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Steiner Education Model

Tallowood Steiner School has as its primary aim the provision of a unique, high quality primary school education based on Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy of education and child development.

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Child Centered

Tallowood Steiner School offers a human centered approach to teaching and learning, based on a view of the developmental stages of childhood. Working with age appropriate teaching and learning programs and methodology, forms the heart of our approach. Every child is innately artistic and creative and each stage of childhood brings its own particular developmental characteristics and needs.

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Rhythm & Story

Presenting curriculum content through story and biography really appeals to children’s feelings and imagination. Each day’s lessons begin with the Morning Circle time where the children are actively engaged in poetry, recitation, movement, verse, song and numeracy activities, all of which relate to the unit themes being studies during each term.

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Outdoor Education

Tallowood Steiner School has as its primary aim the provision of a unique, high quality primary school education based on Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy of education and child development.

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Play based Learning

Tallowood Steiner School offers a human centered approach to teaching and learning, based on a view of the developmental stages of childhood. Working with age appropriate teaching and learning programs and methodology, forms the heart of our approach. Every child is innately artistic and creative and each stage of childhood brings its own particular developmental characteristics and needs.

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Excursions and Camps

Presenting curriculum content through story and biography really appeals to children’s feelings and imagination. Each day’s lessons begin with the Morning Circle time where the children are actively engaged in poetry, recitation, movement, verse, song and numeracy activities, all of which relate to the unit themes being studies during each term.

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Outdoor Education

Tallowood Steiner School has as its primary aim the provision of a unique, high quality primary school education based on Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy of education and child development.

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Play based Learning

Tallowood Steiner School offers a human centered approach to teaching and learning, based on a view of the developmental stages of childhood. Working with age appropriate teaching and learning programs and methodology, forms the heart of our approach. Every child is innately artistic and creative and each stage of childhood brings its own particular developmental characteristics and needs.

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Excursions and Camps

Presenting curriculum content through story and biography really appeals to children’s feelings and imagination. Each day’s lessons begin with the Morning Circle time where the children are actively engaged in poetry, recitation, movement, verse, song and numeracy activities, all of which relate to the unit themes being studies during each term.

Student Learning

Our students benefit from multi- aged classes in numerous ways; socially, academically and in their personal development. Peer support and co-operation, and peer tutoring has significant benefits for each child and each student is able to both shine in the areas of their strengths, and also to receive positive role modelling and active support in their areas of challenge from the other students.  Children coming to Tallowood from other schools, where they may have had difficulty learning or socialising, often adapt well to our small school environment.  All our staff prioritise a high expectation regarding school tone, behavior management strategies and positive, consistent expectations. Our proactive focus on the issues of bullying and personal inter-relationships, remain vital elements in the commitment to personal and social harmony and well-being in our small school. 

Our practice of theme block lessons unifies and integrates all curriculum areas and all teaching and learning activities.  Lesson content is developed from each core subject and subjects are taught in 3 week Main Lesson blocks.

Each day’s lessons begin with the Morning Circle time where children are actively engaged in movement, verse, song and often numeracy activities, all of which relate to the unit themes being studied during each term. 

This approach ensures that the children are engaged and participating in all the ways in which they are active as learners and makes full use of their natural need for movement and rhythmical activity.

Presenting curriculum content through literature and story really appeals to children’s feelings and imagination.  Art is embedded as practice in all subjects and this enables children to be continually active as creators.

Throughout the course of each year, all Key Learning Areas are covered, in line with the NSW Board of Studies requirements.

Tallowood Steiner School offers a human centered approach to teaching and learning.  Children’s social development is integral to our school’s philosophy and practice, and our commitment is to ensure a safe learning environment for all children, where respect and caring for each other are paramount.

In line with Steiner Schools throughout the world, Tallowood continues to celebrate the seasonal Festivals.  These Festivals provide a wonderful opportunity for the whole school community to come together in celebration of our school, the cycles of the seasons throughout each year and the student’s achievements and growth. The winter festival at the end of Term two is held in the evening. These events are considered part of the curriculum and it is essential to the rhythms of Steiner Education include these celebrations. Student’s work and achievements and a school play or performance pieces are shared with the community. A healthy feast is often an integral component of these festivals and an ongoing reflection of our Healthy Food Policy.  

Students of all ages, attend swimming lessons, at the Macksville Aquatic Centre during term 1. With the hot weather throughout the summer months,we may have excursions to the local creek where the children swim, explore the river banks and learn about water safety and positive peer games. Both activities form a core part of our PDHPE program in the summer months. Autumn and winter see the focus moving to cricket, ball skills, hoop skills, lots of active skipping and running games as well as a continuing focus of fundamental movement skills.

Manual Arts and craft lessons provided the children with the opportunity to learn to weave their own recorder cases, sew their pencil cases, knit their own slippers and engage in various wood work and modelling projects. All Craft activities are meaningful and relate to something that the children need to use on a regular basis, or focus on artistic representations depicting aspects of the theme being studied at any given time. These can range from clay modelling, constructing winter lanterns for use at our winter festival, and making replica boats, tools and artefacts from different cultures and civilizations to creating backdrops for scenery to be used during school plays.

Camps & Excursions

The students participate in a variety of field excursions. These excursions are a vital and important aspect of our school curriculum, helping the students to engage in their learning in the broadest context possible. These field trips are always related to units of work under study and serve the purpose of taking learning out of the classroom and into the world.

The middle and upper class annual camps are held over several days each year. The children are extended with challenging physical tasks that are appropriate for their ages and always involve team building components.        

Often the first school camp for class one students is an overnight stay at the school.  However, the class teachers may deem it appropriate to hold combined class camps in the younger years.  Overnight camps are not held for the Kindergarten children.

Phone(02) 6564 7224

Address220 Bellingen Road, Bowraville

Office Hours9am-3pm, Mon-Fri during school terms

2020 Term Dates

Term 1Wednesday 28 January - Friday 3 April

Term 2Monday 27 April – Thursday 25 June

Term 3Monday 20 July – Friday 18 September

Term 4Monday 12 October – Wednesday 9 December

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