From the Principal

Hello everyone,

Just as our days have rhythm, our years also have a rhythm which can be sensed. Right now, in the last weeks of term, with many assessments, events, excursions and activities in the remaining weeks, we can experience the feeling of a big in-breath before we can exhale deeply over the break. The sensations can include excitement, tension, tiredness and even some anxiety. This is really normal for this time of the year and it is good to acknowledge this and try to find some space within each day to “breathe out” and come to a place of quiet. It is especially important that we allow the children this time and space too.

Hopefully by now you will have received an invitation to our next Parent Conversation Evening. The first evening, held earlier in the year, was a great opportunity for me to catch up with parents and have a conversation about topics related to the school. The last evening’s conversation centred around communication and, following on from the meeting, we made some changes to the bulletin and also found a way to circulate parent contact details for classes. Whilst a range of topics can be discussed, we plan to open the conversation with the question, “What do we do now to bring warmth into the school and what new ideas could we explore to do this?” Please come along and contribute to the conversation, as well as any other topics you would like to talk about. We plan to meet in the Movement Room on Monday 3rd December. Katie and Teera will join me and we look forward to seeing you there.

Finally, having farewelled our graduating class, I would like to express my deep and sincere gratitude to Gael and Andy, the Year 12 Guardians, for the way they have supported this class on their journey. It is an amazing experience to journey with a class and I know that Gael and Andy have given much of themselves to this very special task. Thank you to both of you.


School Community Conversation Evening

Earlier this year we held a School Community Conversation Evening at the School which was a great time of sharing and conversation around ways we can work together to build and strengthen our beautiful school.

We will be holding our promised Semester 2 meeting on Monday 3rd December from 6 to 7 pm in the Movement Room and we warmly invite you to come along to join the conversation with Nerrida, Teera and Katie.

We want to hear from you about what is working well and your thoughts and ideas for improvement.

Please mark the date in your calendar.

Important re RCM

Please submit your green RCM forms to Reception before Friday 14th December at 3.00pm.

Credit is applied at the end of the term. Please note it is your responsibility to keep track of the hours you have done throughout the year.

For further information please refer to the RCM policy and procedure which can be found here.

Below are some tasks that people can do before the end of the year for RCM hours. You can contact Gavin anytime (0427 847 400) & arrange the most appropriate time to do these tasks.

Weed Plant Nursery Maintenance Shed
Clear Vegetation from around Electrical Transformer behind Admin
Weed Long Jump Pit at COLA
Weed & Tidy Gardens at Silky Oak Cottage
Oil (Sikkens HLS Teak) Outside Furniture Silky Oak Cottage
Oil Timber Pole Arch Kindy (Aussie Clear Oil)
Fuel reduction (Remove fallen branches & twigs) top car park & science garden areas Clean Archive & Other Storerooms
Clean Venetian blinds in Staff Office & Maintenance Shed

Where to buy slippers for 2019

The store, Herbal Wisdom, in Bangalow, is now stocking Sun Shadow Slippers which are the slippers required in K-6 at CBRSS. They are doing this to support the Steiner families in the area. The inventory is small but they do place orders directly to Sandi who makes them in Melbourne. They will be placing an order in early December so the slippers will be available for Term 1. They do not mark up the slippers but rather recoup their costs plus freight.

Herbal Wisdom, 64 Byron St, Bangalow NSW 2479. Phone: 02 6687 0457

CBRSS Centennial Ball 2019 – can you help us plan?

We have now set a date on which to hold our Centennial Ball next year, this will be Saturday 25th May. As mentioned in the last Bulletin, planning is now underway to have a wonderful Ball – celebrating 100 years of Steiner Education in Australia! If you would like to join our little planning group, please do let us know. We are currently at the exciting ideas and possibilities stage of planning and would love some additional input.

New Community Business noticeboard

Looking for a Cleaner, Babysitter, Electrician or Landscape Gardener? If so please check out our recently launched online Business Noticeboard. Business notices are for past and present members of the School community to promote their products and services. You can check it out by following this link.

You can also find this via the ‘Our School’ tab of the website under the ‘Our Community” heading.

If you have a Community or Business Notice that you would like to add to this board, please follow this link to send your notice.

Please consider supporting our community by utilising community members products and services.

Year 12 Formal 2018

Thank you to the Year 12 Guardians Gael and Andy for all their loving care.

