SOMETHING NEW: Goora Gan Steiner School Agnes Water chairman Melissa Thomson with her children Frankie, 5, and Hunter Lane, 6.
SOMETHING NEW: Goora Gan Steiner School Agnes Water chairman Melissa Thomson with her children Frankie, 5, and Hunter Lane, 6. Paul Braven GLA110216STEINER

New school to open its doors in Gladstone region

IT'S unlike anything the Gladstone region has seen and it's coming to Agnes Water in five months.

Goora Gan Steiner School has confirmed its opening of the first school term next year, with a temporary location at the old community hall and a permanent location by 2019.

President Melissa Thomson said the school had secured one teacher, with a team of two teachers and 15 students to be finalised by September 10.

"We still have four places left in enrolments for next year," she said.

"If you are interested in enrolling your child into this beautiful, multi-age school, now is the time.

"Our desks will begin construction in October and are being made by the local Men's Shed.

"Student resources are being ordered on August 30 so prepare for the most beautiful, nature-inspired materials for our students."

Unlike government, religious or private education systems, the Steiner education model focuses on the development of intellectual, artistic, imaginative and practical life skills.

Some principles of the teaching model encourage students to embrace extended playtime, creative hobbies and intellectual discussion.

"The curriculum focuses on the nurturing and development of the whole child - head, heart and hands - and is a private school," Ms Thomson said.

"The school is also heavily involved with and supported by the local community, including sharing seasonal festivals and events, creating business for local landscaping and fencing businesses for the playground as well as receiving support of our local community bank assisting funding of student resources."

Residents are invited to join Goora Gan Steiner School committee for a spring equinox celebration on September 24 at 7 Springs Rd.

There will also be a "meet the teachers open day" in November.

"Our vision is of a culturally diverse school that values Australian indigenous cultures as a key part of our past, present and future," Ms Thomson said.

"This is reflected in our foundations and the strong connection that has been established with the Gooreng Gooreng people of this region and, in particular, Elder Uncle Merve.

"He has blessed and named our school Goora Gan, which means sandy loam country and is a name used for Agnes Water."

For more information about the school or to enrol visit agneswatersteiner school.com.au.



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