From the Principal

Hello everyone,

As you are no doubt aware, we are holding a very special celebration tomorrow evening to celebrate 100 years of Steiner Education as well as the wonderful 30 year history of our own school. This will be an exciting evening for our school community with amazing food (catered by the Open Table) as well as an incredible night of music by Pete Hunt and his big band. This will be another great opportunity for our school community to come together in a relaxed environment to celebrate (children are welcome).

One of the highlights of the evening will be the launch of Annie Barrett’s new book, “A School’s Journey – Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School.” Annie has been working on this labour of love for several years now and has produced a beautiful book which tells the rich story of our school’s history.

I strongly encourage you to come along for the evening – bring family and friends and join with us in celebrating. There is no need to pre-book, tickets will be available at the door.


Friendly reminder re School Fees due

Term 2 school fees are due today – Friday 24th of May 2019. Thank you to all who have already paid.

If you haven’t paid for Term 2 yet and you are not on an approved payment plan please address this promptly.

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

Julia & Strawberry

Tips to keep your child safe

  • Hold hands with your child when crossing the road until they are at least 10 years old
  • Children need to be actively supervised in and around traffic.
  • If your hands are full, make sure your child holds onto a trolley or pram, your bag, or even your arm or sleeve.
  • Set a good example
  • Children are always watching – they want to be grown up and be just like older children and adults. Make sure you always set a good example for your child around traffic. Talk with children about traffic and road safety
  • As you are walking, talk with your child about why you are stopping, and what you are looking and listening for. Explain to your child where it is safer to cross the road and why.

Flexible RCM Hours

It is possible for some, Repair Care & Maintenance (RCM) Hours to be done during school time with Gavin.
If you ring (0427 847 400) & give me a couple of days notice I can arrange for some tasks to be done.
You can do a couple of hours when you drop your children off or before you pick them up.
It is sometimes possible that you could do the whole school day.
At the moment these are some tasks that can be done:

  • Paint PS Shoe Shelves
  • Oil Cl 4 Treehouse
  • Light Sand & Oil Timber Screens Silkwood Room
  • Install 2 Possum Nesting Boxes in Trees
  • Empty Out Clean & Organise HS Drama Shed
  • Lots & lots of weeding & mulching

Thanks, Gavin Colley.

Spring Fair Announcement

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.

For Jane

A number of Mum’s in Class 4 decided to get involved in a really fun event where they will be dancing at the Byron Bay Community Center in a Dancing with the Stars like competition to raise money for the Cancer Council on the 7th of June at 6pm.

The Seven Sassy Sisters are made up of Jen Henderson, Skai Daly, Kimberly Tharge, Sarah Sykes, Suzie Smith, Laurie Collins and their professional dance teacher is Kyla Blacksmith.

We are dancing with Jane in our hearts and our other friends who have been touched by cancer.”

Ways you can support us!

Buy tickets and watch us strut our sassy stuff. It will be a really fun night out … adults only.. Byron Theatre at the Theatre box office or at

We are meant to try and raise $10,000 as a group! Yikes. We’d be so grateful if you could help us reach this goal by generously donating. You can do that directly here. It’s tax free!!!


Help needed for Jamaii’s Tobias project

Adult Eurythmy classes at CBRSS

Biography Workshop with Geraldine at CBRSS

Supporting Health workshop at CBRSS

Email: or phone 0407 327 812 to book or for more information.

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.

“Fortnite” may be a virtual game, but it’s having real-life, dangerous effects

“They are not sleeping. They are not going to school. They are dropping out of social activities. A lot of kids have stopped playing sports so they can do this.”

Michael Rich, a pediatrician and director of the Clinic for Interactive Media and Internet Disorders at Boston Children’s Hospital, was talking about the impact “Fortnite: Battle Royale” — a cartoonish multiplayer shooter game — is having on kids, mainly boys, some still in grade school.

“We have one kid who destroyed the family car because he thought his parents had locked his device inside,” Rich said. “He took a hammer to the windshield.”

A year and a half since the game’s release, Rich’s account is just one of many that describe an obsession so intense that kids are seeing doctors and therapists to break the game’s grip, in some cases losing so much weight — because they refuse to stop playing to eat — that doctors initially think they’re wasting away from a physical disease.