Christmas Market News

There are just 2 weeks until this wonderful celebration on the afternoon of Friday 7 December. If books are on your gift giving list this festive season please purchase them from Byron Bay’s The Book Room stall at the market, where 35% of what you spend will buy more beautiful books for our school library. You may pre-order books NOW by emailing and collect them on market day!
Class 1 will be serving us delicious wood-fired pizza, lovingly created from scratch by that class’s parents, which include an expert baker. With gluten-free and vegan options there is something for everyone. We’ll also have a sausage sizzle, with preservative-free sausages, sauerkraut and home-made tomato sauce (gluten-free bread option). There will also be fruit, fresh coconuts, delicious tarts and cakes, a chai tent and more. Be sure to bring a picnic blanket for an easy festive dinner on the Green.
Don’t forget the Student Concert begins at 1.30pm in the amphitheatre. When the concert finishes (at 2.15pm), parents will have half an hour of child-free shopping, before our children join us at 2.45pm. Please also consider bringing a gift for our Giving Tree; this year the gifts will go to children living in local refuges. Please attach a note of what the gift is so it can be matched with the very right child, and if you buy a gift for the Giving Tree at the Market, we will wrap it for you.
You’ll have the chance to tick off your Christmas shopping list, print and/or purchase your own wrapping paper and make decorations. Expect some bubble magic from school parent Shep Huntley AKA Dr Hubble, and a relaxed coming together of our school community. It’s time to celebrate Summer, Christmas, Hanukkah and another wonderful school year.
Student concert 1.30 – 2.15
Child-free shopping at market 2.15 – 2.45
Market goes until 6 pm.

Class 2 parents are creating beautiful wrapping paper to purchase at the market, or you can make your own.

Presentation at CBRSS

Christmas Art class at CBRSS

Biography workshop at CBRSS

Check out Mercurius for Steiner Christmas gifts

With Christmas just around the corner are you looking for quality art and craft supplies or a Steiner inspired gift or toy?

A beautiful array of quality art and craft supplies, as well as Steiner based toys and lovely gifts, are available online at Mercurius

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


Nurturing the Senses | Fostering Creativity | Nourishing Imagination

Our vision is to support healthy development for children and all ages through education, art and play. We partner with socially and environmentally conscious businesses to offer products of aesthetic beauty, outstanding craftsmanship, quality and durability.

Don’t miss the Periwinkle Christmas Fair

Celebrating Advent

Advent starts this year on Sunday 2nd December and is celebrated for the four Sundays leading up to Christmas until Sunday 23rd December. Advent is frequently celebrated by people of every religious background, every faith, every spiritual path as part of the festivals of the cycle of the year.

In the Southern hemisphere, Christmas falls near the Summer Solstice when the light is at its strongest and we celebrate the triumph of light at its greatest point in the yearly cycle. As the year draws to an end we increasingly spend time outside enjoying “the sun in the heavens”. With the long warm days, intense light and balmy nights we are drawn out into the elements rather than into “the sun in our hearts”.

It can be challenging to develop a sense of inwardness, patience and contemplation when the Spirit of the Earth is on its outward breath. To balance this we can consciously choose to “receive the light” and celebrate what is both universally human and universally spiritual. Celebrating Advent can provide an opportunity for some quiet ‘breathing in’ during this outwardly busy time of year and help your children to practice preparation, reverence and patience through the ritual of counting the weeks and days to the special celebratory event. The lighting of candles each week also reflects our own ‘Divine Light’ and helps to bring us a little inward contemplation.

Traditionally Steiner schools and families celebrate Advent by looking each week at the natural kingdoms on Earth: minerals the first week, plants the second week, animals the third week and humans the fourth week (see verses below).

Here are some ideas that you might like to include in your own advent celebrations:


An Advent verse
‘The gift of the light we thankfully take, But not shall it be alone for our sake, The more we give light, the one to the other, It shines and it spreads, growing still further; Until every spark by friends set aflame, Until every heart, the joy to proclaim; In the depths of our souls, A shining sun glows.’

Advent Wreath  – on a special table made with greenery and seasonal flowers, four advent candles to light each consecutive Sunday of Advent.

Advent Garden – assembled and added to each Sunday of Advent with the four kingdoms celebrated each week try adding tiny crushed shells (collected from the beach) in a spiral pattern for the spiral on which Mary and Joseph figures walk.

Advent Crib – a nativity scene of the four kingdoms, adding a different one each of the Sundays- Crystal Kingdom, plant kingdom, animal and human kingdoms.

Advent calendars are available from Rudolf Steiner Bookstore by following this link

Verses for the 4 weeks of Advent

Week 1: Crystal Kingdom
The crystal kingdom comes first and is honoured by decorating the wreath or garden with crystals, seashells, stones or little bones you may find.

Week 2: Plant Kingdom
In the second week the plant kingdom is honoured by adding little dried flowers, seeds and pine cones and greenery.


Week 3: Animal Kingdom
The animal kingdom, in the third week, is honoured by adding little wooden animals or beeswax creatures the children make.

Week 4: Humankind
The fourth week sees us honouring humankind by adding a little felted or beeswax child and figures.


