Our endeavor at Chrysalis is to provide a comprehensive, in-depth education while developing the potential in children. The areas of development that are important to us include the curriculum's academic, physical, social, moral, artistic, and spiritual aspects.
The Primary Years at Chrysalis include Class 1 through Class 5 (with Class 6 joining the Middle School). Children move into the second phase of childhood at age six or seven. Just as the Kindergarten children learn through imitation, Primary aged children learn best through imagination. This change is marked by a new readiness for formal learning when the child enters Class 1. It is essential to nurture the new intellectual abilities while fostering the life of imagination as the child moves through the primary years.
Unique to Steiner schools in the Class Teacher's role guides their class through several years, not only as a teacher but also as a guardian and mentor. The continuity of this personal relationship provides security for the children, which will mature to confidence in their judgment and action in later years. At Chrysalis, we believe the child should leave school with a craving to learn and an insatiable appetite for everything going on around them.
This phase of school coincides with the onset of puberty – a time of significant change. As in the younger classes, the Middle School continues to cultivate the thinking, feeling, and willing through a balance of academic studies, artistic activities, and practical experiences. However, the emphasis at this stage is on assisting young people in integrating these activities with the emerging ego's help. The students begin to acquire an intense curiosity and a growing capacity for higher-order analysis and reflection. They are also moving towards more rational decision making and a better understanding of the consequences of behavior. As their interest in ethical and moral questions develops, they are keen to explore real-world social issues. Many want to make the world a better place as active, emerging young citizens within our Australian society and global community, meeting the world truthfully and creatively.