Friday 18th March, 2016

Term 1, Week 7

Unceasingly itself creating,
Soul life becomes aware of Self;
The cosmic spirit, striving on,
Renews itself by self-cognition,
And from the darkness of the soul
Creates the fruit of Self-engendered will.

From The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner

Dates to Diary

Tuesday 22nd March - Class 3 Domino Trail Excursion (was originally Thursday 17th March)
Tuesday 22nd March - Class 7 Immunisation
Wednesday 23rd March 7.30pm - Eurythmy Performance
Thursday 24th March – Prep & Kindergarten Autumn Festivals
Thursday 24th March 2.40pm - Easter Festival
Thursday 24th March - End of Term 1
Friday 25th March - Good Friday Public Holiday
Saturday 9th April - Parents & Friend Group Autumn Harvest Bush Dance

All these dates (and more) are available on the yearly calendar on the school website, including camp/excursion departure and return times.

Term 1 - Tuesday 2nd February to Thursday 24th March (8 weeks)
Term 2 - Tuesday 12th April to Thursday 16th June (10 weeks)
Term 3 - Tuesday 12th July to Friday 16th September (10 weeks)
Term 4 - Tuesday 4th October to Friday 9th December (10 weeks)

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Class News


Dear Kindergarten Parents,
We are heading into our last week of Term 1.
How the time travels- the children are very established in their Kindergarten rhythms.
Many new friendships have been made, and many more are being forged.
The children have explored the inside and outside spaces in new ways. Their first tentative steps in Week 1, 2 and 3 are now being replaced with a sense of ownership and ‘I know how things work here at Kinder’ attitude. It is a pleasure to see the children growing in these news ways – on their own and with each other.
When we arrive back from holidays I am sure autumn will be fully established in our beautiful garden. A joy to see.
Next term we will also, have a new transition process to start the day. The children will take their steps inside on their own, bidding their parents farewell in the garden. I will send a notice home about this next week.
As the term progresses we will also venture out for some walks around the big school garden. This will be a lovely opportunity for the children to see the schools beautiful vegetable garden.
I wish you all a lovely restful holiday.
Things to remember:
Our Kindergarten Festival is next Thursday 24th of March. It will commence at 9.00am and finish at approximately 11.00am.
The children’s Kindergarten day will finish when the festival ends.
Thank you for all your support throughout the term.
Warm regards, Tobie

Class One

Class 1 children have almost reached the end of their first term at school! It has been a wonderful beginning with a beautiful group of children working, playing and sorting out together; all that we need to do each day. We have been learning about some Indigenous children following tracks to a sacred cave where a wise old woman told them a story with riddles to solve. From these emerged secret signs – the ancient Roman numerals. Following this another story told of Hamed who was a great person for observing nature and coming up with new possibilities – slowly the Arabic numerals are emerging with much time and care taken by Class 1 children for their manipulation of objects and their drawing.
Thank you to all our Parents for looking after us and being so supportive. I have also really appreciated the good communication this term, whether in person, by phone, text or notes – a great start and please do continue.
Enjoy many special moments with your child over this Autumn/ Easter break and I look forward to seeing everyone for a five day week next term.
Warm wishes, Lyn

Class Two

We are having many March birthday celebrations in Class Two presently.
Soon our Jumping Mouse and Praying Flute Books will be finished and the children are looking forward to sharing them with their families.
Next week our parent helpers will be in our room helping us bake hot cross buns and decorate our eggs ready for our Easter celebrations.
Easter Assembly is the last day of Term: Thursday 24th March at 2.40pm. All are welcome and children are to be dismissed at the usual time of 3.25pm.
Best wishes, Mary

Class Three

We have been very busy measuring different items in the classroom and outside in the yard, using spans, breadths, cubits, inches feet and yards. This week we have learnt that 1 foot is 12 inches and 1 yard is 3 feet. We have begun to measure the height of the children in the class by simply marking a line on the wall ready to introduce the metric system next week. Next week we also go on our 6km walk from Lyonville to Trentham which will be a great adventure!!! Please remember to dress your child in long pants and with suitable walking shoes.
Next week will also be a busy week with our Easter Activities.
Have a great weekend and I hope you all have a lovely Easter break.
Love Amanda

