Steiner and Mainstream Education
Two streams one river
We believe that a small school offers many advantages and provides a more personalised learning experience. A priority in our school is nurturing a students individuality, and developing both leadership and team skills in preparation for independent living. Being a small school gives us opportunity to provide authentic experiences to grow these skills and attributes.
We offer mainstream composite classes R-3 and 4-7. These small group sessions allow for individualised and targeted learning opportunities. We believe every child is unique, with different needs and interests and that small groups assist teachers to plan in ways that respond to those needs and interests. The Australian Curriculum is flexible, allowing schools and teachers to personalise student learning. Students also have the opportunity to work in combined composite classes to share ideas and collaborate with peers.
In the afternoons the students from both streams come together for music, PE and health, language (Chinese), soft and hard handwork(design technology) and garden science. Our families and local community support us in this and we work together to provide expertise in a caring educational environment.
The Australian Curriculum is designed to teach students what it takes to be confident and creative individuals and become active and informed citizens. It sets the goal for what all students should learn as they progress through their school life – wherever they live in Australia and whatever school they attend.
We have a strong focus on the Arts and have specialist teachers in Drama, Dance, Music and Visual Art. Our teachers incorporate movement into many lessons to reinforce and deepen the learning experience. Stamping and clapping in rhythmical sequences in mathematics, and drama improvisations in English are creative and engaging learning practices. Our unique musical playground offers students opportunities to play and perform both in and outside of class time. We believe singing and playing an instrument are important to a child’s education and are constantly developing our music program.
Across the school children produce and perform plays. Visit our facebook page for photos and videos of our talented children.
Maths and Science
Our Maths and Science programs give students the opportunity to develop their critical and creative thinking. Through practical, hands-on and engaging activities students immerse themselves in their learning providing them with the opportunity to develop their thinking and take their learning to the next level. Working in a composite class setting allows students to learn at their level thus providing support and challenge.
Mimili is a community located near Alice Springs. For 14 years Mimili and Basket Range schools worked closely together. Each alternate year Basket Range students travelled to Mimili and the following year Mimili students would come to Adelaide where we hosted the exchange. This wonderful relationship developed in both communities greater cultural understanding and nurtures ongoing friendships.
Currently our school community, Governing Council and Reconciliation Action Plan committee are excited about restablishing this very important and mutually beneficial exchange.
LOCAL COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
Our local community is very important to us. We are fortunate to have past students and interested local groups and individuals contributing to the development and wellbeing of our students. Our children learn about local history through the stories told to them by elders who share the experiences of their life at Basket Range sometimes 80 or more years ago when they were children. This living history is taken in deeply by the children who are able to picture the locations and life painted for them through the words of the story teller. In the weeks following, the children can be seen playing the games described to them or acting out a part of the life told to them.
Our community is full of talented, dynamic and highly skilled individuals and attracts like minded people into it. We are blessed with opportunities to have visiting artists and musicians come and work with our students, not only to produce something unique but to hear about the world from new and different perspectives.
We continually look for ways to connect with and deepen our relationships with local groups such as Landcare, CFS and The Red Shed, to actively participate in and contribute to the students learning experiences. The relationships are reciprocal. The skills, knowledge and wisdom these groups and individuals bring are invaluable to the life learning we want our students to have. These relationships nurture respect and appreciation in the children of real skills and abilities which once learnt and practiced are truly valued.