Thursday 14th July, 2016*

*(with correction to Class 8 News)

Term 3, Week 1

In this the shrouding gloom of winter
The soul feels ardently impelled
To manifest its innate strength,
To guide it into darkness,
Anticipating thus
Through warmth of heart the sense-world's revelation.

From The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner
The bright colours and intricate designs make these lanterns truly spectacular. Chris and her Craft students can be extremely proud! More Winter Festival photos can be found within 'School News'. Photography credits to Damian Raggatt

Dates to Diary

Thursday 14th July 7pm - Class 6 Meeting
Wednesday 20th July 7.30pm - Class 5 Meeting
Thursday 21st July - Class 7 & 8 Shakespeare's 'Othello' Excursion
Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th July - Class 4 Play 'Thor's Hammer'
Wednesday 27th July 7.30pm - Kinder Meeting
Thursday 28th July 7.30pm - Prep Meeting
Friday 29th July - Tree Planting Day
Tuesday 2nd August - Class 3 Campaspe Walk
Tuesday 2nd August 7.30pm - Class 8 Meeting
Thursday 11th & Friday 12th August - Class 8 Shakespeare Play 'As You Like It'
Wednesday 17th August - Class 7 Mosque & Islamic Museum of Australia Excursion
Wednesday 17th August 7.30pm - Class 1 Meeting
Thursday 25th August - Staff Professional Development Day (Student Free Day)
Friday 2nd September 2pm - Oz Opera 'El Kid' Incursion
Tuesday 6th September - Class 4 Vaughan Springs Landcare Excursion
Wednesday 7th September - School Open Day
Monday 12th September - Class 4 Werribee Zoo Excursion
Tuesday 13th & Wednesday 14th September - Class 7 Play 'Canterbury Tales'
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 parents

Welcome back to Kindergarten, Term 3.

It is lovely to see the children again, my how they have grown.

Thank you for the parent teacher interviews. It was really valuable to get together with yourselves and chat about how your children are going. Thank you for taking the time to come in and chat.

Please feel free to contact me to arrange further time to chat if the need be, my availability times are on the notice board in the kindergarten parent waiting area.

A big thank you to all the parents who came in on the first week of the holidays to assist with some gardening. We now have lots of new garden borders and rocks for the children to explore. We have already started creating a small stone circle. The children are so strong and able!

Our outdoor space is such a valuable part of the curriculum: offering the children a space to be grounded within; a space to respond to the beauty of the natural world within; and a space to explore and move within.  Nature and outdoor spaces have the opportunity to be a very positive anecdote to our busy lives.

May our garden strive to be filled with abundant growth and movement!

Things to remember:

Our parent evening will be in Week 3 of Term 3, date 27th of July. 7.30pm. I look forward to seeing you all there for another lovely evening of craft and sharing.

Warm regards, Tobie


The King was in his castle, a shivering with the cold.

The Queen was in her castle, a shivering with the cold.

They clapped their hands,

They stamped their feet,

They turned themselves around.

And they marched around, they marched around,

They marched around the town,

Until they were toasty, toasty warm.


Welcome back to Term 3. I hope everyone enjoyed a warm and restful holiday. The children were very pleased to see each other and have happily and easily settled back into our Prep rhythm. The very cold weather has been another experience for us, we all rug up very warmly and play outside, then when we get cold, come inside to warm our hands by the fire or do some finger knitting for a while.

I am sure we have all been thinking of Andrea, Rob and Riley over the holidays. Congratulations and we warmly welcome Saskia and Aurora.

Christine will again be making pumpkin soup for us on Wednesdays, starting next week.

Christine and I would really like to thank all families for the beautifully washed and ironed tablecloths that you return to us so quickly.

Our Prep Class Meeting this term will be on Thursday 28th July at 7.30pm. Please let me know if you have a topic or question you would like to discuss.

Warm regards, Heather

Class One

Class One have come back from their Winter Holidays full of enthusiasm and energy, with many growing taller and lots of visits from tooth fairies.

We are spending lots of time experiencing the winter season rugged up outside, creating beautiful form drawing and writing and reading!

We welcome Siena to our class.

Warm wishes, Lyn

Class Two

It sounds like many families took full advantage of, and really enjoyed, the wintery conditions over the holidays.

Thank you to Kate who was able to begin the term with Class two, due to me being unwell. The children seem settled and are really enjoying the amazing adventures of the King of Ireland’s Son.

Belated thank you to our parents who made soup for our festival. Please check that you have your soup pot back as there are still 3 pots to be returned to their homes.

Special thanks to Renata for her extra help with lantern making and being with us for our festival.

I still need to see a number of parents for their Parent Teacher Interview and will send home a reminder and available times early next week.

Best wishes, Mary

Class Three

“We are builders,

Happy little builders are we……”


Welcome Back Everyone!!!!

I hope you all had a wonderful winter break. We have begun our building project this week!!!!! The children have been out in the windy wet weather, measuring and digging. We have dug four holes deep in the ground and next week we will begin placing in the upright posts to support the structure. A very big “Thank you” to Lisa Hall who is the Building Supervisor for our project. The children will be busy building every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Please make sure that your child has  gum boots and a raincoat as it is very wet and muddy outside. This week in Main Lesson we have looked at Gypsy Caravans, and Mud Houses.

