Tuesday 10th of December, 2019

Term 4 Week 10

The radiant beauty of the world
Compels my inmost soul to free
God-given powers of my nature
That they may soar into the cosmos,
To take wing from myself
And trustingly to seek myself
In cosmic light and cosmic warmth.

From The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner

Dates to Diary

Last Week! Week 10 - Dates for the Diary
Mon - Wed 9th - 11th Dec - Class 8 Camp Shoreham
Wed 11th Dec - Class 6 & 7 excursion
Thu 12th Dec - Class 8 Graduation
Fri 13th Dec - Last day of Term - Farewell Assembly at 1pm

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

Dear Parents, please join us for the Final CSSK Assembly for 2019 on Fri 13th December at 1pm where we will farewell the year, leaving families and farewell Class 8 with song and the traditional arch of honour.

Students will be dismissed from their classrooms at 2pm (***PLEASE NOTE:  This is a change to normal finish time***) where you will have the opportunity to say seasons greetings to your child’s teachers before taking your child home.

Bus travellers will be supervised until the arrival of buses at the normal time of 3:25pm.  Please also remember to visit the Office Foyer to do last minute Xmas shopping from the Craft Group cabinets and also as the last chance to bring your donations for the Giving Tree. 




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School News

Moving Day

A BIG thank you to all who were able to support the classes to move yesterday, including those who did some childminding so other parents could come? It was a successful day and really great to see the older classes helping out. Frozen oranges were hugely appreciated (thanks to Sujeeva) and pizza snacks were an unexpected delight (thanks to Lisa).


Cathy on behalf of College of Teachers



A message from the College of Teachers

We would like to thank all our colleagues – administration and grounds staff, classroom assistants, learning support, specialist and class teachers, for their strong professionalism, care and nurturing, commitment and collective wisdom towards the educational tasks we share in providing the best experience of Steiner Education possible for the children and families in our community.

We have supported each other and worked together whilst having a sense of loss this term. Though we were pleased that Brian, our Principal, was taking time for his own health, we anticipated that he would return in the new year rejuvenated to lead us through the next steps in the growth of our school. However, the ebb and flow of life is ever changing for us all. We want to express our sincere gratitude to Brian for his calm presence, wisdom and leadership, which enabled our school to spiral to new heights after a previously difficult period.  We are grateful for the professional steps along which Brian has guided us and wish for him the best of health and many special moments throughout the next stage of his life’s journey.

We are also extremely grateful to Danilo for being able to take on the role of Acting Principal at a very busy and complex time of year in any school. We are all collaborating to provide whatever support is needed to enable a smooth transition.

During our Review and Planning Days we will be spending time together working towards experiencing each other’s thoughts and articulating (with the support of a recent communique from Steiner Education Australia, SEA) a deeper essence of Steiner Education in meeting today’s world and what this means in terms of clear principles and practises in our school.

We would like to share with you these guiding principles : 

  1. The image of the human being as a spiritual being informs every aspect of the school.
  2. Steiner/Waldorf schools foster social renewal by cultivating human capacities in service to the individual and society.
  3. Anthroposophical understanding of child development guides the educational program.
  4. Steiner/ Waldorf schools support freedom in teaching within the context of the school’s shared agreements.
  5. The conscious development of human relationships fosters individual and community health.
  6. Spiritual development in support of professional growth is an ongoing activity for the faculty, staff and board.
  7. Collaboration and shared responsibility provide the foundations of school leadership and governance

 The Parental role in our school is of utmost importance for the best educational experience for all children. We would like to express our thanks to all Parents, who, with strong ever present Parent Coordinators, Julie and Aleesha, have enabled many wonderful moments to happen in our school this year. Our thanks go to every parent for their continual communication with the teachers for their child and for the strength and support which they provide  for the teachers as the adults surrounding each class community of children.

We would also like to extend a very warm welcome to Katherine, who begins her journey with the children and families of the current Prep class. Katherine has worked in many of our classes as a Relief Teacher and we are delighted that the care and nurturing, skills and professionalism she has given to our classes will now continue as she becomes our Colleague.

We would also wish to acknowledge our current Class 8 young people and Kate as they begin the next part of their educational and life journey. We would like to extend to Kate our huge thanks as a teacher and colleague for all of her care and efforts towards the student’s education. We have watched some of them grow and gain many gifts through the eight years at our school with Danilo and Diana as their initial teachers. Others have joined the class along the way, contributing their skills and experiences also. They have challenged us as the adults supporting them, to reflect and consolidate our principles and ensure they are solid. Each year our young people give us a gift which is quite often in the form of a reflective challenge and is appreciated.

