Tuesday 7th December, 2021

Term 4 Week 10

To summery heights
The shining Being of the Sun ascends,
It takes my human Feeling
With it into its own wide realms of space.
Intuiting stirs in my inner self
Sensation, dimly heralding
One day you will realize:
A god’s own being felt you now.

From The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner

Dates to Diary

Please note school will finish at the usual time of 3.25pm on Friday 10th of December.

2021 Term Dates
Term 4 (10 Weeks): Tuesday 5th October to Friday December 10th

2022 Term Dates
Term 1 (10 weeks): Tuesday 1st February to Friday 8th April
Term 2 (9 weeks): Wednesday 27th April – Friday 24th June
Term 3 (9 weeks): Tuesday 19th July – Friday 16th September (Pupil Free Day Friday 26th August)
Term 4 (11 weeks): Tuesday 4th October – Friday 16th December (Pupil Free Day Monday 31st October)

Giving Tree

Thank-you to all who have contributed items to our Giving Tree this year. Already we have donated 4 boxes to the Salvation Army. The tree will be here all week, so if you had intended on dropping something in you have until Friday to do so.





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School News

Tavish's Bird Watching

Another fantastic drawing from Tavish in Class 5. This time of a beautiful Tawny Frogmouth in his field guide book!

I have seen a White-Fronted Honeyeater at school. They are not seen in Central Victoria much. They are very similar to New Holland Honeyeaters. White-fronted Honeyeaters are black with a yellow wing and a white chest. They also have a white face which is the main difference between them and New Hollands.

By Tavish Bloom.



Lost Property!

Please be sure to have your child come by Lost Property and check for items. This bunch of great gear will be headed to the Op Shop in the last week of school.

Thanks The Office.



Fingers Crossed for a new shade sail!

As part of the Victorian Government Shade Sails Fund we have excitedly applied for a new shade sail for the development of our “Food, Land and Nature” Learning Hub.

This single shade structure is made from a strong steel frame with a waterproof PVC roof covering and will enhance our new learning hub in a central location between the newly rejuvenated Kitchen Garden, Basset Creek and our very own Bush Food Island. It will will further enable educational programming for our Horticulture, Seed to Table, Indigenous Foods and Waterwatch.

We all know the extremes of Central Vic weather, and this structure provides shelter and uninterrupted outdoor learning that was previously not possible. The new space will also be used for our community events and workshops. Stay tuned for pictures early in 2022.

Thanks, Kyle

Site & Grounds.




It has been a busy term with the completion of many enrolments including our new three year old Kinder children. We have an Orientation session coming up next week for all new students that have not previously attended a program onsite at CSSK. This will give them an opportunity to meet their teacher, see their classroom and our beautiful school before commencing in Term 1, 2022. Thank you Moya for warmly welcoming our new Prep students last week for their orientation session. It was wonderful to see how eager they were to meet their teacher and to begin their journey at CSSK.

My last day in the office will be Thursday 16th December, returning in the New Year on Monday 10th January. We will be holding our next School Tour on Friday 28th January at 4:30pm, by appointment. Please call or email me should you wish to attend or have any enrolment queries.

I am grateful to be part of our diverse and passionate community and look forward to seeing you in 2022. Best wishes to everyone for a fabulous fun summer break filled with much love, laughter and kindness.

With gratitude

Tracey, Enrolments Officer

Phone: 03 5479 2000

Email: traceyr@cssk.vic.edu.au



Construction update

Construction is under way with all the sub-floor power and plumbing laid. Bored piers were laid on Monday with many of the children watching as cement trucks entered the site. With a little luck and good planning we should see a slab laid and frame erected by the time term 1 starts!



From the Garden

We have had so much fun cooking the food that we have grown, even if it doesn’t always turn out to plan, like these watermelons that were white inside!

Our last class 4 cooking. What fun it has been!


Lisa Hall

Outdoor Education, Horticulture & Kitchen Garden



Ring A Rosie

Dear Ring a Rosie families,

As we reach the end of the year it is lovely to reflect back a little on our previous 9-10 weeks together. Ring a Rosie is a small introduction program to Kindergarten. Although small it is a lovely transitional space for the children to inhabit to get to know the educators, the space, the routines and each other. It constantly amazes me that from a very small and humble morning of shared experiences a deep sense of connection and belonging can develop- over time!

