Board of Trustees Meeting

The next Board of Trustees meeting 14 August - 7pm in the Raphael Class - all welcome.  This differs from what was advertised.

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. 

Panui Term 3 Week 3

Kia ora koutou Raphael House whanau,

What a great start to term 3, cold wet winter days have been interspersed with stunning sunny ones. The kindergarten children have been making the most of both! Thick beds of pine needles have become soft landing pads for Kowhai room children and their big jumps in the pine forest. It is the best term for cooking outside on an open fire for Rimu room children and the smell of the most yummy winter soup wafting from the Pohutukawa room have been some of the wonders our kindergarten children have been experiencing in the last few weeks. The reverence for seasonality in our Kindergarten curriculum is truly magical and uniquely presented in each of the Kindergarten rooms. 

It is a busy term for us as we embark on our outdoor play space review and community consultation process. In line with our annual goals we would like to re-energise our Kindergarten outdoor space to reflect who we are as a community and our connection to this land and Mana Whenua. The outdoor learning environment and the play resources within it are the “third teacher” in the Kindergarten because of the way in which they shape and guide children’s play and this is our opportunity, as a community, to have a say in how we can develop and enrich it. 

We will be sharing the scope of this project at our next kindergarten meeting on 16 August, and would like to invite any parent in our school interested in the design process, the gardening work or just to volunteer their time to this project to please get in touch with me. 

As part of the outdoor plan for the Kindergarten we approached Hutt City Council earlier this year to be part of their “fruit trees in schools programme” and have been very lucky to have received 18 fruit trees and a truckload of compost to start us off with. Big thank you to Natalie Hormann who organised it for us and has offered her support and guidance in getting us going.

The fruit trees arrived last week ‘bare root” with instructions from Natalie on how best to look after them till they can be planted. We are very fortunate to have a group of 6 year old sun children who will be the kaitiaki of these trees while they are waiting to be planted. 

We are inviting parents, friends and teachers of our kura to come and join and support this Kaitiaki group. As the Kindergarten outdoor area cannot accommodate all these fruit trees they will be planted across and up our hill. It would be great to get a team of guardians from all areas of the school to nurture and protect these young trees in the first few growing years of their long and productive life. 

He kai kei aku ringa

Juvena Jalal

Kindergarten Manager

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

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