Steiner school nurtures lifelong love of learning
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.