Milkwood Steiner School, Darwin, Northern Territory

Milkwood’s beginnings were as a Playgroup and they continue to  nourish our families. Playgroups are the best way to become familiar with Steiner Education, build a community with like minded families and provide an example to your children of how to work in community. Members of playgroups are encouraged to become a member of Milkwood Steiner School Association as well as Playgroup NT.

Rainbow Bee Eaters Playgroup

Rainbow Bee Eaters is a Steiner inspired co-operative playgroup for children aged from birth through to school age and their carers. Through rhythm and song and honouring the energy of the children, the group, the space we play in and nature we explore old and new activities each week. We bake bread, we make fruit salad, we sing, we tell stories and we have free play. As a co-operative, we each share the responsibility of holding the circle and contributing to the ongoing running of the playgroup in a variety of ways.

Rainbow Bee Eaters meets weekly at the Nightcliff Uniting Church. We run on a term by term basis and have approximately 10 families attend at any one time. For more information, or if you would like to join Rainbow Bee Eaters, please contact Oanh at, 0409 400 803

The Kapok Playgroup runs on Tuesdays from 8:45am to approx 11am. It is held on the grounds of Frilly’s (the Uniting Church in Nightcliff), which has a wonderful outdoor space with a communal vegetable garden and chicken coop.

We run as a collective, so parents share in the responsibilities of running the playgroup, such as preparing the dough, story telling and contributing morning tea, and all contribute to the creation of a harmonious, nurturing and stimulating environment for the children.

We follow a similar rhythm each week, including cutting fruit, making bread, singing songs, morning circle and morning tea, free play, story telling, and getting the bread rolls. We also have a Steiner-inspired library, which parents have found very useful to learn more about Steiner-inspired approaches to parenting and education.

Our email address is and current contact person is Amica Gordon (0432182108).

Craft Group

Milkwood Steiner School has a craft group that meets every Monday morning to chat, drink coffee and make beautiful handmade felt toys for the Milkwood craft cabinet.  We also sell our creations at some of the local craft markets throughout the year.  This year we will be meeting again at Del la Plage cafe near the Casuarina Surf Club.  We usually craft from 9am to 11am although some of us hang around for longer and stay on for lunch.  Lately we have been making bilbies and mice.  When the weather cools down we will make some wet felted panels to turn into crowns, bags, needle wallets and story mats.

Everyone is welcome – even if you’ve never threaded a needle please come along.  All instructions and materials are provided.  If you make something and can’t bear to put it into the craft cabinet you are welcome to buy it for the cost of the materials.  Children of all ages are also most welcome, however crafting materials are not provided for children.  If your little ones are keen to get in on the action you will need to bring along your own sewing kit and a simple project for them.

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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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