From the Principal

Hello everyone,

(Written on Friday) As I write this, preparations are underway for our Winter Festivals. These are always very special festivals in the school calendar and mark an important moment in the yearly cycle. On this “darkest night” we take a moment to pause quietly an experience this inner moment of stillness. In Australia, our experience of the winter dark is a little more subtle than that felt by our European friends where mid winter can mark days of very little light at all. Here, we need to sense a little more keenly to feel the quiet and stillness of being “with ourselves” at this time of the year. I know that our teachers have been planning for a beautiful, reverent festival and I hope you are able to sense into the moment.

This will be the first Winter Festival I have missed in my years at the school, however my healing from recent surgery is not yet at a point when I can venture out into the community. Please know I will be with you all in spirit.

I was talking with some parents recently and they asked me about my own teaching background. I realised that I am now in my 7th year at the school and many parents have arrived in our community since then – so it is probably timely for me to re-introduce myself to our community. I am a teacher (both State and Steiner trained) with over 20 years of teaching experience, teaching from Kindergarten through to Year 10. I have worked in Steiner schools in Victoria and New South Wales (where I also took on leadership roles including as the Chair of the College of Teachers and member of the Management Team) and spent several years in Papua New Guinea, teaching and training local teachers. I have been a Director on the Board of Steiner Education Australia for 5 years now and assisted with the writing of the National Steiner Curriculum (English). I have delivered workshops and lectures on Steiner Education around Australia and at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. I am absolutely passionate about Steiner Education and our amazing and beautiful school at Cape Byron. I very much miss my role in the classroom, but now enjoy supporting teachers and our community to ensure our school continues to thrive.

I welcome communication with members of our school community. If you have not yet had the opportunity to say hello to me, please do come and introduce yourself to me at school, call or send me an email to say hello. (As I am not yet able to be back at school – an email is the best way to say hello at the moment). I welcome your feedback and suggestions.


Please collect your Lost Property

Can we urge ‘everyone’, parents, carers and students to please regularly check Lost Property?
You will always get notice of a ‘clear-out’, but it’s sad to see so much left behind which doesn’t get claimed.
It’s always a great surprise that hardly any of it has a name on/in it; such a simple solution to items finding their rightful owner. If you are serious about keeping track of belongings, please put a name on/in it (that includes musical instruments too).
Thank you – Reception

Coming Together – World Cafe Event – Save the Date

Thursday 1st August – 6.30 pm

You are invited to attend a special World Cafe event to share ideas, discuss challenges and celebrate all that is good about our wonderful school. We are asking at least one adult from each family to attend this special event. There will be opportunities to meet with school leadership, Board members, the P&F and key staff and stakeholders in the school (there will be yummy food provided too). Those of you who attended this event 3 years ago will remember that it was a wonderful evening which bore many fruits for our school. Please mark the date in your calendar now.

Repair Care & Maintenance (RCM) Afternoon.

Wednesday 26th June 3pm – 5.30pm.
Let’s spruce the place up for the upcoming National Teachers Conference.
Tasks for all and many hands make the work fun.
Meet at Gavin’s Shed for allocation of tasks.
Gavin. 0427 847 400.

CBRSS Bushdance 2019

At the Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School in the Hall!

High School Elective (9/10) Showcase 3rd of July

Spring Fair Raffle

Our annual Spring Fair raffle is now underway! This year it will be an online raffle, with some truly fantastic prizes.

First prize is three-night getaway to Elements of Byron resort, for four people (or five including a young child) in a 2-bedroom villa, plus meals at Barrio and Three Blue Ducks restaurants.

Click through to our raffle website to see more of the great prizes so generously donated. (Think gorgeous homewares packages and family adventures and bliss-out treatments).

Buying tickets: is easy. All you need to do is visit our raffle website and pay with credit card.

Selling tickets: There are no paper tickets this year. Instead of asking you to sell a book of tickets, we ask you to send the link to friends and family and invite them to buy tickets. You can:
• email them the link to our raffle website
• text the link that the school has texted you today,
• visit our school Facebook page and share the raffle post,
• visit the raffle website and share from there.

You might like to sit with your kids and make a list of the family members and friends you could invite to buy tickets. We’re asking you to forward this link to at least twenty people. Let’s make the most of the generosity of our donors. Money raised this year will go to exercise and play equipment, and resources for school camps.

