The Orchard Waldorf School Ltd
Myths about Steiner / Waldorf education
The School will offer an inclusive, contemporary curriculum which is responsive to the child, their development and the modern environment in which we live.
The educational philosophy will be drawn from the work of Rudolf Steiner
who ‘aimed to create a holistic educational experience that enriched the
life and development of the child on many levels, not simply through the
development of the intellect.’
The School guides the child on a path of self-discovery and learning,
promotes ethics and morality and values the importance of a nurturing,
relationship-based approach to teaching. The curriculum respectfully
addresses all the major religious and cultural traditions but does not
instruct in any religion.
The curriculum and pedagogy of the School is appropriate for a diverse range of students with differing cultural, economic and social backgrounds. It is the Board’s belief that the community as a whole shares in the education of the children.
In a Waldorf school, children develop capabilities and skills that can be applied independently in any setting by learning to operate from a strong centre within themselves.
The Orchard Waldorf School whilst not encouraging competition will, however, encourage a range of physical activities and sports where teamwork, team spirit and personal progress can be celebrated.
Children of a primary school age remain ‘unplugged’, building solid
foundations through the use of creative endeavours. The use of
computers and information technology will be introduced to children at an
age appropriate level as an important tool in our society through which
additional learning, research and communication can take place.
The intention of this school is to create a comprehensive inclusion program
that embraces individual learning styles and abilities and enhances
learning outcomes for all students. The school will work together with
families, educators and specialists to provide individual education
programs to support children with learning, developmental and social challenges. Whilst maintaining a safe learning space for all children, the school will cater for the diverse needs of its students through ongoing staff training, parental involvement and community education and awareness programs.
The Steiner curriculum has ACARA recognition, for further information visit www.steineraustralia.edu.au/curriculum.
While we are master planning the School, the implementation will be in small, manageable stages.
In no particular order, we intend to incorporate the following:
After / Before school care
Homeschool resources, space and curriculum
Community space and workshops
The curriculum will incorporate:
Sport facilities (non competitive)
Musical instrument / voice
Technology (at an age appropriate Class level)