Tuesday 2nd April, 2019

Term 1 Week 10
The one who stands
in the deep centre of my being
wakes in me a longing
to find out who I am,
to look for myself in the seed,
that summer sun has formed,
to give warmth to my soul
in this time of falling leaves.

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 1 - Dates for the Diary
Wed 3rd Apr - Class 4 Muckleford Forest Camp
Fri 5th Apr - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - Autumn Festival - children will be dismissed at 3.10pm.

Follow this link to all details on the Autumn Festival Information


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School News

Lost Property

Parents we have some great quality items in the Lost Property that should go back to your homes. There will be some on display at the Autumn Festival so please take a moment to look through. Following the festival it will be going to the Op Shop.



Parents & Friends

I feel like this term has flown by and here we are at the end.  

 After the Autumn Festival for classes 1-8 on Friday, the P&F is organising an afternoon tea to celebrate the end of the term and raise money for locally-based children’s charity Orphfund (see orphfund.org for more information about their work).  We’ll be slinky-ing apples, popping popcorn and serving up tea and coffee, cakes and biscuits,  

 If anyone is able to donate a cake, muffins, slices or biscuits for us to sell, they’ll be gratefully received.  Contributions can be dropped off at the Parents Room before the Assembly.

 If you’re not coming to the Festival, it would be lovely if you could send your children with a gold coin or two so they can buy a little treat and help raise funds for children in need.

 P&F Committee

 We recently held our first P&F Committee meeting for the year. This is the group responsible for organising the Spring Fair and helping to coordinate parent contributions to festivals and other projects. There was lots of great discussion and ideas.  All are welcome to be involved.  

 Autumn term holidays

 If you are tidying up around home over the holidays, keep the Fish & Dip in mind.  Little treasures like coins, stamps, crystals, stickers, ribbons, bells. crayons, pencils – all these odds and ends can be turned into treasures for the Spring Fair.  We’re also keen to collect timber offcuts – especially untreated softwoods.  It would be great if you could put these aside or bring them in for us to store. As it’s the season for making jams and chutneys, curing olives, saving seeds and taking cuttings – it would be fabulous if you could put some aside for the Fair.

 Lastly, the craft group is hoping to have a day at school during the term break to work on the classroom dolls.  Please let me or Rose know if you’d like details when they are confirmed.

 With love 

Julie Tisdale, Convenor, Parents & Friends



Parents Craft Group

Hello dear Parents and Friends,

We have almost reached the end of our first term which will culminate in a small Craft and Festive Market on Friday.

We have been busily making felted eggs and crochet baskets, Autumn flowers and Rainbow dyed felt… all of which are calm and quite meditative activities to experience together.


Well worth setting aside some time next term if you are keen to learn about these sorts of craft activities or wish to share something you are working on within our group.

Next term, we will continue to meet on Wednesday mornings from 9am. We will begin to allocate time to make Nature Crafts which will work well within our Nature Spring Fair theme.

Please collect any natural material which could be made into a special something for our Children’s Tent. Thank you in advance

During the first week of our Easter holidays.. April 17 from 10am

I will require help to finish off our 4 formed Dolls. We will meet at the school Parents room from 10am  I hope to see anyone willing to help if at all possible. It would be great to be able to get these dolls ready to make their way into the classrooms for  next term..

Warm wishes to all,

After School Care Service

The possibility of an After School Care Program is still in the works. We hope to have more information for you next Term.

From the Garden

The Spring Bulb Fundraiser is soon closing. All funds go back into our garden, so please purchase if you can. Follow the links on the catalogue to order online by Friday 12th of April. Thanks in advance for your support.

Office News

The Office will be closed during the first week of the school holidays, and skeleton staff available in the second week. There will be no teaching staff available until Term 2 recommences.

Please be aware that Week 1 in Term 2 has a few public holidays and pupil free days. Children return for Wed 24th & Friday 26th only this week.

Bon Voyage Ken – See you in Term 3!

Bike Safety when riding to school

Can all students be reminded that when riding to school you must use the BUSH TRACK entry and NOT the main driveway.

CSSK BUS Service - Changes to Campbell's Creek Stop

The new stops for the CSSK Bus Service are up and running and we have improved bus numbers already! A couple of items to note;

  • The Campbell’s Creek Bus Stop on Main Rd is now 2 doors down from originally advised. This will help the bus merge back on to Main Rd again after picking up.
  • If you are unsure about your Conveyance Allowance entitlements or haven’t completed an application please come by the office and chat to us. The more funds we have to support the continuation of the bus service the better.
  • Some evenings the bus will be full when leaving CSSK, and older children will be requested to stand in the designated areas on the bus and use the hanging straps. The bus used is a PTV bus and is safe for passengers to travel using the standing areas, and does not travel over 80 kilometres per hour. Children will only be standing when no seats are available.

Prep News

Here we are at the end of our first term in Prep. The children have all settled well and are happy and confident in their prep rhythm. Thank you to all Parents for the wonderful way you have supported your children to make such a successful transition to school. Also for the support you have given to Christine and myself. Extra special thanks to our Class Carer, Sera for passing on all those messages and reminders, it is a great help and most appreciated.