Read the full article from the Boston Globe here

Boredom – The Cauldron of Creativity

Søren Kierkegaard said, “Boredom is the root of all evil.” Indeed, idleness has been looked down upon for centuries. Recent studies on the matter have brought much new information to light, but for many of us, the long-standing notion that a bored person needs an “activity” can lead to a reactionary approach if our child is bored. In a worst case scenario, a bored child places themselves before a screen. In a better scenario, we schedule them in activities to limit boredom or present them with a list of possibilities……..But, psychologists, neurologists and child development experts are now encouraging a third option: just let them be bored. No rescuing, no ideas, no schedule and no screens. Just let our children sit in the stew of inactivity. But why?

Read the full article from the Waldorf School of Philadelphia here

I cannot plant imagination into my children. I can, however, provide an environment where their creativity is not just another mess to clean up but welcome evidence of grappling successfully with boredom.”

Class 6 News

Here are some poems and prose composed by some Class students, as part of our recent exploration of the Wonder and Wisdom of Words.

by Tonali Davies
The Arctic is like a cold enchantress,
An old woman at the end of the earth.
She sits silent, watching, forever watching.
She watches the bears, white on the snow.
She watches the seals as they come and they go.
She watches, waits the whole year round.
The northern lights are her crown
And her feet, deep deep down.
Below the sea, ice shrinks and grows
And in her heart of ice she knows,
That she will wait for a thousand years.
In the ice locked are her tears.

Creative stimulus writing
by Marlon
The sea was rough and the Golden Bell was tossed around like a toy in a bath. The day the storm exhausted itself calm as calm. There was a soft breeze and the ship rocked gently back and forth. All the crew were exhausted after what they had been through the night before. But little did they know, under the ocean something stirred. The storm had woken it from a long sleep and now it was awake. And hungry.

by Quin
The moon is like a lonely diamond in the sky.
The wind is like a mother hushing her child.
A sunflower is like the sun.
A dandelion is like a small mammal curled up on a stem.
A pine tree is like a tall man reaching out his arms.
A field of tulips is like the ground after a battle.
A flower bed is like a school for flowers.
The creak of trees is like a newly born baby’s cry.

We Give Thanks
by Ayla
We give thanks to all the animals,
Big and small,
Short and tall,
The fluffy and scruffy,
The spiky and soft,
The cute, the scary
They’re all the same
They have a purpose
Since the day they came.

A Letter from the Earth
by Coco
Dear people,
I just wanted to remind you to always tread lightly and think deeply. Just like you have a sponge when you have a shower to clean yourself, you feel like a sponge when you swim in my ocean. When you climb in my trees and bushes it’s like a comb running through my hair. When you place your bare feet on the ground it’s like a massage that goes on forever. I hope it will stay this way where you people are forever preening and making me a queen.
From the Earth, your source of life.

Moon Light
by Coco
The moon is an orb strung high in the sky
Surrounded by velvet as black as the night.
The velvet is studded with diamonds so bright
They twinkle and sparkle like jewels in the night.
The planets are lonely and really quite far.
They’re actually thoughts lost up in the stars.
If you look on rare nights the moon is a ruby
Engulfed in velvet, black and blue.



Spaghetti Circus performs for Classes 3-6

Congratulations to Class 5 student Aoife who is in pink.

Celebrating Year 9 Community Spirit!

Well done to the wonderful Year 9 students who showed up on a wet day in Lennox Head to support the NCIS Cross Country Carnival as part of their Community Service year. We ran a very popular popcorn stall, helped organise runners and man the track with first aid, and we had a lot of laughs too. Well done on supporting your community!

Also, a reminder that Year 9 will be running various food stalls in the high school, on Mondays and Fridays, to raise money to support their chosen causes: Koala rescue, Wombat care, The Guide Dog Association and Take 3 for the Sea. Don’t forget your money!

Alix and Peter

Teen Mental Health First Aid – Year 10

Mark Smith, local teacher and excellent facilitator with Mental Health First Aid Australia recently spent three mornings with our year 10 students. He shared information and discussed a variety of mental health issues and first aid. Mark guided students about when and how to encourage their friends to seek adult help. Thanks to Mental Health First Aid Australia and to the Rotary Club of Byron Bay who supports this initiative in local schools. Students each received a manual for young people to help their friends.

