Tuesday 5th February, 2019

Term 1 Week 2

The new, entrusted to me,
is mysterious and sacred.
I will fold my memory around it.
It will lead me on,
stengthening me from within,
that one day I will become myself.

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
Tues 12th Feb - Class 7 Parent meeting, 7.30pm
Tues 19th Feb - Class 6 Parent meeting
Wed 20th Feb - Class 3 Parent meeting
Wed 20th Feb - Class 2 Parent meeting, 7.30pm
Thu 21st Feb - Class 8 Parent meeting
Thu 22nd - Fri 23rd - School Dental Service visit
Fri 1st Mar - Opening Night for the "Head, Heart & Hands" exhibition
Wed 6th - 8th Mar - Class 8 Camp (TBA)
Tue 12th - 15th Mar - Class 7 Camp Glenelg Canoe Camp
Wed 3rd Apr - Class 4 Muckleford Forest Camp

Its been lovely to hear the beautiful singing in assembly again. Listen in to our school song  !


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School News

From the Principal

Dear Parents, 

It is lovely to return to school and hear the voices of the children back in full song, filling the hall with their energy and playfulness and fantastic to see so many parents joining us at the assembly.

The children are excited about their change of class, feeling in a physical way, their movement along their journey through school. 2019 is looking very positive and has a fresh feel to it with the inclusion of some new faces, Fiona Mariposa, Dave Edmunds and Phil Jobson have joined our teaching staff while Kerry Anne Armstrong and Natalie Stevens have joined our assistants. 

 The article below appeared recently in the local paper and we are extremely proud of Milou’s achievement last year in becoming such a passionate advocate for the planet. This award, given as part of the Australia day celebrations, honouring the contributions by individuals to community, is well deserved and we join with the community in applauding her efforts.

Young Citizen of the Year – Milou Albrecht

‘Milou made headlines around the country as leading a school strike to protest the government’s inaction on climate change. Milou and her fellow students initiated a strike, which quickly garnered support from other students around Australia. Their non-violent protests struck a chord and Milou was interviewed by journalists from around the world, including the New York Times. On Friday 30 November Milou and her friends led around 200 students from Castlemaine and surrounding towns onto the train for Melbourne, where they were met by thousands of other striking students. Thirty similar strikes were held around Australia on the same day, with another nation-wide strike planned for March this year. Through this campaign Milou has demonstrated incredible passion and the power of action. She stands up for her beliefs and is determined to effect change.’

Looking forward to another great year at CSSK.

Warm regards, Brian.


Celebrating 100 years of Steiner Education - "HEAD, HEART & HANDS"

Next year marks the 100th anniversary of Steiner Education – “Waldorf 100”. As part of the many celebrations being held across the world in 2019, our school will be hosting a fabulous exhibition of the outstanding work that our students, both past & present, have completed. The exhibition is in conjunction with Castlemaine Secondary College, and will feature artwork from Class 1 through to 12.

This week Chris has been handing out flyers requesting families to start handing in artwork submissions. We will need your support in promoting this event, and would also appreciate if you could place posters in your local cafe’s & neighbourhood. Please see Chris or Rachael for printed posters if you can help.

Further information / How to Help!



Enrolment news

Hello there – I’ve recently taken over the enrolments process from Rachael and wanted to say hello to you all.

I’m thoroughly enjoying my work here and marvelling at what a great school we have. It seems the wider community thinks so too, as we currently have waitlists for proposed entry into our Kindergarten and Prep level going through to 2023 now – fabulous news!

 Importantly, I wanted to take this opportunity to remind those of you who have very young children not currently attending the school, that it is essential that we have an Expression of Interest Application for each and every one of them. If you’re looking at entry for 2020 and you haven’t enrolled yet, we need a fully completed EOI form along with your $100 non-refundable application fee to ensure you’re on the enrolment list when we come to do our first round of offers. So don’t delay – time is now of the essence! If you’re not sure just drop me a line or give me a call.

 And don’t forget to remind friends who may be thinking of enrolling at CSSK that they need to act now – the sooner the better!

 Wishing you all a great start for the new school year!

Helen, Enrolments Officer – heleng@cssk.vic.edu.au


From the Office

New Bell times – Please note that bell times have changed slightly this year.  Parents may wish to note this if you are arranging appointments / early pick ups in line with student breaks.

8.45    School start (ideally children will arrive up to 10minutes before this time)

11.15  Morning Play starts

11.45  Morning Play ends

1.05    Lunch starts

2.00    Lunch ends

3.25    School ends


Late students – A reminder to all parents that if your child will be absent, please SMS the school on or before the day of absence on 0407 124 508

If you arrive late to school, the student simply has to pass by the office and get a red late slip then present this to their teacher.  This process is to ensure the child is accounted for in the roll for both attendance data and moreover knowing who we have to look for in an emergency evacuation etc.

