A week in pictures at the Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar
Our daily rhythm at the Seminar begins with the ‘Main Lesson’ which involves a lecture and discussion, followed by artistic and movement activities, further classes from a range of modules, and social time shared together over morning tea and lunch.
If you would like to read the syllabus overview for more detail on the subjects offered in this course, click here for first year subjects and here for second year.
This photo and video gallery captures some (but not all!) of the work we do together during the Advanced Diploma in Rudolf Steiner Education. We hope this inspires you.
Main Lesson: we begin each day with ‘Main Lesson’, a lecture and discussion focused on one topic, which we explore in depth over a period of weeks.
Speech and Drama: our work culminates in the performance of Shakespeare’s ‘A Mid Summer Night’s Dream.”
Sculpture: throughout the course we develop artistic discernment and abilities in sculpture, exploring sculptural forms throughout the year in our dedicated sculpture room.
Eurythmy: In Eurythmy, students explore the main concepts of Steiner’s philosophy through practical exercises in movement. Experiences in Eurythmy help to establish a healthy relationship between the soul faculties of thinking, feeling and willing and their representation in the physical constitution.
Folkdancing: We enjoy folk dancing in the first year of the course, and explore it further in the second year module titled “Teach Movement to Music and Speech”. Movement activities are integrated into all aspects of the Steiner curriculum. For example, a Class 5 teacher may bring dancing to the children as part of their study of Ancient Greece.
Bothmer gym: every day after Main Lesson, we enjoy some movement activity in the Movement Room in the form of Bothmer Gymnastics.
This is a method of spatially oriented exercises developed for the physical education curriculum in Steiner Schools. We practice Bothmer daily during the first year of the course, and study it in the second year of the course in the Teach Physical Education module.
Painting: In our Visual Arts module, we acquire skills in various techniques of painting and drawing, in our dedicated art room.
English: Students prepare a series of imaginative stories and images for teaching literacy to children, as part of the module “Teach English Literature and Language Skills”.
Seasons and Festivals: We learn about Festivals in the first year of the course, and prepare and participate in the Autumn and Mid Winter seasonal festivals.
Building a Biodynamic Compost Heap- a practical aspect of the Apply Science in the Environment module in first year.
Geometry is taught with a focus on practical work, by studying forms found in nature. It forms part of the Mathematics and Form drawing module and is studied over the two years of the course.
Dollmaking forms part of the Handcraft module. We learn about dollmaking in the relation to early childhood development.
Socialising and sharing a meal.
Students prepared a wonderful lunch to share as part of their “Health and Nutrition” module. We also share morning tea and lunch each day in the beautiful surrounding grounds, and occasionally watch a film of interest.