High School

High School

To enable children in the Perth Hills to continue their Steiner education, a new High School will open its doors in 2022. The High School will operate as a campus of Perth Waldorf School, who bring with them many years of experience in Steiner High School education.

In high school the curriculum is designed to meet the development of the third soul faculty – thinking. The capacity for pure abstract thought emerges and can be approached directly. Students are led to develop independent and creative thinking based on the formation of independent judgement.

In adolescence the students develop their rational thinking. Their healthy idealism needs to be nurtured and protection offered, as sensitive inner feelings and experiences unfold. Teachers in Steiner secondary schools consciously nurture the idealism and individuality emerging in the adolescent. Rudolph Steiner holds that, above all, adolescents want to find meaning in the world and to sense that they can affect the world in a positive way. These aspirations must be nourished for adolescents to develop into mature, healthy adults.

For adolescents, life itself becomes largely a question of relationship. In all realms of life, truth is something adolescents sense they must discover for themselves. The teachers and the curriculum provide a rich setting for discovery, awakening young people to their purpose in life.

Steiner Education in the High School years aims to:

  • Bring to the students knowledge of the forces that have shaped modern life;
  • Foster, as objectively as possible, the latent idealism of students;
  • Orient students in contemporary society, through a bigger emphasis on learning through real life experiences along with classroom teaching. In high school the subject, more than the teacher, is the authority; and
  • Provide a balanced education that fosters free human beings who know how to direct their own lives and play a responsible role in today’s fast-changing world.

If you would like more information regarding High School, please e-mail Diane Lovett dlovett@pws.wa.edu.au or call Perth Waldorf School on 9417 3638.