Chil­dren flour­ish at Cairns Hin­ter­land Steiner School

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

Lo­cated out­side of Ku­randa, the school is nes­tled among 42 acres of beau­ti­ful rain­for­est.

CHSS was opened at Ku­randa in 2007.

CHSS caters for kindy chil­dren aged four, right through to year 10 high school stu­dents.

The school also boasts a large mul­tipur­pose assem­bly hall, li­brary com­plex and a sports oval.

Busi­nesses Man­ager Sharon Shanks said 186 stu­dents were en­rolled at the school this year.

She said Steiner ed­u­ca­tion ad­dresses equally the ar­eas of academia, artis­tic ex­pe­ri­ence and prac­ti­cal skills along with nur­tur­ing of the hu­man spirit.

“The stu­dents’ cur­ricu­lum may look dif­fer­ent and they learn things at dif­fer­ent ages, but they still es­sen­tially do they same as they do at a state school — it’s just the way it’s de­liv­ered,” she said.

“One of the things here is try­ing to en­cour­age that en­vi­ron­men­tal side of things and artis­tic as well, but it’s not just that.”

The Steiner method re­moves com­pet­i­tive pres­sures.

The method prefers to al­low each child to reach their full po­ten­tial and to be en­cour­aged to ex­press their own unique­ness and in­di­vid­u­al­ity.

The school has a beau­ti­ful wood-fired pizza oven on the grounds, which the year 9 stu­dents use to make piz­zas to fundraise for a five-week China Ex­change with a Steiner school in Chengdu.

The stu­dents will em­bark on their ex­change jour­ney in May and stu­dents from Chengdu will then at­tend Cairns Hin­ter­land Steiner School for about five weeks in Au­gust.

The school also has a kitchen area, which most classes use to learn and do some form of cook­ing.

Ms Shanks said the school had buses that come up from Cairns and Ma­reeba each day with stu­dents.

She said the school’s ma­jor project for the year would be work­ing to­wards adding years 11 and 12 to their high school in the fu­ture.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Cairns Hin­ter­land Steiner School, visit the school at 46 Boyles Road, Ku­randa, or con­tact the school on 4093 8809, email ad­min@chss.qld.edu.au, visit the school’s web­site at www.chss.qld.edu.au or find them on Face­book.

Steiner ed­u­ca­tion ed­u­cates the whole child by ad­dress­ing equally the ar­eas of academia, artis­tic ex­pe­ri­ence and prac­ti­cal skills along with a nur­tur­ing of the hu­man spirit. Ed­u­cat­ing head, heart and hands is im­por­tant to pro­duce well-rounded, ca­pa­ble adults.

Year nine stu­dents at Cairns Hin­ter­land Steiner School use the school's wood fired oven to made piz­zas to fundraise for a five week stu­dent ex­change to China.

Cairns Hin­ter­land Steiner School pro­vides an aca­demic, nur­tur­ing and car­ing en­vi­ron­ment that al­lows each stu­dent to reach their full po­ten­tial.

High school stu­dents at Cairns Hin­ter­land Steiner School have the chance to be hands on and se­lect man­ual arts as an elec­tive sub­ject through­out the year.

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