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.Read More
From these observations we recognise the importance of an education conscious of the child’s developmental stage and one that engages children artistically and imaginatively. Children journey through an age-appropriate curriculum that integrates fine arts and practical arts into the study of humanities, mathematics and science. Our curriculum is designed to provide a balanced, contemporary education which addresses the intellectual, social and practical aspects of each student.
We are situated in peaceful, regenerated bushland on the lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung in Central Victoria on the outskirts of the township of Castlemaine. Our campus contains considered buildings designed to fit in with the natural environment. Our school site is cultivated to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for students, staff and community.
At CSSK we strive to develop each student’s individual potential and to inspire in them a love of learning and the world around them.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday 30th January to Thursday 28th March
Tuesday 16th April to Friday 21st June
Monday 15th July to Friday 20th September
Tuesday 8th October to Wednesday 11th December
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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