Tuesday 20th August, 2019

Term 3 Week 5

In reaching for new sense attractions,
Soul-clarity would fill,
Mindful of spirit-birth attained,
The world's bewildering, sprouting growth
With the creative will of my own thinking.

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
Mon - Thu Week 5 - Class 2 Play Week
Wed 21nd Aug - CSSK Board Meeting
Thu 22nd Aug - Class 4 Play
Fri 23rd Aug - PUPIL FREE DAY
Tue 27th Aug - Class 8 Macbeth Melbourne
Wed 28th Aug - Class 1 Parent Meeting
Wed 28th Aug - Class 2 Parent Meeting, 7.30pm
Wed 28th Aug - Class 7 & 8 Soiree, 6.30pm
Wed 4th - Fri 6th Sep - Class 8 Sailing Camp
Mon 9th Sep - Class 4 Meeting
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
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

Pupil Free Day this Friday 23rd of August. There will be no staff onsite, and the office will be closed.





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School News

From the Office


Time to check the lost property racks in the P&F room for your child’s items … we see a lot of coats, hoodies left in the playground end up there.

Found and at the office awaiting rightful owners – hatpin/broach; adult’s embroidered scarf (will go to highest bidder if not collected by end Aug); small set of keys; keyring; reading glasses


Please ensure your child packs spare set of clothes in their bag – no matter what the age, fun in muddy puddles happens!


A reminder that mobile phones need to be handed into the office by students for the duration of the school day.  More information is available here MOBILE PHONE ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY including required letters of permission from parents.




Newstead Bus Travellers - 2020 information

The Campbelltown/Newstead to Castlemaine bus service is co-ordinated by Debra Wilson of CSC ph 5479 1111.  She wishes to advise parents of the following important dates:

Monday 20th August, 2019 – 2020 applications open, until Friday 20th, September 2019 (Applications can be submitted to the CSC Bus Coordinator at any time during this period).

Monday 9th December, 2019 – Notifications of travel outcomes sent to CSC and families will be notified in due course.

 Should you require an application form for travel on this bus, please contact the CSSK Office and we can email or give you a hard copy.



After School Care at CSSK

Things are progressing with the proposal to offer After School Care onsite at CSSK. Fingers crossed we will commence in Term 4, so stay tuned for more information.



Car Park Incident

We have had a complaint lodged at the school by a user of Rilens Rd, who was very shaken by a near miss between a child and vehicle. This is not the first complaint of this nature that the school has received and we have increased concerns about the safety of our students/parents.

We will consider this incident internally by our Sites & Grounds and OH&S committee, who will be seeking solutions. We will come back to all again in the near future with any changes to parking arrangements along Rilens Rd. In the interim please refrain from parking on the golf course side of Rilens Rd, and spend some time refreshing your children on road safety.

Can all parents please ensure that children are by your side when in the vicinity of all carparking areas. In particular when using the Bush Track, as children are regularly seen running ahead of parents along this path. 

Thanks, The Office.







We are in the process of updating the school’s images for use across our website and brochures/handbooks etc. If there are any CSSK parents who might be interested in assisting the school with this we would love to hear from you. Images need to be high res and provided without constraints to ownership/usage.

For further information contact Rachaelp@cssk.vic.edu.au


Inclusion & Diversity at CSSK - Update

Thank-you to everyone that has contributed to the review. Please take a moment to complete the survey that accompanies this review, which can be found at this link;


For more information, please see CSSK Inclusion Diversity Review



Parents & Friends

Spring Fair

 We recently held our first Spring Fair planning meeting for the term.  It’s wonderful to see so many activities underway already.   Don’t forget there are baskets in the Parents Room for donations for Fish & Dip and the Treasure Trove.

 Craft Group

 This Wednesday morning in Craft Group (21 August), we are making these beautiful fairy-rings. No craft experience or special skills are required and we have felt available in a range of seasonal and rainbow colours.  The aim is to make one for Spring Fair and one to take home if you wish (with a donation of $2 to cover materials). 

Thank you to everyone who has been working away on the kits for Spring Fair.  We’ll try to have another batch ready to take home for the long weekend.  

 With love 

Julie Tisdale, Convenor, Parents & Friends, CSSK



Prep News

Prep parents will be emailed a Prep newsletter this week with some news and reminders.

I will be on Long Service leave for two weeks. Special thanks to Katherine for teaching the children while I am away and of course to Christine for her ongoing care.

