Thursday 23rd November, 2017

Term 4 Week 7
The senses’ might grows strong
United with the gods’ creative work;
It weighs my power of thinking
Down to a dreamlike dullness.
When godly Being
Desires union with my soul,
Must human thinking
In quiet dream-life rest content.

From The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner

Dates to Diary

Term 4 Tuesday 10th October – Friday 8th December

TERM 4 DATES for the Diary
Thu 23rd -24th Nov - Class 5 Greek Olympics
Fri 24th Nov – Class 2 Sleepover
Mon 27th Nov - Class 3 Farm Camp ( 1 night camp)
Wed 29th Nov - Class 1 Excursion to Botanical Gardens
Thu 30th Nov Fri 1st – Class 8 Shakespeare Tour
Mon 4th, 5th, 6th Dec - Class 8 Shakespeare Performance
Tue 5th Dec - Class 4 Walk to Botanical Gardens
Wed 6th Dec - Class 2 Excursion Oak Forest
Fri 8th Dec - Class 8 Graduation
Wed 13th Dec – Staff Xmas Luncheon

Last chance to see….

the talent of our Class 8 graduates! Don’t miss their performance of The Merchant of Venice!


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School News

Parents & Friends

Spring Fair

Thank you to all the parents, teachers, students and friends of our school who contributed so much to the success of the Spring Fair. It was a lovely day, helped enormously by the sunny weather.  It was a real privilege to work among such a large group of generous, talented and open hearted people in the weeks and months leading up to the Fair.  The community we create through our coming together helps to make our school something special.  Thank you to Huw and Ken for all the extra hours they put in, to Chris for the extraordinary display of the children’s work she created in the Eurythmy room and to Uncle Ricky Nelson and Ron Murray for leading the Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony.  Thanks to all the students past and present who performed, to the parents who coordinated activities and to the individuals and businesses – both local and from further afield – who donated goods and services to our Silent Auction.  Thanks also to Brad and Lara for bringing their tractor and donating the haybales and to the wonderful women who made up the Spring Fair working group – Sujeeva, Aleesha, Natalie, Jane, Laurel and Renate.

A note from Sujeeva

Special thank you to all the lovely folk who worked in the kitchen during the Fair smilingly and tirelessly beautifying spaces, chopping, serving and most appreciated, cleaning – it made the Spring Fair food a joyful success.  To all the musicians too – the kitchen was filled with great tunes all day! Thank you to Sprout Bakery for their generous donation of pizza bases and to Harvest Fruit and Veg, Taste of the Orient and Ice Cream Social for their contributions and their support of our Fair.

Crazy Hair Day

On Friday, 1 December our students will be invited to come to school with crazy hair in return for a gold coin donation.  The donations will raise money for Orphfund’s One Day campaign to provide school supplies for children in need.

You can watch a short video about the campaign at or see for more information.

School lunches

Unfortunately Growing Abundance have informed us they won’t be continuing with the school lunches program next year.  While this is really disappointing, we are hopeful that the service may continue in another form.  We’ll let you know early in the new year.

There will be no school lunches on the final day of school.

With love

Julie Tisdale, Convenor, Parents & Friends


The Giving Tree

As we begin our celebration of the Advent season, we have an opportunity to remember those close to home who may be in need of support. The Giving Tree will be in the office foyer from this Friday until the end of term. Families are invited to bring a gift of non-perishable festive food to place under the tree. These items will be added to the Salvation Army Christmas hampers for local families in need. P&F Thank you for your support.



Christmas Market

Craft Group Christmas Market

Come and buy beautiful gifts and Christmas decorations for your family this festive season.

Friday, 8 December from lunchtime near the office.



Camp News & Information

We have been trying to standardize our packing lists for the students, to make it easier for families and ensure that camps are safe and comfortable for the students. A few things we have noticed is that not all sleeping bags are warm enough, some water bottles are not sturdy or large enough, some sleeping mats are too big (makes them hard to pack).

With Christmas coming up, I thought that if anyone is stuck for presents for your children, you could recommend some good camping gear.

I have been in touch with Steve from Rock Hardware in Bendigo. He supplies LaTrobe Outdoor Ed students and a number of schools in Bendigo. He is happy to sell to our students quality products at discounted prices. Of course you can shop anywhere but I do recommend Rock Hardware for quality, price and service. Steve suggested One Planet who are an ethical Melbourne based business.

