Tuesday 7th May, 2019

Term 2 Week 3
The overflowing forcecs from my heart
offer me up to the world,
while the strength of inner vision
reveals my place in the circle of life.

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 8th May - Class 6 Lake Tyrell Camp
Thu 9th May - Kinder Parent Meeting, 7pm
Tue 14th -16th May - NAPLAN testing
Wed 15th May - Class 6 Muckleford Gorge Camp
Tue 21 May - Class 7 Arapilies Camp
27th May - Reconcilliation Week
Wed 12th Jun - Annual School Concert - Phee Broadway Theatre
Fri 21st Jun - Winter Festival
Thu 27th Jun - Class 8 Projects

A few pictures from the Autumn Festival Mandala the students created. It was truly beautiful, and a wonderful assembly was held to end the Term.



And thanks to Penny Gilbert and other parent helpers for doing another cycling event “Ride Home from School” on the final day!


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School News

Parents & Friends

Thank you for your support of our fundraising afternoon tea on the final day of last term.  All that cordial, popcorn and cake raised a total of $400 for Orphfund, who used the money for tools and seedings in Kamakwie, Sierra Leone.  They sent a photo of some of the older kids getting the cassava and yam farm ready.  We were grateful for the opportunity to help Orphfund as they support some of the world’s most vulnerable kids.  You can find out more about their work at www.orphfund.org.

 Children’s Tent, Spring Fair

 Aleesha Hercus is coordinating the Children’s Tent for Spring Fair this year.  Rather than being assigned to a class, this year we’ll have a network of parents (and friends, hopefully including grandparents!) making things throughout the year.  There are opportunities for hand stitching, knitting, crocheting, machine sewing as well as simple handicrafts that just need assembling – so there’s something for every skill level and interest.  

 A materials and patterns will be supplied.  Additionally we’d love little collections of acorns and hats, seed pods, shells, etc.  Please contact Aleesha on 0421 845 757 if you’d like to be involved or can collect some natural materials.

 We’ve started putting together simple kits to take home and we’re hoping to bring these along to class meetings this term. 

 Aleesha will be in the Parents Room each Friday morning from 9 to 11am. All are very welcome. 

 Treasure Trove and Fish & Dip

 The wonderfully efficient Jane McCahon is able to take donations for our Spring Fair second hand stall from now.  We are particularly looking for good quality second hand clothes, including things a bit too special for the op shop.  There is a basket in the Parents Room. 

 You’ll also find a basket for Fish & Dip treasures, so there’s no need to put off that decluttering any longer 🙂

 Speaking of de-stashing, Rose is planning a day making dolls clothes this term – for our classroom dolls as well as for dolls you may have at home.  Donations of any special fabrics or accessories would be most appreciated and can be left in the Parents Room.

 Craft Group Items for Sale

 We recently restocked the cabinets in the foyer of the office with items made by craft group – hand dyed felt and silks, hand stitched items and wool and other materials are available for sale. Have a look if you need supplies or gifts for the little people in your life.

 With love, Julie Tisdale

Convenor, Parents & Friends, CSSK



Parent & Friend Craft Group

Thank you to the parents who have begun to assist me in making our felted Native Animals…Over the next two weeks I will prepare Kits for parents to take home to complete. This will include simple Kangaroo, Echidna and Platypus Kits.

 This term we will also offer parents skills in hand-sewing and further assistance with making Nature Gnomes and Bush Fairy Folk for our Spring Fair… I have collected some natural materials already to assist with this, but any more donations would be gratefully appreciated.

 Our Natural Fibre Dyeing Day. is scheduled for Wed, May 29. This will help us to clothe our wee Bush Folk and provide extra clothing for our Formed Dolls.

 Parents are very welcome to drop in on a Wednesday morning or come along with a personal project which may require further assistance.

