Tuesday 4th Jun, 2019

Term 2 Week 7
From the place where I begin,
wanting to be understood,
the Stars whisper with one voice,
"Fill the aims of your life work,
with the light of my thinking,
and give yourself to me".

From The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner

Dates to Diary

Term 1 2019 - 10 weeks
Monday 28th January - Friday 5th April
Term 2 2019 - 10 weeks
Monday 22nd April - Friday 28th June (** Note - Mon 22nd & Tue 23rd are Pupil Free Days. First day back is Wed 24th Apr)
Term 3 2019 - 9 weeks
Monday 22nd July - Friday 20th September (** Note - Mon 22nd is a Pupil Free Day)
Term 4 2019 - 10 weeks

Term 2 - Dates for the Diary
Wed 5th Jun - Class 1 Parent Meeting, 7.30 - 9pm
Wed 5th Jun - Class 3 Parent Meeting, 7.30 - 9pm
Wed 12th Jun - Annual School Concert - Phee Broadway Theatre
Thu 20th Jun - Prep Winter Festival
Fri 21st Jun - Winter Festival
Thu 27th Jun - Class 8 Projects
Fri 29th Jun - End of Term

Dear Families,

School concert: the concert date is fast approaching and anticipation is growing as the children have learned that we will be performing at the Phee theatre in town. The venue adds to the atmospherics of the evening and builds a sense of special occasion. It also fits well with our desire to get out into the community with the gift of music. This follows on from class 6’s venture into the public arena last term when they performed at the rotunda in the Botanical gardens. Once the Concert is over the classes will be looking at different ways to engage in the community.

Open Day tour: Last week we conducted an Open Day tour for families interested in coming to our school. It is delightful to witness the reaction of people seeing Steiner education in operation for the first time. Parents are often impressed as they walk around by the calmness of the classes, who are obviously highly engaged in meaningful learning and this wonderful medium of the arts. It is an impressive experience when coupled with the strong sense of rhythm and routine evident throughout the school and the wonderful aesthetic of our environment.

Tours are offered every Thursday morning from 10am so let your friends far and wide know and invite them along.

School Camps: Classes 6 & 7 have returned from camps this year and causing me to reflect on their value to the children. What opportunities do they present? What do they mean in the life of the child? How do we ensure a child’s feelings of success and achievement through this particular part of the program.

In all Steiner schools I have been involved in the camps program has always had a significant part to play in the holistic nature of the curriculum. Like PE, the Outdoor Ed program speaks to another part of the child’s being and yet has so many intrinsic benefits across a whole range of human development. Camping offers opportunities for engaging with nature and our peers and teachers that we would not experience otherwise.

As a school we have to be thoughtful in how we arrange this, taking into account the appropriate levels of challenge from the most courageous and daring participant, to the most anxious and challenged students in our group. Safety is an important element in our planning and extensive risk management goes into each expedition.

It is particularly rewarding to work with children and parents who find camping a challenge. It is often they who have the most to gain from this particular challenge. By working with the children to identify the goals they have in relation to their camp experience we can, with the assistance of parents, support the children to build their resilience and overcome their anxiety. Seeing children take progressive steps on this path is heart-warming and I thank those parents who have assisted us in achieving these positive results.

Farm Garden Design: Over the last couple of months a seed has been growing out of the garden in the hearts of some interested teachers and parents. It started with a notion of making the garden more accessible to a greater number of students and parents. Our group started small and has been slowly growing. At one point Daniel Palmer joined with us bringing his gifts around design. He has spoken with the farm garden committee and the College of Teachers and there is a strong feeling of potential in how we might engage the whole community in exploring new ideas for the garden. I encourage you to watch the space as I’m certain we’ll be calling on you for your creative input in the not too distant future.

Warm regards, Brian



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Now that its winter… – can all children please pack some spare clothes for the wet & muddy fun times ahead.



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School News

Kinder News

Dear Castlemaine Steiner School and Kindergarten Craft Group, 

How wonderful you all are, working so beautifully to bring our dear Kinder a new little family of gnomes!

