Thursday 6th October, 2016

Term 4, Week 1

Out in the sense-world's glory
The power of thinking loses self-confines,
And spirit worlds discover
Again their human offspring,
Who germinates in them
And yet within himself
Must find the fruit of soul.

From The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner

Dates to Diary

Thursday 6th October 5.30pm - Class 4 Night of the Animals
Monday 10th October 7.30-9.30pm - Mother's Meeting for Class 5 Girls Day
Monday 10th October 2pm - Mansfield Steiner Orchestra Visit
Monday 10th to Friday 14th October - Class 6 Horse Riding Camp & Class 8 Goulburn River Rafting Camp
Wednesday 12th October 7pm - Class 3 Meeting
Thursday 13th October 2.30pm - Class 3 Play 'Joseph the Dreamer'
Sunday 16th October 9.45am to 4pm - Class 5 Girls Day
Monday 17th October 12pm - Spring Festival
Tuesday 18th October 7.30pm - Class 2 Meeting
Wednesday 19th October to Friday 21st October - Class 4 & 5 Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement Camp
Monday 24th & Tuesday 25th October - Bendigo Health Free Dental Screening
Tuesday 25th October - School Photos
Wednesday 26th October 2.30pm - Class 6 Soiree
Friday 28th to Saturday 29th October - Class 3 Sleepover
Monday 31st October - Report Writing Day (Student Free Day)
Tuesday 1st November - Melbourne Cup Public Holiday
Saturday 5th November - Spring Fair
Monday 7th November 2.15pm - Class 4 Soiree
Wednesday 9th November - Class 5 Greek Olympics
Wednesday 9th November 7pm - Class 7 & 8 Soiree
Friday 11th November 2.15pm - Class 5 Soiree
Tuesday 15th November 7pm - Class 4 Meeting
Friday 25th November - Parent-Teacher Interviews (Student Free Day)
Thursday 8th December (Time TBC) - Prep Christmas Festival
Thursday 8th December (Time TBC) - Class 8 Graduation

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)

From the Acting Principal

Welcome back to the final term of the year.  Winter seems reluctant to leave us this year, but it is marvellous to see the school grounds and surrounding bush so green and alive, and to experience the water rising and rushing through the creeks.  It is wonderful to have all the children back in the school this week.

The highlight of this term is, as always, the beautiful Spring Fair.  Preparations are at full steam and I thank all of you who are planning and making and organising for the day.  It is such an important time for the children to experience the whole school community coming together and working with them to create such a joyful and fun event.

I look forward to seeing you all there as we celebrate our year together.


Jane Staley, Acting Principal

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Class News


Welcome back to Kinder and welcome to our rainy first day back. Oh how it has rained! We have commenced our first day with our Spring Cleaning Morning Circle, but towards the end of the week we will be singing about the rain in Morning Circle. There will be lots of splishing and splashing to muster our enthusiasm for all this wetness at present.

Thank you for such a delightful festival and your appreciative feedback. It was a real treat to have our Eurythmist, Nicole, leading us in the Circle. I am delighted you could all share in the joy of Eurythmy with the children. They are so enlivened by it.

Looking ahead towards the term, it is quite busy! We will have Transition Reports being sent home soon (these are Department of Education documents that provide information to Prep teachers to help in the transition to Prep); there will be Parent Teachers Interviews (to discuss the Transition reports); there will be a meeting in the coming weeks for Kinder parents to meet with Heather, our Prep teacher; we will have some visits/plays in the Prep Room/Yard towards the end of term; and we will be enjoying our last term together as a Kinder family. I will send home a note soon with these dates included. I will also be sending home some information about how we will be tweaking our morning entering routine starting next week (Week 2).

Throughout the term we will do some Christmas baking and so much more. I am so looking forward to our last term together. Already this morning the children have entered the room filled with enthusiasm to play and be together – it is such an inspiration to see them so involved in their play.

Warm regards,

Tobie, Amie and George

NB: New menu for Term 4 coming soon.


Springtime showers, springtime rain,

Wash the earth all clean again.

We have certainly had an abundance of ‘springtime showers’! I do hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday. The children returned very calmly and easily slipped back into our Prep rhythm.

Thank you to everyone for sharing our Spring Festival with us and helping to create such a special experience for the children.

Next Tuesday 11th October, Ron and Sarah will be visiting Prep. Ron will play the didgeridoo and we will hear a story and learn some Aboriginal dances.

Best wishes, Heather

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Class One

Our Spring term has begun with much enthusiasm in Class One and we are excited about our  two new baby guinea pigs!

