We provide a living, inspired learning environment, designed to strengthen your child’s intellectual, emotional and physical development.
When you step into one of our classrooms, you’ll notice something quite unusual. It’s joy. There’s a real, palpable joy in the faces of the students – a joy in learning, in discovering, in creating.
There’s a real enthusiasm, from both the teacher and students.
You’ll see teachers encouraging and inspiring the students, guiding them in effective collaboration and communication, helping them immerse themselves in each subject with curiosity and wonder.
You’re unlikely to see the students sitting in rows of desks. We take a wholistic and experiential approach to learning, which means the students physically and emotionally engage in every lesson and every tasks. Students are encouraged to approach each task with imagination and creativity; bringing their whole selves to the lesson.
You might find the students anywhere in our beautiful rural campus, integrating their learning through real life experience in the kitchen garden, bushland, or our beautiful, natural grounds.
At Aurora, your child will learn how to learn – a skill they’ll need their whole lives. They’ll learn how to respond to life’s challenges, how to question, how to solve problems, how to create new ideas and solutions, how to go confidently into the world with compassion, creativity and conscience.
We teach an enriched curriculum which extends beyond the normal academic standards. As well as the standard NSW State Curriculum, there’s a strong focus on the creative arts. Art, music, dancing and artisanal crafts are integrated throughout the day.
The Steiner curriculum is approved by the NSW Board of Studies. Aurora Steiner School has not only been approved and registered by the Board of Studies, but has been awarded the maximum registration period of five years – proof of their confidence in Aurora’s academic rigour.
We give your child real belonging – a vibrant, warm and inspirational school community committed to inclusivity, empathy and respect.
Our small class sizes mean your child will feel a real sense of acceptance and belonging. Our approach is all about inclusion – teaching empathy and emotional intelligence, teaching children to respect differences and celebrate each person’s uniqueness.
And, as a parent or carer, you will become a part of our loving, welcoming and diverse school community. Our community is made up of a passionate group of parents, grandparents, teachers and Southern Highlands locals, who come together regularly to support each other, the children and the school.
Parents and carers have the opportunity to be involved in a myriad of school activities, including craft sessions, and optional parent-child activities on Friday afternoons. Your own unique skills, talents and contributions will be welcomed by our community.
While Aurora discourages the use of digital technology in the early years, Steiner graduates are prepared for tomorrow’s world. Quick to adapt and learn, they are able to learn new technologies and respond to changes with confidence. They are innovators, with the creative, out-of-the-box thinking so prized by the broader community.
Find out more about Steiner students’ experience in mainstream schools and in their careers here
Aurora Southern Highlands Steiner School was built from the ground up by a passionate community of Southern Highlands parents, teachers and locals.
In 2007, a determined group of people, each with a strong belief in the benefits of Steiner education, formed the Southern Highlands Association for Steiner Education (SHASE). The aim of SHASE was to cultivate, nourish and promote Steiner education in the Southern Highlands.
In early 2012, the SHASE Board applied for registration to run a Steiner kindergarten in the Southern Highlands in 2013. The Board of Studies application was accepted in September 2012, and by December we had selected the interim name for our school as Southern Highlands Rudolf Steiner School and employed our wonderful teachers.
In January 2013, after much preparation, anticipation, and jubilation, we opened our doors to eight wide-eyed and reverent children.
The Southern Highlands has a proud history of Steiner education. A different Steiner school flourished in Bowral until 2007. The Bowral Rudolph Steiner School provided a comprehensive education from Kindergarten to Year 10.
I just wanted to say a big thank you to all the children, you, Annabel and Kate and for the wonderful hours I spent in Aurora Rose last week. It gladdened my heart and inspired me in a very nourishing way. It was so beautiful to see the children play, share and interact in such a free and nurturing space. When I first greeted Sylvan I asked him how he was. He said ‘ good thanks’ and then he looked into my eyes and said ‘ and how are you?’ He is such a beautiful boy.Anon 1
My son is flourishing in a nurturing environment which expands his senses, nurtures his skills and proclivities, listens to his expression of self and embraces him as a valuable part of a warm community. Annabel, his teacher, celebrates the vitality in the children she cares for while holding boundaries that convey a sense of safety. She applies extraordinary kindness, commitment and resourcefulness to her role. I can’t imagine a more supportive or inspiring environment for my son to begin his educational life.Anon 2
My child is 5; I wasn’t sure if he needed Steiner, did he really need to go there? I am so grateful he did, everyday, he is like a different boy at 5; imagine that; maybe this type of education was a fork in the road for him, his interest in life and learning is somehow different now, it expands and expands, maybe that is the word for this type of education; an education of ‘expansion’, not ‘constriction’.Anon 3