Tuesday 10th November, 2020

Term 4 Week 6

Light -- is it Sunlight? -- out from Spirit-deeps
struggles to shine;
translated into lively strength of will
clear through the cloudiness of sense it burns,
releasing energy that turns
passionate drives into creative thrust
that ripens into work amongst mankind.

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)

A clearer version of this fantastic poster can be found at HHV community Ride

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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School News


Always Was, Always Will Be – NAIDOC week 2020

This week is NAIDOC week, a week of celebration and acknowledgement of Australia’s Indigenous heritage and history. The theme, Always Was, Always Will Be, recognises the timeless connection of Indigenous Australians with Country.

The Castlemaine Steiner School and Kindergarten operates on Dja Dja Wurrung Country, whose sovereignty was never ceded. At the CSSK we endeavour to always acknowledge and respect traditional owners and to bring Indigenous culture, stories and language into the classroom and the culture of the School.

This week at the School children will be enjoying indigenous stories and games across this week!

NAIDOC Week 2020 - Virtual Coloring Competition

Unfortunately this year we are unable to gather and celebrate NAIDOC week together in person, but that does not mean we are unable to celebrate and still have some fun.

This year Bendigo Health have decided to create a virtual colouring competition. This competition will allow the kids of our community to show off their artistic talents and imagination.

How it works:

  • Colour the page with crayons, textas, pens, pencils, paints or digitally (you must colour without assistance)
  • Have your parent or carer scan/take a photo of your completed colouring and submit to the email below (please ensure to get your parents’ permission before submitting)
    • In the email please include your parent’s phone number and your name and age.
    • Please email your completed colouring to acharles@bendigohealth.org.au
  • By entering your colouring in this competition, allows Bendigo Health to display your colouring on Bendigo Health’s social media platforms

All kids are welcome to participate. Age groups of entry and prizes:

  • 4-7
  • 8-10
  • 11-13

Closing date Friday the 13 November 2020

NAIDOC 2020 Colouring Competition






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

Enrolment enquiries continue to be busy for new families to the school. We have vacancies for 2021 in most classes. 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



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

We are loving having students back on-site and things are working quite smoothly with our COVIDSafe procedures.  These are reviewed and updated as required with each review of the DET School Operations Guide.

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.


School Photos

School Photos are now permitted in Victoria. Our confirmed date for photos is Tuesday 17th of November. Family Envelopes are available at the Office, please send your oldest child to the Office to collect one. Alternatively call us and we can arrange for an envelope to be placed in a school bag.



Kinder News

Dear Kindergarten parents,

I hope this finds you all well.

Thank you for participating in the parent teacher interviews on Monday. It was a lovely opportunity to meet with you all and reconnect. After a day of catching up with you all, or mostly all- please get in touch if you did not schedule an appointment and you would like one, some common themes emerged. 2020 has been a challenging year!

Unfortunately due to the Pandemic there not been the same opportunities to connect and build a Kindergarten community in the same manner as usual. Everybody communicated their disappointment at the lack of a shared pick up and drop off routines on the school grounds and the missed community building opportunities this change has created. There was also shared disappointment for the lack of festivals and shared observations of morning circles etc. There was a general communication of sadness around these missed opportunities.

However, what I did experience communicated across the day of parent teacher interviews was the sense of gratitude and positive experiences generally of the children throughout the year.  Everybody is very keen to make up for lost time, so to speak. It was notable, talking with you all,  that everyone has experienced their own journey with Covid. The experience has required everyone to seek further resilience and to delve deeper  and find a sense of acceptance to manage what have been unexpected and unmet expectations for 2020.

It was very lovely talking to you all about your individual experiences and listening to your collective acceptance and capacity to reinvent your personal situations with positivity and a growth mindset. Perhaps the very medium of Zoom, although limiting in some aspects, has enabled a home and educational setting connection that is otherwise not possible so readily or regularly. I feel like I have had a little consistent window into all your personal lives, the usual barriers of communication and context have been reinvigorated. There has been a flexibility established throughout 2020 about the ways that we can connect with our educational setting. Yesterday I chatted to you all in a myriad of contexts: from cars, from lounge rooms, with and without children, often with both parents (usually not as possible) and more.

Thank you all for your time yesterday, your ongoing commitment to maintaining connection and communicating throughout 2020 and being available to engage in our many conversations about how we can support your little people educationally together.

After signing off yesterday on Zoom , I felt a sense of sadness that we have not spent more time together, but happiness that our little people are so well cared for, and loved, by you all!!

Warm regards, Tobie



Prep News

This term, we have all been enjoying the lovely Spring weather in our beautiful garden. It’s been wonderful to hear all the birds.

Recently, we have celebrated lots of birthdays and lots of (baby) teeth have been falling out! The cakes Christine makes and decorates for us are beautiful.

For our Spring Festival, Eve performed the role of Lady Spring. Lots of raffia garlands were made and flowers decorated our room.

We have been creating fairy bowers, digging in the sand and gardening during Outside Play. We enjoy Raziel’s visits for Spanish on Wednesdays and it’s been fun going over to the Oval where the big kids are (and lots of brothers and sisters) on Thursdays.

Heather has gone on Long service Leave for the rest of this term. It has been a steep learning curve for me, learning how things are done in Prep. I am very grateful to Christine and Eve for their support and advice. As well, the children have been very kind and patient, gently prompting me about things Heather does. We hope Heather has a relaxing time for her well-deserved break.

Warm regards, Kirsty McIntyre



Class One News

Class one has been busy beginning a new Main Lesson about Stories of the Ancient World.  We had a visit from Minnie’s chicks on Friday last week which all of the children enjoyed.

Painting class is still a highlight of the week although it is a little shorter now that we have recorder in the same timeframe.

The room is looking lovely with all of the children’s artwork and all of the spring flowers.  We are now trying to play more in the shade and get the running activities done in the earlier part of the day.  Please remember to pack your child’s drink bottle for the hotter days we have been having.


Warm regards, Katherine.



Class Eight News

Class 8 had a wonderful camp at Lake Eppalock last week, building rafts, paddling them and exploring the islands around the lake.

Back at school we have been busy drawing and constructing the five platonic solids as well as seriously starting to practice the Shakespeare Play.

Cheers, Anna


Ingredients for building our rafts.

Morning Yoga before rafting

Class Eight - Maths Science - Phil Jopson

Class 8 Electromagnetism Main Lesson

This was a a practical Lesson where we experimented with constructing electromagnets to explore the properties of an elctriomagntic field. One of the more practical applications of this was in the telegraph, which students used to transmit a message in morse code. On the last day they worked in groups constructiong and refining an electic buxzzer (see pictures).

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 54792000 if you can help us out!

Thanks, Lyn



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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.

Need a Group Gift this Xmas?

Gallery Gift provides an opportunity for groups to contribute together towards a gift for an individual. All contributions are collated and the recipient can then select from a range of artworks or commission their own piece.

Further details at the PDF provided.

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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.


Mount Alexander Early Years Update - Term 4 2020

Hi Everyone

Please find the latest update on Early Years in Mount Alexander https://mailchi.mp/20a32cbf354f/mount-alexander-early-years-update-term-4-2020

We are running a competition for subscribers this edition, so subscribe by November 20th for your chance to win one of three $50 book vouchers to Stoneman’s.

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