Byron Youth Theatre

Byron Youth Theatre’s new original production Loves Me Loves Me Not — a dynamic and thought provoking play — once again displays the skill and talent of the eleven BYT cast members who are aged between 14–30 years. Loves Me Loves Me Not explores issues of consent and responsible relationships.

The cast have students from Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School, Byron Bay High School, Lindisfarne and Trinity College.

It refers to and includes references to abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. BYT is well known for their honest and open exploration of important issues and provides an excellent opportunity for parents, caregivers, teachers and youth-related organisations to engage young people in meaningful conversations on the topics raised.
Loves Me Loves Me Not follows several different relationships that intertwine and gives a powerful platform for both young people and adults to express their hopes, fears, confusion and deep longing about how we develop meaningful connection with one another. It includes live music, choreographed dance and dramatic scenes.
The cast attended the Wheel of Consent Training and Actor Boundaries and Professional Intimacy Consent workshops in the development of this original play. Funded by the Northern Rivers Community Foundation and Women’s Resource Service, the production also received a generous donation from Global Ripple, a strong advocate in the prevention of violence towards women and children. It is proudly supported by Byron Youth Service and Brunswick Picture House.

Marlon Denning’s film The Rock Pool Waltz

Screening at Bangalow Saturday 2nd April 4pm.

Year 9 student Marlon Denning created a short film for last year’s Tobias project “The Rock Pool Waltz”.

It was one of 100 films nominated for Australia’s premier international short film festival Flickerfest.

He was selected as one of 24 finalists to have their films judged on the Big Screen in Bondi Sydney in January this year, and his film won FlickerUp Best High School Short film!

His film is now a finalist in the 2022 Bangalow Flickerfest and Byron All Shorts Film Competition showcasing a the best of short films from the Byron Region, Australia and around the World over 3 cinematic-packed days.

The Byron All Shorts screens on Saturday 2nd April 4pm at the Bangalow A&I Hall

Don’t miss this one-off chance to support our student and the regions local stories & see the best of our local filmmakers, alongside the best in the world.

Flood Recovery Fundraiser: Flickerfest Bangalow & Byron All Shorts 2022 is a fund-raiser for local flood recovery for the Koori Mail’s rebuild and recovery of many indigenous families throughout the Bundjalung nation and the Mullumbimby Neighbourhood centres local rebuild and recovery initiatives. 100% of profits from ticket sales across the weekend will be shared between these organisations.

Flickerfest Bangalow Facebook event

Flickerfest Bangalow & Byron All Shorts 2022 programme details

Holiday Blessings

CBRSS staff wishes the community an especially fun, vibrant and rejuvenating Christmas and Holiday Season. With heartfelt thanks to parents and friends for the support and care shown towards us throughout a very challenging year.

The great ideal of Peace stands there before us when at Christmas we contemplate the course of the Sun. And when we think about the victory of the Sun over the darkness during these days of Festival there is born in us an unshakeable conviction which makes our own evolving soul akin to the harmony of the cosmos. – Rudolf Steiner

Wax resist artwork by Teera

The Christmas Festival is known Anthroposophically as the victory of the Sun over darkness which the lights of the Christmas Tree represent. This is a cosmic picture that also works powerfully in us individually. May this picture come to life in the heart of our community. While we are apart physically may we strive to unite in our souls and embrace the potential for both inner and outer transformation offered to us by the spiritual realms at this potent time.

In support, we offer you this verse from the end of the Foundation Stone Meditation which Steiner seeded into the heart of the Anthroposophical Community at the Christmas conference of 1923/1924:

Light divine
Christ-Sun
Warm
Our hearts;
Enlighten
Our heads:
That good may become
What from our hearts
We are founding,
What from our heads
We direct,
With focused Will.

Rudolf Steiner

Farewell Denis and Eleni

After so many years it is incredibly difficult to say Goodbye to Denis and Eleni our very beloved Art Teachers but alas the time has come, words cannot express the depth of gratitude and love this community has for you Denis and Eleni and we wish you only the very best for 2022 and beyond. You will be missed, but you are forever embedded in the heart and soul of the CBRSS community, which is so much richer from your contributions. Bless you, both!

