Places in the school are offered according to the following priorities: 1. Siblings of children already enrolled in and attending the Milkwood (must be current with fees) 2. Children currently enrolled and attending Milkwood Steiner School Association Playgroups 3. Children of Milkwood Steiner School staff 4. Children transferring from another Steiner School 5. Children of former students of another Steiner School 6. By date of application
In order to provide prospective parents with the opportunity to gain a fuller picture of Steiner Education and to ask any specific questions, the school holds school tours on demand. You are more than welcome to contact the school and book a time.
If as parents/guardians you wish to proceed, and have attended a school tour or equivalent and feel well informed about Milkwood Steiner School, you can continue with the following steps:
1) If there are no vacancies in the appropriate class/es parents may still choose to proceed with the application process to be placed on a waiting list.
2) Complete Page 1 of the Enrolment Form and forward it to the school with an administration fee of $80. This will enable you to meet with the appropriate teacher for more information about the school. In particular, parents of children enrolling in Kindergarten and Class 1/2 will be asked to complete a Child Biography that details the first 7 years of life.
3) Interview Process:
a) If no vacancy exists in the class, an interview may or may not be conducted, depending on the circumstances.
b) Children entering Transition starting the following year will be interviewed during term four.
c) For children entering the upper classes the enrolment an interview will be arranged between the class teacher and parents. Students should participate for at least part of the interview. This interview provides the opportunity to discuss the needs of the child and the education offered at Milkwood. Reports from the child’s previous or current school should be provided
prior to this interview. Departmental Interstate Transfer forms available from the office may be utilised for students moving from interstate.
d) If the parents have indicated that the child has a special need or disability, the class teacher may refer the child to the Children’s Special Services, to assess whether the school will adequately cater for this child’s needs. An appropriate educational program for the child will be discussed. Further information may be gathered, including reports from previous schools and any support agencies or professionals, and an estimate of budget implications of staffing needs, adjustments to the physical environment, the curriculum or other resources.
4) Post interview, both parents and school make a decision about proceeding with the enrolment.
The teacher and school must consider:
a) Teacher: child ratio in the relevant class
b) Position on the waiting list
c) Home environment that supports the philosophy of Steiner Education
d) The capacity of the school to fulfill Duty of Care to current and prospective children and staff in accepting the application. When a student with identified special needs or a disability is recommended for enrolment, the parents will be advised of a negotiated curriculum plan and this will be fully documented.
The parent must consider the 3 significant differences between Milkwood and mainstream schools in Darwin:
a) Parents become a member of Milkwood Steiner School Association and it is highly desirable that parents are willing to be involved in association activities for the benefit of the school as a whole.
b) The educational philosophy that forms the curriculum and contributes to the quality of the education is delivered according to the stages of physical, emotional and mental development. This pace is different to other schools in Darwin, but the same as Steiner schools around the world.
c) For purposes outlined in the ‘Overview’ and ‘Parent Handbook’ we ask parents to filter the sensory impressions provided to the child, going as far as restricting the use of electronic games, movies and computer use at home.
5) The student’s place is confirmed when the completed Milkwood Enrolment Form and signed Parent Agreement is received.
6) When a student has been declined enrolment, the parents will be informed personally and the reasons clearly outlined explaining the decision in full.
Before or very close to the first day of school all details of your child/ren’s enrolment will need to be completed, office staff can assist with this.