An Education for Life: Castlemaine Steiner School & Kindergarten offers a modern, holistic education, guided and inspired by the teachings of Rudolf Steiner and his observations of the developing child.

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Early Years – The Hands

The journey at CSSK often begins in the early years either through our playgroup or kindergarten. A warm, homelike environment is fostered. Children learn through play and imitation and are guided through the day with gentle, predictable routines. The rhythms of the week, the seasons and the year are all acknowledged and celebrated.

Primary Years – The Heart

From ages 7 to 14, children journey through the primary class years.  Under the guidance of the class teacher, students experience the Steiner curriculum which provides a rich and varied basis for their learning. They learn core subjects such as English, Mathematics, Science, History and Geography as well as specialist lessons in music, craft, languages, movement, outdoor education and physical education. This is done within the class structure and with an emphasis on the natural world. A sense of belonging and connection is encouraged and nurtured.

Senior Years – The Head

From ages 14 on students develop their intellect as well as their analytical skills through subjects which encourage deep and rigorous thinking and learning. The focus now turns to looking outward at the world around us.

Important Dates

School Tours

Tour Dates 2023 – Book a School Tour Here

Term 2 – Friday 12th May at 11.30am

Term 2 – Friday 16th June at 11.30am – This tour is our Open Classroom Tour and will include a visit to each class, Winter Festival display, followed by a soup lunch.

Term 3 – Friday 4th August at 11.30am

2023 School Term Dates

TERM 1 - Wednesday 1st February to Thursday 6th April

(10 weeks)

Labour Day - Monday 13th March


TERM 2 - Wednesday 26th April to Friday 23rd June

(9 weeks)

Pupil Free Day (Report Writing Day) - Friday 9th June

King's Birthday - Monday 12th June


Finish times for last Friday of each term will be normal finish time (3.25pm).


TERM 3 - Monday 17th July to Friday 15th September

(9 weeks)

Pupil Free Day (Parent / Teacher Interviews) - Friday 28th July

Pupil Free Day (Steiner Education PD day) - Friday 25th August


TERM 4 - Tuesday 3rd October to Wednesday 13th December

(10 weeks)

Melbourne Cup - Tuesday 7th November

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The school’s Strategic Plan sets out the school’s direction, goals, targets and key strategies for improvement. After an extensive and inclusive Strategic Planning Review, the school has a new Strategic Plan, adopted by the board in October 2022. The Strategic Plan sets the strategic direction for the school for the coming years and will be implemented through a range of planned actions across the school. The Annual Report thereafter will provide the community with information about the school’s performance in implementing these improvement strategies and how resources have been used. Read More