I hope you all have a wonderful week

Love Amanda

Class Four

Welcome back everybody to an exciting Term 3.

We are all busy practicing for our upcoming play ‘The Theft of Thor’s Hammer’. Please look out for any suitable costumes at home.

Cheers, Anna

Class Five

Welcome back to school! For the first two weeks of Term 3, before Diana returns to lead the class, we are embarking on an exciting exploration of story and writing with Ellie and Kate, in a unit called ‘The Blank Page’. Students have already discovered new resources (both inside & outside) for inspiration, and how to create interesting characters, as well as how to find out where that character wants to go. Today, we examined the difference between story (what happens to the characters) and plot (the order in which those events occur), and on Monday, we will have a Writing Retreat Day! Please encourage your child to keep thinking about their story over the weekend, and outside of school hours, and give them time to let their imagination roam free.

xx Ellie

Class Six

Class Six are exploring human economics, i.e. self-sufficiency, bartering and leading to money economy, and the social aspects surrounding human endeavours. This sets the scene for mathematical concepts and workings of percentage, interest, profit and loss, loans, etc.

Regards, Robyn

Class Seven

It has been a great start to the term, with Class Seven doing some excellent writing about Tennyson’s wonderful poem ‘The Lady of Shallot’. We are completing an English Main Lesson, focusing on the legends of King Arthur. There are many good things in store this term, beginning with an excursion to Melbourne next week to see the Bell Shakespeare Company perform ‘Othello’. We will be doing a play later this term so we should all be truly inspired!!

Regards, Anne

Class Eight

It is good to see students re-unite after the holidays. We have launched into our Shakespeare Main Lesson and are picking up subject lessons and music lessons again.
The Class are looking forward to seeing the Bell Shakespeare Company’s performance of Othello next Thursday, 21 July in Melbourne.
Please be sure to return the signed consent form asap and note that students bring Morning Tea and Lunch and a water bottle with them in a day pack on the day.
Also, please check the calendar dates for other Class events in the Penny. E.g. Class Meeting on the fourth Tuesday of the term at 7:30 p.m.
Best wishes and keep warm,


Yes, it’s great to be back!  Eurythmy classes started straight up after assembly on Tuesday, with class one students delighting in the rare opportunity to touch, roll, balance, explore and even play ‘musical rods’ with the hand crafted copper rods we work with in Eurythmy (mostly in the older grades).
Copper is highly conductive of our body warmth, and the hand -tapped rods are a rich tool used in Eurythmy to sensitise our ‘instruments’ (ourselves, that is!) to the world around us. “When we are looking for something, or to attune our bodies to what we really need, even to what page to open in a book to find just what we seek, do the copper rod exercises in Eurythmy”- one of the many interesting indications from Rudolf Steiner.
While simple activities and games are used to already introduce students to rods in the early years, the full, classical rod exercises are only begun from Class Four onwards.  Whenever we work with them, the warming, conductive, harmonising, strengthening, re-aligning qualities are well felt and supportive to the growth of individuals and our social fabric.
Warm winter wishes to all,


National Tree Planting Day

Welcome back to term 3. We are participating in our ninth annual National Tree Planting Day. Of course there were many other years of planting trees that weren’t under the banner of the National Tree Planting Day. Over this time our school has been transformed from a paddock of four trees. Every year the students, teachers and families get together and plant between 6-800 indigenous plants. As important as trees are, it is also vital that we plant shrubs, grasses and herbs which give a variety of habitat to the birds, insects and animals  living here. I will send out a note closer to the date with all the details but you and your family are invited to join us, with your children’s class (or any others as you fancy) and join in the fun.

Tree Planting Day Poster


Seats in the Garden

I spent a good portion of the holidays working on this beautiful slab of timber, donated by Peter Foran. It is now installed outside the Kindergarten so there is at least one dry seat! Thanks Pete.

Seat from Peter


Bonjour tout le monde

Bienvenue – Welcome back to the start of a very wintry third term and an especially busy week for the French. Students in Classes 6, 7 and 8 will be celebrating the French National Day on 14 July –  Le quatorze juillet  – by exploring the historical events that led to the storming of the Bastille Prison and the beginning of the French Revolution.  What a timely reminder of the importance of those opening words of the modern French Constitution: All men are created equal.

Classes 7 and 8 will also be learning to sing the French National Anthem La Marseillaise and we can hardly fail to take a look at the 2016 Tour de France as it passes through some of the most beautiful villages and countryside in France, finishing on July 24 in the heart of Paris.

Class 1 students will be looking at all things wintry this term, and that will include a new song about a snowman, based on a lovely poem by Jacques Prevert which is a favourite amongst French school children.

And if you have the time, take a look at our Class 6, 7 and 8 French display in the library foyer! There are some charming posters created by Class 6 around alphabetical French nonsense rhymes … and a beautiful array of Faits Amusants booklets – French Fun Facts – by Class 7 and 8 students. I guarantee you will discover a new fact about France! (I certainly did! For example, who knew that potatoes were once illegal in France … or that it is unlucky to turn your baguette upside down!)

au revoir, Lynn


Physical Education

Welcome back parents and students!

