On Saturday 1st June about 50 people attended the Official Opening of Stage 1 of the Building Programme. Andrew Webb, Birali’s architect, spoke about the project and the early days when temporary approval was given to start the school in the Beachmere Community Hall. From such humble beginnings, the school has moved onto 26 acres on the outskirts of Beachmere with students enjoying the purpose-built space.
Principal, Chris Jack, acknowledged the founding parents who worked tirelessly to get the school up and running, and was delighted that some of these parents were present to see the fruits of their labour. A tour of the school followed by refreshments capped off a wonderful event. As the school is in a growth phase, Stage 2 of the Building Programme, including three more classrooms, is scheduled to commence in the coming months to be ready in 2020 when the school will offer Prep to Year 8.
Steiner Schools, also known as Waldorf Schools, celebrate 100 years in 2019 with over 1100 schools in approximately 65 countries. The first Steiner School in Australia was started in 1957 and today there are almost 50 schools across all States. Steiner Education provides a child centred, balanced curriculum developing the head, heart and hand.
Recent Australian research found that Steiner students feel happy and fulfilled at school and have good relationships with their teachers and fellow students – solid indicators of a high level of student wellbeing which is a determinant in strong academic and general life outcomes.
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