Samford Valley Steiner School

Outdoor Classroom now open

OUTDOOR CLASSROOM

We are happy to announce that the new SVSS Outdoor Classroom is well and truly open for business! 

The space provides a whole host of benefits and resources to sustain an Outdoor Curriculum at SVSS including a fire pit, a covered ‘classroom’ space and a tool use area.  Upon this canvas Year 9 have been working hard throughout Semester 1 to make the area beautiful and useful.  They have started our forest trail which will eventually support a walk through the bush in the southwest corner of the school from the Outdoor Classroom up to the car park.  They have assembled and erected a 15’ ridgepole for our tarp classroom cover, started the tool area fencing, built firewood storage, created a compost heap and started to delineate a process pen for holding the limbs and cuttings from throughout the school prior to it’s use in the classroom. 

There are many future plans for the space including a more permanent shingle or thatched roof to replace our temporary tarpaulins, continual upgrades to our kitchen area (started by this oven) and a coppice from which to grow the building materials we will use so much of.  We plan to build a rammed earth storage shed with the students and create an outdoor smithy complete with forge and casting pit.  There will be an area for raku glazing and firing of ceramics, a food forest, bush tucker garden and so much more besides.  We hope that as the program grows all years will have a hand in creating something wonderful in this space.

What an exciting and beautiful addition to our school!