Welcome to The Alice Springs Steiner School

The Alice Springs Steiner School is a 10 minute drive from the town of Alice Springs in Central Australia. The extensive grounds are surrounded by bush and the beautiful MacDonnell Ranges.

The school is founded on the educational philosophy of Rudolf Steiner and was established by a group of enthusiastic parents in 1996.

The Alice Springs Steiner School offers a high standard of kindergarten and primary education. The school caters for children from playgroup to class 6, with approximately 125 students in the primary school, 75 in the early childhood/kindergarten and 30 families in the playgroups.

The Alice Springs Steiner School is a rapidly growing, vibrant school. It has an enthusiastic, active and involved parent and teacher group: a flourishing and dynamic Steiner inspired curriculum; a bountiful biodynamic vegetable garden; a basketball court, soccer field and playground.

Each class and classroom is unique, colourful and decorated with nature and the students works of art and craft. Class sizes are small and children are cared and nurtured for as individuals. Music rings throughout the school on a daily basis, and there is an atmosphere of happiness and creativity.

The philosophy at The Alice Springs Steiner School is to educate the whole person intellectually, artistically, socially and morally, so as to develop each student’s innate self-discipline and strength of body and will.

The school nurtures a rich and welcoming community life which includes the annual Autumn Fair, seasonal festivals, craft groups, specialist committees, playgroups, lectures, workshops and other activities suitable for all members of school families.

Location (google map)

School hours

8:30am-2:50pm Monday to Friday

Transport options

Uniform

The school does not have a set uniform for students. We ask that parents dress their children in simple colours (primary or secondary) and choose clothes without advertising, slogans, symbols or images. A variety of shirts are for sale from the office. We also ask that children wear strong sensible footwear, suitable for vigorous outdoor activity, sun safe clothing that covers shoulders, back and midriff and a broad brimmed hat (also for sale through school). Long hair should be neat, tidy and off the face and we encourage all children to wear indoor shoes or slippers inside.

School Office

The office is open from 8am until 4.00pm. There is a full-time Receptionist, Principal and part-time Business Manager and Financial Manager on site. It is advisable to make an appointment to avoid disappointment if you would like to see one of the friendly staff.

There are a number of educational supplies, clothes and health products available to purchase from the office

Library

Library temporarily closed, books are dispersed into classrooms for easy access.

Newsletter

The school communicates news to families weekly through the Corkwood Chronicle and weekly newsletter Snippets. This can be obtained electronically or via paper and is updated on this website weekly

Costs

Fee Schedule 2013

School Tour Dates

If you, or someone you know would like to meet someone at the school and have a closer look, the school runs regular school tours and information sessions throughout the year. The next school tour is scheduled to begin at 8:45am on Tuesday 4th June 2013. Please contact the office for more details. If you would like to speak to someone separately, one of our staff would be very happy to meet with you, please contact the office to organize a visit.

School Term dates-2013

Term 1        Thursday 24th & Friday 25th January (teachers only)

Tuesday, 29th January (students) to Friday, 5th April

Term 2        Monday, 15th April (teachers only)

Tuesday, 16th April (students) to Friday, 21 June

Term 3        Monday, 22nd July (students and teachers)

to Friday, 20th September

Term 4        Monday, 7th October (teachers only)
Tuesday 8th October (students) to Thursday, 12th December

Library News

Strong growth in student numbers this year sees the school in a positive growth phase. Our commitment to the school’s building Master-plan to ensure ongoing quality of accommodation is evident in our determination to build a purpose built kindergarten to accommodate two Kindy groups from 2013.

While this project is underway we will have a short term classroom space issue. Unfortunately  we have had to use our Library next year as a classroom space which has meant Marita Thompson’s position has had to be discontinued. Marita has spent many volunteer hours bringing the library along to its present form, donating equipment and books and spending countless hours cataloguing and covering. For this the school is very grateful and we extend our thanks to her and her husband Mal.

The books from the Library are not lost to us as many of them have been redistributed into individual classrooms so the students will continue to have access to books for research and reading for pleasure.

Looking towards the future we will be creating a ‘Library Plan’ for the its eventual reinstatement.

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