History

Steiner Waldorf Education

Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) was an Austrian scientist, philosopher and educator. In 1919 he was approached by the owner of the Waldorf Astoria company in Stuttgart, Germany to design a school for the children of his employees. The curriculum and teaching methodology were to be based on Steiner's extensive research into child development and the nature of the human being which included the dimensions of soul and spirit. The body of Steiner's teachings are comprised in the world view called Anthroposophy, which means 'the wisdom of humanity'.

His original insights still guide the 800 Steiner schools which have spread to every continent, while many of his beliefs and practices have since been supported by research in education and child psychology.

 

Willunga Waldorf School

The Willunga Waldorf school was opened as a playgroup in 1988, as a kindergarten in 1989 and a primary school in 1991.

Beginning on a small block leased from the local council, the school was able to buy the neighbouring orchard in 1994 and the Primary school's development was secured.

The school gained Registration approval for K-12 at the end of 2008 and continues to provide the comprehensive Waldorf curriculum as an option for families and their children.

The school is fully registered with the Department of Education and receives a significant portion of its funding from the State and Federal Governments.

To read a personal history by Katrina Kytka, a teacher and former parent of Willunga Waldorf School, click here.

 


"Our highest endeavour must be to develop free human beings, who are able out of their own initiative to impart purpose and direction to their lives."
Rudolf Steiner