 Looking forward to seeing you soon


Proposed evening session - Cyber Safety

Arising from recent questions around cyber safety, CSSK is investigating the feasibility of engaging esteemed adolescent psychologist, Michael Carr-Gregg, to present an evening for parents. Date, venue and cost TBC depending on demand but we estimate a cost of $25 per family (i.e. 1 or 2 adults). Please text the office on 0407 124 508 to express your interest before 4pm 8/5/19, including your name and the number of adults wishing to attend. Michael Carr-Gregg has extensive experience working with adolescents, as well as speaking and writing in the field of adolescent psychology. For more info see <http://michaelcarrgregg.com/>

Further resources available on request, or search Michael Carr-Gregg. Recommended reading:

Real Wired Child: what parents need to know about kids online, by Michael Carr-Gregg


CSSK goes global !

Our fabulous art exhibition “Head, Heart & Hands” is now listed on the global map of events as part of the Waldorf 100 celebrations.




CSSK After School Care

The school is still working through a proposal for after school care. Thank-you for your patience and hopefully we will be back to everyone very soon with an outcome.



Student phone use

Parents please do everything possible to plan your after school activities for your children before they come to school. The office has been fielding a large number of students wishing to use the phone to make or change after school plans. Whilst we do not mind facilitating this in an emergency situation, outside of that it ties up office staff and phone lines unnecessarily.




Open Day - Thursday 23rd of May

We will have our next Open Day on Thursday 23rd of May. Playgroup families who may be interested in a place at the school are encouraged to come along and walk through the school and program with our Principal Brian.



Enrolment News

Playgroup has some vacancies this Term, get in touch with Helen if you would like a place. Also please note to advise the office in writing by Week 6 if you are withdrawing for Term 3.

Kindergarten offers for 2020 are currently mid process. We are looking healthy in numbers again. If you know anyone who is interested in future years please remind them to get in touch sooner rather than later.

Please be aware that any withdrawals from the school require 1 Terms notice in writing. There are forms available in the office if needed.



Prep News

It was lovely to welcome the children back after the holidays. They have settled very well and were delighted to see the Prep garden in its Autumn colours. We have had lots of enthusiastic raking of the leaves this week. The wonderful rain and puddles have also been a novelty.

This week we begin kneading the dough and baking pizza for our lunch on Tuesdays.

Our Class meeting this term will be on Thursday 16th May 7.30-9pm, in the Prep room. We will be discussing the development of the six year old child. I look forward to sharing this time with parents.

This term we warmly welcome Amelia and her family, Stephanie, Tristan and Freya to our class community.


Warm regards, Heather




Class 1 News

We have started the Term off well with our Numbers Main Lesson.  We have been exploring the quality of numbers up to 12 and in the coming week the children will be given an introduction to two other numeral systems (Roman and Ancient Egyptian) so that they gain an awareness of the fact that different cultures have developed different ways of depicting numerical value over time.  The Class One children have been working incredibly well throughout this Main Lesson Unit, and have begun learning to write by copying simple words and sentences.

We will begin our next Main Lesson Unit at the end of this week.  This Science/Geography unit will involve an exploration of our local surroundings and will include plenty of walking down near the creek bank, billabong, etc in the school grounds.  Class One Parents please ensure that your children come to school with gumboots, raincoats and a change of clothes, in case they get muddy and wet during our adventures.  Thank you.

Crafts materials needed – if anyone has easy access to fabric scraps and willow stems, please let me know.  Scraps of fabric are always useful for different craft projects, and I would love to do some basket weaving as part of our Main Lesson on traditional handicrafts this Term.

Regards Fiona.



Class 2 News

Hello Class 2 Families,

I am so glad to be back and I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to Kathryn for stepping in for me on short notice. I am feeling better but will be taking things easy. I am putting our Parent Evening on hold for the moment until I am feeling 100%.

Enjoy these lovely pictures from the board. The fabulous dragon is the work of Kathryn from last week!



Class 3 News

Parent meeting has been set for Wednesday 29th of May at 7.30pm.



