Tuesday 9th February, 2021

Term 1 Week 2

In secret to encompass now
With memory what I've newly got
Shall be my striving's further aim:
Thus, ever strengthening, selfhood's forces
Shall be awakened from within
And growing, give me to myself.

From The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner

Dates to Diary

Week 2
Mon 8th Feb - Swim Program begins for Classes 2 - 4
Thu 11th Feb - Class 8 Parent Meeting

Week 3
Tue 16th Feb - Class 5 Parent Meeting
Wed 17th Feb - Class 8 Sailing Camp (returns Friday)
Wed 17th Feb - Kinder Parent Meeting
Thu 18th Feb - Class 2 Parent Meeting

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

Week 5
Tue 2nd Mar - Class 7/8 Students Attend Leadership Conference in Melb

Week 6

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

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!

Change of Details

If you have moved house over the holidays or changed number please be sure to notify the office of the changes. We require all changes in writing via our Change of Details Form, which the office can email out to you at any time.

Thanks !



Latest COVID Parent Information




Bush Fire At Risk - Victorian Schools

CSSK is on the Victoria Bushfire at Risk register. Please take a moment to familiarise yourself with this information on school closures on extreme heat days etc.

BARR danger info for Parents



French News

Bonjour et bienvenue à la rentrée!

Hello and welcome back for the new school year!

It has been lovely to catch up with all our French students again this week, after a long holiday and a very difficult last year. Students have bounded into the start of the year with energy and enthusiasm! Classes Six, Seven and Eight have been refreshing their memories of all things French with a culture quiz which incorporated their own information and fun facts about France: it is amazing how much they remember and how much they know! (Par exemple – for example – did you know that the French claim to have 365 different types of cheese – one for every day of the year? Or that the Eiffel Tower is rumoured to have the same number of steps as the year of the French Revolution ….1789! Or that the idea for the shape of a croissant (the crescent moon) dates back hundreds of years to when the French ‘borrowed’ this delicious recipe from the Turks, who feature a crescent moon on their national flag!)

With new French workbooks (Mon livre de français – My French book) labelled and ready to go, we are looking forward to a lively term of improving our French language skills and general knowledge.

Au revoir!




Fruity Flies! - Please check any fruit that is being sent to school!!

Hello everybody,

Some of you may have already heard the bad news, fruit fly is here! Fruit fly has been reported in Bendigo, Harcourt, Castlemaine and Campbells Creek. It is likely that it has spread much further and is currently undetected. To help protect our fruit trees and to prevent further spreading of fruit fly we will be placing several bait traps around the School

The traps we are using are designed specifically to attract and kill the male fruit fly and have been supplied to us by the Harcourt Valley Fruit Fly Action Group. Please be aware that the traps contain a small tab with an insecticide inside.

Students have been informed that the bait stations will be in the yard and that they are not to touch them. The traps will be taped shut and hung from trees or bushes to a height of 1.5m. Unfortunately the traps will not work if hung any higher.

If you would like to know more about fruit fly and what you can do to help, follow the link below.


Thank you, The Sites and Grounds Team


Kinder News

Dear Kindergarten parents of 2021,

What a wonderful start to the year we have had.

The children have started the Kinder journey and our short half days have gone very smoothly for all. Thank you for your support and commitment to breathing deeply through the first drop off of your little people. It can be a daunting step to leave your children in the care of some relatively unfamiliar educators. Please rest assured I would always get in touch if there were any concerns.

This week will be the start of our fuller days, but still with reduced numbers of children. It will stretch the energy levels of some children but with time and familiarity they will adjust soon.

Please also note that we have our parent meeting coming up in Week 3, 17th of February at 7.00pm in the Kinder room. I will send a reminder about this event closer to the time. This is a great evening to get together and meet everyone. It is also an evening where we make the children’s birthday candles. After we have these birthday candles made we will commence birthday celebrations in class. I will outline further details about how this will work at the parent evening.

