Caring for the Adolescent – Intensive course for high school teachers

Dear Colleagues in Steiner Schools,

Are you teaching any classes from year 7 to 12? Would you like to meet and make professional connections with other educators teaching in Steiner secondary schools? Would you like to deepen your connection to Steiner’s powerful insights into human development as an endless source of inspiration for practical teaching? Would you like to be inspired in your subject area by networking with colleagues teaching in the same field?

In response to a growing need expressed by secondary teachers for specialised professional development, the Seminar will conduct a High School Teacher’s Intensive here in Melbourne in January 2017. It will run parallel to the Primary Class Teacher’s Intensive (often referred to as the “Glenaeon Intensive”) in Sydney.
This 5 day program will balance lectures to inspire our understanding of the “core essence” of adolescent human development with discussions on curriculum development, and artistic work. We will review “traditions” of teaching in light of contemporary society in the context of the question: “What do the timeless insights into human development and our practical experiences tell us about the teaching task in the 21st century?”

Program overview

A more detailed program will be posted shortly, closely reflecting this overview:
8.30-9.00 am:  Artistic work such as singing and Eurythmy to begin the day.
9.00- 10.30 am: Main Lesson – Anthroposophical Studies referring to The Philosophy of Freedom, Foundations of Human Experience, Study of Man and Education for Adolescents.

10.30-10.55: Morning Tea
11.00-12.30 p.m. – Artistic work including sculpture, drawing, painting.
12.30-1.30 p.m. – Lunch
1.30-2.45p.m. – Curriculum Case Studies: Parsifal, the Year 12 Project, Outdoor Education, the 4 Aesthetic Main Lessons (Visual Art- Class 9; Poetic Literature – Class 10; Music- Class 11; Architecture- Class 12) and Historical Events.
2.45-3.00p.m. – Afternoon Tea
3.00 -4.30 p.m. – Preparation for teaching – curriculum studies including Geography, History, English, English Literature, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Visual Art.
4.30-6.00 p.m. – Special interest groups, networking, free time with colleagues.
6.00 – 7.30 p.m. – Shared meal at Seminar
7.30-9.00 pm. – Lectures and discussions on “Care of the Developing Soul’, plus a Social Event

This course comes with a Certificate of Professional Development addressing Australian Professional Teacher Standards.

Information for participants

When: Monday 16th February-Friday 20th January
Where: Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar
37A Wellington Park Drive, Warranwood VIC 3134
Cost: $520
Accommodation: There is no accommodation available at the Seminar, however, there are Bed and Breakfasts and other options in the area such as ‘Bertha’s Cottage Bed and Breakfast, Warrandyte Goldfields, Jireh Lodge, Crystal Brook Tourist Park, or the Bungunyah Apartments in Croydon, and billeting in private homes where possible. These are all a bus ride away from the Seminar.

Information: Jeff Onans, tel. 03 9876 5199 or

To register online go to