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Waldorf Excellence


​Developed by Rudolf Steiner in 1919, Waldorf education is based on an approach that addresses the needs of the growing child and maturing adolescent. Waldorf teachers strive to transform education into an art that educates the whole child -  the heart and the hands, as well as the head. Waldorf teachers at Benowa SHS are dedicated to creating a genuine enthusiasm for learning that is essential for educational success.

What is Waldorf Education?

Waldorf Education approaches all aspects of schooling in a unique and comprehensive way. The curriculum is designed to help students develop their full potential as scholars, artists, athletes and community members.

It is easy to fall into the error of believing that education must make our children fit into society. Although we are certainly influenced by what the world brings us, the fact is that the world is shaped by people, not people by the world.

Waldorf Education recognises and honours the full range of human potential. It addresses the whole child by striving to awaken and enable latent capacities. Students in the program undertake English, Mathematics, History, Geography and the Sciences. Additionally, all students participate in singing and playing musical instruments; drawing; painting; modelling clay; carving; speaking clearly and participating in dramatic performances; thinking independently; and working harmoniously and respectfully with others. The development of these various capacities is interrelated.

Waldorf education endeavours to prepare young adults who are knowledgeable about the world and human history and culture; who have many varied practical and artistic abilities; who feel a deep connection with the natural world; and who can act with both initiative and freedom as a member of today's diverse society.

From "Five Frequently Asked Questions" by Colin Price originally printed in Renewal Magazine, Spring/Summer 2003.

Student performance is monitored regularly and the school holds high expectations around work ethic, application and behaviour. Students must display appropriate behaviour and effort across all subjects whilst in this program.

Please note: The school, in consultation with families, reserves the right to withdraw students from this program at any time.