Click on the link here for One Planet (our price is the cheaper one) catalogue. One Planet

Click here for Rock Hardware’s list of other recommended products. Rock Hardware

Business cards & the catalogue can be viewed at the office. The shop is located at 38 Neale Street Bendigo. Tel 5441 8886 or 0427 418 886.

And here’s some pic’s from our recent Camp adventures!

Class 5 Balranald Camp

Class 6 Rafting Camp

Class 5 Biking Camp

Class 4 Pioneer Camp

Class 4 Bush School

Class 3 Sleepover



New Admin Assistant for The Office Team!

The Office is looking for a new team member! CSSK is inviting applications for the position of Admin Assistant (0.4FTE temporary for 6 months). Full details are available at these links and on our website;

CSSK Temporary Vacancy – Admin Assistant 2018

Position Description – CSSK Position Description Admin Assistant 2018

The Admin Officer works in the front office to provide reception backup to the Admin Office, and undertake additional office admin duties. The work will preferably be undertaken as two full days, however other options may be considered.

To achieve in this position, you will need to have experience in office administration or reception work, a positive approach to customer service in a school context, and an affinity with Steiner values. The position requires a current Working With Children Check and a Police Check, as well as a Level 2 First Aid Certificate or willingness to obtain one.

For any further queries please contact Neil Bowker, Business Manager, or 5479 2000.

Applications close 9AM Monday 4 December.



Important Dates for 2018

This went out via email to CSSK families today – the website will be updated shortly.

2018 CSSK Calendar Dates





Kinder news

Dear Kinder families,

Welcome to our last weeks together. It is a sad but lovely time. To reflect with the children and remember how much they have learnt and how much they have grown. I hear little snippets of wobbly teeth every so often now in kinder.

Please look out for your Kinder festival invite.

Also would anyone like to have a a guinea pig or two. We have two guinea pigs that need good homes. Rocky and Ashley, both boys and unfortunately they are no longer getting on, so they need to be homed separately.

Kinder also has two chickens that need homes. They are only a couple of months old.

Please let me know if you are interested.

Kind regards



Prep News

Over the last two weeks the children have been delighted to see two yellow robins in our garden. Today Lewis discovered something very special, they are building a tiny nest. We are trying to be very quiet and hope they will lay their eggs.

It has been a pleasure to have Anne visiting us in Prep. The children are enjoying getting to know their Class One Teacher.

Our Prep Christmas Festival will be on the last day of term, Thursday 7th December, 9.00-11.00 am. An invitation will go home soon.

Warm Regards Heather



Class 5 News

Class 5 have had a busy couple of last weeks with a performance of their Spanish play with Raziel last week and their soiree this week and the Olympic Games at Mansfield Steiner School on Thursday and Friday. Verses were learnt, music played, poetry written and recited, feast eaten and fabulous effort put into all of the events. Congratulations to all Olympians!!

During the last couple of weeks we shall be hearing about Alexander The Great and winding up our Class Five Year. What a wonderful one it has been.

Cheers, Anna

From The Garden

It has been a busy term for camps so I haven’t been in the garden full time. Thanks to Nathan Straker and Spike Carter-South for stepping in. What a power of work you have done!

Here are some harvest photos!


French News

Bonjour tout le monde

 The end of term fast approaches and at last we have some warm weather! Class Six students have continued to investigate the topic Mon Jardin as we have shared the story of the ‘lost’ garden of Felix Delahaye: planted on the rugged coast of Recherche Bay in Tasmania over two hundred years ago. Students have learned that early French explorers to Australia often planted gardens before departing, as a gift of food to indigenous peoples. And members of Class Six have been encouraged to plan what they might have planted in such a garden – surprisingly, carrots seem to have been the favourite choice! 

