Friday 21st October, 2016

Term 4, Week 3

I sense a kindred nature to my own:
Thus speaks perceptive feeling
As in the sun-illuminated world
It merges with the floods of light;
To thinking's clarity
My feeling would give warmth
And man and world
In unity bind fast.

From The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner

Dates to Diary

Wednesday 19th October to Friday 21st October - Class 4 & 5 Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement Camp
Monday 24th October 10.50am-1pm - Prep Working Bee
Monday 24th & Tuesday 25th October - Bendigo Health Free Dental Screening
Monday 24th & Friday 28th October - Parent-Teacher Transition Report Interviews
Tuesday 25th October - School Photos
Wednesday 26th October 2.30pm - Class 6 Soiree
Thursday 27th October 9am - Class 7 Concert at the Market
Thursday 27th October 7.00pm - Class 6 Meeting
Friday 28th to Saturday 29th October - Class 3 Sleepover (& Chook House Working Bee on Saturday)
Monday 31st October - Report Writing Day (Student Free Day)
Tuesday 1st November - Melbourne Cup Public Holiday
Saturday 5th November - Spring Fair

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

Term 4 - Tuesday 4th October to Friday 9th December (10 weeks)

Term 1 Tuesday 31st Jan – Friday 31st March
Term 2 Wednesday 19 April – Thurs 22nd June
Term 3 Tuesday 18th July – Friday 22 September
Term 4 Tuesday 10th October – Friday 8th December

Spring Fair – Only 2 weeks to go!

Thanks to those who have signed onto the Spring Fair roster already, if you are yet to join us, please jump online as soon as possible, we really need everyone’s help on the day.

Go to

Or email


We’d still love lots more donations of clothing and second-hand treasures for our Big Sisters Wardrobe and White Elephant Stall. Please drop off to the Parent’s Room.


–          Gazebos, shade cloth and market umbrellas

–          Clothes racks

–          3litre olive oil tins


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Class News


Dear Kindergarten Parents,

Welcome to Week 3,

Thank you for all putting their names down on the Parent teacher proforma this week. If you by chance missed putting your name on the list please email me at the new email (provided last week via Class carers email) over the weekend. The Parent Teacher Interviews will not be as elaborate as Mid-Year Reports. Their main purpose is to discuss the Transition Reports, so please bring the completed reports with you. I have scheduled 20-25 minutes to accommodate short and long interviews. Please be patient with any time overlap; we will try and stay to scheduled time as much as possible. The reason for the interviews happening in the first half of the term is threefold. To keep within Department guidelines of them being completed and handed to Prep in November; to enable me to spend time past the Fair meeting the new Kinder families (I will have similar Parent Teacher Interviews with the 2017 families); and to allow Heather to have the Transition Reports prior to meeting with you all.

I look forward to meeting with you all next week.

Warm regards, Tobie


In the heart of the seed buried deep, so deep.

A dear little plant lay fast asleep.

“Wake” said the sun and creep to the light,

“Wake” said the voice of the raindrops bright.

And the little plant heard and arose to see,

What a wonderful place the world might be.


Our class has been very small this last week as there is a lot of sickness in Prep. We send our best wishes to all those who are unwell and hope you are feeling better soon.

The recent ‘Prep News’ email contained all our recent news. Ron and Sarah will be visiting us in Prep on Wednesday 2nd November.

The weather is looking encouraging for our Working Bee in Prep next Monday 24th October 10.50am-1pm. We look forward to sharing some of our Prep day with you.

Best wishes, Heather

Class One

We are enjoying the changing spring weather – with skipping and hopscotch, mud pies and gardening, sand tunnels and water flows, caterpillars and worms!

We have learned to create a story with beautiful Form Drawings as the lonely King searched over mountains and hills, forests and sea to find his Queen.

We are also counting on with Portly Plus and Minnie Minus to help us. We have found that all together the fairies have gathered 110 lost teeth from our class of children!

Class Newsletter has been sent home with the children – please let me know if you have not yet received it

Warm wishes, Lyn

Class Four

A picture Lisa sent from Class Four’s camp in Swan Hill. More to follow soon…


Class Five

More pictures from Swan Hill, this time involving Class Five students. Stay tuned…

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Class Six

Life often takes some rather unexpected turns and for Class 6 this has meant that our long awaited Horse Riding, which was planned for last week, has had to be postponed until early November.  With so much rain this year the Hume Weir was overflowing and water had to be released at a rate that caused a greater risk of flooding downstream, including Strathmerton, the venue for the camp. Of course it was very disappointing but we can now live with the excitement of anticipation for a few weeks longer.

This has meant we are doing a Mathematics Main Lesson now and delving into many marvellous mysteries.

Did you know?

