High School

In the high school, the Steiner curriculum meets each student where they are ‘at’; challenging them in critical and creative thinking capacities, meeting their yearning to understand the world and guiding them in such a way that they know who they are, and their purpose. 


Main Lessons are unique to Steiner education and offer a deep and enriching delivery of curriculum which commences in class one and continues through the high school year levels to cultivate a love of learning that drives  intrinsic motivation, and develops a deep understanding of each subject. In class 7, students transition to the High School campus where they are held by their ‘Class Guardian’ while, with each year level, more and more of the Main Lessons are taught by specialist teachers.

The Main Lesson is delivered for the first two hours of every morning to our students, where they study the same topic or theme for a period of three or four weeks.  The central theme of the Main Lesson is progressively explored through a broad spectrum of integrated activity with each day building on the previous.

Main Lesson blocks focus on Mathematics, Language, Humanities, Science, Geography and these subjects are explored through a variety of experiences which may include movement, singing, painting, drawing, modelling, drama, narrative and practical and formal academic work. Alongside the Main Lesson, sit revision lessons for maths and English, learning Japanese, gardening and farming, hard and soft craft, art, drama and music.

During Class Eight, students undertake a personal ‘Project’ and present their findings to their peers. Aimed at expanding their horizons and supporting self-directed learning, students are required to work with a mentor to develop a new skill. Students choose their own area of study; previous years’ projects have included building a boat, writing and publishing a novel, developing a bee colony, building a harp and restoring an old car.

Through the Class Eight project students recognise in themselves the skills and capacities that they have acquired up to this point and then as adolescents they look ahead with their increasing intellectual powers, need for vigorous and challenging activity and clear and often critical judgement of those around them. 

Certificate of Steiner Education and 2021

CHSS will be delivering Class 9 and 10 in 2021 with the Class 10's undertaking their first year of the Certificate of Steiner Education (CSE). The CSE is a three year certificate that gives graduates an internationally recognised Steiner tertiary pathway. The assessment work for the Certificate is moderated (externally marked) by the Steiner Education Development Trust (SEDT) located in New Zealand. The curriculum remains true to Rudolf Steiner's indications for adolescents and is accompanied by a curriculum aligned and age-appropriate outdoor education programme.

Contact admin@chss.qld.edu.au if you are interested in finding out more.

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