Parent Education

Opportunities for understanding…

Parent Education Group is currently a subcommittee of the Parent Council and is open to all interested members of our school community. The group’s aim is to help us (teachers, parents and friends) grow in our understanding of what Steiner/Waldorf education offers, both to our children and ourselves.

New members are always welcome and we usually meet fortnightly.

Talks, seminars and workshops are offered throughout the school year. These events are always informative, thought provoking and life enriching. Speakers from our school and invited guest speakers willingly give of their time to lead us on another journey of discovery. So far this year, some of the visitors to our school have been Brian Keats, a high school science teacher at Rudolf Steiner schools and colleges throughout Australia, Van James, a Hawaii-based artist and author, and Yehuda Tagar, an Anthroposophical counsellor based in Melbourne.

Brian presented a variety of lectures and workshops on nutrition, biodynamics, astronomy, and the forces at work within the Southern Hemisphere, which influence Australia and Antarctica. Van James gave workshops on Rudolf Seiner’s method for painting and drawing in a Waldorf school and a wonderful lecture on the “Mandala – Exploring the significance of sacred symbols”. We were also very lucky to benefit from the insightful counselling techniques of Yehuda Tagar. Yehuda facilitated at three workshops open to all members of the Samford community. These workshops were ‘Conscious Parenting Skills’, ‘Self-Awareness as the basis for relaxation’ and ‘Managing stress in the family’. And we still have term 4 to go!

But we also need your help! What topics (relating to Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy and in particular his educational philosophy) would you like to know more about? Over the past year, we have organised many talks and workshops on different topics for you. Have they met your needs? Do you have other ideas about what you, as a parent within the school, would like to know or learn about? If so, please drop us a line. We now have our own pigeonhole in the school office, and we would love to hear your views and ideas for next term or next year.