K6 Staff Farewell by the Brunswick River

A beautiful morning in paradise was shared to farewell our dear colleagues, with yummy nibbles, refreshing swims and appreciative words…
Dear Emily, Sophie, Prue and Rin,
Our appreciative and grateful thanks for all the gifts you shared.
May light continue to illuminate your path on life’s great adventure…

Parent Gathering with Board and Co-Heads of School on Thursday 9th December

This recording will be available for viewing for two weeks. 

https://vimeo.com/655179702/d445c050cb

(If the link does not work for you please copy and past the web address into your browser)

Canteen News

To help cheer up our year 12’s Craig from the canteen has kindly donated his time, expertise, and excellent fashion sense to put together a series of cooking videos which he is sharing with the Year 12’s so they can hopefully get together online and have a bit of fun cooking classic Steiner recipes like the much-loved Chocolate Brownies. So thanks to Craig for all his efforts and go, Team Steiner!

PS. There is a murmur that this might go viral and we might lose Craig to the wealth and riches of the online cooking world!

Ensemble Della Mar ( Ensemble of the Sea) – Video released

As a member of the ensemble, students discover the joys of playing their instruments together and developing a varied repertoire to music to take on tour. We usually go on a tour every year and have found that this is when our performances rise to the next level of confidence and musicality. We also love the opportunity to spend time together on the road. Previous tours have included New Zealand, Tasmania, Sydney, Bellingen and Noosa.

Students from Class 6 to 10 are welcome and we have often been joined by older students and professional musicians. We rehearse on Thursday afternoon from 3pm to 4.15pm so please join us if you play an instrument.
We look forward to going away together soon and performing many times for schools across the country. We also look forward to sharing our music at our school festivals and events.

In 2020 we recorded some of our music at The Bangalow A&I Hall, a snippet can be seen in the video on our website which you can find by clicking this link

Winter Festival 2021

Mosaic Magic

The beautiful sunflower mosaics on the library walls were made by the current Class 8 students back in 2019 when they were in Class 6 with Teera and have been waiting patiently for their chance to blossom. During the middle of term two, Tanja and her fantastic parent helpers spent a wonderful four days bringing the mosaic to life. A huge thank-you to Gavin for ground support, to Charlotte for her patience while we blocked the main access to the library, and the passing teachers, parents and students for their ‘oohs’ and ‘ahs’. The library walls will be re-painted during the winter holidays to complete the project in time for spring and our return to school.

Tanja

A huge thank you to Tanja for her generous creativity in leading this project

Class 12 Fundraiser

Dear CBRSS Community,
As most of you will know it is common practice for Class 12 to have an end of year celebration when graduating.
Raising money for graduation has been commonplace for all the past classes. We have created an online stall to sell donated products to fundraise for our graduation (see the link below). Seed and sprout have generously eco-friendly keep cups and lunch box bags.
Products can also be purchased at the Friday markets.
All the money raised will go towards flowers, candles, and a professional photographer. These are just a few things required to make it a night to remember.

Thank you!

Class of 2021

Please note: shipping is NOT available any orders can be picked up from the office or from our stall at the Friday markets.

Music Lessons at CBRSS

We welcome to our school some new music teachers.

Nerida Hornery VOICE
John Dixon. GUITAR
Steve Berry GUITAR

Please let Loani know if you would like to have private lessons. loanim@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

Reconciliation at CBRSS

Thanks to Peter, Teera and Penny for planning this year’s Reconciliation Week Assembly where we were fortunate to have as guest speakers two Arakwal Bundjalung women, Karena and her daughter Taleah. Rosie (cl.12), Naomi (9) and Evie (9) sang “Beds are Burning” accompanied by Sam (cl.11) on acoustic guitar, Rosie gave a speech about the significance of this week, and Andy closed with a heartfelt thanks to our guests for their ongoing custodianship of this land we all love.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags were then raised together, alongside the Australian flag, on the new flag poles – note, all of equal height! – in our carpark, on a clear blue day. Thank you to all who made that symbolic change happen.

Alix

Autumn Bulb Planting

The joy of working in the garden and planning/planting ahead has been experienced by all students at CBRSS recently.
We have planted 380 Spring Flowering Bulbs as an extension of our Autumn Festival.
We had to wait for our bulbs to arrive & now we will have to wait for them to pop up out of the ground and then we will have to wait for them to flower. Patience!
Depending on weather bulbs in the subtropics can choose their own time to appear, indeed some previous Daffodils are raising their heads now.
A good time to remind everyone now. Please leave the flowers for all creatures to enjoy!
Dutch Iris, Daffodils, Jonquils, Ranunculus and Freesias. A Blooming Festival of Colour.

