Tuesday 3rd of March, 2020

Term 1 Week 6

I now begin to feel myself
alone and standing here.
But if the Being of the World
withdrew from my being
I would fall into myself and vanish.

From The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner

Dates to Diary

Week 6 - Dates for the Diary

Wed 4th Mar - Class 5 Parent Meeting
Wed 4th Mar - Class 1 Parent Meeting
Thu 5th Mar - Prep Parent Meeting
Tue 10th Mar - Class 8 Parent Meeting
Wed 11th Mar - Class 7 & 8 Music Excursion
Tue 17th -20th Mar - Class 7 Serpentine Creek Camp
Wed 18th Mar - CSSK Board Meeting
Fri 20th Mar - Class 8 Athletics
Tue 24th - 27th Mar - Class 8 Sailing Camp
Thu 26th Mar - Prep Festival
Thu 26th Mar - Class 5 & 6 Football/Netball
Fri 27th Mar - Final day of Term - Autumn Festival 2.15pm, Ride home from School

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

This is Edwynna & Mietta Adams enjoying their last Shrove Tuesday at the school! The Adams family have been a part of 18 years of Shrove Tuesday’s at CSSK and this year will be filled with “lasts” as Mietta graduates with Class 8 at the end of the year!

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School News

Free Chocolate!

Now that we have your attention 🙂

It is important that our parent community is aware that ALL parents volunteering at the school MUST have a valid & current Working With Children Check. The process to receive one is very quick and easy and accessed via this link – WWCC Online Application

If you are supporting reading at the school, helping on excursions, anything where you are with our students, this check is required. Being a parent at the school does not negate your need to complete this step. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call the Office.

Thanks, The Admin Team.



Enrolment News

Hi Everyone,

We have commenced our Enrolment process for our Kindergarten 2021 group. Information packs, interview times and program booklets have been sent out to our first round offers. For those new to this process, the first round is for the first 16 places in the program. They are preferenced firstly to siblings of children already within the school, followed by date order of the application fee payment. Families that are not within this first group have received notification confirming that you are on our waitlist, and we will be in touch as soon as possible once we have further clarity on our numbers.

If you have listed your child for a place in this group and you have not heard from me, please get in touch as soon as possible to confirm that we have your correct details on file.

We endeavor to complete our Kinder enrolment processes prior to June each year, so that families can participate in the enrolment process for community based kindergarten programs, which takes place by June 30 each year.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me; traceyr@cssk.vic.edu.au

Warm regards, Tracey

P.S. – Its never to early to get your forms in for Kinder 2022 & Prep 2023 if you are considering CSSK!



Hello everyone,

We had such a positive experience with our 5 day intensive swimming program with our class 2, 3 & 4’s at Newstead Swimming Pool. The 5 day program which ran every afternoon went really smoothly and the students gained a lot. We were mostly really lucky with the weather and based on student feedback it was enjoyed by about 95% of the them. Big thank you to the 15 parents that helped out during the execution of the program as well as the swim teachers, Newstead pool, class teacher and all the students. The success was a team effort! 

 Coming up this term we have a senior athletics day on Friday March 20th. Our class 8 students will be heading to an athletics facility in Ringwood with other Steiner Schools from around the State to experience a range of sprints, long distance running, long jump, triple jump and shot put.

 Our class 5 and 6 students will be participating in a Castlemaine inter-school round robin during the last week of term. They have had a choice of netball or AFL9s (modified football without the tackles). The students are receiving extra training in these sports on a Thursday morning with Dave and Lyn F. coaching the AFL9s and Chris Curtis and I coaching the netballers. 

 We will need parent support on both these excursion so please keep and eye out for the call out.

 It’s been a great start to the year! 

Kind regards, Kellie Curtis, PE Teacher

Music News


starting time is 8.45 – 9.30am

Tuesday CLASS 6

Wednesday CLASS 4

Thursday CLASS 7/8

Friday CLASS 5



FRIDAY 8.45 – 9.30

Please assist your child in remembering their instruments and music on the day.

Many thanks, Jeanette Leonie Phil & Raziel



After School Care

There are still a few places in the After School Care program, come by the office for an information pack for more information.



From the Garden

Pot Luck Dinner

How lovely it was to work together in the garden, kids & parents, chat plans and share a meal. A big thank you to everyone who participated. The ice-cream queue was this long!


