Castlemaine Steiner School & Kindergarten is an Independent School delivering the Australian Steiner Curriculum. As with all schools in Victoria, we operate within the bounds of state and Australian Government legislation such as curriculum, assessment and reporting.
Steiner Education is characterized by a daily structure including Morning Circle, Main Lesson, Middle Sessions and Afternoon Sessions. This reflects the three-fold structure of the human being encompassing; thinking, feeling and willing.
Morning Circle is the beginning part of the day where the children unite as a group around choral verse, movement, speech, singing, circle games, counting and times table recitation. Steiner education strongly emphasizes the importance of movement, music and speech to help regulate breathing and it is now part of the Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework.
Main Lesson is taught in the first two hours of the day and it is here that all new intellectual content is introduced. This represents the thinking aspect of the human being. A particular subject is studied for 3-4 weeks to allow for a deep and enriching learning experience.
The Middle Session allows time for students to revise and improve on previous concepts taught. It is the period of the day where students can consolidate their learning through repetition.
The Afternoon session corresponds to the will. Practical activities such as painting, beeswax/clay modelling, games, gardening, inside play, bushwalks etc are scheduled for this part of the day and intellectual activity is avoided.
Main Lesson curriculum is taught by the Class Teacher and is based on the major epochs of history; the wisdom of folk tales, the human qualities of the animal fables, the deeds of great people and their connection to nature, legends from the Old Testament, Norse, Ancient Indian, Persian/Chaldean, Egyptian, Greek & Roman myths and Odysseys, the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Revolutions. Mathematics and Science are also taught, as well as Language and Humanities.
A unique feature of Steiner Education is that the class teacher stays with the class ideally from Class 1-8. The rationale being that learning is not just academic it is also social, and relationships are a vital part of life. This continuity enables a strong relationship with, and understanding of, a child’s academic, social and emotional needs and ongoing connections to the child’s family. The Teacher plays a significant role and with this continuity becomes an authority that the child can trust.
On a regular basis across the school year the Class Teacher will host a parent meeting. Here the developmental stage of the class can be explored, the progress of the curriculum for the term and future plans for the class. Often an artistic activity i.e. form drawing will be included to give parents a first-hand insight into what their child experiences at school.
Specialist subjects are introduced from Class 1 through to Class 8. Beginning in Class 1, children will enjoy Movement, Craft & Spanish within their daily and weekly rhythm, building to include PE, Science, French, Drama, Outdoor Education and Digital Technology as the student reaches Class 8. Refer to our Senior Years page for details on our Class 7 & 8 program.