Have you cleared out your closets lately?

Class 9 will be hosting a fortnightly Op-Shop at the Friday markets to raise money.

If you have quality, unused clothes suitable for donating we would very much appreciate you bringing them down to the Class 9 veranda (located next to the swings) over the next few weeks.

The initiative is part of Class 9’s community service program which runs each year with the goal of enabling students to look at ways in which they can be of service in a community context.

Sophie Brazenor

Class Nine

Class 12 Fundraiser

Dear CBRSS Community,
As most of you will know it is common practice for Class 12 to have an end of year celebration when graduating.
Raising money for graduation has been commonplace for all the past classes. We have created an online stall to sell donated products to fundraise for our graduation (see the link below). Seed and sprout have generously eco-friendly keep cups and lunch box bags.
Products can also be purchased at the Friday markets.
All the money raised will go towards flowers, candles, and a professional photographer. These are just a few things required to make it a night to remember.

Thank you!

Class of 2021

Please note: shipping is NOT available any orders can be picked up from the office or from our stall at the Friday markets.

CBRSS Chess Club

Dear CBRSS Community,

The Chess Club has been running for almost a year and some dedicated students come to play every session while others drop in occasionally to play or just watch. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and we welcome anyone to drop by whether it be to play or to watch.

Our Chess Champions so far are Willow (in Class 8) who has been busy honing her chess skills and started to beat much older students at their game without problems. She is closely followed by Riv (also in Class 8) who comes to most sessions and has demonstrated his ability to beat even seasoned players on a good day. – Well done, Willow and Riv!

We have decided to make some changes to our Chess Club in response to changing demand.
The High-School sessions are now running weekly on a Tuesday during lunch and we are currently not pursuing competitions due to a lack of interest.
Most excitingly, we are starting to run Primary School sessions on Fridays during lunch at the library.
Starting next term, we will set up the Giant Chess Set periodically for the High School during lunchtimes and for the Primary School during lunch sometime during the last week of term. – Exact dates and place of set-up will be announced soon.
Please contact Manuela if you have any questions or suggestions. manuelam@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au

Marlon and the octopus – Marlon is in Class 8 at CBRSS

From The Echo 

Lennox Head’s 13 year old Marlon Denning had an exciting and educational experience during the home-schooling lock-down period in 2020.

Before the Netflix hit My Octopus Teacher came out, Marlon made friends with not one but two octopuses (these were the common species, not the poisonous blue-ringed octopus).

His mother Sharyn Denning told Echonetdaily, ‘He’s got a very unusual affinity with most animals, or really weird animals anyway! Frogs and lizards and snakes.’

Normally Marlon goes to Cape Byron Steiner School, but during lock-down he spent time every day at the ocean rock pools with his mum, who’s an environmental scientist.

Marlon remembers, ‘I just stuck my face in the water with the goggles on, and I looked around and I saw a tentacle and thought, there’s an octopus over there, so I went over to where I saw it, and sure enough there he was.

‘I wriggled my fingers around the water, then he started chasing them around. He chased me back to a shallower part, then he found a little cavern thing, and he hid there.

‘Then he came out and he was swimming around me, and trying to catch my toes and fingers,’ said Marlon.

‘He was there for a week and then one day he wasn’t there. He wasn’t in the same spot for a few days.

‘Then we went back there, and my dad was wading through a slightly deeper part of the pool and then he latched on to his ankle. He grabbed his foot and he screamed!’

Mr Big
When the smaller octopus disappeared for a few days, Marlon made friends with a larger one.

‘That’s when I found the big one you see in the photos that’s touching my hand,’ he said.’That’s Mr Big.’

Marlon’s mum Sharyn says it didn’t take long for her son to build up trust with the normally shy sea creatures.

‘He’s really gentle, so most animals just stay with him for hours, even lizards and things he finds in the garden, he’s a bit unusual like that.

‘He knew that octopus were quite smart, ’cause he reads a lot of nature books. And I’m saying, “Oh it’s not dangerous is it?” He said “no Mum”.

‘They’d just play with him. It was quite incredible really. Then he taught them how to high five, and he knew all their little spots, where they’d be, ’cause this went on for three months.’

‘I had a great time,’ remembers Marlon.

Sadly, he lost contact with his octopus friends after the lockdown period ended.

