The southern highlands association for Steiner education (shase) was formed to cultivate, nourish, and promote Steiner education in the southern highlands. The Association is established for the object of operating a Rudolf Steiner co-educational Primary school for children, irrespective of their social, religious, or cultural background, which:
provides a living, inspired learning environment, which strives to foster the qualities of goodness, beauty, and truth through the research and implementation of the principles in the educational approach of Rudolf Steiner
develops progressive social and cultural forms through nourishing the physical, soul, and spiritual aspects of the community life of the school
strives for a respectful, safe, and loving environment between all who work and learn at the school.
As one of over 1000 Steiner/Waldorf schools throughout the world, Aurora is a small school offering a big-hearted education full of nourishment for the whole child. Our approach, inspired by the indications of Dr. Rudolf Steiner, actively engages the senses with real-life experience, learning through the head, heart, and hands. We are a school that upholds respect and reverence for the natural world. We celebrate the Australian seasons, grow food in our garden, and explore our local area's beauty.
We are a school of spirit, welcoming families into our community with open arms and open hearts. We value kindness and compassion, and we seek to create an environment that fosters healthy social relationships. An education at Aurora builds a strong academic foundation. We provide a rich, engaging environment where students learn concepts and skills at a developmentally appropriate time. The attributes of curiosity, creativity, and capacity are nurtured, ensuring our children are equipped for today's world as morally responsible global citizens.
Aurora offers an integrated, interdisciplinary curriculum for Primary school. Our academically rigorous curriculum is integrated with creative arts and personal development. This means academic subjects are presented imaginatively to engage the students' whole-hearted participation: physically, cognitively, and emotionally. Each lesson incorporates movement, supported by music, poetry, visual arts, traditional writing, reading, and mathematics skills. Your child will learn literacy, mathematics, music, speech and drama, languages, physical education, visual arts, eurythmy, artisan handicraft, and social and emotional skills in any week.
The class teacher is a trained Steiner teacher as well as a State qualified teacher. A deep and caring relationship and understanding are fostered between the child, the teacher, and the class as a whole. The teacher brings each part of the curriculum at the right stage in the children's development to meet and satisfy their inner needs. The teacher's task is to bring the child all the subjects in a living way, involving the whole child in the learning process. The educational aim is to stimulate students' curiosity, imagination, and interest in the world to foster a balanced feeling for life, to develop a sense of morality, service, and strength of will. This encourages each child to grow in confidence, imagination, and initiative. Each day begins with the Main Lesson, a two-hour period when a core subject is taught, experienced, and worked with for a block of time, usually three to four weeks.
Our Kindergarten lays the foundations for learning and life. In an atmosphere of love and warmth, children are encouraged to learn through a sense of wonder, imagination, and exploration. The Kindergarten day is purposefully based around a natural rhythm, including free play, structured activities such as arts, crafts, food preparation, ring-time and story-time, and outside time to climb, run, and experience the changing season's elements. With its kitchen garden and space to run and climb in our country campus, your child's school day is filled with play and adventure.
Children engage in real-life experiences, learning through active involvement. They climb trees, go for bushwalks, bake bread, grow and cook vegetables, play instruments, dance, make crafts, organize festivals – all as part of their day's learning. Aurora caters to Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten aged children in a combined class. This 'family' group of mixed age allows older children to care for and lead the younger children and allows them to engage socially with older children and learn with them.