I hope everyone had a very restful and enjoyable term break, regardless of the rather cold and miserable weather. It has however been fantastic to see some much needed rain over the last few weeks.

It is also amazing to see the changes that can take place in a child’s life in just three weeks. Growth spurts, improved levels of confidence and maturity, newfound interests, hobbies and sports.  The excitement and joy in the children’s endeavours is very enthusing and uplifting! It is also great to hear about the varying activities and interest in the children’s lives over the holidays and leading into the future.

The inclement weather will mean that many Physical Education activities will need to be indoors this term. I am planning gymnastics and circus skills in the upcoming weeks. I am looking at having a parent join us to impart his knowledge and experience of circus skills to our students. Gymnastics however, is an activity in which I have limited experience. If you feel you could contribute your wealth of experience within this topic it would be greatly appreciated. Please come and have a chat with me if you feel you have something to offer to our children and myself. Thank you!

P.E. has been timetabled on Monday afternoons for Class Seven and Eight, and Tuesday afternoons for Class Five and Six, during Term 3. Please ensure your children come equipped with a water bottle, suitable clothing and footwear, to ensure they can participate to the best of their ability within our lessons.

I hope you all have a wonderful term. Stay warm.

Cheers, Alan

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Winter Festival Photos

Winter Festival 9.6.16 Prep 1 - 17.6.16 Prep 2 - 17.6.16 Class 3 around brazier Class 6 Lanterns Evie and Lily C2 IMG_0198 IMG_0226 IMG_0258 IMG_0284 IMG_0286 IMG_0322 Lanterns & Brazier IMG_0300

Photography credits to Damian Raggatt and Stewart Carter.

Parents & Friends Group

Thank you to all who helped with the Winter Festival.  Many parents contributed to the food, the lanterns and the setup.  It was touch and go with the weather during the day but the evening was beautiful – even a little moonlight poked its way through the clouds.  The festival was a heart warming coming together and a wonderful start to the holidays.

Our Wednesday morning get togethers are continuing this term.  We meet each Wednesday morning after drop off until about 1pm.  The Parents Room is warm and cosy and there’s always a pot of tea and sometimes some cake.  Over the next three or four weeks Linda will be working with us to make a collection of King Winter dolls.  You may wish to make one for your nature table at home or for the Craft Group stall at Spring Fair.  All materials will be provided and we’ll be progressing slowly so it doesn’t matter if you can’t stay long.

P and F 14.7.16

We are also planning a soap making workshop at school on a Saturday morning in August. Materials will cost about $15 for a large haul of beautiful handmade soap – some of which we will put aside to sell at Spring Fair.  There will be more details in the next Penny.

We are looking for someone who can pick up a box of local produce each week from Growing Abundance at Lot 19 and bring it to school on a Thursday.  Growing Abundance kindly donate this produce and we use it in class cooking, baking and morning teas.  Please let me know if you can help.

With love

Julie Tisdale, Convenor, Parents & Friends (0420 318 255)

New Finance Officer

You may have heard that the School’s bookkeeper, Sharlene, finished up at the school at the end of Term 2. Sharlene was with the School for almost two years, and kept the finances in order during this time. We wish her all the best in her new position.

The new Finance Officer for the school is Suzanne March, who starts on Tuesday 19 July for three days per week. Suzanne has many years of finance experience in the early childhood field, and will be a welcome addition to the finance and admin team.

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Community Classifieds

Senior & Petite Dancer’s Magical Afternoon

Over the Moon Dance Studio

Saturday 16th July 2.45pm

9 Templeton St, Castlemaine

Bring your magical dancing outfit and a bottle of water.

No cost involved.

5470 5061

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Gabriel Talks

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Childhood Anxiety Parent Information Session

Parent Information Session on Childhood Anxiety

Tuesday 19th July 2016, 7.00-8.30pm

at Winters Flat Primary School

Roberts Ave, Castlemaine

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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.

July 19th, August 16th 7 September 13th

Cobaw Community Health

49 Forest St, Woodend

RSVP Canon O’Saurus: 5421 1666

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Eurythmy and Astronomy School Courses

3 year courses commencing 26th July 2016

Adults of all ages are welcome and no prior experience is required.
Some accommodation could be available.
Enquiries: Micaela Moore 0466549894 or Brian Keats 0431824120

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Building Better Futures for Children with Disabilities

Parent Information Session
Public Invitation
Saturday 30 July: 11am
Bendigo Library – Activity Room 2

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Biodynamic Courses - Transform the Earth and Yourself

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

Weekends: 9.30am – 4.00pm:
6th & 7th August & 15th & 16th October

Cost: $1150/weekend $290



Telephone: Grit Oppermann 0477 408 665

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Koala Rocks - Recent Paintings by Michael Ryan

Newstead Railway Arts Hub, Dundas St

2nd – 30th July, Weekends 9-4pm, Private viewings can be arranged.

Opening night 2nd July 6pm

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Castlemaine Junior Poetry Prize

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