  1. That you can make many numbers from combinations of 4 4’s?  Some say you can make every number but we have proven at least numbers 1 to 10 are possible and many others.

EXAMPLE     4 + 4 + 4 – 4 = 8

  1. If you put 1 grain of wheat on the first square of a chess board, 2 on the second, 4 on the third, 8 on the fourth  and keep doubling all the way to the 64th square you will need more wheat than the whole of the world produces in approximately 1,220 years.

This chess puzzle led us to making exquisite wax chess sets that are of course now in regular use.

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Next week promises to very busy with something extra happening nearly every day.

Monday – Dental checks

Tuesday – School Photos

Wednesday – Soiree 2.30pm

Thursday – Class Meeting 7.00pm

Friday – Perhaps we need to do something else???

Best wishes, Robyn

Class Seven

We are presently involved in a Science Main Lesson, focusing on Chemistry and in particular, combustion. Needless to say we have had a lot of experiments involving fire!

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It is a very busy term so please check notes sent home and the Penny regularly.

Regards, Anne

Class Eight

It was wonderful to hear all the news of the Class Eight rafting camp at Assembly this week. They built and sailed their own raft, camped under tarpaulins, got wet and sunburned in turns, found plover’s eggs, slept on the islands of Eppalock and generally had an idyllic time. They have created some beautiful art work for the Thank You cards they designed for the Latrobe Outdoor Education students who helped to make it such a success. And of course huge thanks to Lisa for making the camp so memorable for them all!

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Our Knit A Square Project for Youth Homelessness has had tremendous support from parents, teachers and students! We are delighted to announce that we now have forty three squares and are still counting! It looks as though we will be able to raffle a rug at the Spring Fair as planned … and still have enough squares for a second rug to donate. Aren’t you all fantastic!!

It is not too late to knit a square! There are still needles and wool at the office – or create your own square from any oddments of wool you may have. The great joy of a knitted blanket is that every colour of the rainbow looks good in it!

Just have your squares back to school by the time the Cup weekend starts (Friday October 28) as I think we will need this weekend for The Great Sewing- It -Together Finale!

Warm regards, Lynn


Hello all,

Could you please remind your child to bring to school any Craft Project they have made this year? Thank you.

Cheers, Chris


Class 2: Dolls and weaving

Class 3: Crochet

Class 4: Shields and swords

Class 5: Elephants, books and beanies

Class 6: Juggling balls, wooden eggs and plinth, and cushions

Class 7: Winter lanterns

Class 8: Pyjamas and wooden spoons


Class 7 and 8 Eurythmy Performance, Thursday November 24th, 7:30 pm.

Looking forward to seeing you there,

Love, Nicole


Bonjour tout le monde

Week Three of term and both Classes Seven and Eight have returned from their camping adventures with healthy appetites! In two successful cooking sessions we baked delicious French madeleines with orange zest and butter … and managed to consume them in record time, despite having made FOUR trays of TWENTY madeleines per tray. We did say that they were best eaten while still warm – and all students took this challenge very seriously. Apologies to hungry teachers and office staff who hoped for a few leftover crumbs!

Class One revisited some of our French songs this week when we managed to fit in a singing session and they not only sang beautifully (and reminded me when I forgot the words!) but can count to twenty in French as well! We hope that our next session might involve a new spring or summer song, along with matching weather if we are lucky.

And Class Six are expanding their classroom routine this term to practise a little French conversation in small groups, along with their usual lovely book work.

au revoir



From Lake Eppalock

Last week I had the privilege of accompanying Class Eight, having a fabulous time rafting around Lake Eppalock, sleeping on islands, sleeping under a tarp, cooking around the campfire and some even braved swimming in the cold water! A group of third year Outdoor and Environmental Education students organised the trip and did a splendid job.

Bush Food

We are fortunate to have our well established bush food island for our students to work on. We also have bush food plants planted around the yard, which, on occasion we can dig up and eat. Over the last ten weeks I have had the privilege of attending Auntie Julie McHale’s bush food course. We have learnt about lots of indigenous ingredients, how to cook them and how to grow them. This experience has enriched my teaching of the gardening curriculum at our school. Here’s a photo of tubers from the course, ready to cook (orchids and lilies) indigenous to our local landscape.


Love Lisa


Term 4 Soirees

Wednesday 26th October 2.30pm – Class 6

Monday 7th November 2.15pm – Class 4

Wednesday 9th November 7pm – Class 7 & 8

Friday 11th November 2.15pm – Class 5


Melbourne Youth Music

2017 Ensemble Program & Summer School

Apply now: or call (03) 9376 8988

Physical Education

Last week on Monday our Class Seven and Eight Physical Education lesson was delayed whilst we watched and listened to the wonderful students from the Mansfield Steiner School Orchestra. What a pleasure it was to experience this mesmerizing performance from these talented young people, ranging from Classes Four to Eight. The variety of instrument sounds combined together perfectly, but I was more impressed by the visuals of the show. The bow control, precision and synchronicity between all involved was truly spectacular.

