With A Mood of Gratitude…

‘It’s not happiness that brings us gratitude.
It’s gratitude that brings us happiness.’

A lovely way to finish and round off all the good work of a productive term with a class of students, is to take some time together in a circle, to reflect on what has happened, what we have learnt, what we have noticed, and all within a mood of gratitude and appreciation for self and others.
Sometimes it is the very simple things that a student will share, such as their joy in playing handball, or when they spotted the Tawny Frogmouths, or how they just love seeing all their friends each day and feeling happy.
Naturally, for our school community, as we near the close of our first term of 2021, there is so much we can take the time to reflect on in a mood of gratitude and appreciation…
For the beauty and lush abundance of the plants, trees, fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers in our school grounds and for the wonder of the wildlife that abounds…
For the hot sun and the wild rains, puddles, mud and the warm nights and the bright moon, twinkling stars and cool misty mornings…
For the love of friends and family and caring for place; for the children skipping into school, for mums and bubs, for the sharing of morning and afternoon greetings…
For divine singing and recorder sounds with us once again; for all that we are teaching and all that we are learning; for movement and stillness and looking and listening together…
For Class meetings so appreciatively attended; For the camps we have ventured on;
For Autumn Festival together with generosity of spirit…
And for the great cycle, the wheel of the year slowly turning, giving us strength and substance and all that we need in our striving together.

May your holidays be filled with joyous unscheduled time, rest and relaxation.

Warm wishes

Paddy & Teera
Co-Heads of School

Autumn Festival 2021

Class One

We dig dig dig and we tend the roots,
We clump around in our heavy boots,
We dig dig dig and we work all day,
And when it’s done we go out to play.
We love the flowers – we love the bees,
We love to make compost with all the leaves.
We love the earthworms – we love the trees,
We love to make compost, a home for seeds.

Class One ‘Gnomes’ have been actively embracing the many changes in our environment during these delicious autumn days.
As you can see, we had an active experience on Autumn Festival Day. Gavin helped us prepare a Biodynamic Garden Preparation (Nutrition for our garden) and we all took turns to spray and bless our Class One garden with it. At the end of our work, our generous and loving Class One Mumma Joss gifted us a delicious ‘Harvest Soup’. Everyone said it was delicious because it was full of so much love!
Rin and Class One ‘Working’ Gnomes.


Perhaps your student has lost something?

Until the end of term 1 is your opportunity to ask students to check the lost property box near Reception. During the holiday, items left behind will be sorted and donated to an Op Shop. It’s not just clothes, there are water bottles, lunch boxes and bags, a tennis racket etc.
In future please identify items, including musical instruments, by writing names on them.

Happy finding things!


Cash found on Site

In early March some cash was found onsite, if you believe it is yours please contact Reception.

CBRSS Study Group – Sol Circle

FOREWORD by Arthur G. Zajonc
We live and act within a world whose deeper aspects are hidden from our physical senses. Yet each of us possesses other faculties which, when cultivated, can lift the veil that separates us from spiritual knowledge. In this book, Rudolf Steiner charts a meditative path that leads both to inner peace and to enhanced powers of soul, and finally to the lifting of that veil. The road is long but secure, and is open to everyone. Its fruits of inner serenity, strength, and wisdom benefit not only the seeker but others as well, and certainly the world stands more than ever in need of insights and actions that are born of the spirit. How to Know Higher Worlds is, therefore, not only a personal guide to the spirit, but also a path through self-knowledge to compassionate action in the world.

Access a PDF of How to Know Higher Worlds here.

Listen to How to Know Higher Worlds here.

We warmly invite past & present members of the CBRSS community to join Sol Circle in Term 2 and 3 as we study this foundational text by Rudolf Steiner. To register please contact Yvette yvettet@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

CBRSS High School Chess Club


Creating a meaningful Easter

For those Christians with religious inclinations Easter will already be a significant time, but, for many, Easter has become a secular celebration and, in some countries, an opportunity to get away for a few days. Yet it also offers an opportunity to build a meaningful celebration around the universal values it contains.

Finding the universal human values to celebrate in the Easter traditions.

