Welcome back to School

Dear Parents and Community Members,

Now that our new school year is underway and we have all begun to settle in, Teera and I as your new Co-Heads of School welcome and wish you all a Happy 2021.

Like all the staff, we were incredibly excited to welcome our students back.  It has been so energising to see the enthusiasm with which they are settling back into our rhythms. Listening to the holiday stories, hearing the sounds of singing and play, and of music and happy chatter has been wonderful.

Some of the many special moments of this first fortnight have included our Class 1 Rainbow Bridge Crossing, our new Kindergarten children beginning and morning teas with the parents of Kindergarten and Class 1.

We also loved the sheer joy and enthusiasm shared by students and teachers at our High School Swimming Carnival, and also hearing the news of last year’s Class 12’s and their amazing achievements has been a highlight – we feel incredibly proud of them!

But for me, the biggest highlight has been getting to know the students, the staff and the community.

I have long known that Steiner Education provides a particularly rich environment for whole-person flourishing.  In fact, throughout my career I have been inspired by Steiner’s beliefs that

“Our highest endeavour must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves, to impart purpose and direction to their lives.” and that “The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility … are the very nerve of education.”

It is so wonderful getting to know this, my new school, and to see Steiner’s aspirations being lived out in this beautiful community.

Joining this school is a real honour, and I look forward to meeting all of you and making CBRSS my new ‘home.’ My thanks to everyone who has welcomed me so warmly.

Paddy Innes-Hill
Co-Head of School