From the Principal

Hello everyone,

I would like to start this newsletter by thanking everyone who contributed to, participated in and attended our Autumn Festival last week. It was such a special event and the warmth and community spirit it generated is still reverberating around the school. These moments when we come together as a community are truly precious and help to anchor us into the rhythm of the year.

This week I would like to honour our teachers for their attention to detail, particularly in relation to the aesthetic in the classroom. If you walk around the school, you will see some incredible works of art on the blackboards. Many of our teachers stay back at night or come in on the weekends to create beautiful blackboards to support the current Main Lesson. We know that one of the best ways to access learning is through the feeling life, and the beautiful blackboard drawings can certainly evoke a depth of feeling towards the topic. When students walk into the room and see a new blackboard drawing, the message the students receive is that their teacher cares about them and cares enough about the topic to create something beautiful to introduce it. If you happen to be wandering around the school, I encourage you to have a peek into some of the classroom windows to have a look at our teachers’ amazing work.

Next Monday is the P&F AGM. Our P&F do such a wonderful job of supporting parents and the school. Each P&F meeting provides an opportunity for you to hear from the leadership of the school and a Board member as well as the chance to discuss issues and topics of interest relating to the school. The P&F is not just about fundraising, but provides parents with an opportunity to come together and share thoughts and ideas as well as having some social time. It is such an important part of the fabric of our school and can only exist with the support of parents who are willing to participate. If you have never been to a P&F meeting before, I encourage you to come along on Monday night. I look forward to seeing you there.



It’s that time of the year again when the mozzie population increases and we see more ticks in the environment. This is a feature right across our Shire, not just at school. Whilst we take what action we can at school to minimise the risk, you can also support your child by sending along an insect repellent which you are happy for your child to use. Whilst we do have some repellant at school, we are aware that parents have different preferences for choice of product – for this reason, we ask you to send along a repellant of your choice if you would like your child to have some extra protection at school.

Would you like to vote at our AGM or be elected to the CBRSS Board?

As you may be aware, the school holds its Annual General Meeting in May each year. The Board works with governance aspects of the school such as strategic planning and ensuring the school is financially viable and able to operate into the future. The Board is comprised of a number of elected Directors (elected at the AGM by members of the company) as well as some Board appointed Directors. The Board welcomes enquiries from anyone interested in becoming a Director in the future. Anyone wishing to stand for election or vote at the election must be a member of the company. The Board has one more meeting before the AGM and thus any applications for membership must be received by this date. If you would like to vote at the AGM or stand for election and you are not already a member of the company, please contact the office to ask for an application form. Applications must be received by Tuesday 9th April in order to be processed in time for the AGM in May. For enquiries about joining the Board, please contact the Chair of the Board at

Unidentified money received

A payment was received on the 18th of March in the School Bank Account with an unidentifiable comment.

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

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

Please stay safe on Social Media

Kirra Pendergast is the director of the Safe on Social Media website and she recently gave a very informative and thought provoking talk at our school.

You would be careful in real life, so why not online?

Social Media is viewed by most people as a fun way to share information about themselves, friendships, family and things that happen in their day-to-day lives.

But things can go wrong…

It is important to understand that what you post on social media sites can affect your life both in good ways and bad.

Safe on Social Media guides are available on our website you can find them here 

Repair Care & Maintenance (RCM) Morning

Wednesday 27th March 9 am – 11 am.
We will be working in the Cl 4-5-6 Area on tasks such as oiling, weeding, cleaning etc.
Come along, have a chat & help look after our wonderful school.

Gavin Colley
Site Manager

Autumn Festival 2019

Waldorf 100 Postcards

The first Waldorf school (Steiner School) was founded in Stuttgart in 1919. Today there are over 1,100 Waldorf schools and almost 2,000 Waldorf kindergartens in some 80 countries around the globe.

To commemorate 100 years of Waldorf education Steiner/Waldorf Schools around the world have been participating in a Postcard Exchange. Every school has been sent blank, pre-addressed postcards and they have been slowly but surely making their way around the world since April 2017. Each postcard carries an individual design from a young person, telling or showing something about its place of origin. Below are some of the postcards that we have received.

Help needed for Jamaii’s Tobias project

Adult Eurythmy Classes at CBRSS

CBRSS is excited to have Eurythmy again, don’t miss your chance to find out what it’s all about!

New local slipper supplier approved for CBRSS

I was inspired as a local Steiner Mother, to offer an affordable and sustainable choice in slippers, so I created ‘Upcycled Slippers’. They are durable and have a unique design, which I hear the children love too!.. Plus pull tags for little fingers independence. I also offer a foot measuring service, another bonus of buying local! Come and peruse my Facebook page, you can order there, and see how I hand-make Slippers all the colours of the rainbow…

Introductory Offer: Adult Sizes at Children’s Prices!

