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  • The Silver Tree Steiner School

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    The Silver Tree Steiner School

    Founding year: 1997
    Website: Visit Website
    Number of students: 0
    Genders Accepted: Mixed (Co-education)
    Leadership: Mr. Mark Panaia (Principal)
    Number of staff: 0

    The great thing is to enable the human being to find his place in the world with due confidence in his power of judgment." Rudolf Steiner. Learning in a Steiner School is a non-competitive activity. This encourages children to do their best using their unique talents. It engenders pride, high self-esteem, and emulation of admirable characteristics, whereas competition can lead to egotism. Each child's learning rate is honored, and preferred learning styles are addressed in all teaching through movement, rhythm, art, pattern, and story-telling.
    The emphasis on learning is through imitation and creative play until age seven, when academic subjects are interwoven with art, craft, and music. This engenders sound developmental growth, a sense of wonder throughout life, a zest for learning, initiative, and balance of the whole individual.
    Each of the main subject areas, English, Maths, Social Studies, and Science, are taught in the main lesson blocks of 3-5 weeks duration. This allows the subject matter at hand to be explored in depth. Children produce their books to record the content of their lessons. There are no textbooks as such in the lower classes. Upper classes use textbooks to supplement their main lesson books. A tranquil learning environment is a priority. Superior concentration enhances learning, reduces stress, and supports the appreciation of nature, and promotes a sense of peace.
    There is a three-way responsibility for discipline Teacher: Parent: Child. Steiner Education aims for self-discipline, responsibility by example, and a fair learning environment. Art, music, gardening, and foreign languages are valued elements of Steiner Schools. There is a strong emphasis on handwork, making, and doing through craft and other activities. Beautiful, quality hand-made and natural materials are used throughout the school.
    There is a strong focus on seasons, festivals, and community, and the natural environment. A high standard of nutrition is actively encouraged (avoiding sweets, soft drinks, pre-packaged, and processed foods). Much of the syllabus is taught through story-telling. To support the child's imagination, television viewing and other electronic media are not recommended. Media is taught as a subject in high school only.
    Steiner Schools are born out of a Western Christian tradition. However, a Steiner School is non-denominational. To find their place in the complex tapestry of world spiritual life, they must learn about the various religions, past and present. The school teaches the history of Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, and many other elements that will undoubtedly touch their lives as they grow into a world with different religious viewpoints. The school's central aim is to prevent bigotry and intolerance by the children toward people who think, look, or believe differently from themselves. Religion today needs children who love and protect nature and have a deep sense of moral and social responsibility. Steiner Schools teach an uncompromising veneration for life and deep respect for human dignity. It is engendered by the teacher's gratitude to the world and encouraged in the child.

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    Address: The Silver Tree Steiner School, 695 Roland Road Parkerville,, Western Australia, WA 6081, Australia



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