Thursday 3rd November, 2016

Term 4, Week 5

There has arisen from its narrow limits
My Self and finds itself
As revelation of all worlds
Within the sway of time and space;
The world, as archetype divine,
Displays to me at every turn
The truth of my own likeness.

From The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner

Dates to Diary

Saturday 5th November - SPRING FAIR
Monday 7th November 2.15pm - Class 4 Soiree
Monday 7th to Thursday 10th November - Class 6 Horse Riding Camp
Wednesday 9th November - Class 4 Chewton Goldfields Excursion
Wednesday 9th November 7pm - Class 7 & 8 Soiree
Thursday 10th to Friday 11th November - Class 7 Pilgrimage Walk
Friday 11th November 2.15pm - Class 5 Soiree
Monday 14th November - Class 4 Sovereign Hill Excursion
Tuesday 15th November 7pm - Class 4 Meeting
Wednesday 16th November - Class 8 Steam Train Excursion
Wednesday 16th November 7.30pm - Class 7 Meeting
Wednesday 16th to Friday 18th November - Class 3 Tylden Farm Camp
Monday 21st November 7.30pm - Class 1 Meeting
Tuesday 22nd November - Class 6 Robin Hood Play
Thursday November 24th 7.30pm - Class 7 and 8 Eurythmy Performance
Friday 25th November - Parent-Teacher Interviews (Student Free Day)
Tuesday 29th November - Class 5 Greek Olympics in Ballarat
Tuesday 29th November - Class 2 Play
Thursday 1st December 7.30pm - Prep Meeting
Friday 2nd December - Class 1 Play

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

Term 4 - Tuesday 4th October to Friday 9th December (10 weeks)

Term 1 Tuesday 31st January – Friday 31st March
Term 2 Wednesday 19th April – Thursday 22nd June
Term 3 Tuesday 18th July – Friday 22nd September
Term 4 Tuesday 10th October – Friday 8th December

Spring Fair…..two more sleeps!

Spring Fair News #6

Parent’s Program with map


It couldn’t be easier to get to the Fair.
Jump on our shuttle bus at the Market Building, Mostyn Street
and then we’ll bring you back to Castlemaine as well!


Market       School

9.30am            10.15am

10.30am         11.15am

11.30am          12.15pm

12.30pm          1.15pm

1.30pm             2.15pm

2.30pm            3.15pm


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Class News

Class Four

We had a wonderful time with Class 5 in Week 3 at Swan Hill Pioneer Village – there were so many things to do including horse & wagon rides, blacksmithing, rope making, butter churning, learning morse code, building with mallee roots (white ants don’t like them) and constructing drop log walls. We laundered a whole lot of washing in the old fashioned way (i.e. by hand), learned more about the local Aboriginal way of life and their connection to the land and environment (and enjoyed some bush tucker – the best food we had!). We explored some of the great Murray River (it was very, very full) by paddle steamer and we all walked into N.S.W. We kept our rooms tidy, went to sleep quietly and didn’t get up too early in the mornings. All the adults were very happy.

Last week we started off making Fraction Soup (and very tasty it was too. Cutting potatoes into eighths and celery into sixteenths made all the difference). We are learning to work fractions in all different ways and something we have found out is that the bigger the denominator, the smaller the piece! Would you prefer an eighth or a sixth of the chocolate bar?

We are all looking forward to the fair on Saturday.

Cheers, Anna

Class Eight

Food Chemistry Main Lesson work in Class Eight drew to a close this week and after many interesting experiments in Fats, Carbohydrates and Proteins we concluded by baking Anzac Biscuits: very interesting for the chemical reaction between bicarbonate of soda and melted butter … but also quite yummy!

Students in Class Eight also welcome Rob back this week from his holidays, just in time to launch into preparations for the upcoming Spring Fair. Make sure you visit our ice cream stall (with thanks to Delwyn for organising the ice creams!) and buy a raffle ticket (or a few!) for the beautiful woollen handmade blanket which is the result of all our knitting over the last four weeks … and many, many thoughtful donations, from single squares knitted by many of the younger students … to squares masterfully designed by staff and families … more than FIFTY gorgeous squares donated through Rose on behalf of the Bush Kindy … and even the official School Scarf from Lyn and students, once destined to win The Guinness Book of Records Longest Scarf in the World – but now remastered into a very cuddly and colourful knee rug!