Sharyn Denning remembers, ‘Then he was back to school, so he could only go on the weekends if the tide was right, so we weren’t there as often.

‘And he hasn’t been able to find them again, so they’ve either moved on or – specially the real big one – that might have just been his life. They only live a year or two. But the little one, he might have just moved on, especially if the tide’s real big, they might use it as an opportunity to move on.

‘But it was really quite incredible, and the really big one, it had an injured tentacle, so over the months we saw it regrowing. That was pretty cool too.’

Octopus art


Marlon still hasn’t seen My Octopus Teacher, but says he’s looking forward to it.

Recently he’s been busy helping artist Austin NITSUA complete a spectacular new mural at the Lennox Skate Park, which has just been finished, and includes an octopus.

‘Yes he said he would put an octopus into the mural after I told him my story,’ said Marlon. ‘There’s tentacles coming out of the waves and kind of touching the hand, which is surfing on the waves.’

Marlon told Echonetdaily he’d like to do something with animals when he’s older. ‘Yeah definitely, I’d love to own a zoo, or work at a zoo.’

Marlon has already been in touch with BBC nature journalist Steve Backshall, and made it to the top ten of Australia Zoo’s nature photo competition for his photo of a frog, out of 6,500 entries.

David Attenborough watch out!

Below is a link to a video shot by Marlon’s mum, Sharyn, showing Marlon with one of the octopuses:

https://youtu.be/cWPDCo8NDdE

Dustyesky at the Opera House

Two full houses. Two standing ovations. We men of Mullumgrad sang for 3000 people at the Sydney Opera House. That’s nuts! Everyone went home smiling and humming Kalinka and Ochy Chornye. Young, old, and so many Russians! It was such a buzz. Like winning a grand final with your best mates. We did it like an ordinary gig. Like we’ve been doing for 7 years. Swainski has trained us hard, taken us to new levels. We sang better than ever. Ben Blay started the show with a solo for the Song of the Volga Boatmen. Gutsy! Did it like a pro – we so proud of him. Gully and Joa sang Monotonously like the angels we are not. Chris Mallory brought the crowd to their feet on with Ochy Chornye. We made the audience to stand for the Soviet National Anthem. 1500 people on their feet at the Opera House, hats off, is a sight we’ll never forget. We paused for a moment to take it all in. Everyone brought together in this magical, unlikely moment, united in music. Spine tingling. We so happy and grateful to everyone who has made this madness possible. Spasibo. Davai! We sleep now. Dustyesky. Photos: Kirra Pendergast – terrific job, thank you from all of us.

Story by Mark Swivel

Safe on Social

Kirra Pendergast from Safe on social visited the school Monday the 31st of May to talk to HS students and also parents of classes 4-12 in the evening.

Safe on Social Toolkit link

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. The guides available on our website contain detailed information to help parents and students make informed decisions when using various platforms.

Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School E-Safety Information 

From Gael

Dear Cape Byron School Community,

I would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Arakwal people of the Bundjalung Nation, the Traditional Custodians of this land. I first walked onto this site twenty-seven years ago as a parent, my youngest was starting kindy and one of my daughters joined Class Five. Over those years I worked for a time in the front office, taught ballroom dancing now and again and did a bit of storytelling when asked. Before moving here, my association with Steiner schools had begun as a founding member of the Sophia Mundi Steiner School in Melbourne.

A decade or so ago, I came back, this time as an English teacher in the High School. I fell in love with a class of Year Seven’s and was fortunate enough to become their Guardian. I loved my six years as Class Guardian. There is an old saying, the teacher always gains more than the student. That has certainly been the case for me. To all the dear students it’s been my privilege to teach past and present I say thank you.

To Management, for the opportunities I’ve been given, thank you. To all my exceptional colleagues in the High School, thank you, your support, laughter, camaraderie, and love stitched a thread of friendship that will connect us always. To all the Primary and Kindergarten teachers, support staff and office staff, your kindness towards me has often astounded me, I am humbled by your generosity of spirit. Thank you. And to all the parents, thank you for entrusting your children into my care. it’s been a privilege to teach them and an honour to learn from them, particularly in my role as Learning Support Coordinator in the High School. While it is bittersweet to say goodbye, I take my leave with a heart full of gratitude knowing my grandchildren will also thrive here. I’m off now to write the next chapter …

Gael

A special farewell afternoon tea for Gael, a very special friend of CBRSS

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 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