Archive | August, 2018

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Open Day 15 September from 9.30-11.30am

Join us for a talk by Ed Fox, a high school science teacher, who has a wealth of Waldorf knowledge and experience. There will be an opportunity to ask questions, meet the dynamic teachers and visit the classrooms. All sibling applications for Toddler Group and Playgroup need to be submitted by the end of August […]

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Spring Fair "Over The Rainbow"

Spring Fair “Over The Rainbow”

We have planned great additions to the mainstays of the fair: A drumming performance by Beat It and facilitated drum session (bring your djembe along!) A performance by a up-and-coming opera singer – see this link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fD2OYmfllZ8 Various games from Nature lore guide, Rein, including a strategic game for the whole family, ‘Capture the […]

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Welcome Lina Tjarks, our Volunteer from Germany

My name is Lina. I am seventeen years old and will do my high school graduation in spring 2018. I have always had the wish of travelling abroad afterwards. Furthermore, I want to experience life in a country for a longer time, not just travelling around. I hope to get familiar with different cultures, ways […]

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Reflection on the Parent Information Session

I love hearing the old stories. The stories about the teachers and parents who came before my time. Who fervently wished, worked and carried a flame for our school. During the first phase of our school, a new group of Class 1s entering the school meant building a new classroom! Reading the stories written down […]

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First Grade Readiness

When a Waldorf teacher looks at a 6-year-old child to determine if he is ready for first grade, age cut-off is only the beginning. The teacher must consider physical, social/emotional, and intellectual development, all of which point to a fundamental shift in consciousness from the kindergarten child. Rudolf Steiner, founder of Waldorf Education, says that […]

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“Moshoeshoe” presented by Class 5

Being a part of the first full Second Language Play at our school started with Candice’s vision very early on in this year of just such an endeavour. I was excited and somewhat hesitant… the play had dense parts, with complex, well-known Afrikaans poems and my concern was that we could stay stuck in explaining […]

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Dispelling 5 Myths in Waldorf Schools

There are more than a thousand Waldorf schools in the world, and 17 of them are spread across South Africa. The schooling system, which has sometimes been considered a little “out there” or controversial, is steadily growing in popularity, but is still subject to some widespread negative misconceptions. We interviewed Waldorf teachers, students and parents […]

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Class 4s Present “Sif and Loki” from the Norse Mythology

The Norse legends come from Northern Europe including Iceland, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. The pagan gods of the Norse people often represented forces of nature. Being a Waldorf school teacher from Norway, I find it fascinating that Norse mythology has found its way to the south of Africa. These timeless stories of powerful yet fallible gods offer […]

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A Look at Waldorf and Montessori Education in Early Childhood

This comparison of Waldorf and Montessori educational philosophies is based on my personal experience as a teacher in both Montessori and Waldorf school systems. I would like to preface my remarks by stressing that there can be much difference from one classroom to another in any philosophy, due to the style and interpretation of the […]

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