We have begun with  skipping , Form Drawing of running forms as we follow the King to find his Queen, beautiful writing,  and lots of fun in the mud and puddles left by the Spring rains.

Class Newsletter out early next week.

Warm wishes, Lyn

Class Two

Welcome back after the holidays.

The children were eager to settle in and begin our exploration of money and commence trading in our Penny Wise’s shop. Over the next two weeks I am sure you shall hear about the little treasures to be found there.

This week we welcome Helen back into our classroom  on a more regular basis to offer extra support.

Please set aside Tuesday 18th October to attend our Class Meeting at 7:30 in which Libby from our Music  Faculty will discuss our instrument program which commences in class three. It is important that a representative from each family attends so that guidance can be given regards choosing your child’s stringed instrument for next year.

Warm wishes, Mary

Class Three

Welcome Back Everyone!!!!

We have started the term full steam ahead practising our play. The children were still in holiday mode at the start of the week, but they are now wide awake and focussed. They are very excited sharing their stories of their Building projects and on Tuesday we all sat around and the children shared their stories of their struggles and challenges along the building path. It was great for all the children to see that they are not the only ones to have trouble along the way.

The building project and the write up are due on Monday morning.

Don’t forget out Class Meeting is scheduled for next Wednesday night at 7.00pm. We will discuss the sleep over and the camp.

I hope you can all make it.

Have a great week

Love Amanda

Class Four

Back we come to our last term of Class 4 as if we have never been away, though the holidays have all been used fully by the children by all accounts. Wonderful animal creations from the animal project have also arrived, proving how busy the class has been over the break.

This term we start off with a main lesson on The History of Writing, exploring the very beginnings of humans expressing themselves by making marks on cave walls and rocks, with those marks developing into alphabets being scribed onto paper. We have lots of practical experiences ahead.

Whilst the rainy weather is with us, please ensure that your child has a spare change of clothes and waterproof boots and coat – especially on Fridays.

Many thanks, Anna.

Class Six

What a wet and wild wintry spring to begin Term 4!!

This week Class 6 are continuing with their Geometry of the Circle Main Lesson creating intriguing leaf forms and learning more complex divisions of a circle.

There is much excitement as we prepare for our Horse Riding Camp next week.  The venue is a wonderful place in the Barmah Forest bordering the Murray River with a pair of exceptional riding instructors.

Here’s hoping the weather will be kinder next week.

Best wishes, Robyn

Class Seven

A quick conversation with Anne Perry, who is on a sailing camp with Class Seven at Cairn Curran, has established we have some very accomplished sailors amongst our ranks here at school. There have also been several practice capsizes, all in a days sailing…

I can’t wait to hear more stories upon their return.

Regards, Alan

Class Eight

With just four days in class this week before heading off on our rafting camp, Class Eight students have a busy schedule ahead of them … and an exciting class project for the Spring Fair which we invite ALL parents to support:

We invite you to Knit a Square for Youth Homelessness!  

We plan to knit a blanket to raffle at the Fair – and donate the funds to ‘Front Yard’, the Youth Homelessness Support Service of the Melbourne City Mission. A memorable aspect of our recent City Camp was our visit to Front Yard and it really opened our eyes to the experiences of young homeless people in Melbourne and to the wonderful work that is being done to support them.

Each blanket square only needs to be 20cm by 20cm – in any wool, any colour combination (go crazy!). We have three weeks to complete it – and so far we have THREE SQUARES! (Because I knitted them last weekend). Wool, needles and instructions are available at the office … or feel free to knit up any oddments you might have.

We may even end up with enough squares for one blanket to raffle AND one to donate!

Warm regards, Lynn


Help Needed

Welcome back everyone. This term is huge for the Craft Program, beginning new projects and working towards completing them without rush, haste and undue stress. Slow and steady is my motto for Term Four.

This year I am holding an Art and Craft Exhibition opening on Spring Fair day, and running through to the following Wednesday 9th November.

The exhibition will be open from 9am to 3:30pm, Monday 7th to Wednesday 9th. I am hoping to invite as many Craft Groups as possible to share and celebrate the work created by our Children.

I have a brochure and introduction letter I am sending out to as many Craft Groups, Magazines/Publications, interested individuals etc. If you have any contact details for any of the above: Craft/Arts Groups or interested individuals, please drop their details in at the office and I will send them out this week and next.

I really need your help to brainstorm who I can invite.

