Research recognises that Steiner graduates generally share key characteristics. They practice life-long learning, value the opportunity to think critically and creatively, have a well-developed sense for aesthetics and they live according to ethics that are respectful of others and the natural world.
Below is a link to a very interesting article written by a teacher who was also a Steiner student. Amongst other things she recalls from her education the connection with ideas and life, the close relationship with teachers and the collaborative nature of learning.
Here is a glimpse of some of the Kindlehill alumni:
Kian Llorente – Qualified chef at a top restaurant in the Blue Mountains. Kian says, “ Kindlehill supported my interests, sustained and cared for me”.
Dylan Todd – Adventure Senior Guide in the Blue Mountains, Qualified Yoga Teacher. In 2018, Dylan will cycle 7000 km from the Southern tip to the Northern tip of Australia. Dylan says Kindlehill gave him the “inspiration to follow my dream”. Dylan says the camps in high school sparked his interest in outdoor education and Kindlehill also nourished his deep love and curiosity for the natural world.
Oliver – Auditioned and was selected for the Australian Institute of Music to study Audio-Engineering. Oliver is a young person who has so many talents it has been hard to pick a next step! We wish Oliver well in this new and exciting direction.
Qway Fathulla-Hemmings – Working in hospitality as well as writing, playing music, and dancing. Qway has made and repaired African drums used by Masters. He intends to travel in the near future. Qway says Kindlehill, “helped express my creative side”.
Tala Willow Cupitt – has trained in horse management and currently is working in tourism. As well as horses, Tala loves singing, playing and writing music. What Kindlehill meant for her, “good friends and great teachers”.
Willabel Grindley Bennett – Studying International and Global Studies – Arabic Language and Cultures at Sydney University. Active in social justice. Awards for drama and visual art in upper high school at Blue Mountains Grammar.
Lyla Pearl Appel – studying International and Global Studies and Law, at Sydney University. Travelling on student exchange to Spain in 2018 to immerse in Spanish language and culture. Loves Ultimate Frisbee with goal to be on the National Team and go to the Worlds. At Kindlehill, “I loved the art – music, drawing, painting and of course knitting and crochet, teachers really really cared about me as a person not just about my grades.”
Manuel Perdoma visited on Winter’s Night (2018) with his girlfriend Caitlin. Manuel was a student in John’s primary class and then one of the first high school students. He is now studying Primary School Teaching and working in After School Care. He spoke of the camps, the freedom of being outside and also of the things that happen on camps that are tricky (your tent getting flooded) and yet you deal with it and it becomes a strength for you. Manuel was a fine artist and craftsperson, he expressed appreciation for all the opportunities to make beautiful things from first knitting projects to the guitar in high school. Manuel also expressed appreciation for all of his teachers who believed in him and always had his best interests in their hearts.