Primary Teaching | Music
Adrienne Alexander has been a music educator for over 25 years. She began her undergraduate studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she graduated with merit in 1995 and later in 1997 completed a Masters Degree in Music Education. Performing as a soloist and in music theatre, in 2001 Adrienne moved to Paris where she studied flute and French language, then to London to study flute with a Professor of the Royal Guildhall of Music. She returned to Sydney to commence post-graduate studies in film production, completing her Masters Degree in Sound Design and Effects for Film. After working for several years as a sound designer in the film industry, Adrienne returned to being a full-time music teacher at Lorien Novalis Steiner School in 2013 where she continues to develop the primary school recorder program and choir. She has become conscious of a gap in musical resources for Steiner Schools and therefore writes much of her own music to represent aspects of the Steiner curriculum and ethos for use in the classroom.
Early Childhood | Eurythmy
Adam Chan met Anthroposophy in 1995 when he studied Certificate IV in Anthroposophical Studies at Parsifal College, Sydney. From there Adam moved to Melbourne and completed a 4 year Diploma in Eurythmy at Aurora Australis. Since completing his Eurythmy training, Adam has taught in over 12 Steiner schools from around the world and worked with young children through to the elderly. Adam performs Eurythmy regularly at conferences, workshops and festivals.
Primary Teaching & Anthroposophy
Originally from the UK, Ben Cherry has lived most of his life in other parts of the world. His search for peace and for answers to the social and environmental issues he encountered as a young man – especially through his experience in a kibbutz in Israel and as a teacher and journalist in Vietnam during the war – led him through many cultural streams (including ancient and indigenous wisdom, Zen, the works of Carl Jung, modern science and many contemporary writers) to the practical work of Rudolf Steiner in 1977, in a school for severely disadvantaged children in England. Since then, he has been active in Anthroposophy and Waldorf education, mainly as a class and high school teacher in a school which he co-founded in Australia in 1983 and as a mentor and teacher educator in Eastern Asia. For several years he was a member of the Executive of the Anthroposophical Society in Australia and one of the carriers of the School of Spiritual Science. He was an active participant in the Australian Association of Steiner Schools in its early years.
Since his retirement from teaching in Australia in 2005 and the subsequent rapid expansion of Waldorf education in Eastern Asia, his energy has been especially focused on the growing Waldorf movement in Mainland China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Taiwan.
Woven through all these activities and travels has been a growing commitment to social renewal through the picture of humanity expressed in anthroposophical spiritual science. His emphasis is on its healing power in all aspects of modern society and its inner connection with local and regional cultures. He feels increasingly drawn towards working with the younger generation and in helping people value the gift of ageing. Most of the courses he currently gives are on the theme of the healing power of Anthroposophy.
As a senior teacher at Glenaeon Steiner School and Regional Representative for SECA NSW, Catherine has worked with all ages and brings a depth of knowledge of Steiner’s picture of child development and care of the young child.
Ebba Bodame has worked with Steiner Early Childhood Education for more than 30 years. She has taught at Glenaeon Steiner school for the past 19 years and provides workshops and talks in Sydney and throughout Australia, lecturing on Teacher training and Early Childhood courses. A wonderfully wise woman with decades of experience with playgroups and an expert storyteller.
Emma Ratcliff is an occupational therapist working in private practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. Emma has been involved with professional development for Waldorf schools and early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand, China, Vietnam and Hong Kong.
She works with adults and children who have sensory processing, coordination and learning challenges and has worked alongside Waldorf schools for over 15 years, bringing anthroposophy into her practice through the 12 senses and Rudolf Steiner’s pictures of child development.
Emma has a keen interest in bringing anthroposophical insights to the practical aspects of day-to-day life and bridging this with our growing understanding of child development through a neuroscience lens.