Thursday 11th August, 2016

Term 3, Week 5

The world is threatening to stun
The inborn forces of my soul;
Now, Memory, come forth
From spirit depths, enkindling light;
Invigorate my inward sight
Which only by the strength of will
Is able to sustain itself.

From The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner

Dates to Diary

Friday 12th August 7.30pm - Class 8 Shakespeare Play 'As You Like It'
Wednesday 17th August - Class 7 St. Patrick's Cathedral, Mosque & Islamic Museum of Australia Excursion
Wednesday 24th August 7.30pm - Class 2 Meeting
Thursday 25th August - Staff Professional Development Day (Student Free Day)
Saturday 27th August 10am-1pm - Parents & Friends Soap Making Workshop
Friday 2nd September 2pm - Oz Opera 'El Kid' Incursion
Monday 5th September 7.30pm - Class 1 Meeting
Tuesday 6th September - Class 4 Vaughan Springs Landcare Excursion
Wednesday 7th September & Thursday 8th September - Class 7 Play 'Canterbury Tales'
Wednesday 7th September - School Open Day
Monday 12th September - Class 4 Werribee Zoo Excursion
Thursday 15th September - Prep & Kinder Spring Festival

All these dates (and more) are available on the yearly calendar on the school website, including camp/excursion departure and return times.

Term 3 - Tuesday 12th July to Friday 16th September (10 weeks)
Term 4 - Tuesday 4th October to Friday 9th December (10 weeks)

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Class News


Dear Kindergarten Families,

The children have pom-pom fever! They are so excited about finishing them, some children have been working on them through outside play. It is delightful to see their enthusiasm.

Kinder 11.8.16

Thank you to all the parents who made it to the parent night, a great effort on such a cold night.

I am endeavouring to get on top of my IT/ email issues and then I will send out a summary of the evening. My apologies for the delay.

I hope you all have a good weekend.

Kind regards, Tobie


This is the way we bake our bread,

Bake our bread, bake our bread.

This is the way we bake our bread,

On a very cold, winter morning.


We warmly welcome Orrin and his family, Michael, Lyned and Amarana to our class.

On Wednesday there were many busy bakers, as we made bread to go with our pumpkin soup.

Prep 11.8.16

Parents are invited to Prep on Monday 22nd August, 10.50am-1pm, to join the children for morning tea and help us in the garden during outside play. There are many end of winter jobs to do! Please RSVP to Kate or myself.

Love, Heather

Class One

My apologies for missing the last Penny!

Class 1 have been experiencing Winter with lots of frosty morning bush walks,  skipping, cooking soup, poems, songs and warming ourselves with counting and moving  in all sorts of ways as well as in our  form drawing  and writing.

Exciting moments have  happened recently for us  –

Three baby guinea pigs were born to Midnight ( our black mother guineapig).

Our guinea pigs are very well cared for by the children and during playtimes are to be found snuggled up inside pockets, up sleeves and under jumpers or carried like babies in little blankets!

We found our beautiful wooden recorders in our woven bags one morning. We can blow them softly and listen to the fairies and elves come out, just like the giant in our story learned to do.

We were very privileged to celebrate Aboriginal Children’s Day in our class with wonderful stories and didgeridoo from Ron.

And we are knitting and knitting and knitting………

Parents please note :

  • Class Winter Newsletter out this week
  • Change of date for Class 1 Parent Meeting – will now be Monday 5 September 7:30 pm

Warm Wishes, Lyn

Class Two

We are presently learning about the Four Kinds of Words which helps us with our writing.

Our King of Ireland’s Son story is reaching its conclusion and our Main Lesson books are full of colourful characters and creatures.

Please remember our class get together this Saturday afternoon (see Cassia’s email for details).

A Class Meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday 24th August at 7.30pm. This will provide a chance for us to plan our ‘come and play’ date (Thursday 1st Sept 2pm) and to view the children’s work.

Best wishes, Mary

Class Four

Class Four is having a lovely time cutting up all sorts of foods into different fraction sizes, and then being able to eat them. They are working out what sort of fraction size to ask for in order to get a bigger or smaller slice of something.