The original significance of the Easter story and many of the Easter symbols has been lost in the commercialization of Easter. Easter in the broadest, most universal sense, is the celebration of new life, of resurrection, of the archetypal loving deed done on behalf of others. It is about seeking for the best part of ourselves, our spirit. For children ideally it is about the joy of Easter Sunday, of the risen Christ in the Easter event, not the darkness of the crucifixion of Easter Friday; for sensitive young children can understand simple death, and burial, but not torment, torture and agony.

The date of each Easter is set at the first Sunday after the first full moon, after the spring equinox, a powerful time for the forces of growth in the earth in the northern hemisphere. Many of the symbols of Easter – in the egg, the chicken and the hare, (which has transformed into the rabbit)— are ancient symbols of spring, of the coming of new life after the hard winter. These are northern hemisphere traditions.

In the southern hemisphere, it is of course autumn at Easter, a very different time when the hens may even stop laying eggs! Nevertheless, in the temperate zones in the south, we can also observe a renewal of life in nature. For with the first autumn rains, the earth really sings, the plants and the insect world come alive again. The plants and the microbial activity in the soil, which have withdrawn from the scorching heat of summer, open up, to grow in the gentler autumn sun again before the cold of winter takes hold; the grasses begin to shoot; the autumn wheat is planted, along with the bulbs and seedlings which will flower later in the southern spring.

In the tropics, the rhythms are different again. Perhaps April at Easter time creates a breathing space between the tropical cyclones and storms in the south and those in the north. We need to observe what is happening with nature in each place. What is flowering or fruiting? What are the clouds, the rain and the winds doing? What is changing? Can we find the symbols of Easter, the cross, the egg form, in the flowers, fruits and seeds or in signs of new life and of resurrection here too?

Creating meaningful Easter celebrations

Much can be done to make a meaningful beautiful Easter within the sacred religious traditions of course. But we can also bring more meaning to what has become secular, the eggs, the chicks, rabbits, Easter hunt and hot cross buns. You may want to research the origins of these symbols on the web for ideas—Wikipedia articles have more depth, than a general search. You can work with the concepts of new life, service to others, and the seeking in the Easter egg hunt.

Traditions like finding a hill to watch the sun go down on Easter Friday in a quiet contemplative mood, and come up on Easter Sunday, with the experience of the renewal of life in all the joy of increasing light and life and bird song, can provide special moments in the festival. Planting something for the future in the earth on Easter Friday can be a wonderful thing to do with children— bulbs for later flowering, trees for the good of the earth, flowering plants for the native birds to feed in. Such activities can bring a continuity of awareness from Easter to Easter as the children watch their gifts to the earth grow. In such activities children can experience the joy of the traditional Easter event, of renewal, of unconditional love, of the re-enlivening of the earth and humanity. Easter can be a festival of life and hope in a world which can be depressing at times as we listen daily to stories of violence, poverty, war and environmental degradation.

Can the love of the beautiful form of the egg, with its endless possibilities of decoration, display and discovery, bring a different sort of joy and richer memories than just being given cheap eggs from the supermarket (often of poor quality chocolate at that). Home-made, blown decorated eggs can be hung from a branch to make an Easter Tree or placed in a bowl of freshly sprouted wheat. Eggs, and nests for little eggs, can be made from healthier ‘treats’ like roasted nuts and seeds, shredded coconut and dried fruit mixed with melted carob or chocolate. You could even make jellied rabbits in colourful salad gardens. You can find food from your multicultural traditions, like we had in our family in our own Nonna’s Pizza Chiena, sometimes called Italian Easter pie, a bread made with cheese and salted meats at its centre.

Family traditions can be made in your own Easter egg hunt. We have an Easter story in my family of when my mother was a small child in the early 1920s. Her family got together with another family to hide eggs in the garden for everyone, adults included. One year my grandfather’s egg was hidden at the top of a pine tree. When everyone had found their eggs but him, they stood around the tree looking up until he scaled the tree to find his egg. He was in fact a church minister, with considerable athletic ability and a very good sense of humour. In my own family here, we would hide a nest of eggs for each person in the garden late at night, until one night a fox made off with one of the nests before we had our hunt. Such stories become part of our family traditions, memories of which can sustain us through our lives.

