Class 7 and 8

A time of great change…

 The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the emerging adolescent by cultivating the faculties of thinking, feeling and will through a balance of academic studies, artistic activities and practical experiences.

The emphasis at this stage is on assisting young people to integrate these experiences with the help of the emerging ‘sense of self’. The inner experience of the primary years gives way to the sometimes confronting experience of the outer world and of society as a whole. Stories are thus replaced by biographies and other true life tales. The curriculum is now more varied and demanding. Students are encouraged to connect with their studies through artistic activities that include painting, sculpture, drawing, drama, design and technology, movement and music. Through such artistic efforts, a healthy respect for the world is cultivated and an enthusiasm permeates thinking.

The National Steiner Curriculum, in combination with the Board of Studies curricula, covers an important stage in the development of human experience through the ages. After the exploration of the Ancient Roman World in Class 6, we move historically through the Medieval World in Class 7, followed by the Industrialising World in Class 8. The stories and biographies of these times provide a thematic background to learning which meets the inner needs of the students at each step in their development.

This shift builds on emerging intellectual capacities and fosters the individual’s engagement in the world as newly involved global citizens. When the students complete their schooling at Chrysalis, we anticipate that the founding values they hold will nurture and foster:

  • The love of learning, knowledge and wisdom
  • The pursuit of truth
  • The promotion of logical and critical thinking
  • A moral recognition of human spiritual needs
  • The pursuit of excellence in living
  • An appreciation for individual and group achievement
  • The promotion of wellbeing of the self and the welfare of others
  • A reverence and respect for the natural world.



  • King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table
  • Wish, Wonder, Surprise: creative writing
  • Shakespeare
  • The Power of Words


  • The Medieval World
  • Age of Discovery
  • The Renaissance
  • The Age of Revolutions: industrial, political, artistic
  • Makers of Change: the birth of the modern world


  • Pythagoras
  • The Golden Section: maths in nature and the human being
  • Rhythms in Humanity and Nature
  • Platonic Solids: the 3D World


  • East and West: world geography
  • Indigenous Australia
  • Our Fragile Planet: world ecosystems
  • Commerce: the world of money


  • The Chemistry of Fire
  • The Mighty Five: mechanics
  • Human Health and Hygiene: physiology
  • Hydraulics: science of the industrial revolution
  • Food Chemistry
  • Anatomy

Weekly Sessions in:

  • English, Mathematics, Science (NESA courses), Information Technology integrated across the curriculum.

Other Subjects:

  • Music: choir, string ensembles
  •  Art: painting, drawing, modelling.
  •  Drama: A class play performance: Year 7: Medieval theme. Year 8: Shakespeare
  •  Design and Technology: woodwork, textile crafts
  • Movement: sport, hiking, abseiling, camp
  • Year 8 Project: personal exploration culminating in presentation