Thursday 14th September, 2017

Term 3 Week 9
Thus to the human ego speaks
In mighty revelation,
While it unfolds its very forces,
The joy of growth throughout the
I carry you into my life
From its enchanted bondage
And so attain my truest goal.

From The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner

Dates to Diary

2017 TERM DATES remaining
Term 3 Tuesday 18th July – Friday 22nd September
Term 4 Tuesday 10th October – Friday 8th December

Mon 18th - 20th Sept - Class 6 Lyal Botany Camp
Thu 21th Sept - Kinder Spring Festival
Thu 21st Sept - Prep Spring Festival
Friday 22nd Sept Last day of Term 3

Mon 9th Oct - Student Free Day - Planning Day
Mon 9th Oct - Class 8 Murray Rafting Camp
Mon 16th Oct - Class 1 Meeting
Tue 17th Oct - Class 4 Meeting
18 - 20th Oct - Class 5 Pyramid Hill Cycling Camp
Mon 23rd Oct - Class Photos
Thu 26th Oct - Class 7/8 String Soiree 7pm
Wed 31st Oct - Class 7/8 Multi Instrumental Soiree 7pm
Thu 16th Nov - Class 4 Soiree 2.15pm
Wed 22nd Nov - Class 5 Soiree 2.15pm
Thu 23rd Nov - Class 6 Soiree 2.15pm

Walktober Ride to School Month!

Walk-to-School Day is on again throughout Victoria and schools around the state are supporting the initiative by encouraging students to walk to and from school on Wednesday 20 October. With support from VicHealth, thousands of students will walk to raise awareness of the physical, environmental and social benefits of walking to school.

“Walking is one of the easiest and best ways to maintain good health and prevent diseases like type 2 diabetes and it makes you feel terrific!” says Greg Johnson, CEO of Diabetes Australia. Every bit of walking and incidental activity is good for kids. Walking and catching the bus rather than being driven to school, playing games at lunchtime and walking the dog are all ways to keep healthy and active. Last year more than 70,000 kids participated in Walk-to-School day, which is around 60 per cent of Victorian primary school children.

This year Ms Penny Gilbert will be coordinating a ride to school on behalf of the parent body. She is a qualified Outdoor Ed teacher and a member of CycleSafe Mt Alexander. CycleSafe Mt Alexander promotes cycling in the shire with the aim to build better cycling facilities for all.

The current plan is to have parents ride with children to the school once per week during the month of October. Plans are to meet at the property of Lisa Hall (thanks Lisa!) and ride together to the school. There will be random prizes and guest appearances by mascots!

Parent riders that can assist Penny on the day would be fantastic. Please call her on 0408 002 032.

Further information will be provided soon by Penny (Penny the human, not The Penny!)

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School News

From the Principal

End of term 3

Term 3 has been a trial of sickness and injury as many children, parents, admin staff and teachers have fallen ill to dreaded lurgies and broken bones. With the change of season we can hope for some warmer weather to melt away some of the chills of winter.

Interest in the school

It has been a very busy time of late as we have had many enquiries and interviews this term from parents and children wanting to commence at the school. We are currently dealing with about 15 applications across the school.

This is a special place, so the interest is not surprising. This sense of place is topical for the College of Teachers as we begin to explore the current Strategic Plan and evaluate the school’s progress. Thoughts are now turning towards refreshing and renewing the impulse for the school in this very particular location.

Why are we here and what are we doing become pertinent questions all of a sudden? Here we are on Dja Dja Wurrung country where cultural roots go back beyond reckoning and in more recent historical times, the land and its people experienced the Gold Rush that swept through Central Victoria. This was of course a significant time that influenced the patterns of land use and population growth.

With that as an historical backdrop a little Rudolf Steiner School springs up. Why here?

With history at our backs, and under our feet, we look towards the future to discover our possibilities. I’m certain it is bright. I look forward to parents input into our future discussions.

Warm regards

Brian Dodd


Kinder News

Dear Kindergarten Parents,

Please look out for our Festival week activities newsletter that has gone home this week in your child’s pocket at kinder.

Enjoy these pictures of the children delighting in painting, lavender footbaths and wax modelling. All activities that we do weekly in kinder for enjoyment and pleasure, all activities that promote and stimulate the children’s sense of life and wellbeing.

Warm regards to all.


Class 5

Class Five is enjoying our exploration into the world of plants. On our walks we are finding many fungi, algae, lichens and mosses. We have started designing and creating our own gardens and are caring for our own special plant. We are sprouting seeds, pruning, weaving and are becoming more aware of how much humans depend upon the plant world for our existence.

Thank you Julie for accompanying us on our Friday walk.

In these last two weeks of the term we are delving into the world of trees and flowering plants with Alannah, our student teacher.

Cheers, Anna

Parents and Friends News

Spring Fair

There’s been a gentle hum of Spring Fair preparations around the school this week.  Class 1 parents have just spent the morning crafting Children’s Tent treasures and Aleesha has refilled the basket in the office with craft group kits.  If you can sew or knit or crochet, kits with all the materials you need to create a little creature are available from the counter at Reception.  Your contributions will be warmly received.

Application forms to hold a stall at this year’s Fair are now available and can be picked up from the office or downloaded here.  Spring Fair 2017 Stallholder Application (1)

Jane McCahon, Poppy’s mum from Class 3, is coordinating the marketplace, so have a chat with her if you’d like to know more.

Look out for information about the Silent Auction coming home next week.  We are using an online platform to complement the Auction on the day.  This will provide additional opportunities to browse and purchase goods and services but will also provide significant marketing opportunities for local businesses.  Class 3 parent Laurel Kanost is the driving force behind our Silent Auction this year. Thank you Laurel!

