Tuesday 24th November, 2020

Term 4 Week 8

So now for the first time
I feel the world without me,
empty and bleak and cold,
feeble without the breath
of my participation -- unensouled
by human self-renewal, self-creation,
assured of naught but death.

From The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner

Dates to Diary

*** Dates TBA ***

2020 Term Dates
Term 1 (9 weeks) - Thursday 30th January – Friday 27th March
Term 2 (10 weeks) - Wed 15th April – Friday 19th June
Term 3 (10 weeks) - Tuesday 14th July – Friday 18th September
Term 4 (10 weeks) - Tuesday 6th October – Friday 11th December

2021 Term Dates
Term 1 (9 Weeks) - Tuesday 2nd February to Friday 2nd April
Term 2 (9 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)

Once again we have our “Giving Tree” in the Office foyer. Any donations of non-perishable items are welcome and will be provided to the Salvation Army for their Xmas hampers to those in need in our local community. Please have your child/ren bring the items to the office, as we are still unable to have parents onsite.





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School News

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



Near Miss

Castlemaine Police have been in contact with the school once again. They are responding to further complaints about cars exiting CSSK onto Rilens Rd. There was another near miss this morning that has been reported to them.

Once again we request that all CSSK community members take care, slow down and be aware/alert to all road users.



School Projects and workbooks

As we close out the year we need to begin sending school projects and work home with students. If you are a Class 3 or 4 parent and your child has a shelter or animal project to bring home please contact the office on 5479 2000. We can arrange a day with you to have it brought to the front and loaded into your car safely.

Thanks The Office.



Term Dates for 2021

Term Dates for 2021 are confirmed – The childrens’ first day back is Tuesday 2/2/21

Term 1 (9 Weeks):  2/2/21 – 1/4/21

Term 2 (9 Weeks): 20/4/21 – 25/6/21 (Planning Day 19/4/21 – child-free)

Term 3 (9 Weeks): 20/7/21 – 17/9/21 (Planning Day 19/7/21 – child-free)

Term 4 (10 Weeks): 5/10/21 – 10/12/21 (Planning Day 4/10/21 – child-free)



Enrolment News

Kinder 2021 is almost finalised and we look forward to welcoming our new little people next year AND their parents. There are still vacancies in most classes for 2021, contact our Enrolment Officer, Tracey Robertson for full details on Traceyr@cssk.vic.edu.au


Kinder 2022 – if you haven’t already it is time to submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) for Kinder 2022 places, i.e children born in 2017. All applications are offered firstly to those with a current sibling at the school and then via date order of the received EOI payment & form received. Please note; to be eligible for a sibling offer the EOI must be received by the end of Week 1 of Term 1, 2021. Contact Tracey for any further clarification.

CSSK Expression of Interest Form



Class 1 News

Class One have been busy working away at our Ancient World Tales Main Lesson.  The children have been writing in upper and lowercase letters, reading their sentences, and learning new spelling rules such as when reading and writing the diagraphs ‘th’ and ‘sh’ and blends, ‘st’ and ‘ck’.  They have been doing some beautiful artwork for the illustrations of their books and for the covers of their books.

We have been using the stories from this Main Lesson for inspiration for wax modelling, painting  and broom making.

The play outside has been varied, changing between running games, tree climbing, marble runs and imaginative play.  The sandpit is currently mainly the domain those who are interested in cake construction and decorating with spring flowers.

We celebrated Naidoc week last Friday with an Indigenous Story and some creative play with clay.  The photos show some of the animals that the children made.

Our shelves are full of finished Main Lesson books and over the next week or so, children will start to bring home some of the Main Lesson books from Semester One and then Semester Two.



Class 2 News

The children in Class 2 remind me of bees in Summertime – busy and productive!  They began Term 4 by industriously compiling all the work they had completed during our remote learning program in terms 2 and 3 and creating beautifully decorated Main Lesson books.  After completing this quite substantial project, they launched into a Main Lesson on some magical mathematical patterns.  Over the last three weeks, the children have been thoroughly engaged in an English/History Main Lesson about saints and holy people.  Together, we are taking a multicultural, multi-faith, look at some interesting stories about notable persons in the recorded history of world religions.  We will continue this fascinating Main Lesson for the remainder of the term.

