Tuesday 26th October, 2021

Term 4 Week 4

I feel the Being of my Being:
So speaks perceptive feeling,
Which, in the sun illumined world
With floods of light unites itself;
It wants to thinking
And its clarity, bestow warmth
And Man and World
To a Oneness firmly unite.

From The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner

Dates to Diary

*** Guide only - COVID Restrictions Apply ***

It is likely that camps will be permitted in a week or so, so please take note of the following plans and return forms promptly!

Week 5
Mon 1st Nov - PUPIL FREE DAY - Report Writing
Wed 3rd Nov - Class 3 Farm Camp

Week 6
Tue 9th Nov - School Photo Day TBC (Possibly - Currently not permitted in COVID restrictions)
Tue 9th Nov - Class 8 Eppalock Camp

Week 7
Mon to Wed 15th - 17th Nov - Class 6 Kooyoora Camp
Fri 19th Nov - Class 5 Greek Olympics

Week 8
Mon 22nd - 24th Nov - Class 8 Step Up
Wed to Fri 24th - 26th Nov - Class 5 O'Keefe Rail Trail camp

Week 9
Mon - Wed 29th Nov - Class 8 Shakesphere Tour
Thu 2nd Dec - Class 8 Performance

Week 10
Mon - 6 to 8th Dec - Class 8 Shoreham Camp
Thu 9th Dec - Class 8 Graduation
Fri 10th Dec - Last Day of School! (Finish Time to be advised)

2021 Term Dates
Term 4 (10 Weeks): Tuesday 5th October to Friday December 10th (Planning Day 4/10/21 – PUPIL FREE, Mon 1st Nov - PUPIL Free)

2022 Term Dates
Term 1 (10 weeks): Tuesday 1st February to Friday 8th April
Term 2 (9 weeks): Wednesday 27th April – Friday 24th June
Term 3 (9 weeks): Tuesday 19th July – Friday 16th September (Pupil Free Day Friday 26th August)
Term 4 (11 weeks): Tuesday 4th October – Friday 16th December (Pupil Free Day Monday 31st October)

Know Your Country

Supporting First Nations Cultural Educators in every school – To sign the petition or for further information head to Know Your Country



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School News

COVID Restrictions / Public Health Orders

Under the current public health order direction, ALL visitors entering school buildings must QR code and present WWCC and Proof of COVID19 vaccination at Reception.  This applies to all volunteers assisting camps.

Pupil Free Day & Cup Day

Parents please be reminded that we have a Pupil Free Day on Monday 1st of November, followed by a Pupil Free Day for Cup Day on Tues 2nd Nov.

P & F Pattern Folder

Have you seen (or borrowed) our P & F Folder that contains all the patterns and instructions for our lovely crafts for Spring Fair etc?  Please contact the Office if you know where it is. Thanks.

Construction Begins!

We are so excited to share that full construction begins on our new Science & IT building from Wednesday 3rd of November!

As a refresher for everyone on the purpose of the new building, it will be a new learning space for senior students focusing on Science, ICT & Craft. It will also host inclusive toilets, teacher preparation facilities and a recreational space for socialising and study. https://www.cssk.vic.edu.au/our-school/new-science-technology-lab/

Please hold your little people closer around drop off and pick up times as there will be construction vehicles accessing the school during these times also.



Sushi Lunch Orders

We now have Sushi Lunch Orders available on Thursdays for our students ! Yippee!

Information and order forms are coming soon!



Onsite Learning

We’ve had a great time being together at On-site Learning. The cross over of all the class groups provided lovely opportunities to learn different ideas and play games such as Chinese whispers and practising play parts.

Thanks to all of the parents for providing the work each day. It’s been a lovely time having my own little school!

Warmest, Penny



Sites & Grounds

Hello Everyone!,

It’s so great to have the children back onsite again!

Our Class 5’s have been enjoying a refresh of their woodwork area. Tidy up of tools and some replenishing of supplies.

Class 7 have enjoyed a beautiful feast from our pizza oven.




Class Communications & Contact Lists

A friendly reminder for ALL parents who are using their class contact lists to share information. When permission is sought from families to have their contact details published to a class list it is for the purpose of sharing information such as Spring Fair details or Meal Train scenarios.

It is NOT to be used to promote personal businesses or political beliefs.

Below is the current Class Carer Guidelines which provides further detail on how the information gathered is intended to be used. Class Carer Guidelines 2021

Thanks, The Office.



Ring A Rosie News

Dear Ring a Rosie parents,

What a wonderful morning we had a Friday. The children are settling in beautifully. They are getting to know each other, our routine and Kate and I.

It is wonderful to see and hear them playing busily in Kinder. Thank you once again for taking a deep breath and sending them happily towards us at the carpark, the carpark transition is going very smoothly.

I look forward to seeing you all again on Friday,

Warm regards, Tobie and Kate



Kinder News

Dear Kinder parents,

Welcome to week 5 of Kindergarten, Spring is with us well and truly, the garden at Kinder is flourishing with new growth.

