Tuesday 8th December, 2020

Term 4 Week 10

Can I in such wise know
Being that, being known,
it find itself again
in soul's creative thrust?
Strength I feel given me in trust
to have a humble self begin to be
a member of the Selfhood of the world.

From The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner

Dates to Diary

*** Dates TBA ***

2021 Term Dates
Term 1 (9 Weeks) - Tuesday 2nd February to Friday 2nd April
Term 2 (10 Weeks): Tuesday 20th April to Friday 25th June (Planning Day 19/4/21 – child-free)
Term 3 (9 Weeks): Tuesday 20th July to Friday 17th September (Planning Day 19/7/21 – child-free)
Term 4 (10 Weeks): Tuesday 5th October to Friday December 10th (Planning Day 4/10/21 – child-free)

Dear Parents,

There is not much more to say regarding the challenges we have all faced this year. Educationally, with the back and forth between distance learning and on site schooling especially, the uncertainty regarding the outcomes from the pandemic, and the rays of hope we have received lately regarding the zero infection levels over the past month. So firstly well done to all of us for the resilience and perseverance we have shown!

As this school year draws to a close I would like to acknowledge the retirement of one very special member of our school community. Anne Perry has decided after a very long and happy relationship with our school to focus on her family and other pursuits. Anne has been at our school almost from the beginning, a pioneer so to speak, and has been an instrumental part in developing our school to become what you see today. Through the many ebbs and flows Anne has always been there, and she will be missed greatly by all. We are sure though that Anne will remain connected with our school in one form or another as she has much knowledge and skills to pass on to all of us. Thank you Anne!

To the Class 8 families who are finishing their journey with us, to those who have made the choice to home school, relocate or move to other schools, we thank you for your support and time with us. We wish you much joy and success.

This year in particular I would like to acknowledge the immense job all our staff have undertaken. To the office staff who have coordinated the drop offs and pick-ups (always with such humour and grace), to all our teachers, tutors, assistants and helpers, to the cleaners and waste collectors, those who care for our buildings and gardens, tradies, our management team…Thank you. The school cannot function effectively without each one of you. Behind the scenes is another group of people who quietly volunteer much of their time to support the smooth running our school – hats off to our Board of Directors!

Finally school would not be school without the children. They arrive each day ready to learn, laugh, to be challenged, to be delighted, and to be inspired. There is one small secret that we don’t share with them enough – that it is they who end up delighting and inspiring us. As a school I hope we don’t ever lose sight that the children are the ones that teach us and challenge us to question ourselves, our beliefs, and how we behold them. So often we worry and focus so much energy thinking about what a child will become tomorrow that we run the risk of forgetting who they are today. To me this is summarised in one of the most important indications of Rudolf Steiner; that we strive to ‘receive children in reverence, educate them in love, and let them go forth in freedom’.

Best wishes and I look forward to a wonderful new year,

Danilo Paglialonga, Principal



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School News

All Donations to the “Giving Tree” must be at school by Wed morning. This enables CSSK to have the items to the Salvation Army just prior to their big packing day for hampers etc.  We thank-you all so much for the wonderful contributions again this year!




Bush Fire At Risk - Victorian Schools

CSSK is on the Victoria Bushfire at Risk register. Please take a moment to familiarise yourself with this information on school closures on extreme heat days etc.

BARR danger info for Parents



Term Dates for 2021

Term Dates for 2021 are confirmed – The childrens’ first day back is Tuesday 2/2/21

Term 1 (9 Weeks):  2/2/21 – 1/4/21

Term 2 (9 Weeks): 20/4/21 – 25/6/21 (Planning Day 19/4/21 – child-free)

Term 3 (9 Weeks): 20/7/21 – 17/9/21 (Planning Day 19/7/21 – child-free)

Term 4 (10 Weeks): 5/10/21 – 10/12/21 (Planning Day 4/10/21 – child-free)



Enrolment News

Best wishes to all our families for a peaceful and joyful holiday season.

I will be available for any enrolment enquiries from Monday 11th January, 2021.

Thanks Tracey





School Hours / Pick Up & Drop Off / Office Hours

We are excited to return in 2021 to our standard processes for drop off and pick up and also normal school hours, which are;

School starts for everyone at 8.45am

School Finishes = Kinder at 3pm, Prep at 3.10pm and Class 1 – 8 at 3.25pm.


Over the Xmas break our Office will be closing from Monday 21st of Dec and will reopen on Monday 11th of January.

We wish you all a safe and restful holiday season !

Thanks the Office Team,

Sujeeva, Ken, Suzanne, Kyle, Tracey & Rachael.



Staffing News

Many will already be aware however for those who are not…

Sarah McDonald is no longer teaching at the school, and we thank her warmly for her work with the choir across our Distance Learning program.

Anna Campbell will be continuing on into 2021 as the new Class 1 teacher!

And a very significant change to school staffing has come with the retirement of Anne Perry our Class 3 teacher. Read on further for her words on her time here at CSSK, join us in thanking her for all her years of hard work and dedication to our children and the school.



Craft News

Hello all.

I hope that the children enjoyed their Craft Classes and the projects that they made this year. In amongst the craziness of this year, beautiful craft items were bought into existence, made with patience and love. I would like to sincerely thank the children for their enthusiasm and creativity, their patience and humour, and the joy they show when making their projects.

