Tuesday 23rd Jul, 2019

Term 3 Week 1

The North Wind has a human heart.
The true Spirit brings warmth to life.
Its heart forces show to the world
what it means to be alive.
The inner fire grows strong in Man,
counting coup on winter's cold.

From The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner

Dates to Diary

Term 3 2019 - 9 weeks
Monday 22nd July - Friday 20th September (** Note - Mon 22nd is a Pupil Free Day)

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/Wed/Thu 23rd July - Orchestra Victoria Concerts in Bendigo, Classes 7&8 (some students only)
Fri 26th Jul - Tree Planting Day
Wed 31st Jul - CSSK Board Meeting
Fri 2nd Aug - Parent Teacher Interviews - PUPIL FREE DAY
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
Wed 21nd Aug - CSSK Board Meeting
Thu 22nd Aug - Class 4 Play
Fri 23rd Aug - PUPIL FREE DAY
Wed 4th - Fri 6th Sep - Class 8 Sailing Camp
Mon 9th - Fri 13th Sep - Class 7 Pilgrimage Walk
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



Classes 1-8 will be planting indigenous plants this Friday,  26th  July 2019

Parents are most welcome to join in-

Classes 1 & 6     10.15-11.00am

Classes 2 & 7     11.45-12.30pm

Class 4                12.30-1.00pm

Class 5                2.00-2.40pm

Classes 3 & 8     2.40-3.25pm

Any queries call Lisa Hall 0488 102 191



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School News

Farewell from Helen

It was short and it was wonderful!

Due to a fabulous opportunity having arisen, I’ll be leaving Daylesford and heading over to Hobart to live. In between I’d already booked my holidays and will be away when you read this. I’ll return for a few days with my last day at CSSK being Wednesday 14th August.

It’s being delightful meeting you all and I am genuinely sorry to be leaving such a beautiful school and community.

 Wishing you all good health, happiness, love and laughter!

 Helen, Enrolments Officer


… and hello from Tracey!

I feel very excited to be moving into the position of Enrolments Officer at CSSK. I have so enjoyed my term working in Reception and attempting to fill Ken’s very big boots and will enjoy the challenge of filling another big pair of boots! It has been lovely working with such a welcoming and warm community and I now look forward to working with our existing and new families as they settle into and transition through our beautiful school.



Parent Teacher Interviews

You should have received emailed mid year reports over the holidays (if not, please email the office urgently on enquiries@cssk.vic.edu.au) – these are a useful basis upon which to start your P/T interview.  P/T interviews are on  2nd August (a pupil free day) – use this link to book an appointment with your child’s teachers:  https://signup.zone/cssk-pt-interviews 


We request that you are punctual for your appointments as we have asked the teachers to stay strictly to the timeslots.  We also ask that you not book back to back meetings as even the time moving between classes causes disruption.  Please arrange care for your children with family members or other parents as children do not attend the P/T interviews so that issues, social dynamics and strategies can be discussed more freely.



Reimagining the Vegetable Garden

Dan Palmer, parent and permaculturalist from Very Edible Gardens, is working with us on the redesign and rebuilding the Vegetable Garden. He has been talking to staff, who will work with the children.

Parents and community are invited to join the conversation after assembly Monday 5 August or 12.30 over lunch Saturday 10 August. Please come and join us! If you can’t make it, don’t hesitate to contact us for a chat or send an email.


0488 102 191



Does your child get picked up at Castlemaine Library after school?

Just a reminder that Castlemaine Library has temporarily relocated to the Market Building whilst the site under goes renovation. We thought it prudent to remind our CSSK parents incase you have plans to collect your child from the library after school.



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



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



Kindergarten News

Dear Kindergarten parents,

 Welcome back to Term 3.

Thank you all for a lovely festival. It as a really lovely morning. A big thanks to Sally for her wonderful pizzas also. The room was a buzz with delicious smells and lovely songs from us all.

 A few dates to let you know what is happening this Term.

 Week 3:

Parent night Thursday the 8th from 7-8.30 approx.

 Thursday the 8th of August, Morning Circle open morning. 9.00-approx 9.30.parents are welcome to come in and share in the morning circle.