Our Spring Festival will be on the last day of term 3, Thursday 19th September 8.45-11am.

Warm regards




Class 1 News

We have had a busy and productive couple of weeks, finishing off our Stories From the Dreaming Main Lesson and beginning a new Main Lesson exploring the four Maths Processes: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division.  We have been working with these processes through the lens of a story about the adventures of four gnomes, and the children have been thoroughly enjoying this mathematical exploration.

Class One students have also been working incredibly well with a variety of different activities tailored to build their reading skills.  This has included practice with Phonic and contextual decoding, as well as beginning their Sight Word learning journey.

Class One students have also spent the first few weeks of this Term practicing a Play based on a Wathaurong Dreaming story.  The children did a wonderful job performing this play to parents and grandparents last Friday morning.

Our Class One Parent Meeting for Term 3 will be held on Wednesday the 28th of August between 7 and 9pm.

School Holiday Chook Care – I am going away with my family in the first week of the upcoming school holidays and I am looking for volunteers to care for our Class One Chooks over the period between the 21st and 27th of September.  Astrid, Ginger and Henrietta are all very friendly ladies and are relatively simple to care for.  All that would be required would be to check them every day or two and change their water, add some feed to their feeder, and give them some fresh grass. They are good layers, so volunteer carers would be guaranteed some eggs as payment for their time.

Please contact me if you are interested.  Thank you!




Class 2 News

The Class 2 play is going brilliantly and the children are doing so well. Do come along to a performance this week if you can.

We have our Parent Meeting next week, but I wish to share with you all that my daughter is due to have a baby next week. If by chance I need to cancel our meeting, we will find another date very soon.

Warm regards, Anne



Class 7 News

Class Seven have been working tirelessly in the last couple of weeks preparing for their play, Canterbury Tales. They gave some excellent performances last week despite having to cover four parts that the original cast members were unable to participate in due to illness and accident. Well done Class Seven on all pulling together and giving us a great show!

 Now it is back to routine again with our Main Lesson of Voyages of Discovery to enthral us.

We also have a String Soiree night coming up – Wednesday 28th August at 6:30pm. Please remember to keep up your practising Class 7!

 Cheers, Anna



Class 8 Chemistry News

A few weeks ago, Auntie Julie and her protégé Zeppelin, visited Class 8 Chemistry main lesson to give a presentation on indigenous food.

Auntie Julie passed around native herbs for us to smell, fruits and nuts for us to taste, as well as roots and a tasty banksia cordial, which had a beautiful crimson colour and tasted of sweet nectar. The best time to harvest the flower, she informed us, is when there are plenty of bees, hovering around it.

She topped it off with dried ants, which students who were brave enough to try, found surprisingly tasty.

Another standout was the kakadu plum, which has the highest recorded levels of Vitamin C of any fruit in the world, measuring up to 100 times the Vitamin C content found in an orange.

The students were exposed to many new tastes, some bitter, some sour and some sweet but most were hard to compare with anything we had experienced before within our westernized palate.

She challenged us with the perplexing question of why this food was not available in supermarkets, considering their high nutritional value, low fat and sugar and the fact that they are ideally suited to the harsh conditions of Australia?

The students were left to ponder this along with the lingering tastes of exotic flavors.



Class 8 News

Dear Families,

Class 8 will complete what has been a fascinating Chemistry of Food Main Lesson with Phil, on Thursday this week. I hear students will be treating each other to delicious and nutritious snacks!

Last Monday we had the pleasure of Evan returning to complete longbows started last year. We were blessed with glorious sunshine after heavy snow on the weekend!

Next Tuesday Class 8 will be catching the train to Melbourne to see Bell Shakespeare’s production of Macbeth. Work is well underway with Charlotte now, towards our own production of the Comedy of Errors, which we’re enjoying immensely!

Warm wishes,



Spanish News

Hola a todos,

Let me tell you about Class 6 (Class 6)

Things get a bit more serious in Class 6. We started the year doing a bit of grammar, talking about the main parts of speech: Articles (artículos), nouns (sustantivos), adjectives (adjetivos) personal pronouns (pronombres personales) and verbs (verbos). The children concluded this unit by writing simple sentences about animals they and their peers have using all of the personal pronouns.

Second term was about Spanish language in the world, so a bit of geography was involved. They finished this topic playing a trivia game asking and answering questions about Spanish speaking countries and their location in the world.

