Steiner and Mainstream Education
Two streams one river
At Basket Range we strive to develop the physical emotional and intellectual capabilities of the developing child through an age appropriate curriculum that integrates the disciplines of movement, fine arts, and practical arts into the study of humanities, science, mathematics and technology. Through the development of these capacities, we educate the child in a healthy and balanced manner.
The Foundation teachers through daily activities lay a strong grounding for future academic success. Songs and nursery rhymes cultivate language and the world of words. Listening to stories, watching marionette shows, and participating in dramatic play strengthen the power of memory and imagination. Counting games and rhythmic activities build a solid foundation for mathematics and number skills. Artistic activities and crafts help the children develop fine motor skills, coordination, and the ability to concentrate. Ample time for free creative play, both in the classroom and playground, enables the children to strengthen their bodies, forge healthy, long-lasting social relationships and engenders interest in the world around them.
In Years 1 and 2 the children begin to engage with and develop a deeper awareness of specific curriculum areas. This change is marked by a new readiness for formal learning. It is important to nurture the new intellectual abilities while continuing to foster the life of imagination as the child moves through the primary school.
Within Steiner education we pause to celebrate with the children and school community, the changing nature of the year. With each seasonal change, we gather to share through song, poetry, movement, music and activities, the changing of nature, of climate and human activity. This weaves into a tapestry of events over a number of years and significantly marks a milestone in each unfolding year.
THE MAIN LESSON
The Main Lesson is a unique element in Steiner education. Each morning for three to four weeks, the class learns about one ‘big idea’. In this block of time, teachers and students explore in great depth one large topic, ranging from the Alphabet in Class One, to Pythagoras, Shakespeare, and the Origins of Literature in High School.
Basket Range Primary School has been at the heart of its community since it was founded in 1885. It's first Headteacher was a Michael McDonough who began with just nine students and taught and lived in the beautiful building which is our main school building. The children learn about and are proud of the local history, which they feel connected to through stories passed on to them by local elders and residents in our history enquiry projects.
Our outdoor spaces play a large role in the children's learning. All of our students learn about and are involved in environmental, design and building projects and learn to sustain and maintain the natural environment. These lessons develop in the children a strong sense of responsibility and connection to the world around them.
With small classes our very experienced and dedicated teachers have the opportunity to give each student individual attention. Our philosophy is to educate the 'whole child' in all their capacities; physical, emotional and intellectual. Every student is encouraged and supported to fully participate in all learning experiences to develop a balanced growth.
Our school is proud of its outstanding sense of community where students, staff, parents and community members work co-operatively and with mutual respect. Together we research and review new and relevant learning methodologies and models to bring the best opportunities and choices to our community and to our students.
In 2017 our school will continue its proud history in education and celebrate a new beginning as a dual stream school delivering both Mainstream and Steiner Education.
"If you would like to know more about our dual stream school and OSHC please ring and make a time to meet with me. I would love the opportunity to talk to you about how special our school is and the amazing opportunities that we can offer your child." - Sybila Ford
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