Mansfield Steiner School was established in Maindample. It was the initiative of two local secondary teachers who wanted a different education for their own children. The land was purchased in Maindample as it was equal distance between their homes. The mudbrick building was lovingly built by parents and teachers in any available free time. The school opened its doors in February 1986 and grew steadily over the next 10 years. It was then decided that the moving the school into the bigger town of Mansfield would allow better access for more students. The school was moved to its present site in May 1996.
Since its founding in 1986 Mansfield Steiner School has been an integral part of the educational landscape of Mansfield and District. The school presently offers a rich, developmentally appropriate and ACARA approved curriculum from preschool through to Year 9. Steiner/Waldorf schools have been educating students worldwide for over 100 years, and the Steiner method of education provides a complete program of academic and artistic courses which develop the creative and critical thinking abilities within each student. In addition to academics Steiner students are taught to have reverence for the world and a respect for life.
Mansfield Steiner School is situated in a beautiful part of Victoria with a backdrop of great beauty which we can easily take for granted. Through our extensive Camps, excursions and Outdoor Education programme, the students are taught to develop a great appreciation and knowledge of their own backyard, while developing resilience, self- knowledge and empathy. Music is an integral part of the curriculum, it permeates every subject and all students learn an instrument.
Mansfield Steiner School is small, rural, unique, independent, non-denominational school with a strong reputation and an exciting future. It has a school based a passion for education with teachers who share common values and goals. We will continue to Years 11 and 12 (2020), we are currently a candidate school for International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.
Our task as a school is to give our students a rich and nourishing environment that will inspire them to be their unique and individual best and prepare them for a challenging and unknown future.