Thank you xxxxx

Warmest regards, Chris


A little over three years ago, Eurythmy was certainly not a strong point in the school program; now it has grown and developed over the years, and students are apt in many capacities they would not have even conceived of before. They joyfully move all manner of spatial forms, paint imaginative sound pictures through gestures, deeply listen to music and poetry, and have created the substance for performances and festivals as was broadly witnessed at last years Petyan Festival. Eurythmy is said to be one of the essential subjects that makes a Steiner school “Steiner”, and indeed Steiner himself wrote of it as the heart of this new education. I don’t at all mean to toot my own horn! So many people do excellent and essential work here that makes this place what it is. I am simply humbled and in awe of the changes that have been seen in the students directly in Eurythmy, and in other more subtle ways across the school, since having this awesome task of bringing Eurythmy into the culture here.

There is not much that could take me away from this work! There is one thing however, and for that, the time has indeed come for me to move onto a whole new primary occupation (for a while), and that is: Motherhood! I am expecting my first child, with my wonderful man, in early April next year. Because of this, I will no longer be teaching Kindergarten to Class 2 this term, however I do hope to have the energy to continue with the other classes and be able to share their work with other classes and/or parents and friends in the coming term.

I look forward to a special last term together and so far, the few classes that I have seen, have come back full of focus and interest for our final term together.

Our first performance dates will be released shortly.

With love, Nicole


Bonjour tout le monde

Bienvenue and welcome back to the final term for the year as our calendar quickly fills with interesting activities!  Our French students will be busy for the next couple of weeks with camps in lots of exciting destinations … but along the way we will be factoring in a new game, Faisons Ma Valise, which looks at the vocabulary for clothing, seasons, and packing for a holiday. Some of it may even be useful for packing those bags for camp!

In the coming weeks, Class Six will explore the basics of letter writing as an introduction to talking about themselves in simple sentences. Classes Seven and Eight will return to the cooking sessions that were suspended due to our experiences in the recent floods … and we may even have time to write some responses to our Class Six letter writers!

au revoir, Lynn


At the end of last term we had a visit from Asher from Connecting Country who had been conducting reptile monitoring in our paddock. The process is to place a terracotta tile on the ground (with a stick underneath to give a little critter the space to get under) and come back some months later to see if anyone has moved in. Armed with data sheets, Class Four accompanied Asher out to the paddock in the rain. What we found were worms, lots of them! We did look under a piece of chipboard and found a beautiful pobblebonk frog.


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Term 4 Soirees

Wednesday 26th October 2.30pm – Class 6

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

Physical Education

Welcome back families and friends!

I hope you all had an enjoyable and restful holiday, whilst managing to stay fairly dry. Just amazing how much rain we’ve had. As I type this though, the sun is out for the first time in what seems like months and it is lovely the energy and enthusiasm that it brings forth. A sign of some beautiful days ahead over the next month or so before it gets hot again!

With all the camps and activities over the first few weeks of Term 4, Physical Education will have a rather interrupted start to Term 4. In Class 5 I am however very much looking forward to some Greek Olympics practice sessions before the big day on Wednesday 9th November when we host the games. I am very excited and blessed to have this wonderful opportunity so early into my teaching life here at our amazing school.

I wish you all a fantastic Term 4. Looking forward to the Spring Fair which is fast approaching.

Enjoy the sunshine, but don’t forget to be sunsmart!

Take care, Alan

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School News

Spring Fair News

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Parents & Friends Group

Welcome to Term 4!  There’s already is a buzz of activity around the Parents Room as we prepare for Spring Fair and the Spring Festival that was postponed due to last month’s flooding rains.

We’re also continuing our Wednesday morning get togethers.  Come along for a cup of tea and a chat anytime from drop off until lunch time.  Across the term we’ll be hand-dipping birthday candles, rainbow dyeing felt and finishing off our Lady Spring dolls and our wet felted needle cases.

The Craft Group will also be getting together each Monday after assembly to prepare kits for Spring Fair and dye some beautiful silks.  Kits to take home to sew or knit for the fair are available from reception.

Lastly, the Parents & Friends Group has been provided an opportunity to fundraise through the sale of Alter Eco organic and fair trade chocolate.  We plan to use the money to improve the school kitchen, the parents room sandpit area and to establish a “take a book, leave a book” library.

The following flavours are available:

  • Dark Salted Burnt Caramel
  • Dark Mint
  • Dark Cacoa
  • Dark Quinoa
  • Dark Twist (orange)
  • Dark Blackout

All are dairy free except for the Salted Burnt Caramel.  Same flavours are close to their best before date.  Details of the company and its products are available from their website at

The chocolate is available for $4 a bar or $20 for 6 bars.  You can expect to pay about $5.50 a bar for this chocolate in shops.

We’ve done quite a bit of testing and can confirm it really is very good!  The Dark Blackout makes a fabulous dark cooking chocolate.