We welcomes back Amarana and her family to our Class Community. Wonderful to have you back.

Please remember waterproof coats and footwear for school each day.

Stay warm and enjoy the sunny moments coming our way,

Cheers, Anna

Class Seven

We are very busy in Class 7 working on our Chaucer play ‘The Canterbury Tales’. The children are doing an amazing job learning a great many lines and developing their ability to work into their particular characters.

Next Wednesday 17th August we have an excursion to Melbourne, visiting St. Patrick’s Cathedral then a mosque and the Islamic Museum. This should be a very interesting conclusion to our ‘Rise of Islam’ Main Lesson and ties in with our Medieval Studies and the general theme of ‘pilgrimage’ which is the central theme of our play. A reminder that we need to make an early start! Please make sure children are at school by 7.50am, ready for an 8.00am departure.

Regards, Anne

P.S. Our play will be performed on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th September respectively at 1.45pm and 7.30pm on both days – four performances in all. We extend a warm welcome to all our parents, friends and older children. Please note this play is not really suitable for younger children.

Class Eight

Class 8 have today staged two wonderful performances of Shakespeare’s play ‘As You Like It’ for the upper school classes and Year 9 Steiner Stream students from Castlemaine Secondary College (and some lucky staff members!). There is another performance for parents and family friends tomorrow night, Friday 12th August at 7.30pm. Below are just a few photos taken this afternoon. Many thanks to Rob Jorritsma for directing the play in John’s absence. Rob will have a full write up of the play in the next Penny.

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In the last edition of the Penny I mentioned I supervised a Work Experience Student from the Castlemaine Secondary College. Isabel Chapman attended this school for eight years and it was a pleasure having her work with me for the week.

Apart from assisting children in Craft classes I gave her the task of constructing, designing and painting the Backdrop for the year 8 Shakespeare play. Unfortunately one week wasn’t enough time to complete the task but Isabel painted the sky and tree and I just helped out with the background.

Class 8 Play Backdrop

Please note the dappled lighting effect she produced on the tree trunk, amazing.

A huge thank you and congratulations on her efforts.

Good luck to year 8.



“Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote

The droghte of Marche hath perced to the roote,

And bathed every veyne in swich licour,

Of which vertu engendred is the flour…”


The poetry of Chaucer, as above, the Prologue to the Canterbury Tales, has made for much merriment in Eurythmy with Class 7 lately, supporting and supported by their class play preparations. We’ve discovered the strong rhythm and rhyme, and been weaving about with one another as enthusiastic spring-riddled pilgrims!

Class 8’s have had a little hiatus in their regular Eurythmy program, as I’ve been assisting them with some new moves as part of their Shakespeare play.

In both these older classes now I believe the strong links Eurythmy has with life in general are coming more to the fore – from the humanity-orientated unity experiences of Eurythmy and healthy growth forces in ourselves and nature, to how it be that a poem’s rhythm could also make it into a rap song, to how to lead and follow in a staged courtly dance.

With love, Nicole


Bonjour tout le monde!

Unbelievably we are almost half way through third term and students are very busy right across the school with plays, excursions and other exciting activities.

Class Six have begun to learn some of the French songs that their Class One buddies can sing and we look forward to combining them into one melodious whole! Class Seven has been translating a French poem, Mes Quatres Freres (My Four Brothers) and modifying it to talk about sisters and other family members. Class Eight have found time in their busy Shakespeare schedule to join us for conversation and singing on Fridays, lending their voices to Le Fermier dans son Pre (The Farmer in the Dell) and a rousing rendition of La Marseillaise.

And all French students have investigated the French connection to the Olympic Games: the work of Frenchman Pierre de Coubertin in bringing the Games to life in the modern era. He was committed to the idea of a peaceful and friendly Games, inventing the Olympic flag with the famous interlocked rings which are said to contain at least one colour from every national flag. During the Games students are encouraged to keep a look out for the awarding of the Baron de Coubertin Medal for good sportsmanship … and to remember the French motto: L’important n’est pas de gagner mais de participer … What matters is not to win but to take part.

au revoir, Lynn



The garden is looking forward to having it’s own chickens. Class Three are busy making a sturdy home for them. The floor is now finished!