 Week 6

Thursday the 29th of August 9.00-9.30 approx. parents are welcome to come in and share in the morning circle

 Week 9

Festival morning. 9.00- 11.00 approx. Parents please come and share our morning circle, story, garland making, and morning tea.

I am looking for parents to bring a plate of food to share for morning tea if possible too please. If you could please liase with Haley that would be wonderful.


Also, a very big welcome to our newest member of kinder. Malu. Please introduce yourself to Malu’s parents Rachael and Adrian. Malu has joined us from Fresh Water Creek Steiner school, near Geelong. A very big welcome Malu!


Warm regards.

Here’s looking forward to a wonderful term.




Prep News



Class 1 News

Welcome back for Term 3!  I hope you all had an enjoyable and relaxing Mid-Winter break.  I am excited about beginning a new Term of learning adventures with you all.

We are beginning this Term with a Literacy Main Lesson Unit called Stories From The Dreaming. This will involve learning about local indigenous culture and country through the lens of Dreaming stories.

During this Main Lesson Block, the children will continue to hone their writing skills.  They will also start taking their first steps on the journey of learning to read, by beginning to build strategies such as phonemic and contextual (concept imagery) decoding, and ‘sight word’ recognition.

In other news, we are pleased to welcome Mary, who will be joining our class as our new Classroom Assistant.

Class One Play   We will be presenting an informal play to Class Parents in week 4.  More details about this will be sent out over the coming week.

Class One Parent Meeting will be held in the middle of the Term.  More details to follow.

Warm regards, Fiona



Class 3 News

Hello everyone,

It’s great to be back after a very restful holiday. Here are a few pictures of our very busy Term 2.

The Midwinter Festival was a lovely evening. Our families enjoyed the cosiness of the classroom for dinner, partaking in three very delicious types of soup.

Our lanterns were made from fleece and took a whole day to wet felt.

Jam making and beautifully painted Mother’s Day cards.

Earlier in the term, Class 3 went on their first excursion to Perry’s farm to see how wheat is grown on a large scale.


Have a great Term 3!



Class 8 News

Welcome to term 3! I hope you had an enjoyable and restorative holiday.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Class 8 students in their projects last term. Families, mentors, and the school community played such important roles. It was such a satisfying experience!

We’ll begin this term with a Main Lesson about Shakespeare, and will begin to familiarise ourselves with the play we’ll perform next term. I’m delighted that Charlotte Armstrong will be working with us on this. The next Main Lesson will be on Food Chemistry, with Phil, and will be followed by the Platonic Solids.

We have the sailing camp to look forward to in week 7.

I’m so looking forward to seeing the students after the long winter break. Wishing you all a smooth start to the term.

With love,




Garden News

Before the end of the term the front dam froze over. This is the first time I have seen it and it was so exciting we had to spend time immersed in the experience!


Autumn and Early Winter saw us doing lots of soil making- Biodynamic Compost Heap Making

Sally and I collected a trailer load of lovely cow manure from a beautiful dairy farm below Mount Alexander.

The children mixed it with straw. Which we put over an air tunnel made of books of straw.

We heated a cauldron and stirred valerian

And put it to sleep for Winter


Thanks Lisa.






Lost & Found

As well as the mountain of clothes in the P&F room just waiting to be reunited with owners (please check the room – it will soon need to be cleared out!):

 Lost with owners desperate to find

·         Kathmandu Purple and Blue rain jacket with detachable fleece lining


Found and in the office for collection

·         Keys

·         Broach/hat pin

·         Nissan centre wheel cap

·         Woman’s blue scarf



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Community Classifieds

Tuesday Yoga @ The Forge


The Forge

341 barker street Castlemaine

All levels all welcome

Queries? Lisa Hall 0488 102 191

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Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

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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
  • 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).

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
  • Give a 12 month commitment (to maintain consistency)
  • Receive an hourly rate (to be negotiated)
  • 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.

Calling all Young Makers

An invitation to apply for market space at the MASSIVE 2 The Xtreme Youth Fest coming up in Castlemaine

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