Tuesday 29th of October, 2019

Term 4 Week 4

I sense a kindred nature to my own:
Thus speaks perceptive feeling
As in the sun-illuminated world
It merges with the floods of light;
To thinking's clarity
My feeling would give warmth
And firmly bind as one
The human being and the world.

From The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner

Dates to Diary

Monday 7th October - Friday 13th December 2019

Term 4 - Dates for the Diary
Tue 29th Oct - Parent Meeting Class 7
Tue 29th Oct - Class 5 Camp Balranald
Wed 30th Oct - Parent Meeting Class 8
Wed 30th - Parent Meeting Class 1
Fri 1st Nov - Class 3 Sleepover
Mon 4th Nov - PUPIL FREE DAY - Report Writing Day
Tue 5th Nov - PUPIL FREE DAY - Melbourne Cup Day
Wed 6th Nov - Class 3 Farm Camp
Thu/Fri 7th-8th Nov - Class 5 Greek Olympics
Thu 7th Nov - Class 6 & 7 Music Excursion
Fri 8th - Class 4 Honey Walk
Tue 12th Nov - Class 6 Parent Meeting
Thu 14th Nov - School Photos
Mon - Wed 18th - 20th Nov - Class 8 Shakesphere Tour
Fri 22nd Nov - Class 3 Play
Fri 22nd Nov - Class 4 Forest Creek Excursion
Mon 25th Nov to Fri 6th Dec - Class 8 Step Up (Castlemaine Secondary College transition)
Mon 25th Nov - Kinder 2020 Parent Meeting 6.30pm
Fri 29th Nov - Class 1 Play
Fri 29th Nov - Class 3 Play
Mon 2nd Dec - Class 4 Meeting 7.30pm
Thu 5th Dec - Class 6 Play
Mon 9th Dec - Classroom moves commence
Mon - Wed 9th - 11th Dec - Class 8 Camp Shoreham
Thu 12th Dec - Class 8 Graduation
Fri 13th Dec - Last day of Term - Farewell Assembly - Time to be confirmed.
Fri 13th Dec - End of Term Assembly

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

Spring Fair

Spring Fair Raffles – Tickets Available

The raffle hampers are wrapped in cellophane and ready to go.  The donations have added up to three impressive hampers, as well as an additional wine and coffee hamper that will be raffled separately on the day of the Fair.  Thank you to the parents who donated prizes, and thank you to the local businesses and tourist attractions that contributed items and vouchers.

Raffle tickets and details about what’s in each hamper will come home early this week.  Tickets can be handed in at the office or brought to the Fair.  The office can take cash or card payments. Any unsold/unwanted raffle books can also be handed in to the office to save us printing too many books.

The raffle will be drawn at 3pm on the day of the Fair and tickets will be available for sale until just before that time.

Hampers are on display in the office foyers from today.

High Striker

Thank you so much to Raff and his dad Dom for their magnificent work on our newest Spring Fair activity – the High Striker. It has been a delight to get Raff’s regular updates about their progress. The structure looks so well built, the Fair will have it forever!


A couple of other Spring Fair messages:

Rosters – If you haven’t signed up for your shift yet, we’d be grateful if you could do it this week. We need some more help with Cafe Waldorf and the Wash Trailer later in the afternoon. We want to make sure there are enough people washing up at end of the day so the exhausted cooking team aren’t left to do it.

Please bring back craft kits so they can be finished off in time for the Fair.  They can be left in the basket at the office or on the Parents Room table.  It’s perfectly ok to drop them back in the basket if you’re not going to get them done.  The craft stall, as well as Pocket Lady and Children’s Tent are looking fantastic.  We have so much crafty talent in the school and we’re very grateful for all the contributions.

We’re still looking to borrow one electric wok to make heating the dumplings easier at the Fair.

We’re still a couple of bakers short.  If you can contribute a cake, or biscuits, slice, muffins, meringues, honey joys, brownies or any other cake-like thing for the Tea & Cake stall, please get in touch.

