Tuesday 3rd of September, 2019

Term 3 Week 7

The world is threatening to stun
The inborn forces of my soul;
Now, memory, come forth
From spirit depths, enkindling light;
Invigorate my inward sight
Which only by the strength of will
Is able to sustain itself.

From The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner

Dates to Diary

Term 3 2019 - 9 weeks
Monday 22nd July - Friday 20th September

Term 4 2019 - 10 Weeks
Monday 7th October - Friday 13th December 2019 (**Note - Mon 7th is a Pupil Free Day)

Term 3 - Dates for the Diary
Wed 4th - Fri 6th Sep - Class 8 Sailing Camp
Mon 9th - Fri 13th Sep - Class 7 Pilgrimage Walk
Tue 10th Sep - Class 5 Soiree, 2pm
Wed 11th Sep - Class 6 Soiree, 6.30pm
Mon 16th Sep - NO ASSEMBLY
Mon 16th Sep - Class 4 Meeting
Tue 17th Sep - Class 5 Terrick Terrick Camp
Wed 18th - Class 3 & 4 Werribee Zoo
Wed 18th Sep - CSSK Board Meeting
Fri 20th Sep - End of Term Assembly

We have our next Open Day on Thursday 12th of September. Please ensure to welcome any friends who might be interested to come along! As usual there will be a tour with Brian, an insight into our Classrooms and time for morning tea and a chat!


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School News

From Brian

From the College of Teachers

The teachers have been engaged in a number of interesting discussions this term including:

  • Rediscovering the core principles of Steiner education and the work of the College of Teachers.

Given the 100th anniversary of Steiner Education world-wide, there is a strong impulse in the Steiner movement for renewal. The teachers are thinking deeply into what is it that makes a Steiner school the unique entity it is and how the College of Teachers as the educational heart of the school is intrinsic to its success.

If you would like to submit your thoughts on ‘What makes a Steiner School what it is, you can email your response to the office by the 18th of Sept.

It has been very gratifying this year participating in joint Board and the College of Teachers meetings, which happen once a term, where we come together with a feeling of unity and common purpose.


The Inclusion and Diversity Policy

The Board have been conducting interviews canvassing views from parents and staff relating to experiences and thoughts about ‘Inclusion and Diversity’. They have been happening in conjunction with Teachers discussions. Both discussions are helping to develop a stronger sense of who we are as a school, what we stand for and how we can be perceived in our community.


Resourcing for 2020

As the process of budget creation for 2020 begins, we begin to look forward to the needs of the school in 2020. Our priorities are informed by the following:

  1. Evaluation of educational programs: new, adjusted, changed
  2. Children with additional needs

iii.        Parent and staff surveys conducted

  1. Professional development needs
  2. Marketing needs: 10 additional students would make a huge difference
  3. Financial capacity: this is driven by our Student numbers and Government grants.



To date we have been exploring many options and possibilities for the senior oval.

These have included exploring:

  • Water options
  1. Recycled water supplied through Coliban Water utilising a pipeline created for our neighbours, the Golf Club.
  2.  Bore Water

iii.        Town Water

  1. Additional water capture
  • Artificial surfaces
  • Shared use of the Junior oval.


Each option has had pros and cons and in all of our discussions we have had to take into consideration, the climate and geography of Central Victoria, the question of onsite salinity and the possible future development of the building footprint.

We will come to a decision shortly after weighing all of the above deliberations.



It has been a delight to witness so many beautiful plays taking place around the school. Drama is such a wonderful expression of the children’s personalities and really showcases the development of deep memory and how alive their imaginations are as we watch them living into the stories form their main lessons. I hope you’ve enjoyed being their audience.

warm regards, Brian


Past CSSK Student to visit the United Nations in New York

Rumour has it…Past student Harriet O’Shea was invited and has jetted off to the United Nations in New York, to continue her Climate Change work. Well done Harriet!



Withdrawals for the end of 2019

Just a friendly reminder for families that are not planning on continuing at the school in 2020, please come via the office for a Withdrawal form and submit it by the end of Week 1 in Term 4. This will ensure that your Entry Bond is returned.

Thanks the Office.



Parents & Friends

Spring Fair

 Coordinators of Craft Group, Children’s Tent and Pocket Lady were all doing inventories last week.  There are so many beautiful things, and so many talented crafters.  Joan brought these little Gumnut babies in yesterday.  We are delighted and very grateful for your contributions.  