Our thoughts and best wishes are with each of our young people in Class 8:

“May the road rise to meet you

And the sun be always at your back”

and may you always aspire “to be the change you want to see in the world”


Jut a reminder:

  • This Friday 13 December is the final school day for the year
  • Children will have a normal school morning with shared food and long play at 11am.
  • The Assembly will begin at 1pm in the multipurpose room – all Parents welcome!
  • Children will then return briefly to classes for farewells and  be dismissed at 2pm
  • Children who are on the bus will be supervised until the normal bus arrival time

The College of Teachers wishes all families and staff a safe, joyous and rejuvenating Christmas break and many special moments with your children.

We look forward to seeing you in 2020.



From the Chair of the Board

As I look back on the past year I am grateful for all that creates and sustains our beautiful school.  I am grateful for the country on which we stand, and the generations of Jaara people who have cared for and been nurtured by this land. I am also grateful for the generations of teachers, staff and parents who built such a strong foundation for the school, and for our current school community which continues to strive to work together for the children in our care.

 As I write the children are abuzz moving into their new classrooms, filled with excitement and anticipation for the year to come.  There is a sense of completion as the work of the year is packed away and brought home, and reflection on lessons learned and the challenges and joys of each class.

 The end of the year also brings us to a season of farewells, most significantly for our Class 8 students completing their journey with us.  I have been privileged to witness this class develop over the years, from their earliest days in Playgroup and onwards through the school.

 A distinctive characteristic of Steiner Education is that each class group travels together. For each class the path that unfolds is unique, full of twists and turns.   This year’s graduating Class 8 students, their families, and teacher Kate Dew have walked that path with courage, learning with each other the lessons which will continue to unfold in the years to come.  We wish them all the very best as they step into the next stage of their lives beyond our school, and hope that the seeds which have been planted here will bear fruit for their own futures and for the future world.

 The end of this year also brings with it farewells for friends who have brought so much care and dedication to the tasks of the school, such as Georgina Duckett and Huw Walters.  In particular this year we are saying goodbye to Principal Brian Dodd, Kindergarten Assistant Aimee Sanderson, our tireless and dedicated Convener of Parents and Friends, Julie Tisdale, and Dave Hall, who has volunteered for many years sharing his IT expertise with our Class 7 and 8 students.  We are grateful for the love they have brought to the children and the many gifts each has offered to our school.  We wish them well for whatever the future may bring.

 In closing, I wish you all a joyous, restful and safe holiday and a look forward to seeing you in the New Year. 

 Jane Staley

Board Chair



After School Care now at CSSK !

After School Care is now taking bookings for the program for 2020. Do register quickly if you need a place.

If you would like to enquire about booking your child into the service please contact www.castlemainechildcare.com.au for enrolment procedures. The service is not currently able to include Kindergarten children.



Vale John Davidson

The Steiner communities, both in Australia and New Zealand were saddened to hear of the sudden passing of John Davidson, on the 28th of November.

John had a long career in Steiner education, teaching as well as consulting. It was in the latter role that he spent time working with teachers and staff here at CSSK, some years ago.

I was fortunate to have had John as a class teacher for one of my children at Little Yarra Steiner School and admired the way he held the class, his inspiring drawings and his general ability to keep things real and down to earth.

John’s life was celebrated last Friday at the Transitional Cathedral in Christchurch, with a video link being made available for those who weren’t able to attend.

John will be greatly missed. Our loving thoughts go out to his family, his friends and the communities that John has been associated with.


Cathy Yeoman,

On behalf of the College of Teachers.



The Giving Tree - is once again in the Office foyer

Prep News

After the busy day

With the starry night above

Dear Angels watch our play

And guard us with your love.


Well here we are in our last week of Prep, with all the children ready to move to Class One. We have had a wonderful year and the children have grown and learnt so much. It has been such a pleasure to share this time with them. I wish Katherine and the children all the very best as they begin their journey through the School together.

I would like to thank all parents for your support this year, particularly the beautifully washed and ironed table cloths that you return to us each week. Very special thanks to Sera for being such a wonderful Class Carer.

Christine and I look forward to sharing our Christmas Festival with you on Thursday 12th December, 8.45-11.00am.

Best wishes for peace and joy at Christmas and a safe and happy holiday.

Kind regards, Heather




Class 1 News

The children in Class One have had a very productive Term 4.  They began their term with a Literacy Main Lesson on Russian Folk Tales and then completed a Maths Main Lesson unit working with the four processes – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. As well as solving simple equations, the children explored some of the different terminology which can be used when describing mathematical processes.  They also began to examine the correlations between the different processes.

For example, in doubling, we can use either addition or multiplication.  ie. If we have 4 muffins and we double the amount we have, we can show this as 4 + 4 = 8 or 2 x 4 = 8.

