Tuesday 11th May, 2021

Term 2 Week 4
I feel my own force, bearing fruit
And gaining strength to give me to the world.
My inmost being I feel charged with power
To turn with clearer insight
Toward the weaving of life's destiny.

From The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner

Dates to Diary

Week 4
Tue 11th May - Class 8 Parent Meeting
Wed 12th May - Kinder Parents welcome to attend Morning Circle
Wed 12th May - CSSK Board Meeting

Week 5
Mon 17th May - Parent Focus Group (CSSK Strategic Plan) 7pm
Tue 18th May - Class 4 Parent Meeting 7.30pm
Wed 19th May - "Community Coffee" - from drop off to 10am.
Wed 19th May - CSSK AGM
Thu 20th May - Class 7 Meeting
Fri 21st May - After School - Garden Get Together / Open Invitation / Details to be advised.

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

Week 7
Tue 1st Jun - Class 5 Parent Meeting

Week 8
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

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)

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

The next “Community Coffee” will be held on Wed 19th of May, straight after drop off until 10am. Come along, grandparents and all carers welcome!

And a big thank-you to Liz Patterson (Mum of Flynn & Benji) for the beautiful illustrated poster!




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School News

Calling all "Green Thumbs"!

CSSK Strategic Planning - "Listening, Learning, Becoming, Together" & Parent Focus Group

The Strategic Planning process continues and a name has been confirmed for the project. Following the initial meeting of the Steering Group many options and ideas were shared about what the strategic plan means, what the process entails and why the various members of the committee where drawn to be part of the work. Taking this information and adding some creative flair the name “Listening, Learning, Becoming, Together” has been given to project.

Read on for more information on how parents can participate in the consultation process!

We are excited to start to gather the ideas, perspectives and thoughts of our Parent Community for the development of the Strategic Plan. It would be fantastic to have as many parents as possible participate in this Parent Focus Group taking place on Monday 17th of May at 7pm. This virtual meeting will be facilitated by the external consultants from NIODA, Professor Susan Long & Jennifer Burrows.

The general discussion will be around 3 main questions;

  • What do you see as the purpose of the school?
  • What is your main experience as a parent at the school?
  • What is your vision for the future of the school?

This session is limited to 25 parents, please RSVP to Rachaelp@cssk.vic.edu.au or call the office to register your place. It would be great to have a cross section of parents from all years/levels. Join the session for as little or as long as you wish.

Please also note that this is a Parent Only session, there will not be members of CSSK staff, teachers or management in attendance.




Enrolment News

Hi Everyone,

There is a lot happening with enrolments at the moment, particularly in our Early Childhood arena, see below. At the other end of the spectrum it is very exciting to hear of the progress for our new science and technology buildings. We will be holding an Upper Years information evening soon, details to be confirmed so please watch this space!

Prep – Our Prep program is a gentle introduction which assists our young children’s energy levels and emotional wellbeing as they adjust to being “big” school kids. We are commencing our first round offers for Prep 2022. This process will continue throughout term two and be finalised in term three once any repeat places have been confirmed.

Kindergarten – Kindergarten is a wonderful year of growth for children, where they experience their first formal educational setting. Our Kinder 2023 and 2024 waitlists are growing fast. We are also in the process of finalising first round offers for our Kinder 2022 program. Unusually, most likely due to COVID and school closure last year, we still have some places available. If you, or anyone you know, is considering Kinder at CSSK please do get in touch.

Playgroup – It is so lovely to have our Playgroup families back on site this year and enjoying this beautiful space while creating lasting friendships. Participants are welcome to trial a playgroup session before committing to the term.

Tours – Our tours run most Fridays at 10am, by appointment. This is a fantastic way to meet our Principal, see our school and ask any questions you may have regarding Steiner education and/or CSSK.

For any enrolment enquiries or tour bookings, please don’t hesitate to contact me Tracey Robertson, Enrolments Officer on (03) 5479 2000 or email traceyr@cssk.vic.edu.au



Important Date for the Diary

There will now be a Pupil Free Day on Friday 11th of June. We are adding this opportunity into our school planner as a Professional Development Day for our staff. As always the Office Team will provide reminders as we lead up to this date in Week 8.




Bus Travellers

All Class 7 & 8 students traveling on the bus MUST wear a mask. It is a requirement under the current COVID protocols that all Class 7 &8 students carry a mask on them at all times, following leaving their home each morning. Parents please help your children remember these items, we have had to supply a large number of disposable masks each afternoon to students who have not brought their own.

Whilst we are happy to provide them for the infrequent times that they are forgotten, we loathe the use of this disposable variety.





Sites & Grounds Update - Great News!!

Science and technology facility update – As we all know, the School was fortunate enough to obtain a substantial grant for the construction of a new building. The new building will greatly improve the School’s Science and ICT facilities, while providing extra space for Craft activities and more.