If you’d like to chat feet, you can call me, Karena on 0431 458 953. Website Coming soon

Check out Mercurius for beautiful gifts

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.

Screentime Is Making Kids Moody, Crazy and Lazy:

Six Ways electronic screen time makes kids angry, depressed and unmotivated

By Victoria L. Dunckley, M.D.

Children or teens who are “revved up” and prone to rages or—alternatively—who are depressed and apathetic have become disturbingly commonplace. Chronically irritable children are often in a state of abnormally high arousal, and may seem “wired and tired.” That is, they’re agitated but exhausted. Because chronically high arousal levels impact memory and the ability to relate, these kids are also likely to struggle academically and socially.

At some point, a child with these symptoms may be given a mental-health diagnosis such as major depression, bipolar disorder, or ADHD, and offered corresponding treatments, including therapy and medication. But often these treatments don’t work very well, and the downward spiral continues.

What’s happening?

Both parents and clinicians may be “barking up the wrong tree.” That is, they’re trying to treat what looks like a textbook case of mental disorder, but failing to rule out and address the most common environmental cause of such symptoms—everyday use of electronics. Time and again, I’ve realized that regardless of whether there exists any “true” underlying diagnoses, successfully treating a child with mood dysregulation today requires methodically eliminating all electronics use for several weeks—an “electronics fast”—to allow the nervous system to “reset.”

If done correctly, this intervention can produce deeper sleep, a brighter and more even mood, better focus and organization, and an increase in physical activity. The ability to tolerate stress improves, so meltdowns diminish in both frequency and severity. The child begins to enjoy the things they used to, is more drawn to nature, and imaginary or creative play returns. In teens and young adults, an increase in self-directed behavior is observed—the exact opposite of apathy and hopelessness.

It’s a beautiful thing.

At the same time, the electronic fast reduces or eliminates the need for medication while rendering other treatments more effective. Improved sleep, more exercise, and more face-to-face contact with others compound the benefits—an upward spiral! After the fast, once the brain is reset, the parent can carefully determine how much if any electronics use the child can tolerate without symptoms returning.

Read the full article here

The positive benefits that Eurythmy gives to children.

The life force or life energy which makes a plant grow is the medium through which Eurythmy functions. Look at a healthy child – rosy cheeks, radiant energy, clear eyes and good muscle tone. Eurythmy fosters and maintains this healthiness. Specific movement sequences are introduced with imagery, which is in itself life-giving – e.g. Rather than being instructed to move in a straight line and then a curve, the teacher might say “let’s walk across a narrow bridge to a sandy island in the middle of a lily pond and then run around the shore on a white pebble path”. Eurythmy strengthens and renews this life force that is so often depleted through our hectic lifestyle.

We have been created and born with the help of spiritual forces that stand behind what we call the 12 zodiac signs and the 7 planets. The sound of each consonant and each vowel rings from one of these cosmic forces. Each has created a part of our body or maintains the functioning of an organ. The ‘music of the spheres or the LIVING WORD is reflected in the healthy functioning of the child’s body. The spiritual energy, life force, etheric force or chi behind the physical movement of the arms for each consonant and each vowel maintains and strengthens this connection between the macro cosmos and the micro cosmos (the child). A beautifully spoken poem or verse where these consonants and vowels sound together in harmony, moved with the arms or the whole body, alone or in a group with others in the room on different forms, strengthens and balances the whole being of the child – body, soul and spirit.

The spiritual essence that, which the child calls “I”, gives and maintains its uprightness. It takes hold of the baby when it stands upright for the first time.

A strong calling of the name of a child who is dreaming away calls on this “I” or self. You often see it become more upright in its posture when called consciously. Rhythmic activities with copper rods strengthen this uprightness or presence of self and improve the posture. The metal copper has a stimulating effect on the blood circulation, which is the physiological carrier of this I AM, force. Rhythm carries life! The name Eurythmy means beautiful rhythm or pleasant flow.

All movements in Eurythmy are rhythmic or life-filled. This strengthens the life forces that maintain the health of the body and brings harmony into chaotic forces redness and a deepening concentration (finding the centre or SELF). We can all experience how effective it is doing the same thing at the same time each day.

The LIFE BODY, the organism that maintains our physical body, is also the carrier of thought (intelligence). The brain itself is more a reflector than a computer. Through moving in a eurythmic way where every movement is filled with meaning and where the feeling life of the child is also engaged, we foster intelligence through will activity.

Better concentration, co-ordination, better posture, better spatial awareness and social relations are the result. Dyslexia has been successfully treated with special eurythmic movements.

