Tuesday 23rd March, 2021

Term 1 Week 8

I can belong now to myself
And shining spread my inner light
Into the dark of space and time.
Toward sleep is urging all creation,
But inmost soul must stay awake
And carry wakefully sun's glowing
Into the winter's icy flowing.

From The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner

Dates to Diary

Week 8
Wed 24th Mar - Class 7 & 8 Immunisations
(Wed 24th Mar - Class 7 & 8 Information Night - POSTPONED TO TERM 2)
Thu 25th Mar - CSSK Dental Visits

Week 9
Tue 30th Mar - Class 6 Play
Wed 31st Mar - Class 5 Indian Evening
Thu 1st April - Easter Festival - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
Thu 1st April - Class 5 Ensemble performance (TBC)
Fri 2nd April - PUBLIC HOLIDAY / Good Friday

2021 Term Dates
Term 1 (9 Weeks) - Tuesday 2nd February to Friday 2nd April
Term 2 (10 Weeks): Tuesday 20th April to Friday 25th June (Planning Day 19/4/21 – 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)

Last Day of Term

Our Easter Festival will be taking place on Thu 1st of April for our children. Unfortunately due to ongoing COVID restrictions to large gatherings we cannot invite parents onsite for this. The children will be enjoying Hot Cross Buns and some other festival activities with school finishing at the normal pick up time.

The fabulous Penny Gilbert will once again be coordinating some “Ride Home from School” options – details to come shortly.



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School News

A performance by our music team!

Come along and see Jeanette, Leonie & Phil playing at this event next weekend!


…And just in case you missed the email, here is the recent Music Team letter that went to all parents.

Music Team letter Mar21



French News

Bonjour tout le monde!

Our French students are working hard this term and already the next vacances are in sight!

Class Six students have been learning to count in French as far as onze (eleven) for our class number game; they have mastered a simple verse in French for the start of each class and are learning to talk about their favourite colours. We look forward to singing one or two of our French chansons by the end of term … and learning the tradition of the Poisson d’Avril (the April Fish!) You will have to ask them to solve this puzzle!

Class Seven have explored all things chivalric in conjunction with their Main Lesson History topic. We have investigated a copy of the Bayeux Tapestry for clues about how so much of the French language ended up as a part of everyday English (ask Guillaume le Conqueront – William the Conqueror!) and heard about the life of Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc), very appropriately, on International Women’s Day.

Class Eight are putting the finishing touches to their unit of work on the life of King Louis XIV (Le Roi Soleil et Moi), comparing their lifestyle to that of the French King and his home, the Palace of Versailles. They have uncovered quite a few differences! And along the way they have extended their core vocabulary for food, clothes, houses and telling time. This unit of work sets the stage for their Main Lesson on the French Revolution later in the year.

And well done to all those students in Classes 7 and 8 who are completing the weekly language task in our French homework program. These tasks form an important strand in their language learning.

au revoir






ISV News

This article is a little old, but very relevant and it features one of the beautiful photos of our school.

A lockdown lesson on the crucial work of teachers

…And if you haven’t returned your Photo Permission form for 2021, here it is Local Excursion and Photo Permission Form 2021



School Holiday Program



Class One

Class One have been working hard together mulching the junior yard over the last couple of weeks.

We have also enjoyed some ‘outside class time’ under the trees in our yard so that a little bird visitor could find its way out of the classroom without distraction.

We are still finding letter ‘mysteries’ all around but are now concentrating on looking at numbers. The answers to some riddles showed us some ‘hidden secrets’ (Roman numerals) that will allow entrance into a sacred cave.

Out in the yard, lots of mixings of different ingredients are creating some, shall we say, ‘interesting’ substances…..Again, much collaborative play is involved.

Thank-you for the layers that are needed for the colder mornings, but which can be peeled off as the day warms up.


Anna and Elizabeth



Class Two

Class 2 have been working on their times tables using patterns made with geoboards.  We are practicing 3, 4 and 6 times tables.  In the afternoons we have carried on our Indigenous American theme with crafts.  The children all made a teepee and also a dream catcher.  Children will be finishing off these to bring home before the end of term.

Unfortunately the visit we had been expecting with Auntie Julie will not be taking place.  We hope we will be able to book her for later in the year.



Class Eight

Class 8 had a fantastic time on camp!!

It was very windy but that is what you want when you go sailing. The students learnt about how  the boats work, the sails, pulleys and how to work in a team to keep the boat afloat. Our instructors (Rain and Kate) were wonderful. We were very lucky to be able to use the sailing club where we had a warm cooked meal every night.

Have a great week

Love Amanda



After School Care

After School Care continues to run onsite at CSSK. If you need more information on how it all works please contact Castlemaine Childcare Centre on www.castlemainechildcare.com.au




Our New Building

We are so excited to share some pictures of our new science and technology space that is happening thanks to $1.28 million in funding from the Federal Gov Capital Grant Program. Planning is well underway and construction will commence later in 2021!



CSSK Strategic Plan

The Steering Group for the development of a new CSSK Strategic Plan came together for the first time on Friday 12th March. The group comprises a mix of staff, parents, and two external consultants from NIODA – National Institute of Organisation Dynamics Australia.

Members are; Susan Long & Jennifer Burrows – NIODA, Warwick Smith – CSSK Board & Parent, Mahesh Kandasamy – CSSK Board, Amanda McDonald CSSK Board & Curriculum & Assessment Coordinator, Hayley Bridgwood – Educational Leader, Neil Bowker – Business Manager, Danilo Paglialonga – Principal, Deborah Neale – Parent, Sherene Clow – Parent, Lyn Farrow – Class 6 Teacher, Fiona Mariposa – Class 3 Teacher, Rachael Pearce – Admin Team.

Activities and the path forward are still in development and regular updates/information will be shared in The Penny and via direct email communications.

Further information about NIODA can be found at https://www.nioda.org.au

It is a very exciting time for developing the future of our school!



Wellbeing News

Hi from Wellbeing,

Thanks to students and staff for the lovely welcome to CSSK, as Wellbeing Coordinator. I’ve spent time with classes and in the yard and have immediately noticed the genuine trust and respect between teachers and students. The freedom to play, opportunities to explore new ideas and be nurtured by calming routines and collective responsibilities throughout the day is clear. I am looking forward to further supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing approaches at CSSK through conversations within the school community and drawing from social emotional learning programs, for example, from the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships program.

Some parents may be finding that it’s been difficult to maintain ‘normality’ since the unpredictability of COVID-19 pandemic in our lives. Additional stressors at home and at work have been reported to have a flow-on effect to our children’s wellbeing. If you have noticed changes with your children i.e. increased anxiety, unsettled behaviours/emotions or withdrawal/refusal to do usual activities, please firstly speak to your Class teacher. If wishing to have further conversations, I am happy to chat over the phone, provides resources or support meetings, as needed. I will also be available for students during morning play and lunch time.

Great online resources for parents/carers include:

Raising Children network https://raisingchildren.net.au

Headspace https://headspace.org.au

As we head towards the busyness of the end of Term 1/holiday break, here’s a little reminder quote to rest, make time for play and conversations with your children.

‘It takes courage to say yes to rest and play in a culture  

where exhaustion is seen as a status symbol’– Brene Brown


Sandra Harvey Wellbeing Coordinator Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 11-4pm+



Class Five

Class 5 are using their Indian Feast next week to raise funds for Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

Although we cannot open the feast itself wider than the class – we are asking all school families and friends to

consider supporting them to exceed their $ goal by making a tax deductible donation through their fundraising page.




Castlemaine Basketball Association



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