 Working Group Meeting

 The Spring Fair Working Group is meeting this Wednesday evening at 7.30pm in the Parents Room.  Anyone who wants to help out is very welcome.  Otherwise, we are usually in the Parents Room on Wednesday and Friday mornings or you can message me on 0420 318 255 if there’s anything you want information about or anything you would like to offer.

 Posters Available

 Printed copies of the Spring Fair poster are available in A3 and A4 from the office or the table in the Parents Room.  Putting up posters at work or in the community really helps to get the word out.

 Musicians Wanted

 The Heartlands Stage plays across the afternoon during the Fair.  We welcome performances from students, past students, parents and friends.  Get in touch if you’d like to play.

 Vegetable Garden Redesign

 Work is progressing on the Vegetable Garden Redesign process.  Expect information later this week summarising feedback gathered from students, teachers and parents.  A hands on session to begin reworking the space is planned for Saturday, 14 September at 11am.  There may be pizza!  More details will follow.

 With love, Julie Tisdale

Parents & Friends Convenor



Kinder News

Dear Kindergarten Parents,

Welcome to week 7 of Trm 2.

 It has been a very busy term. The children have worked very hard in the garden and we are now seeing to results of all our composting, and mulching. It’s very exciting to see the garden coming to life at this time of the year. Lady Spring is well and truly with us and it is a delight after our long cold winter.

Thank you for joining the children last week for the morning circle, the children have done a wonderful job of welcoming the winter dwarves and gnomes.  

Please check your parent pockets for notes about our upcoming Spring Fair in Trm 4, and also for information about our upcoming Spring Fstival in kinder. The children will be painting their festival invitations very very soon!!

 Thank you for all your support. Kind regards, Tobie 


Class 8

Dear Families,

Last week Class 8 caught the train to Melbourne to see Bell Shakespeare’s production of Macbeth, performed at the Arts Centre. We were blessed with a beautiful sunny day, and we enjoyed finding our way from Southern Cross Station to Southbank, and on to the theatre. Thank you to Charlotte and Vanessa who accompanied us.

There was an exciting development on the weekend, when Bohdi and Brad moved some earth in the paddock to begin the bike track development! Soon students will be invited to bring their bikes to school to enjoy riding and developing the track. Thanks so much Brad and Bohdi!

We have begun the Main Lesson studying the Platonic Solids, and are currently exploring the properties of the Hexahedron and Octahedron, through very accurate clay modelling and technical drawing.

On Wednesday we embark on Sailing Camp at Cairn Curran, so great adventure (and hopefully great weather) awaits us!

Warm wishes,


Spanish News

Clase siete (class 7)

Since the beginning of the year, I have been reviewing some of the content I have previously covered with his class, this time with a greater focus on grammar. Some of the topics we have studied are:

Gender in nouns and its effect on articles and adjectives.

Types of regular verbs and the way they conjugate in present tense.

The students are now (at different levels of proficiency) able to introduce themselves and talk about themselves in a dialogue (question and answer) context.

This term, we have started to study the topic of “time”, which will provide further opportunities to explore the grammar of Spanish language.

Hasta la próxima.






From Lisa - The Garden & Camps

Pizza Oven

Something like 16 years ago Lyn Farrow’s class four building project was a mud brick pizza oven. It was a feature of the Spring Fair and much loved for cooking lunches by the upper classes. Over the years it fell into disrepair until this year when class 4 are again working on the oven, supported by Sally, Lisa & Kyle. The base has been repaired and looking good. The adjacent food prep table is being oiled. Every group working with the mud say ‘this is sooo satisfying!’


From the Garden

Class four have been busy planting outside their classroom. They have planted Bulbine bulbosa, a beautiful yellow lily, the roots of which are an important indigenous bush food. Behind that they have planted parsley & chives. Looking forward to eating!



Spring is coming and so is camp season. Class 8 will be sailing and 7 will be making a Pilgrimage. Class 5 will be going to Terrick Terrick National Park on their bikes to look at the grasslands. They have been practising riding in a pack, around the school and then ventured along the road to my house. They worked well together, supporting each other will be a great group to take out.

Thanks Lisa



PE News

Hello Class 5/6 parents,

 We have been having a great time the last couple of weeks practicing and learning all about tennis, the hard courts have never seen so much action!

 On Thursday 12th September class 5 & 6 will be going into town to play a day of round robins with other schools on the grass courts near the Western Reserve.

 We will catch the bus from school at 11:00am and will return at 2:45pm.

 We need parents helpers (please!).

 Helpers need to have a Working with Children Check which is free and easy to obtain via https://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/ . WWC are valid for 3 years so may come in useful in the future too.

 My phone number is 0409531141. Please shoot me a text if you can help out or if you have any questions.

