Thursday 7th December, 2017

Term 4 Week 9
In this sun’s high hour it rests
With you to understand these words
of wisdom:
Surrendered to the beauty of the
Be stirred with new-enlivened
The human I can lose itself
And find itself within the cosmic I.

From The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner

Dates to Diary

Term 1 - Monday 29th of January – Friday 30th March
Term 2 - Monday 16th of April - Friday 22nd of June
Term 3 - Monday 16th of July - Friday 21st of September
Term 4 - Monday 8th of October - Friday 14th of December

TERM 4 / 2017 DATES for the Diary
Fri 8th Dec - Class 8 Graduation
Wed 13th Dec – Staff Xmas Luncheon

Term 1 / 2018 DATES for the Diary
Monday 29/1/18 - Pupil Free Day
Tuesday 30/1/18 - Pupil Free Day
Friday 16/2/18 - Term 1 Fees Due
Monday 12/3/18 - Public Holiday - LABOUR DAY

From the Principal

Dear Parents

Here we are the end of another year. It has been a very full year but intensely gratifying. Getting to know people has been a lovely experience and although I haven’t met everyone yet or learned everyone’s names, I am discovering a very caring and thoughtful community who have great commitment to this school and this education.

Over the course of the year we’ve had a successful Fair and some lovely festivals, we attended the state fair and the children have experienced some great camps. We ‘ve witnessed some amazing plays and enjoyed some beautiful music.  We were host to some wonderful visitors from Portugal who sang, played and cooked for us. We’ve faced some challenges and hopefully overcome some. All this on top of many meaningful and significant learning experiences that happen in our day to day learning.

I hope you’ve all had a rich and satisfying year and you’re all looking forward to a well-earned break, I know I am.


Sadly, we are farewelling some familiar faces from our team. John Wright, Rob Jorritsma and Libby Anderson.

John has resigned due to ill health and we wish him all the best in his recovery. John has faithfully served this school for a number of years and at a personal level, I have always appreciated the depth of his knowledge and understanding of anthroposophy that he has shared with teachers in our College meetings and at the Board level as a Director. Anthroposophy and teaching has been the backdrop of John’s life, having served at a number of Steiner schools in Australia. I thank him for his significant contribution to Steiner education as do all of his colleagues here at the school.

Rob is also a person who has contributed greatly to the fabric of the school over many years. His passion for Maths teaching and Drama has enthused the lives of many students who have come under his tutelage. Enjoy retirement Rob and happy gardening.

Libby will be sadly missed by all her students and the staff as she explores new horizons. We hope the next phase of your life is rich in purpose and joy.


Vacancies due to the above have all been filled and we have created two new positions for 2018, one is the Intern Teacher, the other additional Kindy Assistant for 2018.

Intern position:                 Rebecca Barnett

Class 7 2018:                       Kate Dew

Class 8 2018:                       Lyn Sunderland

Cello 2018:                          Phillip Kelynack

Kindy Assistant:                 Fiona Mariposa


The Intern Teacher will have multiple roles in the school:

  1. One day per week teaching class 6
  2. One day per week as Learning Support
  • Two days assisting in classes or doing relief work in the school

This is an excellent opportunity to immerse a teacher into the workings of the school and be mentored by very experienced teachers.

Kate and Lyn are known to our community and Phillip Kelynack, a professional musician, comes to us after teaching at Girton Grammar School and is very keen to join our team and work in a Steiner setting.

Fiona is new to our community so please give her a warm welcome when you cross paths.



The end of year reports are being processed through our new school reporting system called ‘Engage’. This is our first go at it and it is quite a complex process to set up so I will happily receive your feedback about them. We want the reports to be meaningful to you but still maintain a personal degree of commentary from the teachers. You will receive an email copy and a hard copy.


Warm Regards

Brian Dodd




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School News

Parents & Friends

A warm and heartfelt thank-you for all the help across the year from all the CSSK families. We look forward to another fantastic year in 2018!

From the Office

The Office Team would like to take the opportunity to thank the CSSK community for your support during 2017!


School Bus Travel for 2018

The School Bus will operate as normal in 2018 and there are places available for Classes 1 to 8.  Pick up is from from St Mary’s at 8.20am and Winters Flat Shops at 8.25am

Drop off at Winters Flat 3.40pm and St Mary’s 3.45pm. Current travellers will be contacted soon to confirm they are continuing in 2018.

If you are interested in a place please see Ken.




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.



Prep News

After the busy day

With the starry night above

Dear Angels watch our play

And guard us with your love.

Well here we are on our last day of Prep. What a wonderful, happy year it has been. The children have grown and learnt so much. It has been such a pleasure to share this time with them. This is an exciting moment in their lives, filled with anticipation as they begin their journey through the school with Anne. We wish them all the very best for the years ahead.

Thank you to all parents for your wonderful help and support this year. With extra special thanks to our Class Carers Sera and Linda.

Wishing you peace and joy at Christmas and a safe and happy holiday.

With love

Heather and Christine




Class 2 News

We have had a great year of challenges, growth  both inner and outer and wonderful enthusiasm for learning as a beautiful class community begins to emerge.

Thank you so much to all our Parents for your support , insight and inspiration  surrounding and holding us each day.

Enjoy many special moments with your children over the festive season and coming weeks as I will with mine!

