Shearwater is confident

James Drury and daughter at the Shearwater rally with the community piggy bank. Photo by Jane Hanckel.
James Drury and daughter at the Shearwater rally with the community piggy bank. Photo by Jane Hanckel.

Students, teachers, parents and friends of Mullumbimby Shearwater Steiner School gathered in Torakina Park at Brunswick Heads on Sunday in a call-out to the community to help save the school. The school is just over a week away from closure if the required amount of $600,000 (down from $2 million due to donations already received plus some accounts adjustments) cannot be raised in that time.

Chairman of the board, Jan Roskott, is confident that the money is ‘out there’.

“Donations have already come in from all sorts of places,” said Jan, “and currently one parent is writing to all the Steiner schools in the world to ask for help, with the Armidale Steiner School already having responded with a donation.”

Last week the school board was thrilled to announce that a very generous local couple had offered to match every dollar raised with one dollar from them, a huge boost both to coffers and to morale.

But pending the arrival of further miracles, the school is pointing out to parents that the school can be saved if every family donates just $1000 each.

Shearwater Steiner School is the largest Steiner school in Australia and has a total enrolment of 600 students from K-12, none of whom want the sadness and disruption of leaving a much-loved environment.

Further information, including a FAQ section that addresses concerns that many in the community may have about how Shearwater intends to avoid repeating the financial mistakes that have led them to this situation, as well as information about how to donate, can be found on the website

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