Congratulations on all taking a deep breath, entrusting your precious little ones to Kate and myself on the golden rope each Friday morning and being there to collect them with open arms at lunch time. It is often a leap of faith for parents to send their little ones out into the world, when they are so young. Please be assured this is not a privilege that Kate and I take lightly, it is has been an ongoing delight to share morning tea (oh how they have loved the scones and jam), morning play experiences, outside play and story with the children.

I am already looking forward to next year and all the delights that the children and ourselves, as educators, will share.

I wish you all a merry Christmas and lovely summer break.

Please get in touch if you have any queries about next year or generally.

Warm regards

Tobie and Kate.



Kinder News

Dear Kindergarten families,

Welcome to our final week of Kindergarten together.

It is with some sadness and excitement that I have been watching over the children over the last few weeks. As I am finalising their reports and compiling your information- it is a time of reflection. A time to look back over the growth and change that has occurred for all the Kindergarten children. The Kindergarten year is such a year of change, from when the children arrive in Term 1 to when they get ready to leave in Term 4, as educators we see quite big developmental changes. This is always a real pleasure and privilege to share. Thank you.

Thank you for all your support and consistency throughout the year. I wish you all wonderful primary school education journey. It has been lovely getting to know you all and your children.

Please enjoy these pictures of the children’s recent Prep visit last week.

All the best,

Warm regards

Tobie, Kate, Moya and Summa



Prep News

After the busy day,

With the starry night above,

Dear angels watch our play

And guard us with your love.

Well here we are in our last week of Prep. Despite the disruptions it has been a wonderful year. Christine and I have really enjoyed working with your beautiful children. They have worked hard and been very busy. They have all grown and developed so much. It is always sad to say goodbye to a class but it is also exciting to see them ready to move on to Class One. We wish the children a wonderful journey through the School with Fiona.

The children will be busy this week as we finish off our Craft projects and prepare for our Festival on Thursday. They will bring home their Folder of paintings and drawings on Tuesday. Sleeping sacks will go home on Wednesday.

We will be celebrating our Christmas Festival with the children on Thursday 9th December, 8.45am- 11.00am. The children have been practising a little Nativity Play for our Morning Circle. There will be a special morning tea and Story. We will then say our “goodbyes”. The children will be ready for you to pick up at 11.00am.

Thank you to all Parents for sending your children ready and prepared for school each day, with carefully prepared lunches, warm clothes, for washing all their muddy clothes when they come home. Thank you for washing and ironing our tablecloths each week. Thank you for your trust and support.

Special thanks to Melody for being our Class Carer. She has been a wonderful support throughout the year.

We wish all families a joyful Christmas and a very restful holiday.

With love,

Heather and Christine



Class One News

Class One Have finished their Main Lesson Working with Numbers and finding ways in which to use the four symbols of plus, minus, multiplication and division. They have been listening to some world tales and drawing some wonderful pictures and writing interesting sentences about the stories.

Much engineering work has been happening in the sandpit, directing water through channels, under bridges and into swimming pools with a lot of listening to each other ,negotiation and co-operation. A carefully constructed boat was made with a good deal of concentration and perseverance.

Every Friday morning, we walk over to the Bush Island to have our snack and a little play. We can report that the ants who travel up and down the path from their ant mound have started their busy work after a rest during the colder months. Last week we saw sparkles in the water, heard frogs and noticed some of the flowering plants.

We wish everyone a peaceful holiday,

Love from Class One and Anna



Class Four News

What a lovely time we had with class 3 last week walking to Lisa’s house. It was a relaxing afternoon after we had a shared lunch and played some games. We made it home just before the rain hit- very fortunate!!

Congratulations Class 4 on a fabulous year. Have a merry Christmas and enjoy the summer break.

Love Amanda



Class Five News

Greek Olympics at Little Yarra were wonderful. Congratulations to all participants and to Otto for jumping over 2 metres to become the boys standing long jump champion.

Our camp on the O’Keefe Trail was such fun! We all wanted to keep riding and bird watching and swimming.

Lisa using the “health-spray” to cool us down!

