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.
Matariki Mid Winter Festival
Ka puta Matariki ka rere Whānui.
Ko te tohu tēnā o te tau e!
Matariki re-appears, Whānui starts its flight.
Being the sign of the New Year!
Matariki is actually a small cluster of tiny sparkling stars which appear when the sun, drifting north on the shortest day in winter, reaches the north-eastern end of the horizon. It is a time linked to the winter solstice, when the sun begins its journey south again and is traditionally a time to celebrate unity and family.
Steiner school students are encouraged to find identity, meaning and purpose in life by forming connections with the natural world and by discovering, through learning and relationships, their place as citizens of integrity in our wider world. And as educators we seek to germinate life-long values for gratitude, wonder and reverence in our tamariki.
This purpose in our School is made visible at Matariki, a time when we can articulate this aspiration through a spiritual connection to the ancient Māori celebration. The rich tradition of Matariki is a chance to reflect on the past, renew our family and community bonds and take responsibility for what we value, while reminding ourselves of the very special place we occupy in the world here in Aotearoa.