Brief History

The Canberra Rudolf Steiner School Association (CRSSA) is an incorporated association that was established on 8 July 1981 when Orana School was in its former location – a hall in Yarralumla, where the first class began in September 1981. The CRSSA is the legal entity that operates Orana Steiner School. As the school grew a new governance structure was put in place in 1988 and with it a new Constitution. This was the first version of the current Constitution (Appendix 8) and saw the school governed by two bodies – the school Council and the College of Teachers. The College was the main governing body.

In 1990 the school moved to its present site in Weston, purchasing buildings from the former AME (Association of Modern Education) school. It then grew steadily, particularly with the introduction of dual streaming, and the governance model eventually became inadequate to the needs of a growing school. In 2006 the Constitution was amended to introduce a school Board as the main governing body – with the College of Teachers as advisers on educational and philosophical matters. The final step towards the structure we have today occurred in 2010 when the position of school Principal was established.

Objects of the Association

From the Constitution (click to download a copy of the Constitution)

4.1 The aim of the Association is to found and maintain educational facilities for pre-school and school-aged children arising out of Dr Rudolf Steiner’s social vision.

4.2 The founding school of the Association is known as Orana Steiner School.

4.3 Consistent with Section 4.1, such pre-schools and schools

  • (a) adhere to and foster the educational philosophy and practices promoted by Dr Rudolf Steiner;
  • (b) are non-sectarian and be non-denominational;
  • (c) are co-educational; and
  • (d) stimulate public interest in Steiner education.


The Role of the Board

From the Governance Charter

The Orana Board has ultimate responsibility for all matters relating to the running of the school. The Board delegates most of the authority for the operation of the school to the Principal.

The principal functions of the Board in relation to the school are to:

1. Have a strategic focus to ensure the school is sustainable by:

  • - setting goals and providing strategic direction;
  • - protecting and developing the school’s property and assets;
  • - enhancing and protecting the school’s public image;
  • - ensuring the school complies with all legal and statutory requirements;
  • - ensuring that key risks are being managed;
  • - conducting regular reviews of the school in meeting its objectives and performance; and
  • - developing policies in key governance areas: health and safety; risk; finance; capital works; delegations of authority.


2. Provide governance to support the operational management of the school by:

  • - appointing the Principal;
  • - appointing the Business Manager;
  • - ensuring approved policies governing school operations are in place;
  • - approving the annual budget and any longer-term budget;
  • - approving expenditure outside the budget;
  • - confirming and monitoring the school’s programs and services; and
  • - defining and overseeing the powers and functions of Board sub-committees.


3. Ensure a robust and appropriate Board and senior management team by:

  • - conducting an annual review of the Board’s performance against the requirements of the Governance Checklist and this Board Charter;
  • - annually reviewing the performance of the Board Chair and Principal; and
  • - identifying and encouraging suitable candidates to fill Board vacancies.


The Board’s role is to govern the School and not to be involved in its day-to day management. It is senior management’s role to manage the school in accordance with the strategic goals set by the Board and under its direction. The Board does not have a management function. The Board does however have overall responsibility to ensure that the school is well-managed and that its operations are successful. It must do all things necessary to ensure that the school meets its objects as set out in the Constitution.

The Role of the Board and Board Profiles document is currently being updated.

To contact the school board, please email [email protected]

Proposed Board Meeting Dates – 2020

11 February

6.00 – 9.00pm

10 March

6.00 – 9.00pm

7 April

6.00 – 9.00pm

21 April

6.00 – 9.00pm

12 May

6.00 – 9.00pm

27 May Annual General Meeting

7.00 – 9.00pm

16 June

6.00 – 9.00pm

21 July

6.00 – 9.00pm

11 August

6.00 – 9.00pm

15 September

6.00 – 9.00pm

6 October

6.00 – 9.00pm

10 November

6.00 – 9.00pm

01 December

6.00 – 9.00pm