Kamaroi Rudolf Steiner School was formed from the merger of two schools.
- The Peninsula Rudolf Steiner School began in a rented Newport house in 1990, with just 13 students and 2 teachers. At that stage there was only a Kindergarten and composite Class 1/2. However, by October there was 22 students, but the owner wished to return to his house.
- Another school located in Belrose since 1985 called the ‘Kamaroi School’ was looking to looking to close it’s doors in 1991. This school followed an educational philosophy closely aligned to the Rudolf Steiner education, but was not a Steiner school. It was located on 1 hectare of land occupied by the present day school and had 20 students.
In 1991, the parents and teachers of the Peninsula Rudolf Steiner School accepted an invitation to merge with the Kamaroi School 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’.