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From the Principal

Hello everyone,

Winter has arrived with a blast this week! I think we were all lulled into a false sense of security by the unseasonably warm May weather. It seems perhaps that many of us were caught unaware, I know I have certainly seen some shivering children in the playground wearing shorts or t-shirts (and a few shivering staff in light weight clothes). It is so hard to understand the weather at the moment that I would strongly recommend that people wear layers every day. Rudolf Steiner had quite a lot to say about the importance of warmth, particularly around the organs. I have discovered the best option for me is to wear a sleeveless vest (daggy, I know, but it keeps me warm).

I have had a few people approach me over the last week asking where they can purchase a copy of Annie Barrett’s new book, “A School’s Journey – Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School”. The book details the wonderful history of our school, from its first days at Bangalow and is available from Reception for $15 a copy.

We are now moving towards the very busy last part of term. Preparations are well underway for our Winter Festivals, please look out for more detailed information as we draw closer to the date. Our Year 7 students are currently out on camp (experiencing the winter chill of Western NSW) with Year 8 to follow soon. Our year 9 and 10 students are working towards the elective showcase night and Class 5 and 6 parents are busy preparing for the annual bush dance, which will be held on the last night of term.

Preparations are also well underway for our school to host the Steiner Education Australia National Teachers’ Conference in the first week of the term break. My involvement with Steiner Education Australia meant I was in the right place at the right time to offer our school as the site for this important and prestigious conference. Apart from having the honour of welcoming guests from across Australia and overseas to our wonderful school, we have the added benefit of having a major Steiner Teachers’ Conference on our own turf, enabling all of our teachers to attend. There are some excellent speakers at the conference, if you are interested in attending please see the Steiner Education Australia website for details (I believe the earlybird price closes this weekend).

I will be away from school for the next two weeks as I am having some minor surgery and unfortunately this means I will miss the Winter Festival (I won’t quite be back on my feet by then). I will be thinking of you all on the night. Teera will be Acting Principal in my absence and Penny, my PA, will manage my emails and calls. I look forward to returning, fit and well, in a couple of weeks.


Student Attendance

What Happens When Your Child Arrives Late to School?

* Your child misses the very important opportunity to settle into the day
* Your child misses connecting with the Class Teacher or Guardian and sharing the verse with the class
* Your child may miss important instructions or information for the day
* Your child’s late entry may disrupt other students
* Your child’s teacher has to re-settle the class and individually catch your child up on any information already shared
* Your child may feel that their whole day has got off to a bad start
* Our reception staff have to spend time manually updating databases and signing your child in.

Please help your child and help their teacher and class by ensuring they arrive on time to school each day. As traffic can be unpredictable, please leave enough time to get through the traffic and still arrive on time.

What Happens When You Take Your Child Away From School During Term Time?

* Your child misses essential learning content
* Your child misses out on developing and consolidating skills
* Your child misses out on important events in the social development of the class
* Your child feels the stress of having to catch up on missed work
* Your child’s teacher feels the stress of having to catch your child up on missed work
* Your child can feel that they are “behind the rest of the class”
* Your child drops out of any group work or class projects, not only missing the experience but also letting classmates down
* You do not fulfill your legal obligation to send your child to school.

We are getting an increasing amount of applications for large amounts of leave so that families can holiday outside term time. This is having a serious impact on learning and not only impacts on your child, but also impacts the teacher and the rest of the class. We are very clear in the enrolment process that we expect students to attend school during term time and ask parents not to schedule holidays during term time. Please support your child and the school by holding off on holidays and overseas trips until school holidays.

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.

CBRSS Winter Festival – Save the Date

Classes 3-12 Friday 21st of June – Bangalow for approximately a 5pm start.

Classes K – 2 Thursday 27th of June at CBRSS: 9am Kindy Spiral, 10am Class 1 Spiral, 11.30am Class 2 Spiral in the Movement Room. 5pm for singing, fire and a lantern walk

For more detailed information keep an eye on your email.

These events are for the CBRSS community only.

CBRSS Bushdance 2019

At the Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School in the Hall!

‘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

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 https://byroncentre.com.au/event/stars-of-byron-shire-dance-for-cancer-presented-by-cancer-council/?instance_id=25163

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

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 upcycledslippers.com

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 http://www.mercurius.com.au/

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 technologists are limiting their families’ screen time

Fears over the side effects of digital devices and social media are prompting tech experts to limit the time they and their children spend online.

Michelle Simmons is Australia’s most decorated technologist. So it may seem surprising that for her three children, aged 11, 14 and 15, smartphones and social media are off limits.

“I saw how addictive it was if they had phones or iPads with them at Saturday sport,” Simmons, the 2018 Australian of the Year, says.

Like many of us, Simmons has witnessed the unnerving spectacle of a small child utterly transfixed on a phone or tablet. “If you try to take a device from them before the age of five, you normally get a pretty strong reaction because they get addicted to it pretty quickly.”

The Scientia professor in quantum physics at the University of NSW doesn’t use social media herself, and seems to find it disheartening how frequently others do.

“You have got half an hour spare, and you can do something that might be quite productive or engrossing, or you can look at the phone. I often see people choose the latter.”

She’s determined to prevent this behaviour at home. “When children are young, they can get access to things they aren’t mature enough to know how to deal with. Limiting access, from that perspective, is about helping them to appreciate their childhood as much as they can.”

Read the full article from The Age by clicking this link

STEAM not STEM: Why scientists need arts training

In 1959, the British physicist and novelist C.P. Snow delivered a famously controversial lecture at Cambridge University. He described a post-war schism between two groups — scientists and the literary world.

Snow identified this as a newly emergent divide, across which each party was more than happy to sneer at the other: Scientists proudly unable to quote a phrase of Shakespeare, and literary types untroubled by the second law of thermodynamics.

Those divisions within the university seem now more deeply entrenched than ever before. And those working within the arts and the sciences face a third antagonist in society: Populism, with its attendant and increasing distrust of intellectuals.

This powder keg occurs in a context of growing economic disparity and, incongruously, the increasing role of technological innovations in our daily life.

I’m a computer scientist who studies digital culture. I try my best to bridge the divides, but constantly ask the question: How can universities train our scientists, technologists and engineers to engage with society, as Snow suggested, rather than perform as cogs in the engine of economic development?

I believe we need our educational system to engage students with issues of ethics and responsibility in science and technology. We should treat required arts and humanities courses not as some vague attempt to “broaden minds” but rather as a necessary discussion of morals, values, ethics and responsibility.

Read the full article from thecoversation.com by clicking this link