Tuesday 6th August, 2019

Term 3 Week 3

I begin to sense the world anew
through the infant spirit in me.
His growing light inside my soul
invades the muddled, fertile world of life
with the forming, shaping power of 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
Tue 6th Aug - Class 6 Transition to 7-8 Meeting
Thu 8th Aug - Kinder Parent Meeting 7pm
Fri 9th Aug - Oz Opera, Barber of Seville 2pm
Wed 14th / Thu 15th Aug - Class 7 Play
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
Wed 28th Aug - Class 2 Parent Meeting, 7.30pm
Thu 29th Aug - Class 7 & 8 Soiree, 6.30pm
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
Tue 17th Sep - Class 5 Terrick Terrick Camp
Wed 18th Sep - CSSK Board Meeting
Fri 20th Sep - End of Term Assembly

Reimagining the Vegetable Garden!

See a rocket stove in action.  Bring your gumboots and get your hands dirty (if you want!).  All welcome to join in the conversation about reimagining our vegetable garden.  Pizza lunch, garden tour and drone photography demonstration by noted permculturalist Dan Palmer.  Saturday, 10 August at 12.30pm in the school vegetable garden. 

“It will be like a party!” – Dan Palmer.




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School News

Can you help us?

We wish to welcome feedback on how we might be able to improve the Penny newsletter. What do you like, what don’t you like, what would you like to see included in each fortnights edition. All contributions are welcome to rachaelp@cssk.vic.edu.au.

Many thanks, Rachael




Opera Australia returning again to CSSK in Term 3!

Students will enjoy this performance at 2pm on Friday 9th of August!

The Barber of Seville



Mobile Phones at CSSK

We have a new policy available on mobile phone use at school for students. Parents please read through this and assist your children with understanding appropriate use whilst on school grounds.

CSSK Mobile Phone Acceptable Use Policy



Inclusion & Diversity at CSSK - Invitation to contribute to Board Review

An email was sent late last term with information about the current CSSK Board Review taking place around Inclusion & Diversity at the school. Follow this link to find out how you can contribute.

CSSK Inclusion Diversity Review



Bike-Bus for Us!

Warming air means its time to get on your bike. I’m keen to get a riding-home-from-school going. A group of parents could share riding home with the children. We’d do a training ride together and get some of the older children to be bike ambassadors.

Contact me if you can assist or if your child is interested in participating.

Regards Penny Gilbert, 0408 002 032, Class 3 & Prep Parent.



Prep News



Class 2 News

Class 2 are working very hard on their play, “The King of Ireland’s Son” . Here is a picture of the Prince walking through the wood of shadows.

The play will be performed during Week 5, with times to be advised. During that week we will have performances on;

Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning, Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon.

Our Parent meeting this Term will take place in Week 6 on Wednesday 28th of August, 7.30pm.

Thanks Anne.


Class 6 News

Welcome Back Everyone!!

 We have finished listening to the children’s presentations on their Astronomy projects. It was wonderful to listen to all the creative poems, facts and see the creative way the children presented their work. Projects are a wonderful way for the students to explore new content and present their findings in a creative and artistic way.


We are continuing with our Roman Main Lesson. The children have heard the story of how Hannibal crossed the Alps and the dramatic story of Julius Caesar. The children were mortified to hear how cruelly he was murdered- even by people he thought were loyal. While Julius Caesar had a cruel ending to his life he is well known also for his accounts in battle, with one such saying- Veni, Vedi Vici “I came, I saw, I conquered.” 

A friendly reminder that our Class meeting is on tomorrow night in the class 6 room, where Lyn and Brian will be present to discuss the transition into years 7 and 8. Hope you can all make it!!

 Have a great week

Love Amanda



Music News

Last week Jeanette, Phil and I were once again privileged to attend the annual Orchestra Victoria workshop in Bendigo.

This year nine students from our school also attended three days of intensive orchestral rehearsals covering a wide variety of music culminating in a wonderful concert. The workshops are run by professional musicians mentoring sixty-one students from the district. Hard work from everyone but also tremendous excitement as skills were honed and music emerged.

Well done Will, Jonno, Lola, Alhucema, Leila, Sana, Tilly, Amos and Ava!

Regards Leonie







From the Garden

Here are the results of our Biodiversity Audit that we are doing for the Resource Smart Schools program. 

Tree Planting

Thanks to all the parents, students and teachers who participated in National Schools Tree Planting Day. It was a great day where we planted lots of Indigenous shrubs for habitat and lightwoods (a wattle) which class 3 had potted up from seedlings until they were big enough to plant out to help build the forest.


Vege Garden

 Sally & I have been planning for the next term. Anyone is welcome to join in, there is a blackboard with tasks and tools in the shed. All welcome.


0488 102 191


Spanish News

¡Hola a todos!

I hope you had a lovely time during the school break.

This time is class 5’s turn.

It was all about “time” (tiempo) for class 5 during the first part of the year. They learned about seasons (las estaciones), months (los meses), days of the week (los dias de la semana) and hours of the day (las horas del dia). This involved some singing, writing and drawing to introduce the content, activities of questions and answers that we do with a beanbag to practice the new vocabulary and a trivia game they played, using those questions and answers, at the end of the unit!

They were the first class I’ve done this unit with and it was so nice to see most of them being able to play the trivia game without needing to use any translation at all!

Some questions for parents:

¿Qué día es hoy? (What day is today?)

Possible answers:

Hoy es lunes/ martes/ miércoles/ jueves/ viernes/ sábado/ domingo

¿Qué hora es? (What time is it?)

Examples of answers:

(8:30) Las ocho y media; (9:00) Las nueve en punto; (1:15) La una y cuarto; (2:20) Las dos – veinte.