Very soon I will be sending you a link for your child’s Transition and Learning and Development Statement. Please see me if you have any questions about how to open the link and fill in your section. When completed this document is sent to your child’s Prep teacher. It will be a useful report to assist your child to settle into Prep and for the teacher to get to know your child.

I look forward to seeing you all throughout the Kinder week.

Please enjoy the photos below, a wonderful collaborative play experience was happening at morning play. The children were very engaged and joyful!

Warm regards, Tobie



Prep News

“My Lady Spring is dressed in green, she wears a primrose crown, Little baby buds and twigs are clinging to her gown.

The sun shines if she laughs at all and when she weeps the raindrops fall.

My Lady Spring, my Lady Spring widely loving everything.”


Last week we celebrated our Spring Festival in Prep. The children decorated their Spring garlands with flowers and foliage. They took so much care and each garland was beautiful and different.

At Morning Circle time we sang and danced to welcome Lady Spring.

We had a very special morning tea. Thank you Christine for the delicious cake.

At Story time the children really enjoyed a special puppet play of Snow White and Rose Red.

Thank you Sue for helping and being a beautiful Lady Spring.

Warm wishes, Heather



Class 1 News

Class One have finished their Tales From The Dreaming Main Lesson and are starting a Maths Main Lesson looking at the four processes – Mini Minus, Paddy Plus, Maxine Multiply and King Dom Divide – and consolidating what we have learnt this year.
We had a lovely time last week going on a morning walk to different parts of the school and doing a Bird Count. We saw or heard 54 birds on our first day.
We also found recorders in our recorder bags when we came back this term and have started playing them. Lots of wonderful concentration and working hard at getting those notes right as well as watching the conductor to keep to the beat. Well done Class One on all the effort you are putting into learning this new skill.
Cheers, Anna

Class 2 News

Class 2 have been doing a Maths Main Lesson which is almost complete and we are about to begin our Saints Main Lesson.  The children have worked hard learning new content about adding and subtracting 2 and 3 digit numbers.  After this Main Lesson we will review what we have learnt in practice sessions and will not have any new Maths content this year, which will hopefully be a relief for the children as the days get warmer and longer.

I’m pleased with how well the children are playing their recorders.   We have also been practicing for the play which we hope to put on in week 8.  Some of the children made beautiful birds using the instructions that were put onto Sharepoint during the last Lockdown.  If you didn’t receive these instructions let me know and I will resend.  It would be good to have more birds for the play.

Warmest, Katherine.



Class 4 News

It was wonderful to see everyone in good spirits when they returned last week.

In class we are learning about the ‘History of Writing’ focusing particularly on the tools that people have used over the years. We began our journey with the spoken word and saw how people had to listen very carefully to learn everything they needed to learn. We then looked at how pictures were used to explain events and how the ancient Sumerians used pictograms and the Ancient Egyptians learnt to make paper from papyrus.

This week we are learning about the Ancient Chinese writing system of Characters and calligraphy. Using ink, an ink stone made from charcoal and a special brush made from animal hair, the characters are painted very carefully, following a strict stroke order that has not changed for thousands of years!!!

The class 4’s are very busy refining their stroke order to create accurate and beautiful characters. Keep up the good work Class 4, this week we will practice using the ink, ink stone and calligraphy brush.

Love Amanda



Cricket anyone

Unwind with Nathan

An online concert and Q&A featuring classical singer Alexandra Toussaint-Jackson and lutenist Nicholas Pollock.

The Q&A Theme; “How do we meet the needs of each child and adult in the home with music?”

Livestream replays will be accessible for three days for ticket-holders. We are super excited!

Click here to find out more.


Gender in the Early Years

Children's Week Celebrations

Artpuff - New Showing/ Making Space at The Mill

A groovy little showing & making space. Beautifully curated exhibitions & immersive classes in one inspired footprint.

Launching with an exhibition featuring exquisite new works by two of our talented parents;

Kynan and Kirsty Sutherland
Paintings and Pottery
Exhibition open times
Friday 29 October to Sunday 14 November
Post launch opening hours: Thursday to Sunday 11 – 5



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Community Classifieds

CSSK Disclaimer

The views and opinions expressed in classified items are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of our school.

Babysitter available

Dear CSSK parents,

I am an ex- CSSK student, who is now in Year 11 at Castlemaine Secondary College, who is available for babysitting. I have experience and am happy to look after one or two children. I live locally in Castlemaine.

My rates are $12.50 for one child, and $16.00 for two children.

If you would like to meet with me first, before I do any babysitting that is fine.

My number is 0490791040/ or 0439871176, perhaps text both if you are interested in getting in touch.

Kind regards, Yuma Deacon


Loving family looking for someone from the Steiner community to babysit our two girls 4 & 6 years old. You need to:
  • Have no kids (available school holidays)
  • Be punctual
  • Have an ABN (easy to do)
  • Have good availability during the week
Particularly over the next 6 months there will be a lot of work. Phone 0418100972
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