Cash sales If a friend or family member would rather not buy with credit card, you can take cash from them and pay with your credit card. Just make sure to write their name and email address into the online form so they receive the emailed receipt. We will also be making cash sales at the Friday school market and at all the area’s farmers’ markets.

Incentive prizes for selling tickets The primary school class and the high school class that sell the most tickets will enjoy a free picnic pizza lunch at school with salad, hot chocolate and cake! (With vegetarian, GF and DF options.)

When anyone buys a raffle ticket, they have the chance to indicate on the website which class they are buying the ticket in support of. This is how we count how many sales each class has made. So make sure to tell family and friends which class to nominate when they buy their tickets. When you share the link, you could add, “Tick my year level (Class ….or Year… ) when you buy your tickets”.

Thank you for your support.

Sarah and Lesa for the Class 3 Raffle team.

CBRSS Parents & Friends Association

Hello! You might have heard of the Parents and Friends Association. The P&F has been established to nourish and support the needs of the parents/carers as active members of the school community. We have recently taken on the roles of P&F executives and are excited to grow and support our school community together with all of you.
There are a variety of ways in which you can get involved with P&F in our school community. Have a look on the P&F webpage on the school website for more info:
We also organize a monthly P&F meeting, a transparent communication platform where parents/carers can connect with us and each other to share and discuss school matters, policy and ideas.
As a parent/carer, you can influence what topics will be discussed at the P&F meetings by sharing your comments and ideas with us. If you cannot attend the meeting but still like to give input you can contact us here or connect with your Class Coordinator.
Looking forward to meeting you there!
Felicity, Michelle & Gladys

Gladys de Swart (Treasurer) Felicity Davies (Chair Person) Michelle Ruthven (Secretary)

‘A School’s Journey’, a history of Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School

‘A School’s Journey’, a history of Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School was launched at the recent evening celebrating 100 years of Steiner education.

From the first dreams and visions of the original pioneers through the love and devotion of so many people, Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School is now 30 years old. With enthusiasm, hard work and enormous trust from the first families, the School grew from small beginnings in the tin shed at Bangalow into a vibrant and strong school in Byron Bay.

The School acknowledges with gratitude all who have contributed to this extraordinary journey. Annie Barrett

Books are available to buy at Reception for $15.00

Help needed for Jamaii’s Tobias project

Adult Eurythmy classes at CBRSS

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.

Why do young people think some drugs are ‘safe’ or ‘harmless’? Put simply, we tell them ‘lies’ and we don’t teach them to ‘respect’ all drugs

The most commonly used definition of a drug is “any substance (with the exception of food and water) which, when taken into the body, alters the body’s function either physically and/or psychologically.” Drugs can be legal, illegal or pharmaceutical and can be taken in a variety of ways, including “via inhalation, injection, smoking, ingestion, absorption via a patch on the skin, or dissolution under the tongue.”

Over the past 18 months I have been talking (and writing) about a number of substances that appear to be becoming increasingly popular with school-based young people – nitrous oxide (‘nanging’), ‘jungle juice’ (or amyl nitrite), cannabis, and ecstasy/MDMA. With all of these, growing numbers of students are telling me that they (or at least, their friends) believe these drugs to be ‘safe’ or ‘harmless’ – two words that you don’t ever want to hear young people use in relation to drugs. Now, before you start to panic and think that we have a major drug epidemic amongst Australian school students, it is important to acknowledge that according to the latest data, illicit drug use is relatively stable amongst this group. The two exceptions are ecstasy/MDMA (which has unfortunately doubled in use in recent years) and cannabis (which has begun to increase in popularity in recent years but is still at far lower levels than it was in the 90s). My great concern is that when anyone, but particularly the very young, start to believe that a drug is ‘safe’, that’s when things begin to go horribly wrong …

Read the full article from “Doing Drugs with Paul Dillon” by clicking this link

This article has been recommended to parents by our Wellbeing Worker Annie Barrett

Simplifying childhood may protect against Mental Health issues

When my Dad was growing up he had one jumper each winter. One. Total.

He remembers how vigilantly he cared for his jumper. If the elbows got holes in them my Grandma patched them back together. If he lost his jumper he’d recount his steps to find it again. He guarded it like the precious gift it was.

He had everything he needed and not a lot more. The only rule was to be home by dinner time. My Grandma rarely knew exactly where her kids were.