Warm wishes





Class 5 News

It has been a lovely last week of Class Five with a reviewing of all our work over the year: Australian History, Geometry, India, Persia, Egypt, Greece, Botany, Fractions & Decimals and much more. During the year we cycled, walked, camped, slept out under the stars, swam, sung, played music, cooked, gardened and had many discussions. It has been a fruitful and interesting year.

Thank you to all the helpers for our feasts and camps, to Kari for accompanying us on our Friday walks and to Salonika for taking the role of Class Carer this year.

May you all have a peaceful and relaxing Summer holiday.

Cheers, Anna




French News

Bonjour tout le monde

 Our final French news for the term has seen lots of activity to finish the year …

 Class Six have learned the traditional French Christmas song Petit Papa Noel and along the way they have discovered that French children leave their petits souliers (little shoes) under the Christmas tree to be filled with small gifts for Le Noel. They also created some lovely cards, paper stars and paper angels.

Class Seven were able to visit Class Two with the beautiful storybooks they have created and read them to the class both in the French text and then explaining the story in English and showing the illustrations. We finished with some Christmas singing and it was a very special experience for both classes.

Class Eight have finally managed to catch up with us for a range of Christmas themed activities to finish the year … and even a game of petanque.

 Merci beaucoup to everyone for their support this year.  We wish you bon noel … and don’t forget to leave your petits souliers under the tree. You never know!

 Au revoir et bon noel


Spanish News

2017 is getting to its end and I would like to wish you all a beautiful Christmas and festive end of year. This year has been an insightful cycle for me as a teacher with so much learning and expansion in various aspects of my practice. I feel the children have enjoyed the lessons and I can tell they have also gathered some new words and expressions in Spanish, which is fantastic to notice!

I love my job and I feel so grateful for the experience of working in such a loving environment. Thank you all (children, parents, admin and the rest of the staff) for your presence, support and appreciation during this year. I finish the school year with my heart full of love and my mind full of beautiful memories. And look forward to all that next year will bring as part of this creative and joyful journey.

For the time being, let’s finish the year braking a piñata! ¡Feliz Navidad y un Próspero Año Nuevo!



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Community Classifieds

Goldfields Library Summer Reading Program!

Hey Kids!

The Summer Reading Club is on again at the Library from Monday 18 December 2017 to Wednesday 31 January 2018! Last year, kids from Goldfields Libraries read a combined total of just over 5000 books – let’s see if we can smash that record this year! There are great prizes to be won for those who complete the challenge of reading 10 books, including books, book vouchers and the major regional prize of a brand new iPad!

You can enter as many times as you want, too. So pop in to your local Goldfields Library, sign up and get reading these holidays. There’s loads of other activities happening too, including workshops, performances and movie screenings, so grab a school holiday program while you’re there!


Over the Moon classes for 2018

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A note from Raziel

Dear CSSK community,

My wife, 1 year old daughter and I are looking for semi-temporary accommodation for next year, while we wait for our little home to be built (which we expect to be done by October 2018).

We are open to any possibilities for the whole or part of this time. These include, but are not limited to: house sitting, renting, sharing, caravans, sheds, granny flats, furnished or unfurnished places.

We’d love to hear from you if you think you might be able to help.

We wish you all a lovely Christmas and summer holiday.

Raziel Gutierrez Soto Contact number: 0415301772

High Quality Sheepskins for sale!

One of our major donors at the Silent Auction are Arredare Interiors, who stock natural tanned locally raised sheepskins. These high quality, sustainable skins have a deep wool nap, with lovely natural patterns and colours. These skins, which are also timeless decor items, will remain a favourite of your child right into their first home away from home.

Any interested parents can contact Lorraine at Arredare Interiors by the 15th of December 2017 for orders for the 2018 school year. Her contacts details can be found at  Lorraine kindly offers a retail discount to CSSK families at $200 per sheepskin.

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Eurythmy Training

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See Raziel at a local fundraising concert for the people of Oaxaca

A chance to enjoy some fantastic world music, great food and children are free!

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House for Sale

House on 20 acres for sale on Rilens Road, Muckleford. Sustainable living at its best. 20 acres adjacent to Muckleford State Forest and Conservation Reserve.

Cycling and walking tracks, beautiful Box-ironbark Forest, extensive revegetation and natural regeneration on the block, nesting boxes and managed for the last 12 years as a Land for Wildlife property.

Large dam for swimming and watering the garden. Four bay shed with half decked out as a kids retreat. Mudbrick house with redbrick floor, cathedral ceilings, 4 bedroom with loft and open plan living area.

60,000 litres of rain water storage. New gas boosted Solar Hot water system. Generator free off grid solar system – 3 years old, 7kw panels, 1000amp hour 48 volt batteries and web monitoring system.

New kitchen and bathroom with recycled timber benches, large oven and stove, Pizza oven in the outdoor eating area covered by huge table grape laced pergola.

Large raised bed veggie garden with lots of fruit trees.

Not listed with agent yet but will be before Christmas.  Price on application. Please call Peter McRostie for an inspection 0428 336 821.

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Viola for sale

Sale price $450.  Exc condition.

Please contact

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Student Viola for sale

Student Viola for sale. $150

Past student instrument purchased through CSSK Music Department.

It is a full size Violin strung as Viola, with Viola bow (recommended as not as large as full size viola)

Has shoulder rest and case. Very good condition.

Andrea 0438310117

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