Now, we have started looking at the origins of hot chocolate, which are connected to the legend of Quetzalcóatl (One of the most important Toltec’s* gods). This will also involve singing, writing, reading, drawing and of course, making and drinking hot chocolate!

¡Hasta la próxima!





Parents & Friends Group

Spring Fair

The date of this year’s Spring Fair is Sunday, 10 November.  

The fair is an opportunity for parents, children, teachers and other staff to work together to create something special.  The fair showcases our school to the broader community and provides funds for school projects, but coming together and creating something lovely is just as important as these other objectives.  Brenna Fletcher has nominated the spirit of organising the fair this year as sitting on the grass, eating cake in the sun.  So with that vision in mind, you are warmly invited to get involved – to share your talents and your time, work alongside others, make new friends and hang out with old ones and to create something that in little ways helps to make the school, and the world, as we want it to be.  

 We will be in touch with class carers this week about each class’s contribution to the fair.  At the moment, we are proposing:

Class 1 – Creative woodwork (boatbuilding)

Class 2 – Fish & Dip

Class 3 – Sideshow games (coconut shy and new activity)

Class 4 – Plants & produce

Class 5 – Cafe ensemble – tea & cake

Class 6 – Frutopia – (cordial & icy poles)

Class 7 – Ice cream (TBC)

Class 8 –  Pizza (TBC)

George Hardy has volunteered to coordinate candle dipping, Brad and Lara are bringing their tractor and Kelly Curtis is coordinating our marketplace.  Sally has already started work on rebuilding the school pizza oven, so lots is happening already.  If you have something special you’d like to contribute or if you have time to help out across activities, just let us know.

 The first meeting for the term of our Spring Fair Working Group is this Wednesday evening (7 August) at 7.30pm in the Parents Room (followed by 4 September and 9 October at the same time and place).  All are welcome.  You can usually also find us in the Parents Room on Wednesday and Friday mornings.  Feel free to message me on 0420 318 255 if you’d like any further information.

 Marketplace Applications

 Applications for a stall in the marketplace at the fair are now open.  We are looking for stalls selling quality, handmade products or natural materials as well as nurturing, engaging activities.  CSSK parents are welcome to apply.  Parents could consider sharing a stall and working together to cover roster shifts as well as attending their own stalls. Serving of food and drink is generally not permitted, as the school stalls handle this.  For more information, contact Kellie Curtis on 0409 531 141 or see the office for an application form.

Craft Kits – Craft and Children’s Tent

 Thank you to all who have taken craft kits for Children’s Tent and Craft group.  It’s lovely to think of all those little treasures being lovingly crafted. Thanks especially to Jane McCahon for spreading them over such a wide geographical area! 

 We’ll aim to make up another batch of kits this week.  They are available on the counter at Reception and on the table in the Parents Room.

 Hamper Raffle

 We plan to create a raffle of hampers again this year in the lead up to the fair.  We will reduce the number of hampers and offer them on one ticket as first, second, third and fourth prizes.  

 We’ll shortly be in touch with class carers, asking for around five volunteers from each class to provide a contribution towards the hamper.  We would be grateful if you could start thinking about this and see if there is something you’d like to donate or create.  

 If you are happy to donate something from your business, we would be very happy to acknowledge your businesses through our fair publicity.  Let me know if this is of interest to you or if you’d like more information.  

 Thank you!


With love, Julie Tisdale, Convenor, Parents & Friends, CSSK



Craft Group

Hello dear Craft parents and friends,

 I trust you and your family have managed a relatively smooth transition back into school life.

 Over the holidays, I kept Craft busy with Joan to finish off our four darker skinned dolls which are almost ready for the classrooms. The forms are now complete … just faces, hair and clothing to be done!

 Thank you also to Ebony, Natalie and Aleesha for their assistance with craft kit assemblage. A number of native and water animals, knights, unicorns & marble bags are now available at the Reception desk of the office for collection.

 If you have been wanting to help out with Craft but are unable to make Wednesday mornings, please make your contribution by picking up a kit from the office.  Remember to write in your details and which animal/craft item you have chosen to make at home.

 Also if you have already taken a kit, please finish and return asap, as most of the first lot of kits are yet to be returned.  This allows us to keep better track of items and gives us a clearer direction on final numbers. Thank you to those parents who have returned completed kits, it’s very much appreciated!

 Over the coming weeks, Craft mornings will include some special workshops.

 On 21 August, we’ll make fairy-rings, which are a very special item  – great for a seasonal table or story candle.  We’re planning to make one for Spring Fair, with an option to make one for yourself (with a small donation to cover the cost of materials).

On 28 August, we’re planning a workshop to enhance embroidery skills.

 Animal bean bags are also on the agenda with more details to follow later in the months.


 August 7 & 14 – Craft kits

August 21 – Fairy rings

August 28 – Embroidery skills


With love, Rose





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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.

  • 9 August
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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
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  • 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.

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Pregnant? New Parent? Breastfeeding?

Australian Breastfeeding Association Castlemaine and District Group are holding a Breastfeeding Education Class for families within our community. The aim of the workshop is to prepare for a baby’s arrival with up-to-date and practical information that will support breastfeeding relationships. Presented by trained breastfeeding counsellors and educators.

10 August 2019: 9am – 1pm.

Ray Bradfield Room, Forest St, Castlemaine

Classes are limited to 12 places and cost $90. A subsidised cost of $20 is available to the first 8 people who register for the class. Cost includes morning tea, 12month ABA membership and a complimentary copy of ‘Breastfeeding Naturally’.

Proudly supported by Mount Alexander Shire.

To book: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/breastfeeding-education-class-castlemaine-tickets-63632443351

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