Friday, June 2nd 2017

Term 2 Week 7

Can I Know what it is "to be"
So that true life can find itself
Again in soul's creative urge?
I feel that I am granted power
To make my Self, as humble part,
At home within the cosmic Self.

From The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner

Dates to Diary

Friday 2nd June - Class 2 Mt Franklin Excursion
Monday 5th June - Whitsun Assembly
Tuesday 6th June - Classes 7 & 8 Nutcracker Ballet
Wednesday 7th June - Class 5 Soiree 2.15pm
Thursday 8th June - Class 6 Soiree 2.15pm
Friday 9th June - Tree Planting Day
Friday 16th June - Class 8 Major Projects
Monday 19th June - Kinder Parent Teacher Interviews
Wednesday 21st June - Prep Winter Festival 5.45pm
Thursday 22nd June - Kinder Festival 9.15am
Thursday 22nd June - Midwinter Festival
Friday 23rd June - Last Day of Term (Students are required at school, Parent/Teacher Interviews have been rescheduled to Friday 28th July , second week of Term 3)

Term 1 Tuesday 31st January – Friday 31st March
Term 2 Wednesday 19th April – Friday 23rd June
Term 3 Tuesday 18th July – Friday 22nd September
Term 4 Tuesday 10th October – Friday 8th December

Tree Planting Poster Correct



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School News

AGM Revised Date - Wednesday 14th June, 2017

Notice of Revised Date of Annual General Meeting 2017 Castlemaine Steiner School Limited

Following the postponement of the Annual General Meeting of Castlemaine Steiner School Limited on 24 May, the AGM will be now be held at 7:30pm on Wednesday 14 June 2017. The meeting will be held in the Multipurpose room at the school.

The school will provide refreshments from 7:00pm. The formal proceedings of the AGM will commence at 7:30pm.

Please RSVP by Friday 9 June to the front office to assist with catering. If you are not able to attend please give your apology to the front office or 5479 2000. If you have any questions about the meeting please phone 5479 2000.

Parents and Friends Group

Growing Abundance

We’ve been talking to Growing Abundance about providing lunches next term.  At other local schools, they deliver meals in biodegradable packaging.  However we’d like to make the lunches packaging free as much as possible. This will probably mean devising a special menu for our school but it should also mean a broader range of lunch choices than we’ve had.

Growing Abundance have a fundraising campaign underway to support their fantastic community projects and social enterprises.  They also offer regular food related workshops.  If you’re not familiar with their work, check out the Growing Abundance website or Facebook page.

Craft group activities

Craft group are spending the next few Wednesday mornings making syrups, salves and rubs to help support our wellbeing during the Winter months.  A leaflet has gone home or get in touch with Aleesha for more information.

With love

Julie Tisdale

Convenor, Parents & Friends

Kindergarten News

Dear Kindergarten Parents, 

The children have been cooking up a storm, and Huw, Alex and Zone have been cooking up a storm outside- our new swing is being installed very very soon. 

This is a really exciting development. 

I am looking forward to seeing the children using the swing.

Warm regards on the cold days




French News

Bonjour tour le monde!

As we head toward winter our French classes are working on a number of themes. In keeping with their current Main Lesson topic, Business Maths, Class Six are now counting ever upward to 100 (or cent!) and calculating what exactly they can spend their euros on … and our reading of Le Petit Prince continues. Class Seven and Eight have begun to put together all of their grammatical knowledge gained this term, in composing a short description entitled Ma Classe. We await some very creative results! 

 And just a reminder that we will ‘rest’ our French storybook sessions each Tuesday for the remainder of term as many students are increasingly busy with lots of other commitments at the moment. We will revisit the idea at the commencement of next term, perhaps for rainy days – of which I’m sure we have many ahead!

In the meantime, keep a lookout on the library shelves over coming weeks for the availability of several French storybooks for borrowing, which will either be bilingual or very simple text with illustrations, which should also be fun.

au revoir


Spanish News

Preps: This term we have been singing some seasonal autumn songs and are about to start some winter songs. This is such a participative class, they really sing with enthusiasm! Which is lovely to experience.

Class 1: During this term the children have been listening to a story about a little toad (un sapito), a rock (una roca), the sea (el mar), the sun (el sol), the wind (el viento), the earth (la tierra) and the waves (las olas). Now they have started to tell the story themselves!