In fact we have not one, not two, but THREE lovely rugs: one to raffle to raise a cash donation for youth homelessness, and two to donate. Support from everywhere has been inspiring and I seriously think we might make it an annual event! Thank you everyone. More information here.

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Warm regards

Class Eight and Lynn


You are invited to attend an Art and Craft Exhibition with work made by the children from Classes One to Eight.

More information here.

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See you there.

Love, Chris


Bonjour tout le monde

The term is gathering pace and we still have lots of loose ends to tie up before le noel. At last we have some lovely Spring weather (between the showers!) and Class Six took advantage of the sunshine last week to collect some beautiful plant and flower specimens for French. A quick five minute wander yielded more than 22 types of flowers and leaves, all of which resulted in some truly pretty botanical drawings for a themed page in our workbooks: Le Jardin.

Classes Seven and Eight have been constructing and designing a challenging new vocabulary card game for French which is a cross between Bingo and Memory … with just a dash of rhyme! Once mastered they will extend it with their own choice of rhyming French words, which can be increased whenever we learn new vocabulary. So far it looks like a lot of coloured paper shreds and sounds very noisy … but this is a sure sign that it is working!

au revoir



Music Room

You might have noticed some changes in the garden outside the music rooms. The hall is now our place of refuge in the event of fire and we are having to remove vegetation to keep the building safe.

Chook House

A great turn out last Saturday of Class 3 families helped us get the chook house finished. Thank you so much. Watch this space for the chooks!

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Last Thursday the Class 7/8 ensembles had great fun playing on the steps of the Market Building in town as a lead up to the Spring Fair. They presented their repertoire with energy and aplomb, and improved their ensemble skills as passers-by complimented their performance and attitude. Well done!

Leonie & Jeanette


Term 4 Soirees

Monday 7th November 2.15pm – Class 4

Wednesday 9th November 7pm – Class 7 & 8

Friday 11th November 2.15pm – Class 5


Melbourne Youth Music

2017 Ensemble Program & Summer School

Apply now: or call (03) 9376 8988

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School News

Board of Directors Nominations


The Board of Castlemaine Steiner School & Kindergarten invites nominations from the wider community to join the Board of Directors.

This rewarding honorary role provides an opportunity to use your skills in governing our school through the next stage of its development.

There are current casual vacancies for Directors with skills in one or more of the following areas:

  • Finance
  • Legal
  • Risk & Compliance
  • Education
  • Steiner Education
  • School Governance

For more information and an application form please contact Neil Bowker, Company Secretary at or 5479 2000

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From The Office

Mosquito Plague

Along with the rest of Castlemaine, we have been besieged by the mozzie plague. If you wish your child to use mosquito repellent, please send the container (with your child’s name on it) to school.
Application of same will be supervised by the teachers. Wearing long sleeve tops and long pants in light colours may also help in reducing the attacks.

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Community Classifieds

Babysitter Available

Hello, my name is Iliah Carolan. I am a past Steiner student, currently in Year 9 in the Steiner Stream at CSC.

I really enjoy spending time with children and have Babysitting experience. My hourly rate is $12 an hour and $15 every hour past 9pm.

Please contact me on 0429 459 954

I look forward to looking after your little darlings.

Cello for Sale

Dear Steiner school families

We have a 3/4 size cello for sale.

Lovely instrument – we paid $1400 from a music dealer in Melbourne.

Happy to pass it on for $1,000.

Call Marg Peck – 0429999255

Looking for a Bee swarm

If you see an unwanted bee swarm settle on your property please call Bron on 0407 976 622 – Bron can come and collect it and give it a home.

