School Bank Details: BSB 063509 Account No. 10027552

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School Tours and Prep 2023 Enrolments

Please call the Office and book a tour of our school with the Principal during Term 2 and 3.

We will have an Education Week Open Morning on Wednesday May 25, between 9am and 11am. Visitors will be offered a guided tour of the school, including an opportunity to see our classrooms in action.

Enrolment forms are available from the Office from May 25th. We ask that enrolments are submitted by September 1st.

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Acknowledgement of Country

We would like to acknowledge the Djaara people as members of the Dja Dja Wurrung community as the first peoples of Castlemaine and the surrounding areas. The Dja Dja Wurrung have been custodians and caretakers of the land and waters for many centuries and continue to perform age old ceremonies of celebration, initiation and renewal. We acknowledge the Jaara people as the custodians of the lands and waters of Castlemaine and we thank them for the care they have taken of country, the waters, the mountains, trees and animals. We also recognise all other Indigenous people of Castlemaine.

School Times:

9.00 – 11.00 – Session 1

11.00 – 11.30 – Recess break

11.30 – 1.25 – Session 2

1.25 – 1.35 – Eating time (in rooms)

1.35 – 2.15 – Lunch break

3.25 – Dismissal

Term Dates 2022:

Term 1: 31st January (Students start) – 8th April

Term 2: 26th April to 24th June

Term 3: 11th July – 16th September

Term 4: 3rd October – 20th December

Virtual School Tour

About CNPS

Castlemaine North Primary School was established in 1878 and is located in a residential area of Castlemaine, drawing students from the town and surrounding district. The current enrolment is 293. The nearest major regional centre is Bendigo, which is approximately 30 kilometres to the north.

The buildings are a mix of the original 1878 building, a 1970s construction which has been refurbished and our BER learning spaces along with a Mod. 5 (portable) building. Other facilities include an Art room, Library, LOTE (Indonesian) room and Music room. The school has extensive playing facilities with areas set aside for passive and active recreation. Considerable effort is made to ensure that buildings and grounds are attractive learning environments for students.

Castlemaine North Primary School places a strong emphasis on providing a diverse and creative curriculum. An integrated inquiry approach to learning is a feature of the school, with staff having worked with educational consultant Kath Murdoch, for a number of years. All classes are supported by specialist programs in LOTE (Indonesian), Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Physical Education/Health. Additional programs include the ‘Play is the Way’ pro-social skills program, swimming, instrumental music, choirs, circus skills, Reading Recovery, camps, excursions, bicycle education and Preparation for Puberty.

Parent and community participation complements and extends the quality programs provided by staff, with parent involvement a strong feature of the school. This partnership enables our parents to participate in many aspects of school life and gives rise to a cooperative school culture where a spirit of mutual respect is evident. A strong and positive School Council and an active Parents and Carers Association guide policy decisions, develop and maintain facilities and raise additional funds for the school.