Class 7 News

Class 7 students are now finishing our Medieval study with presentations of researches on noteworthy people of that time and we are being introduced to many interesting characters.

We are starting a Geometry Main Lesson with accurate measurement and drawings and the students are creating some very beautiful designs.

With Phil they are studying ‘mechanics’, firstly looking at different kinds of levers.

In French, each student has completed a beautifully executed French song book and some very tuneful singing has occurred. To supplement our Medieval Lessons, William the Conqueror & the Bayeux Tapestry will be looked at from a French view point.

Spanish has evolved into a more in-depth study of the grammar of the language.

In craft, some extremely focussed work is occurring on individual workings of illuminated writing. Soon they will be working on designs for some beautiful winter lanterns.

Some of Class 7 have joined the Senior Choir and we look forward to their first performance.

We have discussed our menus for our upcoming rock-climbing camp and have organized our cooking groups. Some students have volunteered to make a slice or biscuits for our morning and afternoon teas. Please return camp forms as soon as possible. Thankyou.

Cheers, Anna


Class 8

Dear Families,

In Class 8 are exploring Geography, particularly topography, in Main Lesson at the moment. We have looked into theories which contemplate the interior and inner nature of our Earth, as well as Plate Techtonics which theorises about the forces which create landforms, and the erosive qualities of water, which continuously sculpt and reshape these landforms. Class members are working together to create a world map (photo).

Next week we begin an Optics and the Eye Main Lesson.

CSSK is currently exploring the possibility of having esteemed adolescent psychologist, Michael Carr-Gregg, present a seminar on cyber safety for parents. You will have received an email which explains how to register your interest.

Wishing you a happy fortnight.
With love, Kate




PE News

Hi folks,

 I spent some time in the break at the Waldorf School in Mt Barker S.A. for an intensive training in Bothmer Gymnastics and intense it has been!

 I learned and practised so much, our bodies were aching and our minds stretched. I gained so much but also recognise I am at the beginning of this journey of discovery. Like Steiner’s work there is so much to uncover in Bothmer’s work which was created specifically to align with the Steiner curriculum and life stages of the child. There is so much in it to personally practice and refine. I have some great games and movement exercises to return home with and I am excited about implementing them with the students and I am sure they will be too.

Class 5 were all set and ready to be part of the district cross country at the Botanical Gardens on May 1st but with the downpour of rain overnight the event was unfortunately canceled. Cross country happens each year and involves all the schools in and around Castlemaine. We look forward to involving the students in Class 5 & 6 next year for the richness of connecting with other schools that way. Week 2 we also began our class 6-8 sport rotations again and we are all looking forward to receiving a new group and working with new season in Golf, circus, martial arts and orienteering. 

 I’m excited about sharing new games with the children and introducing staff work with years 4-8 as the term progresses.

 I hope you all had a wonderful holiday break and look forward to connecting with you soon.

 With warmth, Kellie Curtis

Physical Education Teacher


More garden produce!

Here are the last chefs from class 4. Term 1 we were cooking lunch for the class from the garden. Now it’s term 2 we will be gardening instead. Happy diggers!


Some of you may have noticed that there is something different about the junior yard. Over the years the ground had become compacted and barren from all the little feet running over it. This meant that any topsoil and water was shed downhill and wasn’t helping the trees. The Manchurian pears (which is the main tree in the yard) were planted by parents to form a ring of shade around the classrooms. Unfortunately, they are getting close to the end of their lives and any replacement planting would have struggled. We had an excavator in and dug furrows along the contour so that water could be caught and penetrate the soil and we covered it in much (thanks class 3 & 4 for sustained mulching!) so that some microbial activity can begin to create soil & hummus. Soon we will spray the Biodynamic preparation a500 to aid the process. Healthy soil makes healthy trees!






Music News

REMINDER: Term 2 Annual Concert, Wed 12th June at 7pm

Dress Code: Neat Casual black & white combination!