Positions Vacant – We will be advertising 2 opportunities in the coming weeks, watch this space for more details. One will be a 0.6-0.8EFT backfill for the Office during Term 2 to cover staff leave. The other position will be 0.6EFT (approx.) Gardens, Sites & Grounds.

Lost Bike – There is a yellow mountain bike that has been left for long periods of time at the school. Does anyone know who it may belong to. It is locked up and we feel someone may have forgotten that it is here.

 Thanks from the Office Team.


Parents & Friends News

Welcome Back!

 It has been lovely to see so many smiling, familiar faces as we head into the new school year.  I personally love holidays but there’s also something special about reconnecting after the long break, renewed and rested.

 P&F Committee

 We have decided to pull together a Parents & Friends committee this year, to improve communication and planning and to give people more opportunity to get involved in the areas of volunteering they enjoy.  The committee will take on responsibility for running the Spring Fair, supporting the craft group, helping to organise parent participation in festivals and any other projects we take feel inspired to do. 

 Up until now we’ve mostly organised informally but it is useful to have a larger group of people together at the same time to make decisions, work through ideas and divide up tasks.  Meetings will usually be monthly or a couple of times a term and a mixture of day time and evening times. Let me know if you’re keen.  We’d love to have you involved – even if you can’t commit a lot of time.  We’re also keen to hear from you if you have a passion to get a particular project started.

 Craft Group

 We’re really excited that Rose deMaria will lead the Craft Group this year.  We will meet in the Parents Room on Wednesday mornings after drop off as usual.  All are welcome, including children.  This is a lovely time to catch up with other parents, whether you are crafting or not.  Rose has worked out a fabulous program for the term, including making and repairing dolls for the classrooms.

 We are aiming to hold a parent craft market at the end of each term.  As well as Craft Group items, we are happy to sell things made by parents from the table.

 Children’s Tent

 The Craft Group will be helping to support the Children’s Tent across the year.  The Children’s Tent is one of the most beloved aspects of our Spring Fair.  Over the last few years, class one parents have taken on responsibility for crafting the little items that fill the tent but this year, we are looking to create a network of people from across our parent (and friend!) community, to create these treasures.  We are proposing a theme of “using nature” to spark your creative ideas.  If you’d like to get involved, please get in touch with Rose or myself so that we can start collecting materials and turning them into  little objects of delight.

 Sunscreen Workshop

 Aleesha Hercus will be running a workshop on Tuesday, 12 February from 9am making a zinc barrier sunscreen.  $5 will cover materials and morning tea and you’ll get to take a 50ml jar of sunscreen to take home.  Aleesha has been concocting other natural remedies including tea blends, cremes and potions.  Hopefully she’ll have some of those available to purchase on the day as well.  It would be helpful if you could let Aleesha (0421 845 757) know if you’re planning to attend so that we make enough cake.

 Lost Property

 There’s a large pile of forgotten clothes and slippers on the Lost Property table in the Parents Room.  We’d be grateful if you could take a look and see if there are items belonging to your family.

 Class Carers

Thank you and welcome to those who have take on the role of class carer this year.  We are planning to hold a class carer meeting in the next few weeks, probably after Assembly and we’ll be in touch with details. 

 WIth love, Julie Tisdale

Convenor, Parents & Friends

0420 318 255


Parent Craft Group


 Hello dear families,

 It is with great pleasure & excitement to be taking on Craft Group this year. I am very much looking forward to embracing & imparting my love of making with families – in all things that define ‘Steiner Craft’.

 Heart to Hands Craft Group is held every Wednesday morning from 9am til 11:30am in the Parents and Friends Room. Morning tea will be provided.

 The Parent & Friends Room is a gentle and welcoming space for our school community and the weekly Craft element is an extension of this. Parents are welcome to ‘drop in’ or stay – with the idea of feeling supported in learning something new or purely as a held space for new parents.

 Our first workshop this year will be on dry felting with an Easter theme. Parents will have the opportunity to make an Easter Picture during our session. This workshop is scheduled for Wed, Feb 13.

 This term, there will also be a particular emphasis on Celebrating Cultures and Embracing Family within our School community.  I will be offering 3 consecutive workshops on Ethnicity & Steiner Doll-making on Feb 20, 27 and March 6.

 Our creative aim, this year, will also be in relation to Nature and Nature Crafts for our Spring Fair. I will be seeking ideas & offerings from parents who can assist in providing creative expressions for our Children’s Tent.

 With love & anticipation,



 FEB 6        –      SCHOOL DOLL REPAIRS

FEB 13      –      EASTER FELTING

FEB 20      –      DOLL-MAKING

FEB 27      –      DOLL-MAKING

MAR 6      –      DOLL-MAKING

MAR 20    –      WET FELTING


APR 5       –      CRAFT MARKET


Prep News

A special welcome to all the Prep children and their families. We are very pleased to have five new children and their families join our Class this year.   Last Thursday the children came with their families and spent time together exploring the Prep room and garden. It was lovely to see the children reconnecting with their friends and many of them already so comfortable in their new space. I am looking forward to a very positive start to our program this week.

