Frequently asked questions about the Blue Mountains Steiner School, its teaching philosophy, religious standing, and more.
In the early years we focus on an imaginative play-based curriculum and work with speech, storytelling, phonics, and shared reading to develop children’s pre-literacy skills. Formal reading instruction commences in Year 1.
Our students have comparable academic skills with respect to their counterparts in other educational settings. Our curriculum is based on the Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework and we meet and exceed the BOSTES requirements.
There is no demonstrated advantage for a child starting to use computers at the age of five over a child who begins at age twelve. Computers, as tools and vehicles for logical thinking through programming, are suited to the realm of the adolescent, not the young child. We begin formal computer work in Class 6 and ensure that the children are adept at using the required programs necessary for high school.
We endeavour to engage our students through movement and imitation. The fantasy and play of the young child transform into the artistic imagination of the primary school child and the questioning of the teenager who harnesses creative and clear thinking to problem solve and innovate.
The transition from primary to secondary school, usually takes place without significant difficulties. Steiner education builds capacities, keeps the mind and imagination fresh, and awakens life interests. The children take these qualities with them into future educational settings and are generally perceived as self-motivated and engaged students.
This is a common concern among parents when they first hear their child may be spending several years with a class teacher. At BMSS every teacher stays with a class for only two years and the classes are re-composited every year. Incompatibility with a child is infrequent, as understanding the child’s needs and temperament is central to the teacher’s role and training. When problems of this sort do occur, the faculty as a whole works with the teacher and the family to determine a resolution.
Our developmentally appropriate and thematic curriculum increases capacities in all spheres including the: academic, emotional, social, physical and spiritual. Our kindergarten program is aligned with our primary school program, to ensure all children are working along a continuum and according to their capacities The approach to writing and reading involves the child’s mind, body and feelings, which provides a meaningful connection with the work that maintains the interest, involvement and delight of even the most intellectual of children. Imaginative play and the arts have a nurturing influence on the young child. Images from fairy tales and myths provide a rich context for the child to engage with academic learning.
Steiner schools are non-denominational. Our students experience the different religions and spiritual beliefs through festivals and main lessons on history and different cultures.