Re­gion plans for a Steiner school

Whitsunday Times - - LIFE - Louise Shan­non

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

ED­U­CAT­ING: A Steiner school is on the cards for the Whit­sun­days.

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