The Armidale Waldorf School is an independent school offering children from birth until 14 years of age. Our approved NESA curriculum provides children with a high standard of academic education in a beautiful natural setting. It balances their intellectual, moral, and artistic development. It is based on the teachings of Rudolf Steiner, whose philosophy emphasizes the importance of educating the whole person – head, heart, and hands.
A dedicated language teacher teaches children from Kindergarten to Class 8 French. Music and art form a significant part of the regular curriculum, and children also attend additional classes with specialized art and music teachers. Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who can impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility—these three forces are the very nerve of education.
The Armidale Waldorf School is an independent, co-educational school that teaches under the educational philosophy of Rudolf Steiner. The school was founded in 1985 by Kit Wyndham, a visionary and inspired woman who led the school's growth for 20 years. Our school is one of 1050 Steiner schools in 60 countries around the world.
The school is incorporated as a non-profit company with limited liability. Our Constitution can be found here – Endorsed TAWS constitution. It is funded by fees and grants on a per capita basis from the State and Commonwealth Governments. Memberships and registrations include the Association Independent Schools NSW, The NSW Educational Standards Authority, and Steiner Education Australia. The Armidale Waldorf School follows the Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework, which is recognized as an alternative curriculum by the Australian Curriculum Assessment Reporting Authority.
The Armidale Waldorf School provides a comprehensive education for preschool through to secondary that works clearly out of anthroposophy, providing children with a foundation for life and inspiring them to fulfill their destiny. It is a school where students are educated to take their place in the world in a meaningful way for humanity, secure in their earthly existence, their souls nourished, and their creative spirits liberated.
This living approach to education permeates throughout every aspect of school life, with students, teachers, parents, and friends recognized and valued as the unique spiritual beings they are. All that is happening in the whole school community nourishes and supports this vision. The school has clear structures and processes to facilitate trust, objectivity, and communication.
We empower each other to take responsibility for the tasks identified and work together with an attitude of openness, honesty, and trust. The school community of students, teachers, parents, and friends, interact with the world with courage and love; truth, beauty, and goodness stand as an inspiration for all.
We strive to create a place of beauty to nurture the children, with our buildings designed from Steiner's architectural indications surrounded by acres of native gardens. A healthy indoor environment free from pollutants for children and adults alike is a priority. We use quality art and craft supplies in lessons. Our furnishings are naturally beautiful, simple, and practical.
The school values the natural environment and strives to operate in an environmentally conscious and sustainable way. We clean with cloths and water alone in most cases, and where a cleaning product is required, we use a researched product with the least harm to the cleaner and the environment. We garden organically and biodynamically, compost all possible waste, and reuse or recycle mulch our gardens to reduce our water needs, harvest rainwater for our drinking and garden needs, and manage our waste with an innovative reed bed system.