As usual each year, we will need to borrow additional gazebos, shade umbrellas and outdoor rugs.  If you have something you can lend us please get in touch.

Thank you for all your efforts in this very busy time!

With love, Julie Tisdale

Convenor, Parents & Friends Group, CSSK, 0420 318 255



 “Walk to School” – The Heart Foundation/Mount Alexander Shire

CSSK has taken on Walk to School month with great gusto!

 There are so many ways that children, parents and grandparents are getting involved.

I have noticed little groups using the Park and Stroll points. What a lovely way to start the day. My household does find the getting ready 15 minutes early difficult but when we manage it, it feels very special and a soft way of entering the school.

 Sujeeva and Araliya live too far away to make the Park and Stroll work for them so Ary gets out of the car 1km from home and runs home! Go Ary!

 Tilly from class Two wanted to walk all the way home on Monday, that’s ten kilometres! Luckily her mum put a couple of bikes in the car just in case.  I saw the happy pair at the start of the big adventure.  Well done Tilly!!!

 The incredible Class Six Bike Gang (plus Hamish from class 3) have taken on the Ride Home From School idea and have started riding to and from school without the signed up parent leader and on more days than just Friday.  The sense of independence and freedom they get from this ride is palpable. I’m super impressed by their efforts and very grateful for trust their parents give them to do the ride.

 Kyle and I have started making some signage for the Rilens Road entry while we wait for council to make an official bike crossing. It’s a bit Steiner.  Look out for more signs along the ride home route soon.

 A big thanks to Lexi and the Class Six crew for doing the rounds of the classrooms to collate out total distance. Today Lexi added up 496 kms, that’s well past the 290 to Port Fairy we’d hoped for. Now we’re headed for Kangaroo Island, a further 759km from Port Fairy. We’re feeling confident about the distance, although the swim leg may be a challenge, laps at the res anyone?

 Let us know your walk to school story!?

 Super effort all!

 Warm Regards, Penny Gilbert


Park and Stroll points have been designated 1km from CSSK. Families are encouraged to park and take this easy 12 minute walk to get our bodies moving and ready for the days learning. Please be careful when crossing Rilens Road from the east. From the west, enter the school via the stile and use the car park track to make your way to school buildings.

All walking will be tracked to help CSSK “walk to Port Fairy”, see the poster soon to be in the Office area, which will be compiled with all students across the shire to “walk a lap of Australia”. Class Six will be keeping track of our kilometres and marking it on our map.


Or access via this link – Steiner Park and Stroll points

Weekly Ride Home from School – Thanks to some dedicated parents we now have weekly Ride Home From School opportunities. To book your child in for this please SMS their name and class details to the CSSK Absentee line on 0407 124 508. Places are limited each week.

Happy Walking!



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School News

After School Care now at CSSK !

We are happy to advise that the After School Care is commencing at CSSK, run by one of our own parents! So grateful to have you on board Kimmy !

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. It will run from 3.10 (with pick up from Prep) to 6.15pm each day.

Fantastic news for CSSK !

If anyone has any spare Lego at home that they would like to donate to the program, please pop in and have a chat with Kimmy. Thank-you



Kindergarten 2021!

As the end of the year fast approaches we are looking ahead to the work we will begin in the holidays. If you are a current family at the school and you need a Kindergarten place in 2021 and haven’t already submitted an Expression of Interest form….please do so as soon as possible.

Once again we are looking at a very long list of families wanting a place with the fabulous Early Childhood Team and we don’t want to disappoint anyone.

Thanks Tracey

Enrolments Officer



Prep News

Thank you to all the families who attended our working bee. It was a wonderful, social morning and so much was achieved. Our vegetable gardens are brimming with fresh soil, there is not a weed to be found in the garden beds, the chickens and guinea pigs are enjoying their clean, fresh straw. Thanks to the inspiration of several parents and the resources and construction skills of Greg, the children have a new teepee to play in. Thanks also to Greg for the construction materials provided for the children.

Term four is always busy. The Spring Fair is fast approaching, please give your support to Sera and by signing up to rosters. It is such a fantastic day for the children.