After the show we all headed out to the soccer field to have a big game of soccer with the Mansfield students. The game was played in great spirits with some wonderful individual and team efforts. It was a very inclusive game for all, and great sportsmanship and consideration was shown, given the varying ages of players. Class Five came out to also join late in the session, meaning we had about 50 people playing, teachers also. At some points the game reminded me of playing pinball as a young boy!

On Tuesday Class Five played a variety of imaginative games whilst practicing some wrestling moves ahead of the upcoming Greek Olympics. The duck game introduced to the children seemed to be very popular. It is a fast-paced game that required the children to meet other ducks and play paper, rock, scissors or an alternative was to count the number of fingers and thumbs that both ducks held up. The successful duck would advance and be able to stand and walk and challenge another walker. Victorious walkers then stood on chairs where they would again challenge oncoming walkers. After one minute the final four on chairs played off to establish our champion duck. We had one young girl who proved to be quite the paper, rock, scissors champion!

Class Six students continue to impress me each week with their rapid improvements in many different areas of Physical Education. With their bodies changing in size and shape, and with confidence building in their own ability, they are reaching new highs in each lesson. We have played basketball over the last two weeks and not only are the individual improvements and efforts impressive, but their ability to work as a team, a fundamental part of basketball, is proving to be very rewarding. They are a very tight group of children with strong bonds.

Keep encouraging your children to do something physical. I myself am trying to get back into some running and weights training. This warmer weather sure helps achieve that!

Cheers, Alan


Congratulations to Raziel and his wife Nicole on the safe arrival of their first child, a beautiful baby girl.

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School News

Parents & Friends Group

There were a few glorious hours of sunshine today – enough to dry our beautiful rainbow felt.  Thank you to Elizabeth from Morning Star Crafts for providing the food dyes and teaching us the technique.  Some of the squares will be available for sale from the Craft Stall at Spring Fair along with the beautiful felt and silks in seasonal colours Aleesha and Natalie have been dyeing over the last few months.


During our Parents & Friends get together this Wednesday, we’ll be creating celebration rings with some of the rainbow felt and hand dipping birthday candles. We will also be taste testing our scone recipe for the cafe at Spring Fair, so if you have a hankering for craft, tea and scones – come along any time between drop off and lunch time.


There are plenty of small jobs that need doing before Spring Fair.  Talk to your Class Carer or one of the stall coordinators if you’ve got some time available to sort, price, weed, clean, bundle, etc.

Lastly, our organic and fairtrade fundraising chocolate is still available for $4 a bar or $20 for 6 bars.  Chocolate is available for purchase (by adults) from Reception or contact me on 0424 318 255 for more information or to organise a delivery.

With love

Julie Tisdale, Convenor, Parents & Friends

School Photos

School photo packs were distributed recently. Family discount envelopes are available at the office. There is an option to pay online, however we still require your pack to be returned to the office with your online reference number. Please return all completed photo packs to the office by tomorrow, Friday 21st October. Spare forms are available at the office. School photos will be taken on Tuesday 25th October.

Free Dental Screening for Students - Bendigo Health

Monday 24th & Tuesday 25th October

(Thursday 27th October if needed)

If you want your child to have a dental check please return the forms tomorrow, Friday 21st October. Spare forms are available at the office.

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From The Office

Spring Fair Job

Does anyone have a tractor and slasher, and is interested in giving the school an estimate to cut the grass/cape weed in the carpark paddock?

Please let the office know ASAP. Thanks.


Very small, glass jar with cork lid and tiny little biscuits/faces?? Found in the car park. Come to the office if yours.

School Fees - New Direct Debit Option

For your convenience the School now accepts payments for school fees by direct debit from your bank account or credit card in weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments spread across the term. To set up your direct debit, please complete and return the direct debit request form sent to you with your statement. Payments will then take place automatically according to the payment schedule you request, and a reminder will be sent to you by SMS if you select this option on the form.


Statements have been emailed and posted.  School fees are due Friday 21st October.  If you are having difficulties with payment please contact the Business Manager’s assistant, Tanya Blake on Email: or Phone/SMS: 0400 751 624

School Policy - Hats

School hats must be worn between 1st September and 1st May each year for every play time and on camps and excursions. This complies with State Government Sun Smart program requirements, as a preventative strategy to skin cancer. Hats are available at the office. The cost of $12.50 will be charged to your account at the end of the term.

