Thursday 3rd May, 2018

Term 2 Week 3

I feel my own force, bearing fruit
And gaining strength to give me to
the world.
My inmost being I feel charged
with power
To turn with clearer insight
Towards the weaving of life’s

From The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner

Dates to Diary

Term 2 - Tuesday 17th of April - Friday 22nd of June
Term 3 - Tuesday 17th of July - Friday 21st of September
Term 4 - Tuesday 9th of October - Friday 14th of December

TERM 2 / 2018 DATES for the Diary
Wed to Fri 2nd - 4th May - Class 4 Muckleford Forest Camp
Tue 8th May - Class 2 Parent Meeting
Wed 9th May - OPEN DAY, 9.30am
Wed 9th May - Class 5 Parent Meeting
Thu 10th May - Class 8 Parent Meeting
Fri 11th May - Class 3 Sleepover
Tue - Thu 15th to 17th May - NAPLAN Testing
Wed 16th May - Board Meeting
Wed 16th May - Class 7 Parent Meeting
Thu 17th May - Class 4 Parent Meeting
Wed to Fri 16th - 18th May - Class 6 Muckleford Gorge Camp
Wed 23rd May - "Upper years in our school" - Parent Information Meeting
Thu 24th May - Class 6 Sustainability Summit Chewton (participating students)
Fri 25th May - Class 6 Mineral Excursion
Sat 26th May - Bush Dance
Tue to Fri 29th May - 1 Jun - Class 7 & 8 Pilgrimage Walk
Wed 30th May - Annual General Meeting
Tue 5th Jun - Class 3 Parent Meeting
Mon 11th Jun - Queens B'day - PUPIL FREE DAY
Fri 15th Jun - Class 8 Projects
Wed 20th Jun - Board Meeting
Thu 21st Jun - Midwinter Festival

From the Principal

Dear Parents,

NAPLAN – The National standardised testing period is coming around again for students in classes 3,5,7 and 9.

We have advised parents with children in those classes of the dates for the tests. The school will run the tests for children who have not been withdrawn by their parents. There is still a provision for parents to withdraw children from testing on philosophical or religious grounds. This form has been included in our correspondence and will need to be returned to the school ASAP if you do not wish your child to sit. It is an opt out provision, if the form is not signed the students are required to sit. The deadline for returning forms is this Friday.

Parent Meeting

We are running an information evening in week 5 for parents of Class 4, 5 and 6 students (although anyone is welcome to attend). We will be talking about the class 7 and 8 program and what this means for you children. There will be a number of teachers joining us on the night to provide a number of perspectives.

Moving into the upper school represents a change that can feel uncomfortable for some, so we will be talking about how the curriculum meets the children at this level and how you as parents can support them as they enter what can be seen as the ‘trying’ years of adolescence.

We are looking towards a bright future, we want you all to be part of that future and are looking forward to hearing your perspectives on your child’s education.

Warm Regards


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School News


Reminder to return your NAPLAN Withdrawal form if you do not wish your child to participate.

Whooping Cough

As you are aware we have had 3 confirmed cases of Pertussis at the school with a few students still currently undergoing testing. The school has distributed the relevant links and fact sheets to help families identify the symptoms and seek GP advice at the earliest signs. Due to the incubation period there is still the possibility that further cases may present and we will keep you all informed as information is available. In the interim, everyone’s health and wellbeing can be supported by unwell children remaining home, supervision of thorough hand washing and encouraging children to cough into crooks of arms and not hands.

Photo Permission

We have a large number of Photo Permission forms still to be returned. We have a photographer currently visiting on a regular basis to update our imagery for the website and print ads etc. All children will be assumed as permitted in these shots, unless you have returned your form and specified otherwise.

AGM Date for the Diary.

The Annual General Meeting of the Castlemaine Steiner School Limited will be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 30th May 2018. The meeting will be held in the Multipurpose room at the school.

Parents & Friends

Bush Dance

The posters are up for this year’s Autumn Harvest Family Bush Dance on Saturday, 26 May.

Jane Thompson and James Rigby are providing the music and doing the calling again this year, so we’re guaranteed of a fun evening for kids and grown ups alike.

Tickets will be available from the office soon or at the door.  Prices are lower this year –  only $10 a family or $5 a single.