There is a whole field called Curative Eurythmy that works through life movement directly into the physical body. The Anthroposophical doctor who has knowledge of Eurythmy and its effects on the child prescribes the specific exercises.

Listening and speaking: The heard, understood and spoken word is what makes us truly human. In Eurythmy the child’s etheric or life body listens or speaks – makes the word visible. You can sense corresponding movement in and around the larynx when someone speaks beautifully. This region also cringes or contracts when it vibrates to the horrible screaming of a furniture seller on TV. We love to listen to a well-modulated voice and we dislike stridency. The life body of the child engages the physical body to make the corresponding movements to what it “hears”. The child’s arms move and it becomes as it were a gigantic larynx through which the spiritual world “resounds”.

It is important that the content of the poem or the piece of music is beautiful and has a deeper meaning behind it. That engages the child’s feelings as well as its thinking and when children move beautifully – eurythmically – to a well spoken poem they make the flesh become WORD just as so many years ago the WORD became FLESH.

Find out about the benefits of Eurythmy yourself. CBRSS now offers Eurythmy for Adults on Wednesday mornings,  see the post earlier in this Bulletin for details.

Kindy News

I’m a dingle dangle scarecrow
With a flippy floppy hat
I can shake my hands like this
And shake my feet like that

In Kindergarten the children have been busily building a scarecrow to look over our beautiful new gardens.
Everyone is welcome to pop on down and say ‘hi’ to our new friend!

News from Class 6

There have been many wonderful things happening in Class 6 this term! We concluded our fascinating Ancient Rome main lesson by spending a whole day building Ancient Roman clay heads with Denis. As part of our current Geology main lesson, we went on an excursion last week from the mountains to the sea. We visited the Pinnacle Lookout (where we had a perfect surrounding view of the Tweed Caldera and Wollumbin) and then on to see the basalt columns at Fingal Heads Giant Causeway, caused by the slow cooling and cracking of basalt lava flows from the Tweed shield volcano. Thank you to our parent helpers who joined us for the journey!

Class 6 students have also been very busy creating very beautiful self-designed cross stitch patterns.

And so the richness and fun of class 6 continues!

Bethanie and Teera

NCIS (North Coast Independent Schools) Inter School Swimming Carnival

An excellent and well run swimming event was held in the new venue at the Alstonville Aquatic Centre. I am very pleased to announce that Cape Byron Steiner School came 5th from the field of 11 Independent High Schools that competed on the day. The top four positions were tightly contested between the four big sporting schools, The Armidale School, Bishop Druitt College, Emmanuel College and Lindisfarne College.
Not only did we come 5th overall, but Abbie Walden came 2nd overall in her age division. Congratulations to all students who competed as all students were able to contribute the overall team score and a special thanks to Lizzie and Ric who had to spend a large portion of the day as time-keepers.

Abbie Walden 32 points 2nd overall in her age group
Hannah Murray 69 points
Krystal Pierce 66 Points
Zen Larkins 65 points
Brianna Hart 63 Points
Della Knight 58 Points
Kashi Hagedoorn-Weekes 53 Points
Sam Trowbridge 52 Points
Tobsha Haig 37 Points
Reuben Poole 37 Points
Sammy Walsh 37 Points
Dakota Dennis 34 Points
Yuna Grapentin 28 Points
Melea Knight 26 Points
Easton Adamo 14 Points
Hapi McMullen 13 Points
Kiana King 7 Points
Maia Borrack 5 Points
Amadeus O’Connor 4 Points
Tiger-Lily Hemensley Kolcze 4 Points
Koa Connable 2 Points

Steve Richards (Ric)

CBRSS showing promise for the future in NCIS Basketball!

15 students from our High School made the epic trip to Coffs Harbour on Wednesday 19th March to compete in the NCIS Basketball Carnival. This year we only entered two teams. An under 16’s boys and an under 16’s girls team. Both teams made it to the semi-finals where our boys lost a close and exciting game with Emmanuel College 26-29. Some excellent plays led by Maiso, and Jamaii that were well backed up with excellent ball skills from Sammy, Kyan, Obi and Lenny demonstrated a team that was not going to be easily beaten.

The Girls team pushed easily through to the semi-finals to match up with a strong and well disciplined team from Bishop Druitt. The girls played well, maintaining pressure on the defending champions throughout the game except for a short loss of attention where the Bishop Druitt team grabbed a quick and substantial lead that our girls could not gather back. Still a great result, “2019 Runners Up”. Well done and congratulations to Isabella Hagen, Brianna Hart, Eva Shaw, Hannah Murray, Lizzie Kirkpatrick, Savannah Morris, Arlia Keller and Laila Campbell. Five of these girls have another year in this division so it will be exciting to watch how they perform next year.

