Our School

Where students flourish

‘The great thing is to enable young adults to find their place in the world with real confidence in their own powers of discernment. Thus, they will sense their real humanity because their education has been completely human-centred.’

-Rudolf Steiner

Vision

Our vision is a school that provides a contemporary education, empowering students to meet their future with clarity, courage, compassion and creativity.

Mission​

Our mission is to provide an educational pathway that inspires an intrinsic love of learning and a capacity for imagination. In protecting the beauty of childhood, we offer a healthy foundation for the unfolding of individual potential. 

Ethos

Reverence for the human being underpins all that we do at Central Coast Steiner School. We show respectful kindness to others and take pride in both the quality and purpose of our work. 

Our Principal

Rosemary Michalowski began studying primary education in 1983 at Sydney University. After her studies, she completed the Certificate in Rudolf Steiner Education in 1987. Rosemary taught in Steiner Schools in Australia for several years before moving to Germany where she studied German at Heidelberg University.

Our Deputy Principal

Adam Carron joined Central Coast Steiner School in 2023 as Deputy Principal. He brings a profound connection to Steiner education cultivated during his early years at a Steiner school in Ireland. Adam’s admiration for Steiner’s holistic approach, fostering a genuine love for learning and nurturing imaginative capacities, has been a guiding force throughout his educational journey.

Our leadership team

Jarrod Harridge

Business Manager

Paul McLoughlin

Operations Manager

Maree Mackintosh

Coordinator

Lisa Evans

Coordinator

Georgia Kingshott

Coordinator

Our history

Central Coast Steiner School began its journey from humble beginnings in 1995. A mudbrick cottage provided a simple school setting for a Kindergarten of eight children and Patricia Dodman, a dedicated Steiner teacher with a dream to bring Steiner education to the Central Coast. Our journey has seen the school move from the mudbrick house in Holgate to the Ourimbah campus of Newcastle University and then to North Gosford. Finally in 2006, we moved into our permanent home– seven acres of rural land in beautiful Fountaindale.

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Governance

The Central Coast Steiner School Board is responsible for the proper governance and strategic direction of the School. The Central Coast Steiner School’s Governance Manual guides the conduct of Board members by providing a clear and comprehensive overview of the Board’s role and responsibilities. The Board consists of a Chair, a Secretary, and up to five Ordinary Directors.

‘Our highest endeavour must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives.’
– Marie Steiner

We stand in footsteps formed by the oldest continuum, a culture birthed from the Dreaming. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of this Land, the Darkinjung people, whose culture and customs have nurtured this Land since man, woman and child were awoken from the Dreaming. We honour and pay our respects to all First Nations people. We honour and pay our respects to the presence of the ancestors who reside in the imagination of this land and whose spirituality flows through all creation.

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About Our Principal

Rosemary Michalowski has been the Principal of Central Coast Steiner School since 2012. Her long-standing commitment to our school has seen it grow and flourish.

Rosemary Michalowski began studying primary education in 1983 at Sydney University. After her studies, she completed the Certificate in Rudolf Steiner Education in 1987. Rosemary taught in Steiner Schools in Australia for several years before moving to Germany where she studied German at Heidelberg University. From 1991-1996 she studied Steiner education and eurythmy at the Institut für Waldorfpädagogik in Witten-Annen and completed further studies at the Heileurythmie Ausbildung Stuttgart. After teaching in Germany for eight years, Rosemary returned to Australia in 2004 to teach and further her studies. In 2008 Rosemary was awarded the University of Notre Dame Ethics Prize.

In 2009, Rosemary began teaching in the Catholic Education sector in Victoria. She was a member of the school leadership team at Catholic College Wodonga and coordinated their Gifted and Talented education program from 2009- 2012. She has been a member of the AIS Education Research Council since 2014.

Our school benefits from the rich and broad studies that Rosemary has completed in the field of Steiner Education over many years. Her professional journey is reflective of a genuine dedication to creative, contemporary pedagogy.

Our Deputy Principal

Adam Carron joined Central Coast Steiner School in 2023 as Deputy Principal. He brings a profound connection to Steiner education cultivated during his early years at a Steiner school in Ireland. Adam’s admiration for Steiner’s holistic approach, fostering a genuine love for learning and nurturing imaginative capacities, has been a guiding force throughout his educational journey.

A seasoned educational leader, Adam boasts a rich history of pastoral and academic leadership roles in both independent and public schools across Australia and the UK. Known for his ability to forge enduring relationships, Adam approaches teaching and learning with innovation and collaboration, seamlessly transitioning between primary and secondary education levels.

Adam’s commitment to evidence-based education is underscored by his passion for educational research. Actively promoting research-driven pedagogy, he is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education at the University of New South Wales and a Postgraduate Certificate in Steiner Education at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Adam possesses a unique perspective on the dynamics of a flourishing school community. His dedication extends beyond imparting knowledge; he is fervently committed to empowering young minds and ensuring optimal educational outcomes. Adam’s hope all students is that they grow into confident, resilient, and grounded citizens of the world.