Governance and Management

Castlemaine Steiner School & Kindergarten 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.

CSSK Constitution 2014 PDF


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.

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).

Kathleen Howard (Soph)- Soph is a retired secondary teacher and tertiary education administrator. She taught in Victorian high schools for 10 years before moving to north coast NSW where she was part of the team to establish the Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School’s high school. After nine years at CBRSS in teaching, class guardian and administrative roles, she ultimately returned to Melbourne for the final years of her career as a faculty Education Manager at Monash University.

Warwick Smith –Warwick Smith is Senior Economist at progressive think tank Per Capita and an honorary fellow at the University of Melbourne’s School of Social and Political Sciences. He has previously worked as a research economist, consultant and freelance writer. His particular areas of expertise and interest include the economics of ageing populations, environmental economics, taxation economics and the history and philosophy of economics. Warwick also has a background in evolutionary and conservation biology. He has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne


Annual Report 2018

The latest Annual Report is available here.

Annual Report 2018