Class 9/10 Art Elective @ home learning

Arlo and Aquila’s fishing adventure

From Arlo, Class 10:
It was “Well Being Wednesday” in the High School and Aquila and I had planned to go fishing out in the Bay. We woke up at 6.00am and I ran down to Main Beach where we met and jumped in his Tinny. We motored around chasing schools of Tuna swimming in the Bay. We managed to hook up to a few and they gave us a great fight on our fishing rods. We were pulling hard to get these powerful fish into the boat. All up, after a few hours of chasing these fish down we got two Tuna, one Kingfish and a Snapper. We were super stoked to get those catches as we had a few more on the line, yet, unfortunately, they were taken by sharks just before getting them into the boat. All the fish we managed to catch in these few hours that morning, all before our online school call for Morning Circle! We then went home to surprise our families with fresh fish to eat and enjoy for the next few weeks. That night I made Tuna Ceviche, inspired by Food elective teacher Paddy Nash.

Ingredients for Tuna Ceviche

– Freshly caught long tail tuna, diced into half inch cubes
– Avocado
– red onion
– radish
– garlic
– coriander
– chili
– chives
– mint
– lime juice
– Put all ingredients in a bowl and squeeze lime juice on top, let this sit and marinate while the citrus of the lime will leave the fish cured to perfection. (“This dish is an easy way to impress friends and family,” quote Paddy Nash:)

Welcome to Frida’s online Art lessons.

Today I met some very arty people. I started the gathering off with my most famous quote:

I don’t paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.” Frida

It was so lovely to have Picasso, Andy Warhol and Van Gough (in fact three dropped in!) to stop in for a chat about their artwork. Andy was raving about something deep and meaningful which I just loved.
Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it is good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”
Banksy turned up with his spray can. Even a unicorn popped in from somewhere and a koala – how lucky was I!
I realised how opposite I am to Vincent, for he said,
I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” “Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all.
Even though he was a bit down, I am glad he made it today, it’s good to be amongst friends during this time.

Signing off for now,
See you next time!

Frida Kahlo

Y9 & 10 Surfing Elective – Ash Grunwald Guest Speaker

At the end of last term, the Year 9 and 10 Surfing Elective class were fortunate to have Ash Grunwald over as a guest speaker.

Ash spoke in detail about how he hit a roadblock in his musical career and used a growth mindset to take his guitar playing and singing to the next level. Ash, who is an avid surfer, shared many stories and challenged the class to get out of their comfort zones and be ambitious with their goals. The class were stoked to have Ash come and speak and play a few songs.

Tim Waller

Congratulations Kaia – Class 11

Class 11 student Kaia Walton was invited to perform live at the Brisbane City Council’s official Olympic 2032 bid launch as the closing act which was a huge honour. This picture was taken over the holidays when Kaia opened for The QUBE Effect Awards for which he was a finalist.

Classes 9 & 10 VA Elective – Sculpture and Ceramics

Portraits in clay were sculpted by the students in the sculpture elective in Term 1 by students of Classes 9 and 10. Working from a 2D picture into a 3D form is challenging and the face is only one of 5 hands that make up the total space of the head – so a lot of hair to cover the skull and only a relatively small area to create the features of the face. Gesture and mood was emphasised. Ceramics in Term 2 was a mixture of handmade work and students learning to use the potters’ wheel. Centring the clay takes a student into the centre of themselves where there is the still centre of the turning world… only then can a bowl or cup or vase be magically thrown. Students loved this challenge. The work was decorated using underglaze colours and a clear glaze over the top.
Like the bodies and brains of these young 14, 15, and 16-year-olds, clay is a wonderfully malleable, forgiving material but it never forgets how it was treated, made and formed – such is the importance of a well rounded educational experience, especially with all these elective options that students can choose from.

Teacher Denis Hopking.

Classes 9 & 10 Elective Showcase Semester 1 2021

Subject Selection for Class 12 2023

In the high school right now, Class 10 students are busy giving thought to and selecting their subjects for senior study next year in Class 11. A highlight of this process is the Student Forum, where current Class 11 and 12 students share their perspective on their studies of each subject – Drama, Legal Studies, D&T, Physics, Visual Arts, and so on. The vibrancy and maturity of discussion always makes it a great afternoon. Thank you to everyone who was involved for another great year and for your time, insights and focus.

Class 11 Camp – Kakadu

Towards the end of Term 2, Class 11 enjoyed an amazing camp in the ancient land and cultural riches of Kakadu National Park. Every day was a highlight and we felt grateful for so many things: the vastness of the sky and the beauty of the flat, ochre landscape, the spectacular swimming holes, waterfalls and gorges, the enduring custodianship of the Bininj and Munguuy People and their generous sharing of cultural knowledge, the millennia-old rock art, the birdlife and crocodiles, the starry night sky, downtime at Jeff and Mel’s property in Katherine, and more. In amongst all this, as a group, we also felt keenly aware that we were fortunate enough to travel and move about, something not everyone in the world can do right now. It was a magical week away together filled with laughter and soul. Thanks to Ric, Paddy N, Paddy I-H, Kate and Joel for joining us.


Class 11 Guardian

Class 12 Camp – Kakadu

Class 12 News

Charlotte and Inde recently represented the school at the Secondary Schools Leadership Program at Parliament of NSW and Government House.
They gained a greater understanding of our system of government and parliamentary proceedings through discussions with people within the Senate. They also had the opportunity to meet the Governor, Her Excellency The Honourable Margaret Beazley and gain a better understanding of her role.

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.

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.