Class Four

Class 4 has been busy creating some beautiful patterns, drawings, paintings, stories and poems whilst exploring some of Australia’s Indigenous culture and the wonderful Indigenous connection to land. This week we visited Eliza Tree’s art gallery in Castlemaine and listened to her interesting stories and explanations of her beautifully descriptive paintings of this region before white man’s arrival, of his arrival and how that affected the land.
Cheers, Anna

Class Five

Greeting to all friends and families of Class 5,
Another marvellous Main Lesson is underway in our class as we hear the stories of the European settlers of our country and try to consider how this was from the perspective of the original inhabitants. The children are learning a lot about the characters and hardships of all who were in the land at that time and have been producing some thoughtful work as a result – not always book work, but good discussion and practical activities. They are also taking a great interest in their Quota Spelling program, trying hard to improve their personal scores each week and in the process learning much about our language.
We are very sad to see Jose go – we will miss his cheerful and unique personality in our room, but as he says, “He’ll be back!”
Welcome Alan to our Sports program for the next week or so! Thank you also to Helen Jones who has come to our room to help us experience some Indian cookery.
Next Tuesday we are having a Pets Day in our class and excitement is running high. We just hope that no pets get too excited and misbehave, but we’re sure it will be great fun.
What a full and interesting time we have! We wish you a restful and contemplative Easter break.
Love and best wishes,
Danilo and Diana.

Class Six

Thank you to all who made it to last night’s rescheduled Class Meeting. This week I’d like to share a piece of writing inspired by our class trip to the Central Deborah Mine and the Chinese museum – it was hard to choose from many great stories; this one is by Edward.

Warm regards, Jacob.

A Miner’s Life
My name is James Murdoch and this is my story. I’m half Irish but I was born in Australia. My mother was a shopkeeper and my father was a tailor. I am currently working at the Deborah Mine in Bendigo. Ever since I was born, life has been a struggle. First I had to walk 150 km from Melbourne (where I was born) to Bendigo., when I was 25 with a 23kg load. Then I had to pay for the mining certificate. The people are nice enough. I have found a fair bit of gold. I have also stolen a fair bit as well but I have to be careful because if I am caught I shall be taken to prison for a minimum of two years and I shall never be allowed to work in a mine ever again. I caught a nasty case of lung disease (because when you drill the force of the shaking brings up dust which we breath in) and have only just recovered. The mine bosses are the meanest people I know. They have no care for the workers’ safety and they will charge you for anything they can. At least I’m not Chinese. Those guys have to pay money just for being here. I love the food here. The Cornish pasties are really good. One half is meat and vegetables, and the other is jam. You hold on to the crust of the pastry but nothing else. You eat everything except for the part that you held onto, because when you’ve been working in the filthy mines your hands are black with dirt.

Class Seven

We are presently studying Mechanics in our Physics Main Lesson. It has been wonderful to have Pete’s expertise assisting us with some of our experiments. The children have a great understanding of pulleys after experimenting first-hand how they work!
Our camp is the first week of Term 2, so please send forms back to school soon. Lists of required equipment and clothing will be sent home soon.
Regards, Anne

Class Eight

John Wright and Class 8 are currently on a Horse Riding Camp in Barmah Forest. We expect that they are having a wonderful time and look forward to hearing about their adventures and discoveries upon their return. Click here for a map of the area in which they were camping and riding.

Regards, Alan



Every week in Craft is productive, busy and motivating. The teaching of Craft to every child in this beautiful school is purely inspirational. Projects across the classes are coming to an end and we are looking forward to what is next.
Class 6 have completed their Juggling Balls, made of fine fabric, and finished this project by learning to juggle.
All classes are so close to completing something; hopefully their work can be taken home before the holidays. No promises, though!
Warm wishes for Easter, Chris


