Steiner and Mainstream Education
Two streams one river
Basket Range Primary School
A Dual Stream School
Surrounded by native bush and looking out over valleys and hills our small school is just a short drive from the freeway. Our unique environment provides a living world in which the children play, learn and grow. The ‘garden’, a gradual slope shaded by tall pines and eucalypts, is most often where the children play; climbing trees, building cubbies and marble runs, or counting tadpoles in the frog bog.
Our school is over 130 years old and we celebrate the relationships we have with past students and the local community and value their support in our reading, gardening, construction, and music programs. Living in a time of rapid change and uncertainty, our students inherit a sense of stability and belonging created through meeting and working with our local elders and the history they bring with them.
It is our community who welcomed and drove the initiative for a Steiner stream recognising a compatibility in philosophy and values; service to others, appreciation of difference, care for the natural world, an education that produces strong, adaptable individuals with the capability to imagine a better world. Through this we foresee the continuation of a strong and healthy community celebrating both the similarities and the differences of the two streams.
Now taking enrolments for ;
Mainstream : Reception to Year 7
Steiner Stream : Reception to Year 6
“In this age of super schools, Basket Range provides an alternative where small class sizes combine with progressive teaching and a beautiful setting to deliver a unique learning opportunity…”
Mick Lorenz, Parent
Acknowledgment to Country
We acknowledge the traditional inhabitants of this land, the Peramangk people, whose land, winds and waters we all now share. We pay respects to their unique values and enduring culture that enriches the life of our community and country.
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
2019 Annual Report
School Policies and Procedures
External School Review Report
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