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Shearwater Steiner School – Parent Fact Sheet

Is your family interested in Shearwater Steiner School? Read our parent fact sheet for more information.

Why choose Shearwater Steiner School?

There is a clear mission and vision at Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School. Staff look to provide an academic education that is both nurturing and creative inspired by Rudolf Steiner to develop human beings with healthy social lives. The school also seeks to enable each individual to be in a position to reach their potential in terms of self-awareness, resourcefulness, resilience, empathy and initiative. Students of Shearwater Steiner School make positive, lasting contributions to the world around them.

Shearwater Steiner School is an independent, co-educational, non-sectarian school for students from kindergarten through to grade 12. This school has been steadily bringing their surrounding environment back to the way it was before the Mullumbimby Valley was cleared for grazing. An ‘Art of Education’ is in place here that is appropriate to this very unique part of the world and respectful of its original owners.

What sporting and co-curricular options are there at Shearwater Steiner School?

Shearwater Steiner School sees students enjoy sport as part of their curriculum and runs a range of cultural and service co-curricular activities. As decisions about activities change depending on staff and student interest, it would be a good idea to ask about these options when you arrange a school tour with the principal.

What are the school fees per year?

A term’s general tuition includes consolidated charges and music program charges. Discounts are offered for subsequent children from the same family.

  • Kindergarten (full time): $5900
  • Class 1: $5900
  • Class 2: $5900
  • Class 3: $6950
  • Class 4: $6950
  • Class 5: $7650
  • Class 6: $7650
  • Class 7: $8250
  • Year 8: $8250
  • Year 9: $8900
  • Year 10: $8900
  • Year 11: $8000
  • Year 12: $7750

What are the boarding options at Shearwater Steiner School?

There are no boarding facilities at Shearwater Steiner School.

Does Shearwater Steiner School offer scholarships and how do we apply?

While scholarships are not offered, Shearwater Steiner School has a “Work for Fees” Program wherein families can exchange skilled labour for short-term financial assistance. This involves an application process and not all candidates will be successful.

The school website provides contact details for you to arrange for a tour of the facilities.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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