And thank-you to Melinda for her kind donation of gardening books to the school. They will be put to good use!



Parents & Friends

It’s so hard to believe it’s week 6 already! We’re over half way through this term and it feels like it just began. We’ve managed to get into quite a nice routine in our house and I hope you have in yours too.

Last Thursday we had our first tea and cake morning. We’re going to be doing it every Thursday during term, so please drop by for a tea/coffee, cake or chat. It was beautiful standing out in the sunshine last week, but if the weather is not as nice to us we’ll just pop inside the nice and cosy parents room.

Yesterday we had our Spring Fair reflection meetings where we discussed the results of the survey and looked at some of the facts and figures from last year. It was a very productive discussion, and if you’re interested in reading the survey results please get in touch with either myself or Jane Staley and we can pass them on to you.

Hope you all have a safe fortnight and enjoy some family time over the long weekend!

Hope to see you Thursday, Aleesha

P&F Convenor 0421 845 757



Kindergarten News

Dear Kindergarten Parents,

Welcome to week 6, and welcome to Autumn.

At Kinder we have been singing lots of lovely songs about going to the seaside and learning about crab crawling. I am sure that many of the children have been showing you there new found crab legs at home. If not please ask them to show you!

We have also been enjoying some lovely stories: we have meet with a little mouse who was looking for a home that was warm and cosy and surrounded by lots of kind and friendly children; we have meet with a little boy who went sailing on the sparkling blue sea to look for adventures- he found lots of new things to explore, sandcastles, bush cubbies, bush tracks and more. And we have also recently meet Wobbly Woo who doesn’t like anything new. Wobbly Woo has been very adventurous though and started to meet some new friends and explore the bush track and see that new things can be quite fun after all!! The children have been enjoying listening to these stories and I have even started to see them introducing some of the stories themes into their play.

Thank you for all those who attended the parent meeting in week 3 it was a lovely evening of sharing and getting to know each other and what Kinder is about. Thank you for being so generous with your playing too! It was a lot of fun seeing adults ‘play’.

Our festival will be on the last Thursday of term, 26th of march at 9.15am-11.00. All children will depart kinder at approximately 11.00 o’clock on this day. I will send home invitations shortly.

Warm regards, Tobie



Prep News

Summer goodbye, Summer goodbye,

You may no longer stay,

Autumn is on its way,

Summer goodbye, Summer goodbye.

At last our two little hens have some chicks. They sat patiently for such a long time. Their own eggs did not hatch, some fertile eggs delivered express post from Queensland did not hatch. But thanks to Brenna and Caspian, who drove to a Pekin Bantam Breeder in Yea to pick up some just hatched chicks and an after dark adventure to replace their eggs with the little chicks, they now have their family. Both are very attentive mothers.

This week we will begin our Autumn-harvest Morning Circle. Our Story will be Masha and the Bear.

Don’t forget our Prep Class Meeting this Thursday 5th March, 7.30-9.00pm in the Prep room. We will talk about how the Class as a whole are settling in, some aspects of the Prep Curriculum and how we assess and report on the children’s progress in Prep. Please let me know if there is something specific you would like to discuss.

As the mornings are getting quite chilly, please remember to send your child with some warm layers. An old jumper or jacket can be left at school on their peg or in their locker.

Warm regards, Heather



Class 2 News

The children in Class Two have begun their second Main Lesson for the Term, learning about Times Tables.  Building upon the skip counting they have been practicing – that is, counting by 2s, 3s, 4s, etc – they have started their learning journey with the Times Tables by exploring different ways of representing them.

As well as learning to write the Times Tables out in the standard fashion, the children have been using counting lines and circular geometric designs to represent the different Times Tables.  In class we have also been using body percussion, skip counting games and activities with bean bags to help us explore the number patterns embedded within the Times Tables. All of these activities are giving the children an opportunity to build their understanding of number patterns in the Times Tables.  These patterns relate to the numerals representing the units/ones value in a number.  For example, in the Two Times Tables, the units/ones numerals are repeated in the following sequence – 2, 4, 6, 8, 0, – all the way from 2 to 24.

