Tuesday 25th May, 2021

Term 2 Week 6
In secret inwardly to feel
How all that I've preserved of old
Is quickened by new-risen sense of self:
This shall, awakening, pour forth cosmic forces
Into the outer actions of my life
And growing, mould me into true existence.

From The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner

Dates to Diary

Week 6 - Reconciliation Week
Tue 25th May - Class 7 Camp - Mount Arapilies
Wed 26th May - Class 1 Parent Meeting
Thu 27th May - Class 2 Parent Meeting

Week 7
Tue 1st Jun - Class 5 Parent Meeting
Wed 2nd Jun - Castlemaine Farmers Market - Class 7 & 8 Ensemble Performance from 3pm-ish
Fri 4th Jun - Class 2 Working Bee

Week 8
Tue 8th Jun - Class 6 Parent Meeting
Wed 9th Jun - Class 6 Music Day with Mansfield
Fri 11th Jun - PUPIL FREE DAY - CSSK Professional Development Day

Week 9
Thu 17th Jun - Class 8 Major Projects evening presentation
Fri 18th Jun - National Tree Planting Day

Week 10
Thu 24th Jun - Mid Winter Festival - Details TBA
Fri 25th Jun - Final day of Term - 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)

Did you know we have a Bush Food Island?

Indigenous plants are an important part of our school. Aside from European food plants, we try to have all our plants Indigenous to this area. Our Bush Food Island was planted around 15 years ago and includes plants that are local to this area and have been used as Bush Food, Bush Medicine or Fibre. The island is used by many classes but especially class 3&4 as part of their Horticulture class. We care for the land, removing weeds and nurturing the plants. Sometimes we can harvest and eat them, particularly the pig face, vanilla lilies, river mint and appleberries.

Below is one of our favourite recipes, adapted from Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program – we encourage you to try it and have a family discussion about Reconciliation over the dinner table.

As a gesture for Reconciliation Week, during horticulture with Lisa, Class 4 will plant Nardoo-talem-talem (DjaDja Wurrung) (Marsilea drummondii) in the pond in the Heartlands.

Burke and Wills were introduced to eating nardoo sporocarps by the Yandruwandha Aboriginies at Cooper Creek, and nardoo became their sole source of food towards the end of their lives. It has been suggested that the Thiaminase contained in the nardoo sporocarps fatally poisoned Burke and Wills.”

“Ngardu ngala, parndringa ngandra, nga pinakanga nhulu pitjili. Ngapala ngapa kurrari nga thayinga ngapali. Kathi thukali ngala thayi-rnangatji marna-ngadikinitji mandri-rnanga. Kathi thukali, walya kalpurru thalpali or walya darlamurruli, ngarru kathi thukali mandri-rnanga.”
“Then there is the nardoo. They crush it and then rock it in a coolamon. Then they pour the water on it and eat it with the water…They eat it by spooning it into their mouths with a mussel [shell], not with a coolabah leaf or with bark, only with a mussel.” (Kerwin, 1986).


Whether or not Burke & Wills died from their diet of Nardoo, it reminds us of the value of listening. Uncle Ron Murray tells us of Dadiri, deep listening, listening with all our senses. It is this listening that is required for Reconciliation to work. If Burke and Wills practiced proper listening, their story might have been different.

Additionally, for National Reconciliation Week, class teachers are talking about Reconciliation with their students, and Mary will do a lunchtime book reading showcasing a couple of picture books new to our catalogue, followed by a little art activity during lunchtime on Wednesday – Sorry Day.


Reconciliation Week – Central Victorian Indigenous Film Festival

To celebrate Reconciliation Week, 27th May – 3rd June, head along to venues across the north central region to catch a screening of these awesome stories.







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School News

Autumn Garden Gathering - THANK YOU!

WOW!! So much gratitude to all those who made it along to our garden gathering last Friday.

It was wonderful to see so many helping hands working together. What a great turn out!