 Warm regards, Heather



Class 2 News


Class 7 News

Class Seven are exploring the workings of the Human Body and learning lots of amazing things about how we are actually built. We are enjoying the sunny, warm weather and are using our 5 senses to appreciate the wonderful environment that we are so fortunate to live in.

 Our archery is becoming more accurate as we stand more strongly and firmly and really focus on our target.

 This week we are looking forward to playing music with Wilunga Steiner School students and going out into the community next week to play for the folks of Castlemaine.

 We are also starting to clear out our lockers as we prepare for our move into Year Eight! All of a sudden (or so it seems), we are nearly into our last year of this school.

 Cheers, Anna



French News

Bonjour tout le monde

Bienvenue: welcome back to the final term of the year.  All of our French students are already busily at work. 

 Class Six are working alongside their Main Lesson maths theme by extending their counting to vingt (20), learning how to express simple equations (un et un font deux) and counting patterns to cent (100). We will then move to our new topic, les cinq sens (the five senses).

 Class Seven are also working in tandem with their Biology Main Lesson by learning parts of the body in French and ways of expressing movement and feeling. The class recently gave a lovely presentation for some younger students where they sang the traditional French song Le Petit Navire accompanied by a display of their illustrations for each of the sixteen verses! We are now beginning to learn the song Chez le docteur in readiness for our next theme, la sante (good health).

 And Class Eight will be using as much time as they can spare in this very busy term, to consolidate their year of French around the construction of their own board game to take home at the end of the year. Students select their own theme, develop a vocabulary word bank and design around this theme and then ‘road test’ it by playing it with other class members. At this stage we already have a broad range of very creative design concepts, from climbing la tour Eiffel to board games shaped like blocks of chocolate (le chocolat), lollipops (les sucettes) even an octopus (la pieuvre) and a giant French moustache (yes: moustache!). We look forward to the finished games!

 au revoir Lynn



Some News from Camps & Gardens

Class 3’s removing Cape Weed

Class 4 Cooking Delights

Class 4 Princetown Camp



Sri Lankan Food Night with live Music! Strathdale Community Centre

Launching The Hub Foundation's latest Climate Wall Art

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Learn to Sail - Cairn Curran

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Biodynamic Introductory Field Day

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Castlemaine Fiesta de Salsa - 16th November 7.30pm

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The Complete Leader with David Liknaitzky

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Extra Lesson - Threefold Therapy Community gathering

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Fathers Celebrating Daughters Workshop - Wed 13th November

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Castlemaine Circus - Circus Warriors! Programs for 2-5 year olds.

CIRCUS WARRIORS! – 2-5 year olds

Wednesday 13 Nov, 10.00 – 10.50 am

Fun obstacle circus parkour class, Vaulting, jumping, swinging, rolling

Bookings Essential: $5 – www.trybooking.com/BGJJH

Enquiries: 0435 462 749, www.castlemainecircus.com.au


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No Lights No Lycra

Have you made a resolution to try something new, do you want to get more exercise or do you just love to dance?

No Lights No Lycra is a monthly hour long dance event held in the dark at Westend Hall.

Come alone or enjoy with friends. There’s enough light to see shapes of people around you but the room is dark enough to lose any inhibitions. You can dance like no one is watching!

There’s a different play list each month including a mix of dance tracks from pop to indie, rock to hip hop, dance and soul to Top 40.

With no technique or steps to learn, it’s just free movement in a friendly and non-threatening environment. No need to be put off by the heat. The hall is now air-conditioned.

What:    No Lights No Lycra Castlemaine

Where: West End Hall, Woodman St, Castlemaine

Cost:     $8

No Lights No Lycra is a drug and alcohol free event. Just wear something comfortable.

  • 8 November

For more information follow the No Lights No Lycra Castlemaine (@Castlemainenlnl) page or find us on Instagram (@nolightsnolycra_castlemaine).

Bee Swarms!

Bee Swarms!

If you see one, know of one or have one- I am happy to collect them and give them a good home!

Call Bron Grieve 0407976622


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