Milkwood Steiner School, Darwin, Northern Territory

About Our School

Our vision is to offer quality Steiner Education to our students and demonstrate the value of Steiner Education in the wider community.

Milkwood Steiner School is a non-denominational, independent school offering a primary level education to children from Pre-School to Class 6 based upon the educational philosophy of Rudolf Steiner.

Australia currently has 60 Steiner Schools and Kindergartens including 11 Government Schools running Steiner streams parallel with their mainstream curriculum. With its emphasis on the timing and style of learning Steiner Education has proved itself a truly international curriculum.

The first Waldorf School opened in September 1919 in Stuttgart, the first Waldorf Kindergarten in 1926.

Today there are 1092 Waldorf and Rudolf Steiner schools in 64 countries and 1857 Waldorf Kindergartens in more than 70 countries.

Governance

The school is a non-profit entity and is registered as an incorporated association with the Northern Territory Department of Business.

The school is governed by the Milkwood Steiner School Association School (MSSA) Board.

MSSA Audit for period ending 31Dec2013

Milkwood’s History

Since 1996, Steiner-inspired playgroups for young children and families have operated in Darwin and Litchfield. In 1999 several playgroup families formed and incorporated the Darwin Steiner Association (DSA) to enable the development of a Steiner Kindergarten and School.

The DSA grew to a diverse, enterprising and highly motivated group of around 60 members whose activities included publishing regular newsletters, creating a library, running craft and study groups (Waldorf Learning Group), held public and private seminars, fundraising events, founded the Nightcliff market stall, and supported seasonal and cultural festivals and Steiner-inspired playgroups. Prior to the school opening the DSA changed its name to Milkwood Steiner School Association (MSSA).

Milkwood Steiner School opened its doors in January 2004 in the converted Nightcliff Scout Hall in Bauhinia Street, Nightcliff. In the first year Milkwood started with 26 students ranging in age from 4 to 8 years old with a Kindergarten and a combined Class 1, 2, 3. Each following year Milkwood expanded by one class year level until 2007 when it had grown to Class Six.

In February 2007 Milkwood moved to Cecil Cook Avenue, Marrara. Here the children were blessed with two enormous trees in which to climb and play.

At the end of 2009 a permanent location was secured and with the help of a significant investment secured through Building the Education Revolution (BER) and an extraordinary effort from the parent community Milkwood was to open it’s doors in 2010 with four custom built classrooms, a library and music room.

Milkwood now has permanent foundations at this site at 107 Boulter Road, Berrimah. Gardens and playgrounds are now established and the School has also been granted a 12 year lease on the adjoining bush block.

Naming Milkwood Steiner School

Milkwood Steiner School was named after a beautiful Milkwood tree growing in Knuckey Lagoons Recreation Reserve. It became very special to the children and parents who attended the Steiner – inspired playgroups and the Waldorf Learning Group held there in 2001.

Early in its life, this tree began growing horizontal to the ground, resulting in a magical and safe leafy place for children to play and be. From the first moment, the Milkwood tree drew the children to it.

The Milkwood tree symbolised one of nature’s gifts, nurturing yet strong, balanced and resilient.

 

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Students will be performing at this years’ Seabreeze Festival!

The String Ensemble will open the CDU Music Stage at 2.05pm followed by the School Choir at 2.20pm.
From 4.30 Strings players will busk en-masse on the Slab Stage.

Come and hear us play and sing!

Listening, creating and performing music are all integral aspects of a balanced music education. Through the students’ involvement in sequential and age appropriate activities, music takes a central position in Waldorf education, studied both as a discrete discipline and most importantly as a vital part of the pedagogy. Exercises for training the musical ear are practiced, providing a solid base for subsequent musical accomplishment and singing and choral work are developed throughout the school years. Children learn the recorder from Class One through to Class Six and individual tuition of a stringed instrument and music notation is taught from Class Three, and by Class Four children participate in orchestral work.
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