Tuesday 22nd June, 2021

Term 2 Week 10
The spirit child within my soul
I feel freed of enchantment.
In heart-high gladness has
The holy cosmic Word engendered
The heavenly fruit of hope,
Which grows rejoicing into worlds afar
Out of my being's godly roots.

From The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner

Dates to Diary

Week 10
Fri 25th Jun - R.A.P Meeting
Fri 25th Jun - Final day of Term - Winter Festival - NORMAL finish time.

2021 Term Dates
Term 2 (10 Weeks): Tuesday 20th April to Friday 25th June (Planning Day 11/6/21 – child-free)
Term 3 (9 Weeks): Tuesday 20th July to Friday 17th September (Planning Day 19/7/21 – child-free)
Term 4 (10 Weeks): Tuesday 5th October to Friday December 10th (Planning Day 4/10/21 – child-free)

Save the Dates!

Some great gardening events coming up at school. Come learn about Pruning, Bio-Dynamics and help us care for Mother Earth. Places are limited, see below for how to book.

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School News

School Reports

School Reports are currently being prepared by our teachers. They will be coming out across the first week of the school holidays and as each class is finalised. It’s important for parents with multiple children at the school to note this as you may receive one child early in the week and the other/s on a different day.

Winter Festival

Sadly due to COVID restrictions it is not permissible for our Winter Festival to go ahead as a parent/evening event. Through the final day of Term the children will enjoy soup and bread in their classrooms (thanks Class Carers) and assembly will incorporate a lantern walk and burning of the wishes. We are saddened once again to not be able to have our usual bonfire as we are sure you all are too.

Booooo COVID…!

Interuptions to Class and early leavers across the day.

If your child is needing to leave at an earlier time across the school day please send a note to school for the teacher advising what time they will be leaving. This way the teacher can send them to the front for collection at the allocated time instead of our Office team needing to located them.

If you are a parent and you are heading to the classroom to collect your child personally, please sign in before heading to the room, and if possible do not enter the classroom. Please also be mindful and keep the disruption to a minimum. i.e. do not address the whole class unless invited to by the teacher.

Many thanks.

Pupil Free Days and Return to School next Term

We hope everyone has a wonderful and warm break over the school holidays. School’s first day back for Term 3 is Tuesday 20th of July.

Parents also note that we have a Pupil Free Day for Parent/Teacher Interviews on Friday 6th of August.

CSSK Kitchen Garden

This short video from a few years back is a beautiful snapshot of the collaborative work that has taken place around our Kitchen Garden. Ex parent Dan Palmer from www.DesigningForLife.com and www.LivingDesignProcess.org talks through the process, accompanied by beautiful drone shots of the space and design contemplation. When the time is right again, post current restrictions, it will be great to once again come together around our garden and grounds.

Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8lffVxj7DI

Enrolment News

Hi Everyone,

We have lots happening in Enrolments at the moment, which is great. Our Kinder 2022 and Prep 2022 places are being finalised as well as planning for a 3 year old Kinder program.

If you have expressed interest in our 3 year old Kinder program it will be worthwhile taking a look at the “no jab, no play” legislation and gathering your paperwork ready for the enrolment process. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me on Traceyr@cssk.vic.edu.au.

Playgroup is filling up, but we do have a few places across the week. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like an information booklet.

Stay warm and well, Tracey.

Music News

As we head into the holidays here are the pieces of music our ensembles are currently practicing;

Class 4 – Viking Song, Frere Jacques, Forge Me with Fire, Scooter Ride

Class 5 – Goblin Feast, Drunken Sailor, Singapore Sunset, Divay March

Class 6 – Riders of Rohan, Boots & Saddle, Kings Fiddlers, Dragon Hunter, Postcards from Russia

Class 7 & 8 – Puerto di Libertad, Carnival Night, Skyrim, Rondo Pg 1

Have a safe and fabulous break! Jeanette & the music team.

Prep News

This is the longest night of the year,

Winter is here, Winter is here.

It’s cold and the stars are bright and clear, Winter, Winter is here.