Volleyball Games with Shearwater

This term we were extremely fortunate to share two sporting days with Shearwater.
Class 7-10 students played Volleyball in a series of round-robin games. A total of 26 students (Class 7 and 8) went out to Shearwater on Friday, May 21st. A week later we also hosted Shearwater Year 9 and 10 students.
There was a great demonstration of spirit, respect, and participation throughout the games. We look forward to continuing a strong relationship with our local compatriots.

Tim Waller

High School House Cross Country Report 2021

Olympia – 1627 pts
Crete – 1362 pts
Sparta – 1305 pts
Athens – 1185 pts

This term kicked off with the House Cross Country at Brunswick Heads on a fine sunny day.

After the cancellation of last term (Byron COVID), it was worth the wait as students swarmed in numbers at the starting line at Torakina Park.

Many students were pleasantly surprised with their performances. In the end, it was Olympia who were crowned victors. This raised eyebrows for veteran staff, as it has been a long time for Olympia’s moment to come.

Samuel Knopke was first over the line and has now found a new passion for running, joining the local Byron Bay Runners Club. Jasmine Ruthven put in an excellent run and was 6th overall, outstanding for a Year 7 student. Both students represented the school on the NCIS Cross Country Day and were successful in gaining selection for Sydney, with Sam and Jasmine finishing 7th and 5th respectively.

Tim Waller

Cl 9 & 10 Elective Showcase

We are thrilled to have parents back onsite for the Elective Showcase!
(Numbers restricted – Parents and Family of Class 9/10 students only, please.)

Mature Themes: We recommend an audience of 15+ Years

Class 7 Camp

Class 7 enjoyed a week-long camp out west near the town of Bingara. We visited the Myall Creek Massacre Memorial where we were given a tour and learnt how the descendants of both perpetrators and victims were able to create the redemptive power of reconciliation. We stayed at The Living Classroom which is a sustainable agriculture education centre in the town of Bingara. We explored amazing geological features such as Sawn Rocks with its geometrical lava flows and the Glacial area of Rocky Creek where we swam in the chilly freshwater. One of the highlights was riding horses through the river and travelling with the whole class on horseback through the bush. It was great fun and an insight into an inland country town, it’s past, present and potential future.


Class 7 Guardian

Congratulations to Kaia – Class 11 Student

We are so inspired by the work of Kaia Walton and wanted to share with our wider community what he has recently produced. We think you will love it too! Kaia – known artistically as Kai-Fi – is a passionate and talented music producer who is being mentored by Oka, an indigenous dub reggae band, and the Brisbane City Council QUBE Effect, a program that aims to nurture young talent. Kaia is the youngest ever and only teenager to be part of this program! The culmination of his work so far is The Calling featuring Natty.D, a music clip which he also co-directed and that explores his connection to two worlds: growing up in Brisbane while still having strong connections to the Pacific, in big and small ways. To view Kai-Fi’s work – and to vote in the People’s Choice award – click on the link.–6IKCw46o8.

It is amazing work and he is only 16! Congratulations Kaia.

Peter and Alix,

Class 11 Guardians

As part of this program – Kaia (KAI-FI) performed live in the Fortitude Valley, pictures below.

Harmony Week

In term one the SRC organised an event in the High School to celebrate Harmony Week. Harmony Week celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. Orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Week. Traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect.

CBRSS High School Chess Club


CBRSS High School Chess Club


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

CBRSS High School Chess Club News

After the initial buzz last year, the CBRSS Chess Club has now settled into a quiet routine of meeting every Tuesday and Friday during lunch with a small core of enthusiastic players playing a game or two while enjoying the companionship and honing their skills. Frequently, other students drop by to watch or enjoy a game themselves with a friend or anyone. It’s a good place to connect with others in this unique way of largely non-verbal interactions over a game of chess.

With the help of a generous community donation, the school has been able to fulfil an old dream of purchasing a giant chess game for our students to play during their breaks. – Many thanks!

We now award House Points for every game played during Chess Club and many points have already been earned. In Term 3 we are planning to run an in-school Tournament with the intention of creating local inter-school chess events soon after.

Warm regards


Innovators at CBRSS

Students from Years 8-12 were lucky enough this week to get two very special guest speakers to talk to students about design and innovation. Our first speaker on Wednesday was Nathan Pollock, the founder of Katapult Designs. Katapult Design is a leading global product design and development consultancy with studios in Byron Bay, Sydney and Melbourne, Australia and a dynamic team of highly experienced, passionate industrial designers, product engineers and creative thinkers. Nathan has volunteered time each year to come back and talk to our Tobias students and young inventors about the design process. Some of the projects he is currently working on are the interior design of the new supersonic Jet funded by Richard Branson, The flight board (a stand up paddleboard that is powered by an electric motor), a sensory system for fighter jets along with many more. He was well received by students and the stories he brings are inspirational for students learning more about project development and problem solving using the design process.

Our second guest speaker was Ric Ricardson who is one of Australia’s most successful inventors. He is most known for his epic court battle with Tech giant Microsoft, in which he was compensated approximately half a billion dollars after it was deemed they stole intellectual property from his anti piracy invention from the 90’s. He brings his ideas with charismatic humour and engages students through the process of identifying problems and inventing solutions. Some of the senior students delivered their Major Design Project ideas to Ric and he was so impressed with some of their ideas that he has offered to help write provisional patents to protect their intellectual property. Jess’s legal studies class was equally impressed with his knowledge of the law and how a patent works and why it is so powerful in protecting peoples ideas.

With thanks to Nathan and Ric!

Peter Palmer

Design and Technology Teacher