February 3, 2022
Article from Echo Newspaper.
February 1, 2022
On Tuesday morning Parkerville Steiner College started with the first group of Class 7 students. It was special to be with them on their walk down beside the forest from their Silver Tree Steiner School classroom and onto the land where 6 new classrooms are soon to be constructed, for use from term 2 onwards.
A simple ceremony was led by Clifton Bieundurry, an Aboriginal man and parent in the class from Balladong land.
The Class 7 teacher Katie Southall, said her name and dropped a small stone in a large water pot before Clifton smeared specially prepared Ochre on her face as a symbolic rite of passage and way for her to be seen on the land.
All the new students to the brand new Steiner College then followed her, saying their name and having their mum or dad smear ochre across their forehead.
Once the ceremony was over, they started their first Main Lesson – The Middle Ages.
As well as meeting all the new teachers and doing their creative and academic studies, this term they will be on two camps, one at Woodman Point to practice sailing and then another in Albany to sail in Princess Harbour. There they will sense the freedom and adventure of the great explorers over the last few centuries.
We are so happy to celebrate the new Class 7 class which complements the two classes at our Bibra Lake Campus. Over the next 6 years, these children will become adults and lead Parkerville Steiner College up to Class 12 in 2027.
October 25, 2021
New Staff Announcement
Following the successful appointment of Katie Southall as the pioneer Class 7 teacher in 2022, we have now also appointed Donna Bieundurry as the second teacher at the campus. Welcome Donna!
Donna will be bringing her deep understanding of the Steiner curriculum and Anthroposophy, offering learning support, taking a range of classes in collaboration with Katie and helping to manage all the non-educational aspects, administrative tasks and the various logistics of the new campus.
Donna comes with a rich knowledge of teaching in a range of schools, as well as extensive management and leadership experience. Donna’s most recent position was Head of School at Silver Tree Steiner School.
Donna holds a particular interest in Australian Indigenous culture, and seeks to provide educational experiences that develop a connection to place and the natural world.
We are very grateful to have Donna be part of the new High School Campus staff.
Groundwork and preparations for the construction of the buildings are underway. Currently:
- Regeneration of the shared oval is near completion with levelling, reticulation complete and turf laid
- Ground works have begun, which will connect utilities to the site
- Pre-fabricated buildings are being constructed by Fleetwood off site, ready to be craned in when site has been prepared. You may have seen the results of this type of process and modular build in the new office and shop at Silver Tree Steiner School.
September 8, 2021
The oval is under rejuvenation!
Work is being done to survey, bring in topsoil, create levels as well as install reticulation. If all goes well and weather permitting, turf will be laid next Term.
Works On Site
You may have already seen some fencing and machinery arrive to carry out ground works at the new high school.
Fencing has been placed across the top of the Silver Tree overflow parking area to ensure safety.
This week, a drilling rig was on site to dig four metre holes to investigate the geology of the ground, which will inform the foundation.
Over the coming weeks, the ground will be under preparation for the modular buildings that will become new classrooms. These will be assembled in a similar way to the new Silver Tree administration building.
We look forward to keeping you up to date with new progress!
As we continue to build the infrastructure, we are growing our staff community with a new job opportunity available – Teacher including administration duties.
Since advertising the position, we’ve been impressed with the response from potential candidates and are excited to announce the new appointment when recruitment is completed in the near future.
June 22, 2021
New Landscape Team
It is with great pleasure and anticipation we announce that Realm Studios is to be the landscape team for the new Parkerville High School.
As well as being master planners, urban designers and landscape architects with studios in four states, landscape architects Damien and wife Jasmin Pericles are Steiner parents, with children currently at both West Coast Steiner School and Perth Waldorf School.
“Starting High School is an exciting and important milestone for students and their families, so we are aiming to create a welcoming, holistic and child-centred landscape design,” Jasmin said.
“We want to ensure students have a harmonious, functional ground that builds upon anthroposophical design principals, ties into the aesthetics and materials of the Silver Tree grounds and responds to the natural bushland.”
Realm Studios will work with the natural topography of the land with its hills and falls and existing trees to provide for a variety of spaces for social, reflective as well as active uses.
Their projects are always based on readings of place, infusing research from a broader platform of knowledge, including indigenous, and stakeholder inputs.
Founding Director of Realm Studios, Damien is an accomplished and award-winning designer, with over 20 years professional experience. Along with many high profile public spaces, Damien has led design and delivery on bespoke education-focused projects including the Bob Hawke Secondary College in Subiaco and the Murdoch University Student Hub Major Upgrade, as well as Cecil Andrews High School STEM building and a number of Curtin Campus Activation projects.
