Tuesday 15th of October, 2019

Term 4 Week 2

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 firmly bind as one
The human being and the world.

From The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner

Dates to Diary

Monday 7th October - Friday 13th December 2019

Term 4 - Dates for the Diary
Tue - Fri 15th-18th Oct - Class 8 Camp Eppalock
Wed 16th Oct - Parent Meeting Class 2, 7pm
Wed 16th Oct - Parent Meeting Class 5
Mon 21st Oct - Parent Meeting Class 3
Wed 23rd Oct - Parent Meeting Class 1
Wed 23rd Oct - Class 5 Play, 7pm
Wed - Fri 23rd 25th Oct - Class 4 Ocean Camp
Tue 29th Oct - Parent Meeting Class 7
Tue 29th Oct - Class 5 Camp Balranald
Wed 30th Oct - Parent Meeting Class 8
Fri 1st Nov - Class 3 Sleepover
Mon 4th Nov - PUPIL FREE DAY - Report Writing Day
Tue 5th Nov - PUPIL FREE DAY - Melbourne Cup Day
Wed 6th Nov - Class 3 Farm Camp
Thu/Fri 7th-8th Nov - Class 5 Greek Olympics
Thu 14th Nov - School Photos
Mon - Wed 18th - 20th Nov - Class 8 Shakesphere Tour
Fri 22nd Nov - Class 3 Play
Mon 25th Nov to Fri 6th Dec - Class 8 Step Up (Castlemaine Secondary College transition)
Fri 29th Nov - Class 1 Play
Mon 2nd Dec - Kinder 2020 Parent Meeting - 6.30pm
Mon 9th Dec - Classroom moves commence
Mon - Wed 9th - 11th Dec - Class 8 Camp Shoreham
Thu 12th Dec - Class 8 Graduation
Fri 13th Dec - Last day of Term - Farewell Assembly - Time to be confirmed.
Fri 13th Dec - End of Term Assembly

Spring Fair News!

It’s four weeks to go until Spring Fair, so preparations are in full swing.

 The roster is open.  Sign up at https://signup.zone/springfair-2019

 Thank you to everyone who has already put their name down.  We are asking each parent/carer to do a one hour shift on the day.  We also need help with set up across the Friday and Saturday.  Get in touch with me or your class carer if you need more information about where to put your talents and energy.

 The money we raise from Spring Fair this year will be put towards rebuilding the vegetable garden.  Last year’s Fair funds are set aside for improving the senior oval.  Planning for the best way to do this has been underway for most of the year and I expect there will be an outcome soon.

 We are happy to keep taking donations for Fish & Dip and the Treasure Trove up until the last minute.  They can be left in the baskets in the Parents Room.

 If you’ve volunteered to bake for the Tea & Cake stall, cake boxes and instructions are on the Parents Room table.  Please pop your name on the list so we can be sure each baker has received a box.  If you’re not often at school, we’ll arrange to get a box to you.

 Craft Group

If you still have a craft kit at home, it’s time to bring it back so we have time to finish off and embellish and get everything ready for sale on the day.  If you won’t have a chance to finish your kit (or even get it started), please just pop it back in the basket and we’ll get someone else onto it.

 There are a few craft kits available – mostly for hand stitching if this is something you can do in the next few weeks.  There are some simple (but very gorgeous) kits for Pocket Lady on the table in the Parents Room also.  The craft group kits are on the reception counter in the office.


 The raffle hampers are looking really good.  Thank you for your donations.  Expect to see raffle ticket books in the next week or so.

 With love, Julie Tisdale, Convenor, Parents & Friends


 “Walk to School” – The Heart Foundation/Mount Alexander Shire

Our school is participating in The Heart Foundations/Mount Alexander Shire “Walk to School” month with two fantastic ways to participate.

Park and Stroll points have been designated 1km from CSSK. Families are encouraged to park and take this easy 12 minute walk to get our bodies moving and ready for the days learning. Please be careful when crossing Rilens Road from the east. From the west, enter the school via the stile and use the car park track to make your way to school buildings.

All walking will be tracked to help CSSK “walk to Port Fairy”, see the poster soon to be in the Office area, which will be compiled with all students across the shire to “walk a lap of Australia”. Class Six will be keeping track of our kilometres and marking it on our map.


Or access via this link – Steiner Park and Stroll points

Weekly Ride Home from School – Thanks to some dedicated parents we now have weekly Ride Home From School opportunities. To book your child in for this please SMS their name and class details to the CSSK Absentee line on 0407 124 508. Places are limited each week.

Happy Walking!

Penny Gilbert


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Lost Property

Lost property is being culled … do check the racks! 

Do any of these wonderful green warmers belong to you?  Come to the office to reclaim!