The chocolate is available for purchase from Reception or contact me (0420 318 255 or or Aleesha (kinder, class 1 and 3) if you want to make other arrangements.  In line with the school food policy, we won’t be selling the chocolate for children to possibly eat at school.  If you’d like your child to pick some up for home, please contact the office to authorise this.

With love

Julie Tisdale, Convenor, Parents & Friends


Below an ex-student of the school is looking good!


Magpie was the Prep sheep a couple of years ago and is flourishing in his new environment.

Free Dental Screening for Students - Bendigo Health

Monday 24th & Tuesday 25th October

(Thursday 27th October if needed)

Consent forms to follow

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From The Office

School Fees - New Direct Debit Option

For your convenience the School now accepts payments for school fees by direct debit from your bank account or credit card in weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments spread across the term. To set up your direct debit, please complete and return the direct debit request form sent to you with your statement. Payments will then take place automatically according to the payment schedule you request, and a reminder will be sent to you by SMS if you select this option on the form.

School Policy - Hats

School hats must be worn between 1st September and 1st May each year for every play time and on camps and excursions. This complies with State Government Sun Smart program requirements, as a preventative strategy to skin cancer. Hats are available at the office. The cost of $12.50 will be charged to your account at the end of the term.

Fundraising Chocolate

Under school policy we cannot sell the chocolate to children unless parents call or email the office. We will sell it to them at the end of the day only.

Saver Plus

Can $500 from Saver Plus assist you
with school costs?

You may be eligible if you have a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card,
are at least 18 years old, have some regular income from work (you or your
partner) and have a child at school or study yourself.

Contact your Saver Plus Coordinator:
Call or SMS your name and postcode to 1300 610 355
or email

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Community Classifieds

Cello Wanted

Hello, got a Cello?
We’re looking for a full-size cello in good condition for Joshua.
If you can help, please call
David Mandara on 5348 4145.

Soul de Espana

Are you planning your next dream trip?

Come with me to Spain!

Jose Rodriguez 0488 025 705

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Castlemaine Circus

Castlemaine Youth Projects open to all (no specific circus skills required)…

Tuesdays 6.30-8pm for Term 4


Term 4 Program – Enrolments Open


For more information contact Mandy Field, Creative Producer, 0401 017 471

Castlemaine Salsa Classes

October 4th – December 20th (10 weeks). Presbyterian Church Hall

Monday & Wednesday 12-1pm, Tuesday 7-8pm & 8.15-9.15pm

$140 for the term. Couples & singles welcome. No experience required.

Contact Camila

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Castlemaine Local and International Film Festival (CLIFF)

Opens Friday 7th October 7pm at Theatre Royal. 11 sessions over 3 days.

Booking and more information here

Introduction to Biodynamics Workshop

Sunday 9th October 9am-4pm

203-254 Gisborne Melton Rd, Toolern Vale

$75 member, $80 non-members

Morning tea provided, BYO lunch

Bookings: (02) 6655 0566

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Mental Wellbeing - 'Live Life Well'

Community Information Sessions

Monday 10th October 5.30-8pm (World Mental Health Day)

Saturday 15th October 9.30am-12pm

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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Castlemaine Children's Choir

Term 4 enrolments are being accepted for children aged 7-12.

Classes start October 15th and run each Saturday from 10.30-11.15am at Castlemaine Senior Citizens Centre.

$64 for 8 week program

Contact Tim Watson 0423 747 731

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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:
15th & 16th October

Cost: $1150/weekend $290



Telephone: Grit Oppermann 0477 408 665

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Buda Historic Home & Garden - A Talk with Lauretta Zilles

Sunday 16th October 2-4pm

Buda Garden Room

$5 per person. Buda members and volunteers free

Bookings: 5472 1032

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Identifying Family Violence Training

Common Risk Assessment Framework (Stage 1)

Wednesday 19th October 9.30-11.30am

Castlemaine Health Auditorium

More information contact Shelley Lavery 5472 5333


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The Gabriel Trust - 'Dollmaking for Nourishment and Support'

Saturday 22nd October 10am-2pm

The Michael Centre, 37A Wellington Park Drive, Warranwood

Register here

For more information: Tiffany Lovegrove 9876 1092

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Freshwater Creek Steiner School Spring Fair

Saturday 22nd October 10am-3pm

52 McIntyres Rd, Freshwater Creek

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Dandenong Ranges Steiner School Spring Fair

Sunday 23rd October 10am-3pm

11c Duffys Rd, Emerald

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Anthroposophical Naturopath/Homeopath

Irmhilde Kleinhenz

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

Book with Monica 0407 521 397

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