In the kitchen garden, paths were weeded and resurfaced, the mud brick shed was patched and re-rendered-it looks fantastic!,

Multiple trays of natives were repotted and we now have two large garden beds weeded and ready to plant our green manure crop into, in preparation for the Biodynamic field day coming up on 4 September with Keith McCallam. registrations opening soon through the Australian Demeter Bio-dynamic website! Limited places so get in early! http://demeterbiodynamic.com.au/learning-events/

Class 4 now have a beautiful collection of potted flowers thanks to George and the Viking fence has been oiled ready for another winter, thank-you Steph.

And special mention to Lisa for preparing the  hearty soups, so appreciated as the light faded and the temperature began to drop.

Thanks also to Terry who donated some boysenberry canes (and planted them too!)  Special thanks to Liz Patterson for designing our gorgeous poster for this event.

Ive found myself still amazed at just how much we achieved, what a magnificent community we have!

Come by and say hello, explore the garden and take some comfrey home!




Community Cuppa - Save the Date!

We had another “Community Cuppa” last week and it was GREAT to see everyone and have a chance to catch up.

The next “Community Cuppa” will be held on Mon 31st of May, straight after drop off until 10am. Come along, grandparents/carers all welcome!



Parent Volunteers

If you are a parent volunteering at school or about to volunteer at school for any reason please ensure you provide your Working with Children Check to the office. These are easily obtained online and are a mandatory requirement for all parents.

Apply here for yours https://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/



Strategic Planning Process

A big THANK-YOU to our parents that participated in the Parent Focus Group as part of our strategic planning process. We can not do it without you and its so vital to have your input into the future vision for the school. There are more meetings taking place with various staff groups over the coming weeks and more updates to come!



Sites & Grounds Update


More exciting news for our school and activities starting for our new building! In the coming weeks we will being clearing the area for the construction site and making plans for access to the building. We will be relocating as many trees as we can, i.e. our fruiting trees, as well as the roses. For trees that we will not be able to relocate we have plans to plant a replacement tree elsewhere onsite for National Tree Planting Day.

We are so excited to see things beginning to happen.

Thanks Kyle & Co



Wellbeing News

What a pleasure it is getting to know the students more, here at CSSK. What lovely individuals they all are! Also, great to see some student activism happening at school with IDAHOBIT day last week and the Climate Action rally participation, both locally and in Melbourne.

As part of my role, I am facilitating mini-wellbeing lessons in some classes based on the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships program and we have been talking about emotions, kindness, acts of friendships and personal strengths. Other times, I am supporting the emotional ups and downs for students in a one-to-one conversation, talking with families/teachers or popping in to classes to check on students/friendships and to have a quick chat. What I always notice is the awareness of each other’s interests and differences and the genuine friendships the students have with each other and with their teachers.

Friendships and emotions can be a bit of a roller-coaster at times, so at times, this needs some adult support at home and at school. Please keep checking in on your child. Ask them about their day- what was challenging? What strengths did they show? Who did they play with? How did they work out problems with their friends?


Is your child feeling anxious?

  • clingy
  • worried about little things
  • shy away from their friends
  • unable to try new activities
  • overly concerned about things that may happen or go wrong.

Committed to Childcare Conferences are offering an online learning opportunity for parents, carers and family members titled: Recognising and supporting children with anxiety in the early years. (Ages 3-11 years). Date: Thursday 24 June 2021Time: 7pm to 9pm Cost $60

Please follow the link below for more information: https://committedtochildcareconferences.com/recognising-and-supporting-children-with-anxiety-in-the-early-years-webinar-june-2021/


With Class 7 students away on camp this week, Class 8 are still welcome to come along to the Wellbeing Chat group on Friday in The Dining Room from 11:15-11:45am. This is an informal chat group for senior students to discuss wellbeing topics in a safe space. Ask a question, express a worry, find out more info! Or just come and hang out J

‘Time spent playing with children is never wasted’ ~ Dawn Lantero 

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

Email: sandrah@cssk.vic.edu.au



Kindergarten News

Dear Kindergarten Parents,

Welcome to week 6, where does the time go, we are over half way through term 2.

