About Us

Blue Mountains Steiner School is an independent not-for-profit K-6 school that includes Wattle Glow Preschool, Glow Babies and Playgroup on the same beautiful location, on Darug country in the Blue Mountains of NSW.

Each part of our school is independent, but through working together we provide a combined impulse to provide an authentic and comprehensive Steiner education for children, aged from 0 to 12 years, in the Blue Mountains

We are a member school of Steiner Education Australia and teach according to the Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework, which has gained recognition as an alternate curriculum framework to the Australian Curriculum. We are registered with BOSTES and meet and exceed the standards required by all NSW and Federal educational regulatory bodies.

OUR HISTORY

Our school was founded in 1983 when a group of parents, teachers and professionals met to talk about the possibility of creating the first Steiner School in the Blue Mountains. All were deeply committed to Steiner education, and wanted to build a school from the ground up, that would be surrounded by the Blue Mountains wilderness and uphold the values of Steiner Education.

The group quickly settled into a core team with diverse backgrounds including teaching, project management, social work and legal.

Throughout the foundation year the core group of six families met regularly and began to search for the right property eventually finding our current site at 83 Clearview Parade. They decided to fund the purchase of the property together by acting as co-guarantors and the first class began in 1983 with seven children.

OUR VISION

Together, through a connected and supportive school community, our children grow to be resilient, creative, independent and prepared for an ever-changing world.

OUR VALUES

CARE

For self, students, community and environment.

CONNECTION

Nurturing the growth and unfolding of each child’s curiosity and imagination through our shared work, hope and purpose as global citizens.

CAPACITY

Cultivating students who are positive and see the beauty in the world, are confident in themselves, thoughtful in their observation and self-expression, and who pursue these practices with enthusiasm and creativity.

EXCELLENCE

Achieving excellence through academic rigour, child-responsive teaching and a curriculum that is thematic, developmental and integrated.

OUR MISSION

At BMSS we educate the whole child according to the principles of Rudolf Steiner education.

Mission Statement

We deliver quality Steiner education, adapted to the developmental stage and needs of the whole child. Our holistic curriculum combines Steiner pedagogy with academic excellence to immerse each child in ideas, nature and culture. This fosters in the children a lifelong love of learning, an appreciation of beauty and intellectual curiosity, as well as respect for their physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. We focus both on the individual child and the cultivation of a caring, vibrant school community where children feel seen and heard and know that they truly belong.

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A page from our 2021-2026 Strategic Plan.

GOVERNANCE

OUR COUNCIL

The 2022-2023 Council members are: 

  • Martin Buckmaster (Principal) 
  • Dance Johnston (Treasurer) 
  • Francine O’Dea (Head of College of Teachers, Kindergarten teacher)  
  • Cath Cox (Head of Preschool)
  • Andreea Lupuleasa (Chair) 
  • Caroline Noonan-Edwards (Deputy Chair)  
  • Lesley Foxwell (Preschool representative) 
  • Kornelia Osborne (Parent representative/ Deputy Treasurer) 
  • Xuela Sledge (Child Safety Officer)

Blue Mountains Steiner School Strategic Plan includes the following priority areas:

  • Leadership and Governance
  • Community Building
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Professional Learning