Educating independent, creative and motivated students
Samford Valley Steiner School offers an inspiring and comprehensive education for children from Pre-Prep through to Year 12 in high school. Our school is located on 20 acres of leafy, natural bushland, in the semi-rural Samford Valley. This picturesque destination is approximately 24km/35 minutes drive from Brisbane, in South East Queensland, Australia.
Shared by the fastest growing independent school movement in the world, our curriculum is based on the teachings of Rudolf Steiner. The education aims to give each new generation an education entirely free from partisan political, economic, sectarian or racial influences. From the earliest years, throughout the child’s education right up to high school graduation, our curriculum is integrated to fully prepare each child for adulthood. We recognise that each child is unique and through focusing on enhancing each individual child’s attributes and sensitively addressing their challenges we strive to develop unprejudiced, well-informed, confident and creative young people who are valuable and practical contributors to society.
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Creating a quality early childhood environment
Last month Samford Valley Steiner School underwent a quality assessment and rating process for the Kindergarten. We are delighted that we have received an overall rating of Exceeding the National Standard. Below is the summary comment from the assessor.
The Regulatory Authority congratulates your service on its achievements in providing high quality outcomes for children, families and educators by exceeding the NQS in five of the Quality Areas. The holistic approach to teaching and learning, and the shared understanding of educators, enables children to be competent and capable learners. The sense of community and involvement of parents and children as active decision makers in the service contributes to the high level of quality at the service. The strong partnerships between educators and families build on children’s sense of belonging, being and becoming. Samford Valley Steiner School Early Childhood Centre is commended for achieving a rating of Exceeding National Quality Standard overall.
The Movable Classroom – Moving, engaging, and learning
The children walk and crawl along the benches, slide and bunny hop then they flip them over and balance along them, leap over them like frogs and slither under like snakes.
These are all very important movements for the developing child. We have three different routines and work individually, in pairs and as a group. In just under two weeks the impact on Class 2 has been enormously positive. This fun, developmentally appropriate movement sets us up for optimal learning for the rest of the day. We can use them as part of our drama work for play, we lift them, stack them and we do our work on them in a very healthy body manner.
Conceived in Scandinavia and developed in Germany, the Movable Classroom is a concept that meets children in a new way. Instead of traditional desks and chairs, the Movable Classroom uses low benches that can be moved and utilized in a multitude of ways. Whether in a circle, a horseshoe, as a long lunch table, or grouped for children working in pairs… whether as an obstacle course or a balance beam … whether in rows “just like a normal classroom”… these benches lend themselves to flexibility, form and supreme functionality: the Movable Classroom invites children to learn—and love learning—in an environment that is both amenable to them and productive.
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