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 (updated 2020)


Board Members

Warwick Smith (Chair) – Warwick Smith is co-founder and economist at the Castlemaine Institute. He’s also a research fellow at public policy 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.

Mahesh Kandasamy – Mahesh is a Co-operative Developer working in the community housing sector. She has 20+ years of experience working within banking, social enterprise and microfinance sectors. Mahesh’s interest is genuine collaboration where creative social change can flourish. Mahesh has volunteered and held Board positions in the areas of Community Legal Aid, Community Banking, Environmental Law and New Economy. In addition to being on the Board of CSSK, Mahesh is also a Director of Bhive Co-operative a start up technology based business developing a community owned person-to-person sharing economy platform for the Bendigo region.

Joel Reynolds – Joel has 20 years experience in technology and organisational management with a focus on business transformation, governance and solution architecture. He’s held senior roles in both corporate and not-for-profit organisations. Joel is currently the Chief Technology Officer of an ASX listed health-tech company. Prior to this he worked with Australian Volunteers International, and a number of overseas based organisations.

Amanda McDonald – Amanda currently works at CSSK as a class teacher. She has 15 years experience working in a variety of schools (both Mainstream and Steiner) and has taught various year levels and mixed age groups. Previous experience includes volunteering as a Support Worker, assisting a child with autism using the ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) Therapy Program. She holds a Bachelor of Education, Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching, Foundation Course in Rudolf Steiner Early Childhood Education and a Certificate of Rudolf Steiner Education (Primary).

Anna Campbell – Anna holds Bachelor of Education and Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Teaching. She has 40 years experience both nationally and internationally teaching Kindergarten, Primary and Classes 7 & 8.

Hilary Blackshaw – Hilary has trained and worked as a professional musician and Primary Teacher, and currently works in mainstream secondary education as a classroom Instrumental music specialist for the Bendigo Instrumental Music Program. Hilary is passionate about inclusive, creative education and loves supporting children to explore and engage with music, wherever their starting point may be. Hilary holds a Bachelor of Music and a Masters of Teaching (Primary), and certificates in Permaculture, Orff Music Education and Brain Care approach strategies.

Keppel Cassidy – Keppel is a social worker who has worked in the mental health field in regional Victoria for the past 6 years. He brings to the board extensive training and experience in group work and interpersonal communication, and many years as a student of anthroposophy. An alumni of the Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School, he is passionate about Steiner education and its vital role in educating the young people who can transform and renew our society. He holds a Master of Social Work from Federation University and a Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Cairnmillar Institute.


Annual Report 2020

The latest Annual Report is available here.

Annual Report 2020


School Funds

The school receives its funding from five main sources:

  1. Tuition Fees and charges received from parents
  2. Commonwealth and State government grants on a per student basis
  3. Capital Works grants and other special purpose grants from the Commonwealth government
  4. Fundraising by parents and other special events
  5. Donations and grants from individuals, groups and philanthropic organisations