They were off building forts, making bows and arrows, collecting bruises and bloody knees and having the time of their lives. They were immersed in childhood.

But the world has moved on since then. We’ve become more sophisticated. And entered a unique period in which, rather than struggling to provide enough parents are unable to resist providing too much. In doing so, we’re unknowingly creating an environment in which mental health issues flourish.

When I read Kim John Payne’s book, Simplicity Parenting one message leapt off the page. Normal personality quirks combined with the stress of “too much” can propel children into the realm of disorder. A child who is systematic may be pushed into obsessive behaviours. A dreamy child may lose the ability to focus.

Payne conducted a study in which he simplified the lives of children with attention deficit disorder. Within four short months 68% went from being clinically dysfunctional to clinically functional. The children also displayed a 37% increase in academic and cognitive aptitude, an effect not seen with commonly prescribed drugs like Ritalin.

As a new parent I find this both empowering and terrifying. We officially have a massive opportunity and responsibility to provide an environment in which our children can thrive physically, emotionally and mentally.

So, what are we getting wrong and how can we fix it?

Read the full article from by clicking this link

For Jane

We had a fantastic night at the ‘Stars Of the Shire Dance for Cancer’. The Seven Sassy Sisters won people’s choice and we were the team to raise the most funds, over $6000 for Cancer Council Northern Rivers NSW. CBRSS was proudly showcased by the efforts of the Class 4 mums. It was such a fun night with so many coming to support us. Thank you for your support.

Love Laurie, Jen, Sarah, Kimberly, Skai, Suzie and our teacher Kyla xx

Five stars for our Master Chef

Byron Council surprised Craig with a  Food and Hygiene safety visit to our Season’s Cafe (School Canteen) last week. Congratulations and thanks to Craig and his team who have again received a five star ‘Excellent’ award. Craig has received five stars now for the four years he has run the school canteen. Well done Craig!

1 week to go until Plastic Free July 2019

Join millions of people reducing their plastic waste.
Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?

Take our Pesky Plastic Quiz. It’s a great way of finding out what single-use plastics you’re currently using, and what you can cut out during the challenge. Even if you’ve done it before, it helps us track household trends and can be a great way to take stock of your improvements and find new ways to cut single-use plastics out of your life!

We’re incredibly excited to announce the launch of our brand-new website. A lot of time and work has gone into this new update, all with the purpose of making sure you have the best resources and help available throughout the Plastic Free July challenge – for 2019 and beyond.

Check out the fresh new look here!

You’ll find:

Class 6 Look to the Stars!

Class 6 have had their gaze up in the night sky over the past couple of weeks as part of our Astronomy main lesson. To further our celestial explorations, we went on an excursion to Brisbane to visit the Planetarium where we very much enjoyed the dome show. We then visited the museum to see the exhibition ‘NASA: A Human Adventure’. It was fascinating to learn so much about humanity’s journey further into space, and to see some objects that had actually been to space and back. Class 6 spent most of last week sharing their fabulous and well-researched Astronomy projects with the class. This happened to coincide with the 50th year anniversary since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first human beings to set foot on the moon on 20 June in 1969.
And to top it off, Class 6 did a marvellous job presenting some of the southern hemisphere Winter sky constellations at our Winter Festival on Friday.
‘One small step for man. One giant leap for mankind!’

High School House Cross Country Event

The House Cross Country event was held on Thursday 3rd April and saw a good level of participation from students throughout the high school and the Class 5 and 6 primary students. Students were transported from school to “Brunswick Heads Surf Club” car park and after a spectacular start, they ran, walked and crawled to the finish line at Torakina Beach.

Each student scored points for their house depending on their finishing position overall as well as within their age and gender group. At the end of the day the house scores were very close and a special congratulations to all house captains who encouraged their team members to participate and perform at their best.

The final scores

1st Place Olympia 1684 pts
2nd Place Sparta 1679 pts
3rd Place Athens 1420 pts
4th Place Crete 1406 pts

Some excellent individual performances need to be mentioned. First overall was Thibault Walker year 11, 2nd Tom Pierce year 11, 3rd Sachin Smith year 9. First for the girls was Brianna Hart year 8, 2nd Manon Pouget Year 8, 3rd- Hannah Murray year 9. The three students in each age group were invited to compete at the north coast independent school championships.
The primary class 5 and 6 classes ran a smaller circuit earlier in the morning and showed some excellent form from all participants finishing the course very quickly. The top 5 from each age group and gender were invited to represent the school at the North coast Independent Schools Competition.

