Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School

Senior School Overview

From Analysis to Synthesis

In the Senior College students continue to learn through the Main Lessons, now in a broad and rich curriculum of wide ranging topics. Preliminary and HSC subjects are taught in 40 or 80 minute periods.

Searching questions, which are a prerequisite for philosophical thought, now begin to be asked. The students’ level of judgement becomes more analytical and a deeper level or responsibility can be expected. Suitable themes for this age are those that provoke thoughts that question the human condition. The imperative at this point is to grapple with the issues and questions raised with an inner confidence that answers can be found. This confidence comes through a synthesis of deepening knowledge and inner experience, combined with a sense of wonder that has been cultivated since Year 1. The students realise that issues and ideas need to be explored from many sides and from many levels of experience, before any judgements can be made.

Glenaeon’s Senior college curriculum represents the synthesis and culmination of the curriculum of the whole school, from its earliest years. It provides a balanced education – an education which serves the needs of adolescents as they approach the threshold which is the end of their twelve years of schooling.

Each student takes on a research project which comes at the conclusion of the whole journey of education at Glenaeon. This independent Research Project is a blossoming and fulfilment of the creativity that has been nurtured throughout all the years of the Glenaeon curriculum. Projects may be integrated with the requirements of an HSC subject or may be undertaken as a stand alone Major Project. The students select, develop and document a significant research activity and present their results to a gathering which includes members of the school community and a panel of assessors. The Year 12 Research Project gives the students the opportunity to explore an area of interest in a deep and independent way. Work on these projects begins in Term 4 of Year 11.