Friday 4th March, 2016

Term 1, Week 5

The light from world-wide spaces
Works on within with living power;
Transformed to light of soul
It shines now into spirit depths
To bring to birth the fruits
Whereby out of the Self of worlds
The Self of man in course of time shall ripen.

From The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner

Dates to Diary

Monday 7th March - Class 4 Indigenous Excursion
Thursday 10th March 7.30-9pm - Management Structure Changes Information Session
Monday 14th March - Labour Day Public Holiday
Tuesday 15th to Friday 18th March - Class 8 Barmah Forest Horse Riding Camp
Wednesday 16th March 7.30pm - Class 6 Meeting
Tuesday 22nd March - Class 7 Immunisation
Wednesday 23rd March 7.30pm - Eurythmy Performance
Thursday 24th March – Prep Autumn Festival
Thursday 24th March - Easter Festival
Thursday 24th March - End of Term 1
Friday 25th March - Good Friday Public Holiday

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)

Management Transition Team

The summer heat has returned, asking us to slow down once more and accept the rhythms of the natural world which surrounds and sustains us. Many of us are longing for the cool days of Autumn and all of us would love to see some rain!
The impulse flowing through the School for creative renewal remains strong, and work is beginning and continuing on many projects as the fire of imagination is willed into action and brought to fruition in the physical world. The Parents and Friends Group is blossoming; the Parents Room has new life and beauty as it develops into a welcoming and nurturing space for our parent community, and exciting plans are afoot for some fun times to come!
Just as the heat of this late summer stretch reminds us all to slow down, I am also reminded that the urge we feel to renew and improve our School cannot be rushed. If we do not find our own spaces to reflect on the way things are and the way we would like them to be, we will rush on to a point of exhaustion. One of the challenges of this moment in our School’s story is the need to sit with the frustration of things we want to change and the uncertainty of what is to come, and to acknowledge that this place of vulnerability is also the place of creation.
We will be holding an information session about the management structure changes on Thursday 10th March, 7.30 – 9.00pm in the Eurythmy Room. I look forward to seeing you there, but as always, if you have any questions about the changes please feel free to contact me directly.
Jane Staley
Chair, Management Transition Sub-Committee

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Class News


Welcome back to all Playgroup families for 2016 and our groups are settling in for another wonderful year. We welcome eleven new families into our community.
Autumn is upon us already although the hot weather still prevails. Over the last weeks we have had lots of outside water and sand play. We have made tissue paper butterflies, walnut boats and banksia fairy houses in our Playgroup garden. We have also begun making cane raffia Easter baskets for felt Easter eggs to sit in.
We are all enjoying summer/autumn seasonal fruits with home-grown grapes, figs, plums and pears on our morning tea plates.
Thank you Penny and Quincy for the beautiful Tromboncino zucchinis that look amazing on our morning tea table.
Much love, Tania


Dear Parents,
It’s been another lovely week at Kindergarten. Thank you so much for your support with entering the Kindergarten quietly and departing promptly. The more we can do to bring our awareness back to the children and keep the space from becoming hectic, then quickly the children will settle. Kindergarten is a big step in our children’s life, and it can be overwhelming entering a room full of busy adults and little people. I thank you for your ongoing support around our rhythm.
Please continue to remember hats, shoulder protection, home toys stay at home and to be on time, particularly in the afternoon. The children have waited all day to see you and are often disappointed when kept waiting. Lastly, please familiarise yourself with the Parent Pockets. Newsletters will be placed in your pockets for you to take. Thank you.
I will leave you with our morning tea verse.

Bless the water that gives us rain.
Bless the earth that gives us grain.
Bless the wind that helps seed spread.
Bless the fire that bakes our bread.

Have a lovely weekend.
Warm regards, Tobie


In the Autumn garden
Scarlet evening glow
Apples ripening, brightening, ripening
Leaves so golden glow.

