A group of local parents and educators are actively working to open an independent primary school, run on Steiner principles, in the Berry region in 2021.
Currently alternatives to mainstream schooling exist in Wollongong (Montessori), Bowral and Bega (Steiner).
The organising committee believes there is sufficient demand in the upper South Coast region for a small independent school, “We see our school as serving those families in our community who believe an alternate model of education will help their children and the community thrive.”
Green Mountain School is expected to draw students from Nowra to Kiama, including those of Clare Marshall in Gerringong.
“Both of our preschool aged children are currently thriving within their play
focused, outdoor early learning spaces.
“We were therefore delighted to learn of the proposed plans for an independent school in our local area, one which would allow us to extend their access to hands on, nature based holistic learning into their formative school years.”
Fellow Gerringong resident, Rachel Addison, is also keen on the initiative, “We would love our children to attend a school which is founded on principles of a truly holistic learning environment.”
She says Steiner schools encourage a love learning by focusing on individual needs rather than a strict curriculum.
“The more important lessons of life, such as self-inquiry, resilience, sustainability, empathy, integrity and kindness, are honored in everyday practices of the entire school community.”
The search is currently on for a suitable school site and the process for applying to the NSW Education Standards Authority to gain registration and accreditation to operate as a non-government school has begun.
Enrollments will only commence when the school is officially approved to operate.
The core team is seeking to connect with anyone in the community who is interested in making this school a reality.
They’d love to talk to potential advisors, mentors, financial donors and people willing to contribute specific knowledge to pedagogy, school administration, management and fundraising.