Performance week ahead!! From Anne-Meike’s term volunteering with us, and the good work of senior school students, we have some performance pieces to offer our community. I hope you can make it to at least one even, if not all three! Parents and friends are welcome to attend any or all of the in-school-hours performances, held in the Hall, as follows:
Tuesday 22nd – 9:15am, for younger classes; approximate 15minute duration., and Tuesday at 11:30, classes 4+, and visiting high school student audience, approximately 35 minutes.
The Wednesday evening performance starts at 7:30pm (approximately 45 minutes long, followed by tea and cakes).
It is a public performance to which I encourage not only you, but also your neighbours, friends, and extended family to come! And if I may be so brazen – to come with cash in hand! This is a fundraiser event to support the growing group of students wanting to do more eurythmy and go on tour with it. And yes, this all requires resources – if you appreciate what you’ll see, and want to support these students dream of a touring group, and gifts to offer others, please give generously! And more importantly, and to begin, simply come – it will hopefully be an enriching, supporting event for all in attendance.
Please note, as the later evening time of the 7:30 performance would suggest, it is not a program intended for young children (and yet if they must come, worry not – while there isn’t anything particularly young-children appropriate, nor is there anything highly inappropriate).
I’ve probably prattled on about this many time already – but the rarity of the opportunity to have two Eurythmists, and a whole ensemble of dedicated students and volunteer musician and speakers, coming together this term has been a very special experience. Eurythmy, as art, can really only be created willingly, and takes hours of practice and development. What’s more, what can be created and shared between and by two or more people doing it together is something quite other than what can be done solo, and dare I say – it’s with others that the real art of it begins. I am deeply grateful for everyone so positively contributing throughout the term and all the more in the coming week.
Looking forwards to sharing our work with you, and a great end to term one.


Bonjour tout le monde
As the end of term fast approaches, our Class Seven and Class Eight students are completing a cultural information booklet called La France: Faits Amusants (Fun Facts about France). They are researching and choosing their own facts and we are sharing them with great interest! For example, did you know that the Eiffel Tower sways by seven centimetres in a high wind? Or that, on rainy days, Henri IV used to ride his horse for fox hunting all through the corridors of his palace, the Louvre?
Class Six have also been completing some fun facts about France and learning the “Poisson d’Avril” (French April 1st) tradition.
A special thank you to Amy and Hazel in Class Six for their lovely poster drawing of the Eiffel Tower which can now be seen in the Foyer Gallery.
au revoir, Lynn

Spanish & Sport

The school is currently seeking a new Spanish & Sport teacher. If you are interested, the Position Description can be found at

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School News

Working Bee Cancellation

The Working Bee previously advertised for this Saturday 19th March is cancelled and will be re-scheduled to a date in Term 2. Sorry for any confusion.

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Parents and Friends Group

Planning is well underway for our Autumn Harvest Family Bush Dance on Saturday, 9 April – the last Saturday of the upcoming school holidays.

A dance band has been put together for the occasion – featuring Kavisha Mazella on guitar and accordion, Matthew Arnold playing violin and dance caller Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky playing rhythm bones, banjo and bodhran!

It will be a great family night, with an early dinner available from 6pm and dancing starting at 6.30. Tickets will be available online and from the office next week, with a family ticket costing $25.

Next week will also be our last Wednesday morning get together for the term. You’re welcome to join us in the Parents Room after drop off for a cup of tea, a chat and some felt toadstool crafting. No need to bring anything and children are most welcome.

We’d like to add to the Room’s pencil basket and our collection of sandpit toys. If you have some that your children have outgrown, we can offer them a happy new home.

Over the next few weeks we’ll also be moving the parent’s library from the school office into the Parents Room to make browsing and borrowing easier. This is a lovely collection of books relating to topics such as Steiner education, parenting and crafting.

Finally, thank you to those who have offered to bake for the Eurythmy performance next Wednesday evening. We’ve been hearing the older children practising in the hall at lunchtime. It’s going to be a lovely.

You can contact the P&F by dropping into the Parents Room on Wednesday mornings, or by leaving a note at the office, emailing p& or call/text Julie on 0420 318 255

Eurythmy Performance

Eurythmy Fundraiser Performance

Toilet Access for Many!