Term Dates for 2020

Term 1 (9 weeks)

Thursday 30th January – Friday 27th March

 Term 2 (10 weeks)

Wed 15th April – Friday 19th June

 Term 3 (10 weeks)

Tuesday 14th July – Friday 18th September

 Term 4 (10 weeks)

Tuesday 6th October – Friday 11th December



End of Year Classroom Moves

After many years of moving classrooms when the children have finished school for the year, we have decided to do things differently this year. We are planning for Classes 1 to 7 to move rooms on the last Monday of Term 4, being the 9th of December, with Class 8 moving out of their room the week before. 

Moving rooms is a big job and we have appreciated those who have been able to assist in previous years. We are hoping to be able to have more community involvement in this activity by doing it while the children are still at school. It has been my experience that the children are always keen to help and most like to know what they will be coming back to next year; where they will be sitting.

Leading up to this week, teachers and staff will be getting themselves organised, sorting out cupboards, sending work home etc. As we get closer to the day, Class Carers will be asked to put out a call for some help with packing, cleaning and then moving on the day.

 Teachers and staff are very appreciative of the support that the school community gives to them and we look forward to many enthusiastic helpers for this event, to help share the load and make it much lighter for all.

 Kind regards, Cathy Yeoman (on behalf of the CoT)




Dear Ring-A-Rosie Parents,

What a wonderful morning we all had last Friday. The room was filled with the giggling and gentle chatter of so many children. It was wonderful to see and hear the children engaged in inside play. After enjoying lots of lovely scones they all then transitioned enthusiastically to the sandpit outside.

A big thank you to Haley (and to Melody for this week’s cake) for baking and facilitating a cup of tea for all the parents. Please make Haley feel very welcome as our wonderful class carer.

I look forward to seeing you all again on Friday.

Warm regards, Tobie.


Kindergarten News

Dear Kindergarten families,

 Welcome to Term 4. I trust that you have all had a lovely holidays.

Term 4 is quite a busy term. Very soon I will place a summary of the important dates in your parent pockets to let you know about what to expect in term 4. As usual we will have our open morning circle mornings, for parents to share and enjoy the children’s morning circle songs and see their development and learning. We also have a number of birthdays to celebrate this term. We will also be having our transition program, a series of small visits to Prep, to orientate the children for next year, and we will be having parent teacher interviews. I will explain in more detail in a letter you will receive shortly. We will of course be enjoying our wonderful Spring Fair also. It is indeed a busy term!!

 You will no doubt have noticed that in your pigeon hole there was a postcard about surveys. It would be great if you could fill in this survey. It is an external survey that assists us to gather information regarding our program, especially in relation to other centres in the area.

 Thanking you.  

Kind regards, Tobie



Prep News

Welcome to term four. The children returned rested and eager to share their holiday adventures. This term we welcome Olive and her parents Priya and Dylan to our class community. 

This Thursday 17th October we are having a working bee in Prep. Parents are invited to arrive at 10.50am to share morning tea with us in the garden. Christine will bake muffins for us. Please send just apples and oranges for fruit on Thursday. After morning tea we will work together on some of the Spring gardening tasks in Prep. We have fresh soil for the vegetable gardens, the chickens and guinea pigs will appreciate their cages being raked and some fresh straw. There is also some weeding, planting and mulching to do. We have some gardening tools but extra shovels, forks, rakes and secateurs would be useful. The working bee will finish around 12.30, there is just a normal afternoon for the children. Please RSVP to Sera or myself for catering.

 Our Class Meeting this term will be in November. Parents will receive a letter/ email with details.

 It was good to see all the children with their sun hats last week as we now need these when we play outside.

 Kind regards, Heather

Spring Festival



Class 1 News

Class One has had a wonderful start to Term 4.  We are beginning the Term with a Literacy Main Lesson Unit called Tales From Russia. Many old Russian folktales are particularly quirky and humorous, so the children have been enjoying this Main Lesson so far. Their exploration of the tales provides a fantastic basis for growing and honing their Literacy skills.

During our Practice Sessions, we have been building upon the Maths skills we began learning last Term.  So far, we have been practising Addition and Subtraction and learning about different ways to write and solve equations. Examples of some of the more complicated equations the children have been solving include:

15= 4 + 7 + _

20 – _ – 7 = 5

The Class One children are embracing mathematics enthusiastically and it is a joy to see them working so eagerly and diligently on the mat with counters, 10s frames and other numeracy tools, to solve different types of equations.

Term 4 will be a busy one for Class One and there are a number of dates to put in your diary, including:

Term 4 Class One Parent Meeting – Our meeting for this Term will be on the evening of Wednesday the 30th of October, between 7 and 9pm.

Term 4 Play – Friday 29th November

Our second Class Play for this year will be held on Friday the 29th of November, between 9 and 10am.  In addition to the performance, there will also be a short morning tea, so the event may last up until 10:30am.

We will begin rehearsing for the play in week 2, and your children will know their parts by the end of Week 4.

Costumes – Your child will need a costume for the play, and details about this will be made clear once roles are allocated.  I would really appreciate your support in assisting each of the children in our class to find suitable costumes for the characters they are playing.