Annie Barrett, Wellbeing worker

Celebrating our Art teacher Denis

Our very talented Art teacher Denis Hopking is having an exhibition, for details about this and some more pictures of his work please visit our Online Community Noticeboard

Denis invites staff, parents, and students to the retrospective exhibition of sculpture artworks and his ceramics.
Denis has worked in the school from 2002 teaching modeling and pottery in the primary school and all forms of art in the high school.
Kyogle is a very artistic town 1¼hrs from school a beautiful drive via Lismore or Uki.
Denis looks forward to sharing his eclectic art with you.
Denis is sharing this exhibition with a past student, friend, also a passionate sculptor.
Roxy Gallery, KYOGLE Wednesday – Sunday 5 – 30 June

Denis Hopking MA MEd BVA
Sculpture Ceramics Visual Arts

Lost Tribes                                                         Sandstone Goddess

Reflecting on Rhythm

One can ascend to a higher development only by bringing rhythm and repetition into one’s life. Rhythm holds sway in all nature. – Rudolf Steiner

From the Acting Principal

Greetings to all

It was so lovely to welcome everyone back to school last week and to see parents, students and staff exchanging morning greetings, looking rested, refreshed and ready to begin Term 2 together. Interestingly, many teachers commented on how so many of their students had noticeably grown over these holidays. It is truly amazing how much children can grow and change in a few brief weeks and how time away allows us to more easily observe such growth!

And so…. the great wheel of the year continues to turn and with Autumn days growing shorter and the coming of longer nights and chilly mornings, as always, our school community has a variety of events to attend and much to celebrate.
Along with our warmly anticipated Winter Festivals and our annual Bush Dance, we are also excited to be hosting a very special Centennial Ball, in celebration of 100 years of Steiner Education. This will be a wonderful 1920’s themed evening and tickets can now be booked online – please see booking and other details in the post further on in this Bulletin.

As we collectively share in the school’s calendar of events, our school community continues to develop and strengthen; such strengthening is also supported through offering parent education opportunities.

This term, Melanie Deefholts is presenting to parents at individual class evenings from Kindergarten to Class 6 and in some High School classes too. In each of her presentations to class parents, Melanie will speak about the specific developmental stages in connection to the year level, and how parents can best be prepared to understand and support their children in this process as they journey with their class and teacher. Melanie is an experienced parent educator who speaks with clarity and always brings a fresh and insightful perspective; we hope you will be able to join us on these evenings!

In addition to parent evenings, Eurythmy classes for parents continue with Susan Gould on Wednesday mornings from 9 am until 10 am in the Movement Room and beginners are welcome.

Other events to note include, our Repair Care & Maintenance day on May 18, which conveniently coincides with the election and our school being a polling booth, and the Pupil Free Report Writing Day on the 11th of June.

I’d like to remind our school community to be safe and considerate drivers on the local Ewingsdale roads and in our school car park; particularly in the mornings and afternoons when students and parents are arriving and leaving.

Duty teachers often need to caution or stop young children who run ahead of their parents when leaving school in the afternoons. I bring to your attention a Pedestrian Road Safety Tip advising that adults should hold hands with children when crossing roads until they are at least 10 years old.

So please do be mindful and vigilant in holding your child’s hand before you reach the drive-through lane in the school car park and be sure to stop and look for cars with your child, before beginning to cross the drive-through lane to reach your parked car.

In closing, we look forward to welcoming Nerrida back to school next week after her study leave and time overseas. It has been a pleasure to look after the school in her absence as Acting Principal and I really appreciate the support I have received from staff, parents and students.

Best wishes to all for a happy, healthy and cosy Term Two, as we journey together towards the longest night!

With thanks

Tips to keep your child safe

  • Hold hands with your child when crossing the road until they are at least 10 years old
  • Children need to be actively supervised in and around traffic.
  • If your hands are full, make sure your child holds onto a trolley or pram, your bag, or even your arm or sleeve.
  • Set a good example
  • Children are always watching – they want to be grown up and be just like older children and adults. Make sure you always set a good example for your child around traffic. Talk with children about traffic and road safety
  • As you are walking, talk with your child about why you are stopping, and what you are looking and listening for. Explain to your child where it is safer to cross the road and why.

CBRSS joins the Woolworths Earn & Learn Program

Woolworths has just launched their Earn & Learn program, and this year we’re joining in. For those parents who aren’t aware of the program, if you shop at Woolworths between 1st of May and the 25th of June, you can earn stickers.

Our school will be collecting those stickers which we can then swap for new school equipment; things like art and craft supplies, sports gear, teaching aids and much more. There are thousands of things we can choose from.

So for any parents who shop at Woolworths, please collect the stickers and drop them in to our collection box, which will be located at Reception. Students can pick up the Sticker Collection Sheets from Reception.

Thanks for helping us out!