The healthy social life is found when in the mirror of each human soul the whole community finds its reflection, and in the community the virtue of each one is living. Rudolf Steiner
Steiner schools value and foster a strong sense of community in order to provide students with a balanced, well- rounded education. They encourage strong relationships between families, teachers and parents, who work together to support students to learn with confidence, joy and enthusiasm.
Steiner school communities celebrate festivals and promote activities to engage parents and families, building the social fabric of the school. Lectures, discussions or workshops are often held for parents to develop further understanding of Steiner education.
Class meetings are held regularly for parents and teachers to discuss various aspects of school life such as festivals, camps, child development and curriculum.
Steiner schools engage with the local community and the wider world through diverse programs and community service arrangements. This provides opportunities for students to prepare for adult life, develop respect for others and appreciate difference.
Most Steiner schools have parent craft groups, which meet regularly to create beautiful handmade toys and handicrafts. Parents may learn to knit, crochet, sew toy animals and dolls, hand dye natural fibres such as wool, muslin or silk, or make needle-felted characters and woodwork toys. Craft groups are a great way to meet others within the community, while developing new skills.
“As a parent of three Steiner- educated young adults I can emphatically say that this education and community has been an extraordinary gift to our children and our family. It has played an integral role in shaping them into well-rounded, compassionate,curious and quietly confident young adults, each now embarking on their life’s journey. And, having had the privilege of Chairing the Board of Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School for the last eight years, I have witnessed and become even more moved by the profound and positive effects this education has on the lives of so many other children and their families. I highly recommend it.”
IAN DAVIS – STEINER PARENT
“The Steiner philosophy of childhood development married a sensitive and intelligent curriculum that delivered an education that was meaningful and inspirational for my three children. I am happy to say that my children have gone on to pursue their studies with enthusiasm and courage. My children are now all original thinkers and independent learners who have a strong sense of who they are in this world, and how to live ethical and creative lives.”
ROWENA BIANCHINO – STEINER PARENT