Tuesday 4th August, 2020

Term 3 Week 4

In winter's depths is kindled
True spirit life with glowing warmth;
It gives to world appearance,
Through forces of the heart, the power to be.
Grown strong, the human soul defies
With inner fire the coldness of the world.

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

Please note that some of these Penny entries were provided prior to yesterday’s Stage 3 Lockdown advice.


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School News

Class 1 News

Class one have been working on a numbers unit. The children have been counting by twos, threes, fives and tens using groups of objects and writing numbers as the patterns used in skip counting. We are working on forming the numbers the correct way. Our unit is based on the story of four friends who have individual skills which help them to do their jobs around the castle farm.

In practice session we are reviewing alphabet letters and sounds and frequently used words. The children have been doing self-directed writing every Monday when they recount their weekend activities and will be building up word families in dedicated practice books.

We have been enjoying the winter sun although our morning visits to the oval are a bit less frequent on frosty mornings as we avoid wet shoes and socks.

Please enjoy the beautiful winter paintings the children did last week.

Class 7 News

We have begun our Sacred Geometry main lesson with Rob Joristtma. The children are learning about the Master Builders of the middle ages and how with the use of Geometry they were able to build magnificent churches in Europe that still stand today. A key focus of this main lesson is PRECISION. This requires the children to work very slowly and carefully, checking every mark along the way. It is so quiet at times while the children are working that you can hear a pin drop. The children have constructed the ‘Vesica Piscis,’ ‘Finding the Perpendicular’ and ‘Ad Quadratum’- the floor plan of a church.
We have also enjoyed singing each morning with Rob bringing in his guitar and teaching the children new songs. A great way to start the morning!!
Have a great week, Keep safe
Love Amanda

Class 8 News

We have had 3 lovely weeks back at school, working diligently, enjoying the company of our classmates and helping Lisa and Kyle in the school grounds and on the food island.

Friday afternoons have been a wonderful experience with drama sessions led by Rob.

Now we enter another 6 weeks of Learning-From-Home where there will be some changes from before, but students will still need to take on more responsibility for their learning. Having a routine and rhythm to your day is essential for you to get true fullfilment out of this experience.

More details will be emailed to you, but Major Project goes on albeit online, so students need to keep practising their speeches and fine tuning them. Support in this is important, so I thank Parents, siblings, pets, your gardens, classmates, friends and grandparents over the phone for your help in listening to the speeches and giving constructive feedback.

Let’s see this as a time given for practising and consolidating what we have so far done this year as well as working in the garden, enjoying being outside and exploring gently the new horizons we will be sending to you.

Cheers, Anna, Phil & Lynn



French News

Bonjour tout le monde,
Third term is well underway for our French students and classes are settled into their work routine, looking at everything from basic vocabulary for animals, food, clothing and colours to learning to build sentences (with nouns and verbs) and even writing poems about themselves in French.
Each class has also had a chance to explore some aspect of the French Revolution in recent days: a timely investigation as the French National Day, le quatorze juillet, occurs on July 14. We have revisited the story of King Louis XVI and his queen, Marie Antoinette; extended the idea of the Rights of Man to children’s rights in the 21st century, and discovered the meaning of the three colours on the French flag.
Students learn that bleu or blue, is the colour that symbolises liberty, blanc or white is the colour for equality and rouge – red – means fraternity or brotherhood. Sometimes we simplify these three ideas: freedom, fairness, family. Great values to think about in these times!
au revoir, Lynn

From the Garden

Lots happening in the Vegetable garden!

The new firepit in the centre of the garden for biodynamic piotenization.

Carrots are sprouting

Broad beans are blooming

Lettuce and Leeks growing

The last of the tomatoes harvested



Exciting times, Spike & Kyle have poured the footings for the raised garden beds for vegetables. They will be able to grow without the rabbits nibbling them and small  people stepping on them. Watch this space!


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Community Classifieds

Central Goldfields Art Gallery is presenting an exhibition of Terry Denton’s illustrations from the popular Many Storey Treehouse series.

The exhibition is on display at Central Goldfields Art Gallery at 3 Neill St, Maryborough on Saturdays and Sundays through until 16 August.  It is free to visit the exhibition and pre-online bookings using this link are encouraged https://events.humanitix.com/the-many-story-treehouse-exhibition

The gallery complies with DHHS covid-safe art gallery visiting requirements including limited visitor numbers in the gallery at any one time, social distancing and the provision of hand sanitisers.

