Warrah Special School Annual Report 2017 

Throughout the last school year Warrah School has consolidated its focus and delivery of education by reviewing in depth the specific needs of all students and aligning it fully with the curriculum as well as building on the strengths within the team and organisation. Our commitment to delivering Curative education as indicated by the work of Rudolf Steiner and visible in the delivery of the curriculum is strong and growing as we research a variety of approaches, therapies and teaching methods to respond effectively to the times and student needs.

Warrah Special School is the only Curative school remaining in Australia and is a member of the Steiner Education Association (SEA), the peak body for Steiner Schools in Australia and also the Association of Independent Schools NSW (AIS). The school is registered under the guidelines and requirements of the NSW Board of Studies and receives Federal and State funding on a student per capita basis. Parents are also required to pay a modest fee per annum.

The school is located on a rural property in Dural, 36km from the Sydney CBD. We work in the knowledge that this environment alone offers students a therapeutic element which we build on through our programs.

Experience shows us that students often respond positively and unexpectedly to the opportunity to work and play outdoors amongst trees, animals and a working bio dynamic farm.

The last year has enabled us to focus on professional development through mentoring, visiting other special needs schools and attending in house and external training programs with the generous provision of a Schools Leading Learning Grant. This allows staff to maintain a high standard of education and training and also to support our ongoing commitment to ensuring we are providing excellence in curative education within BOSTES requirements and the Rudolf Steiner guidelines and principles.

Our commitment to our students that we educate is that they know they are among people who see them in their wholeness. We support them in their development to find trust in their community, and meaning and purpose in all they do. 

Warrah Special School conducts regular School Tours for people who are interested in finding out more about the school and what it has to offer. All are welcome and you are encouraged to confirm your booking by phone 02 96512411.

Jan Fowler

Warrah Special School

School Open Day 17 May 2018 - 10.00am - 12.00pm 

Join us for an information session presented by the Principal and tours of the farm and school. This will be followed by light refreshments.

On the morning you will:

  • Gain insight into our special approach to individualised curative education
  • Tour the school and classrooms as well as Warrah Farm
  • Hear a presentation from our the School Principal Jan Fowler, with an opportunity to ask questions
  • Meet the staff and current students

Bookings for this event are essential so please contact Erin Bateman on 9651 2411 or email ebateman@warrah.org to register your interest or to find out more.

Warrah Special School offers:

  • The richness of the Steiner curriculum adapted to meet individual needs, while meeting the NSW Board of Studies requirements
  • A beautiful natural environment, providing life skills development through with Warrah Farm on-site and integrated farming, gardening, arts & crafts and cooking programs
  • An individualised and nurturing approach
  • A range of individual and group therapies including music, speech, bothmer gym, massage and hydrotherapy.
  • Small classes (4-6 students) with experienced teachers who bring out the best in children with disabilities
  • A strengths based approach, valuing the capacity of each individual to develop his or her potential.