The delight in the seeking of eggs in the garden in an Easter egg hunt, is best if the motivation is as much in the seeking, like the enthusiasm for the living of life, seeking for meaning, for inner riches—rather than just in the finding and accumulation of prizes. A collection basket, where all the found eggs are placed for sharing out more equally later, makes it less competitive.

The possibilities are endless for you to create your own Easter festival, into which you can bring your values, love and appreciation— making it meaningful and relevant for your own family. Ideally here we make our primary motivation to bring meaning and human values to what we do, not just adding more ‘decorations’ or ‘activities’ to our festival. For more ideas on creating meaningful family festivals in general see the photo link below.

With thanks to Creative Living with Children, Susan Laing’s resources for understanding children.  creativelivingwithchildren.com

Click for the full article including links to Easter activities

Child Safety Handbook

A new edition of the Child Safety Handbook is now available online with updated safety content.

We urge all parents and carers to download this latest edition and discuss the safety content with your children.

Read the Child Safety Handbook here

Easter Festival

Sacrifice and becoming (germination of the new) — these two are intimately linked together in the Easter festival. – Rudolf Steiner

From Teera

Can you feel that Autumn’s coming?
Can you feel it in the air?
For the secrets are revealed to you
In everything everywhere…

Its the green of hills and valleys
And pink grasses everywhere
And the rainbow arched so high above
Its beauty for all to share…

Such a wonderful, industrious feeling of purpose and progress is permeating our school in the 6th week of Term 1. With the beautiful sounds of student voices singing in choir, and recorders and string instruments playing, a soothing mood meanders through the school each day, giving the lovely, reassuring feeling ‘that all is well’!
In the Kindergarten, children are busily working with beeswax modelling, making a twisty tie, finger knitting and sewing and their seasonal transition to Autumn and Harvest is underway.
As always, much is happening elsewhere in the school; Class 9 are currently away on a 10 day hiking camp at Yuraygir National Park, Class 12 are preparing for an excursion to Sydney this week that will enhance their experience of subject studies; Classes 4-6 attended 5 days of swimming, and Classes 2&3 are swimming each day this week at Mullumbimby Pool.
In the garden, beds are being prepared all around our grounds by our capable Class 12 students, in readiness for special plantings by those in younger classes in coming weeks; and students are jogging each morning in preparation for the upcoming Class 5, 6 and High School Cross Country Events at Brunswick Heads on the last day of term, Thursday April 1.

Happy Autumn Days

From Paddy

At a recent P&F meeting, I was asked if I would tell the community a little about myself. This feels highly egotistical, but, with that request in mind, I thought I might share some answers to the questions the students have been asking me.

1. Where are you from? Well, England, originally (specifically, Buckinghamshire.) However, since leaving University I’ve lived and worked in various schools and Universities in England, Scotland, Japan and, most recently on the Gold Coast, where for the last seven years I have had the privilege of being Principal of Emmanuel and setting up Emmanuel’s ‘baby sister,’ Josiah College.
2. What did you do in those other schools, and were the boarding schools like Hogwarts? I began as a High School English Teacher, then became a Housemaster (who still taught English.) After that I became a Head of English and something called a “Director of International and Spiritual Citizenship” which is a bit like a Deputy/Chaplain in charge of student wellbeing and citizenship learning. Then, briefly, I was a deputy Principal in Bath, before being invited to take up the role at Emmanuel.

But no teacher in a boarding school ‘just’ teaches, so I also ran scuba and lifesaving clubs, coached sports, and ran activities like the Model United Nations and Amnesty International clubs.

And yes, some of those schools were a bit like Hogwarts. One (King Edward’s School Witley) had its own train, and a staff member called the Beadle who sometimes wore an Elizabethan uniform and carried a Mace. Meanwhile the one in Scotland had secret passages (where Priests used to hide in the 17th century) and was reputedly home to the so-called “Wizard of Gordonstoun.”