The children were delighted to be greeted on Monday morning by beautiful red, gold and orange leaves that had fluttered down over the weekend. Even though the weather has been warm the mornings are crisp and clear and there has been joyful play in our Autumn garden each morning.
We have begun a new morning circle and the children are enjoying the rhythmic songs and galloping off to the orchard to pick apples.
Our Autumn Harvest festival will be on the last day of term, Thursday 24th March 9-11am (approx). An invitation will go home next week.
Warm wishes, Heather

Prep 1 4.3.16 Prep 2 4.3.16

Class One

Thank you to all our Parents who participated in our first Class Parent Meeting this week – your support is much appreciated by myself and ultimately your children.
Class 1 are playing and working beautifully and with much energy!
They will need lots of sleep this weekend.
Warm wishes, Lyn

Class Two

Thank you to the parents who attended our Class meeting last Thursday night. It was wonderful to have Sue Murphy from our Learning Support team join us to give a picture of the Movement program she does with the class on Monday mornings and share insights about the class. Sue demonstrated a ‘blanket wrap’ to assist children with sleep, centering and calming. Instructions are available on a handout if you have not already received one.
These past two weeks we have started our Main Lesson on Native American culture and tradition. We have been hearing the stories of Jumping Mouse and The Praying Flute. Rich stories to create and inspire our own book making ad build our literacy skills.
Best wishes, Mary

Class Three

“Build me an Ark, 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits high.”

We have finished our “Let There Be Light” (creation) Main Lesson which the children have thoroughly enjoyed!!! We finished with Noah’s Ark which has led us into our next Main Lesson of “Man and Measurement.” The children have discovered that people measured with their body first and the first informal measurement was ‘cubits.’ The length from a person’s elbow to the tip of their middle finger. The children have been busy measuring and comparing each other’s’ cubits and we also began to measure the length of the Ark! Lots of patience was needed for this activity!!!
Have a good weekend.
Love , Amanda

Class Four

Class 4 and Class 3 had a wonderful time at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo seeing lots of different animals, farming equipment, and interesting ‘little houses’ including Nicole’s amazing truck home.
We are leaving Kalevala after finding many golden words and exploring some of the beautiful images creatively. Now we are exploring our Indigenous local area and learning more about the area where we reside, looking closely at the landscape and all that is growing and living in it.
We found an old, old gum tree on our Friday walk with many inhabitants and beautiful bark.

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Best wishes all,

Class Five

As we wind down the Indian Main Lesson we start looking closer to home.
This week we have begun a Main Lesson on the Australian Inland Explorers. We are beginning with the arduous crossing of the Blue Mountains back in 1813, and what that meant for the expansion of European settlement in Australia. We are already asking questions relating to the hardship and hunger experienced by European settlers within a couple of years of arrival, yet there had been people living in the same areas, with the same environmental challenges for thousands and thousands of years…??
From the Blue Mountains we will head further south and closer to home to explore the lives and times of ‘local’ explorers, and the meetings between Aboriginal and European cultures.
Should lead to very interesting conversations!
Best wishes, Diana and Danilo

Class Six

The highs and lows of Geology
Class 6 have been out on a couple of geology field trips in the past fortnight learning about how ancient geological processes have shaped our landscape. First we took a walking trip to visit Mt Consultation, a very local extinct volcano, which you can easily see towards the south east of the school. What appeared to be just another hill gradually revealed itself as we walked uphill tracing the changing nature of the soil and rocks. We observed coloured bands of soft sedimentary rocks, and pale soils with occasional intrusions of harder sandstones or quartz veins, and saw the work of water, eroding and washing away the soft soils to form new sedimentary deposits elsewhere. In a pile of crushed quartz that had been dumped in an eroded gully one of the children found a perfectly formed and transparent quartz crystal. The flanks of the hill are littered with lumps of light, gas filled scoria, and the peak is composed of solid, dense basalt, forming a plug in what was once the main vent of the volcano. From the peak we looked south to Mt Franklin and imagined the chain of volcanoes stretching across south-western Victoria, into South Australia.