 We wish Class Eight the very best for their upcoming Shakespeare performance, on which they are working tirelessly at this time. Meanwhile, our Class Seven students have used their French time to produce some lovely storybooks and we look forward to sharing them with our buddies in Class Two for reading and discussion.

 au revoir


PE News

What a fantastic day it was at our recent Spring Fair. I had the pleasure of spending most of the day at the very popular dunking tank. Thankfully this year the weather was splendid, especially in comparison to last year’s event, meaning the dunking tank was thriving with children, adults and friends, eager to cool down in the water, or dunk a friend or family member. I even took the occasional splash myself which was very refreshing. I was so impressed by the throwing accuracy and power of many of our students and their friends from other schools that came to enjoy our wonderful festivities. The future is bright and perhaps a few future Australian cricketers are starting to emerge in our ranks. What an amazing day it was!

Class 7 and 8 have recently undertaken some lessons involving archery, an activity undertaken with excitement and enthusiasm. Archery is a good measure of a child’s focus, patience and ability to apply fine technical skills in order to achieve their goals. It is a very inclusive activity for all involved as it doesn’t require exceptional power or speed, attributes common with some physical activities we undertake.

Classes 4, 5 and 6 have been participating in different games and activities focusing on their hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness. It is fantastic to witness the development that has taken place in these areas with my students this year. Some children have made a huge leap forward in this area and should be immensely proud of their efforts.

Reports will be sent out to parents soon. If you would like to discuss your child’s report please don’t hesitate to speak to me after classes on a Monday or Friday afternoon.

Regards, Alan



Bushfire at Risk Resource - High Risk Schools

Please familiarize yourself with the following policy re our school and its bushfire risk.

Bushfire At Risk Resource for High Risk Schools

Parents & Friends Advent Calendar Workshop

Christmas Advent Workshop

Come and join us to create a Steiner inspired advent calendar based on the four weeks of advent.

Friday December 1st 9am – 12pm


Saturday December 2nd 9am – 12pm


Completed Advent Calendars available for purchase for $30 from 01/12.

Other DIY Christmas Decoration kits will be available for purchase on the day.

Bookings preferred –


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Community Classifieds

Morning Star Crafts OPEN STUDIO - This weekend!

Toys and Gifts, Books and Crafts

November 25 & 26, 10am – 4pm

9 Malcolm Drive, Campbells Creek

0458 280 547

Ballarat Steiner School - Advent Calendars

This year, Ballarat Steiner parents Ali Arnold and Liz Mynes have been making Advent Calendars. They are filled with gorgeous natural things to add to the excitement of Christmas.

Each day, the children open a parcel which builds either a Christmas Wreath or a Nativity Scene (limited availability). The parcels are pegged on a length of jute. In the Christmas Wreath, there’s decorations made out of pure woollen yarn and spices and clay and beeswax and felt. A little knitted santa hat and a seedpod angel. Grapevines and wisteria for the wreaths. The Nativity Scene is built with materials such as pure woollen fleece, felt, silk, natural wooden beads, seedpods, beeswax, clay, sterling silver, authentic gold, frankincense and myrrh. All the items are in envelopes that you peg on a length of jute twine. Everything is supplied, apart from a sewing needle (to hang some of the decorations) and PVA/craft glue. Most of the decorations are ‘complete’ but there are a couple that you have to put together, which kids tend to love (nothing is difficult). Cost: $40 each. Postage and packaging is $9 to anywhere in Aust. Two wreaths fit in that $9 fee, so please team up with another family to save on postage. Or place a group order to further save (will notify you of postage). For more info and to order, go to

Advent starts on 3 December this year, so order as soon as you can! 


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School Holiday Job - January 2018

We’re a Castlemaine family looking for a responsible male teenager to look after our two boys for three weeks in January. They are aged 8 and 11, love basketball, skateboarding, trampolining, reading, board games, computer games and dogs!

The dates are from Jan 9th to 25th, 9am – 3.30pm, four days per week. Must be ok with dogs as we have two!

Please get in touch if you are interested even if you can’t manage all the dates as we’ll be happy to split the job between a couple of people.

Call or text me on 0428 299414, or email

Many thanks

Liz Mellor

Victory Park Play Space Designs

Come down to Victory Park on Sunday 3 December (alongside the Farmers marker) to look at ideas for the new playspace. Chat to designers and council staff and test drive some of the ideas at a pop up play space. If you can’t make it on the day the designs will be available on the Have Your Say section of the council’s website from 4-15 December, and in hard copy at the Market Building. For further information contact Edwina Reid, Active Communities Officer, 5471 1740 or

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