Garden 1 11.8.16

So much building going on in the yard, formal and informal.

Garden 2 11.8.16

What a wonderful day we had on Tree Planting Day. I want to say an enormous thanks to all the families that joined us, as well as to our teachers and in particular our students who worked so beautifully together. The older patiently teaching the younger ones. It was a perfect damp day to put in all our lovely locally indigenous grasses, herbs, trees and shrubs.

Garden 3 11.8.16

Love, Lisa




Belated thanks to Damien Butler for bringing dry kindling for the midwinter festival. This small but generous gesture was deeply appreciated, particularly as moist conditions during preparation called on more than ‘Lucifers magic’ to bring the ceremonial and warming fires to life; Thanks Damien, we were all warmed by your generosity mate! Such contributions do make our school.

Festival fire burning 10.8.16

We do seem to be emerging from midwinter though and spring will soon be here, as the other photo shows, taken today in the ‘Heartlands’!

July 2016 10.8.16 v2

Love and Maintenance, Pete.


Music camps are a marvellous opportunity for your children to join in music making with their peers. It’s fun and social and well worth it! Your child will not want it to end and will certainly be planning to return the following year!

Take a look at the Melbourne Youth Music and also the Geelong Summer Music Camp, which is also held in January. They are an invaluable experience for your child.

Physical Education

Hello families,

We have seen some diverse weather lately; wet, cold and windy conditions have enforced some unscheduled indoor activities and the odd ray of sunshine peering through the clouds has brightened up some outdoor sessions on the netball court.

We have now completed our netball program (other than Class 8 who have been working very hard on their upcoming Shakespeare play) and recently Classes 5 to 7 put their newly gained skills and knowledge of the associated rules and tactics into practice in a big game that lasted for the duration of our session. The games were played in great spirit, full of enthusiasm, fun and good sportsmanship. We rotated each position often so we could all get a taste of the different requirements of the game. I was very impressed with all classes; the younger children for their adaptions made within a new and very different game, and the older children for their ability to extend and challenge their own skills and abilities. Not all students were able to immediately make ‘contact’ with the rule adjustments, which led to a few very humourous moments!

Parents, please try to provide your child/ren with suitable footwear and remind them to pack these shoes on PE days. Blundstone shoes (or equivalent) are being worn often by students and I strongly recommend against these shoes being worn for sporting activities. They do not provide suitable grip on the soles and are often very loose around the ankle and toes region, possibly causing foot movement, leading to injury and blisters. Wearing bare feet outside is also not acceptable, as part of our policy.

Exciting times ahead with gymnastics, dance, circus skills and Greek Olympics for Class 5 next term hosted by our school! More to follow soon.

Cheers, Alan


Singing and storytelling have brought us to the middle of the term. The books are looking beautiful, full of colorful pictures and Spanish words. More is still to come…

Saludos cordiales,


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School News

Principal Position

Dear Parents and Guardians,
We are delighted to let you know that we have appointed Brian Dodd as the Principal of Castlemaine Steiner School. Brian comes to us with extensive Steiner teaching and school leadership experience, and joins us from his most recent work as Principal of Alice Springs Steiner School, where he has led the school through a process of renewal and growth over the past five years. He has also held teaching and leadership roles at Sophia Mundi Steiner School and Cape Byron Steiner School, where he was Class Teacher for a 1-8 cycle.
While we are eager to have Brian join us as soon as possible, we also appreciate and value his commitment to his current school, and therefore have negotiated a commencement date of January 2017. We hope, however, that he will be able to visit Castlemaine before the end of the year to start getting to know staff and the Board, and to observe the School in action.
In the interim period (the remainder of this year), the Board has appointed Jane Staley as Acting Principal, working on a part time basis. She will fulfil the formal leadership role in the School, working closely with Danilo Paglialonga who will undertake the educational management tasks of the Principal position. Jane has resigned from the Board in order to undertake this role.
We are all very much looking forward to having Brian join us for the next chapter in our School’s story. I know you will all give him a very warm welcome in the new year.
Yours sincerely,
Darren Layton
Deputy Chair Board of Directors, CSSK

