Region plans for a Steiner school
PLANS for a Whitsunday Steiner School are moving ahead, with an information afternoon now confirmed for Cannonvale on October 28.
Whitsunday Steiner School board president Nicole Cranny said the approval of charity status this week was significant as it allowed for tax concessions and more affordable working arrangements with potential landlords as plans progressed.
Ms Cranny said it was hoped that a school building, most likely in Cannonvale, would be finished and ready for its first intake of Prep to Year 6 students in 2019.
She said the information afternoon – including a sausage sizzle, children’s entertainment, and a cake stall – would be held at the Cannonvale VMR building to inform people about Steiner education and the school’s plans for the future.
There are 50 Steiner schools Australia-wide, and currently the closest Steiner schools to the Whitsundays are in Cairns and 1770.
Ms Cranny said the new school would have the capacity for up to three classes of 20-25 children in each class.
She said it would ideally provide large outdoor spaces to allow for outdoor, practical classes and an “experimental” style of learning.
“The children learn by doing and experimenting,” she said. “They’re not told how it’s done, they’re shown how it’s done.”
Classes would include gardening, building worm farms and building garden beds to teach skills such as maths and measurement.
Ms Cranny said Steiner education aimed to reduce the amount of pressure and stress on children, including extra testing and not being exposed to media, television, movies or screen time at a young age.
“The children are not rushed to grow up,” she said. “Childhood to Steiner is very protected.
“The benefits are that children get to be children and they get to play, and they learn through the play. And there’s lessons in the play.”
Australian Steiner schools use the Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework, which has been recognised by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority.
Ddetails of the curriculum are available on the Steiner Education Australia website.
Forms to register interest for the new school, or an interest of future enrolment, will be available at the information afternoon, running from 1-4pm.
EDUCATING: A Steiner school is on the cards for the Whitsundays.