I wish you all I fabulous holiday.

With love,


Class 1 Embroidery -Pot holders

Class 7 Collages – from the Distance Learning Program. These pieces have been chosen for an Art Exhibition held in Melbourne by Independent Schools Victoria. Further information to follow. Congratulations to the students who produced these magnificent works.


Class 3 News

In Class 3 we are just easing nicely into the year and suddenly we find it has almost finished!! And what a year it has been!

To the credit of the children they have been working very diligently. We have been doing lots of our own writing about the Hebrew stories we have been studying this year.  The story of David and Goliath is exciting and encouraging. The children have done great pictures and writing.

We are also blitzing our times tables as a good knowledge of these is essential as we progress to more advanced  arithmetic next year.

Moving into our new room is a really exciting event! Thank-you Cathy for motivating us and to parents and children for their help.

This week the festival of Hanukkah begins. We will begin to light candles on our Menorah as we celebrate this Festival of Lights as well as celebrating the beautiful season of Advent.

Love to all






Farewell from Anne. 

This year marks my twenty seventh year with the school. It has been an incredible journey. Starting off in the charming but very cold Penny School in Maldon, with three teachers, we moved to the new site, with two gum trees and lots of space. Much warmer too.

I had the privilege of working with remarkable people. Jeff Onans was truly inspirational and helped make Steiner education come alive for me. Joan Thompson taught me the importance of true diligence.

The years have passed in many ways very quickly. I have been blessed to be able to take four cycles of students through and we have had some wonderful times together. Lots of happy times and sad times too, but always the thread of the wonderful main lessons throughout. These act as a kind of anchor for the children as they move through the various developmental stages and support the children and the teacher as well!

For a teacher it is a very special experience to travel with the children through these vital years. It is very hard too when the reality dawns that perhaps you are are actually reaching the stage where it is necessary to finish full time classroom teaching.

I am so grateful for my time with the school. I love working with children and I love Steiner education. To see the fine young students in year 8 perform Shakespeare, play wonderful music  or present their major projects to a large audience is a testament to the caliber of this education.

I’m sure I will continue my involvement with the school which has been so much of my life for so many years.

I thank all of my wonderful colleagues and the many great parents who have encouraged and supported me over the years. Most of all I thank the many children I have had the privilege of teaching. I do believe they have taught me  a great deal over the years.

Thank you everyone,

Love Anne.



Class 5 News

Thank you  to all our wonderful parents for supporting the children and myself as a class, through the challenges and learning of this year. We are all the stronger for it!

Have a great Christmas break with many special moments with your children and some rest and rejuvenation for yourselves.

We look forward to our Class 6 year!

With appreciation




Class 7 News

Class 7 have been learning about Rene Descartes a French mathematician and the Cartesian Plane. This main lesson extends the students algebraic skills and introduces them to plotting points on a ‘x’and ‘y’axis.

Thank you everyone for your support this year, I wish you all a merry Christmas and a restful summer break.

Take care

Love Amanda



Class 8 News

Class 8 has had very busy & enjoyable last weeks of their time at Castlemaine Steiner School with a wonderful performance of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” in the Botanical Gardens” last week and participation in their schools for next year’s Step-Up programs, which from all accounts they had fun at.

Our very last camp is down at the beach this week, where we are all relaxing and breathing in the fresh sea air and breathing out all the challenges of this year.

We are looking forward to our Graduation on Thursday, visiting all the classes and recollecting our times in all the different rooms and ‘Running the Arch’ on Friday.

Thank you to all the Class 8 parents for all their support over the years and to all the staff at the school for all their support. It has been an amazing journey watching the wide-eyed, innocent class one children grow into grounded, happy and eager young individuals, ready to find their way and their potential in this exciting world of ours.

Cheers and Happy Holidays to all,




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Community Classifieds

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The views and opinions expressed in classified items are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of our school.

Greetings from Tropical North Steiner School!

We are reaching out to our fellow Steiner families to inform you that our beautiful School will be opening its doors in 2021 with the humble beginnings of seven students.

We are situated in Mossman, Far North Qld, on the lands of the Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people, between two ancient World Heritage Areas, The Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. A small group of community members are working tirelessly, driven by a strong impulse and a community spirit. To ensure we can open with sufficient funding, we have started a GoFundMe page seeking the financial support.

We are writing to invite you to join us on our journey of discovery, building strong foundations for our opening year. Once we settle into our new school, updates of our progress will be shared with our support community. And we hope that one day, those who have made all this possible, will allow us to welcome them onto our school site and into our hearts!

We thank you in advance for any donation you can offer via our GoFundMe page.  – gf.me/u/x6djva

Warmly, Julie Verri

Board Director

Tropical North Steiner School



Steiner Course in Central VIC for 2021

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Morning Star Crafts

20% off Christmas Sale of Steiner Books, Art, Craft and Toys.

10-4 Saturday12th and Sunday 13th December at 9 Malcolm Drive Campbells Creek.

You can come at other times by phoning 0458 280 547 to arrange a time.

Please make sure to bring your mask to wear inside.

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YMCA School Holiday Program

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