If we are examining the ‘difference between’ two numbers, we can view that in terms of subtraction or addition.  eg. The difference between 12 and 20 is 8, or 12 + 8 = 20 or 20 – 8 = 12.

Class One children have had a lot of fun exploring how the mathematical processes relate to each other in this way.

In addition to our Main Lessons, the Class One children worked hard to learn their parts in our play Goldener.  They performed this play to their parents and to the children in Prep class at the end of November. Their play was well received and they enjoyed sharing a celebratory morning tea with their families after their performance.

It has been a pleasure to spend the year with all the children in Class One.  Their creativity and their enthusiasm for learning bring me great joy.  I would like to thank them and their families for a wonderful year.  I hope you all have an enjoyable Summer and I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!

Love Fiona


Class 2 News

I wish to express an enormous thank-you to the parents of Class 2 for the gift of their wonderful children. Please enjoy the pictures of the play. Can all parents please come by the classroom and take home folders and items that need to be at home, clothes etc.

Safe and wonderful holiday season to all.

Warm regards, Anne.



Class 3 News

Dear Penny readers,

How quickly this term (and the year) has passed! I’d like to say a big thanks for the lovely comments that came through social media, and in person, about Class 3’s Shelter projects. The children were very proud of what they achieved for their very first school project.

As their teacher, I must say that I’m rather proud of them for everything they have done this year. There were lots of firsts- project, sleep over/camp, big excursions, introduction to some quite complex English and Mathematical topics. It has been wonderful to see them support each other in their learning and in their willingness to reflect on the way they interact when the social dynamic is being challenged.

Our finale for the year was our play, Joseph the Dreamer. They did a superb job of learning lines and performing, especially amid interruptions, such as camp and a farm excursion. I’m always amazed at the increasing level of confidence the children show from one play to the next.


On behalf of Class 3 and myself, I’d like to thank everyone who supported us to have an exceptional year.

Wishing  everyone a joyous festive season and a restful (with the right amount of fun) summer holiday.




Class 4 News

Many thanks to all of  our young Vikings and their families for a great year of growth in so many ways. We have completed the year so well with a wonderful  Spanish and Ensemble Performance and can now journey on as a solid class community  of children with lots of exuberance, energy and marvellous humour!

Thank you to all Parents for your consistent communication and support without which, it would not be possible to effectively provide this education.

Have a safe, joyous and rejuvenating holiday with many special moments with your children, as I look forward to having with mine.

Warm wishes, Lyn




Class 5 News

And some words from Dave !




Class 7 News

Here we are at the end of yet another year and we are moving into Class 8! (Seems only yesterday we were in Class 1).

Class 7 has been a very rewarding year, with a group of students who have worked together so well, who have achieved much and who have already started on their Year 8 Major Project journey with great enthusiasm.

We are enjoying playing with the Class 6 (soon to be class 7) at ensemble time and are looking forward to our excursion out into the community again on Wednesday when we will be performing at Bethlehem Aged Care facility and at Peppergreen Farm, both in Bendigo. We are also excited about the swim afterwards at the Gurriwanyarra Swimming Pool.

Perspective drawing with Danilo is going well and we thank him for giving some of his precious time to work with us and share his expertise. The students have discovered some of the ‘secrets’ to making a drawing look ‘real’. We will continue on with this next year.

We’d also like to thank all the other specialist teachers (Chris, Kellie, Phil J, Lynn, Raziel, Lisa, Sue, Jeanette, Phil, Karrie, Matt, Leonie, Carl & Sarah) for their commitment to us.

Thanks too, to Parents who support each class and the school. When we all work together it makes it so much more rewarding for our children.

Hope to see you all at the Friday Final Assembly. May you all have a peaceful and rejuvenating holiday,

Love Anna



Class 8 News

Dear Families,

We greet you from lovely Shoreham! We arrived to glorious beach weather yesterday, and enjoyed paddling and exploring.

After a little rain overnight, we look forward to walking along the beach to Flinders, and a dinner of fish and chips!

Looking forward to sharing graduation night with you, celebrating and reminiscing our journey together.

With love, Kate




Class 8 - Thank-you Kate !

Dear Kate, 

 We thank you for the grace with which you have held our children; the students of Class 8.

We thank you for the care you have shown them and the loving boundaries you have set.

We thank you for the time you have taken to know each of our children deeply and fully.

We thank you for your acceptance of each of them as individuals….for honouring the unique spirit in every one.

We thank you for the endless thought,  effort and compassion you have brought to your work.

We thank your family, Scott, Ava and Marley for sharing you so generously with our class family for the past two years.

May these holidays bring you deep rest and rejuvenation.

May you know how much you are held in gratitude and love by,

The Parents of Class 8.



Spanish News

Hola a todos!