We are very lucky to have Strawberry, Leaf, Flame, Acorn, Rain and Lavender come and join us at Kinder. 

Thank you so much. 

 Thank you to all the parents who joined us for Morning Circle last week. It was wonderful to have you all there singing our ‘Lets go walking down the track morning circle’, and what a wonderful fire you built afterwards to roast potatoes and chestnuts upon. Thank you for sharing in the autumnal pleasures with us all at kinder. 


I am also very pleased to announce that Kate will be joining us in Kinder too. Welcome Kate, how lucky we are to have you with us!

 Warm regards, Tobie



Prep News

Autumn fading , winter comes,

Frosty mornings, tingling thumbs.

Cold red noses, cold red cheeks,

Warm woolly socks for ice cold feet.

Gloves and coats and hats for all,

Now King Winter you may call.


This week we begin our Morning Circle about the little gnomes, who go to the King to ask what task they can do. He sends them out “over meadow moor and dale’ to gather seeds and bring them back underground to sleep in the earth through winter. The children have been enjoying both making and eating pizza for lunch on Tuesdays.

Trina Douglas, the school nurse will be visiting Prep for hearing and vision checks on the 17th and 18th of June. Could everyone please return the forms as soon as possible. If you do not want your child to participate just sign the non consent, you do not have to fill out the whole form.

Our Mid Winter Festival will be on Thursday 20th June at 5.30 pm in the Prep room, an invitation with all the details will go home soon.

Please remember to send warm clothes, coats and a change of clothes with your child everyday.


Warm regards, Heather



School Nurse Visit

Trina Douglas (Ph: 0408 177 814), our Primary School Nurse, will be visiting our school next week.

Prep Health Assessments:  All parents/carers of prep grade children are requested to complete a Health Questionnaire and return the form to the school office by the due date.

 Referrals (All Grades): Parents and/or teachers may refer children from any grade for assessments of vision, hearing, basic speech, toileting problems, general health or any parental concerns.  Please sign a referral form at the school office.

Children cannot be seen without a signed consent from a parent or guardian. There is no cost for the service.  Trina can be contacted at any time throughout the year.




Class 1 News

We have had an enjoyable first week of our English/History Main Lesson on Old World Tales and Traditional Crafts. As part of this Main Lesson, the children have been learning about the different crafts and household activities which were part of daily life for our ancestors, through traditional folk tales from around the world.

So far, we have heard and written about stories from The Isle of Man, Japan, Russia, Greece, and the Orkneys.  Our focus so far has been on textile crafts. The children have tried their hands at simple wool doll making and operating a spinning wheel. (Thankyou to George and Emily for your assistance with this!)  This unit has also given them an opportunity to further develop their handwriting skills and take initial steps towards reading. They have all been working very hard on this.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will explore a variety of other cultural stories and crafts.  I would love to hear from any parents or grandparents who have skills and/or equipment relating to traditional crafts and household activities (ie. carpentry, candle making, hand milling, butter churning, dyeing, etc).  We would be so pleased and grateful if you would be interested in giving us a demonstration.

Class One Parent Meeting Tomorrow! – Our Parent Meeting for this Term is scheduled for tomorrow evening, Wednesday the 5th of June, 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Warm regards, Fiona




Class 2 News

We have begun out new maths main lesson – “Mathemagic” and have met a very interesting character, a mathemagician who will not only be teaching us about the value of numbers (hundreds, tens and units) but will be taking us and our dear friends the maths gnomes on some very interesting adventures. We are working on our counting, our tables and number facts.

In preparation for the Whitsun Festival we made doves which are a symbol of peace and as such very appropriate for our festival which celebrates the coming together of different cultures in a community of peace. We have also done some lovely dove drawings.

It is good to see the children coming to school rugged up in warm coats during this very wintery weather. Thank-you parents for your support.

Warm regards, Anne



Class 6 News

We have been spending our time intrigued in our Physics Main Lesson. We spend last week blindfolded trying to identify various sounds and their qualities. Some sounds frightened  the children such as a balloon popping and a bowl crashing, while other sounds were soothing such as the sound of a chime.

