Welcome to the Raphael House Rudolf Steiner School

Raphael House Rudolf Steiner School is an integrated area school with a special character, Rudolf Steiner/Waldorf Education. We have a total roll of over 350 students who range in age from those in our Early Childhood Centre/Kindergarten, to students in our Lower School Classes 1 to 7 (Yrs. 2 to 8) and in the Upper School Classes 8 to12 (Yrs. 9 to 13). We also have one class for Special Needs students. Our vision at Raphael House is to instill integrity, create inner freedom and awaken moral and social responsibility in our students. 

Class 11 Talent Show 2017

Hi all

Please find the link below to the live streaming Class 11 Talent Show event.

It is bound to be both inspirational and entertaining!



Waldorf-Centennial is Coming!

1919 the first Waldorf School was founded in Stuttgart - today this pedagogy has become a worldwide impulse with more than 1,100 Waldorf or Waldorf inspired schools and 2,000 Kindergartens in 80 countries, all of which honor the freedom of the individual as starting-point and aim of their pedagogical work.

The forecoming conetennial offers a wonderful chance to further develop this impulse for our century in a global exchange.  Waldorf-pedagogy depends much less on traditional forms than on the mutual pedagogical ethos which evolves ever new out of the work with the developing human being.  Working on the Sudey of Man, on deepening the awareness of the children and on projects which involve the whole school such as bee-keeping or tree-planting can prove to be a very helpful starting point for this big task.

Waldorf100 was inititated by the International Forum for Steiner/Waldorf Education and aims at strengthening the awareness, cooperation and support for and of each other.  Initiatives throughout the world build a greater whole together.

Please click on the link below for more information about the upcoming film celebrating this event:

Youtube link

Pānui - Week 7 Term 2 2017

Kia ora Whànau o Rapaera Kura,

The talking stick has been handed to me for this issue of the Bush Telegraph.  After years of reading the sage words of nga rangatiratanga o Rapera Kura, it’s an interesting position being on the other side of the fence and finding myself having a forum of captured readers!

Thinking of a starting point, a whakatauki came to mind that resonates with what I have discovered in the co- Lower School Coordinator role I accepted this year. 

Ko au ko au, ko koe ko koe, me haere ngatahi t­­àua

I am me, you are you but we can go on together as one.

This whakatuaki allows us to acknowledge the uniqueness of all the individuals who come together on a shared journey and this is very evident in what I have experienced at Rapaera Kura. 

I have found that even though I come from 15 years’ experience within mainstream education, the commonality that I share with the dedicated and knowledgeable Steiner kaiako is a purpose to be the best we can as educators so we can offer the best holistic learning, development and growth best suited to the tamariki before us. 

Last week we had a Teacher Development day where the focus in the Lower School was on effective internal evaluation and the shifts in practice that happen when we notice what learners are doing.  It was exciting to collaboratively reflect amongst the kaiako about the teaching practices that occur in the Lower School classrooms and the collective journey we are on to improve how we teach.

As we come into the final few weeks of Term 2, here’s a quick capture of some of the events that have kept the Lower School busy recently. 

The Lower School Classes 1-6 finished a 2 week Swimcity swimming programme during Week’s 4 and 5.  Much quality stroke development and water safety skills took place amongst the classes who were involved.  I was particularly impressed though with a tradition that apparently harks back to Paul Denford’s teaching days.  Back in the good ole days, a handbell was rung when the school bus began its downhill descent down Tirohanga Road.  Upon hearing the signal, students needed to be silent. This was done so that the driver wouldn’t be distracted.  Once the bus reached the bottom of the hill, the bell was rung signalling that conversation could recommence.  Incredibly, this tradition still works! (There could be a flurry of hand bell sales at Pete’s Emporium as parents test out if this Pavlovian response works during after school pick-ups or for backseat squabbles on family holidays J)

On Tuesday, Class 7 hosted Te Ra Class 7 as they travelled over to visit the Upper School.  Class 7 were generous and gracious tangata whenua (hosts) and ensured that the manuhiri (visitors) were well fed and looked after. It was also inspiring to witness Class 7 carrying a simple but beautiful karanga and harmonious waiata as part of the powhiri they did for Te Ra.

Our next major festival we celebrate is Matariki.  This takes places in the Kindy on Friday 23rd June and for the Lower and Upper School on Thursday 29th June.  Classes are currently busily engaged in creating their lanterns for this spectacular festival.  Make sure you mark this event down on your calendars; no doubt you will already be warming crock pots and flexing your kneading bun dough arms in anticipation of the call to help from the Class reps.

Finally, in thinking about “ko au ko au, ko koe ko koe, me haere ngatahi tàua”, this is a good time to remind whanau o Rapaera Kura about our school dress code and how we go together as one when we all adhere to the kaupapa (guidelines) that we have as a school.  Please take the time to refamiliarise yourselves with the dress code, especially regarding hair dye and appropriate tops,  in the Parent Handbook - this differs for Kindy, Lower School and Upper School.

Noho ora mai me kia pai tō rā whakatā – stay well and have a great weekend,

Irene Cheung

Co- Lower School Coordinator


Michaelmas Apple Bobbing
Harvest Table
Michaelmas Archery

2017 Term Dates

Term 1:  1 Feb - 13 April

Term 2:  1 May - 7 July

Term 3:  24 July - 29 Sept

Term 4:  16 Oct - 13 Dec