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.
Pānui - Week 6 Term 1 2017
Tēnā koutou e ngā whānau o te kura Raphael House
Gorgeous Michaelmas singing floated down to my office this afternoon and drew me up into the Lower School assembly where I could enjoy it in its fullness. Music for our approaching Michaelmas Festival is all around at the moment, with the Lower School teachers harmonising together every morning, our classes throughout the school practicing the songs and the whole faculty singing together in our Thursday after school meeting.
Michaelmas comes to us in autumn when our plant life is losing its lush green leaves and producing all manner of dry seed pods in stunning geometrical forms. As part of our College meeting this week Tana invited the teachers to observe and then draw these forms by letting our pencils dance freely on the page - allowing us to experience the movement in nature’s miraculous forms. The beautiful pictures that arose are captured in the photo below.
We will be celebrating our Michaelmas Festival in two weeks time on Friday 24 March, firstly with the Lower and Upper School and Raphael Class in an assembly room adorned with the colourful fruits of harvest time and later in the day with games of courage for our Lower School children and improvised drama with the Upper School students.
This month will mark an exciting new building development. Before long we will begin to lay the foundations for a beautiful new Reception Office located in front of the garage at the bottom of the driveway. Our current cold and damp school office building, which our administration staff have dutifully endured for many years, will be no more. The inspiring new building will bring a welcoming look to the front of the school and provide shelter for waiting students under a sizeable veranda. Many thanks to our Building Development Group, architects Mathew ter Borg and Don Jamieson, and our Proprietor’s Trust for bringing this project about. You will find an artistic impression of the new Reception Office further on in this issue of the Bush Telegraph.
Last week saw the first meeting of all the teachers involved in the NZ Steiner Schools’ Community of Learning – which includes the Michael Park, Taikura, Te Ra, Raphael House and Christchurch Steiner schools. Two or three experienced teachers from each of the member schools, along with colleagues from the Tauranga, Waikato and Dunedin schools were present. This initiative allows the Steiner schools to collaborate on enhancing best Waldorf teaching practice across the whole curriculum and at the same time provides an opportunity for us to lift our students’ achievement in literacy and numeracy. The government is providing considerable financial support to each Community of Learning and it is great to be able to utilise this funding to strengthen our NZ Steiner school network.
On the front page of the next Bush Telegraph you can look forward to hearing about life in our Kindergarten from our wonderful new Centre Manager, Juvena Jalal. Warming the way for Juvena I would like to leave you with a verse by Rudolf Steiner which I shared at our recent Class Reps meeting. It is one of my favourite verses – it captures the consciousness of young children so beautifully.
From my head to my feet
I am the image of God.
From my heart to my hands
I feel the breath of God.
When I speak with my mouth
I follow God’s will.
When I behold God
In mother and father
In all dear people,
In animal and flower
In tree and stone
Nothing brings fear
But only love
To all that is around me.
Warm wishes for some nice family time over the weekend.
Noho ora mai nā, David Stephenson, Principal