3. Tell us about your family/pets/favourite EPL football team. I have a wonderful wife, Helen, who has also been a Head (her background is in psychology,) and two children – Josh, who is (very nearly) 30 and works as a “Genius” for Apple, and Lauren who is 28 and works as Policy Analyser/Writer for the New Zealand Government. We also have a cat – Florence. And I’m a life-long Aston Villa supporter.
4. Where did you go to University, and what did you study? I first went to Kingston University, in London, where I studied English and Philosophy (or, technically, the History of Ideas) to Honours level. Then I took my Post-Grad in Education at the University of East Anglia, before completing my Masters through the Open University and undertaking research with the University of Gloucestershire
5. What’s your favourite music? I have a very broad taste in music, but if I could only pick five artists, then I’d have to say: Billy Bragg, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel (including his first band, Genesis,) Burning Spear (I love reggae) and probably The Clash … or David Bowie… or maybe Mogwai … or Radiohead … or maybe even some classical music …
6. What about books? That’s even harder than music, but if I were marooned on a desert island, I like to have the Winnie the Pooh books, some books by P. G. Wodehouse, a good set of detective novels (maybe the Morse books) something “difficult” like James Joyce, and Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series
7. And do you have any hobbies? Well, obviously, reading and listening to music, but I also love birdwatching, hiking, scuba diving … and I’m trying to teach myself to cook and draw (not at the same time!)
8. Finally – some quick-fire questions:
– Favourite food – cake (or maybe toast with a good, bitter marmalade)
– Favourite colour – that’s complicated, because I’m colour-blind, but I think it’s blue (or purple, or greyish-pink!)
– Favourite drink – tea (Assam, with a splash of milk – “the colour of cardboard,” as my Grandma used to say.)
– Australia or England? Well, I miss England, but I prefer Australia
– Sydney or Melbourne? Brisbane
– And what is your favourite saying/piece of wisdom – either “Love starts when we push aside our ego and make room for someone else” (Rudolf Steiner) or “Clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience” (St. Paul) or “Don’t Panic” (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)


From The Board

Autumn Festival 2021

Thank you to the School

From the Finance Team

From Reception

Hope you are enjoying the new school app – here below is a gentle reminder about it and about procedures:-

The app

If you forget your password, or have difficulties with login please contact ict@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

We ask that you log-in to the School app and check your address and contact information are current, you can also add or change any emergency contacts and medical details. Please note we must have an emergency contact for your child other than parents that would be able to pick up your child from school if we were unable to contact you. Please add your child/s swimming ability in the medical conditions section.


If your child will be away, please report the absence via the School App. (Details here) If we do not receive notification prior, you will receive a message that your child was absent from Roll Call. Please then explain this absence via the School App.

Please be advised that if you are collecting your child early for any reason, you must come to Reception to report yourself in and to sign your student out. If you can let us know by email that you intend collecting your student early, as soon as you are sure of it yourself, that would help us greatly in organising with their teacher to have them sent to Reception for collection.

While it is courteous to let the class teacher/Guardians know your child will be absent, please do not assume that telling them is the same as having informed the school. Teachers will assume you have already logged absentee information via our App.

For absences’ longer than three days, please fill in the Application for Extended Leave – Travel and email your application to the Co-Heads of School’s Assistant, Penny – pa@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

Similarly, for any questions regarding required leave, please contact Penny as above for further assistance.

If you have not provided the school via the school app with notification of absence by 9.30 am you will be advised of their absence by text after Class Roll Call has been entered. It is school policy to keep all records up to date, so please respond via our School App as to the reason the student is away. If children arrive late (after 9 am) they must sign in at reception before attending class. This applies to students leaving early too.


What the Good Elves got up to in the Holidays

Two ex-students were part of the crew that made this happen.

Construct & install the Outdoor Kitchen in the Outdoor Classroom. With the new Outdoor Table Tennis Table.

● Jack up & re-level stumps under PS Music Room.
● Construct Ball Hitting Wall in COLA.
● Renovation to rotten exterior walls Casuarina, Melaleuca & Grevillea Rooms.
● Replace back steps & section of verandah Grevillea Room.
● Replace Chalkboard/Whiteboards Casuarina & Grevillea Rooms.
● Paint internal walls Silkwood room & Cello room.
● Install 3 Block Out Blinds, in Library, on Internal doors & Window behind Photocopier
● Replace pump on Kindy water feature with submersible pump. Quiet!
● Remove rock border to Kindy sandpit & enlarge with tree log borders.
● Install in-ground drainage pits and line off Dome to manage stormwater runoff.
● Pressure Clean many slippery paths, amphitheatre & COLA.
● 3 new lunch table for Cl 1.
● 6 new bench seats for Cl 1.
● Create Vege Garden Beds at Cl 2.
● Road Repairs & additions to asphalt road into school.
● 2 New Timber Outside Bench Seat Tables for HS.

