Growing Outdoor Curriculum at Warrah Specialist School

Warrah Specialist School, based at Dural, provides quality and individualised education for students with moderate to severe disabilities.

Founded 50 years ago, the School offers practical, skills based educational and vocational programs in the Rudolf Steiner tradition of learning Our emphasis is on meaningful, purposeful work to facilitate independence and self-determined students.

The school is part of the larger Warrah community which also services and cares for adults with disabilities.

Over the last two years the school has developed a new outdoor classroom curriculum with a strong emphasis on learning through doing. “The curriculum is on the leading edge of special needs education,” Principal Jan Fowler says, “students thrive when they have a meaningful connection to the natural world and can see the transformation process revealed to them through working with natural materials.”

With almost 1000 trees on the property, fruit and vegetable gardens, and abundant wildlife, the school makes the most of its beautiful environment offering Education with a Difference for Kindergarten to Year 12 students.

Students learn traditional crafts, such as spinning and loom weaving, woodwork, developing life skills, cooking, and more to create meaning and purpose in their work. They also participate in growing, harvesting and preparing the farm’s fruit and vegetables. New activities to be introduced this year include blacksmithing forge work and pottery making.

To arrange a school visit please contact Leanne Hall on 9651 2411 or to find out more please see

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