Goora Gan Steiner School nourishes
the whole child, head, heart and hands.
Primary School - Prep to Class 6
Welcome to our beach-side school
Imagine your child joyfully leaving for school each day anticipating an engaging and happy learning environment where they are met with a curriculum that supports their developmental and emotional needs.
Goora Gan Steiner School is located by the beach in Agnes Water, a stunning coastal town on the tranquil Discovery Coast of QLD.
An accredited P-6 Primary School, Goora Gan (sandy loam Country) was founded in 2015 - with a blessing and its name given by Gooreng Gooreng Elder Uncle Merv - and opened in 2017 offering Prep-Class 2. Goora Gan is the first school of its kind in the Wide Bay region and in March 2019 the school relocated from its founding location to its beach-side home at the Agnes Water Surf Club.
The mission of Goora Gan Steiner School is to provide a Primary Years Steiner School that meets the educational goals of the Australian National Curriculum, as well as the needs of child development based on the principles determined by philosopher, Rudolf Steiner.
With Steiner philosophy underpinning the education framework, Goora Gan instils a lifelong love of learning and continued engagement through this critical stage of school years, with enriching processes that develop faculties of thinking, feeling and willing. The holistic education provides integrated development of each child’s intellectual, moral and spiritual life through the delivery of education methods balanced in academic, artistic and practical learning – developing the whole child, head, heart and hands. Goora Gan has also adopted a multi-age class model and works with the strengths of various ages of students working together and learning from each other.
Places are limited due to the site and to ensure small class sizes. From 2022, Goora Gan will be at its enrolment capacity of 63 students from Prep-Class 6.
Goora Gan Steiner School acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which our school operates and throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to Gooreng Gooreng, Gurang, Taribelang Bunda and Bailai people and their Elders past, present and emerging.
"The need for imagination, a sense of truth and a feeling of responsibility. These three forces are the very nerve of education." Rudolf Steiner"
In the first seven years, children are developing their physical bodies and are primarily living in their will. During this period, learning is mostly through physical actions and imitation.
Prep curriculum is based on play and during this time students develop the rhythms and routines of the school day that they will need for the following years
From the ages 7 to 13, the child becomes increasingly aware of a wider world outside of the family and begins to develop a sense of self.