Recently we have welcomed (another) Sera and her parents, Esther and Tim to our class community. We wish you many happy years with our School.

 We have been busy these last weeks practising our Morning Circle for the Autumn Festival this Thursday, 4th April at 9am. This week we will be preparing our room and baking apple cakes for our Festival morning tea. At our Class meeting we discussed what the children should wear and it was decided that rather than white we would try Autumn colours. So hunt through the drawers and see if you can find something in red, yellow, orange or brown. Please check your invitations for times and details. We look forward to sharing this special festival with families.

 Best wishes for a restful and enjoyable Autumn holiday.

 Warm regards, Heather



Class 2 News

We have been working hard on our stories from the Native American Indians and the children have enjoyed many activities related to this fascinating culture. We are all excited about the upcoming autumn festival especially now that it feels as though autumn is really here! It is much cooler in the mornings now so do remember to send the children off to school with extra layers. Have a wonderful holiday. Love Anne

Class 7 News

Class Seven have now embarked on exploring The Middle Ages with some beautiful book work and illustrating. We are enjoying some of the stories from this era and marvelling at how our lives today differ from what was the norm then. The idea of only being a knight, or a monk, or a peasant or working at the one trade all your life compared to the myriad of possibilities now. Also, the roles that males and females were expected to fit into and that your station in life would always be the same and that it was very difficult to ‘better’ yourself.

In Science, we are now looking at ‘heat’ after visiting ‘acoustics’ and ‘optics’. We have enjoyed the experiential discoveries we are making.

 May you all have a wonderful last week of school and enjoy the holidays!

 Cheers,  Anna & Phil



Class 8 News

Dear Families,

 What an incredible term this has been! During our adventures through the Renaissance, we have encountered very ordinary people with very extraordinary destinies, which they have felt with such strong conviction, that their actions have transformed the world around them, and the effects of their actions have echoes in how we live today.

 Next term we enter into the age of revolutions, and meet individuals who have given selflessly to strengthen a cause they passionately believe in. We will also deepen our scientific experiences and understandings, through Science main lessons with Phil. Students will be steadily working towards the completion and presentation of their Major Projects, too. Please be in touch if you have any concerns or questions at any stage.

 Thank you so much to everyone who was able to attend our evening meeting last week. Your thoughtfulness and care is inspiring, and I look forward to the journey ahead. Notes from the meeting will be sent out later this week.

 Wishing you all a delightful and restorative break, and many blessings for Easter.

 With love, Kate



Craft News

During this term, I have experienced the huge highs of running the Head, Heart & Hands Exhibition, alongside the sheer grief of losing my brother in-law and burying our old family dog. I am exhausted from the emotional roller coaster I have been riding, but need to acknowledge the children in keeping me focused and inspired. All classes are not only working well but also are demonstrating amazing creative skills. What an inspiration they are.

Class 2 are powering along with the Hobby Horses, with some completed horses already in the stable.

Elephants are being stuffed and shaped with wool fleece, while ears and tails are being added to bring them to life.

The creation of intricate geometric forms are underway in Class 6. Acrylic paints will complete these. The children’s flair for this outshone my effects completely.

Class 7 are exploring Illuminated Lettering, with their final designs complete and their final piece underway.

Class 8 and I had an amazing class yesterday afternoon with four Renaissance Portraits completed. These final moment when the children’s work transforms from a drawing to a ‘portrait’ is such a privilege to witness and they themselves are delighted and shocked by the end result.

I look forward to sharing all of these projects with you, when we display them in assembly during Term 2.

Thank-you to all who supported the HHH event and to my colleagues for their support over this trying time.

Very happy holidays to you all.

Chris xxx



Music News

Palm Sunday Concert in Bendigo – Solo Violinist Edward Walton (12 years old!)

A wonderful program….come and see your strng teachers in action, a brilliant violinist and listen to some amazing music!


REMINDER: Term 2 Annual Concert, Thursday June 6  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!



Movement News

The students in Classes 1 and 2 have enjoyed their weekly Movement lessons this term.

 Class 2 has been consolidating their skills from last year, as well as learning new exercises and games. They are continuing to refine their “zoorobics” and I am gradually including some more complex movements for them. Throwing and catching skills will be a strong component in our work this year. At the moment we are doing lots of “throw, turn around, catch” practice with scarves and beanbags. This is a lovely activity to increase motor skills, balance and hand-eye coordination. Another favorite activity recently has been to climb through the hoop around the circle, while we all hold hands. This is excellent for motor planning. New games are ahead for next term.

The Class 1 children have made a wonderful start to their movement work. They have begun with the “zoorobic” exercises on the mats, which are especially designed to explore every way of bringing movement into unused parts of the body. I have also introduced a series of special beanbag exercises, which focus on movement, rhythm, form and direction. The highlight for the term has been skipping, with all children successful in learning to jump the rope and begin to develop a bouncy, rhythmic movement. This is a very joyful component for them.

All movement that takes the child off the ground helps to release life forces – so skipping, hopping, jumping, climbing and dancing are all healthy activities for the 6-8 year olds.”- Molly Von Heider, Looking Forward.