The teams would like to thank Lizzie Gavaghan and Ric for their energy and time looking after the students over the 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.

Steve Richards (Ric)

Year 10 Visual Arts Main Lesson

Y10 VA ML is exploring meanings and practical undertakings of what postmodern art is using appropriation, parody, pastiche, irony and abstraction. “If people visited art galleries as much as they frequented cinemas they would understand and appreciate art far more”… Artists explored this week: Jackson Pollock, Damion Hirst, Wassaly Kandinsky, 17/18th Century engravings with collage.
Teacher: Denis Hopking

Year 11 Photography Incursion

MASTER CLASS with Michelle Eabry

Connecting the classroom with the outside world.’

Michelle Eabry has an extensive career in professional photography settings. Eabry studied at the International Centre of Photography in New York. and worked for ‘Magnum’ photographer Bruce Davidson in New York, for five years. Currently, she works on freelance projects.

We were absolutely delighted that Michelle was willing to share her knowledge, experience and skills with our Year 11 Photography students.

The students spent the day engaging in a range of studio settings, and learned about lighting techniques, including ambient light, and flash photography and familiarising themselves with the equipment needed and made a start on ‘Lightroom’ post-production techniques.

From the Board

Toni Appleton

Reflecting on Autumn

At the beginning of autumn, at the Michael Festival, the picture of Michael with the Dragon will stand there to act as a powerful summons, a powerful spur to action, which must work on men in the midst of the events of our times. – Rudolf Steiner

Michael Festival….a festival for the conquest of anxiety and fear; a festival of inner strength and initiative; a festival for the commemoration of selfless self-consciousness. – Rudolf Steiner

From the Principal

Hello everyone,

What a huge week it has been with many events happening in and around our school community. Many within our community (both school and local) have experienced some huge challenges over the last couple of weeks. The Michaelic message of this time of the year is one of courage – finding the courage, wisdom and personal integrity to meet each challenge as it comes towards us. I am constantly humbled by the quiet courage I see around me as people turn bravely to face what comes to meet them. I would like to share a Michaelic verse, given to us by Rudolf Steiner, which I personally find helpful in challenging times.

We must eradicate from the soul
All fear and terror of what comes towards man out of the future.

We must acquire serenity
In all feelings and sensations about the future.

We must look forward with absolute equanimity
To everything that may come.

And we must think only that whatever comes
Is given to us by a world-directive full of wisdom.

It is part of what we must learn in this age,
namely, to live out of pure trust,
Without any security in existence.

Trust in the ever present help
Of the spiritual world.

Truly, nothing else will do
If our courage is not to fail us.

And let us seek the awakening from within ourselves
Every morning and every evening.      – Rudolf Steiner

I am deeply grateful to the teachers, staff, parents, students and members of our broader community who continue to strive towards that awakening, who offer courage wisdom and support and who weave the very fabric of our community.

I would like to close by offering my deepest sympathy and warmest wishes to Simon, Frida and Matilda on the passing of Jane – a very much loved mother and wife and a vibrant member of our school community. Information about Jane’s memorial gathering can be found later in this bulletin.


Jane’s Memorial

Important Parent Evening at CBRSS – Thursday 14th March.

On Thursday 14th of March 2019 from 6pm until 7.30pm, Kirra Pendergast from Safe on Social Media Pty Ltd. will be at CBRSS to talk to parents of students in Classes 4-12 about how to keep children safe on Social Media, this is a very important topic so we ask that at least 1 parent from every family with students of that age attend.

The Safe on Social Media Presentation will cover the main elements of social media safety and welfare. Kirra’s face-to-face presentation is very informative and discusses real life case studies and includes strategies to help parents support their children. The session will include a Q&A session to address specific issues. Topics covered include: using social media with awareness; keeping personal information private; online stranger danger; posting photos and sexting; safe social networking; cyber-bullying; privacy settings; what your posts say about you; identity theft; legal responsibility; gaming dangers; learning to read tween/teenager behaviour online; managing digital footprints; strategies to build resistance and resilience.

Safe on Social Media offers a unique solution that combines cyber safety with information security and risk management skills so that audiences at our presentations learn practical things that they can use in everyday life.

We have presented to more than 300,000 students, their parents, and teachers. By building a long-term relationship with schools (K-12), we can be called on for support when needed. Our face to face talks and professional development training is engaging, entertaining and practical. We offer the most comprehensive suite of consulting services available in the cyber safety sector to organisations across Australia and New Zealand.

We proudly deliver a non-biased, fact-based solution without the hysteria that often accompanies cyber safety talks.

For more information about Kirra and Safe on Social Media Pty Ltd. please visit their website.