Thank you everyone for a lovely start to the year,

Warm regards Tobie



Prep News

It was lovely to welcome a new class of students and their families into Prep last week. We have three students and their families joining the class this year.
The children all did very well on their first day. They were pleased to see their friends from Kinder and enjoyed exploring their new classroom and garden.

Our first story is called “The Gift of the Shells”. It is about a little beach gnome called Sandy. One day he wishes he had some beautiful treasures. His friends hear him make this wish and they tell the Sea Queen, the queen of the mermaids and she makes Sandy’s wish come true. Our Morning Circle includes songs and verses about going to the beach, splashing in the waves, shells, sailing in a boat with the mermaids and summer time in the meadow.

We will have a Prep Class Meeting and Parent / Teacher meetings this term. I will let you know the details soon.

Just a few reminders! Please remember we have Drive thru pick up after school. Stop in the parallel parking bays. Parents need to remain next to their car and I will walk the children to you. In the morning you may angle park.
Also, please remember to check children can open all their own lunch containers and their drink bottles are full of water each day.

Warm regards, Heather



Class One News

Class One had a very busy week last week with a last visit to Heather in Prep before she brought the students over to the Class One Room. Everyone has settled in beautifully and are enjoying their new space in which to work and play.

This week we loved received our crayon pouches lovingly made by our parents. Thank you. We have drawn with our new crayons some very careful straight and curved lines, also discovering them in our bodies and the environment. We have had many discussions about many topics, heard lots of stories and we really enjoyed Class 8 visiting us to have a play. They really enjoyed getting into the sandpit and they showed us lots of exciting engineering feats to do there.

This week we are looking forward to meeting Chris and starting craft.

Cheers, Anna



Class Three News

Welcome back everyone! I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable Summer holiday break. It has been fabulous to catch up with the Class Three children and hear some of their stories about Summer holiday adventures. We have begun our year by launching into our first English Literacy Main Lesson for the year – Creation and Tradition. This year our English Literacy curriculum focuses on stories from the ancient Hebrew scriptures. In addition to the writing, painting and drawing that the children have done in response to these stories so far, they have also been learning to sing two songs in Hebrew language – Shalom Chaverim and Zum Gali Gali.

In our first week we also began our reading and spelling programs for the year. These programs are somewhat more formal than the work the children have done up until now. So, it may take a couple of weeks for them to get used to their new learning schedule, which is necessarily a little more demanding now that they are getting older. Hopefully though, they will become accustomed to the new weekly learning rhythm shortly.

In addition, the Class 3 children are off to a great start with their Math learning for the year.  We have been practicing number facts on a daily basis, as well as reviewing and building upon the work we did last year with Place Value. I have been impressed by the amount they have remembered from our studies last year, despite the disrupted learning year we had in 2020 and the long break over the Summer holiday period.

Specialist Timetable

The schedule for Class Two Specialist Subjects this year is as follows:

Craft –                   Mondays, between 11:45 and 1:00pm

Spanish –             2 lessons: One on Tuesday, between 12:25 and 1:00pm and the other on Wednesday, between 2:00 and 2:40pm

Horticulture –     Tuesdays, between 2:00 and 3:20pm

Movement –      Fridays, middle session between 11:45 and 12:25pm


Class Carer

A big thank you to Karolina, who has volunteered to be our Class Carer for this year!  Your willingness to take on this role on behalf of our class community is very much appreciated.  Thank you!


Parent Meeting Date

Our first Class Two Parent Meeting for the year will be on Monday the 22nd of February, between 7 and 9pm.  Please put the date in your diaries. It would be great to see all of you there, as these meetings provide a wonderful opportunity for us to all discuss how the children are faring and how we can work together to help them in their learning.  I will send out a schedule for the meeting closer to the time.


School swimming

Our school swimming program at Newstead Pool will begin this week.  It will be run over the next fortnight, with children attending lessons on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Thank you to all of the parents in our class community for your kind support over the course of 2020. I look forward to our time together over the coming year!

Love Fiona



Class Six News

Enthusiastic humorous, growing in every way, enjoying friends, positive energy, working hard, all describe our young people in their first week of Class 6!