Additional Reading:
Our library also has some handouts on making an advent wreath, nature table etc.
Possible stories include The Star Money from the Brothers Grimm, (and if you have the book “Rose Windows”, there is a lovely idea for a window transparency in there); craft ideas in The Children’s Year and Families, Festivals and Food. Other stories include the ones from “The Light In the Lantern: Stories for Advent” from Wynstones Press; Advent Sunday Stories, Collette Leenman; Mary’s Little Donkey, Gunhild Sehlin; Advent and Christmas Stories, Estelle Bryer and Janni Nicol.

How Waldorf School (Steiner School) Media Policy Fosters Children’s Healthy Development

By Richard Freed. Child Psychiatrist.

My clinical practice is increasingly a forum for children and teens who suffer because their lives are spent with digital machines, and little else. These kids are often in great emotional pain, fail school despite being capable students, or are caught up in destructive addictions to video games, social media, and phones. It’s heartbreaking to see these children and teens suffer from symptoms that could be prevented if our society better understood the effects of wired lives on kids’ health and well-being.

More recently, the world is recognizing the danger of raising children with lives focused around screens, as the often tragic consequences are now highlighted in the popular press. This contrasts with the prior decade in which our mainstream culture was caught up in the supposed promise of expanding kids’ use of digital devices. During this earlier period, outside of academic journals, there was virtually no discussion of the adverse effects of children’s overuse of screens. One clear exception: Waldorf Schools and their media and tech policies.

For decades, Waldorf Schools have been prescient in naming the risks of children growing up immersed in problematic screen and phone content. Moreover, Waldorf Schools have also highlighted a non-content issue that is often overlooked: how kids’ lives spent with screens displace vital childhood developmental experiences. Interestingly, while Waldorf School media/tech policy was considered conservative years ago, it is increasingly recognized as consistent with what science says are the lives kids need.

Nonetheless, powerful tech industry and marketing forces are more determined than ever to sell parents and schools on the benefits of putting kids before screens and phones. These messages are compelling and contribute to common myths about children’s screen and tech use. In this article, I will outline a number of these digital-age myths and illustrate how science proves their undoing. We will also see how Waldorf Schools and their media policies provide a powerful antidote to these myths and point the way towards the childhoods young people need.

Download the full article here

Guarding our thoughts

We must guard against disrespectful, disparaging, and criticizing thoughts. We must try to practice reverence and devotion in our thinking at all times. – Rudolf Steiner

CBRSS students exceed in World recognised Music Exams

On Wednesday 7th November eight exceptional students from CBRSS participated in the Trinity College practical Music Exams. The following students who participated in the exams from Trinity College London all achieved very high results;

Yr 5 Nina Walker violin 2nd grade
Yr 5 Ayla Vargas violin 2nd grade
Yr 6 Koko Le Roy cello 2nd Grade
Yr 6 Dakota Dennis cello 2nd Grade
Yr 7 Amit Sonnenfeld violin 4th grade
Yr 9 Isaac Poulsen cello 4th grade
Yr 11 Max De Saxe piano 7th Grade
Yr 11 Kalani Knight piano 5th Grade

Congratulations to all these students for their hard effort and for taking on the challenge.Well done!

Class 2 Camp

Class Two enjoyed their first school camp on Friday the 9th of November. We had a picnic dinner, a night walk and a story around the campfire. We slept in tents and woke up to the morning birdsong. After the tents were packed away, which involved a lot of problem solving and teamwork, children had fun playing games with parents. It was a wonderful camp and the children have already been talking about where we will go next!


Class 4 play

Class Four performed their play ‘The Theft of Thor’s Hammer’ for families and friends last Thursday night. There were plenty of gruff and noisy giants stomping around the amphitheatre stage singing their dreary and grim songs of victory, having stolen the mighty hammer from the Thunder God Thor. The Gods of Asgard were in great peril and made impassioned speeches advocating peace or war, until the cunning Loki came up with a novel and humorous idea to retrieve it.
As the audience started laughing the actors became more confident in their comical characterisations and we saw some strong performances and what can only be described as ‘hamming it up’ for the crowd. With a finale that included a strings performance and the singing of a favourite Viking song, the audience left with warm hearts and sore cheeks from all the smiling. Many thanks to Jude for her brilliant work.


CBRSS High School students go ‘Blue for Nauru’

As part of children’s week, the SRC organised the high school to join the campaign ‘#kids off Nauru‘ to bring awareness to our community and our Government about the inhumane treatment of refugees in detention centres. During lunch time the students had an opportunity to speak to a paediatrician in Sydney who is looking after the refugee children from Nauru. This was a great opportunity to get an insight into what is actually happening to the children and families trapped on Nauru and how they are being treated. For more information please visit the website:

SRC news

During the Spring Fair, the SRC (Student Representative Council) raised money for African Leaf selling handmade beeswax wraps and African jewellery. The students raised over $500 and presented it to Mike the Director of African Leaf at the school Assembly.