It is very exciting when the children begin to recognise the numeral patterns.  It is a joy to see how proud of themselves they are when they realise they can apply their knowledge of a pattern to solve problems.



Class 3 News

We have begun our new maths main lesson. We are learning all about how people in the olden times used to measure. They used their bodies to measure. The Romans used paces and we have been pacing out distances around the school. We have been using our palms and handspans to measure things around our classroom. Very soon we will be measuring Noah’s Ark in the ancient Hebrew measure of Cubits.

Thanks to all the parents who were able to make it to our Parent Meeting last week.

Warm regards, Anne



Class 4 News

Hello everyone,

So far this term, Class 4 have been working with stories from the Dreaming, which led into Mapping and Local Geography.

They began by mapping their bedroom and way to school. As you can imagine the way to school was not an easy task, especially for those who live some distance from school. however, they all did a great job and I was really pleased with their ‘have-a-go’ attitude.

We have spent the last week mapping our classroom and school. We first discussed the shape of the room and, in groups, measured the length of the walls with rulers. One group found an easier way and used dowel.

After a good roam around the school grounds, the class drew their own version on tracing paper. They then over-layed their maps to compare and contrast what they remembered. Next we observed closely the outside shape of the junior school and library building and had a go at drawing it without the verandahs. These drawings were then compared to a map of the buildings in the school.

Cheers Cathy



Class 5 News

We have begun our year with a study of Ancient India and have been so lucky to have Parents  support  our learning. Temu’s dad David,  enhanced our meditation with some chanting accompanied by  the  harmonium and stories of Ganesh: Nisha’s mum and grandmother  brought us stories of their life,  Diwali, mandalas, dance ( traditional and Bollywood) and henna symbols: Mahesh  brought us calm, wisdom  and joy in her stories and delicious Indian cooking!

We have also visited the Atisha Buddhist Centre and the Great Stupa in Bendigo , supported by Isobella’s mum,  Kim. The children embraced  this with much  meditation and peace and their wholehearted  participation was appreciated by the monks who shared time with us.

This week we reluctantly complete this  Main Lesson with the beautiful story of the Ramayana.

Reminder for Parents that our Class Meeting is this Wednesday 4 March 7:15 – 9;15. Agenda was sent home last week along with excursion note – I look forward to meeting with you.

Warm wishes, Lyn



Class 6 News



Class 7 News

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend last weeks class meeting. It is always wonderful to have the class community gather and have time to share experiences and thoughts to support each other in the development of the children.

This week we have finished our Middle Ages main lesson – completing our journey with the story of Joan of Arc. Her tale of heroism inspired many of the children.

We are in the early stages of our new main lesson “The Dance of Life.” It has been wonderful to see the children enjoy looking at each others’ baby photos.

Please remember our upcoming camp (Serpentine creek) 17th -20th of March.

Have a great week, Amanda



Class 8 News

Class Eight have started to explore Cycles and Rhythms, Change & Time in the cosmic system and in the human system. They have looked at many polarities and the place where these differences crossover. We will discover how mathematics can help us decipher these cycles and rhythms and start to understand how these changes and time affect us and how we live.

Hopefully we are all practising well for our upcoming music excursion next week, (Wednesday 11th March), where we will be playing at a seniors’ retirement village in Bendigo.

Our Class Meeting will be held on Tuesday 10th March at 7:30pm.

Cheers, Anna



CSSK - Secondhand Macbooks for sale.

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

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Welcoming all refugees and newcomers!

We have some events coming up to welcome refugees to our community. See the link for conversation starter tips and come along!



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Community Picnic - Welcoming Refugees & Newcomers


Community Picnic 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 you to join us and welcome refugee families and friends to this fun filled day.

Please bring some sports gear like a soccer ball or football, musical instruments, a cake –anything you think appropriate 🙂

For any questions please Contact  – Solway Nutting      solway@mmnet.com.au

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Salsa Social Term Dates

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Taradale Mineral Springs Festival

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Squishie Minnie Bookstore - Writing Workshops for 10-14yr olds.

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South Devon Steiner School - Class 12 Project - Can you help!

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Darning Workshop with Ilka White - 25th March 10-3pm

Contact Brenna at Woolykins for further information


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Soccer Registrations Open

Don’t forget to sign up for Soccer this season!



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Castlemaine Library Storytime

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