Steiner Philosophy

“Learning is the key to human development, but it is not a simple, homogeneous process. What to learn, when to learn, and how to learn are arrived at through a conscious and careful study of children as well as a comprehensive understanding of the human being through all stages of human development….”
— Rudolf Steiner/Waldorf Education (Ed. Brien Masters)

Chrysalis Steiner School is founded on the educational philosophy of Rudolf Steiner (1861 – 1925) and his picture of human growth and development. From childhood onwards, Rudolf Steiner knew both spiritual and natural worlds. His search to integrate these led him to recognise the significance of thinking for spiritual as well as natural scientific research. Through taking account of human spiritual nature, what is unique and universal in each child is honoured and developed.

Rudolf Steiner was a philosopher, artist and scientist whose visions and depth of understanding continue to have a great impact in many practical fields such as education, medicine, agriculture, architecture and the therapeutic arts. This educational philosophy is based on the insight into the needs and consciousness of growing children on many different levels: social, artistic, academic, physical and spiritual. 

Steiner (Waldorf) Education has stood the test of time with over 1000 schools worldwide. Steiner Education Australia is our national body, representing and supporting the 50 schools and associations in Australia. In response to the Federal Government’s proposal to create a mandatory Australian Curriculum for all schools in 2009, the Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework was developed from 2009 – 2012. As Steiner Education is internationally recognised, the opportunity to put forward an alternate curriculum framework for recognition allowed the integrity of our philosophy and pedagogy to be protected.


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