100 Years of Waldorf

Waldorf education has become one of the fastest growing independent school movements in the world. There are 18 Waldorf Schools in South Africa and over 1,100 Waldorf Schools in over 80 countries around the globe – and the movement is growing fast!

The first Waldorf School was founded in Stuttgart in 1919 and next year Waldorf education will celebrate its Centennial in many different ways. Initiatives have begun to further develop Waldorf education for contemporary times, and focus more consciously on its global dimensions. 100 years are just the beginning!

How Have Imhoff Waldorf gotten involved?

One of the projects on the go, worldwide, is the postcard initiative.

‘The idea of exchanging postcards is as simple as it is enchanting: When every Waldorf School in the world sends just one (real!) postcard to every other Waldorf School in the world, then 1,100 postcards will arrive at every school! Each school could create a huge display, a “card wall from the world” that everyone can touch and feel, making the Waldorf network a personal reality for many. A million-fold Waldorf greeting from around the globe.’ – From Waldorf 100

Each Waldorf School was sent a pack of over 1,200 postcards already bearing all the different school addresses. The one side of each postcard will be blank so that the students can design and decorate the cards themselves and give the name and address of their own school. Imhoff Waldorf received such a pack and the children had a wonderful time decorating their postcards with true Imhoff flair.

We have just received our first set of postcards from around the Globe in reply to the ones sent from Imhoff. This has been an experience that supports the fostering of a wonderful and reverent connection between the world-wide Waldorf movement and the children who so thrive on this dynamic and special form of education.

As part of their Founders Day, one of the activities that Class 2 partook in was creating 100 handprints for 100 years of Waldorf.

The postcards will be on display around the school until the end of term. The movement room will have a display up in the last week of term and some cards will be displayed on the notice board throughout the week.

Bonnie Webb, Class 2 Teacher