Welcome to the Raphael House Rudolf Steiner School
Raphael House Rudolf Steiner School is an integrated area school with a special character, namely Rudolf Steiner/Waldorf Education, with a total roll of over 310 students ranging from age 4 (in the Early Childhood Centre/Kindergarten- 3 Kindergarten Groups), students in the Lower School Classes 1 - 7 (Yrs 2 - 8) and in the Upper School Classes 8 - 12 (Yrs 9 - 13). We also have one class for Special Needs students.
Haere rā to Term 4
Nga mihi kia tata te ra Kirihimete mo te tau hau – Merry Christmas and best wishes for the festive season to you all.
As we wrap up another fantastic year at Raphael House we know that the summer solstice will soon be upon us, Whiringa-a-rangi. This is a time of renewal and great potential; a time to celebrate our bounty as we are warmed by the intensity of light and life. Right now the bush is bursting with blossom and birdsong, our kura gardens are looking spectacular and our veggie patches and fruit trees are full with the promise of a delicious harvest ahead. It has been an exceptionally rewarding year with incredible creative, academic and cultural success enjoyed by all.
Looking forward to 2015, we warmly invite you all to our start of year pōwhiri at 3pm on Thursday 29th January. Our whole school is eagerly anticipating the event and we hope to see as many of you there as possible. It’s our first celebration of the year and to have you at this significant gathering would mean so much to us all.
Rudolf Steiner tells us that festivals are the commemoration of great ideals and they certainly play an important role in the life of all Waldorf Schools and their communities. At Raphael House our festivals connect us with our whole community, nourish our souls and bring a yearly rhythm to us all. Do join us as we begin our year as one whānau.
E tipu, e rea, mō ngā rā o tōu Ao
Grow tender young shoots, for the world that is destined for you
The 2014 Toy, Craft and Food Festival
Thank you all dearest whānau, for another great year of hard work, partnership and progress which came to fruition on Sunday at the 2014 Toy, Craft and Food Festival.
What a powerhouse of strength and creativity you all are - it was a magical day filled with sunshine, groovy music, delicious food and cool crafts with of course, the chance to just hang out and catch up with friends, old and new.
The substantial work behind the scenes to coordinate this event deserves full recognition and I’d like to thank each and every one of you for your unfailing energy to bring each class event to life. Thank you particularly to the small and focussed TCFF Group who has the overall vision for the day; I gather they are already planning for 2015! Beyond this core, a huge vote of thanks also goes to the Kapa Haka group who welcomed everyone with energy, to the weekly crafters and woodworkers, to the Class and Festival Reps who keep everyone on track in each class, to the bakers and chefs, to the budgeters, to the logistical planners, drivers, builders and removers and to all those others toiling behind the scenes before, during and after the event working the eftpos machine, counting money, cleaning toilets, water blasting walls, weeding gardens, coordinating recycling and generally keeping us ship shape. Thank you all. We also did pretty well with the parking around Tirohanga this year too!
What’s just as wonderful is that so many messages of gratitude and congratulations have been sent around our community making sure everyone has been well thanked and congratulated for their contribution to the Festival. I read in a recent employment poll that 40 per cent of workers considered lack of recognition for their work is the biggest hindrance to productivity - you don’t say! So please make sure we all give each other a warm pat on the back to ensure next year is even bigger and better (if that’s possible) than this one.
Thank you all so much – Tēnā rawa atu koutou
Equity at Raphael House
Raphael House Rudolf Steiner School has a strong commitment to living the Treaty of Waitangi and ensuring this is reflected throughout the fabric of the school. The school and teachers strive to ensure a culturally located Waldorf curriculum that reflects all of our diversity. Emphasis is also placed on meeting the needs of all children irrespective of religion, creed, culture or physicality.
At Raphael House we believe it is our on-going duty of care to continually reflect and learn. We are committed to taking actions to ensure that what we do in our teaching and relationships with the school community reflects our Waldorf education principles and our commitment to equity and the Treaty of Waitangi. The specific actions taken each year to grow and strengthen this are located within the school’s Charter and annual planning.
Raphael House endorses and upholds the New Zealand Federation of Rudolf Steiner Waldorf Schools Equity Statement:
“Steiner/Waldorf schools are responsive to the wider cultural, social and political contexts in which they are located in Aotearoa New Zealand in the 21st century. Our schools embrace and honour Aotearoa New Zealand’s bi-cultural heritage and consider all human beings to be free and equal in dignity and rights.
The Steiner Federation acknowledges Rudolf Steiner’s work. The Steiner school movement in Aotearoa New Zealand works out of an approach of equity and rejects strongly any historical statements from which inferences of racial prejudice may be made. Steiner/Waldorf schools and teacher training centres are culturally safe havens for all.”
The Federation of Rudolf Steiner Waldorf Schools in New Zealand’s Curriculum Guidelines state that, “the principles that are fundamental to Steiner/Waldorf education are that it is accessible to, and able to be adapted to, the needs of different ethnicities, cultures and religions. Curriculum content allows for the exploration of a wide variety of cultural traditions and world views. Steiner/Waldorf schools in Aotearoa New Zealand strive to imbue their curricula with the unique spirit and history of this land and its peoples."