Jasmin is a landscape architect who was involved in a number of Sydney projects. In Perth she worked on the nature playground, Yokine Playspace, the friendship garden at Mount Hawthorn Primary School and more recently on the community hub at West Coast Steiner School.
The Realm team will now set to work on planning the design, which will be carefully brought to life in line with the building plans. We look forward to keeping you up to date on the evolution of the project.
May 17, 2021
Class 7 Preparation has Begun
In preparation for Class 7 in 2022, our pioneering Parkerville High School campus teacher Katie Southall has been meeting with one of our founding teachers Trish Crook to share expertise and wisdom about the journey of Class 7.
In their personal time, Trish and Katie have been dedicated to meeting weekly and helping to best prepare for the students embarking on the next phase in their schooling.
Trish has a wealth of experience and support, having been a founding teacher herself, when the Perth Waldorf School was established more than 30 years ago. During that time, she has also been a teacher in the juvenile prison at Banksia Hill for 14 years, then returned to PWS in 2015 when the high school expanded to the double-stream capacity it is today.
Katie is the current Class 6 teacher at Silver Tree Steiner School and a mum of four – three already attending high school at PWS in Bibra Lake, and one to join her in the first Class 7 at Parkerville next year. She has held this class since they all began together in Class 1 in 2016 – the students entered Primary School and Katie commenced her teaching role at Silver Tree. Once again, they forge new ground together in 2022!
This venture to provide a High School campus located in the Hills is a big undertaking and help from experienced and generous teachers like Trish is invaluable. Thank you to Trish for her support and guidance and to Katie for her dedicated care of our first Class 7 students.
3 May 2021
Class 7 Learning History in a Most Creative Way
Learning history through the dramatic medium is very effective. The children become the characters and ‘live’ the experience.
In class 7, we have begun our annual play. It is set in the 16th century, known as the Age of Discovery. As preparation, we start with the accounts of the Crusades and how the eyes of Europeans were opened by what they saw when they walked and rode through the Islamic countries on their way to Jerusalem. Afterwards, their desire to bring spices back to Europe and other treasured delights, encouraged the sailors to take off into the unknown, sailing South down the coast of Africa, despite fears of falling off the edge of the earth and other terrors. Reaching India was their goal.
The play this year is ‘Le Voyage des Vingt Lunes’, the Journey of Twenty Moons. It tells a very controversial tale. It is a contentious part of French history as it is disputed by certain countries in Europe. It portrays the French ship Espoir reaching Australia almost two hundred years before Captain Cook. This declares that the French were the first from the Northern Hemisphere to encounter the Great Southland and it has caused many an argument down through the centuries.
The children in Seven have had to learn French songs, phrases and dances as well as some Aboriginal language from the North West of Western Australia, the location the Espoir is believed to have landed by accident. Blown off course by a powerful storm their lives are saved by an Aboriginal mob whose chief was Arosca. His son Essomeric, with the permission of his father, accompanies the French crew on their return to the port of Honfleur in the hope he can learn the white man’s ways.
The French captain, de Gonneville promises to return the young man, in twenty moons, to his father. However, due to a pirate attack, all maps are lost and the Aboriginal boy is forced to make a new life in France. It is recorded that he married and had children and went on to live a long life. It was his grandson, Abbe Paulmier, a Canon of the Cathedral in Lisieux, who caused uproar in Europe when he wrote a book speaking of his Aboriginal grandfather and his desire to return to those waters and find the ancestral land.
We are set to perform this play in week 5 of term 2. All are welcome, (children over 9 years).
Our second Class 7 is also learning in a most creative way, as they delve into Algebra and the theorem of Pythagoras, The Age of Discovery, The Healthy Human and they will also begin to study the intriguing history of the Renaissance.
Alongside this rich curriculum, the children will also get a chance to perform a piece of music at a special event to launch the Perth Waldorf School’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
They have an excursion to the Shipwreck Museum to learn about the long arduous sea voyages in the Age of Discovery main lesson, a visit from Natasha Rigby (Perth Glory) and Angelique Stannett (Fremantle Dockers Football Club) to discuss health and wellbeing as part of The Healthy Human main lesson, clay sculpturing sessions as part of the art curriculum and the Winter Festival, which will allow the Class Seven’s to take on special leadership duties at the event.
15 April 2021
Site Office Transportable
We have now had a site office delivered to the high school area. This is a temporary building that will serve as a central point for managing development and construction, it’s not part of the long-term plans.