Class 6.1
Yesterday we were out again, this time to go deep into the earth at the Central Deborah goldmine. Our guide, John, took us around 65 metres down to the second level of the mine. It was wet, and surprisingly cold! John described the geology of Bendigo that led to the formation of gold-bearing reefs and described the knowledge and techniques that gold miners used to find their way through the very hard sandstones to their goal: quartz intrusions or reef that flowed through cracks in the stressed rocks, and along with the quartz, veins of gold. The quartz reefs flow in beautiful curves and ripples, almost serpentine in character.

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When we came back to the surface, our day wasn’t over yet. We walked across town to the Golden Dragon Chinese Museum, temple and garden. If you have not visited the Chinese Museum, I highly recommend you do. The children were spellbound by the dozens of exquisite artworks and shimmering parade dragons. We heard the story of Chinese community in Bendigo and Central Victoria. (Did you know that Guildford had a larger Chinese community during the gold rush, than Bendigo).

Class 6.3

And now, from treasures of the earth to the wonders of the heavens: our next Main Lesson is Astronomy.
Regards, Jacob

Class Seven

We have almost completed our first Main Lesson on the Medieval World and the children have produced some truly beautiful, detailed work. Next week we begin our Mechanics Main Lesson.
Very soon it will be the holidays and straight after that in Week 1 of next term we will be setting off on our first camp at Mt Arapiles. Please complete the forms and get them back promptly.
Many of the students are working with Nicole towards a special Eurythmy performance at the end of term. The enthusiasm of this class is a wonderful quality. Well done Year 7 students and thank you parents!
Regards, Anne

Class Eight

Class 8 have entered the Renaissance world, a unique period in time (1400 – 1600) that saw huge advances and changes in the evolution of human consciousness. We are finding out more about what was new, and what had never existed before through biographies of such people as Joan of Arc, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Martin Luther, to name a few. Studies will also include Greek and Roman influences, perspective drawing, the lives of the great rulers during this time, the leading families within the major cities of Europe and the Reformation.
Here is a title page by our most senior student who had a birthday on Monday. Congratulations Sage!

Sage Cover Page

Regards, John


We are all working well and accomplishing a great deal in all classes.
Class Four were finally given their wooden shields and sanded them back with gusto on Friday afternoon.
Class Eight are producing outstanding Renaissance Portraits in Art class. I am, as I always do, enjoying every moment with the senior class, while they work hard on producing work to the best of their ability.
Below are some photos taken during Art class on Thursday. Enjoy & happy crafting in all you do…
Warmest regards, Chris

Craft - Annabelle Craft - Julia B Craft 1 Craft - Sage


“Will the future ever arrive?…
Should we continue to look upwards?
Is the light we can see in the sky one of those which will presently be extinguished?”
From Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo

This is the beginning of a piece that Class 8 is well at work with in Eurythmy at the moment. They are uncovering the gestures of the sounds and feelings within the words, and bringing it to life through their movement and presence to its meaning. Theirs will be the only class piece included in the upcoming Eurythmy Performance, with the other student piece being worked up by the ‘Eurythmy Ensemble’ composed of Class 7 & 8 students who’ve been coming at lunchtimes to practice with the generous piano playing of Anne-Meike.
The other pieces of the program are duets and solos performed by Anne-Meike and myself. It is such a rare opportunity to be working not only with another Eurythmist, but one so well known to me through our 4 years of being classmates in Eurythmy School together. She is leaving at the end of March and so I hope you – and your neighbours, friends and workmates too (!!) – can all come to the performance. There will be a light supper to follow (and any assistance with this is greatly appreciated!) Wednesday 23rd March, 7:30 pm in the School Hall.
With love, Nicole

Eurythmy Fundraiser Performance


Bonjour tout le monde

Term One is already progressing quickly as we find ourselves at the start of the autumn season (l’automne) already.

In Class One our singing has taken us from Heads and Shoulders, Knees and Toes (La tete, les epaules, les genoux, les pieds) to Frere Jacques and we have a room filled with lovely French singing voices for ten minutes every week!

Class Six have designed front covers and title pages for their workbooks based on our exploration of French culture and are moving from greetings to the very useful question What is that? (Qu’est-ce que c’est?). We also discovered during our discussion of Main Lesson work on volcanoes, that the word for a sleeping volcano: dormant, is a French word from the verb dormir, meaning ‘to sleep.’

