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    Oooooh Steiner. I would love to send my kids to one of their schools, unfortunately the one up her on the sunnie coast is too far away from us. Do they like it there?

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    My 12 year old hates it because she spent so long in mainstream school and it's a culture shock, but my 9 year old loves it because she started there in class 1 and had only had 1 year of mainstream.

    Miss 12 starts high school next year anyway, so she will be back in mainstream again.

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    Pugga...I am interested in the Steiner school...could you tell me some more please. We have decided to move our son (he is in year 9) after this term is over. He school is just too far away after we have moved and want to look into alternative schooling for him. There is a Steiner school here in Newcastle. Is it a private school and do you know the fees of these schools?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    There definitely are decendents of Tasmanian Aborigines, who call themselves Tasmanain Aborigines and they have a very distinctive look, some of them, dark skin and very tight curly hair.

    Tasmanian Aboriginal Diaspora

    More arrests over Brighton bypass - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    This one disputes the genocide (better term than "decimation" to describe "none left")
    but I would still argue that there were massacres of Aborigines pretty much everywhere in Australia at different times, and Tasmania would have had it's fair share of massacres.
    PM - Historian dismisses Tasmanian aboriginal genocide "myth"

    decendents are busy people considering they don't exist
    Tamera Summers illustrates her history - ABC Northern Tasmania - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

    A bit like what Religion is all about - "imaginary friends".

    Personally I think an understanding of the main cultures around the world which would usually include some explanation of how the local religions work eg Hindu, Buddhism, Shinto, Sharmanism, Christianity (and variations of), Islam (And variations of) etc and some historical study of religions too eg Druidism and whatever the Africans used to believe and Ancient Greek and Roman religion - if only for the fun of the fairytale aspect, but you're also not going to understand a lot of modern cultural references if you don't know what Nirvana is (besides a rock band), You've got no idea who Isis was or Set (Seth?), you don't know what Zen is about or meditation (requires no religious belief but is part of many religions), and you don't know what Mohammed was about. And people should also be taught the difference between a cultural law and a religious law. And people (children at school if necessary) should be taught that within religions not everybody agrees on interpretation eg Roman Catholics and Protestants. And if you ignore religous education, how are you going to explain the founding of the USA, and the Crusades. Or how Genghis Khan, or why there are dome topped churches in Southern Germany and Austria. etc etc.
    Interesting Hy.

    I will print out a couple of those links to take to the school next week. Should prove interesting. I won't bother printing out the couple about current aborigines living here and what they are up to these days, as I think they'd laugh themselves silly if I took those in! I will take in the one about the historian who claims it is all a falacy, but I expect I will be told that at this stage it simply is a claim, and is un-proven to date.

    It's an odd one, because even the two aboriginal boys in my son's form at school agreed at the lessons that all current Tasmanian aboriginals stem from aboriginal clans who made their way here from the mainland, so if your points are correct, those aboriginal boys are also kind of confused.

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    Pugga...I am interested in the Steiner school...could you tell me some more please. We have decided to move our son (he is in year 9) after this term is over. He school is just too far away after we have moved and want to look into alternative schooling for him. There is a Steiner school here in Newcastle. Is it a private school and do you know the fees of these schools?

    The fee's are actually quite low and all inclusive so it actually works out the same price as a public school. However that is primary Steiner, I think the fee's are higher in high school, but not as much as other private schools.

    They have the same teacher right through from founders (prep) to class 6 and then another teacher from Class 7 to class 10 or 12 depending on what level the school near you goes up to.

    Here's a link to the Steiner philosophies (its varies slightly from school to school) for up to class 6 level. Overview of Steiner education

    This is a link to a high school
    Noosa Pengari Steiner School - High School

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    Pugga...I am interested in the Steiner school...could you tell me some more please. We have decided to move our son (he is in year 9) after this term is over. He school is just too far away after we have moved and want to look into alternative schooling for him. There is a Steiner school here in Newcastle. Is it a private school and do you know the fees of these schools?
    Hi Dorte, my grandson goes to Steiner at Glendale. Did kindy last year and will be doing kindy again this year because of his age. It is very different to the normal schools. I do have concerns that he is not learning alot (I know it is kindy), but is playing heaps and they seem to have no real structure on behaviour. Maybe I am old fashioned, but I would like to see a little more on the learning side. I am hoping that his dad will teach him some things and I will try and encourage him in outside learning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bohemiannic View Post
    Hi Dorte, my grandson goes to Steiner at Glendale. Did kindy last year and will be doing kindy again this year because of his age. It is very different to the normal schools. I do have concerns that he is not learning alot (I know it is kindy), but is playing heaps and they seem to have no real structure on behaviour. Maybe I am old fashioned, but I would like to see a little more on the learning side. I am hoping that his dad will teach him some things and I will try and encourage him in outside learning.
    They get stricter believe me

    There is never bullying for one, no swearing from the kids, they never have junk food in their lunch boxes, if your child gets behind in homework you get an evening phone call from the teacher (we've had a few) and put it this way, Miss 12 left mainstream school in grade 4 and was behind at Steiner school, who were ahead in maths and more advanced in writing.

    They do Maths and English in semester blocks and don't start reading etc until class 2 which is why it seems as though there is no structure for your grandchild yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bohemiannic View Post
    Hi Dorte, my grandson goes to Steiner at Glendale. Did kindy last year and will be doing kindy again this year because of his age. It is very different to the normal schools. I do have concerns that he is not learning alot (I know it is kindy), but is playing heaps and they seem to have no real structure on behaviour. Maybe I am old fashioned, but I would like to see a little more on the learning side. I am hoping that his dad will teach him some things and I will try and encourage him in outside learning.
    It is the Glendale one I have been reading up on.

    Look...I don't like the fact they do not have sports programs...my son is VERY sports oriented. You know...I read through their information stuff and have to admit...it came across a bit....what should I call it...hippie-ish. Can't find the right wording, so that is what I used!

    After reading the information...I know it is not for Benjamin and not for us!

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    Well Cleasanta I get called a hippy atleast 3 times a week

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    It is the Glendale one I have been reading up on.

    Look...I don't like the fact they do not have sports programs...my son is VERY sports oriented. You know...I read through their information stuff and have to admit...it came across a bit....what should I call it...hippie-ish. Can't find the right wording, so that is what I used!

    After reading the information...I know it is not for Benjamin and not for us!
    The funny thing is I am the hippie in this family, yet I question the Steiner ethos on education. But Puggerup might be right in that they do start getting much sticter as the kids get older. I think too my view may be tainted as a couple of kids I know who went right through Steiner are real problems. I think too that I may be judging things on how I was educated as well. My grandson is 5 going on 6 and I am not sure on his reading and writting abilities or maths. I know when I started school, I could already read, write and do 12 x tables. Mind you my grandson is really good at complex video games!

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