We are forming a Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School Alumni so that we can keep in touch with our graduate students. An Alumni is a great resource to former students, building a network of support that will gradually spread across the world. Already we have Alumni members in Melbourne and Brisbane who are giving support to our recent graduates, helping them to settle in to their new career pathways.
We are currently receiving very positive feedback about our students. The talent and high standards of our graduates’ folio work is being noted and commented upon by heads of department at several universities. The success of our Alumni reflects well on our school and our current students who aspire to the same high standards.
If you are a former student of Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School and you would like to join our Alumni list to gain information about Alumni events and opportunities to connect with other former students, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
From CBRSS to Janet Clarke Hall in Melbourne.
2 of our 2019 graduates are settling into College life at the University of Melbourne. Both Avryl Hart and Kalani Knight have recently joined our 2018 graduate Mackenzie Stephan in the Janet Clarke Hall residences. The photo below features our wonderful alumni at the beginning of the year ball at JCH. Kalani and Avryl are studying Science while Mackenzie is in her second year of a Bachelor of Arts. Mackenzie has taken on the role of Vice-President of Janet Clarke Hall students and is helping both Avryl and Kalani find their feet in a very different environment.
We are so very proud of them!
Congratulations to our 2019 Graduate Hunter Amos for his Sellout Solo Art Exhibition at Jai Gallery in Byron. We are all so proud of you!
Hannah Richards and Aleshanee Kelso (students at CBRSS from Year 1 – Year 12)
2 of our 2016 HSC cohort have just graduated with flying colours (pun intended) from their Bachelor of Circus Arts at NICA (National Institute of Circus Arts) in Melbourne. Aleshanee won the Circus Oz Award for Collaboration and Hannah won the NICA Award for Creativity and they have made their parents very proud. Steven Richards, father of Hannah, is a long time PDHPE teacher in the HS and the teacher of our Circus Elective in Years 9 and 10.
We are so proud of their achievements and look forward to finding out where the future takes them in this exciting area!
Many of our 2018 graduating students are now beginning their post-Cape Byron lives. Those students who wanted to move on to University study have received wonderful offers.
Three of our students are headed to the University of Melbourne to study a Bachelor of Arts. This is a prestigious Arts degree with high level entry requirements; this year requiring an ATAR over 85. Another student gained entry into the Bachelor of Design at the University of Melbourne, another high level course at this university. Also Melbourne bound is another of our creative students who is headed to RMIT to study Design as well as one of our budding female scientists who gained entry into RMIT to study Aerospace Engineering and Management!
In addition to this, one of our talented 2018 graduates gained entry into a Bachelor of International Studies at the University of NSW. Two of our students will be attending Southern Cross University to study Arts/Law, with another student studying a Bachelor of Business at Southern Cross.
Two further students are heading north to Griffith University to study a mix of Business and Design.
Many other students from the 2018 cohort are engaged in employment to save and move to Melbourne or see the world before settling into further study.
One lovely ongoing connection being fostered in Melbourne (and Sydney as well) is the mentoring by older ex-students from Cape Byron Steiner who assist and spend time with newly moved students. There is a connected community of alumni who help transition the new arrivals and it is great to see this continuing as a measure of support. It is not always easy to move away from the area and from family to start university so this is lovely to observe.
Our Vision at Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School is to enable each individual to realise their potential to be self-aware, resourceful and resilient with the empathy, skills and initiative to make a positive contribution to the world. We are so proud of all of our graduates, as they embody this vision.
Current student Sam Morrell and past student Seth Freeman joined the cast for the recent BYT performance of In My skin, an original play exploring the themes of prejudice and racism. It was an excellent, professional production which captivated the audience with its powerful message. CBRSS graduate and former BYT member Ebony Webb returned from studying Drama in Brisbane to choreograph the show.
Bryon Youth Theatre is run by Lisa Apostolides and is the only youth SOCIAL ACTION not for profit company in Northern NSW. Since 2010 they have devised 12 major productions and deliver performances and workshops to local schools, community events and conferences. http://byronyouththeatre.com/
Visit their Facebook page for more about In My Skin and BYT https://www.facebook.com/ByronYouthTheatre/
Grace O’Keeffe graduated Cape Byron Steiner in 2013 and after having studied European Law at Maastricht University in the Netherlands for three years has just graduated with a Bachelor of Law. Congratulations Grace!
Dear School Community,
You may or may not be aware that this year marks the 30th anniversary of Cape Byron Steiner School. To acknowledge and celebrate this, we are wanting to collate material that the high school students can use for a media project that documents the history of the Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School over the last 30 years. The presentation will be showcased at this year’s Spring Fair in the new High School Building.
So this is an appeal to all parents who are past students of Cape Byron to get in touch to help provide material for this fabulous project. This might include old photos, video footage and a willingness to give a short interview so we have anecdotal snippets. We are hoping to get a diverse range of material that documents the entire period starting with the founders of the school!
If you are still in touch with friends who have moved away and feel they would also be willing to contribute please pass this on to them (there is a link at the bottom of the Bulletin email to “forward to a friend”). This is a great opportunity to have the Cape Byron Alumni Network creak into motion and give back to the school. We need to get the ball rolling as the students will need to start putting the material together early in Term 3.
So if you are willing/able to help out and share your school experiences and photos please contact Suzanne (0428 731 921/ email@example.com ) and we’ll take it from there.
At the moment we are just trying to get a list together of willing contributors.
You may wish to visit the “Our History” page of our website for some inspiration, you will find it here.
Many thanks and looking forward to receiving a flurry of texts, emails and phone calls from people I don’t know!!