Class 2: Our story of “The dun rat and her red little house” (La rata parda y su casita roja), which involved a few different animals and some colours has come to its end. A good way to finish was playing the bingo game based on this story. Now the children have started listening to the story of the Virgin of Guadalupe, which is the representation of the Virgin Mary in México. She appeared to an indigenous Mexican man some time after the arrival of Spanish people to Mexican lands. It is a story full of awe and wonder… 

You will read about classes 3, 4 and 5 in the next penny.

Lets enjoy winter (disfrutemos el invierno)

Saludos afectuosos,


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From The Office

Employment Opportunity

Castlemaine Steiner School and Kindergarten is seeking an experienced Admin Officer, Enrolment and Communications (0.6 FTE) initially for a six month period.

This is an important front office role, and is responsible for overseeing the enrolments process and implementing the Marketing and Communications Strategy.

To be successful in this role you will have a commitment to Steiner values, and have experience working in an admin and / or communications role in a similar organisation.

The role may be split into two positions depending on the skills and interests of applicants.

For more information, speak to the front office staff or download a position description from the Schools website at

Applications close 5 June 2017.


Conveyance Allowance

Regarding conveyance allowance – if you have changed address this term, or have a new student you wish to submit a claim for, please advise the office no later than Wednesday 7th June.

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Community Classifieds

Childcare Available

Steiner home based care for 2-5 year olds.   

Limited places available on Tuesdays 9.30-3.30 and Thursdays 9.15-2.15  beginning in Term 2

Operating under Mt Alexander family day care scheme

CCB and CCR rebates available

For all enquires about the program please contact Joanna Muller on 0425 840 984 – Steiner trained and 12 years experience in Steiner Early childhood work.  

Physical Theatre Saturdays at Castlemaine Circus




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Salsa Classes in Castlemaine

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Mittagundi Outdoor Education Centre


Help keep us warm

We have just launched a Pozible crowdfunding campaign to raise some much needed funds to improve our staff accommodation heating facilities. Our staff are volunteers committing a year to working with 14 – 17-year-olds. They do an awesome job and we need to look after them – so this project is for them. 

*One of the staff is a former CSSK student Ruby Huzzzey!*

Up until now the staff have coped with 40 year old heaters that are not efficient and don’t keep them warm for long. This makes winter an interesting time as their woollen garments are always on and at some point it would be nice to enter their rooms and take off a layer or two!
We need to raise $15 000 to replace ALL of the heaters before winter really kicks in.  Can you help?





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Hello everyone,

I am offering personalised holistic treatments addressing acute and chronic conditions in men, women and children. The treatments may include dietary and lifestyle advice, nutritional support and herbal prescriptions. Having two children myself, I have a special interest in children’s health and wellness. My eldest, Abigail, is attending class 1 at school, so if we happen to cross paths and you have a question, please feel free to ask!

I am currently working from The Hub in Castlemaine.

For appointments or enquiries – Marie-Michele Galarneau – 0449 595 649


Anthroposophic Medicine and Therapy Workshops

We are writing to let your school community know about our upcoming study week in anthroposophic medicine and therapy. It is a great opportunity for anyone working in a health profession to experience how the source of knowledge that enlivens their children’s education can also offer possibilities for medical and therapeutic professions.

We hope as well that by strengthening the knowledge and experience of health professionals in your parent body, the work of your school is also enhanced.

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Scandinavian Rainwear

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Instruments For Sale

“2nd hand violin for sale, 1/4 size, purchased from bows for strings in 2016, good condition, $320

 2nd hand viola for sale, very good quality, 12/12.5″, purchased from bows for strings in 2014, good condition but needs new bridge (about $60), $400

 Happy to bring to school for people to look at/try out, instruments have been used for lessons at school with Jeanette, for any enquiries please call Donna 0413625292″

Castlemaine Circus

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Accommodation Required

Accommodation Required

Naoko, a new CRT, has been observing in Class 4 & Prep and is looking to move to the Castlemaine Area.

She is looking for somewhere self-contained, a bungalow or a House Sit for the rest of the year.

Please call Naoko on 0402 356 957 if you know of anywhere.

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