Fundraising Chocolate

As per school policy we cannot sell the chocolate to children. If you would like your child to purchase chocolate please call or email the office and we can sell it to them at the end of the day.

Saver Plus

Can $500 from Saver Plus assist you
with school costs?

You may be eligible if you have a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card,
are at least 18 years old, have some regular income from work (you or your
partner) and have a child at school or study yourself.

Contact your Saver Plus Coordinator:
Call or SMS your name and postcode to 1300 610 355
or email

More information

New Strain of Norovirus and Hand Hygiene Policy

The Department of Health and Human Services has identified a new strain of norovirus which may lead to gastroenteritis outbreaks. More information can be found here.

Bee Swarms

Parents please be aware that we have recently been informed about bee swarm sightings. Please take care throughout the school at this time of year when flowers are blooming and advise the office of any sightings, particularly those heading towards the school and students.

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Community Classifieds

Looking for a Bee swarm

If you see an unwanted bee swarm settle on your property please call Bron on 0407 976 622 – Bron can come and collect it and give it a home.

Chinese Medicine Practioner

Hello CSS&K Community,

I’d like to introduce myself as a Chinese Medicine Practitioner in Castlemaine (The Hub building) offering acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion as well as guidance on nutrition, supplementation and herbs. I’ve been practising a little over 12 years now, with a special focus on women’s health (menstruation, fertility, pregnancy and postnatal care, menopause) mental and emotional health, fatigue and digestive issues.  I enjoy working with children of all ages, teenagers and adults. Enquiries are most welcome!

You might have seen me around the school as I have two children attending – Frieda (Class 2) and Otto (Prep).

For appointments or enquiries  – Emma Brinkmann – 0419 544 847

Soul de Espana

Are you planning your next dream trip?

Come with me to Spain!

Jose Rodriguez 0488 025 705

More information attached

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Castlemaine Circus

Castlemaine Youth Projects open to all (no specific circus skills required)…

Tuesdays 6.30-8pm for Term 4


Term 4 Program – Enrolments Open


For more information contact Mandy Field, Creative Producer, 0401 017 471

Castlemaine Salsa Classes

October 4th – December 20th (10 weeks). Presbyterian Church Hall

Monday & Wednesday 12-1pm, Tuesday 7-8pm & 8.15-9.15pm

$140 for the term. Couples & singles welcome. No experience required.

Contact Camila

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The Gabriel Trust - 'Dollmaking for Nourishment and Support'

Saturday 22nd October 10am-2pm

The Michael Centre, 37A Wellington Park Drive, Warranwood

Register here

For more information: Tiffany Lovegrove 9876 1092

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Freshwater Creek Steiner School Spring Fair

Saturday 22nd October 10am-3pm

52 McIntyres Rd, Freshwater Creek

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Dandenong Ranges Steiner School Spring Fair

Sunday 23rd October 10am-3pm

11c Duffys Rd, Emerald

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La Primavera Festival

Swiss Italian Dinner – Friday 21st October 6 – 10pm

A theatrical four-course dinner for $65, includes glass of wine.


Festival – Sunday 23rd October 10am – 5pm

Adults $6, School-age child $2

Dogs on leash welcome.


Where: Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm

350 Hepburn-Newstead Rd, Shephards Flat

5476 4393    

Children's Week - Storytelling in the Street

Monday 24th – Thursday 27th October

Come and listen to your favourite stories
told by Castlemaine’s favourite story tellers.

Mon 24 Oct 10.30am – Taradale Park

Wed 26 Oct 10.30am – Victory Park
12.00pm – Outside Castlemaine Market Building

Thurs 27 Oct 10.30am – Stanley Park, Harcourt (next to BP) or call MACCN on 0417 547 270

Anthroposophical Naturopath/Homeopath

Irmhilde Kleinhenz

Consulting in Woodend 9th Novemer & 7th December, 2016.

Book with Monica 0407 521 397

Concert in Castlemaine

Folk and Baroque Music of Scotland and the Canadian Maritimes.

Thursday 10th November 7.30pm, Castlemaine Uniting Church.

$25 full / $18 concession

Tickets online or at the door.

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Race the Train

This year’s event will be held on Sunday 13 November. It starts at the Old Castlemaine Gaol and finishes at Maldon Train Station.

Entry is just $10 per child and for every child that raises more than $50, Race the Train will donate $5 back to your school’s fundraising. To ensure adequate supervision, there must be a minimum of 1 adult ($20 entry) per three children.

For full details on the event, visit

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Mental Wellbeing - 'Live Life Well'

Community Information Sessions

Tuesday 29th November 5.30-8pm

Light dinner or morning tea provided for all sessions.

Held at Castlemaine District Community Health, 13 Mostyn St, Castlemaine

Bookings essential: or 5479 1000

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