Kamaroi was formed from the merger of two schools. The first, known as Peninsula Rudolf Steiner School began in a rented Newport house in 1985, with just 13 students and 2 teachers. It was set up in partnership with Glenaeon High School, to which it would become a feeder school, and thereby allow the High School to expand and offer a wider range of subjects.
A second school, Kamaroi, also opened 1985 and was located at a site occupied by the present day school. This school followed an educational philosophy closely aligned to the Rudolf Steiner education, but was not a Steiner school.
In 1991, the parents and teachers of the Peninsula School accepted an invitation to merge with Kamaroi and Kamaroi Rudolf Steiner School was born.
What’s in a name?
King Arthur’s mystical Camelot and his Knights of the Round Table, who were known for their bravery, fairness and chivalry, was the basis for the name Kamaroi. ‘Kama’, comes from Sanskrit and means ‘enjoyment of life, the creative impulse and love’. ‘Roi’, is the French word for ‘king’ and represents pride, strength and dignity.
Some time after the school was named, we were delighted to learn from the late Aboriginal Elder, Burnham Burnham, that the original inhabitants of our site, the Kameraigal tribe, used the word ‘kamaroi’ to mean ‘nest’.