Just some of the tasks we got up to in the holidays! Enjoy!

Gavin Colley

Site Manager

Weeders, we need you!

It has been an epic season for growth in our garden beds and the Year 8 Biodynamic gardening group have been working hard to keep back this pesky nutgrass that keeps rearing its ugly head. We have approval from the site manager that any contribution can be awarded RCM hours. If you are interested in doing a bit of gardening around the school please get in contact with either Gavin or me. site@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.aupeterp@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

Thank you!


CBRSS Study Group – Sol Circle

FOREWORD by Arthur G. Zajonc
We live and act within a world whose deeper aspects are hidden from our physical senses. Yet each of us possesses other faculties which, when cultivated, can lift the veil that separates us from spiritual knowledge. In this book, Rudolf Steiner charts a meditative path that leads both to inner peace and to enhanced powers of soul, and finally to the lifting of that veil. The road is long but secure, and is open to everyone. Its fruits of inner serenity, strength, and wisdom benefit not only the seeker but others as well, and certainly the world stands more than ever in need of insights and actions that are born of the spirit. How to Know Higher Worlds is, therefore, not only a personal guide to the spirit, but also a path through self-knowledge to compassionate action in the world.

Access a PDF of How to Know Higher Worlds here.

Listen to How to Know Higher Worlds here.

We warmly invite past & present members of the CBRSS community to join Sol Circle in Term 2 and 3 as we study this foundational text by Rudolf Steiner. To register please contact Yvette yvettet@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

Welcome Class 1 & Kindergarten to the school community

The Co-Heads of our school along with the P & F team welcomed the parents of Kindergarten and Class 1 students with a lovely morning tea on their first week at school. It was a pleasure to meet some of the new parents and welcome back others to CBRSS. For both mornings we were blessed with fine weather so we were able to hold a tea party outside under the shade of the trees and the dome. Teera & Paddy made the parents feel welcome to our very special primary school by sharing a few stories and tips.


on behalf of the P & F

Class One News

‘In the morning I arise to greet the bright and boundless-sky …’

Yes, we do!

Have you heard our songs floating across our beautiful school?

Our seedlings planted with our families on Orientation Day have risen in our garden bed to witness the JOY filling our new home – as ‘two’ becomes ‘one’.

Heads, Hearts and Hands have been curious and kind, evolving slowly with new form and adjusting to Primary School creativity. Many friends have come to join our wonder filled space and are sharing their gifts: Vatika (Visual Arts), Marlis and Class Four and Five Student Mentors (Movement), Loani (Music) and Manuela (German Culture).

Pesto the frog, Grandma Poss and our Wee folk friends have invited us to stay – they have enjoyed watching us ‘arrive’ and open our hearts to many new gifts: sitting and creating at our desk, drawing letters, flowing with form, listening to stories of nature and playing in our majestic outdoor classroom. We are happy they are enjoying our energy as we do intend to continue to embrace this very special space, as the beginning of our journey ‘together’.

Rin and Class One

High School House Swimming Report 2021

Crete – 702 pts
Sparta – 606 pts
Athens – 526 pts
Olympia – 513 pts

What a wonderful way to start off the year with the House Swimming Carnival!

Being new to the school, I was in awe of the way students and staff embraced the day. The spells of rain did not deter us, as there was a great demonstration of spirit and participation throughout.

Most pleasing of all, was to see all students in the pool playing volleyball, as one High School. Not to mention the entertaining ‘War Cries’, which each house exhibited and added to the passion for the day.

Congratulations to all students who competed and a special thanks to students who could not swim but assisted throughout the day as time-keepers, scorers and runners. Also, to the house captains, officials and the staff who assisted on the day. Thank you.

We wish all selected swimmers the very best at the NCIS Swimming Carnival this Thursday.

Tim Waller