And in Classes Seven and Eight students have been exploring their Main Lesson themes of Medieval and Renaissance history with the traditional French story of Bisclavet, a fairytale from Brittany which has been told for hundreds of years to illustrate ideas about the French code of chivalry. Our conversation class on Fridays is also progressing well, with students practising how to ask questions about personal appearance and age, while learning parts of the body through the song Chez le docteur (a Visit to the Doctor). We certainly have several fine actors in the class when it comes to illness and injury!

au revoir



Our thoughts turn to water in all this heat. Class Four are investigating soils down by Bassett Creek which runs through our school.
Our zucchini have gone mad so we made a zucchini cake and will freeze a batch to use in the future.
Class Three have begun a forest. They have been potting up seedlings of Yellow Box and Golden Wattle which we will grow on to plant in the grounds of our school over winter. Thanks to Frances Cincotta of Newstead Natives for the donation of seedlings.

Garden 1 Garden 2
Love Lisa


Music Theory Class 7 and 8

It has been a pleasure to work with classes 7 and 8 this term on their music theory and musicianship. I am so impressed by the zeal and care that is evident in the way they are approaching their theory workbooks. I am definitely being kept on my toes in regard to marking their work – it is difficult to keep up with! Class 7’s are devouring The Music Theory First grade book and class 8’s have now started on Second grade. It is particularly pleasing to see the efforts of those who are new to reading music giving their best efforts as well as to observe students helping and supporting each other in their understandings.
Congratulations to all!
Whilst gaining a deeper understanding of music theory as it is now in the 21st century we are immersing ourselves in the sounds of the Medieval Modes and experiencing sounds that are so mysteriously beautiful that they sound at once old and new.


Ensemble Days
Tuesday – Class 4 Strings & Class 7/8 Multi-instrumental
Wednesday – Class 5 Strings
Thursday – Class 7/8 Strings
Friday – Class 6 Strings

Please ensure your child brings their instrument and music on these days.
Thank you for your assistance.
The Music Team!


iHola a todos!
The Spanish program is immersed in the Spring Festival happening right now in Spain. The children here at school are involved in real life scenarios to improve speaking skills.
The main theme of the week has been songs about seasons, animals and the surrounding environment, which are written and drawn in our Spanish books.
Gracias a todos!


Hi everyone!
The Swimming Program is finished now, but what a wonderful program and teachers we had!
The program has been a complete success and the kids, I assure you, have learned all the basic swimming skills.
Thank you everybody!

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School News

Adiós a José

The School is bidding a sad farewell to José as a teacher at the end of this term. José has been teaching Spanish and PE with us since 2013, but his permission to teach from the Victorian Institute of Teaching has now expired, and he is leaving to pursue other paths – including more travel! José’s last teaching day will be March 15.

Craft Group


Parents and Friends Group

We had a lovely start to our Wednesday morning get togethers, with parents new and old coming together for a chat, a cup of tea and some muslin dyeing. Aleesha’s flowery yellow shade cloth was a beautiful addition to the outside space and the little ones enjoyed the new sandpit pots and pans.

Next week we’ll be making some Autumn gnomes. You’re very welcome to join us. Drop in to the Parents Room anytime from 9am on Wednesdays.

The Craft Group is meeting on Mondays this term at Penny’s house (109 Main Street, Campbells Creek) from 12.30 to pickup. Contact Brenna (0468 335 765) or Penny ( for more information.

Over the next few weeks the Parents & Friends will be helping with supper for the Eurythmy performance on 23 March and starting work on our inaugural Autumn Harvest family bush dance!

Come along to the parents room on Wednesday mornings if you’d like to help out or contact Julie on p& or 0420 318 255

Eurythmy Performance

Eurythmy Fundraiser Performance

Extreme Heat Information

On days over 38 degrees the school recommends that parents collect their children from their classrooms at 1pm. Children remaining in the school will not play any sport or other strenuous activity. Please remember that you must sign out your child at the front office before leaving the school. Children who are picked up by other parents must have written and signed permission from the child’s parents or guardians before the accompanying child is able to leave the school grounds. A reminder that if Code Red days are declared the school receives notification by 12noon the preceding day. Once a Code Red day is declared parents will be informed by SMS of the school’s closure.