Our toilet paper supplier ‘Who Gives a Crap’ have provided sanitation access for over 120,000 people through their donations to WaterAid. Learn more from their website:

Positions Vacant

Two new teaching positions are available at our school: Physical Education and Spanish. Please share this link with Facebook friends who may be interested in the positions. For further details visit the school website:

Sunsmart E-News Term 1, 2016

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From The Office

Parent Handbooks

The new 2016 Parent Handbook was printed and distributed to families last week. More copies have been placed in classroom teacher’s pigeon holes to be distributed to second parents, if required. If you need more copies please see the office staff.

School Closure - Term 1 Holidays

The school will be closed Friday 25th March (Good Friday) to Monday 4th April, inclusive. The office will reopen on Tuesday 5th April.

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Community Classifieds

Clothing Alterations and Repairs

Contact Aleesha 0421 845 757 or for more information

Bendigo Writers Festival 2016

Don’t miss out on the chance to be published for free in the first Vox Bendigo Book: A Young Writers Anthology. Entries close 24 March.

Bendigo Writers Festival in association with the Rotary Club of Bendigo invites your students to enter their writing. The theme is MY PLACE. A place you love to visit, a place that has changed, a place that is special, or a place that is important to the whole community. Use your imagination or research a place that you are curious about. We are looking for writing that is lively, thoughtful and entertaining. The judging panel to select the winning entries consists of Cecile Shanahan, John Charalambous and Penny Davies.

Submissions of any kind of writing – stories, poems or prose – can be up to 1000 words.

There are two divisions for entries:
Students from Years 3 to 7
Students from Years 8 to 11

All entries must be submitted by the end of Term One – Thursday 24 March.

Any questions or enquiries should be directed to The Vox Bendigo Book coordinator, Cecile Shanahan at

Mittigundi Programs

Felting Workshop

Saturday 19th March 10am-1pm @ Tribe – 227 Barker St, Castlemaine

$65 includes all materials & morning tea

Limited places: Bookings via or 0403 800 714

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Maldon Family Fun Day

Sunday 20th March, 11am – 4.30pm

Maldon Blue Light Youth Camp, 16 Phoenix St, Maldon

Children $5, Adults $15, Families $35

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Autumn Fair - Dharma School Daylesford

Sunday 20th March, 11am-3pm,

11 Perrins St. Daylesford

Entry: Gold Coin Donation

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Eat Timor's First Film: Beatriz's War

Sunday 20th March 4pm at Theatre Royal, Castlemaine

$15.50 adults, $13.50 concession – Bookings

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Castlemaine Library - Autumn School Holiday Program

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Tennis Programs - Castlemaine Holiday Clinic

Castlemaine Tennis Club – 2 Hargraves St, Castlemaine

Thursday 31st March 9am-4pm

$25 Entry

Paul Mick 0415 511 150

Antonio De Fanis 0402 554 769

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Castlemaine Fitness - Intensive Swimming Program

Monday 4th to Friday 8th April – 5 consecutive days

30 minute sessions

$40 per child – includes swimming cap and certificate of skills achieved

Booking essential 5472 3695

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Youth Leadership Training

Wednesday 6th April, 10am – 4.30pm at Continuing Education Castlemaine

No cost with lunch provided

Register by March 24th by contacting Shannon Lacy on 5471 1826 or

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Castlemaine Library presents Rockhopping by Trace Balla

Join author Trace Bella for slides and stories about her latest creation, ‘Rockhopping’.

Castlemaine Library: Thursday 14th April from 5.30pm. Launch at 6pm.

All ages welcome. Light refreshments provided

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Over the Moon Studios - Ballet for Preps

The Annual Free Trial Ballet Class for Preps at Over the Moon Studios is on Saturday 16th April 9am

Go to our website to find out more about Over the Moon or register your place in the free trial class. or contact Aislinn Farrow  or 0437032934

Harps To Hearts

Sunday April 17th – Performance at 3pm. $20 adults/$15 concession

Guildford Vineyard Cellar, 6720 Midland Hwy

Featuring world famous performers.

Enquiries & Bookings: 0434 520 351

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Vicroads Roadworks - Pyrenees Hwy, Winters Flat

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