From little things, big things grow….the flourishing new school that is Helena River Steiner School in Midland grew from an idea that first took shape in a little parish hall in a Guildford park.
Guildford Steiner Playgroup began mid 2013. As local parents joined this new group, they discovered the value of the Steiner method in nurturing their children. In 2014 we gathered more educators and family community, formed River Blossom Education Association Inc and moved to a new premises in Midland on part of the old Midland Primary School site.
In 2015 our playgroups expanded and we also ran several other educational activities, including home school workshops and curriculum support and a kindergarten program one morning a week. In 2016 we began our first mixed-age kindergarten (3-6 years) operating as an Education and Care Service. We also began the process of applying for school registration.
In December 2016 we officially changed our name to Helena River Steiner School, and took on the lease of the property next door for our new primary class to expand into.
On the 26th June, 2018, we received non-government school registration.
We now have a thriving Parents and Friends committee, a professional Board which oversees the school’s operations, a Craft Group and a Study Group, while our play areas and grounds continue to transform into a more lush and inviting environment.
Steiner in the World
Helena River Steiner School in Midland, Perth, is part of a network of Steiner schools throughout WA and Australia. Every Steiner/Waldorf school is independently formed and operated and thoroughly unique, but part of a big and conscientious “family” dedicated to educating modern children according to the developmental and pedagogical principles described by Rudolf Steiner.
The first Steiner/Waldorf school began in Germany in 1919, with the goal of developing morally responsible, integrated individuals with a high degree of social competence and independent thinking. There are now more than 1050 independent Steiner/Waldorf schools and nearly 2000 kindergartens worldwide.
Steiner education provides a curriculum which has withstood the tests of nearly a century and continues to bring children what they need, at the right time, with the right balance of arts, academics, physical and social learning.
To learn more about Steiner educational philosophy see www.steinereducation.edu.au