The high school provides students with a comprehensive curriculum that focuses on developing their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. In contrast to the primary school, where children have the same class teacher through the grades, high school students are taught by specialists in their field, who specifically focus on awakening their capacity for discernment and independent judgment.
The curriculum, building on and extending the subjects encountered in the primary school, takes students on a journey through the sciences, humanities and practical subjects, where arts continue to play an integral role, on an equal footing with academics. Steiner Education endeavours to prepare teenagers for life in a modern global context, and seeks to support both the development of critical thinking as well as moral character.
The high school curriculum is a bridge to the future, equipping our students with the capacity for discernment in their thinking, the synthesis of diverse streams of cultures, disciplines and ideas, while stimulating creativity and originality. This enables young adults to develop into thoughtful, engaged, articulate individuals, confident in themselves and their place in the world.
During Class Eight, students undertake a year long ‘Project’ and present their findings to their peers. Aimed at expanding their horizons, students are required to work with a mentor to develop a new skill. Students get to choose their own topic with past years’ projects having included building a boat, writing and publishing a novel, building a harp, restoring an old car.
Class Nine at Cairns Hinterland Steiner School has an experiential focus – students are heavily involved in fundraising for their China exchange and go on a number of camps and field trips, such as Collins Biodynamic Farm, Geology excursion of the Atherton Tablelands, and the United Nations Forum. Class 9 also sees the students running tuckshop for the year. As a class, they are required to cater, cook and serve tuckshop weekly to the rest of the school.
Class Ten is our senior grade at Cairns Hinterland Steiner School. During their senior year, students do work experience in an industry of their choice, as well as go somewhere for their senior excursion. Uluru and the Tiwi Islands have been popular trips in the past. Throughout Class Ten, teachers work closely with the students to work out what the next step in their lives will be after graduation. Many students go on to further study, with teachers assisting TAFE or other school applications. Some students go in to apprenticeships and other employment.