If you want to support your children’s development and practice in the lead up to the round robin I highly encourage pick up a tennis racquet from the op-shop if that is feasible for you. They can play against a wall or practice with friends- this glorious spring weather certainly makes being outside more inspiring!

 Warm regards, Kellie Curtis



Reinvigorating the Vegetable Garden

The garden group met Monday to check in that we were happy with the process context. Which we were. 

We looked at developing a Purpose Statement, to distill all the feedback and guide our work. 

Rose DeMaria shared some great learning she had from a conference she attended earlier this year at Little Yarra Steiner School. There were some great principals we can apply to our work. 

We began developing a Pattern Language in the mould of the work by Christopher Alexander. 

We are having another engagement day for families, 11 am Saturday 14 September, all welcome. Details to follow. 

If you want to join in or have input, grab any of us, Sally, Dan, Lisa, Brian, Julie or Fiona or email lisah@cssk.vic.edu.au. Feedback box still in the foyer too.



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Community Classifieds

Petition to request Mount Alexander Shire for a Climate Emergency Declaration

Please consider signing the petition requesting Mt Alexander Shire for a Climate Emergency Declaration.

This petition asks for the council to:

1.     Declare a state of Climate Emergency

2.    Commit to a target of 100% renerwal energy for council operations by 2025

3.    Commit to a target of next zero carbon emissions for the community by 2030

More information,plus the petition to sign is located on the table in the P&F room.



An evening with Steve Biddulph

The Victorian Parents Council is thrilled to invite you to an evening with one of world’s best known parent educators Steve Biddulph. His many books are now translated in 31 languages and over 4 million copies have been sold. Steve has influenced the way we look at childhood, the development of boys and men, and also of girls and women.
Steve’s presentations have a remarkable public response; over 130,000 people have attended his presentations in person. These are not only informative but often moving, emotional events as well as always being fun to attend.
These 2 VPC Education Seminars have been organised by the Victorian Parents Council for your benefit during this significant year and as part of the VPC 60 Years of Service Anniversary.
The VPC is thankful to Scotch College for generously hosting these Steve Biddulph evenings. A special thankyou also to the President of the Scotch College Parent Association, Abigail Hand, for her endless patience in communication and facilitating these 2 events.
Please note that this early bird price of $35 is available until 31 August. See the attached flyers with more detailed information.
For any enquiries, or if you would like to know more about VPC, please contact us via email or visit the VPC website.

Please click on try-booking links below to purchase tickets online.
Monday evening Raising Boys 28 October 2019 https://www.trybooking.com/BEECE
Tuesday evening Raising Girls  29 October 2019 https://www.trybooking.com/BEECL                

PLEASE NOTE:  We regret babies and children cannot be admitted to the session

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Melbourne Therapy Centre- Invitation to fundraising event

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Property for sale -close to the school

Families might be interested to view this property for sale near the school – https://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-vic-mckenzie+hill-131749834




Castlemaine Dental Opens!


Trevor Jarrett of Castlemaine Dental is thrilled to announce we are open!

Please contact us to arrange your appointment;

11 Urquhart St, Castlemaine

Ph – 5470 0207

Email – info@castlemainedental.com.au



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Biodynamics Field Day - 21st September

Field Day – Compost Making

Castlemaine Secondary College, Saturday 21st September, 10am till 4pm.

$50 or $75 including membership of ABV

Contact Ken Killeen for registration – killeen.ken.j@edumail.vic.gov.au

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Mount Alexander Sustainability Group - Fashion Parade

Mount Alexander Sustainability Group (MASG) is holding a fashion parade on the 15th of September. The theme of the fashion parade is recycled, upcycled, reclaimed wearable fashion.

The parade is an opportunity for students to be creative and develop new skills, gain awareness of the impacts of fast fashion, and have some fun on the catwalk.

Attached is a copy of our flier for the event.  



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North Castlemaine Cricket Club - Junior Players Wanted!

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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.

  • 13 September
  • 11 October
  • 8 November

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

Warm & Loving Babysitter/Nanny available

G’Day, my names Mairead, I’m an experienced Nanny looking for casual and ongoing work within the community!

I have studied Steiner education and have been a Nanny for 5+ years.

I am experienced in caring for newborns to young adults.

If you and your family are interested or have any questions please feel free to reach out to me on 0431 415 349.

References and rates on request.

With warmth, Mairead


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 fully 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.

Calling all Young Makers

An invitation to apply for market space at the MASSIVE 2 The Xtreme Youth Fest coming up in Castlemaine

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