Kindlehill Steiner School: Kindlehill turns 21 – Connecting with Community

Kindlehill Steiner School

Kindlehill Turns 21 – Connecting with Community

In August this year, Kindlehill School turns 21. Opening in the year 2000, Kindlehill began as a Pre Kindy to Year 6 community school and has grown in size and scope to incorporate Years 7 to 10.

Kindlehill School began with a mandate to be a part of its wider community, and in its 21st year, these connections continue. As Kindlehill invites the community into their evolving spaces, the school reaches out into the wider community, raising awareness of refugees via filmmaking and student-organised fundraisers, and offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarships to students for the period of their schooling. Bringing a richness to the curriculum and to the life of the community around the school, these scholarships are offered in the spirit of enrichment.

Kindlehill’s recent Performance Space upgrade includes improved sound and lighting, providing a fantastic space for both school gatherings and performances. Within this community venue, Kindlehill has been hosting Jo Clancy’s Wagana Dancers and the Blue Mountains Drama classes for many years and continues to provide a space for local performances and events.

Last year, Kindlehill opened a new building complete with High School classrooms, an Artisan Workshop housing both hand tools and machinery, a large Art Studio and a new High School Science laboratory was also opened.

Kindlehill is currently developing a Year 11 and 12 model that will allow a small cohort of students to engage and contribute to the community whilst learning in the areas of ecological restoration and advocacy, social and cultural issues and the arts and crafts. We hope to create a vibrant and connecting space for young people to share, collaborate and inspire, and then further their education through links with TAFE, universities and local employers.

With a past that is rich with community connections and a future that looks to further develop and extend these links, Kindlehill School celebrates its 21 years with a book launch, alumni connections and a collaborative whole school artwork. The baya budbili (Dharug for ‘talking rug’) is eco-dyed and hand stitched with the healing flannel flower at its heart. It will be an artwork around which groups can sit for conversation.