The Armidale Waldorf School celebrated its 35th anniversary last year. This is a remarkable achievement that began with a preschool, housed in an old art gallery, opening its doors on the 16th of February 1985, with just four children.
The school today has grown from a bush block and former art gallery into a beautiful and nourishing natural environment that supports over 140 students from preschool to year 8, with planned expansion to years 9 and 10 from 2023-2024.
The school currently employs over 30 staff, ranging from teachers, specialist teaching staff, student learning assistants, administration and maintenance. We also rely on volunteers from our school community to make the school the special place that it is.
The Armidale Waldorf School provides a creative learning environment where lessons are hands-on and often provoke an emotional connection to the subject, making the lessons memorable and meaningful.
The curriculum is designed to support child development, this means students learning is not rushed, but rather caters to their ability, hence creating a love for learning which is more than an education; it's a foundation for life.
The NESA approved curriculum is based on Rudolf Steiner's philosophy of educating the whole person - head, heart and hands.
This is achieved by three daily lessons; Main Lesson which has an academic (head) focus and occurs during the first two hours of the day.
The Middle Lesson (heart), occurring after morning tea focuses on music, drama, language, and arts. The Afternoon Lesson (Hands) is for handiwork, bush walks, and outdoor games (or sport).
This forms a well-rounded education of high academic achievement, physical awareness, creative ability, and social/emotional development.
The Armidale Waldorf School is set in beautiful bushland just minutes outside Armidale. It offers a playgroup for families with young children, preschool for children aged 3-5yrs, and kindergarten to class 8.
There is an extensive vegetable garden that promotes an appreciation of nature and provides opportunities to develop knowledge and new skills in both environmental studies and life skills.
All produce is nurtured from seed, cared for, and harvested with help from the children.
The garden harvest is used for class baking or for the once-a-week healthy tuckshop meal.
For more information call 6772 8876 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also find out more about the school by visiting waldorf.nsw.edu.au/about-us/