I wanted to share with you all some moments of joy during the Spanish lessons with class 2. They made “Papalotes” and went out to the oval to trial them. I think the images tell more than words.

Wishing you a very enjoyable End of Year and a peaceful Christmas season.

Abrazos afectuosos,


Wellbeing News

Hi Everyone.

I want to thank all parents and families with whom I have worked this year.  Anything from a short conversation in the yard, to fully fledged Team [fill in the name of student] meetings.  I relish the opportunity to make a contribution to improving the school experience for children, parents, carers, teachers and staff.

For those whom I have not spoken with, I wish to acknowledge the significance of the school’s previous Principal Brian’s recent resignation.  I understand this- sudden as it was- came as a shock for people.  I have been viewing this shock and other experiences people have been having through a lens of grief.  Grief can occur when there is a loss or change in a situation.  Thus, as this news rippled through the school community, people were experiencing many things.  As the Wellbeing Officer I encourage you to find someone who you can talk with about such things, and for us to be able to listen to each others’ experiences.

Love Mark Macdougall



Sites & Grounds

Thank-you to everyone for making me feel so welcome, I feel like I have been working here for a long time already! It’s been great and I’m looking forward to the new year ahead.

Safe and wonderful holidays season to everyone and see you in 2020.

Warm regards, Kyle



French News

Bonjour tout le monde!

Welcome to our very last French news item for the year! Students have completed their workbook tasks and finished the year with a range of creative and peaceful Christmas themed activities. We have created anges de Noel (Christmas angels), etoiles de Noel (Christmas stars) and some very beautifully designed cartes de Noel (Christmas cards).

Some of our classes have also learned the traditional French Christmas carol, Petit Papa Noel and the universally known Mon Beau Sapin (Oh, Christmas tree).

We would like to wish everyone a Joyeux Noel and a Bonne Annee. In the words of one of the lovely quotations we used on some of our cards: Je te souhaite que l’esprit de noel permis tous tes reves … May the spirit of Christmas make all your dreams come true! 

au revoir, Lynn



Craft News

Listen in to a new Podcast made by the kids at Winter's Flat Primary

A Celebration of Democracy

Join the Junior Rangers for a Gold Rush adventure – Sunday 15th of December MM Junior Rangers

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Community Classifieds

Family Christmas Service - Anglican Church

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Car Pool from Kyneton/Trentham?

We are looking for any families coming from Trentham/Kyneton way to share carpooling to/from to CSSK. Our daughter will be in Class 1 in 2020. Please contact Stephanie on 0466 797 473 if we can help each other.



School Holiday Program 19/20

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Connecting through a Golden Thread - Special event - Choir for Grade 4,5,6 children to sing with the Castlemaine Chamber Players

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Castlemaine Dental - Now Welcoming New Patients

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Family Portraits for Xmas

If you are needing some lovely new family portraits taken for Xmas this year, Photographer Rob Leeson is offering CSSK families a $200 studio session. Photos come with full ownership and no copyright issues. Contact Rob on 0400 100 075 for further information.



Bendigo Health - Free Dental Checks for children

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Xmas Shopping Ideas?

Some delightful music from a Steiner Teacher that may be an ideal Xmas present for someone…

Woodys Pop-Up Shop

Cello for Sale

Full size 4/4, ‘CHAMBER STUDENT model 301 4/4’
Poly 4/4 cello case
All in good condition
Purchased from ‘Bows For Strings’ in 2016 for $1900, selling for $1500

Call Steven 0422 484 001
Anna 0432 940 071
Miro 0473 959 151

Castlemaine Swimming Club

We are an inclusive community-based club. We provide a safe and fun space for people to engage, develop and grow as swimmers and become healthy and resilient individuals.

Swimmers of all ages welcome. Come along and join us for fun, fitness or to improve your technique. Competing is not compulsory.


We are promoting the upcoming 2019/20 season with a special offer. All new members will have club/coaching fees waived and receive a club swimming cap upon registration. That’s a saving of over $70 per person.

–          Attendance every night is not compulsory

–          Most swimmers attend 2 or 3 nights

–          First 2 sessions FREE

–          Suitable for adults and children

–          Great way to train for a triathlon, general wellbeing or to improve your fitness

Castlemaine Swimming Club Fee:

Member          FREE

Swimming Victoria Fee:

Insurance & Membership Package     $110-130 (approx.)

Summer Training

Castlemaine Outdoor Pool

Monday – Wednesday  6 – 7pm

Thursday                         6 – 8pm

No training public holidays

Winter Training

Castlemaine Fitness Centre

Wednesday                 6 – 7pm

No training public holidays

Further Information

www.castlemaineswimmingclub.org, or just turn up to a training session



Victorian Goldfields Railway

Check out the special “Santa Trains” across the holiday season !

Santa Trains!

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