NCIS Basketball

Cape Byron Steiner School creates big upset in the NCIS Basketball!

Cape Byron open men’s team won the North Coast Independent School basketball carnival beating the highly acclaimed Bishop Druitt College by 3 points in a nail biting final.

Twenty two students from our High School took the epic trip to Coffs Harbour on Wednesday 30th October to compete in the NCIS Basketball Carnival. We had entered an Open Boys team, an Open Girls team an under 16’s boys and an under 16’s girls team. Not only did we win the open Men’s competition but both girl teams made it to the finals putting pressure on the top teams to perform at their best to hold on to their titles. It was pleasing to see a representation of year 12’s with Kaya Thackray and Jaedyn Harvey taking the opportunity to represent the school in Basketball for the last time. They were joined by Tom Pierce, Adam Gonzalas, Thibault Walker, and Sam Morrell to venture through the day undefeated and win the grand final over Bishop Driut College in a very close and competitive game. All team members worked extremely hard and were given little relief due to our lack of substitutes. They gave their all and were thoroughly exhausted although elated at the end of the day.

The lack of subs was a common theme for all our teams on the day. Our open women’s team of only four players competed defiantly losing only one game early in the day before running out of puff in the ssemifinals and losing to Kempsey College. Sophia Wright-Mendelson, Yani Murray, Tilka Biasion-Fosmale and Avryl Hart borrowed players from our under 16 side, Laila Campbell and Brianna Hart, to assist them on their way to the finals. They played intelligently with great teamwork and I was extremely proud of their skill, effort and sportsmanship on the day. The under 16’s girls team, also lacking subs, made their way to the finals maintaining strong pressure and a defiant defence against a well trained and ordered team from Bishop Druitt. Our team Eva Shaw, Isabella Hagen, Brianna Hart, Noni Wright, Arlia Keller and Laila Campbell still have a couple of years in this division so it will be exciting to watch how they progress in the next couple of years.

Our under 16’s boys team was also comprised of mainly year 7 and 8 boys led by Sam Trowbridge year 9. Sammy Walsh, Michelangelo Thomas, Zen Larkins-Widdison, Maiso Hermensley Kolcze, Kyan Salera and Jamaii Nelson managed to win a couple of games but were not yet good enough to get into the finals. These boys began to work together as a competitive team as the day wore on. Another team that will be one to watch over the next couple of years.

The teams would like to thank Andrew Kiesewetter, Lizzie Gavaghan and Ric for their energy and time spent coaching the students over this day. An enjoyable day was had by all and we are looking forward to the next opportunity to see these students represent the school in this sport.

Shearwater Wearable Arts

This year nine students from CBRSS entered WAVE – Shearwater Wearable Arts competition and performance. I am very excited to announce that Yr 9 student Oceana Williams-Brauer won the student award for Section 3 with her fabulous entry “Give A Crap”. The challenge of this Section was to make a costume out of paper and her entry was so well made and delightfully colourful. She spent a lot of time carefully constructing it.

The other students who entered their costumes are Anais Stewart-Long, Amber Keller, Romy Miller, Phoebe Neuman, Lucia Bora, Meira Gorcey, August Bridge and Lani Kwiatkista. All the costumes are of a high standard and the students are to be commended for their hard work.

It was thrilling to see the costumes modelled by Shearwater students and coming to life on the stage with music and lighting.

The students will be modelling their own costumes at our Year 9/10 Elective Showcase so the community at CBRSS has a chance to see them.

Vatika Gow
Textiles teacher

Dear School Community
I would just like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who collected ‘who gives a crap’ toilet wrappers for me over the past two terms. Without your help, I would never have been able to complete my wearable arts project. So, THANK YOU!

From Oceana, Year 9

New House leaders in High School

House Leaders were announced today in HS Assembly. The Year 11 students were introduced to a new process of application where students had to apply for House Leadership. The application involved answering selection criteria related to role modelling towards younger students, participation in carnivals and leadership.

We decided that if the applications were strong, we would be happy to have more than 2 House Leaders. We received some excellent applications and these students are our new House Leaders. Congratulations!

Crete – Paddy, Charles, Avryl, Charlotte

Sparta – Abbie, Yani, Luka, Fergus

Olympia – Chloe, Maleka, Kasey-Jo

Athens – Honey, Lily, Gee Gee

Long Tan Award for CBRSS student

Congratulations to Oscar Fountain who was chosen for the Long Tan Award for contribution, community service, leadership and dedication to studies. We are very proud of Oscar who has been at the school for his entire schooling and has just recently graduated.