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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

CBRSS Students star in Oliver Twist

It was great to see our music and class teachers out in support of last weekend’s performance of ‘The Oliver Project’ singing along to classics such as ‘Oom-Pah-Pah’ and ‘Consider yourself’ to a full house both nights as a part of  The Festival of The Voice at Brunswick Heads Picture House.  Our own Liv Ellis (Class 5) played Oliver, Naomi Ben Harush (Year 8) played Nancy and they along with Sophie Brazenor (Year 7), Elise Nikkinen (Class 5) and Jasmine Ruthven (Class 5) were all stand out performers making us very proud.

Kindergarten News

King Winter has arrived, visiting the lands and the towns. In Kindergarten we have been making warm lemon tea to share as we begin our days together. Thank you to our family farmers who provide us with the lemons each day.

Year 12 Science Excursion

Year 12 Students headed down to the University of New England for two days of lectures and practical workshops for a full University emersion experience. Students stayed on campus in the halls of residence. Students had access to the most amazing equipment and University level lectures. To give you an example: In one of the biology workshops, students used electrophoresis to DNA fingerprint four suspects at a murder scene. In another session, students investigate the cause for infection by collecting a sample of pus and investigating its response to catalase and gram stain. Armed with the knowledge of the bacteria properties they were able to select the most effective remedy by observing bacterial inhibition zones. In chemistry, students competed in the National titration competition and use an absorption spectrometer to analyse ppm of lead in paint.

It was a long drive but a great experience both socially and academically.

James Hagger

Year 12 Society and Culture visit to Sydney

This week the Society and Culture class visited Sydney for 2 days to tour the Lakemba Mosque and participate in the HSC Society and Culture study day. We spent 3 1/2 hours at the mosque with our guide Tata, learning all about the origins of Islam, devotional practices including the 5 daily prayers (Salat) and observing the belief system in practice. We were fortunate to visit during Ramadan, a time of fasting, forgiveness and introspection. Whilst at the mosque we were welcomed warmly by the community and invited to observe midday prayers and 2 funerals. We were all very moved by the call to prayer, followed by readings in Arabic from the Q’oran, the congregation moving in unison to bend and stand.
The following day the class attended the Society and Culture study day. These days are excellent opportunities for HSC students to prepare for their upcoming exams, with lectures full of advice, examples and tips for success. As it was reconciliation week the organisers included a dance performance by local indigenous group Albert David and Ensemble. Kasey-Joe and Yani joined in when asked for audience volunteers and were most impressive!

Rachel Knight