Classroom Moving Day

On Monday the 7th of December, we will be moving into our new classroom for next year. Over the next two weeks, the children will prepare for moving day by bringing more of their school and craft work home.  Please discourage them from bringing extra items such as their hobby horses, back to school.  Moving day is a busy day for the children and they all assist in cleaning classroom furniture and moving smaller classroom items into our new space.  Please ensure that your children have their drink bottle and extra snacks packed on the day, especially if the weather is warm.


Class 3 Farm Camp!

Class 3 had their first camp recently. It was a very exciting experience as we had to manage through an enormous storm!! Our camp site was totally flooded so we all went home the first night and started again the next day. As we were in the Oak Forest parents didn’t have far to go.

The next couple of days were spent blissfully doing farming activities, planting, mulching, watching cows being milked and generally communing with cows.

Special thanks to Lisa, Penny, Kerry our Class Carer and Amanda our Student Teacher. The children drew some lovely pictures of our delightful camp site.

Now we are working very hard to complete our year’s work! Soon we will be moving into our new classroom. In many ways we have hardly settled into our Class 3 room! What a year it has been!

Love Anne.



Class 6 News Kooyoora Camp



Local LGBTIQA Support for parents & families


If you identify as LGBTIQA+ or have children that identify as LGBTIQA+ please find attached a survey link that can help CHIRP develop services for our local community.

Your participation is appreciated https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7PQSV7P



Office Hours

Over the Xmas break our Office will be closing from Monday 21st of Dec and will reopen on Monday 11th of January.


**Note from last Penny about Office staffing/hours ***

As you know admin are out in the carpark supporting the drop off/pick up system and some of the additional cleaning that we have put in place – this has meant that we are away from the desk/phone a lot more with calls going to message.

To manage your needs and enquiries, our office hours will now be 9 to 3 – please make contact with us during these hours and we will be happy to assist you.

Thanks The Office Team.



School Desks

We still have wooden school desks available for sale. Contact the Office for more details.


Greek Olympics

Do you have a shade marquee that we can borrow for the (regional) class 5 Greek Olympics?

We need these to be delivered to the school on Nov 26th and these should be ready for you to pick up at the end of the school day on Fri 27th.

Please call the office on 5479 2000 if you can help us out!

Thanks, Lyn



CycleSafe Mount Alexander - Up coming Community Rides

Checkout this upcoming “How We Roll” bike skills workshop – Bookings Essential How We Roll

And a similar one for Kinder aged children and their parents – Bookings Essential Ready Steady Ride for Kinder Kids!

And for Tweens & Teens – Bookings Essential OnYourBike for Tweens and Teens


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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.

Do you have experience or a strong desire to do therapy with children?

We are two very committed parents using alternative treatments and behavioural therapy to recover our daughter from autism.

We are seeking a motivated person with therapy experience and a BIG HEART to welcome into our home to do therapy with our daughter.

You will:

  • Be based in Castlemaine
  • Give a 12 month commitment (to maintain consistency)
  • Receive an hourly rate
  • Work with our daughter’s psychologist and other team of therapists
  • Be part of a loving and committed family

You will be trained on how to do ABA therapy from our daughter’s psychologist so prior experience in ABA is not essential.

Please call Luke (Dad) if you’re interested on 0418 100 972.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Guinea Pigs

3 adult and 3 babies for sale at $10 each or neg.

Any money will go to the Salvation Army. They are good grass mowers!

Deborah Coulthard  5470 5651  or 0419 105 646

Portrait Project - Castlemaine Festival

Castlemaine Festival is hosting an exciting paste-up portrait project for next year’s Festival. There’s an opportunity for parents to photograph their toddlers aged 1-3, and see their beautiful faces pasted up on a huge scale on the VGR shed at Castlemaine Station.

Parents need to register with the Festival and complete a simple online workshop program, to be part of the project.

It’s free to register and participate. All the details can be found below, and at this link: https://castlemainefestival.com.au/get-involved/inside-out-castlemaine/

Registration closes soon, so get in quick!

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