Winter is almost upon us. Thank you for all your support and generosity with our recent garden working bee. It was lovely to see so many of you. The Kindergarten garden is looking very loved after your visit.

Also a big thank you for joining us in our morning circle. The children do love sharing these snippets of their days with you all.

Here is a snippet from our next morning circle: Michael and the Dragon.


The dragon is as tall as the sky, with a tail as long as a river.

With wings to fly and big red eyes, he makes the children quiver.

His teeth and claws are sharp and long, his breath comes out in flames.

But he has a heart of gold Im told, and need a friend both brave and bold.

To play his dragon games, to play his dragon games.


Warm regards

Tobie, Moya, Kate and Kimmy.



Class 1 News

Class one has been enjoying exploring the school grounds as part of their Local Surroundings Main Lesson. We have looked closely at the different trees, the creatures that may live on or in them, all the Autumn colours, the different birds that visit us and where all the water can be found.

From these experiences we are making a Nature Journey book and writing a sentence about our observations. They have worked in groups to make a Cherry Tree, a Cherry-Blossom tree and a Pine Tree which did take some negotiating. Clear communication was also needed when they decided to work together so that a huge branch could be shifted.

In our next Main Lesson, we are going back to our exploration of numbers – counting and grouping them and finding lots of patterns.

At assembly last week, we performed a dance with our buddies in Class Six, that Elizabeth had taught us. Well done Class One and thank-you Class Six for participating so generously.

Our Class Meeting is this week, on Wednesday 26th at 7:30pm in the Class One room. Looking forward to seeing you then.

Cheers, Anna



Music News

Come along and support our Class 7 & 8 ensemble who will be playing at the Castlemaine Farmers Market on Wed 2nd of June from 3pm.

Parents of the children in this group – please contact the office if you are able assist with a carpool of kids from school to the venue. No drop off is required, just helping to get them there would be great.



Class 2 News

Class two have been working on a new Maths Main Lesson about place value.  We have finished our work with our King of Irelands son Main Lesson books and are now hearing the rest of the story during quiet play and eating times.

The children played their recorders in assembly at the end of week three and are now practicing more songs. Last week they showed off their hobby horses in assembly.

The toys which were purchased in term 1 are still a highlight during free play.

As is knitting and finger knitting in quiet moments between lessons, or when work is complete.  Thankyou for all the donations of wool we have received.

Class 2 have a class meeting this coming Thursday at 7.30.  Parents are welcome to come for a cup of tea from 7pm onwards.

On June 4th we will be having a planting bee to rejunvenate the Celtic garden which is near our classroom.

Thanks Katherine.



Class 3 News

Class 3 students have had a productive first half of Term 2.  We began the term with Math Main Lesson on measuring time and distance.  The students learned about a variety of ancient ways by which people from different lands kept track of time.  They had lots of fun making their own cardboard sundials and candle clocks.  They also enjoyed experimenting with a variety of models of water clocks, and with sandglass timers, before beginning the process of learning to tell the time using contemporary analogue clocks.

After focusing on time for two weeks, we shifted our attention to the measurement of distance.  The students learned about a handful of ancient and imperial body-based units of measurement, including the cubit, the foot and the inch, before moving onto the metric system.  The highlights for this part of the Main Lesson included making our own personal cubit rods (rulers) and utilising them to measure different distances and lengths; and learning how to use a long measuring tapes and a trundle wheel to measure different distances around our school grounds.

Thank-you Fiona.



Class 4 News

Class 4 children have been learning about bees in horticulture. During cooking they baked bread to eat with the honey they extracted and also prepared a feast of sides which included halloumi , olives, tomatoes, tzatziki  and hummus.

