Secondary - Mansfield Steiner School, Victoria



The Secondary School curriculum is designed to encourage the emergence of global citizens. The Main Lesson Structure established in the Primary School years is preserved throughout the Secondary School and students continue to explore a full range of academic subjects in an integrated and creative way. The work of the Secondary School teacher is to present Main Lessons that are thematic, exploratory and which develop judgement and independent, lively and creative thinking within the scope of the subject.

After Main Lesson the rest of the day is dedicated to practice lessons. These lessons include: Mathematics; English, chemistry and biology; visual, art and design, dramatic, choir, musical and movement arts; French; sport and physical education. View the Secondary School CURRICULUM

Year 11 & 12 – International Baccalaureate 2020

Mansfield Steiner School is presently undergoing candidacy to be an IB World School. These schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education.

The Diploma of International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are able to create a better and more peaceful world through inter cultural understanding and respect.

Year 10 

The Year 10 students experience a term long international experience at the Ljubljana Steiner School Slovenia. The intention is that students will return from their exchange having discovered inner strengths of resolve and purpose and are ready to succeed in the challenges that follow in Senior Secondary Years. There is also a focus on community service; the students will go out into the community and share the many skills and talents they have acquired during their years at the school.

In Year Ten students continue to learn through the Main Lessons. Their level of judgement becomes more analytical and they have a deeper level of responsibility. All themes provoke thoughts and questions. Confidence is developed through a broad range of experiences and subjects.

Year 9

The Year 9 programme aims to both challenge students academically and ground them in practical tasks that build a broad base of service, resilience and leadership skills. In Year 9 all students undertake an extensive outdoor programme aimed at learning outside the classroom and building an appreciation of place and the natural environment.

The Year 9 outdoor programme is extensive, with student participating in eight camps. One of the most important aspects of the Year Nine programme is to expose students to different environments on each trip. Each journey is also a part of an ongoing process of development of self-sufficiency, bush competence and deep, knowing relationships with place.

LOCATIONS: Cape Liptrap, Mount Stirling, Howqua River, Barmah Forest, Ski Camp on Mount Stirling, Raak Plain and the Grampians.

Year 8

The Year 8 programme is designed to meet the challenges of an emerging adolescence. In this period of change we offer a broad program of academic, aesthetic, social and physical courses that will stimulate and inspire students as they prepare to enter the new world that lies ahead.

The Year Eight Outdoor programme includes spending time on a remote Indigenous Community in the NT

Year 7

Year 7 students at Mansfield Steiner experience a typical secondary school timetable, moving through subject areas enjoying the expertise of the specialist teachers. Students study Mathematics, Science, English, History, Music, Drama, Art, French, Geography, Physical Education, and Well-being. Each morning is dedicated to main lesson. This is an inquiry-based learning experience which covers the depth and breadth of a topic for over an hour each morning, for up to three weeks. It is the main lesson that distinguishes Steiner Education and it is paramount in developing curiosity and engagement that is integral to the International Baccalaureate diploma program that we offer in Year 11 and 12

Camps in Year 7 include a combined middle school camp canoeing on the Murray River and a camp and hike at Cockle Creek in remote SW Tasmania.

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education at Mansfield Steiner School is much more than bushwalking and camping; it is an integral part our school curriculum. Each camp is essentially an outdoor classroom experience designed to enrich the Main Lesson of which it is a part. The camp program also brings another unique set of learning experiences arising from the challenges and adventures the students meet in the outdoor setting.

It is not about conquering the wilderness but nurturing a connection to and an appreciation of the natural world.

The Outdoor Classroom and Camp curriculum helps students to:

  • Enrich and deepen the Main Lesson content
  • Look outwardly and inwardly
  • Build self-esteem, confidence and self-reliance.
  • Define wants versus needs
  • Develop greater self-awareness in a social context
  • Develop tolerance in a supportive group
  • Gain insight into sustainability


In the secondary school students continue to sing together in class and they have the opportunity to join the school choir. The choice of instruments becomes wider, with some students choosing to branch out to piano, guitar, voice and percussion. Ensembles become more student-directed, which helps the students to feel more passionate about the songs and pieces they are performing. Students can also choose to join the school orchestra. There are many opportunities for students to perform to the school community and to the wider community.

Academic Scholarships

Scholarships reflect our ethos of making our education as accessible as possible. Students benefit from the opportunity to experience the unique qualities of a Mansfield Steiner School secondary education, and the school benefits by attracting students of potential and character to be part of our community and to take our school into the future. Please contact the school for more information.