Bells ring for new school
TROPICAL North Steiner School and Playgroup are well on their way to providing the Douglas Shire with an alternative to mainstream schooling
A Steiner School in Mossman is due to open in 2019, running classes from prep to year two.
The Steiner model is described as a “gentle approach” in a form of holistic learning.
Business manager Brooke Quaid said she has seen a real need of alternative education in the community.
“I’ve noticed so many families leaving the community in search of a Steiner education for their children,” Ms Quaid said.
Tropical North Steiner School will be fully accredited by the government and will follow the Australian curriculum.
“People think it’s just a free for all and the children play all day but that is not the case,” she said. “It’s a more practical and interactive form of learning, rather than sitting at a desk the children are active.
“They’ll build, create, do art or gardening and they learn all the core subjects like maths, english and history by doing activities.
“Children work on their communication skills first and the teacher treats the students individually, it’s not a one size fits all approach”.
Ms Quaid said fees would be affordable, similar to Cairns Hinterland Steiner School’s..
The school is currently runs a playgroup from ages two to four at the Mossman Girl Guide Hall.
Business manager Brook Quaid and teacher Julie Verri