The children have been busy sanding and polishing their beautiful wooden candle holders. We will use them when we walk our Winter Spiral. They have also made painted paper lantern.  Due to Covid restrictions we will celebrate our Winter Festival during the day on Thursday 24th June 9am-10.30am. Unfortunately parents will not be able to attend.

We will begin our festival with a Story, followed by the Winter Spiral. Morning tea will be eaten around the campfire. The children will go on a short lantern walk before saying our “goodbyes” for the term. Our Festival will conclude at 10.30 am and the children will go home.

Best wishes for a cosy and restful break.

Warm regards, Heather and Christine

Class 1 News

Class One have enjoyed their buddy sessions with Class 6 and have taught the Class 6 a clapping sequence involving the need to know right, left, up and down directions.

Our Morning Lesson has been one of counting and finding patterns and noticing how numbers are always a part of our everyday life.

Outside play has included the “Weaving Project” where the archway frame has provided a wonderful base for lots of nature weaving. Collecting of suitable weaving items, planning, negotiating and implementing have all been part of the process.

Nearly all of our recorder bags have been completed and we are looking forward to being able to put a special something into them – and then starting to use it. Knitting needles are being sanded and knitting has also begun with great enthusiasm.

We have also been practicing a short little Mid-Winter play and hope that COVID permitting we may be able to show it to our parents at the end of next week. If not, we will video it. A note will be sent out what will be happening when we know what we can do.

It has been a lovely term. I hope that you all have a peaceful and cosy holiday.

Cheers, Anna

Class 2 News

Class 2 have been enjoying stories from the book, Song of the 7 herbs.  We are half way through this Main Lesson.  The stories are based on Indian Legends and emphasis the healing properties of common herbs and also contain messages about the strengthening effect of people being kind and good to each other.

We have been busy making Winter Lanterns and singing our Winter Songs with Anne Perry coming in especially to help the students practice.  Our most recent song we have learnt on recorder is a song we were singing earlier in Term 1 when we did our Praying Flute Main Lesson.  The children have been very enthusiastic about it and have learnt it very quickly.  If they have a recorder they keep at home they might be able to play it for you.

Warm regards, Katherine.

Class 4 News

Last week class 4 had a 3-day bush school experience which ties in with our current Dreaming and Spirituality main lesson.

Each day we walked to our bush school, visiting special locations along the way.

We ate our morning tea under a bridge then played in the gully near Mindy the Quartz Snake, before arriving at our bush school.

At bush school, we learnt about seasonal local flora and fauna including the powerful owl, the native green orchard and the Cumbungi plant which the Indigenous people used for food and for weaving.

We listened to creation stories from our special guest, Indigenous artist, Arkiera, who shared stories and artifacts from her country, including tools and weapons for hunting,  and sacred clapping sticks for ceremony.

We tried measuring the depth of the damn, built houses, experimented with drawing and painting with natural pigments from stone, clay and charcoal, lit a fire, and learnt how to spell and say some Indigenous words and their meanings.

Warm wishes, Jess

Class 7 Arapilies Camp

Just prior to lockdown our Class 7 group were off on their Arapiles Camp. Enjoy these pics of the days they enjoyed just prior to the trip being cut short.

From the Garden News

Things have been busy in the garden again. We have been mixing straw & cow manure to make biodynamic compost, planting seeds, potentizing and broadcasting Preparation 500, transplanting bulbs and trees from the class 8 yard.

Wellbeing News


As we unwind over the holiday breaks, young people will spend more time at home and are likely to access social media and the internet more often. Many families have reported increased usage of technology and social media, since the COVID- 19 pandemic, which meant this became our primary way of connecting with school, work and family/friends. For Steiner families, that may have previously chosen to limit access to the ‘online world’, this has presented some challenges. For young people, the use of technology is often their ‘connector’ to others, entertainment and is very much a part of their everyday reality. Below are some tips to use for talking with your children about how to use their devices safely and moderately.