We have just received news that the planning permit has been approved! The drawings are now in their final stages and we are almost ready to go out to tender. We are so excited for this new chapter unfolding at our school. The Sites and Grounds team have begun making way for the new building, such as transplanting several trees and clearing the general area for the needed construction space.

Watch this space !

Thanks, Kyle.



Change of Details

Just a friendly reminder that if your family circumstances have changed please update the office. Changes of parent address, parental orders etc must all be provided to the office as soon as practical.




After School Care

If you are interested to learn more about how CSSK After School Care works, we encourage you to contact Castlemaine Childcare Centre on www.castlemainechildcare.com.au

There is currently low use of the service which could impact its continuation at the school.



Music News

Welcome back everyone – we are looking forward to the Term ahead and hopefully some special performances in the community. If you can help your child/ren to bring their instruments for both their lesson and the following ensemble days;


Monday Classes 7/8

Tuesday Class 6

Wednesday Class 5

Thursday Extra Ensemble

Friday Class 4



Upcoming AGM

Recently we sent invitations to the upcoming AGM. Please RSVP by Wed 12th May.

Notice of AGM 2021


Wellbeing News

IDAHOBIT DAY -Coming up on Monday 17th May. IDAHOBIT day is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia. It’s a day for standing up against LGBTQIA+ discrimination in your workplace, school and organisations. A day to remind us to continue conversations and take actions to support LGBTQIA+ inclusive language, gender and sexual diversity and pride. Here’s some ideas: Display/wear rainbow colours, consider how you use pronouns and gendered language, show you are an ally/proud to be part of the LGBTQIA+ community. www.idahobit.org.au

For more ideas, check out the Stand Out student resource on the Minus 18 website.




Something NEW! On Fridays, Class 7 & 8 students are invited to a weekly Wellbeing Chat group in The Dining Room (previously the Parent’s Room) during morning play/recess (11:15-11:45am). This will be an informal, drop-in safe space facilitated by Sandra. The key focus is on Wellbeing and Chat! Topics will be chosen and guided by the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships program i.e.: positive coping, gender and identity, problem solving, help-seeking.

Students can BYO their own food or topic that is on their mind, bring a friend/s, come on your own, stay for five minutes or thirty- just show up, listen and/or chat!



Please let your class teacher or the office know if your child is unwell and unable to attend school and continue to follow COVID safe advice. As the weather turns colder and winter coughs and colds start, teachers may assume it is a physical illness preventing your child attending school, rather than a wellbeing or mental health related issue. If your child is showing signs of not wanting to attend school, if they are worrying about friendships, schoolwork, or something that has happened at home, please let us know.

The best way to connect to your child is to stay connected! Have a conversation- give them a ‘worry time’ to chat about their day, go for a walk and talk, ask what they are sharing/playing with friends, get them to rate their days out of 10, talk about how they can or have sorted out problems. Being focused and present for even 15minutes a day makes a difference.


‘Be a RAINBOW in someone else’s cloud’. 


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

Email: sandrah@cssk.vic.edu.au



Prep News

The children are enjoying being outside amongst the autumn colours in our garden. Gradually the leaves are falling. We are raking them up and building a big castle of autumn leaves. This term we have begun our weekly walks to play across the creek and run on the oval. We found many places to explore, games to play and trees to climb.

Hello Everyone,

It was nice to see parents at our class meeting last week. We spoke about how the class is going as a group, Story time, the six year old developmental change and I told a story. I will send home an article on the six year old change, if you are interested to read more.

Thank you to everyone for sending drink bottles. Just a little reminder to fill them with water please!!

Kind regards, Heather



Class 1 News

Term 2 has begun with us finishing off our Alphabet Main Lesson and binding our book together and now we are having wonderful walks around our Autumn school yard as part of our Nature Journey Main Lesson on the local surroundings. We have heard the story of our Great Gum tree that is in our class One yard and noticed insects, spiders, bugs and birds that live on it. We have looked at different trees and plants, walked through the crunchy autumn leaves that the Fiery Dragon of Autumn has blown off the branches and studied the ‘naked’ trees that are already showing new buds forming. Our bulbs that we planted last term are shooting green tips and we are enjoying playing in the sunny weather.

We are practising skipping every week and are improving greatly. Our recorder bags are starting to be finished which is very exciting. When they are all finished, we will be able to put a recorder in them each and then we will be able to start learning some beautiful music on them.

Our Class One Meeting this term will be on Wednesday 26th May at 7:30 in the Class One Room. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Cheers, Anna



Class 4 - BeeKeeping!

We are lucky to have volunteer apiarists, Craig & Tim who practise holistic beekeeping,  working with Class 4 this year as part of the horticulture program.

