Rudolf Steiner –
The need for imagination, a sense of truth and a feeling of responsibility – these are the three forces which are the very nerve of education.”

Three boys working at their desks

The School Philosophy

Discover a holistic approach to education, based on a child-centred pathway of learning through heart, head and hands.

Golden Hill Primary School offers a holistic program of learning, which integrates academic, artistic, social and spiritual aspects into an educational pathway designed to foster –
• individual capability
• confident participation
• a life-long love of learning

We are a non-denominational school, guided and supported by the Steiner Education of Australia (SEA) network, to create a child orientated and developmentally appropriate approach to curriculum, resources, and teaching practice.

We work from a longstanding commitment to values and practices that promote the physical and spiritual health and wellbeing of each child. We work as a community, to seek kindness, joy, reflective practices and cooperation, promoting sustainable harmony, and the development of capabilities, within each individual, to prosper and thrive.

Our school staff body draws strongly on the insights of Rudolf Steiner and the Steiner Waldorf Educational Philosophy, which is based on an ideological framework that also extends into health, agriculture, therapy and the arts.

The breadth and depth of Steiner’s theory of human nature and social renewal is too huge and complex to summarise easily. However, the Educational Philosophy Overview, on this page, attempts to provide a gateway of understanding into the Steiner approach to education, and its realisation in the classroom, at Golden Hill.

At the foundation of Steiner’s philosophy is a search for resilience against dogma. Steiner believed in the importance of an individual’s journey of discovery and self-discovery, which leads to conscious and responsible individual development and community participation.

Each family at Golden Hill explores and expresses the Steiner philosophy according to their own particular wishes and preferences. The school provides resources and workshop opportunities to assist each parent with their own personal exploration of the philosophy.

A member of our teaching staff will happily speak to you about our foundational philosophy, and its expression within our school. Please call to arrange a time.

We also hope that our website Curriculum Page, links from our Resource Page, and the handbook pdf below, will help you to discover more about our approach.

Educational Philosophy – An Overview


The Steiner philosophy informs upon the curriculum in its entirety; its purpose, substance and content.

Purpose

We aim to instill your child with a heart felt desire to participate, to strive and to learn.

We seek to nurture and guide your child’s potential to become a successful life-long learner; a confident and creative individual, and an active, informed and responsible participant in their community. Our educational program is fully integrated in its approach. Literacy, numeracy and creativity are all linked within the curriculum. Each classroom activity seeks to encompass the intellect, the body and the spirit. For example, letters are taught through story and reinforced through artistic drawing and movement. Our aim is to instill your child with a heart felt desire to participate, to strive and to learn. A varied program of educational activity is consciously planned, and reflexively implemented, to keep your children engaged, nourished and inspired during these golden years of childhood.

Substance

Each stage of learning reflects the child’s developmental progress.

A Steiner child’s educational pathway is based on a deep understanding of human development. Each stage of their learning has been designed to reflect and enhance their natural developmental progress. Until the age of seven, we consider self-directed play to be an essential foundation for the later development of intellectual thinking. From seven until fourteen, stronger intellectual capacities begin to manifest, but not fully. It is important at this stage to engage and develop the child’s learning, maintaining a strong emphasis on imaginative, artistic and physical activity.

 

 

Content

Academic, artistic and social aspects are integrated into a holistic program of learning.

Our rich and purposeful curriculum is designed, at every stage, to nurture confidence and proficiency in academic, artistic and physical pursuits. The foundations are laid in kindergarten; through the spacious provision of imaginative play and problem solving opportunities. The focus is on a teaching of natural rhythm and oral language; and the developing of manual dexterity through handcraft. Young children learn through the imitation of their teacher. This changes at age seven when they are equipped to learn from authority and ready for formal learning. Through primary school, your child’s thinking and intellectual capabilities begin to develop. We support this through a curriculum of numeracy, literacy, geometry, foreign language, science, nature study, ancient history, and geography.


Student playing the violin
There is a strong academic vigour to the syllabus. The content of reading materials offered, is of consistently high quality, and the work the children produce is very impressive. Equal emphasis is also given to imagination, aesthetic sensitivity, and physical application. This is nurtured through storytelling, drama, music (lyre, recorder and violin), singing, painting, drawing, weaving, gardening, woodwork, athletics and eurythmy (movement).

Holding in regard the ‘willing’ ‘feeling’ and ‘thinking’ inclinations of the child, the Steiner teacher rotates the day’s activities accordingly. Maths is an activity employing will, so may be followed by a feeling activity, such as listening to a tender poem, and then a thinking activity such as the recalling of a story.

As parents of a Steiner child you may feel reassured that your child’s development is in splendid hands. A sound unifying educational philosophy underpins all the hard work, dedication and enthusiasm our teachers bring to each glorious, wonder-filled day.