Warm wishes, Jess



A Thank-you from Western United FC

Hi, as a valued school in our Western United Community we would like to pass on a great ticket offer for our upcoming match against Melbourne Victory on Friday 28th May kicking off at 7pm at AAMI Park


To thank you for your support this season we are offering an exciting opportunity for the school to invite all your students, teachers, staff and their families to attend this match.


Use your unique password 2021WUFC to redeem this offer and follow the simple steps below to access your tickets:





  • Click link below and enter your unique password to unlock tickets (no spaces or commas)
  • Ticketing system will show your clubs allocated section and next best seats available
  • Enter the number of tickets to redeem and click NEXT
  • Confirm your seats and click GO TO CHECKOUT
  • Log into your TICKETEK ACCOUNT (or create new account) and finalise redemption
  • You will receive your e-ticket links via SMS and EMAIL
  • Primary contact will be responsible for providing contact details for guests if required for COVID tracing purposes
  • A reminder that there is a 10 ticket limit per transaction HOWEVER you can make unlimited transactions using the same password





Adolescent Aikido

Tuesday 6-7pm

Castlemaine, Starting May 4. Contact Tim Adam for info: 0408 176 218 or timjohna@gmail.com


Awakening the Divine Mothers Retreat with Nicole

Awakening the Divine Mothers Retreat


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Community Classifieds

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Sacred Ecology & Embodied Awareness - One day event at Buda Castlemaine

Celebration Day for Girls & Fathers Celebrating Daughters

In 2021 the Mount Alexander Shire awarded the Chalice Foundation a Community Grant to run two Celebration Day for Girls workshops and two Fathers Celebrating Daughters workshops within the Shire during 2021. These workshops are free to participants (usually $165 and $45 respectively).

Celebration Day for Girls was created in Castlemaine and has been offering girls a confident and informed passage through puberty since 2000. This workshop is now available in all Australian states and territories, and thirty countries worldwide. Facilitators are trained by Mt Alexander Shire local, Jane Bennett, and the Chalice Foundation team of trainers. Celebration Day for Girls is a programme for girls 10-12 years old with their mother or female carer. Please note the maximum participants are 12 girl/mother pairs.

Celebration Day for Girls

Tuesday 15th June, 7 to 9pm  – Mothers Session

Sunday 20th June, 9.45am to 4pm – Celebration Day for Girls

Celebration Day for Girls

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

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

Venue: Castlemaine Community House, 30 Templeton Street, Castlemaine.


Fathers Celebrating Daughters is for fathers of daughters. Please note the maximum participants are 20 men/fathers.

Dates are Tuesday 6th July, 7 to 9.30pm and Tuesday 17th August, 7 to 9.30pm

Venue: Castlemaine Community House, 30 Templeton Street, Castlemaine.


For more information go to www.celebrationdayforgirls.com, and for more about the Chalice Foundation go to www.chalicefundation.org.

To book or enquire about these free to participants workshops supported by Mt Alexander shire please contact Rachel Pilgrim at rachel.pilgrim@yahoo.com and 0430 450 967. Rachel is an experienced facilitator of both workshops and trains new facilitators internationally (online through 2020 and 2021).




Steiner Dollmaking Course for Beginners

Elizabeth Newbirch has loved and taught Steiner dollmaking for over 30 years, and is very pleased that this year’s class can be held in person in small groups at her home in Campbells Creek.


This course is open to all and takes place in 3 blocks of 5 lessons following the ages and stages of the child from birth onwards. If you are interested please contact Elizabeth Newbirch on 0458 280 547 or email elizabethnewbirch@gmail.com for full details.


Teen/Young Adult ?

I’m looking for a responsible teenager/young adult to “hang-out” with my almost 10 year old boy, after school sometimes and weekends. Looking for someone with lots of enthusiasm for bike riding, fishing, bush-walking and kicking the footy!

Willing to offer great pay, a tax invoice is needed. Happy to assist with this if this is new to you.

Love to chat more, please call Rachael 0430 009 523.



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



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