The students, staff and families of Port Macquarie Steiner School finished the year with a picnic on a block of land set to become the site of the future school.
The Steiner School campus opened in 2018 with a class of six children and teacher Kristy Barry. It has been operating for the past three years at 8 Table Street in Port Macquarie.
The new block at 454-456 John Oxley Drive, Thrumster will give the primary school more than four shady acres for the school to continue its growth.
The site, purchased for $750,000, will allow for a school of up to 180 primary school students.
The land purchase was finalised just in time for the end of the year celebrations, after a two-year search looking at over 30 sites in the Hastings area.
Steiner education is based on the educational philosophy of Rudolph Steiner.
The cultivation of imagination and creativity is key.
By 2020, the school had reached capacity with 32 students in classes from kindergarten to year 3. A building fund was launched last year to raise money to secure the site for a new school.
Board president, Melodie Ayriss thanked the school's appointed future site committee who sourced and investigated all the properties for their suitability.
The Thrumster site was chosen for its location, good potential as a school site, and affordability.
At the start of the picnic, Birpai elder, uncle Bill O'Brien welcomed the school community formally, and ceremonially led everyone onto the site.
There were speeches and thanks in acknowledgement of staff members' hard work over this past year with all of its challenges. New interim teaching principal, Barbara Fischer was welcomed.