School lunches

These are the last two weeks of our Growing Abundance school lunch program for the term. Thank you for your support.  We’re looking forward to the new seasonal menu for term 4.  If you’d like more information about the program, see

Finally, please check the lost property table in the parents room to find any stray jackets, tops and socks your child may have lost.  Items that have sat here too long are likely to get sent to the op shop.

With love,

Julie Tisdale, Convenor, Parents & Friends

Wellbeing news

I have relished making connections with many people in the school since commencing work here 5 weeks ago. I am loving the breadth of the role. I have managed to spend at least a little time with most classes- the aim being to become a friendly and familiar presence.

Class 6 has seen me weekly for a session of cooperative games, initiative challenges and discussion, with the purpose of strengthening relationships amongst the children whilst having fun.

I am working with a small number of individuals and families around individual children’s wellbeing.

I am also engaged with staff around embedding Restorative Practices within the school.

I am generally at school on Tuesdays and Wednesday mornings. If you wish to get in touch, this is best done through the school office. If you want to access counselling or other more formal support, please contact the Principal Brian or your class teacher.

Thanks. Look forward to meeting more of the community over coming weeks,

Mark Macdougall, Wellbeing Officer


Craft news

The latest pics of our hard work!

Bonjour tout le monde

Our final French news for the end of a very busy third term! Class Six have been working hard on their class play but have still found the time to explore a range of French words for different directions and to revise their knowledge of colours and numbers. And we have almost finished our reading of Le Petit Prince.

Class Seven and Eight produced some very thoughtful statements about human rights for our unit of work on the French Revolution and they can be seen displayed on the French flag in Class Eight.  Education, food, shelter and good health all emerged as important rights … but perhaps none as heartfelt as ‘le droit de rever’ … the right to dream.

And while the students have been practising their listening skills, here is a French play on words that they have solved this week:

Question: Quels sont les numeros favoris d’une poule? (What are a chicken’s favourite numbers?)

Answer: 7, 1, 9 (Sept, un, neuf. Which SOUNDS like C’est un oeuf … It’s an egg!)

au revoir et bonnes vacances


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From The Office

Late students & absences

Late Arrivals

All late arrivals need to report to the office for a Late slip before going to the classroom.


Advice of your child absence can be provided by text at any stage to 0407 124 508. The message will need the child’s FULL name, Class and reason for absence.

If your child is marked absent without reason a text message will be sent to parents to advise. The Office will not perform any further follow up unless contact is made by the parent.

University of WA Parent Engagement Study

My name is Hayley Jackson and I am writing to you as a research assistant at the University of Western Australia (UWA). Led by chief investigator Dr Jeneva Ohan, researchers at UWA and the University of Queensland are currently conducting a study about parents views of parenting support programs designed for parents of children who have behavioural problems.

Evidence-based parenting programs are a demonstrated, cost-effective, and long-lasting way to reduce child behaviour problems and improve children’s mental health and wellbeing. However, only a small number of parents participate in these programs. Our research seeks to better understand parents views of parenting programs, and the factors that influence parents participation in such programs. We are hoping that results from this research can be used to help develop strategies to assist parents to take part in evidence-based parenting support programs.

We would like to invite parents of a 3- to 8-year old child who are concerned about their child’s behavioural problems (such as defiance, breaking rules, and aggression) to participate in a 25-minute online survey. Parents who complete the survey have the option to enter into a prize draw to win one of 20 $100 Coles-Myer vouchers. In additionparents who complete the survey will be offered access to an online, empirically-based parenting program at no cost (or obligation) to them. For parents who do choose to access the program, we will send brief emails summarising any program modules they complete for three months following their activation of the program. We will then send parents a request via email to complete a final brief (approx. 5 minute) online survey about strategies taught in the program.

If your child is aged 3-8 years, and has behaviour problems, please consider this 25-minute survey about parenting programs, your child, and yourself:

Participants have the opportunity to win one of 20 $100 Coles-Myer vouchers.”

If you would like more information regarding what participation in this study involves please do not hesitate to contact me.

Warm regards, Hayley Jackson

CHIRP Volunteer Mentors needed

CHIRP volunteer mentors

Evening Course in Rudolph Steiner Education

This year we offered for the first time our two year part-time evening course in Rudolf Steiner Education in Central Victoria, at the Castlemaine Steiner School.  It has been going well with a steady cohort of adults coming together every Thursday night for lecture/discussion, artistic activity and supper as a social gathering.

Flyer for part time course at Castlemaine – INFO EVENING

This group will move into the second year of the course in 2018, and we invite interested parents/teachers to join us in 2018 for the new intake into the course. We have an Information Evening coming up and it is attached for you- we hope you could include it in your school newsletter over the coming weeks.

With kind thanks for your support

Best wishes, Tiffany Lovegrove

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Community Classifieds

Super Amazing Giant Girl - Phee Broadway September 2017

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Castlemaine Children's Literature Festival

The Castlemaine Children’s Literature Festival is on again in the school holidays from September 25-28 (first week), packed with goodness for ages 0-12. This year’s program has a focus on illustration, to complement Story Island: An Adventure in Pictures showing in the Castlemaine Library from 1 September to 14 October. Check out the CCLF program full of wonderful workshops, performances and other fun things, and book your tickets early as they do sell out quickly! There’s something for all ages, and some events are free. We hope to see you there!

Salsa class and concert

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Sprung Circus Spring Holiday Program 2017

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Comedy for Karma

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Music camps

Melbourne Youth Orchestra’s – Summer School & Residential Camp – January 8th -13th  2018

Applications now open via

Geelong Summer Music Camp – January 14 – 19th 2018

Online registration at

Canberra Youth Music Summer School – January 8th – 19th 2018

Applications open September 4th 2017 via

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