Tuesday 21st of July, 2020

Term 3 Week 2

The soul's creative might
Strives outward from the heart's own core
To kindle and inflame god-given powers
In human life to right activity;
The soul thus shapes itself
In human loving and in human working.

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

Vale John Wright.

Our dear friend, teacher and colleague passed away peacefully on Sunday the 19th of July. Steiner Education was John’s life. To him Steiner’s educational philosophy was living heaven on earth. John loved the depth of spirit in the writings of Rudolf Steiner as much as he loved the intellectual and emotional rigour of working with children. For John, each child was a gift brought by the spiritual world to each school he worked in. He saw the true person beneath any outward behaviour or pre-conception. His work was always focussed on bringing this truth out of each child. These past four years John has enjoyed overseeing the works going on at his and Robyn’s farm. John has numerous seats in sunny positions throughout their yard and will, I’m sure, continue to watch the dream evolve into a beautiful space in the country.


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School News

No Pupil Free Day this week

Previously we had planned to have a pupil free day this Friday. Please note that this is cancelled and we will be contact with new information for Parent Teacher interviews etc.



After School Care Program

Our After School Care continues to operate across these changed times. All necessary changes and implementations have been made to make this service safe during COVID. If you wish to enrol your child/ren please get in touch with Kimmy via

CSSK After School Care



Enrolments Update - Kinder & Prep 2021 and beyond!

We are reinventing how we manage our enrolment process with the fluctuating times and restrictions. Kinder 2021 is still in process and Prep 2021 shortly to commence.

If you have a sibling or a child that you are interested in attending CSSK in 2022 please ensure you have completed your Expression of Interest and made contact. School Tours are a work in progress currently, however we will do whatever we can to support your decision to enrol. I can be contacted on Traceyr@cssk.vic.edu.au

Stay warm and well,

Tracey 🙂





Drop Off & Pick Up Arrangements

Can we please express our deep gratitude and appreciation to all parents and your patience as we manage the drop off and pick up arrangements presently. We continue to improve our processes and things improve everyday.

One request that would make life easier would be if all parents could place a small sign in the bottom left of their windscreen with the family name or child’s name. We are fast developing good knowledge of cars but these signs would help. Thanks to Kellie for this brilliant idea!

A note for families with Kinder and Prep children and older siblings. On a Friday as there is no early childhood program we won’t be bringing out the older siblings early. It will simply be Classes 1-4 dismissed at 3.15pm and then Classes 5-8 at 3.25pm. Similarly with Monday, we won’t bring any older siblings of Kinder children, we will just stick to these times. It can get confusing so please don’t hesitate to text the absentee line your details and as can call you and discuss how it works for your family.



PE News

Merry Winter everyone,
I hope you and your families are in good health and finding time to move your bodies and catch those glorious moments of sunshine between the clouds.
I’m thrilled to be back at school and picking up where we left off at the end of last term and building on what we did during distant learning.
In Class 4 we are continuing with a range of circle games and working different kinds of passes and using simple games to work on our game sense.
In Class 5 & 6 we are building on, re-imagining and adding complexity to games we’ve learned and played earlier in the year. At the end of Term 1 we were preparing for inters-school netball and AFL which we had to put aside but we will pick up in school again in the coming week. The games we are practising now are honing in learning and applying rules and practising the spacial awareness required to understand boundaries and ones position in space relative to self and others as well as co-ordination.
In Class 7 are working on presenting and sharing their assignments which will form a class games and challenges book. The students have been asked to prepare and present a game, workshop, challenge or class that is age appropriate. Their peers and I participate and then provide feedback for refining the details that will be presented in their page of the book. We are in our third week of presentations and they are doing a remarkable job. The execution and leadership has been fantastic as has the participation, support and feedback from their peers. The written component is due September 1st.
In Class 8 we have been working on our fitness and anatomy unit which was introduced during online learning. The students have developed balanced fitness programs and have exploring components of fitness, aerobic and anaerobic energy systems, compound and isolation exercises and muscle language within this unit. They noting and experiencing changes in their capacity and co-ordination as we practice week to week. They are able to name and identify as range of muscles and muscle groups and have an understanding of how to work and stretch these as well. Their written component of this project is due August 4th.
It’s been a great week back, good to get moving on those frosty mornings.
Looking forward to a joy filled term.
Stay well, keep moving.

From the Garden

From the Garden

Thanks so much to Campbell and Vanessa, who have Soko in Kinder and Casper in Class 3 for donating some lovely oak leaf lettuce and brassica seedlings to the vegetable garden. They have been growing over the holidays and look beautiful.

