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A SCHOOL BUILT BY FAMILIES FOR FAMILIES
The Alice Springs Steiner School was established out a strong desire of parents who wanted a school that educated children in a complimentary way to their development.
The school came into being with a kindergarten in 1996. The kindergarten expanded into a school and a campus was created at the back of the Araluen Arts Centre on Larapinta drive in Alice Springs.
The Alice Springs Steiner School Association (TASSA) was formed. They acquired several acres of land on Ragonesi Road at the base of the Tjoritja Ranges | East MacDonnell Ranges. The school moved to this current site, ready for the 2005 school year and operated at this time from a collection of transportable buildings used both for classrooms and administration. Playgrounds were developed around the buildings. These demountable over the years have been replaced with beautiful architecturally designed buildings and established grounds.
In 2007 and 2008
significant construction took place with office buildings, classrooms, community kitchen, staff facilities, and adjoining flexible function rooms that can operate as classrooms, meeting rooms or community hall. The building has substantial shaded outdoor areas which are used as gathering and casual social spaces during the day and for public events. A biodynamic garden was developed at this time also.
more buildings were constructed and in 2010 a hard playing surface for basketball and handball was built. In 2013 the purpose-built Cassia Transition building was completed as well as the remaining two sets of classrooms, one of which incorporates the music room.
We have been able to draw on the growing momentum of Steiner schools around Australia and the world as they become established in their own communities. The next stage of the school’s development will be a purpose-built middle school and final set of classrooms for the early learning area. More recently an extensive amount of shading has been established at the school.