Board of Trustees Meeting

The next Board of Trustees meeting 1 April - 7pm in the Lower School Staff Room - all welcome.  

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 Term 1 Week 7

Kia Ora koutou

With the busyness of this past week both Dorothea and myself have worked together to write this opening message. Our messages reflect upon the power that individuals have to positively contribute to the well-being of all communities. Dorothea describes her first impressions of her time here at our kura and the warm support she has received from our school community. With recent events I would like to offer our school community a practical  inspirational idea that you may wish to participate in to support families in Christchurch.

Dorothea’s Reflections

It is with gratitude in my heart that I write to you all. My journey over the past seven weeks at Raphael House has been an amazing discovery of people and also a very special place. I have walked many paths before I came here and it is now such a privilege to experience this school’s gifts.

I have met children who have been happy souls filling my days with heart-warming events. The teachers in the Lower School are all exceptional people, who give their lives to the special task of teaching. My senior leadership colleagues are supportive, but above all full of humour and understanding. From several parents I have received great warmth and compassion. The physical space where the school is, as well as the buildings, are filling my being every day with appreciation.

Of course there have been some interesting hurdles on the way during the seven weeks, but all the touching moments and days are so much more. We have had a lot happen this term, but I will speak to that another time. For now I just want to say thank you to everyone who is part of this journey. Just like the whole country is now united in solidarity, I hope we are all united in our dreams for our children.

Grant’s Reflections

With the recent events of the past week two nationwide themes which have emerged, is the love and strength that exists within a wider community, but also shared between our smaller diverse communities. Like many others I have found myself reflecting on how I could personally contribute to supporting the Muslim community and families in Christchurch. I would like to offer our school community an inspirational idea which parents and students may wish to participate in.

Yesterday I visited my mother-in-law, Anne Pibal, who is an avid patchwork quilter. Asking Anne about her latest quilting project provided the inspiration. Right now throughout Aotearoa, Anne is one of many patchwork quilters networking to design and donate hundreds of patchwork squares which can be sewn together to gift quilts to the families affected.

The simple design brief involves one or more green hearts sewn on a white 6.5 inch quilting square.   The heart symbolises aroha from the community and out of respect for Muslim custom, only white and green fabric colours are used, and only floral patterns. 


Anne has kindly offered her time to our school community to sew the squares together into quilts. Given what has happened, I will definitely be hand-sewing the first square – my wife reckons I can do it!  Please join me and let’s support these families at this time.  For those interested in supporting this quilting project, completed quilting squares can be dropped off to Katie Musk in our office up until the end of this term.


Dorothea and Grant

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:

Youtube link

Michaelmas Apple Bobbing
Harvest Table
Michaelmas Archery

2018 Term Dates

30 January - 13 April

30 April - 6 July

23 July - 28 September

15 October - 13 December

2019 Term Dates

Term 1:  7 Feb - 12 April

Term 2:  29 April - 5 July

Term 3:  22 July - 27 Sept

Term 4:  14 Oct - 18 Dec