Just to take a small look at the end of last year………. this class shared a great Greek Olympics with  three other Steiner Schools here on our own school oval which looked fantastic with much support from Kyle, Ken, Kellie and Jose – many thanks! The class welcomed, connected and participated so well.

Then we went on a 20km bike ride to Maldon with much support from Penny and some of our wonderful and very fit Parents! The children found sponsors amongst family and friends as well as their school and raised $1500. This provided a little Christmas joy for some young people who are homeless and for the young people in Lebanon ( Windows for Lebanon) for whom one of our past students is working.

So stepping proudly into Class 6 was the culmination of our young people’s efforts.

**I will be sending a list of Class dates for Parents this week as these dates are still a little fluid at the moment but will be clear very soon.

 Warm wishes, Lyn



Class 8 News

Welcome Back Everyone!!

It has been a wonderful first week in Class 8! It is a beautiful thing to see the students arrive for their first day in Class 8 as it marks the beginning of their Graduation Year. The students really feel a sense of accomplishment when they get to Class 8 and an even stronger bond connects the group. Class 8 really marks a rite of passage in their 8-year journey of Steiner Education.

This week we also went down memory lane as we went back to Class 1 to meet the children and play with them in their yard, in preparation for the upcoming Rose ceremony.

Please encourage your child to have a calendar or diary in their room and to mark in all the dates that have been given to you for the year-to help them be organised.

Our Class meeting is scheduled for this Thursday 11th of February at 7.30 pm. (Come a little earlier if you would like to have a cuppa and a chat before the meeting begins.)

Have a great week,

Love Amanda



PE News

Hi everyone,

Welcome back, I hope that you all had a terrific summer.

It was wonderful to spend time with class 4-8 last week and hear about holiday highlights and play some familiar games to ease back into school.

This week we begin our junior swimming program wth classes 2-4 which will run over the next 2 weeks, let us pray for sunny days as classes run at the Newstead outdoor pool.

It was great to re-meet class 4 and share our first official P.E. class together. Over the next few weeks we will be playing lots of games to develop game sense, body and spatial awareness along with some eye hand co-ordination.

In class 5 we are learning some new games and also working specifically on eye hand co-ordination with a lot of throwing and catching practice.

In class 6 students are leading, re-imagining and re-creating a much loved game to add new strategical challenges and physical variations to it.

In class 7 we are finishing our basketball unit and, along with class 8, we will begin our field hockey unit.

From week 5 we will be running a 4-5 week gymnastics/circus program for classes 4-8 which is really exciting. I am hoping there will be some kind of performance aspect to this at the end.

Reminder for all class 4-8 parents and carers: 

It is crucial that students have runners and movement wear for P.E. classes.

Boots and sandles are not appropriate for P.E. nor are jeans and dresses.

P.E. classes happen on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, please check which days your child has P.E. to ensure they come to school in appropriate movement attire. Alternatively leave a P.E. uniform at school that they can change into which includes runner.

Feels good to be back at school!




Enrolment News

Welcome to all our new families and welcome back to our existing families. It is so lovely to see the faces and hear the chatter and laughter of our students. The Kinder 2022 enrolment process will be commencing in the next few weeks. If you are wanting your child, born in 2017,  to attend our Kindergarten program please complete an Expression of Interest form as soon as possible. Any other enrolment queries, please feel free to contact me on 5479 2000 or traceyr@cssk.vic.edu.au



Music News

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to 2021. We hope you had a fabulous break.

Your child will be having their first instrumental lesson this week. Please ensure you help your child remember their instrument and music.  If you have any queries or concerns, please contact your music teacher.

String Ensembles are as follows;

Monday class 7/8 (Jeanette)

Tuesday class 6 (Phil)

Wednesday class 5 (Jeanette)

Thursday Performance ensemble

Friday class 4 (Leonie)

Guitar Ensemble Friday (Raziel)

We are looking forward to a wonderful year!

Jeanette, Leonie, Phil, Carrie & Raziel



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