Parents & Friends Group

As the days get a tiny bit sunnier, our minds are slowly turning to Spring Fair.  The Craft Group has been cutting out kits for parents and friends to sew for our craft stall at the Fair.  A small number of kits are ready to go in the basket on the counter at Reception and more will follow soon.  We’ll be working on items for the stall each Monday after Assembly, so come along to the Parents Room if you’d like to be involved or make contact with Aleesha (0421 845 757) to arrange for projects to work on at home.

Next week at our Wednesday morning drop in, we’ll be putting the finishing touches to the beautiful King Winter dolls we’ve been crafting over the last few weeks.  It’s been such an enjoyable and rewarding experience that some of us will be embarking on beautiful Lady Spring dolls next.  Contact Linda (kinder, class 3 and class 5) if you’d like to join us.

Lastly, don’t forget the soap making workshop on Saturday, 27 August.  See below for all the details.

With love, Julie Tisdale, Convenor, CSSK Parents & Friends


CSSK Parents & Friends invite you to join us for a hands-on soap making workshop.

We’ll be using a “hot process” method to make soap that is ready to use almost immediately. Olive oil, coconut oil and lye will be provided at a cost of $15. Bring your own add-ins, such as essential oils, petals, ground coffee – whatever takes your fancy. We have 2 litre milk containers available to use as moulds but you are welcome to bring your own mould if you prefer a different shape.

Materials provided will make approximately 2 x 2 litre milk containers worth of soap. You are invited to donate a proportion of what you make to the class 3 stall for Spring Fair.

If you are able to bring along a glass mixing bowl, a crockpot or a stick blender, that will allow us to make more batches at the same time. Contact Natalie Stevens or Julie Tisdale (0420 318 255) for more information. Please let us know you are coming so we have enough materials.

Soap Making

Soap Making Workshop PDF

Nationally Consistent collection of Data on School Students with a Disability

Nationally Consistent collection of Data on School Students with a Disability
In 2008 The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to collect nationally consistent data on school students with a disability.
On Friday August 5th 2016, our school collected anonymous data to be included.
This will help our school to meet our legal obligations under the ‘Disability Discrimination Act 1992’ and the ‘Disability Standards for Education 2005’.

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From The Office

Absence Line

We have been having some technical issues with our absence line phone number. Some parents have responded to absence texts sent out by the school, but we are not receiving the response. It is suggested that parents now reply to the text via email or by ringing the school, to ensure that your child’s absence reason is recorded. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Parents also please remember that the absence line is only for absence related messages to the office staff, not various messages intended for your children. Thank you.

Draft Policies

Dear Parents,
Last week we emailed some Draft Policies, via our new Parent MailChimp Mailing List. We would appreciate your feedback.

Parent's Room

Our Cleaners have requested that if placing dirty nappies in the bin, please ensure they are placed in a sealed bag prior to disposal. Recycled shopping bags are available from the office should you need them. Thank you.

SaverPlus - Health Care Card Holders

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Asthma Australia

Term 3 2016 Newsletter available here

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Sunsmart Cancer Council Victoria

Term 3 2016 Newsletter available here

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Community Classifieds

For Sale

  • 3/4 size cello for sale. Lovely instrument, good condition. We paid $1400, but happy to sell it on for $1200. Please give me a call if you are interested. Kind regards, Marg Peck 0429999255


  • Cellos for sale. 1/4 and 1/2 sizes. Prices negotiable. In very good condition Contact Annie Betts on 0411022604

Home for Rent

We have a lovely light filled family home for rent in Castlemaine.  Easy walk to the train, Kaweka and Town.

5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, master with ensuite and main with shower over spa.  Hydronic heating and aircon.