During these times, we understand that many families are staying home-based, so attached are free Treehouse related activities for children that may be of interest as a way of engaging with the exhibition from home.


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Help needed for a CSSK Family.

Are you patient, understanding and someone that has a lot of experience with kids? Are you looking for some casual work?

We are two very committed parents using alternative treatments and behavioural therapy to recover our daughter from autism. It seems to be working so far, but we need help!

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

You will:

· Be based in Castlemaine

· Give a 12 month commitment (to maintain consistency)

· Receive an hourly rate (to be negotiated)

· Work with our daughter’s psychologist and other therapists

· Be part of a loving and committed family

We will teach you simple strategies to help our daughter.

No therapy experience necessary!

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

We look forward to hearing from you.



Calling all young filmmakers!

We’re inviting students from all year levels to enter our Student Film Festival 2020, which celebrates learning across the curriculum through the exciting and dynamic medium of short film. This Arts Learning Festival event, presented by Independent Schools Victoria, is open to all students in all school sectors. You can choose your own theme, or our theme category ‒ a film that references a red box.

Selected films will be screened at a gala event in October, with prizes for creative and technical expertise, as well as a People’s Choice award on the night.

Entries close on Friday, 28 August 2020.

You can find out more and how to enter by visiting our festival website <https://independentschoolsvictoria.cmail20.com/t/d-l-mhukhkd-tltkkrwil-r/



UNSW - Invitation to participate in a mental well-being study for young people.

Dear Parent/Carer,

In the Developmental Affective Science Lab, led by Dr Susanne Schweizer, we research factors that influence the mental well-being of young people. We are currently running a number of online studies, exploring mental health in the current climate, as well as social factors influencing mental health. We would like to invite you and your child to participate in these studies. Please see below details of our current research studies.

The Social Evaluation Study

This study is exploring how being rated by others affects young people’s mental well-being and learning. The project has received ethical approval from the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of New South Wales, Sydney [HC200262]. Your child will receive an AUD$20 voucher of their choosing [Coles (Australia Only) or Amazon] upon completion of the study.

You can find out more about the study in the detailed study information attached. To consent to your child’s participation please click here.

The Social Sensitivity in Young People Study

This online study is exploring the relationship between adolescent mental health and social risk factors. Specifically, we are interested in young people’s sensitivity to others in social situations. The project has received ethical approval from the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of New South Wales, Sydney [HC200214]. Your child will receive an AUD$20 voucher of their choosing [Coles (Australia Only) or Amazon] upon completion of the study.

You can find out more about the study in the detailed study information attached. To consent to your child’s participation please click here.

The CORAL (COVID-19 Risks Across the Lifespan) Study

This study is investigating how the changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic are affecting people’s wellbeing, their social connections and even their mental abilities. The project has received ethical approval from the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of New South Wales, Sydney [HC200287].

You can find out more about the study in the detailed study information attached and on the study website: www.thecoralstudy.com. To participate in the study and/or to consent to your child’s participation please click here.

If you have any questions about any of these studies, please do not hesitate to contact the research team at DASLab@unsw.edu.au.

With best wishes,

The Research Team





Developmental Affective Science Lab

School of Psychology, Faculty of Science

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2052

P: (02) 9385 3032

E: DASLab@unsw.edu.au

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Rudolf Steiner's impact on Australian Artists - Research Project

Rebecca Humphries is undertaking PhD research with Charles Sturt University, supervised by Dr Sam Bowker and Dr Susan Wood, and in her investigations has  identified a gap in art history literature regarding Rudolf Steiner’s impact on Australian artists, both modernist and contemporary. As an important figure in the history of education, Steiner also had ideas which continue to influence artists in Australia and across the globe.

Practicing Australian artists who have a connection to Steiner through their education or art practice are being invited to participate. Participation in the project would be limited to a single 60-minute interview conducted online.

If you know of anyone who may be interested in participating please contact Rebecca rhumphries@csu.edu.au and she will be happy to forward further information.

Ethics approval and information statements are available for this PhD project.

Short Course for Maths - Jeff Onans

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For Rent

3 Bedroom house with beautiful garden in Central Castlemaine.

Call Stuart 0420 202 735 for more details.

School Crossing Supervisor Nomination

We all know that these are unusual times we are living through. Sometimes we have to look for something to keep our spirits up and for School Corssing Supervisors there is the opportunity to be recognized for the wonderful job they do. If you believe one of the amazing Lollipop people in Mount Alexander Shire is the best then visit this site to make a nomination!

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