We are a rural playgroup, kindergarten and primary school nestled in Freshwater Creek, Victoria.
Working together we bring Rudolf Steiner’s living Art of Education to our children.
We strive for a rich cultural and social community life.
We are bringing healing to our environment through biodynamic farming, and sustainable practices.
We are integral to the national and global movement of Waldorf Education.
In 2018 the Freshwater Creek Steiner Early Childhood Centre became the first in Victoria to be accepted as a member of the Australian Association of Rudolf Steiner Early Childhood Educators (AARSECE), giving us international recognition as a quality Steiner Early Childhood Centre.
The early childhood years (0-7) are characterised by children actively learning through imitation and play.
Our Playgroups provide a nourishing rhythm of baking bread, singing, storytelling, craft and free play. They provide an opportunity for parents to learn more about Steiner education and enjoy the peace and friendship of other parents. We encourage all parents to attend this group with their little ones as a preparation for children beginning Kinder.
Our Kindergarten rooms provide rhythmic daily programs in nurturing environments filled with beautiful, natural play materials. The outdoor spaces allow for the development of gross and fine motor skills, and imaginative play.
Prep is recognised as the first year of primary school, in accordance with the Department of Education guidelines. However, in Steiner schools Prep is held in the Early Childhood area, aligning with the 5-6-year-old child’s developmental stage. Literacy and numeracy are developed through play, stories and the arts.
Families are welcome to attend the Early Childhood special events and Festivals.
Freshwater Creek Steiner School follows the Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework (ASCF), which was developed by Steiner Education Australia, and is recognised by the Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority (ACARA) as an alternative to the National Curriculum.
The ASCF is fully mapped to the National Curriculum but recognises the integrity of Rudolf Steiner’s indications regarding child development, and recommendations regarding pedagogy.
Steiner Education is the fastest growing educational movement worldwide.
We are fully human only while playing
We nurture each child’s gifts, growing imagination, skill, confidence, respect, and empathy.
From Class 1 the children learn literacy and numeracy in their Main lesson, through stories, painting, modelling, bookwork, language arts and more.
Specialist subjects include Music, Japanese and Craft. In Class 3 children do farming and building, Bothmer gym and start their stringed instrument. Woodwork, clay work, excursions, camps, cooking, gardening, sport activities and community events all form part of the student’s school and community experience.
Singing is integrated into the daily routine for every child from playgroup to Class 6. The love of music, singing and playing instruments, unites our school community.
From Class 1 children learn recorder and later learn either violin or cello, play in ensemble and sing in the Choir. Music generates a wealth of growth in the children; it is truly holistic being a physical, social, intellectual, creative, and spiritual activity.
Farming and Gardening
Our school is on a large rural site. Students and their families work in the kitchen and Class gardens, the restored wetlands, on the farm and in the surrounding area. Class 5 study botany, Class 6 horticulture and all enjoy the Apple Orchard in the centre of the school grounds. Class 3 takes charge of harvesting and baking apples for the Autumn Festival.
Class 3 participates in the farm program, working each week with our farmer Mary Rose on her Biodynamic farm next door and in the school grounds. As well as planting seeds and watching them sprout, mulching, weeding, feeding and caring for the animals, the children learn to revere the Earth that sustains us.
Each season brings awareness of the cyclical nature of life. We celebrate Spring, Autumn and Summer with festivals held during the school day.
The Winter Festival is a whole-community event at Winter solstice, when the longest night of the year takes us to the turning of the season, and the days begin to lengthen again.
Respect and reverence for the natural world is a fundamental principle of Steiner education and is modelled in the way we live our daily lives.
As a member of Resource Smart Schools, FWCSS is building sustainable practice in how we manage waste, use energy and water, conserve and nurture biodiversity, and conduct our core business. Students participate actively in this work. They also experience and explore natural environments, including adventures in the “Magic Woods” from Prep, Wetlands conservation and the River Detectives program in Class 6.
Our Policies guide acceptable behaviour, to make sure that our school environment is safe for children and their families, and school staff. Our policies help to create a productive learning environment.
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ATTENDANCE POLICY PDF 119 KB
Expectations on attendance and punctuality encourage a healthy respect for work and study, and students who attend school regularly are also more likely to receive the full benefit of the educational opportunities available to them.
BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT POLICY PDF 238 KB
Freshwater Creek Steiner School and Kindergarten recognises it has a duty of care to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for all children.
CHILD SAFE STANDARDS POLICY PDF 147 KB
Freshwater Creek Steiner School has zero tolerance for child abuse and is committed to the protection of all children from all forms of child abuse.
ENROLMENT POLICY PDF 622 KB
A clear enrolment process helps families decide whether a Steiner education is the best choice for their child, and helps teachers to receive the child into their class with knowledge and forethought so that the needs of the child can best be met.
FEES POLICY PDF 273 KB
Freshwater Creek Steiner School depends on tuition fees to bridge the gap between government funding and the cost of providing a high quality, Steiner education.
MANDATORY REPORTING POLICY PDF 134 KB
Any adult who forms a reasonable belief that a sexual offence has been committed by an adult against a child under 16 has an obligation to report that information to police. Failure to disclose the information to police is a criminal offence.
STUDENT DUTY OF CARE POLICY PDF 122 KB
Freshwater Creek Steiner School, its Head of School and its staff owe a duty to take care of students whilst they are involved in school activities, or are present for the purposes of a school activity.
Rules of the Association of Freshwater Creek Steiner School Incorporated PDF 350KB (Opens in new window)
FWCSS Annual Report 2018 PDF 1.3MB (Opens in new window)