This week  we spent our days observing the qualities of light. We sat in a completely darkened room and then observed the light of a candle. Our next experiment was with colour – observing from total darkness which colours can be seen first when light is gradually made brighter.

The children are definitely growing and so are their appetites!! Many children seem to need more food during the day especially as the weather is getting colder. If possible could you please remind your child to pack a little extra food.

Have a great week, Love Amanda



Class 7 News

Class 7 had a wonderful camp last week in Arapiles, rock climbing and camping out.

Everyone surpassed what they thought they were capable of, climbing up sheer rock faces, abseiling down great heights, rock scrambling and belaying. Thank you to Steve who accompanied us and the Third Year La Trobe students who ran the rock-climbing activities and also to Lisa who organized it all. All the students came back wanting more.


 We are now finishing off our Geometry main lesson where we have been looking at different angles, triangles, pentagons, hexagons, Spirals, Fibonacci sequence of numbers and the Golden Ratio, phi. We are working on finding these shapes in nature.

 Our next Main Lesson will be one on creative writing, starting off with accurate observations that allow someone else to draw what we are describing.

 Cheers, Anna



Class 8 News

Dear Families,

Class 8 has just reached the end of their Optics and the Eye Main Lesson. After exploring the anatomy and functioning of the eye, we explored the soul connections. We asked, “If eyes are the window to the soul, what might my eyes reveal of my soul?”. The drawings below are some of the students responses to this question.

Students also delved into exploration of the properties and behaviour of light with Phil, via many experiments, and construction of pin-hole cameras.

We are now strongly focused on the final stages of Major Projects. Please help students to remember to bring projects, journals and mini projects to school to utilise available class time.

Warm wishes, Kate



Outdoor Ed News

I spent two days at this conference. The topic was diversity and inclusion. There were 3 Aboriginal women who spoke and were so inspiring. I was pleased to note that our outdoor program, while we still have work to do, is miles ahead of most in terms of inclusion of diversity and accessibility. Warm regards, Lisa




Science & Maths News

This term Class 8 have been learning robotics with Dave Hall, a volunteer teacher who has supported the school with its digital curriculum delivery for many years. Dave is an engaging teacher with industry expertise in various areas of digital technology. Dave’s sense of humor combined with his well-constructed, well-resourced lessons have made it a pleasure supporting him in the class. I know Class 8 students enjoy his lessons immensely.

The robotic lessons have focused on experiential learning with involves considerable problem-solving skills and teamwork.  Dave’s course has challenged the students to develop their computational thinking, their focus and their perseverance to work through challenges. I was surprised at how quickly most of the class; boys and girls, grasped how to translate real world problems into coding solutions.

They used laptops to write their code, uploaded it to a robotic vehicle, programming it to execute simple maneuvers which, over the term, became progressively more complex. The final lesson culminated in being able to demonstrate that they could program the vehicle to follow a circuit, stop at a boom gate and then to reverse accurately into a simulated car park. Dave noted how well they manages to do this, and that their skill surpassed many he had witnessed reverse parking in Castlemaine!

Dave also has taught Class 7 to build a binary adding machine from electronic components. Building a binary adder and using object-oriented coding to program robots are level 9 and 10 topics in both the Victorian and Australian Steiner Curriculum Frameworks.

The school has recently upgraded to 24 new MacBook Air Laptops with a Storage Trolley which also enables each student to have their individual user profile.

Warm regards, Phil Jopson

Class 7 & 8 IT, Science and Math’s teacher



Spanish News

Hola! ¿Qué estamos haciendo en clase tres? (What are we doing in class 3?)

We start with greetings and opening verse. Then a bit of singing: Greetings, numbers up to 20, vocalization C to G sounding the vowels in Spanish. Then, a tongue twister (sound “R”) –Ratita-.

Then we do some guessing games!

The children had been listening to, drawing and singing a story about a family of rabbits (a variation on “The three little pigs”) where vocabulary such as: The family members, the colours, the parts of the house and some building materials, has been introduced. Now they are discovering these words by means of guessing games that we have been playing.

I write on the board: Las Partes de la Casa

Then I say: Clase 3, ¿Qué tengo aquí? (what do I have here?)