Warmest, Penny



Class Five Camp

Class 5 rode the O’Keefe Rail Trail last week. As with all camps, it is wonderful to see everyone bring their own gifts to the camp which makes it special for everybody. Thank you Rufus for your good-natured humour, Tavish for your birding (55 different species sighted!), Otto for your bike tricks, Maggie for your kind caring, Araliya for your bravery, Orrin for your careful concentration, Freya for your camping skills, Mara for sharing your grandma with us, Cohen for your great work ethic, Luca for your singing, Rafi for your technical skills, Hamish for your humour and reliability, Mieke for your evenness and capability, Adrienne for your strong riding, Sascha for your bravery and stoicism, Makiniti for wearing that great zinked face, Penny for being totally present to everyone, Sarah for your intelligent overview & wisdom, Edward for keeping us safe crossing roads & Joel for supporting us the whole way with vehicle support. It was so much fun!

Thanks Lisa



Class Eight Shoreham Camp

A little pic from our Class Eights who are on camp today !



Craft News

Enjoy these photos of the fantastic work our students have been completing this Term!



Thanks Chris



Movement News

The class 1,2 and 3 children have enjoyed their weekly Movement lessons at school again this term. Favourite aspects for all include the circuit activities which are part of most sessions, the zoorobic exercises and also the parachute games which we do at least once a term.


It has been wonderful seeing the skill development and the sense of achievement the children experience when something finally clicks after lots of practice!

Wishing you all a joyful holiday season.




Morning Star Crafts

And…Thank-you to Morning Star crafts for helping us liven up our foyer area this term. Your donation of the book and cards is very much appreciated!

Xmas shopping ideas…

We are a local business selling  Steiner based, natural and eco friendly art and craft materials. books, toys and gifts.

We are open again at last with new regular opening times too!

You can order online and pick up as usual but now fully vaccinated customers can visit on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays  from 2pm – 5pm.

We’re just down the road at 9 Malcolm Drive, Campbells Creek.

Check in and masks are required.

For enquiries please contact Elizabeth on 0458 280 547.




Seasonal Cards

Hi all,

Cindy Howells (Steiner Art and Craft and Prep teacher) and Lou Harvey-Zahra (Steiner teacher and parenting author) have teamed up to create a set of Australian themed beautiful seasonal cards.

It is our aim to bring the wonder of nature into homes and centres with seasonal tables and cards, with an Australian feel.

  • Designed and Printed in Melbourne
  • Australian themes
  • Six cards per pack (Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring, plus Birthday and Christmas Table cards)
  • Plus a separate Advent Card.
  • All cards are beautiful on the front AND back, the back of the cards provides instructions on how to set up a seasonal table with coloured cloths and nature items, seasonal craft ideas and a verse.

Packs of 6 cards are with free postage at the moment ($24.95) and the Advent card is $5 (needs to be ordered separately), please go to www.happychildhappyhome.com/shop to order.


Castlemaine FNC presents

Girls Summer Series 2021 – Aussie Rules Football for girls this summer.

Babysitting & Childcare

1/4 size Cello for sale - $750

Champion 301 Series – very lovely sound.

As is condition in easy to carry soft case.

Note small surface scratches and the bow could do with replacing.

Call David 0498042720



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Community Classifieds

3/4 size cello for sale

This was once a beautiful Salieri cello but has sustained multiple injuries.

It can be used as it is for the time being, but really it needs fixing. I do not wish to invest in it myself, but you could.



0431 665 472



YMCA - School Holiday Program

Bookings are now open for our exciting Summer School Holiday Program!

Incursions and Excursions are back for Summer. Check out our program and book online!




CSSK Disclaimer

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.

Babysitter available

Dear CSSK parents,

I am an ex- CSSK student, who is now in Year 11 at Castlemaine Secondary College, who is available for babysitting. I have experience and am happy to look after one or two children. I live locally in Castlemaine.

My rates are $12.50 for one child, and $16.00 for two children.

If you would like to meet with me first, before I do any babysitting that is fine.

My number is 0490791040/ or 0439871176, perhaps text both if you are interested in getting in touch.

Kind regards, Yuma Deacon


Loving family looking for someone from the Steiner community to babysit our two girls 4 & 6 years old. You need to:
  • Have no kids (available school holidays)
  • Be punctual
  • Have an ABN (easy to do)
  • Have good availability during the week
Particularly over the next 6 months there will be a lot of work. Phone 0418100972
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