of those little things happening in our school.

The Class Three children have been busy building a beautiful little shop outside their classroom. This project has been a delight to watch over the last few weeks. I am looking forward to seeing some wonderful trading happening once the shop is up and running.

The food gardens across the school are looking wonderful. Between Evan in the primary school and Pete Palmer in the High School, our students are being wonderfully supported as they develop the gardens, tend the plants and harvest the produce.

Class 5 and 6 have been hard at work on the beautiful mosaic project down in the amphitheatre. The wall is filling with wonderful plants and animals and the project is progressing beautifully with the skilful guidance of Tanja Nelson and a small team of dedicated parents.

In both the Primary and High Schools, our learning support teachers (Marlis and Gael) have been doing some wonderful work with students, teachers and families to ensure our students have the best possible opportunity to learn and develop right across the learning spectrum.

Meanwhile, in Admin, Yvette, our Enrolments Officer, has just started the enrolment process for Kindergarten in 2019. This is never an easy task as we know we won’t be able to offer places to everyone who wants to come. Yvette works hard to ensure our process is clear, fair and transparent to all involved.

From the ‘little things’ to the very big thing happening in our school at the moment……. our building is tracking well to be finished and open early next term. Our architect, Michael Leung and his team, and builder, Glen Field are doing a wonderful job and we are really excited about welcoming our community into the new building soon.

A huge thank you to those who have donated to our building fund so far. As you are no doubt aware, we are fundraising to build a covered walkway into the school between the new building and the performance hall. We desperately need a sheltered space at the entrance to the school and this will fill that need. Thus far we have fundraised about half of the money needed – we are still approximately $15,000 short of the total needed to complete the project. Donations to our building fund are tax deductible and you can find the link to make a donation later in this bulletin. Please help us to complete this important project – any donation at all is very much appreciated.


Important information re After School Messages

The Admin team would appreciate your support by making sure that any messages that need to be passed on to your child at the end of the day are always in before 2 pm.

Reception is a very busy place and to keep things running smoothly a staff member must leave the office to deliver these messages promptly at 2 pm, departing again to deliver more messages after 2 pm places undue strain on the Reception staff during a particularly busy time of the day.

After School Messages are for emergencies only i.e. when plans have changed during the day. Please do not use this service as a way of passing on info to your child that should have been told to them before school or to re-iterate messages that your child has already received e.g. reminding them of something you have already told them.

To leave an After School message please call 6639 9300 then select 2, provide child’s name and class/year, the message and the name of the person leaving the message.

Staff cannot guarantee that messages received after 2 pm will be received. It is important that you note the time of day when leaving a message and remember if it is after 2 pm it may not reach its target. 

Important information re First Aid

We try our absolute best to care for our students when they are feeling unwell or injured.

As a gentle reminder may we ask the following of you:

Please make sure your child has breakfast before attending school – it’s quite surprising how many have not had any. We often have students feeling unwell and lightheaded and it seems that once they are reminded to have something to eat and drink, after not having breakfast, they bounce back full of vitality and vigour. Apparently 1 x banana provides 90 minutes of brain-time.

If your child has a pre-existing medical issue, please try to deal with it at home before sending students to school. Or first aid service struggles to mend students if they turn up to school already broken! It’s not a great start to anyone’s day. A good first aid kit at home, with general first aid supplies, is recommended, especially if you favour specific remedies such as homeopathic creams etc.

Your support is appreciated.


Opportunity for tax deduction….June 30 is nearly here!

As you may have noticed, construction of our new Innovation Centre is now well underway.

We would like to create a beautiful entry to the school including an outdoor shelter between the new building & the Performance Hall. The aim is to provide students & parents with a covered drop off area at pick up time and students with an additional sheltered space in the playground. This is in addition to the building that is currently underway.

We are aiming to raise $30,000 for this addition. The current balance in our Building Fund account is $16,450 so we still need to raise at least $13,550. To read about our Masterplan, to see a time lapse video of the construction so far or to make a donation please follow this link

Donations to the Building Fund are tax deductible and with June 30 fast approaching now is a great time to help!

Thanks to those who have donated so far! 

Yr 12 Fundraiser Monday lunch for HS students