They put their hands up and I choose one to have a guess, so he/she names a part of the house. In this way, they bring to the blackboard a little house with all its parts.

Then I write on the board: Los colores

I take a chalk within my hand and I say: Clase tres, ¿Què color tengo aquì? (What colour do I have here?)

And they keep guessing until we have all the colours we have spoken about on the blackboard.

After that, every second lesson, they work on their books writing and drawing pictures about the words we are working on.

This is a very dynamic class, so sometimes there is a lot of bringing their focus back due to the excitement they experience during the games. However, they have been responding so well to this unit! When we were still working with the story, we had very beautiful moments of quiet and focus during their book working time, where I was able to play some music for them.

Las partes de la casa:

El patio = The yard

La cerca = The fence

La reja = The gate

La puerta = The door

La ventana = The window

La pared = The Wall

El techo = The roof

La chimenea = The chimney


Saludos afectuosos, Raziel



PE News

Hi friends!

We have been all systems go this week with the implementation of our coach supported programs in P.E. for classes 4-8 and, for the majority, there has been a positive response.

 The coach supported programs have been implemented to compliment and provide a richness and variety to the P.E. program. They offer the students to opportunity to try something different and build on what have already been experiencing in our classes through our games, Bothmer gymnastics, staff work through this new and specific application.

 The coach delivered  programs are developed to encourage a positive relationship to practice, movement, skill acquisition and game sense. There is a focus on fun and familiarisation with games rather than competition with a desire to grow interest, body awareness and coordination. AND it’s really inclusive and fun!

 Through these programs in the last part of this term we are practicing at AFL, Basketball and Netball.

 I recently acquired a class set of 28 staves (compliments of Bunnings, thank you) and we have begun using these to for games, passing and jumping rhythms. I am learning the mastery alongside the children and am enjoying the practice process.

 The rain and cold weather has been hard but we are doing our best.

 I ask for your support in ensuring that children have the right shoes (runners with grip and arch support) and wind breaker rain coats so they are protected from the weather and the likelihood of slipping on courts. 

 Stay warm. 

With kindness, Kellie



Music News

The school concert is NEXT WEEK. Students have been given a checklist with all the details to remember for the event day. Arrival time is 6.30pm and dress code for performers is Black & White (neat casual, no runners). Please encourage your child to practice their concert music on a daily basis so they can really enjoy the experience. Break a leg everyone 🙂

The concert is a FREE event, no tickets are required and all CSSK families are welcome.



Orchestra Victoria’s “On the Move” program for Bendigo is open for applications. If your secondary student is interested in continuing their ensemble skills and being mentored by Orchestra Victoria, head here for more information.


Regards, The Music Team




Carpark Safety

We are have recently observed lots of parents with children not following our pedestrian paths to the school buildings. Can everyone please remember that parents & children are NOT permitted to cross the road at any point and must walk around to access buildings. This is for everyone’s safety at all times, and especially during the busy periods of drop off & pick up.



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Castlemaine Golf Club - After School Junior Golf Program

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Live Kefir grains wanted

If you have any live Kefir grains that you would be happy to share, please contact Lynn Wallace on lynnw@cssk.vic.edu.au



Main Fitness - Children's Martial Arts

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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.

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

Strawbale home for rent (3 months)

New to the area or in between places? Our comfortable 2+ bedroom strawbale home in Yapeen is available for a 3 month period from 11 June whilst we are overseas. 10 minutes drive from the Steiner school. Fully furnished and pet friendly.

 Rent $340/wk – Contact Berry 04 47 386 388

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 My name is Amanda Cuyler and I am studying midwifery at ACU.  A wonderful component of my university learning is the ‘Continuity of Care Experience’ program (CCE). 

 Through CCE, I offer support to pregnant women and their families.  This entails accompanying women throughout their birth journey. Through this relationship women are supported to enjoy more positive pregnancy, birth and postpartum experiences.  I am based in Castlemaine and happy to travel. 

 If you are interested in learning more, please contact me on 0466965163 or amanda.cuyler@myacu.edu.au 



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