Sujeeva is planning a vegetarian chilli for dinner. And we promise to make more pavlovas for the dessert buffet after disappointing people by running out last time. For more details see the lovely poster here – Bush Dance MAY18

Spring Fair

Lots of little jobs are happening behind the scenes for Spring Fair in term 4.

If you are making zucchini relish or doing some preserving or jam making, please put a jar or two aside for the Fair as there’s not a lot of produce available in Spring.

Also, we’re bringing back Fish & Dip – so it would great if parents could start putting aside little treasures like crayons, pencils, ribbon, stamps, old or foreign coins and crystals.

Craft Group & Parent Drop In

As usual, all are welcome to drop in any Wednesday morning from 9-11am for a cup of tea and / or some casual crafting in the Parents Room. For the next few weeks, we’ll be making little animals out of felt beautifully hand dyed by Aleesha. There will be a small cost to cover materials if you’d like to take yours home.

With love, Julie Tisdale, Convenor, Parents & Friends

From the Office

The next Open Day will be held on Wednesday 9th of May at 9.30am.

Fee Payments – We have received some fee payments which do not have an identifiable reference, eg. Fees Payment.  Please make sure your payments are identified with your account code.  This appears on your fee invoice and is the first 4 letters of the account name followed by 2 digits (NAME01).

Car Key found – A key was handed in to the office last term. Please collect if you are missing a car key.

Prep News

Our term has started well in Prep. The children are enjoying playing outside in this beautiful Autumn weather and noticing all the changes in our garden. We have been exploring the wider school environment on our weekly walks to play on the oval and among the trees. This week the children all helped to knead the dough for our pizza lunch on Wednesday.

We will be making pizza every Wednesday this term. please order and put money in the tin on Mondays.

This term we warmly welcome Arthur and his family, Ada and Jason to our class community.

I look forward to our Prep Class meeting this Thursday 7.30-9 pm., when we will discuss the development of the 6 year old.

Love Heather

Class 1 News


Hello Class One Families,

We continue to have a wonderful time in Class 1. We have almost finished learning all of our letters. This week we have begun those very special letters – the vowels. We call these “angel letters” because they are so powerful. These pictures are about a young prince whose task it is to find the “Tree of Life” and bring one apple from this wonderful tree.

I would like to thank everyone for their special thought and messages of condolence at the passing of my mother last week. It has been much appreciated.

Many thanks, Anne.


Class 2 News

Class 2 have had a great start to Term Two. Our current main lesson is Animal Fables and the class is very astute at working out the meaning behind each of the stories.

We have had two highlights in the term so far and it is only week three. One of these was our assembly presentation of E Papa Waiari, showing our skills at different ways of using the clapping sticks while singing. The other exciting thing that happened was the delivery of a wood work bench, designed and made by parents and the generous donations of tools, wood and nails by parents, students and grandparents. There has been quite a lot of sawing and hammering with many interesting inventions being made already. I would like to say a big thankyou to all involved in making the wood work station come to fruition for the class. I would also like to thank Class 3 very much for their generosity in sharing their workbench, tools and supplies while we were waiting for ours to be ready.

Class 5 News

We have been enjoying our journey through ancient Egypt. The students have heard about the story of Osiris and Isis and the terrible fate Osiris succumbed to because of his cruel brother Set. We have been hearing how the Hieroglyphics came to be and how the Egyptians worked out a way of preserving bodies through the process of “Mummification.” This week we have also heard about the wonders of Egypt, the mighty pyramids. The children have been fascinated to hear how these wonders were built using only stone and how each stone was cut perfectly so that each fitted its neighbour snuggly without the use of machinery and mortar and cement.

A friendly reminder that our class meeting is next Wednesday at 7pm. We will be discussing the camps for Term 3. I hope you all can make it.

Have a great week.

Love Amanda.

Class 6 News

Class Six came back from their Astronomy camp to Lake Tyrell with wonderful memories of the vast salt-lake and all-encompassing night skies. We were lucky to have perfect weather for viewing the constellations, Milky Way and planets.

We have now been busy exploring more of Roman History and of the deeds and personalities of the leaders of that time. All very interesting and intense.

Cheers, Anna & Rebecca

Class 7 News

Dear Families,

What a wonderful adventure I shared with our wonderful children last week! Our camp at Mt Arapiles was delightful on many levels. It was a fabulous way to extend our learning in Mechanics, as well as to extend ourselves beyond what we may have felt possible in our inner and outer strength and courage.

