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Steiner works with the arts to lift students

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May 17, 2018

Steiner education provides enjoyable and relevant learning through deep engagement and creative endeavour, to develop ethical, capable individuals who can contribute to society with initiative and purpose.

Mansfield Steiner School principal Fran Cummins said Steiner education was a “highly respected international educational movement” with more than 1050 schools in 60 countries.

Ms Cummins said Steiner education was future-orientated and the holistic style underpinning this pedagogy supported the healthy wellbeing of children around the world.

She said the Steiner School offered integrated, holistic education, designed to provide a balance of intellectual, artistic, imaginative capacities and practical life skills.

“The Steiner curriculum (approved by Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority is based on the unfolding development of the child at each important stage of growth – with a strong emphasis on teaching through the arts and experiential learning,” Ms Cummins said.

“Storytelling is an integral part of the curriculum from early years through to high school,” she said.

“These rich tales of courage, mythology, culture, ancient wisdom, dreaming stories and biographies assist children’s understanding and appreciation of the world, human civilisation and history.

“Steiner education encompasses a deep knowledge approach, using balanced and integrated learning strategies.

“Strong emphasis is placed on teaching through the arts; therefore painting, clay modelling, sculpture, speech, poetry, music, drama enliven all subjects including maths and science.”

Ms Cummins said students were encouraged to find their own authentic voice through the development of moral capacities.

She said nurturing each child’s individual potential was valued within the context of society and in relation to the wider local, national and global spheres of activity.

Mansfield Steiner School is also undergoing candidacy for the International Baccalaureate (IB) for 2019.

School tours are available on request – call Sally on 5775 1445 to arrange a time.

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