鶹AV is an independent, co-educational school catering for children from Preschool through to Year 12. For over 60 years, we’ve helped young men and women find meaning and direction in their lives. We embrace Steiner (Waldorf) Education, derived from the insights of Austrian-born philosopher, scientist, artist and educator Rudolf Steiner.

Our goal is to develop the physical, emotional and intellectual capabilities of the developing child through an age-appropriate curriculum that integrates the disciplines of movement, fine arts, and practical arts into the study of humanities, science, mathematics and technology. Through the development of these capacities, we strive to educate the child in a healthy and balanced manner and equip them with all the elements they need to lead a meaningful life.


鶹AV is situated on three campuses in Sydney’s lower north shore. Our Kindergarten and Class 1 and 2 are situated on a quiet, tree-lined campus at Castlecrag, with a playground made from natural materials. Our main campus at Middle Cove is located on three hectares of beautiful bushland grounds reaching down to Scotts Creek and Middle Harbour. Our Preschool is in a home-based Federation house and garden in Willoughby.


鶹AV was founded in 1957 by Sylvia Brose OAM, out of a community around Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin. Their vision for a school of excellence, imagination and creativity, springing from the work of Dr Rudolf Steiner, remains the basis of everything we do. 


Leading a meaningful life isn’t something we’ve just thought up. It’s the foundation of everything we stand for, and everything we do. At 鶹AV, we’ve been promoting the importance of leading a meaningful life for over 60 years in our Mission, Vision and Values.


Through a complete education (academic, aesthetic, artisan, altruistic, and active wilderness), we equip students with all they need to lead a life of character and contribution.


"Our highest endeavour is to develop young men and women who out of themselves are able to impart meaning and direction to their own lives."
- Dr Rudolf Steiner

Sylvia Brose OAM
with original two classes 1958



the acceptance and fair
treatment of all


work in harmony with


the wisdom
of humanity


clear thinking, rich
emotions, strong will


every student has a
sacred self


compassion and collaboration over competition


鶹AV Rudolf Steiner School Ltd is a not for profit company: the directors of that company form a School Council which is responsible for matters of finance and governance. Directors go through a detailed selection process, and the Council maintains a balance of professional skill sets that encompass education, finance, human resources, law, marketing, and facilities.


Chair: Mr Peter Candotti
Deputy Chair: Ms Stephanie Graham
Mr Bryan Rose
Mrs Danielle Ferrari
Mr Ganesh Chandrasekkar
Ms Georgina Michaelis
Ms Helen Wicker
Mrs Rebecca Zeus
Mr Rob St Clair
Mr Tim Perkins
Mr Warwick Brown



Left: Yura Totsuka, Deputy Head of School (Years 7-12). Right: Dani Finch, Deputy Head of School (Class K-6).

The School Executive is responsible for the overall management of the school in all its key areas of operation. The Head of School is the focal point for vision and leadership of the School and chairs the School Executive.

Head of School: Ms Diana Drummond
Deputy Head of School (K-Class 6): Ms Dani Finch
Deputy Head of School (Year 7-12): Ms Yura Totsuka
Preschool Director: Ms Peggy Day
Daily Coordinator: Mrs Pamela Laycock
Castlecrag Senior Teacher: Ms Catherine Pilko
Finance Manager: Mr Rohan Wijesinghe
Operations & Facilities Manager: Mr Chris Scrogie


鶹AV has developed policies on a range of subjects of relevance to parents and students.

These include: student computer use, bursary, bullying, privacy, child protection, complaint handling, cyber safety, first aid, homework, attendance and complaint handling.

Copies of specific policies are available upon request from the relevant campus office.

Parents and Carers are encouraged to lodge formal feedback, questions and complaints with the School via our .

A copy of our privacy policy can be found here: Privacy Policy

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鶹AV Rudolf Steiner School acknowledges the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and recognises that in the past, some children have experienced harm in school contexts.

鶹AV accepts the 10 Child Safe Standards. In response to this we are working towards full implementation of the standards within our school.

鶹AV is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for all students who are in our care, and who have been in our care in the past. If you wish to report an incident of harm which has occurred during an engagement with 鶹AV, please click Here so that we may respond to your experience and offer support.

We have a robust child protection program that is based on care, responsibility and professional standards. Staff are updated annually on their responsibilities as Mandatory Reporters and on the requirements of Reportable Conduct legislation. We welcome enquiries from parents and former students into any aspect of how 鶹AV safeguards our students: Please contact us /contact/

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If you’re interested in finding out more about 鶹AV, our Prospectus is a great place to start. Our 2022 Annual Report, 2018-2023 Strategic Plan and the latest edition of our school magazine are available to view and download below.