Our School

Te Pepeha o Raphael House

 

Ko Tukutuku te maunga                    Tukutuku is the peak of significance

Ko Wairere te awa                             Wairere is the tributary

Ko Tirohanga te rohe                        Tirohanga is the suburb

Ko Te Awakairangi te takiwā             Te Awakairangi (The Hutt Valley) is the region

Ko Te Whare o Raphael te kura        Raphael House is the school

Ko Rudolf Steiner te tangata              Rudolf Steiner is the man

Tihe mauri ora!                                  Tis the sneeze o life!

 

Tēnā koutou

Raphael House is an Integrated Rudolf Steiner Area School which offers a broad based Waldorf education to children and students from the age of 4 years (Kindergarten) to 18 years, Class 12 (Year 13).

Our kura is set on a beautiful bush clad hillside on 12 acres of land in the western hills of Lower Hutt, Wellington. Tino waimarie tātou hoki - we are lucky indeed!

The school has a rich educational and social community that, over the last three decades, has developed, changed and adjusted to meet the needs of the students and its community. We work to nurture and help develop each student’s physical capacities, their artistic and emotional development and their intellectual and cognitive abilities.

We have a dedicated team of kaiako, teachers and support staff who are committed to delivering a high quality education working from an understanding of the rhythms and needs of the developing child as expounded through Rudolf Steiner’s Waldorf pedagogy.

Underlying all aspects of teaching and learning at Raphael House is the conviction that each student has a unique sense of self and of her or his own life’s purpose. To be a mature, balanced and well-educated member of society requires an awareness of one’s place in the world and of the personal capabilities within each individual. It is the aim of Raphael House to help unfold such capacities and personal life-skills within each student so that they may achieve their full potential in life.

At Raphael House we aim to deliver an education based on this premise - it is the greater purpose behind our school and our curriculum. We warmly welcome you to visit us soon.

Ngā mihi nui

David Stephenson

Principal