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.
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:
Pānui - Week 10 Term 1 2017
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa – warmest greetings to you all
As another busy term draws to a close, my thoughts turn to the richness of the experiences that the staff, students and our whanau experience here at Raphael House. For instance, leading up to the recent Michaelmas festival all our teachers from different areas of the school worked together, during the College staff meeting, to set up the “games of courage” for our tamariki. I personally found the experience of working with my colleagues within the serenity of the pine forest magical, as we set about to weave the “spider’s web” between the trees.
These gestures of teachers gifting deeds to our children are important, and deeply embrace our school philosophy and values. During the festival the next day, I revisited the spider’s web to meet some of Lower School parents, and to watch the enjoyment of younger children working collaboratively to navigate the challenge. In our Upper School, I want to acknowledge the Class 12 students who took up the challenge to create and organise a range of Michaelmas activities for our Upper School students, many of them showing their own courage in taking this on. This festival in particular allowed our students of all ages to breathe out and simply to enjoy “play”.
A major government focus for all schools is wellbeing, and we have accordingly been active within the Upper School on a number of fronts. Late last year our Upper School whanau participated in the NZCER Wellbeing Survey. The subsequent feedback has been acted upon and incorporated into this year’s Upper School annual goals to set wellbeing targets for Classes 8-12. Furthermore, we invited the Attitude organisation to come and speak to our Class 8 and 9 audience where they gave an engaging presentation on the taha tinana (physical), taha hinengaro (mental and emotional), taha whanau (social), and taha wairua (spiritual) aspects of hauora / wellbeing.
On a regional basis, both the Upper School Dean, Mario Gude and I have been attending the He Kupenga Ora Lower Hutt Wellbeing Network meetings. This secondary school network initiative was set up late last year so that secondary school staff and associated wellbeing /health agency professionals could come together to share information, arrange guest speakers and share successful school wide strategies. At the last meeting, the director of Netsafe, the cyber-safety organisation, presented information to guide and assist schools dealing with the effects of social media on students.
Next week there are two important school events. On Thursday, we will celebrate the Easter Festival. Throughout the school, there are a number of activities happening. In Kindergarten, the children are placing beautiful felted eggs on the Easter tree. The kindergarten teachers are sharing Easter stories and whilst on walks the young children are searching for the Easter hare and eggs. The Lower and Upper School children will attend the Easter Festival assembly in the Eurythmy Room, followed by stories and a concert respectively. Our Class 10 students, who have been working very hard with Ella Hope-Higginson and Bill Scott during the past 3 weeks, will present their play The Caucasian Chalk Circle that starts on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. Please note that this play is suitable for Class 7 students and above.
At the start of next term, we will be launching into preparation for the 40-hour famine, set for the weekend of 9-11 June. Last Thursday our Student Leadership Group attended the World Vision Youth Leadership Forum in Wellington. They were amongst 450 other students who had travelled from as far afield as New Plymouth and Napier. The students were inspired into action by the leadership activities and the young guest speakers of that day. I came away overwhelmed by the positive energy and the possibilities that young people offer our society.
Kia pai to wiki mutunga – have a good weekend
Na Grant Rossiter