Tuesday 17th of March, 2020

Term 1 Week 8

I feel the strength of world-existence:
Thus speaks clarity of thought
Which, mindful of its own spirits growth
Through the worlds dark night
Inclines my inner being's radiant hope
To the world's approaching day.

From The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner

Dates to Diary

** No dates for the diary **

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

*** CSSK COVID19 Info ***

Last day of face to face classes is Friday 20th of March for Term 1.

We will continue to provide advice about return to school as more information is known. All ongoing communications can be accessed from the CSSK website homepage.

The link is provided here also.

We wish everyone a safe and peaceful break and stay connected as best you can.


Next Section...

School News

A safety note from Kyle & Ken

As you may be aware we have had a few parents make formal complaints about the cars and trucks speeding down Rilens Rd. Ken & I thought it be worth noting a few things for everyone on this;

Anyone parking outside the School grounds is doing so at the their own risk as this is Council land. The schools ability to manage traffic ends at the gate.

We are very lucky to have a large car park and we recommend that parents and staff use it.

We are currently requesting  an unmanned bike and pedestrian crossing be installed by the Council just outside the School entrance on Rilens Rd.

With more and more students riding to school and with the increasing concern over traffic along Rilens Rd. it is important that the Council be made aware of the changes that are needed.

f any parents or community members would like to write to the Council voicing their concerns that would be helpful also. Sometimes we have to make a little noise to be heard. We have contacted the Mount Alexander Shire Council in the past about extending the 40km zone and were unsuccessful.

Thanks, Kyle & Ken



Kindergarten News

Dear Kindergarten Parents  

Welcome to week 8 of Term 2.  

These last two weeks we have enjoyed celebrating Ruby’s birthday at Kinder, making pom-poms, tracing autumn leaves, playing circus and cubby games and organising band practice!! The children are very busy and thoroughly enjoying their collaborative play during inside and outside time.  

We are also learning to practice our walking feet and inside voices at Kinder, any practice you can offer at home is as always very appreciated!! 

Autumn is upon us, it seems to have crept up slowly and then announced itself.  

I look forward to sharing the festival and our apple songs with you all next week.  

 Kind regardsTobie 



Prep News

Thank-you to everyone who came to our Parent evening, if you didn’t receive a copy of the two articles I provided, “Play” & “The Six Year Old Change” please get in touch.

Warm regards, Heather.



Class 2 News

It is hard to believe that we have only two weeks left of Term 1. My how time does fly when you are busy and having fun!

Over the past couple of weeks, the children in Class Two have been continuing on with their Times Tables Main Lesson. As well as learning to write the Times Tables out in the standard fashion, the children have had fun exploring the different patterns in the sequencing of unit/ones numerals in each of the different Times Tables. If you lay out these sequences on a circle which has been divided into ten equal sections, you can create different geometric patterns.

As well as drawing these patterns in their Main Lesson books, the children have been weaving them onto wooden boards with yarn. They have also had a go at mapping them out on a larger scale, using themselves as the points in a circle they have formed in a group. These activities generally generate much enthusiasm and enjoyment.

In their Literacy Practice Sessions, the children are currently learning about the phonetic patterns associated with different digraphs (letter pairs). At the moment, they are being formally introduced to ‘vowel + r’ digraphs ( er, ar, ir, or, ur), and have participated in different activities aimed at building their understanding of how these digraphs are used.

Class 2 - Request for Help

School Holiday Chooksitters Required for Hens in Class 1 Yard!
Fiona (the Class Two Teacher) usually takes care of Astrid, Ginger and Henrietta, the hens in the Class 1 Yard, over weekends and school holidays.  She is wondering if anyone can volunteer to care for these hens during the first week of the school holidays, while she spends time visiting a relative?
The hens need to be cared for between Monday the 30th of March and Friday the 3rd of April.  They are simple to care for.  All you would need to do is make a quick visit to the school to change their water and top up their food, every one or two days during that period.  They are good layers, so you would be guaranteed some eggs.
If you are interested in looking after these lovely birds for a few days, please contact Fiona by popping in to the Class Two room.  Thank you!

Class 8 News

Thank you to all who attended our Class Meeting last week. It was lovely to see you all.

COVID-19 is proving to be quite disruptive with our first camp cancelled as a precaution and also the athletics meet. However, we shall carry on with our learning at school which we are participating in very well. Our main lesson on Rhythms and Cycles is giving us insights into the Kepler’s Planetary Laws and greater understanding of how the Earth is placed within our solar system. When looking at the macrocosm and microcosm worlds we find many similarities. After looking at the solar system, our next main lesson will be looking at the human systems of muscles and bones. In English, we are looking at the Art of Communication with Lynn, delving into poetry next term. Phil will be working on the Chemistry of Food.

