St Mary's Abbotsford Convent 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford Victoria | +61 3 9419 9229

Adult Education

Adult Education

Sophia Mundi fosters a culture of a learning community that extends to all, not just the children. We see this as enriching the education environment. It provides the whole community with the opportunity to widen and deepen their understanding of various facets related to our school, from the curriculum and child development, to the place on which the school stands. Engaging in this way with the education not only helps parents understand why we work in the way we do in Steiner schools, but also connects them to their child’s educational experience.

Each term each class in the school has a parent evening which generally incorporates aspects of the curriculum, developmental characteristics of that age, typical behaviors and appropriate ways of dealing with it, along with activities specific to the class.

For staff, we have talks, workshops, seminars and conferences within school or for the wider Steiner teaching community in Victoria and Australia.

The school provides evening or day talks and workshops, seminars and conferences for parents and friends that focus on such themes as understanding the human being, the developmental phases of the child, parenting, and experiencing topics from the curriculum.

In 2017 we have a program that largely happens in the first three terms.  There will be an ongoing focus on the Phases of Childhood and on Parent Training.

In Term 1:

• Gregorio Noakes, a long experienced class teacher, spoke on the development of the child in the middle years of childhood – 7-14 years.

• Cheryl Nekvapil and Jennifer West introduced a course in Parent training based on a course developed in Germany.

In Term 2:

The focus on child development continues, along with the Parent Training

• Susan Laing will speak about building respectful relationships based on an understanding of child development.

• Rob Gordon will speak about the adolescent phase – 14-21 years.

• The parent training course will continue.

• We are also planning on looking at our place through Indigenous Wurundjeri Culture and their connection to the land and the story of the Abbotsford Convent.

In Term 3:

We intend to look at abilities and disabilities.

• Rene McKay will speak on healthy development through the first 7 years of the child.

• Barbara Baldwin and Lisa Romero will speak on learning needs.

• Shelley Davidow will speak on Restorative Practices with children.

• The Parent Training will continue.

For details check the website, School Calendar, or contact the school on 9419 9229.

Craft Curriculum Course

This popular course gives participants the opportunity to make many of the articles that the primary students make during craft lessons in a Steiner school.  Working with colour nourishes our feelings and working with our hands gives dexterity and strengthens our will.

Steiner education centres on the child’s changing consciousness and this is shown through the craft curriculum and its links to other curriculum areas.  With this an understanding of the general philosophy is developed.

No previous teaching or craft experience is necessary for this course.  Taken for a full year, it could prepare a state-trained teacher for craft teaching in a Steiner school, and is also of interest to parents and those wishing to learn for their own interest.

When: Tuesdays 7 – 8.30pm during school terms

Cost: $30/week, materials included.

Course Leader: Margaret Skerry has been a class teacher for 11 years and a craft teacher for 12 years in Steiner schools.  She has been presenting this course for almost 20 years.

Enquiries: Margaret Skerry 9844 4252 or school office 9419 9229


Education & Child Health Talks

From time to time Dr Lakshmi Prasanna gives an evening talk for parents, teachers and the general community on topics related to supporting children’s development and wellbeing from a medical point of view.  Dr Lakshmi is a paediatrician who has a deep understanding of Steiner Education and the developing child. She works in Australia and around Asia,  New Zealand and America as a doctor supporting parents and teachers in Steiner schools, as well as being involved in training courses for doctors, nurses and teachers.

Contact the school or check the School Calendar on our website for details of her next talk.

Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar Courses

The Seminar offers an inspiring and nourishing part-time and full-time program of study. Visit the Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar website for more information on the courses available.

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