The Orana Difference

Large GroupOrana featured in the Canberra Times featured on the Canberra Times on Thursday 9 March to coincide with the release of the 2016 NAPLAN results. The article outlined Orana’s improvement to NAPLAN results over the past few years, highlighting the fact that Orana does not study to NAPLAN and that our curriculum is developmentally appropriate.

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Steiner education is designed to nurture the development of the whole human being and therefore gives equal importance to the creative, academic, emotional and physical aspects of each child’s development. Teaching and learning is centred on developing heads, hands and hearts.

The curriculum provides a solid foundation in literacy, numeracy, geography, history and sciences with a strong program of music, drama, visual arts, woodwork, technology and physical activity. The school is set in beautiful natural surroundings; camps and outdoor activities are an important feature of learning experiences.

Learning at Orana is enriching. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the young person at every particular stage as they progress from pre-school to the last year of secondary education.  A well thought out developmentally appropriate curriculum guides learning from the years of play to the time when a student obtains formal qualifications. 

There are many features of the school which makes the education distinct and lasting. Curriculum content is rich with lessons whether it is about Ancient Greece and Egypt, local geography, botany, learning a musical instrument, learning foreign languages, mathematics and English. The timetable's design ensures the students have a full two hours each day to immerse themselves in the main lesson topic.

The students learn literacy and numeracy through imaginative stories, artistic work and real experiences. As they progress through the primary years, the student’s capacity for independent critical thinking is carefully developed. Our high school students are encouraged to think for themselves and to take responsibility for their learning while receiving encouragement and teaching from highly skilled specialist teachers.

In Years 11 and 12 a comprehensive curriculum, that has been carefully designed to balance Steiner approaches with contemporary needs, has been approved by the ACT Board of Secondary School Studies. In Year 12, students undertake a significant independent project thereby providing them with the skills and capacity to manage the workload of tertiary study or employment. Our high school students have the opportunity to work with younger classes and to engage in community service.

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Besides offering an excellent education, Orana offers its students and their parents more than just a school focused on the classroom. The Orana playgroup, the weekly parent Craft Group, parent education talks and workshops, diverse camps, excursions and school concerts add vitality and builds community. 

According to mother of three Orana pupils Liz Tilley, “The best way to understand what the Steiner style of education has to offer is to visit the school itself.”  

“When I first visited the school all I kept thinking was, ‘I wish I had gone to a school like this’.” she said.