Tim and Craig are donating a hive for us to use and have begun sharing their bee wisdom which includes much learning about bees, the natural environment, ourselves and the World!

Lisa Hall

Outdoor Education, Horticulture & Kitchen Garden



Class 7 News - Dave's Chat!

See the PE section for the LongBow photos!



Class 8 News

We have been very busy learning about Martin Luther and the Reformation. Martin Luther challenged the Catholic church by writing a document called the ’95 Thesis’ and nailed it to a church door in Wittenburg Germany. He was trialed by the Catholic church and was put under house arrest, but while in hiding the people in Germany began to make changes. One of the biggest changes was that the mass was now said in German instead of Latin. Another major change was the Luther himself in his time of house arrest translated the bible for all to read. “Knowledge is power”

The students have also been very busy working on their Major Projects and Speech rehearsals.

Please remember our class meeting is Tuesday 11th of May at 7.30pm

I hope to see you all there. Have a wonderful week




PE News

Hi All,

Term 2 is off to a great start; we’ve had some beautiful sunny days which really supports the outdoor P.E. program.

Class 4 & 5 are engaged in lots of fun games supporting their spatial, body awareness and awareness of others through tiggy games, rob the nest, circle games and jumping rhythms. We’ve been working on eye-hand co-ordination with some explicit catching and passing development and target practice. Class 5 are playing bench ball which is a precursor to netball as students need to learn to stop when they catch the ball, dispose of the ball within 5 seconds and keep a distance of 1m when defending.

Over these first few week’s class 6 & 8 have been engaging in a coach led soccer program facilitated by Jason Spirovski from Western United Football Club. Jason is an A league player and is sharing lots of great mini games, skills, tips and inspiration with the students.


During our morning P.E. classes when everything is still a bit dewy and wet Class 8 have been playing small sided, round robin futsal in the eurythmy room, it has been lots of fun!

Class 8 will be supporting Class 6 with some soccer training on Wednesday mornings in the lead up to a primary school soccer round robin later in the term.

In class 7 we’ve done a variety of things this term including some Bothmer Gymnastic exercises working with staffs and a complex game that needed full team involvement to work.

Last week class 7 engaged in a 3-day longbow making workshop with Lars Ritcher. The students have the opportunity utilise their longbows as we focus on archery in P.E. over the next 2 weeks.

Just another reminder that runners and movement wear are a requirement for P.E. to ensure the safety and optimum practice for students. Boots aren’t appropriate (especially for those doing soccer at the moment). I do my best to ensure that I keep everyone’s feet dry and will take classes inside the multipurpose room if it’s wet. If there are concerns about warmth, I suggest students leave their runners in their lockers to change in to before P.E.

Thanks for your support.

Warm regards, Kellie



A Thank-you from Western United FC

Hi, thanks once again for your involvement with Western United FC

We are delighted to invite all students, staff and their families and friends to our final match in Ballarat this season against Sydney FC this Saturday 15th May kicking off at 2.30pm, MARS Stadium.  

To thank the people of Ballarat on supporting us this season, use password

WUFCBALLARAT to redeem up to 6 tickets per transaction for this match by simply following the steps below:


  • Click link below and enter your unique password to unlock tickets
  • Ticketing system will show the next best seats available
  • Enter the number of tickets to redeem (up to 6 tickets per transaction however you can make unlimited transactions using the same code) 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




Adolescent Aikido

Tuesday 6-7pm

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


Growing Up Digital

A new research report by the Gonski Institute for Education reveals digital media and technologies as a great distraction in Australian family life.

More than 9 out of 10 parents think digital devices negatively distract their own lives, and 83% think their children are also negatively distracted by digital gadgets.

While parents find digital technologies useful in staying connected with their children and keeping them safe, three-quarters of parents think it is difficult to control their child’s digital habits. As many as 65% of parents also admit that negotiating the use of digital media and technologies at home causes conflicts with their children.

About a third of families allow their children to use their digital devices after bedtime every single day. Furthermore, three of five children who struggle in school regularly sleep with their digital gadgets.

Growing up digital is also becoming an equity issue. According to the study, lower-income parents and lower-achieving students, in particular, are most at risk of distraction from interactive media use.

The study is also one of the first efforts to include grandparents’ views of their own and their grandchildrens’ digital media habits. Almost four in five grandparents feel they are in control of their own digital technology use, and most would rather see their grandchildren play sports than video games.

Find out more



Music Lessons

Soccer Registration for Term 2 & 3

Theatre Royal Screening - Motherload

Bubs on Bikes

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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.

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).




House Wanted to Rent

Small CSSK family searching for 2/3br house to rent in or around Castlemaine.

Reliable, house proud, garden loving family with excellent references.

Please contact the office if you have any leads! With gratitude in advance!

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