Tuesday 23rd February, 2021

Term 1 Week 4

I feel strange power, bearing fruit
And gaining strength to give myself to me.
I sense the seed maturing
And expectation, light-filled, weaving
Within me on my selfhood's power.

From The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner

Dates to Diary

Week 4
Tue 23rd Feb - Class 1 Parent Meeting
Wed 24th Feb - Class 4 Parent Meeting
Thu 25th Feb - Kinder Parent Meeting

Week 5
Tue 2nd Mar - Class 7/8 Students Attend Leadership Conference in Melb
Wed 3rd Mar - Class 8 Sailing Camp (returns Friday)
Wed 3rd Mar - Class 2 Parent Meeting
Thu 4th Mar - Class 6 Parent Meeting

Week 6
Wed 10th Mar - Class 7 Parent Meeting
Thu 11th Mar - Prep Parent Meeting

Week 7
Tue 16th Mar - Class 7 Serpentine Creek Camp (returns Friday)
Thu 18th Mar - "Close the Gap" Day
Fri 19th Mar - Class 8 Excursion - Ulumbarra Theatre 7pm

Week 8
Wed 24th Mar - Class 7 & 8 Immunisations
Wed 24th Mar - Class 7 & 8 Information Night
Thu 25th Mar - CSSK Dental Visits

Week 9
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)



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School News

Carpark Changes

Thank-you for your continued patience as we navigate changes to our car-parking. We are trying to find ways to fit everyone in and accommodate the growing number of cars entering the school. Attached is a map of the current car park drop off and pick up. The most important area to note for now is the “Red Zone” if you are visiting the school and staying longer than 15 mins then please park in this red zone area which is directly behind our Multipurpose Building. Other things to note:

  • The bus has reverted to its 2020 COVID drop off and pick up zone.
  • Please do not park in the bays along the Pyrenees Hwy side of the drive.
  • The drop off and pick up zone has extended around to the fire tank.
  • Parents of Students in Classes 1-8 can park behind the Multipurpose building. Remember to sign in if you are on site for 15 minutes or more!

Garden News

After all our gardening at home it has been exciting to be back in the garden harvesting golf ball carrots, beetroot, artichokes, giant garlic, seeds, lettuce, onions and chives!

Newstead Bus Travellers

Please read this important information for travellers on the Newstead Bus.

2021 CSC Masks on Buses

CSSK Alumni !

Young Citizen of the Year – Jade Bujeya

Jade has been an active volunteer and youth leader in our community for the past five years. She has coordinated various youth events and activities through her role on the Council’s Youth Advisory Group. In 2018, Jade founded the Youth Makers Market and maintains the lead role in the coordination of the event as well as being a stallholder. In 2015, Jade was a member of Castlemaine Secondary College’s Youth Parliament team. The team successfully debated and passed a bill for an opt-out organ donation system in Victoria. Jade has completed a Bachelor of Science at Latrobe University and is currently studying an Advanced Graduate Diploma in Science (majoring in applied mathematics) at Melbourne University. In 2019, she was accepted onto the New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program which is an initiative of the Australian Government, aiming to lift knowledge of the Indo Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region. As part of the program, Jade spent 6 months studying in Korea.

Dental Screening

Bendigo Health will be doing Dental Screening on site at CSSK on the 25th and 26th March.

Shortly your child will bring home more information and a consent form which you will need to return to the office by the 11th March if you wish your child to have a dental check up.

CSSK Dental

Kinder News

Dear Kindergarten parents,

Welcome to Week 4. Please find attached some photos of the children enjoying Kindergarten in their first few weeks.


It has been a delight getting to know the children. We are all slowly working out who knows each other, who would like to join in and play right now and who is still watching and seeing what is happening, and what Kinder is all about. It is lovely to be a part of this journey with the children. I hope that you can all come to the Kinder parent night this Thursday at 7.00pm, for those of you that cannot make it I will send home a summary of the evening. Be lovely to see if you if you are able to come, we will share a cuppa and some craft.

Warm regards, Tobie



Prep News

Summer goodbye, summer goodbye,

You may no longer stay,

Autumn is on its way

Summer goodbye, summer goodbye.


It has been a bit of a disrupted start to the year for the children, with the three day lockdown last week. However, they are all doing very well and becoming familiar with the new things we do in Prep. Remembering to put their lunch boxes on the table and where our toys go at pack away time.

We have begun painting on Mondays/Purple day and will gradually introduce our other activities as the term progresses. On Tuesdays/Red day, we will do beeswax modelling, Wednesday/Yellow day, wool craft and Thursday/Orange day, drawing.

Our Prep Class Meeting this term will be on Thursday 11th March, 7pm-8.30pm in the Prep room.

Melody, Ollie’s mum has very kindly agreed to be our Class Carer this year. Melody will forward communication to you via email and keep you well informed throughout the year. Thank you Melody.

Kind regards, Heather



Class One News

How lovely to be back onsite and working with the class again. Thank-you to those of you who sent me through some of the work your child did on our 3 days of at-home. Straight lines, curves and spirals abound within the room and out in nature and are being noticed regularly by the children.

Our Form Drawing will now continue out of Morning Lesson time as we start on The Alphabet where letters appear out from the drawings of stories we will be hearing over the next three weeks.

The class was very excited to start their craft lessons and are now weaving their recorder bags with great consideration as to what colours they will use. Great concentration is needed as there can be no interruption to the over, under, over rhythm that is needed for the correct weaving. Any ‘oopsies’ need to be undone so that our weaving pattern stays true & everyone usually makes an ‘oopsie’ or two as part of the learning.

We have been practising jumping over the skipping rope and running under it in preparation to actually skipping with it. We are starting to get a good flow as we run under it carefully.

Our Class Meeting is this Tuesday 7 for a cuppa and chat, 7:30 for the start of the meeting at the class 1 room. Please remember your mask.

Cheers, Anna



Castlemaine Circus Class

Little Circus Class for 2-5 year olds

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