For more details, scroll down to see the larger site plan.
Lawn on the Oval
During Terms 2 and 3, we will be growing lawn on the oval at Silver Tree Steiner School, which will eventually be shared by the Primary and High School, with staggered play times.
9 March 2021
First Look at Building Design
We have reached an exciting milestone in the initial stages of the new High School campus development in Parkerville – we have our first look at the building and site design by our Architect, Collaborative Design.
Larger Site Plan image for further detail
Bore Water on Site
On December 24, we found bore water!
The contracted driller was pleased to report that they had found bore water, which we intend to use to put turf on the oval and provide non-drinking water for toilets and gardens etc.
We are really pleased to have accessed this resource and hope both the Primary and High School children will enjoy having a green grassed field and thriving native gardens to enjoy.
8 December 2020
New Parkerville High School Campus Given Green Light
Perth Waldorf School has gained official approval from the WA Minister for Education and Training for the new High School Parkerville campus, planned to open February, 2022.
This week, the School received notice of a successful advance determination from the Hon Sue Ellery, which confirms the opening of 27 more places for new secondary students.
The new high school campus will be established on land leased from Silver Tree Steiner School. The lease agreement is for an initial 10 years, with the option to renew for a further two 10 year periods.
Perth Waldorf School will operate the high school as a second campus and continuation of the long-running high school already in place at Bibra Lake.
Opening the new High School Campus in Parkerville will mean students at Silver Tree Steiner School, and those from surrounding areas, will have the opportunity of a Steiner high school education in the Hills, without having to compete for limited places or travel down to Bibra Lake.
In turn, this means opportunities for new students at Bibra Lake campus, with many students who would have travelled from the Hills able to attend closer to home.
Built in four stages, the campus will open to students starting Class seven in 2022 and continue through more development stages to allow for an ongoing journey to graduation in Class 12.
Stage two, three and four will see eight new learning areas progressively established to completion in 2026, including general use classrooms as well as specialist rooms for science, arts and music.
Significant landscaping and other student friendly amenities will be provided to ensure a high quality experience in the natural beauty of Parkerville.
Construction of the new Perth Waldorf School Parkerville High School Campus is planned to begin in early 2021, subject to all appropriate building and planning approval processes.
Currently, there are four Steiner education-based primary schools across the metropolitan area, as well as two in the south west and one in Geraldton, but there is only one Steiner high school taking students to Year 12 graduation, in Bibra Lake.
The Perth Waldorf School, an independent school, was established in 1982 and the current High School was opened in 2007.
Enrolments are now open for the new High School Campus in Parkerville for Class seven in 2022 onwards. Contact the Perth Waldorf School on 9417 3638 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Timeline of Development
|Development Phase||Expected Timeframe||Status|
|Liaison with WA Steiner Schools' working group||Complete|
|PWS Council approval||Complete|
|Lease agreement between PWS and Silver Tree Steiner School||Complete|
|Surveying and planning begins||Complete - ongoing|
|Class 7 Teacher appointed - Katie Southall||Complete|
|Advance Determination from Minister for Education and Training||Complete|
|Detailed plans approved by PWS School Council||Early 2021||Plans being drafted|
|City of Mundaring building applications and approvals||Complete|
|Stage 1 (Finished by January 2022, School caters to Class 7) Reception and School Office. Classroom and other facilities will be large enough to meet all the needs of the first pioneering class. Undercover area. Landscaping including school oval with turf and student amenity/sporting areas.||January 2022|
|Class 7 Begin 2022 school year|
|Stage 2 (finished by January 2023, School caters to class 7 and 8) 2 new classrooms are added, which become the Class 7 and Class 8 main lesson rooms. 2 new specialist teaching areas are added. Landscaping and student amenity areas further developed.||January 2023|
|Stage 3 (finished by January 2024 – School caters to Class 7, 8 and 9) These buildings would also cater for Class 10 in 2025. Addition of 2 new main lesson rooms for the new classes. Addition of 2 new specialist teaching areas, which become the science block. Previous multi-purpose rooms take on more specific purposes such as arts, sculpture and photography as the school grows. Expand staff room and school offices including learning and student support office, Campus Coordinator and Class 12 Projects Coordinator etc.). Landscaping and student amenity areas.||January 2024|
|Stage 4 (2026 – School caters to Class 7, 8, 9, 10, 11) 2 more main lesson rooms for Class 11 and 12. 2 more classrooms for other specialist lessons. Landscaping and student amenity areas.||January 2026|
|Pioneer Class of 2022 Graduate in Class 12|