Funding a win for school and Mansfield
I READ the article regarding the funding received by the Steiner School and “wow” was my first reaction (Courier, November 16).
This is a school that I have had some involvement with in the past (2000 – 2007) as a town planner working for the council.
The number of people that I met that moved to Mansfield because of the school really surprised me.
The vision and dreams to me were pretty grand at the time but look at what has been achieved.
It’s not a school for every family but I have seen the musical talent that has been produced (eg Aaron Scales) as well as the benefits for kids that don’t relate to mainstream education.
There is definitely a need for schools like this and Mansfield is all the better as a result.
I recall when the Planning Permit Application was lodged with council for the bus stop at the front of the school.
It was an exercise for one of the class years to come up with a design, prepare the application and sell it to the community.
Naturally there were objections from local residents who didn’t want anything different to the norm and didn’t appreciate the effort put in by the students.
It went to a council meeting and the students addressed the councillors and it was ultimately approved.
What a great lesson in life for all concerned.
Congratulations to the school and Mansfield because both will benefit enormously from the funding injection – well done.