There are some amazing Renaissance drawings being executed in Craft – very detailed and carefully crafted.

Class 8 are also helping out in different ways around the school, working with Kyle and Ken on maintenance jobs and also in the garden and yard.

Best of Health to all, Anna.



CSSK - Secondhand Macbooks for sale.

The Macbooks are still on the way! Will advise as soon as they are available.


We have some second-hand Macbooks for sale. The details are as follows;

  • Apple Macbook 2012 Pro 13” i5 8GB240GB SSD
  • ** Note there are no power cords with these units.
  • The units have been cleaned and prepared professionally.
  • Priced at $400.

Come to our Office if you wish to purchase one.

Thanks Rachael – rachaelp@cssk.vic.edu.au

Next Section...

Community Classifieds

Fathers Celebrating Daughters Event

Father’s Celebrating Daughters is a workshop designed to support Dad’s as their daughters approach and traverse the puberty years.

Wednesday 25th March 6.30-9pm at

Castlemaine Community House


Call Rachel for any inquiries 0430 450 967


More Information...

Book Launch - Landing with Wings by Trace Balla

More Information...

Hi everyone,

CHIRP Community Health and the Let’s Get Proud group are wanting to engage with parents of LGBTIQ+ children and young people in the Mount Alexander Shire.

The aim of this survey is to find out more about the experience and support needs of LGBTIQA+ children and young people as well as their parents. This survey is part of a combined effort to identify the support and well-being needs of LGBTIQA+ children and young people. The data will be used to create an evidence report to advocate for further services and supports if required.

The information gathered in this survey will remain confidential and you do not have to provide identifying information if you do not wish to. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes.

Please follow the below link to access the survey.



Regards, Nicola

Nicola Creagh (She, her) | Project Officer

CHIRP Community Health

13 Mostyn St, Castlemaine, Victoria, 3450

p. (03) 5479 1038 | m.  0466 493 401 | e. ncreagh@cdch.com.auwww.chirp.org.au

Office day: Wednesday


Steiner Dollmaking and Craft Classes

An ongoing small group will begin after Easter in Campbells Creek. This group will be inclusive, catering for all skill levels, and beginners are most welcome. Bring along any unfinished dolls too!

Time: Fortnightly on Sunday mornings from 10am – 12 noon.

Cost:  $15 (materials for smaller projects included).

Leader: Elizabeth Newbirch, Steiner craft teacher of adults. Phone: 0458 280 547 to book.

Warm regards, Elizabeth Newbirch 0458 280 547


More Information...

YMCA - Autumn School Holidays Program

More Information...

An invitation from St Mary's - First Reconcilliation

More Information...

Salsa Social Term Dates

More Information...

Welcoming all refugees and newcomers

Community Picnic – Welcoming all refugees and newcomers in the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens

Saturday 21 March 2020, 11.30am – 4pm


Harcourt Uniting Church and Rural Australians for Refugees Castlemaine, Phoenix Chewton CWA and Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services are organising this family event, the fifth since 2014.

We are delighted to invite your staff and students to join us and welcome refugee families and friends to this fun filled day.

Our poster and flyer are attached, for the information of your staff and parents. Please feel free to share this via your networks. Everyone is welcome.

If your students would like to bring some sports gear like a soccer ball or football, musical instruments, a cake –anything you think appropriate – it would be much appreciated.

The coordinator can be contacted on the email below if you have any questions.

With thanks and best wishes

Solway Nutting solway@mmnet.com.au

More Information...


Dear Friends and Colleagues in Steiner/Waldorf schools Australia wide,

The Dandenong Ranges Steiner School is excited to be celebrating 25 years since it began running Kindergarten in 1995.

Can you Help? See the attached.

Kind regards,

Hellen Andalis

More Information...

Invitation to Bach’s St John Passion by the Students and Staff of Little Yarra Steiner School.

Each year, the middle and upper school students from Little Yarra Steiner School perform selected pieces from Bach’s St John Passion. St John Passion is a choral work based on chapters 18 and 19 of the Gospel of John and the entire work is performed in German. Students of LYSS have been passionately performing this work since 2003. This year we are performing this sacred work on site at Little Yarra Steiner School. The opening Easter address this year will be given by the Christian Community’s Lisa Devine and entry is by gold coin donation. We would like to invite all members of the broader Steiner Community to this event and hope to see you there.

Friday March 27th Little Yarra Steiner School Gymnasium.

Matinee 2-2.45pm. Suitable for parents with young children

Evening Performance 5.45 for a 6pm start.

I have included a link to a short 4 minute documentary of our performance of this sacred work in St Paul’s Cathedral in 2019.

Damien Callan on behalf of LYSS

Next Section...