Wood fire in separate lounge, polished boards throughout, built in robes in bedrooms. open plan kitchen dinning with gas cooking and dishwasher.

Large back deck with landscaped garden, established fruit trees, chook house and functional aquaponics system if interested.

Seeking a lovely family to move in long term, love and maintain the garden and create happy memories. Available ASAP

$450 per week negotiable

Please contact Andrew 0415652361 or Camilla 0403739661


Wash against Waste - The Next Generation

Donations at

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Parents of Trans and Gender Diverse Children

A monthly meet up providing a safe space where parents can share common experiences and practical insights.

August 16th & September 13th

Cobaw Community Health

49 Forest St, Woodend

RSVP Canon O’Saurus: 5421 1666

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Taradale Winter Ball - Masquerade

Featuring Meg Corson and The Antoinette’s

Saturday 20th August 7.30pm – Midnight

$30 for tickets from or Taradale Wine & Produce.

Shuttle Bus from Castlemaine, Chewton, Elphinstone & Kyneton – $10 return. Ring 0417 547 270 for pickup times and bookings


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Mental Wellbeing - 'Live Life Well'

Community Information Sessions

Tuesday 23rd August 5.30-8pm

Monday 10th October 5.30-8pm (World Mental Health Day)

Saturday 15th October 9.30am-12pm

Tuesday 29th November 5.30-8pm

Light dinner or morning tea provided for all sessions.

Held at Castlemaine District Community Health, 13 Mostyn St, Castlemaine

Bookings essential: or 5479 1000

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Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival

26-28th August at the Theatre Royal, Castlemaine

9 international award-winning documentaries

Details of the programme and featured director Q&A’s can be found at at


Mittagundi Holiday Program

September 16th – 25th

Book here

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Wool Felt Tapestry Workshop

26th September

Castlemaine Venue TBC

Information PDF

Biography and Testimonial

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Anthroposophical Naturopath/Homeopath

Irmhilde Kleinhenz

Consulting in Woodend 5th October, 9th Novemer & 7th December, 2016.

Book with Monica 0407 521 397

Biodynamic Courses - Transform the Earth and Yourself

The Michael Centre, 37A Wellington Park Drive, Warranwood 3134

Weekends: 9.30am – 4.00pm:
15th & 16th October

Cost: $1150/weekend $290



Telephone: Grit Oppermann 0477 408 665

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Take a Stand Workshop

Friday August 26th 2016, 12 – 1pm

Castlemaine Community House

65 Templeton St, Castlemaine

RSVP by August 22nd 2016 to or 5472 4842

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Matters of Life & Death - 'Death Care—Laying out and tending the body for the Vigil'

Saturday 13th August 10am to 4pm $125
The Norma Richardson Hall at St. Mary’s, 15 Buckland Street, Woodend
For bookings and further information please

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Matters of Life & Death - 'Transforming Grief'

Saturday September 17th 1.30pm to 6pm
The Norma Richardson Hall
St. Mary’s Woodend 15 Buckland Street
Enquiries 0410 607 317 or 0407 521 397

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Castlemaine Junior Poetry Prize

See attached

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Mount Barker Spring Fair Market Stalls

The Mount Barker Waldorf School Spring Fair is on again! This year it will be on Saturday the 29th October from 10am to 4pm.

A large part of the Spring Fair atmosphere comes from the commission craft market stalls around the oval. The stalls provide a place to buy and sell Waldorf / Steiner / nature inspired crafts, toys, clothes, provedore and services. For the stallholders it is a place to advertise their businesses, gain exposure and build up client bases.

We are inviting applications for stalls at this year’s Spring Fair. If you, or anyone you know are interested in holding a stall this year, please contact the stall organisers below for more information and a registration form. Registration is due by the 30th September. We realise that it would involve travel, but in case parents or staff know anyone in South Australia who would be interested, or if anyone with a business would like to combine the Spring Fair with a lovely weekend in the Adelaide Hills, we thought we’d let you know.


Rebecca and Nathan Doble

0419 987 505 / 0400 939 939

Letter to Stallholders

Registration Form

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