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.
Community Reminder: Mid Term Break coming up!! Friday, 29 August.
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."
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.
Matariki is a significant festival for us all at Raphael House; we are preparing both inwardly and outwardly for this time at school. It is an opportunity for us all to reflect and give thanks, to celebrate the earth and to show respect for the land on which we live.