Moving Day – On Monday the 9th of December, our class will be moving into our new classroom for next year.  If anyone is available to assist with this process (even if only for part of the morning), your assistance will be greatly appreciated.

I look forward to another enjoyable Term with you and your children!




Class 2 News

In Class 2 we have begun the term with a main lesson about the lives of the saints. The first saint we learnt about was St Columbus. He and twelve followers settled the island of Iona. His great great grandfather, a king, was told of his birth by the three angels.

This week we are learning about that very famous knight, the patron saint of England, St George. Once again we are all enjoying drawing dragons!!

Parent Meeting Wed 16th Oct – 7pm

Regards Anne.




Class 5 News

Listen in to Dave’s update on Class 5 activities!

And an image from last weeks Camp!



French News

French Class Six

Our Class Six students finished Term Three French with a story which tied in with their Main Lesson on the Romans. We thought you might like to also learn the story of Vercingetorix … through the words of some of our students!

                                                              Vercingetorix the Gaul

Vercingetorix was a very brave soldier of Gaul.


Vercingetorix was a very well known fighter.


His dream was to fight the Romans.


He wanted to conquer the Romans because they had taken over Gaul.


When he thought of fighting Roman rule, he was exiled by his uncle who was a coward and very frightened by Caesar.


Instead of giving up, he made an army of beggars and other outcasts. Then he got other villagers involved …


Vercingetorix used the weather and his brains to his advantage.


Vercingetorix knew all of the old army tricks.


Vercingetorix trained his army and they went to battle, burning every village behind them so the Romans could not get any resources from the villages they passed.


He almost succeeded.


Once Caesar heard about Vercingetorix, he acted immediately.


… the Romans thought of a clever plan: they built a wall around the castle where Vercingetorix and his army of poor people were; and trapped them …


Vercingetorix gave himself up in the end.


He came to a gruesome end with Caesar killing him after a great battle between the Romans and the Gauls.


He rode his best horse down to Caesar, made it turn around three times, then bowed.


He was very brave.


Vercingetorix became the first hero of France.


Many of Asterix’s adventures are actually based on the French historical figure of Vercingetorix the Gaul.





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Aussie Backyard Bird Count is on again!

Save the date — the Aussie Backyard Bird Count is back from 21-27 October 2019.

The #AussieBirdCount is a great way to connect with the birds in your backyard, no matter where your backyard might be — whether it’s a suburban backyard, a local park, a patch of forest, a farm, down by the beach, or the main street of town.

All you need to take part is 20 minutes and your favourite outdoor space. As well as contributing to BirdLife Australia’s knoweldge of Aussie Birds, you will have the chance to win some great prizes! Head to the website and register as a Counter today.


Bush Kinder for Term 4 2019

Our Castlemaine-based Bush Kinder and Bush Babies programs celebrate getting outside, getting muddy, exploring nature’s elements, learning respect for the natural world around us and fostering the natural awe we all have for the magic of living things.

Come join us for the Spring term:

  • New seasonal nature songs
  • Body rhymes
  • Exploring and preparing bush food
  • Seasonal prop-stories, including traditional and local tales
  • Bush activities, including plant dyes and nature crafts to support curriculum
  • Honouring seasonal changes and relevant flora & fauna observations
  • Drawing and journaling our discoveries
  • Transcribing Indigenous songs … and much more

Bush Kinder (Fridays, 11 October to 6 December)

9:15 to 12:30 –  $126 (for 3-5 years)

Bush Babies (Mondays, 7 October to 25 November)
9:15 to 11:30 am – $112 (0-2 years)

Contact Rose at demariarose@gmail.com or 0432 904240 for more information.



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Do you know an aspiring young string player?

The Ernest V Llewellyn Memorial Fund provides scholarships via the Australian Youth Orchestra, to aspiring strings players. See the link below for further information and how to apply!




No Lights No Lycra

Have you made a resolution to try something new, do you want to get more exercise or do you just love to dance?

No Lights No Lycra is a monthly hour long dance event held in the dark at Westend Hall.

Come alone or enjoy with friends. There’s enough light to see shapes of people around you but the room is dark enough to lose any inhibitions. You can dance like no one is watching!

There’s a different play list each month including a mix of dance tracks from pop to indie, rock to hip hop, dance and soul to Top 40.

With no technique or steps to learn, it’s just free movement in a friendly and non-threatening environment. No need to be put off by the heat. The hall is now air-conditioned.

What:    No Lights No Lycra Castlemaine

Where: West End Hall, Woodman St, Castlemaine

Cost:     $8

No Lights No Lycra is a drug and alcohol free event. Just wear something comfortable.

  • 8 November

For more information follow the No Lights No Lycra Castlemaine (@Castlemainenlnl) page or find us on Instagram (@nolightsnolycra_castlemaine).

Bee Swarms!

Bee Swarms!

If you see one, know of one or have one- I am happy to collect them and give them a good home!

Call Bron Grieve 0407976622


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