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. 

Panui - Week 9 Term 4 2016

Tēnā koutou e ngā whānau o te kura Raphael House

What a delightful evening it was last Wednesday – a superb performance of the Shepherds’ Play by Class 6 to an overflowing and highly appreciative audience. Only two weeks ago Ardis came up with the wonderful idea of Class 6 taking on the play when the teachers decided they would not be able to manage it this year. I was so impressed by the students’ acting and their courage to take on the challenging project and then for doing it so well. Thank you Class 6 and Ardis for contributing in such a beautiful and meaningful way to the Christmas spirit.

Earlier last week Class 3 transformed their classroom into a landscape complete with robbers’ den, bear cave and Hell’s gap for their play. What a treat it was to see the children living so fully into their parts and the story they enacted. Congratulations to Class 3 and Diana for a truly heart warming enactment of ‘Ronia the Robber’s Daughter’.

Class 12 topped off our plays for the year with a magnificent performance of The Tempest by William Shakespeare. Great acting and choreography, along with a spectacular set, stunning costumes and dramatic lighting and sound came together in a highly entertaining performance.

Encompassing Shakespeare’s prophetic vision for the future where freedom and forgiveness inform society’s actions, this was a wonderful choice of play for a our leaving students. Congratulations to Class 12 and to Norbert Mullholland for his superb direction of the drama.

I have sad news and happy news for you. The sad news is that a few days ago I reluctantly accepted Mira Hasenfuss’s resignation as our Raphael  Class teacher - she will be leaving at the end of the year to join her partner in the Hawkes Bay. A big thank you to Mira for her outstanding commitment to the care of the Raphael Class students and the way she has so successfully included them in the life of the school. We wish her all the very best for the future. 

The first item of happy news is that Geoff Heath will be taking Class 1 next year. Having done a wonderful job in the very demanding role of Lower School Coordinator over the last three years, Geoff has recently felt a strong calling to be back with the children in the classroom. Congratulations Geoff and best wishes as you set sail on yet another adventure with a very fine new crew.  

The second happy news item is that Julie Young has been appointed to take Class 2 for the first half of next year while Purdy is away on maternity leave. Julie has been holding our current Class 1 beautifully in a relieving capacity over the last term and is delighted to be able to continue her work with the class into next year.

 We  will be farewelling Brenda Sullivan, our Art teacher, at the end of the term. Those of you who were at the Toy, Craft and Food festival will have seen the beautiful art work produced by our Upper School students under Brenda’s expert guidance. As a long time practicing artist, Brenda has brought a great depth of knowledge and skill to her art lessons and has held the art department in good heart over her three terms with us. Our best wishes go with Brenda as she heads to Levin to make a new home there. Gabrielle Edmonds, who has done a fabulous job of teaching and caring for our Class 8 students this year, will move into the role of Upper School Art teacher – art being her absolute passion.

It has been a wonderfully rich year full of all manner of learning in and out of the classroom and, thanks to two of our Class 11 students along with other generous contributors, snippets of this have been captured in our 2016 Yearbook. Lena Ammon and Aalia Buffkins have gathered the contents and designed the layout, backed up by incredible support from Clare Goodman, Simon Burrows, Cameron Sanders of Cato Partners and Dickon Lentell of Wakefield Digital Printers. On behalf of all of us who will relish flicking through the pages I offer my enormous thanks for your massive efforts.

Everything that happens at Raphael House is only possible by virtue of the generous support of our fabulous community and the sheer hard work of our amazingly dedicated staff. My sincere thanks and very best wishes to you all for a joyful Christmas and a brilliant summer break.    

Ka pai tō wiki mutunga

nā, David Stephenson



Michaelmas Apple Bobbing
Harvest Table
Michaelmas Archery

2017 Term Dates

Term 1:  1 Feb - 13 April

Term 2:  1 May - 7 July

Term 3:  24 July - 29 Sept

Term 4:  16 Oct - 13 Dec