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.
Not yet! Not Yet! Hold on to the heat of summer!
So far in 2016, we have been blessed with a truly remarkable late summer and glorious autumn. As we move into Term 2 it seems impossible to believe this marks the time to celebrate both Pentecost and Matariki. With these unending, brilliant autumn weeks we have become more resistant to the advent of the shortening days, the loss of warmth and no more swims in the sea - but the cycle of seasons proceeds at its ordained place. Who are we to argue?
In the round of the seasons, our school community celebrates the four corners of the year and the Arch-angelic Beings which hold sway in Nature’s waxing and waning. Outwardly, autumn is the time of the harvest when the bounty of the earth is given to us and we human beings raise our hearts in gratitude for Nature’s plenty. Our technology and transport may offer us food in plenty and variety the whole year round, but we do well to bear in mind our dependence on nature’s rhythms. Inwardly, we celebrate autumn and then move toward mid-winter. Rudolf Steiner tells of the call from the Arch-angel Michael to develop courage and consciousness to fight the dragons of fear and anxiety within and between us at this season. My thanks to our whānau community who helped us celebrate both the harvest and the games of courage so successfully at the end of last term.
Term 2 heralds preparations for Pentecost Festival on 19 May, supported by International Languages Week. Pentecost is a time when we acknowledge the spirit of universal love and understanding of one other. The simple gesture of sharing a verse in the many languages represented at Raphael House symbolises our respect for the individual and also celebrates the ties that bind us.
Matariki follows shortly after. Our Matariki Noho is scheduled for 11 and 12 June with our magnificent evening festival for the whole school on Thursday 16 June, with the Kindergarten Festival likely to be 10 June. Matariki is a significant festival for us. Do join us at this times when we come together in community to stand side by side, to reflect and give thanks and in celebrating the earth, to show respect for the land on which we live.