Boys top 5,- 1st Kaden Ellyard class 6, 2nd Kade Atkinson, class 6, 3rd Hugh Bishop class 5, 4th Kobi May class 5, 5th Mayshar Lerner class 5.
Girls top 5,- 1st Aoife Gordos class 5, 2nd Jasmine Ruthven class 5, 3rd Edie Mayson class 6, 4th Matilda Hagen class 5, 5th Bayla Kenway class 5.

Thank you to all staff who assisted on the day and to all students who participated with a sense of fun and achievement.

Steve Richards (Ric)

The North Coast Sports Association Inter School Cross Country Event

This event was held on Friday 17th May at Lennox Head and involves all the Independent private schools from Tweed Heads to Coffs Harbour. Cool weather with a little bit of drizzle set the scene for a magnificent day where over 30 students from our school competed against some of the biggest schools and best runners in the Northern Rivers Region. Our primary school came 5th place overall. This is made even more impressive as we do not send our year 4s and 3s to this event so our team is considerably smaller than the other schools. The high school was low on numbers this year and our results were not as high as we have done in the past.
Four of our students earned an invitation to represent the NCIS at the CIS state championships at Eastern Creek in Sydney on the 17th June and many others were placed in the top 15 in their division. All ran with pride and exuberance. Both Lizzie Gavaghan and I were proud and impressed with the student’s performances and behaviour on the day. We both agreed that we would be happy to accompany this group of students to any function. Well done! The following students all received exceptional results in their divisions.

Kaden Ellyard 6th, Hugh Bishop 5th, Jasmine Ruthven 4th, Asher Clarke 9th and Hannah Murray 8th. Have all been invited to represent NCIS at the CIS championships in Sydney on the 17th June. We wish these students well at this event.

Steve Richards (Ric)

HS Athletics Carnival 2019

On Thursday 30th May, the High School students spent a sunny winters day at Ewingsdale sports ground participating in the Inter-House Athletics Carnival. A total of ten 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 lunchtimes and in their PE lessons over the coming weeks, so the final results will not be known for a couple of weeks.
Currently the results have Crete on 770pts, Sparta 766pts, Athens 756pts and Olympia 666pts. There are only 15 points separating three houses and the results of the high jump could easily alter the current positions of the houses.

As usual, there were some outstanding individual performers with 14 school records being broken. However, what was more impressive was the extent of participation of 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.
New record holders, Jamaii Nelson yr 8 100m, 200m, Isaac Poulson yr 10 100m, 200m, Taj Birrell yr 11 100m, 200m, Shot Put, Josie Huntsman yr 11 100m, 400m, Taylor Tyrrell yr 7 800m, Manon Pouget yr 8 Javelin, Krystal Pierce yr 10 Long Jump, Buzz Walker yr 10 Long Jump, and Crete junior girls relay team.

Students who performed well in their events by coming first or second will be 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 on their special event. There will be training on Tuesdays and Thursday from 3.00pm to 4.00pm 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.
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.

Steve Richards (Ric)

Northern New South Wales School Netball Cup

On 19th June 4 teams from the high school went to the NSW all Schools netball championship held at Mullumbimby Netball courts. There were over 55 teams involved in the day with 12 courts fully occupied for most of the day from 9:30am. All our teams played very well and learnt much through the day. Our 7 and 8 boys came 2nd overall and earned a place in the regional competition in Casino to be held on the 14th August. Our yr 7and 8 girls came 5th out of 8 schools, the year 7/ 8 boys team came 3rd in their division, the 9 and 10 girls came 5th in their division.
Many thanks to Lizzie, Ric, Sydoni, Aaron Brett- Williams and Ella Whitaker who helped coach and umpire on the day.

Steven Richards (Ric)

Year 12 Photography news

Year 12 Photography students playing with the new Gimbles. We have added one Pro Ronon S (which is a super impressive piece of gear,) and a DJI Osmo pocket Gimble (perfect size for travel and everyday use), to our CBRSS equipment. Our Major Work students are so excited to be able to have access to this fabulous new gear!

Katie Alleva
Photography Teacher