I look forward to continuing my work with these classes throughout the year. 

Best wishes for a lovely holiday, Sue 



Wellbeing News

During the past week I have met with some parents of older students at the school to explore the use and impact of technology- text, email and social media- in relation to their children and class group.  For me, a number of “take home” messages emerged.  Among them;

1.    It is a very significant decision to provide your child with a smart phone or other device- some parents have experienced unexpected consequences after doing so.

2.    The world of technology and social media has developed well beyond many parents’ capacity to fully understand it.

3.    The pace at which interactions occur online is a contributing factor to unhealthy communication.

4.    The use of a “dumb”/”old clunky”/analogue phone for logistical purposes such as contacting parents is a useful tool, without some of the potential downfalls of a smart phone.

Some in the group expressed the wish that future classes would not encounter such difficulties.  I recommend educating yourself via talking with others about these issues as best you can.  The school will continue to do its part in its attempts to support families in this area.  

Warm regards Mark, Wellbeing Officer, generally available Wednesdays and Thursdays



Trolley for Sale



Used for handling and storing mats, outdoor and indoor use. Plywood top, 10mm thick, is fixed to 25 NB pipe frame. Rubber tyred wheels – 255mmD. Handle and swing axle at front, fixed wheels at rear.




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Community Classifieds

Junior Ranger School Holiday Programs - Parks Victoria

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Calling all Young Writers

We are inviting all young writers to be as creative as they can and write an imaginative short story, up to 1500 words, on a theme of their choice.

 Entries will be judged for:

  • originality
  • correct punctuation and grammar
  • emergence of a personal voice.

 The competition is open to all Victorian students from all school sectors.

 There will be six age categories:

  •  foundation to year 2
  • years 3 to 4
  • years 5 to 6
  • years 7 to 8
  • years 9 to 10
  • years 11 to 12


The winner of each category will receive a book voucher.

 Many of the entries will have a chance for their short story to be published online. Selected stories will also be available on our Short Edition short story dispensers.

 The competition opened on 25 February 2019 and closes Friday 12 April 2019.

 Entries are to be submitted via schools, or in the case of home schooling, via a parent or guardian. Entries should be in a word document, emailed to stories@is.vic.edu.au

 Stories will be assessed and judged by specialist educators at Independent Schools Victoria.

 If you have any questions, contact us at stories@is.vic.edu.au

 To see the full program of events, got to artslearningfestival.com.au

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



Waldorf 100 - Edinburgh Steiner School

Can you support Edinburgh Steiner School

Celebration Days for Girls

Celebration Day for girls is a positive menstrual education program suitable 10-12 year old girls and their mother or female carer. Our next workshop is May 5th, see the link for further information. There are 4 community workshops Scheduled for 2019, and I hope to offer a part Scholarship place in each one in 2019.

Please feel free to contact me in regards to the program.

Thank you, Rachel Pilgrim

Menstrual educator | Programs empowering girls & Women

PH 0430 450 967



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Bookings Open - YMCA School Holiday Program

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Meditation Course - Jess Huon

The demands of modern life and parenting can make a regular meditation practice difficult and attending retreats can be tricky. This online course has been designed to support and enrich people in their own homes.

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Paper Rounds available !

Hey Kids – time to earn some pocket money!

We have paper rounds available with the Midland Express – one day per week

Call Julie 54 72 1788 or drop into the Castlemaine office – 29 Templeton Street Castlemaine


Many Thanks Lynda Brew

Castlemaine Mail
Midland Express

School Holiday Electronic Workshops

Date:  Wednesday  10th April
Workshop 1:  9:30am to 12 noon for 7+ year old’s (Newbies/Beginners). $15.00

  • Learn about electrical circuits
  • Make a solar grasshopper to take home

Workshop 2:  12:30pm to 4:00pm for 10+ year old’s. $30.00

  • Learn to solder and make a crazy cricket or frog to take home.

Location:   16 Reckleben Street (1st Castlemaine Scout Hall )

To secure a spot for your child (boy or girl) or for further information,

Contact:     David Farrell  M: 0437 709 734,   Email: dgfarrell@outlook.com
Ross Swinton  M: 0488 109 353, Email:  rossparinga@gmail.com

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.

  • 5 April
  • 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).

School Holiday Workshops

We are just starting to finalise our school holiday activities and I have two flyers attached for you that may be of interest.

1. Author illustrator Renee Treml has published her first illustrated chapter book, Sherlock Bones and will be visiting Squishy for a reading and illustrating workshop. Renee has previously written picture books with gorgeous iconic Australian animal illustrations, and this is her first branch into junior fiction. Sherlock Bones is great for lovers of Real Pigeons, Bad Guys and Ninja Kid.

 2.  Ailsa Wild is returning for a final writing workshop as we celebrate the last book in her Squishy Taylor series. Ailsa’s workshops are interactive, fun and great for kids already writing their own stories and others who need a bit of a confidence boost. 

Events can be booked in store here in Kyneton or via our website at www.squishyminnie.com.au/events/

Warmly, Kristen


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