Now, we have started to touch again on grammar while talking about time; this will involve numbers up to thousands, months and seasons, days of the week and hours of the day.

Since I have been teaching this class for three years now, I am looking forward to seeing how far we can get and how much Spanish they can learn before they leave our school! They seem to be doing great!

Saludos y abrazos,



From the Garden

We have had fabulous feedback and energy from students, staff & parents, reimagining the vegetable garden. Saturday, in particular, was so much fun with the rocket oven, pizza and garden tour. Thanks Dan Palmer!

We have a suggestion box outside the office so keep coming up with ideas; in the box, email or in-person.

Thanks Lisa





PE News

Hi everyone!

I hope that you are keeping warm!

Last week we began our first of 4 sessions in circus which was well received by the class 6,7 & 8 students. We have 2 lovely circus trainers, Nicola and Sam from Castlemaine Circus joining us to roll out the program over the next few weeks. On Friday, students were set up in 4 groups and they had the opportunity to learn and practice a variety of tumbles, body weight strength and coordination exercises utilsing the mini tramp and floor mats on one side of the multipurpose room. On the other side of the room they got to explore manipulation equipment including juggling, hooping, cups, devil sticks, plate balancing and UNICYCLE!

I have arranged for us to borrow the hoops and the unicycles which will be kept at school over the next few weeks so students have the chance to practice. They will need to bring a long a helmet to use the unicycle and this will be under teacher supervision.



Mid last term, when planning out the next semester I realised that we only had a handful of uninterrupted Fridays available to us in Term 3 which meant that Class 6 only has 4 Friday afternoon lessons and 7 and 8 only have 3 this term! It wasn’t viable to run the sports rotation lessons as we have done the previous terms as there wasn’t enough weeks to roll out a full program. In its place we are doing circus on Friday afternoons in Term 3 and in Term 4 we will be doing archery.


Class 7 have the opportunity to participate in a long bow making course at the end of the school holidays with Lars Ritcher on 3rd/4th October. I will be there for the 2 days to support the workshop and lunch will be provided. The cost of the course is $180 (usually $300). The students will be able to use their long bow during our archery unit in 4th Term. I will have a note out to parents with more information about this soon. I highly encourage their involvement.

TENNIS & HOT SOTS Class 4,5 & 6

I am thrilled to share that we have recently received a whole bunch of great tennis equipment including 30 racquets and 4 portable nets. On Friday Class 4 broke them in as we practised bouncing the ball up and down on the racquets and creating personal challenges- it was fun!

On Tuesdays for the next 4 weeks Class 5 & 6 will be receiving support of a tennis coach, practicing different skills and learning the game to prepare them for a Hot Shots round robin we will be participating in with other schools on September 12th in town.  I will need parent helpers for the Hot Shots day and will reach out soon to ask for help.


If at any point you would like to speak to me about anything regarding your child, feedback or curiosities about the P.E. program please don’t hesitate to shoot me a text to arrange a get together. I am at school on Tuesdays and Fridays and can meet those days. My number is 0409531141, I’m always up for a chat.

Spring is coming, stay warm!

Much love, Kellie



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Community Classifieds

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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2019 Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music.

Now in its seventh consecutive year, BIFEM has made Bendigo globally synonymous as a city of musical innovation. With direct affordable access to the new and unheard, it is a must-do event for many locals and many more national and international visitors who come to Bendigo to witness the unique and stimulating intimacy of its free and low-cost concerts, recitals and participatory activities.

As always, 2019 BIFEM celebrates virtuosic sounds, ideas and experiences,  with a strong Southern Hemisphere focus this year with music and musicians from Australia, New Zealand and South America. If you don’t already have your Gold Pass grab it now! Individual event tickets are also available now by clicking the button below. See you at BIFEM!



Salsa Social Classes for Term 3!

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Tuesday Yoga @ The Forge


The Forge

341 barker street Castlemaine

All levels all welcome

Queries? Lisa Hall 0488 102 191

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Pony Riding Lessons

Riding lessons available in central Harcourt on Saturdays with Helen. Helen is both a qualified horse riding instructor (NCAS and PCAV) and an arts therapist. With a unique mix of therapeutic, education and equine experience Helen can cater the session to best meet the needs of your child.

Suitable for children ages 4-11 yrs (ish) beginners to intermediate. $45 for 45 minutes.

Feel free to contact Helen on 0425 878 075

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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).

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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