 Very special thanks to Penny Gilbert who did such a wonderful job as the Class Carer for Kinder. This year Sera Watson has kindly agreed to take on the role of Class Carer for Prep. I am sure you will start getting text messages and emails from Sera very soon. Please give Sera your support and make sure you read all communications so you don’t miss anything. Thank you Sera.

 Warm regards, Heather


Class 1 News

What a wonderful start our new Class 1 group of children have had!  We began our time together with a simple ceremony on the first day, Then the children started their learning journey with a focus on Form Drawing. They have been practicing the various curved and straight lines used in letter formation throughout the week.  We have had a great time doing this through the telling of Victorian Indigenous stories, working with Bunjil as our guide.

The children have also started their Specialist classes for the year – Craft with Chris, Movement with Sue and Spanish with Raziel.  It has been lovely to watch how eager the children are to learn new things and to settle into the new rhythms and routines of Class One!

A reminder to parents that our class group will attend our first Whole School Assembly on the morning of Monday the 11th of February. All parents are invited to attend.  Our Class One Parent Meeting will be held on Wednesday the 13th of March at 7pm. More details will be sent out soon.

Warm Regards, Fiona


Class 2 News

Hi Everyone,

We’ve had a great start to the year . We are beginning our year with Indigenous animal legends.

Please note our Class meeting will be held on Wed 20th of Feb at 7.30pm. We will start on time and finish by 9pm.

Rachael has been in contact with parents re artwork for our Class display in the Head, Heart & Hands exhibition, we would really appreciate your help in providing the “wet on wet” pictures in the photos. Drop them into Rachael in the office in the next week if possible.

Warm regards, Anne


Class 3 News

Hello Everyone,

It is lovely to be back and to have the class return relaxed and shining. We welcome a new member, Hamish and his family to our class.  

Our travellers have had some interesting experiences already! We’ve heard about them discovering The Grand Mountain, a place that has three gates, which are in the shape of the Bass Clef, the Alto Clef and the Treble Clef. The music family live on this mountain and the travellers said that when they first arrived they could hear lovely sounds floating in the air. Hearing about this was very timely, as the children are really looking forward to beginning their strings lessons this week.


From here our travellers continued their journey further on until they came to a very hot and dry land, where, on the edge of a desert, they came across an oasis. It was here that they met an old couple, who had some interesting stories about their ancestors to tell. It just so happened that the old couple were celebrating the festival of the trees, Tu B’Shevat and they invited the travellers to join them.


We hope everyone has had a good start to 2019, just as we have.

Warm regards, Cathy


Craft News

Welcome to another year of colour, movement and creativity.

My goal this year is to extend some of the projects so the children can immerse themselves further into the techniques explored; calligraphy and woodwork in class 7, beading in Class 5, cross stitch in Class 4, woodwork in Class 6. This week I will teach all classes and I am looking forward to meeting the class ones and the new children at the school.

 As you are aware CSSK and CSC (Castlemaine Secondary College, Steiner Stream) are holding a joint exhibition, celebration 100 years of Steiner Education. It will be a celebration of not only the education but of the children, and their achievements. There are posters at the office if you would like to distribute them in your area or give them to family and friends.

The exhibition will be running on the Labor Day weekend, with a special Opening Night for families on the Friday night, 8th March. This is the perfect time to invite your family and friends to Castlemaine.  

Happy crafting to all,



PE News

Welcome back everyone !

I’m really excited for the year ahead and the opportunities coming up for our PE program. During the hot weather it would be great for kids to have a drink bottle to bring to classes, and if parents could help children with having the right footwear, i.e. runners.

Thanks, Kellie.


Music News

Hi Everyone,

We are looking forward to another fantastic year of music at CSSK. You may recall last year we placed a link in the Penny relating to the ABC series ‘Don’t stop the music”. Further to that here is another fantastic interview with neuro-musical educator Dr Anita Collins. Click here for details.

Warm regards, Jeanette.


Spanish News

Hola a todos!

Here we are, back at school! I hope you all had a lovely summer break.

It’s an exciting time and I’m looking forward to discover what life will bring this year and the learning that lays ahead.

It is a lovely gift for me to be able to work with the children at our school and to have the opportunity to create special moments together with them.

I wish you all a very insightful 2019 full of light, love and blessings,



Wellbeing News

Hi Everyone, It’s great to be back!  I hope it is like that for you too. 

Here is a link discussing childhood bullying and some pointers around parental discipline.  It also details the restorative practice approach, which is the approach that guides how we manage conflict at school.


My work role here is focussed on relationships and communication at many levels within the school.  I’m generally available Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Contact me via your child’s Class Teacher or Brian.


Warm regards,  Mark

Wellbeing Officer


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