(2018 Cape Byron Spring Fair Team)
Mali Biggin graduated in 2016 and is now attending Melbourne University. Mali kindly provided a tour of the University to our Year 10 students during their recent trip to Melbourne.
Eryn Thackray-Smith graduated from CBRSS in 2015. While attending CBRSS his main passion was Drama scoring 10/10 for his individual HSC performance and a nomination for “On Stage ” with is group performance. Eryn is now performing in a local Theatre production called “The Last Witch.”
Set in the Scottish highlands of 1727, The Last Witch is a story of suspicion and intrigue. With a deeply mysterious core, Rona Munro’s play seethes with poetry and grippingly powerful emotion as dark circumstances circle around Janet Horne and her daughter, Helen. Based on a true story, Janet Horne stands accused of Witchcraft and Consorting with the Devil, revealing how the Devil can appear in many faces.
Interestingly, Nerrida Johnson, our Principal is a direct descendant of Janet Horne!
For more information on the show please go to our online community noticeboard here
Cecilia graduated from CBRSS in 2015 and we are excited to share that she has just released her debut EP ‘Naive Trust’. Alongside 2 brand new singles and official videos. Cecilia is an acclaimed singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and the Winner of 2017 Tweed Battle of the Bands and finalist of 2018 Bluesfest Busking Competition
Cecilia is currently on an extensive national tour of Australia but will be returning to her stomping ground Byron Bay for a goodbye show on the 17th of May at ‘Treehouse on Belongil’ with her funky new drummer. This FREE show will be the last chance to experience her new sound before she moves to Perth, WA.
‘’Byron Bay and its accepting nature has exposed me to so many amazing, quirky people and eclectic music which has shaped so much of who I am. It’s with my new EP ‘Naive Trust’ that I hope to thank you all for that. I’ve worked incredibly hard to produce this art baby and it’s finally here for sharing!’ Cecilia commented.
“Cecilia Brandolini is a rare and realised talent, whose songwriting, production and vocal maturity belies her age. This EP is full of the kind of exciting creative sensibility that will have us watching Cecilia and her trajectory with our necks craned for years to come.” -Mama Kin
For a preview of Cecilia Brandolini’s completely new sound head to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_ZXJConwxc&feature=youtu.be (or) https://youtu.be/F__bzvsDRio (Official music videos for ‘Naive Trust’ and Whatever We Make Of it’.)
In a recent visit to Melbourne, Katie was thrilled to catch up with some past students from HSC 2015 and 2016.
Hannah Richards and Aleshanee Kelso are studying a Bachelor of Circus Arts at NICA.
Jasmine Pierce is living on campus at The University of Melbourne, studying a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and criminology amongst other interesting subjects!
Leila Karni, from the 2015 year, has travelled the world, worked in Sydney and is now studying a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne.
Merry Jeann graduated from CBRSS in 2014. In 2016 Merryn established herself as a feature vocalist and songwriter to take serious note of. Merryn has been compared to artists Amy Winehouse, Feist and Yukimi Nagano (Little Dragon), herself drawing vocal inspiration from diverse acts like Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote), Laura Marling and Moses Sumney.
Students from the high school were invited to work with Merryn this week, rehearsing and performing an acoustic version of her new single “Wantigga- Slowly”
The single was released on Good Friday and has already had 54000 views on Youtube.
The intention of the project with the students was to create a live acoustic version, featuring a choir of CBRSS students performing it with Merryn in the Movement room.
The Audio and Visual recording will be used as promotion of the song and the artist “Merryn Jeann”.
There will be a professional crew making the clip which will be launched sometime next week on Youtube and other social media platforms.
At the beginning of this term a group of our 2017 HSC students travelled to Sydney to perform their HSC drama piece, Invictus, as part of the ‘Onstage’ event; an event showcasing the best of the year’s NSW HSC drama pieces. Ben Daley, their drama teacher, travelled down to Sydney to watch the performance and provide support. Congratulations to Seth, Raphael, Sabrina and Tahlia. We are very proud of your wonderful effort.
Returning to Byron Shire and CBRSS from her Melbourne home, Alumni student Domini Forster treated our students and staff to a preview performance of her set for the Mullum Music Festival in November. It was a delight to see her perform with her former string teachers and mentors from the school Ian, Robbie, and Belinda. Afterwards, there was a Q&A session with some primary school classes and also a session with the new HSC music students about the HSC music experience and life in the music industry.
So lovely to have a student from my 3 last guardian groups together at Mullum Fest.
Domini from 2009
Maeve from 2012
Cecilia from 2015
As you may be aware, one of our 2016 graduating students, Jasmine Pierce, received a perfect score of 100% for her English Extension 2 Poetry Major Work in 2016.
Not only is this an enormous achievement, but she has now been acknowledged as one of the most accomplished young writers in the state of NSW by being selected in the publication Young Writers’ Showcase, which publishes the best pieces from each year out of the many thousands who take the course in NSW.
Nerrida and I joined Jasmine at the celebration launch event at the State Library of NSW on 21st August. We are both very proud of Jasmine’s achievement. Her poetry is exceptional.
This is now the third time we have had a student from our school achieve this accomplishment of being published in the Young Writers’ Showcase, an outstanding achievement for such a small, rural school. All three writers spent many years at this school and have obviously benefited from a beautiful Steiner education that nurtures the soul and inspires storytelling. This is a real testament, not only to our wonderful students, but also to the extremely high standard of teaching in the school.
If you wish to read Jasmine’s poems, please visit Charlotte in the library.
Jasmine was quoted in a recent newsletter from the New South Wales Education Standards Authority. The article can be found at this link.
(And congratulations to Katie and all the teachers who worked with Jasmine over the years for such highly skilled and professional teaching. Nerrida)