You are invited to watch any of these four recorded free talks hosted at the Seminar last year. If you have any questions about our programs arising from these please get in contact with the Office on 03 9876 5199

Andrew Hill, Head of School at Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School speaks on ‘Finding the why of our lives: seven reasons why a meaningful education suits a post-COVID world.”

Andrew Hill  has spoken widely on how Rudolf Steiner Education helps foster a sense of meaning and purpose in life. It is a key message communicated by Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School to its community.

Rudolf Steiner said a hundred years ago that ‘Our highest endeavour is to develop young men and women who out of themselves are able to impart meaning and direction to their own lives.” This message resonates deeply with us today. The current challenges of our times have shone a spotlight on the great need for young people today to be able to find direction, meaning and purpose in life out of themselves. In this talk, Andrew  speaks on on how this vital inner capacity is developed through the school years. 

Connie Grawert, Steiner/Waldorf Kindergarten teacher and teacher educator: “The adult as a role model worthy of imitation by the young child”

As the adults in their lives, we must understand the developmental needs of young children in order to truly meet them.  What do we need to develop within ourselves to undertake this great responsibility? These  ‘vital years’ from 0-7 need urgent protection from the ever growing pressures of a fast paced modern world, in order that children can unfold in a healthy way. How can we bring insights from Rudolf Steiner Early Childhood education into our lives and work to meet this goal?

Considering becoming a Steiner Teacher? Terri McMillan, a highly experienced Steiner Teacher shares her insights with you after a career of 36 years in the classroom.

The current challenges we have encountered in 2020 bring questions for many of us about how we wish to go forward in 2021.

Young people are contemplating further education, and are considering how to find a meaningful path in life that offers an opportunity to really contribute to their community and the wider world.

Becoming a teacher to educate the next generation of children is one such path! Here at the Steiner Seminar we offer courses to qualify prospective and practicing teachers to find an inspiring and nourishing career in Steiner education.

What does it mean to be a Steiner teacher? How is it different to working in the mainstream educational setting? Why would you contemplate becoming a Steiner teacher? To answer these questions we are  joined by Terri McMillan who  shares with us her insights as a teacher in a Steiner School of some 36 years experience.

Terri offers us a picture of her life working in both primary and high school classes, to offer you a picture of this independent educational setting from a teaching perspective.

Terri is the Lead Writer of the Geography Curriculum of the Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework; has participated in conferences and teacher education professional development in many forums around Australia and is currently a tutor in the Steiner Seminar’s part-time Primary Education course.

Rod Tomlinson speaks on “Teaching and learning without digital technology: the case for keeping primary classrooms device free and how Steiner Education works with technology to support healthy child development.”  

The recent shift to online learning for many primary-age children around the world has shone a light on the enormous pedagogical value of the interaction between students and their teachers face to face within the physical classroom.

It raises questions for many parents and prospective teachers who are seeking an educational setting for teaching and learning that includes technology but which introduces it once young people have reached a level of maturity.

Many schools worldwide in mainstream settings have turned away from a reliance on electronic devices in the primary years, with evidence pointing to digital based teaching for young people being not only of no benefit, but actually counterproductive to meaningful learning.

How is this managed in Steiner education? Maybe you are interested in becoming a teacher, but are looking for a way forward that allows an enlivened approach, and which does not mean being tied to teaching primary aged children via computers?

A career as a teacher in a Steiner school offers a rich and meaningful professional role as an educator where you are able to work with children every day in a pedagogically sound, age-appropriate way, without computers in the primary years.

Rod Tomlinson, former Head of school at Tarremah Steiner School speaks on this topic and explains how and why Steiner education includes ‘technology’ in a very particular way, based upon our understanding of child development.

Rod has been involved in a number of Australian Steiner schools over the past thirty-five years as a Class Teacher and as a High School Guardian and English and Literature teacher, as well as giving talks for parents and conducting Professional Learning for teachers. His love for Steiner education is informed by a dedicated study of Steiner’s original ideas and thinking on teaching and education and how they might find meaningful application today.