Steiner school nur­tures life­long love of learn­ing

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SUP­PORT your child as they strive to reach their full po­ten­tial and ex­press their own unique­ness in the car­ing and en­cour­ag­ing en­vi­ron­ment at Cairns Hin­ter­land Steiner School (CHSS).

The school is nes­tled among 42 acres of beau­ti­ful rain­for­est in Kuranda, mak­ing it an ideal place to learn, grow and play.

The school boasts an early child­hood com­plex, a pri­mary and a sec­ondary cam­pus with sin­gle-stream classes from Class One to Ten.

A large mul­ti­pur­pose hall, li­brary and kitchen com­plex, as well as a sports oval, add fur­ther ap­peal to the beau­ti­ful prop­erty.

Ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor Ar­lene Cairns said CHSS staff sought to re­move com­pet­i­tive pres­sures in­her­ent in many ed­u­ca­tional es­tab­lish­ments.

“We pre­fer to see each child reach their full po­ten­tial and ex­press their own unique­ness and in­di­vid­u­al­ity,” she said.

“This in­di­vid­u­al­ity is al­lowed to un­fold in a cre­ative, nur­tur­ing, peace­ful and re­spect­ful en­vi­ron­ment.

“It is the teacher’s role to kin­dle a love of learn­ing through cre­ative, car­ing and in­spired teach­ing prac­tice.”

Ms Cairns said the Steiner cur­ricu­lum and the main­stream cur­ricu­lum es­sen­tially cov­ered the same work.

She said the key dif­fer­ence was in the teach­ing ap­proach, meth­ods and tim­ing, rather than sub­ject con­tent.

The cur­ricu­lum pre­sented to stu­dents at Steiner schools world­wide is unique in that artis­tic sub­jects are given equal time and at­ten­tion along­side, and within, aca­demic sub­jects to en­sure that each child gains real skills in the ar­eas of art, mu­sic, drama and hand­work which they can use through­out their lives.

“Teach­ers are en­cour­aged to foster lov­ing re­la­tion­ships with the stu­dents in the school and to de­velop re­la­tion­ships with the fam­i­lies of the chil­dren in their care,” Ms Cairns said.

“Teach­ers are as much con­cerned with the chil­dren’s emo­tional and phys­i­cal devel­op­ment as their aca­demic progress.”

The Steiner cur­ricu­lum has been specif­i­cally de­signed to ad­dress all as­pects of the child’s devel­op­men­tal stage, with aca­demic learn­ing de­liv­ered in a way that stirs the feel­ings, awak­ens a sense of moral­ity, con­nects stu­dents to the nat­u­ral world, en­gen­ders a sense of won­der and en­thu­si­asm for life and learn­ing and en­hances healthy phys­i­cal growth and devel­op­ment.

In 2015, the school’s Year 9s and 10s un­der­took the in­au­gu­ral China Ex­change with a school in Chengdu. This year, stu­dents from Chengdu vis­ited the school, and then the Year 9s spent a month vis­it­ing them. The school’s Year 8s are al­ready fundrais­ing for next year’s visit.

The school pro­vides many op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents, their fam­i­lies and friends to meet so­cially. Look out for in­for­ma­tion about Com­mu­nity Mu­sic days, the Open Day and other events and feel free to con­tact the school to ar­range a tour.

The Steiner cur­ricu­lum en­gen­ders stu­dents with a sense of won­der and en­thu­si­asm and gives them skills in art, mu­sic, drama and hand­work.

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