Bells ring for new school

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

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

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