Chinese Medicine Practioner

Hello CSS&K Community,

I’d like to introduce myself as a Chinese Medicine Practitioner in Castlemaine (The Hub building) offering acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion as well as guidance on nutrition, supplementation and herbs. I’ve been practising a little over 12 years now, with a special focus on women’s health (menstruation, fertility, pregnancy and postnatal care, menopause) mental and emotional health, fatigue and digestive issues.  I enjoy working with children of all ages, teenagers and adults. Enquiries are most welcome!

You might have seen me around the school as I have two children attending – Frieda (Class 2) and Otto (Prep).

For appointments or enquiries  – Emma Brinkmann – 0419 544 847

Anthroposophy Study Group

Anthroposophy Study Group is open to all interested people.

We have just begun studying the book ‘Art as Spiritual Activity’

We meet in Chewton on Wednesday and Thursday evenings alternating.

All enquiries to Ken Killeen or 0423194878

Rudolf Steiner Course Information Evening

The Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar, following feedback from interested parents and teachers in the region, will propose to offer its part-time certificate course in Rudolf Steiner Education in 2017 at the Castlemaine Steiner School, each week during school term on a Thursday evening.

We warmly welcome parents, practising and prospective teachers in the Central Victorian region to this course “Understanding Rudolf Steiner Education and child development.

This course is the same course we have offered here in Melbourne for the past 25 years. Jeff Onans will conduct an Information Evening on Wednesday 9th November at 7.00 p.m at Castlemaine Steiner School.

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Suicide Prevention Community Workshop

Wednesday 9th November 6.30-8.30pm

Castlemaine Town Hall

This is a free event but bookings are essential through

For more information visit or
contact Castlemaine District Community Health on 5479 1000 or

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Anthroposophical Naturopath/Homeopath

Irmhilde Kleinhenz

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

Book with Monica 0407 521 397

Rod Quantock's 'Pardon my Carbon'

Presented by Mount Alexander Sustainability Group.

Thursday 10th November 7pm

Castlemaine Town Hall

Tickets range between $20 – $35 and are available at

More details at

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Concert in Castlemaine

Folk and Baroque Music of Scotland and the Canadian Maritimes.

Thursday 10th November 7.30pm, Castlemaine Uniting Church.

$25 full / $18 concession

Tickets online or at the door.

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Race the Train

This year’s event will be held on Sunday 13 November. It starts at the Old Castlemaine Gaol and finishes at Maldon Train Station.

Entry is just $10 per child and for every child that raises more than $50, Race the Train will donate $5 back to your school’s fundraising. To ensure adequate supervision, there must be a minimum of 1 adult ($20 entry) per three children.

For full details on the event, visit

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Hope Hour: Hope Power

A global hope building initiative, Hope Hour will be launched with an event in Castlemaine on Sunday 13th November at the Botanical Gardens Tea Rooms at 6pm.  People who would like to participate in Hope Hour from home or host their own, smaller gathering are invited to register at the website for free meditation downloads and host kit resources:, or follow Hope Hour on facebook @hopehourglobal

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Book Making Facilitator Training

Hands-on-Workshop with Author/Illustrator Trace Balla. Suitable for Parents and those working with families and young children.

2 hour introductory workshop on Monday 14th November 1.30-3.30pm

Workshops are located at Bendigo Library, Activity Room 1, 259 Hargreaves St, Bendigo

See attached for registration requirements


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Free Workshops for Community Groups

Workshop 1: Applying for grants
When: 9.30 am to 12.30 pm, Tuesday 22 November 2016
Where: Ray Bradfield Rooms, Forest St, Castlemaine
To register:

Workshop 2: Successful partnering with funders and other organisations
When: 9.30 am to 12.00 pm, Tuesday 29 November 2016
Where: Castlemaine Continuing Education, 30 Templeton St, Castlemaine
To register:

Workshop 3: Project management essentials
When: 1.00 pm to 3.30 pm, Tuesday 29 November 2016
Where: Castlemaine Continuing Education, 30 Templeton St, Castlemaine
To register:

For more information call 5471 1744 or email

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Mental Wellbeing - 'Live Life Well'

Community Information Sessions

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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