ALSO …Please remind your children on ensemble days that their instruments and music are required. Prompt arrival also enables a smooth and non-interrupted rehearsal for all. Thankyou for your helping your child to be ready for learning!

Ensemble days as follows:

Tuesday – Class 6 strings

Class 7 multi ensemble

Class 8 multi ensemble

Wednesday – Class 5 strings

Thursday – Class 7/8 strings

Friday – Class 4 strings


Thank you….The music team!

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Community Classifieds

Part Time Evening Course - Steiner Education

“Understanding Rudolf Steiner Education and Child Development.”

A Part-time course in Castlemaine, 2019

 This part-time course is being offered by the Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar in Central Victoria on a Thursday evening from 7.00-10.00pm during school terms.  It is suitable for parents, practising or prospective teachers, and anyone wishing to deepen and extend their knowledge of Rudolf Steiner education and child development.

For  information and enrolment details contact Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar, office@steinerseminar.com  or Tel: : 0427570672 OR  03 9876 5199   www.steinerseminar.com



Squishy Minnie Book Store - Kyneton - Polly Buster Book Launch

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Castlemaine Children's Choir - Term 2

Castlemaine Children’s Choir is starting again in term 2. The choir is for children in grade 3 and above, and provides an opportunity for children to enjoy singing together in a larger group, develop their musical skills, and perform.

 Date: Saturdays, May 11th – June 22nd – (6 weeks, no class on June 8th due to Queen’s Birthday long weekend)

Time: 10.30am – 11.30am

Where: Castlemaine Community House, 30 Templeton Street (Old Continuing Education building)

Cost: $60.00

 To enrol please contact the choir directly by emailing castlemainechoir@gmail.com or phoning Tim Watson on 0423 747 731

 Details for bookings can be found on Castlemaine Community House website


Choir Leader: Tim Watson studied music at the Victorian College of the Arts for ten years. He has taught music to children and previously been a primary school teacher. 

Squishy Minnie Book Store - Kyneton - Children's Art Journalling course

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Courageous Conversations Event

Courageous Conversations Parent Seminar – Thursday 16th May 6pm – Castlemaine Community House.

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Friday Night Matches during Term 2 run by Giant Tennis (Aidan Fitzgerald & Brandt Fleming)

Start Fri 03 May                                Runs for 8 Weeks



  • From 5:30pm to 7:00pm approx
  • Under Lights
  • Singles and Doubles
  • $5 per player per night
  • Suit ages 11 -15


  • From 4:00pm to 5:30 approx
  • Natural light / partly under lights
  • Singles and doubles
  • $5 per player per night
  • Suit ages 9 to 12 (Junior 1 & High Standard Junior 2)


  • From 4:00pm to 5:30 approx
  • Natural light / partly under lights
  • Singles and doubles
  • $5 per player per night
  • Graham Forbes will help organise teams for each Fri comp
  • Suit beginner level ages 6 to 9 (Low Junior 2 or comp not played yet)

Squishy Minnie Book Store - Kyneton - Real Pigeons Live Mystery

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Women's Circles & Personal Training with Kellie Curtis

Kellie Curtis offers personal training sessions one on one or in small groups for health, fitness and wellbeing.

 Kellie also holds regular women’s circles with an intention to connect to self, community and spirit.

  Please go to www.kelliecurtis.com for further details and upcoming offerings.

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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.

  • 10 May
  • 14 June
  • 19 July
  • 9 August
  • 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).

Business Opportunity - Three Mamas


Dear friends and families,

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Three Mamas and Eco Glitter is on the market!

 Are you interested in eco-friendly products?

Are you passionate about the health of humans and the planet?

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 If you are interested in being your own boss, creating change for good, and connecting with a network of like-minded people, let’s talk!

 Three Mamas and Eco Glitter is more than just a business, it’s a lifestyle business that creates positive ripples around the world.

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