It’s maintenance and repair time, we have been busy; repairing the greenhouse and extending its watering system in time to hold the gazillion seeds that class 3 & 4 planted for Summer and Spring; siphoning water away from the vegetable garden so that Kyle and Spike can build some raised garden beds; emptying one huge worm farm, so that class 8 (who built it in the first place) can move it to a shady spot (it was too hot for the poor worms); digging up potatoes; receiving some lovely bantams from Prep, who unfortunately had to return (one had a respiratory illness); pruning, it is all preparing for a busy Spring!

Thanks Lisa.

Kinder News

Dear Kindergarten parents,

Welcome to week 2, Term 3,

We have had a great start to Term 3. I’m amazed at how they have all grown. The Term 2 home time/ Covid time, and then the long holidays has brought many changes for the class. We are now seeing more 5 year old behaviour: friendships are flourishing; extended collaborative play is being embraced; play ideas are flowing from one day to the next; children in the Kinder are aware of the culture at Kinder and are monitoring each other and their peers, reinforcing expectations for all. More independence has developed with regard to looking after themselves, getting dressed, looking after their own belongings. It is very exciting to see the children’s growth!

I am always impressed by the children’s growth and maturity. One day rolls into another, and seems very simple when parenting: eating nourishing food, sleeping well, lots of love and exercise, and the magic of growth occurs over time all by itself. A wonderful experience to share with the children.

On a different note, the new term has brought some consolidation with regard to our Covid procedures. What were new practices in term 2, is now developing into part of our daily routine in a familiar way. The children have adapted well to these new hygiene practices.

I do have a sense though that with all the new procedures that we were all adapting to last term, the Kindergarten parent community has not have a chance to connect with each other; the children’s learning environment or with our team for some time. We have not had a chance to have our usual anecdotal chats about yours children’s day that we would usually be able to engage in. With this in mind I would like to invite you to all contact me for a chat if the need be. Mondays are good days to have a small catch either by appointment or please feel free to ring and see if I am available. I will also be touching base, via email, with a small note about how your child is going in the next few weeks.

Also, in week 3, 28th of July, I am holding a Zoom parent meeting from 7.00-8.15 pm for us all to gather together. Our discussion will be focused on how everyone is going and a few small ideas around play. If anyone would like to flag any areas that they would like discussed please let me know.

As always thank you for your support. Our work at Kinder with the children is possible due to your reinforcing guidance and support.

Warm regards, Tobie



Prep News

It has been lovely to see the children back after the holidays. Last week the mornings were quite chilly but after warming ourselves up by the fire we were all ready to start our day and then when we went outside the sun was glorious! The children were pleased to see their friends and have remembered our new routines well.
If the pick up arrangements change for your child, please make sure you let me know, as we have had some confusion after school.
Thank you for keeping your children home when they are unwell, this will help to keep us all safe and well this term.

Kind regards, Heather



Class 2 News

Welcome back everyone! I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable holiday break. It has been fabulous to catch up with the Class Two children after the midyear break, and after such an unprecedented period of distance learning last term!

We have started the term off with an introductory Math Main Lesson on Place Value. The children have been exploring how the numeral placement/position in two-, three- and four-digit numbers, relates to the numeral’s value. Ie. does it represent ones, tens, hundreds or thousands? We have been working with a story about four different gnomes to explore these concepts.

Welcome to Harriet!

Our Class Two community extends a warm welcome to Harriet and her family! We all look forward to getting to know you over the course of our time together.

Parent Meeting Date

Our Class Two Parent Meeting for this term will be on Wednesday the 5th of August, between 8 and 9pm. The meeting will be conducted via Zoom. 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 Zoom invitation for the meeting closer to the time.

Warm regards, Fiona.



Class 8 News

Welcome back to Term 3 Everyone!

We have had a wonderful start to the term with lots of chatting and catching up.

Class 8 have started Drama sessions on Friday afternoon with Rob Jorritsma this term in preparation for the Shakespeare play in Term 4. We thank him for being so generous with his time.

The class will also be looking at Shakespeare’s England with Lynn on Fridays.

Physics ~ Air & Water is the flavour for Mondays and the rest of the week will involve delving more into Number and Algebra.

Ensembles are on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

We shall be practising our speeches for the Major Project every week now, so students should be preparing and learning them.

Cheers, Anna



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Community Classifieds

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.



For Sale - Child's Desk

The desk is 44cm wide X 99cm long X 74com high. Some marks on surface-possibly a bright coat of paint but a good little desk with deep drawers. $40

Pick up from Castlemaine area. Phone Janice on 0439 847 909



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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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