Thank you to Lisa for all her organising, driving, cooking and general camping know-how; to the fabulous La Trobe students and teachers who were so thoughtful and inspiring; and to Danilo and Emanuel for your support and company while we were away; and to Lynn and Class 8 for a really nice time together.

Thank you all for your lovely birthday wishes, too. It was extraordinary to spend the day in such a beautiful setting, and in such delightful company!

Our class meeting will be on Wednesday 16th May at 7:30pm. Hoping to see you then.

With love, Kate

Here are some photos from the group I climbed with.

PE News

We have been blessed with some wonderful weather over the first few weeks of Term 2. With the introduction of kicking games in this term, we have spent recent weeks developing our soccer skills, such as dribbling, passing, defending, goal shooting and headers. Classes 7 and 8 have also constructed their own soccer based activities/drills in small groups within one of our session and were then able to demonstrate the requirements of the activity and have others participate in their finished product. It is a great way of giving ownership of learning to the students.

 With the Bush Dance only a few weeks away we will soon start learning a few of the songs and dances that will be played on the night. This is going to be a very exciting but also challenging few weeks for the children and myself, but well worth it! The songs on the night being played by the band are taken from the ‘Bushwhackers Book of Dance’. If anyone has the CD that accompanies the book, it would be most appreciated if I could borrow it over the next few weeks. Thanks in advance.

 Let’s get outside with our children and do something physical while the weather is glorious, before it turns cold and miserable!

 Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers out there for next week!

 Cheers, Alan

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Community Classifieds

Transportation needed

Hello Steiner Community.

My daughter, Isobella Sexton-Kueffer is in Class 3 who attends the YMCA after school program at Campbell’s Creek PS.

I am hoping to employ someone to transport Isobella from Steiner to Campbell’s Creek PS on a Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoon.

If you are able to help we would be so grateful.


Kimmy and Isobella.

Ph. 0427 046251.

Nanny Wanted!

Nanny Required – 3 days per week

We are seeking a nanny to provide a continuation of care within the home for our children in as natural and loving a manner as possible, where it feels like an extension of the family. You would attend to all duties associated with the children during a day while in your care (ie. food prep, clean up of activities and toys), together with light house duties (ie. if we hang washing and your day allows, bring it in or vice versa; put contents into slow cooker for tea); and we would seek that you enrich the children’s lives through sensory experience; through movement and through imitating the routine they see modelled throughout the day (involve the children in cooking, tidying, folding).

We have two children – Winifred 4 (Kinder at CSSK) and Henrietta 2 (Playgroup CSSK). We are seeking care for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8:30am-4:30pm. During this time Winifred is at kinder 8:45-3pm. We offer $20 per hour, with public holidays paid, plus any expenses for craft materials, cooking etc.

If you feel that you are the right person for this role, we look forward to hearing from you! If you feel you are the right person, however have questions regarding how this might fit with your own family, please still contact us, we are happy to talk things through.  For the right fit, days and hours can have some degree of flexibility.

Full position description upon request  Alex – 0430 118 570

We look forward to hearing from you.

Woollykins - Special Offer on Organic Wool Clothing for Children

CSSK Special Offer from Woollykins – Organic Wool Clothing for Children

I’d love to offer our School Community a 10% discount off my Online Store

Use code “CSS10” at checkout and choose the Local Pick Up from the Parents Room and we will deliver your order to school.

I have a wonderful collection of organic wool clothing, socks and slippers for children from birth to 12 years. We have recently moved to the Woollen Mills and are open 10-4 Thursday and Friday if you’d like to visit and see our beautiful clothing.

Xx Brenna (Mum to Emrys in Prep and Merlin in Class 3 and baby Lailoken)

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Instruments for sale!

CELLO FOR SALE- 1/2 size

Plays beautifully, ex Steiner student grown out of, $800 with hard case, in excellent condition. Happy for you to inspect first.

Contact Bron on 0407976622


Violin for sale. $150.

3/4 size, in excellent condition.

Contact Janell 0448433073

MK Nordika High quality Scandinavian Rainwear - Order this financial year to receive a $5 discount on each Danish Elka Rainset!

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