Board of Trustees Meeting

The next Board of Trustees meeting 25 June - 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 2 Week 7

Tēnā koutou e ngā whānau o te kura Raphael House

Kia ora whanau,

Ra whanau ki a koe te where o Rapaera, Happy 39th Birthday Raphael House! On Monday 11 June we celebrated our school’s 39th birthday with beautiful cakes in the staff rooms made by PTFA volunteers. (Next year it will be the big “40” and combined with the Waldorf 100 it will have to be an extra special celebration)

It is a busy time at our kura, while the days get colder and the nights get longer, Matariki - Te Tau Hou Māori (the Maori New Year) is just around the corner, Matariki is a time to gather with family and friends to reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and plan for the future.

At our kura we will start the celebrations with the Noho marae this Saturday, starting at 6pm 16 June, led by Rangi and our whanau kapahaka group. They will welcome the rising of the Matariki with a karakia at 5:30 am on Sunday 17 June. 

The tamariki from kindergarten to upper school are giving their lanterns the final touches and looking forward to sharing them with their whanau on the evening of Thursday 21 June at the Matariki Festival. This will be followed by the kindergarten children’s Matariki Festival on Friday 29 June. 

The updated parent library and craft room AKA the Heidi Werth room is looking loved and warm and inviting. Big thank you to Brett and the Working Bee Volunteers!  Please pop in and say Kia Ora to Tracey and Lori our volunteer librarians who will be hosting a coffee morning on Monday’s 9 to 9:30am and are also available at other times during the week, the details are provided in this issue of the BT and at HW Room Door. This is a parent community space so please feel free to come in with you little ones and catch up with a friend or join our parent craft group and do a bit of crafting after drop off or before pick up time. We will soon have craft packs for you to take home and work on in your own time if you are unable to hang out with us on Mondays. All the parent craft goodies are for sale in the Parent Craft Room.

Many of our school parent crafters have started crafting for their child’s or children’s rooms and the others are busy thinking and planning for this year’s Toy, Craft and Food Festival, which has been renamed the “Raphael House Steiner School Fair” on Sunday 11 November. Our first community meeting for the RHS School Fair will be held on Saturday 30 June 2pm in Heidi Werth room for all the festival reps to come together and for the committee to share information from last year that will help with planning for this year. Please feel free to email us any questions or ask your class festival reps to email us at

And finally a reminder that our awesome school community social - PTFA Barn Dance (and AGM) is coming up on Saturday 28 July, first Saturday of Term 3! The music is always great and the dancing so much fun :) Please highlight this date in your calendars as it is a not to be missed child friendly Raphael House parent community event, enjoyed as much by the children as by the adults. It will be a gold coin donation per family entry this year, with yummy food on sale and a raffle basket full of fairtrade organic treats to be won ! 

Mauri ora

Juvena Jalal


Raphael House (PTFA) Parent, Teachers and Friends Association 

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