Steiner playgroup sessions to start

PROGRESS: Lesley Gentilin and Karlie Bell in the garden they have been working on in preparation for She-Oak Steiner playgroup to start in term four.
PROGRESS: Lesley Gentilin and Karlie Bell in the garden they have been working on in preparation for She-Oak Steiner playgroup to start in term four.

THE board behind the She-Oak Steiner School initiative will be starting playgroup sessions in Port Lincoln later this month.

In the 12 months since people from Port Lincoln and the Lower Eyre Peninsula came together to discuss setting up local Steiner education the working party has created business and strategic plans and appointed positions to the board.

The board is still working on its registration application for a school, but two, eight-session playgroups will begin in week two of term four.

Karlie Bell, who initiated the development of the local school last year, said starting the playgroup first gave the families interested the opportunity to learn about Steiner education.

Ms Bell said the interest in Steiner education had been growing steadily over the last year.

"The progress of the school is going well and there is still capacity for us to go ahead in 2020 subject to approval," she said,

Lesley Gentilin, who will be leading the playgroups at the House of Creative Learning, said as children learnt through imitation the sessions involved parents as well.

She said all the transitions were by song and the sessions would follow a rhythm the children could get to know so they felt comfortable to play and explore.

"The whole playgroup has a rhythm and from that comes the wisdom and joy," Ms Gentilin said.

Ms Gentilin said the group had been doing work to the House of Create Learning garden, putting a sandpit in in preparation for the playgroups to begin.

Each playgroup session is capped at 10 children and runs for two hours.