Governance and Management

Castlemaine Steiner School is a not-for-profit independent school.  It is incorporated as a public company limited by guarantee, governed on behalf of its members by the Board of Directors. The Principal and Management Team run the school on a day to day basis.

The educational direction and heart of the school is held by the College of Teachers. The College meets weekly and works with the curriculum, the pedagogy, teacher training and reviews and with student welfare.

There are four Faculties in the school – Early Childhood, Primary School, Middle School and Specialist.

Castlemaine Steiner School & Kindergarten supports and promotes the principles and practice of Australian democracy, including elected representation, the rule of law, equal rights for all before the law, freedom of religion, freedom of speech and association and the values of openness and tolerance.


Board Members

Jane Staley (Chair)

Jane is a private consultant specialising in not-for-profit management and organisational change.  She has worked in a diverse range of mission-driven organisations in senior leadership positions, including CEO of the Advocacy and Rights Centre in Bendigo, Manager of the Asbestos Diseases Society of Victoria, and CEO of the Australian Plaintiff Lawyers Association.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Classics and a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy & Management.

Danilo Paglialonga

Danilo has been a member of staff over the last decade in a variety of roles and is a current member of our sustainability group.

John Wright

John has taught English, English Literature and History subjects in Government and Steiner Secondary Schools in Australia since 1977. He has served on several Boards in Government and Steiner schools. He has an abiding interest in Steiner’s indications for personal development, stages of human development, Steiner education for adolescents and ways to support whole school community development. John holds a BA, Diploma of  Education, Masters of Education and a Certificate of Steiner Waldorf High School Teacher Training  from the Centre for Anthroposophy, New Hampshire.

Hayley Bridgwood

Hayley Bridgwood is a self-employed educational consultant, engaging clients that span the education sector. Hayley has over 15 years of experience in curriculum and assessment policy analysis and pedagogical professional learning delivery. Hayley holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours), a Graduate Diploma of Education and a Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).


CSSK Constituition 2014 PDF

Transition to new management structure – 2016

The Board was pleased to announce in August 2016 the appointment of Brian Dodd as the new Principal.  Brian will bring extensive Steiner teaching and school leadership experience, and joins us from his most recent work as Principal of Alice Springs Steiner School, where he has led the school through a process of renewal and growth over the past five years.

He has also held teaching and leadership roles at Sophia Mundi Steiner School and Cape Byron Steiner School.

School policies and procedures are being gradually updated to reflect the new leadership role of Principal.  Any current reference to a role, responsibility or duty of the “Educational Director” or “College Chair” should be understood as referring to the Acting Principal.

Current policies and procedures are available on request from the school office.  Commonly requested policies are available on the website