Code Red Information

School procedures for the bushfire season

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Fire danger ratings and warnings are used in Victoria to provide clear direction on the safest options for preserving life.
Schools and children’s services listed on the DEECD Bushfire At-Risk Register (BARR) will be closed when a Code Red fire danger rating day is determined in their Bureau of Meteorology district. Our school has been identified as being one of those at high bushfire risk and is listed on the BARR.

Where possible, we will provide parents with up to four days notice of a potential Code Red day closure by letter and SMS message/phone tree. A Code Red day will be determined by the Emergency Management Commissioner no later than 1.00 pm the day before the potential closure. Once we are advised of the confirmation of the Code Red day we will provide you with advice before the end of the school day.
Once confirmed, the decision to close will not change, regardless of improvements in the weather forecast. This is to avoid confusion and help your family plan alternative care arrangements for your child. It is also important to note that:
• No staff will be on site on days where the school is closed due to a forecast Code Red day.
• School camps will be cancelled if a Code Red fire danger rating day is determined for the Bureau of Meteorology district in which the camp is located.
• As a bus co-ordinating school all bus routes will be cancelled.
• Depending on which Bureau of Meteorology district is impacted bus route cancellations may affect our school.
On these Code Red days families are encouraged to enact their Bushfire Survival Plan – on such days children should never be left at home or in the care of older children.
For those of us living in a bushfire prone area, the CFA advise that when Code Red days are forecast, the safest option is to leave the night before or early on the morning of the Code Red day.
As part of preparing our school for potential hazards such as fire, we have updated and completed our Emergency Management Plan, reprioritised any maintenance works that may assist in preparing for the threat of fire and cleared our facility’s grounds and gutters.

What can parents do?
• Make sure your family’s bushfire survival plan is up-to-date and includes alternative care arrangements in the event that our school is closed.
• Ensure we have your current contact details, including your mobile phone numbers. Keep in touch with us by reading our newsletters, by checking our website and by talking to your child’s teacher or any other member of the teaching staff about our emergency management plan.
• Most importantly at this time of year, if you’re planning a holiday or short stay in the bush or in a coastal area, you should check warnings in advance of travel and remain vigilant during your stay.
• If your child is old enough, talk to them about bushfires and your family’s bushfire survival plan.
• You can access more information about children’s services closures on the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development website – see
For up-to-date information on this year’s fire season, visit the CFA website at or call the 24-hour Victorian Bushfires Information Line on 1800 240 667.

Our school has a current Emergency Management Plan in place to deal with any incident that may arise.
This plan is lodged with the Department of Education & Training as well as local emergency services.
We have the capability to shelter in place and to protect the assembly points at school.
If you have any queries please contact Ken in the office.


Please head to the Sunsmart website for information on how to be smart in the sun this summer.

Carpark Safety

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From The Office


Car keys, purple tag with other various keychains. See 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

For Sale

3/4 Viola. Bow needs restringing or replacing. $125

1/2 Violin. Good condition. $200

Contact Janell 0448 433 073

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

Salsa Classes

Thursdays @ 7pm

Castlemaine Movement Centre, Old Gaol

$15 each class

For more information contact Camila

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Mittigundi Programs

Economics of Happiness Youth Forum

Dinner, Film and Discussion
4th March 2016 at 6.30pm
89 Farnsworth St, Castlemaine

For more information:
Ken Killeen 0423 194 878
Jay Smith 0439 611 696

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Garage Sale

Saturday 5th March @ 46 Ray St. 9am-2pm. Moving house so lots of bargain clothing, books, kids stuff & bric-a-brac.

Taradale Mineral Springs Festival

Sunday 13th March 10am-4pm – Taradale Mineral Springs Reserve

$5 entry – children under  15 are free

Free parking. BYO picnic basket & blanket

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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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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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