  1. Check less – turn off notifications and limit when you check
  2. Post positively – create positive environments online
  3. Be proactive – follow others that boost your wellbeing not harm it
  4. Block the bullies – be selective about who you connect with online
  5. Don’t compete – be genuine and only share what is safe
  6. Take a break – switch off regularly
  7. Guard your sleep – switch off at least an hour before bed
  8. Connect offline – meet in person, get outside in nature

For further info: www.psychweek.org.au/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/APS-PW17-Poster-Tips-A4.pdf


During the recent lockdowns in Victoria, reports of family violence increased markedly. Family violence can include: physical violence, verbal and financial abuse, controlling behaviours, making demands and threats, or sexual abuse. Financial pressures, disconnection from usual support networks and increased stress can exacerbate the underlying conditions that lead to violence. Family violence is a social and gender driven issue which impacts at a much higher level on women and children. The Change the Story link below from Our Watch outlines the gendered drivers behind family violence and is a useful clip for reflecting on how we talk about gender with our children. https://www.ourwatch.org.au/change-the-story/

If you are experiencing any form of family violence or are aware of anyone needing support, please take note of the support services and emergency contacts below.

1800 512 359 The Orange Door (Loddon) 57 View Street, Bendigo 9am to 5pm Mon-Fri. Services offered:

  • Women, children and young people’s family violence services
  • Child and family services
  • Aboriginal services
  • Men’s family violence services

RAINBOW DOOR 1800 729 367 Open 10am-5pm EVERY DAY- to support members of the LGBTIQA+ community seeking information, support, and referral.

Centre for Non Violence 1800 884 292

1800 RESPECT Australia’s national sexual assault, family & domestic violence counselling line available 24/7 on 1800 737 732.

1800 015 188  – Safe Steps Family Violence response service 24 hour telephone line. In an Emergency, call 000.

Wishing everyone a safe, restorative and joy-filled holiday break. Look forward to seeing you in Term 3!

‘It is not joy that makes us grateful, it is gratitude that makes us joyful’. 

Sandra Harvey    Wellbeing Coordinator (Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri- 11-4pm+)

Email: sandrah@cssk.vic.edu.au

School Holiday Program - Village Therapy

School Holiday Program

Its Rainbow Rider!

Hello everyone it’s Rainbow Rider from CycleSafe Mount Alexander.

This is the bike we raised funds for at our Ride2School event last term. We raised $65.45, that’s half a bike! …Well done! ….A young woman is Africa is on her way to school with confidence and speed.

Look out for more rides home next term. Available parents please contact Penny on 0408002032, let’s get this school rolling!

Warm Regards, Penny Gilbert

The Hub Foundation, Project Officer for: CycleSafe Mount Alexander cyclesafe@icloud.com


(Work days: Monday and Tuesday)

LGBTQA+ Terminology for Parents

Andrew Fuller - Parent/Carer Evening

Andrew Fuller Parent evening flyer

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Community Classifieds

CSSK Disclaimer

The views and opinions expressed in classified items are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of our school.

Babysitter available

Dear CSSK parents,

I am an ex- CSSK student, who is now in Year 11 at Castlemaine Secondary College, who is available for babysitting. I have experience and am happy to look after one or two children. I live locally in Castlemaine.

My rates are $12.50 for one child, and $16.00 for two children.

If you would like to meet with me first, before I do any babysitting that is fine.

My number is 0490791040/ or 0439871176, perhaps text both if you are interested in getting in touch.

Kind regards, Yuma Deacon

Celebration Day for Girls & Fathers Celebrating Daughters

Fathers Celebrating Daughters

Tuesday 6th July, 7 to 9.30pm

Booking link – https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/153241177487

Celebration Day for Girls

Tuesday 27th July, 7 to 9pm  – Mothers Session

Sunday 1st August, 9.45am to 4pm – Celebration Day for Girls

Booking link – https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/153243797323

Fathers Celebrating Daughters

Tuesday 17th August, 7 to 9.30pm

Booking link – https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/153241664945

Venue: Castlemaine Community House, 30 Templeton Street, Castlemaine

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