Board of Trustees Meeting

The next Board of Trustees meeting 3 September - 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 3 Week 7

Nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa

While this weather has been inclement, Spring is definitely my favourite time of the year. It heralds the return of the birdlife, particularly the keruru and tui while the spring bulbs burst forth emerging from the soil below. Throughout the school, preparations are already underway for our school Spring Festival, with younger children practicing the Maypole Dance while the Upper School staff are planning a series of workshops.

Next weekend we have one of major school events, the Class 12 Project presentations. Alongside their everyday classes, the Class 12 projects provides a year-long opportunity for our students to study in-depth an area of interest they are passionate about. Their practical exploration of this interest, is further supported by a research document, and a community visual display and presentation. Next Saturday 15 September the Class 12 student will be presenting their projects. Please find time to visit the Little Theatre, view the display and attend their amazing presentations.

As Upper School Co-ordinator it is pleasing to continually receive news of how well both our present and past Upper School students are experiencing success in a range of activities. This week I would like to share with you some of these stories.

During the past few weeks, there have been a number of Upper School events, reflecting the positive manner in which our students participate within the school community and beyond. Three weeks ago, the Classes 8-10 Music Concert audience, which overflowed our Eurythmy Room, was presented with an amazing showcase of musical items.  A heart- felt thanks to our Music Department staff Emerald Clark (HOD Music), Peter Mitchell and Vanya Howell-Kress for their commitment and dedication in to ensure all students’ talents are fostered in this area of the curriculum. Thank you also to Ellie Dowling for her technical support during the evening performances.

Close on the heels of this concert was this year’s 007 Casino Royale themed Upper School ball. This was a major success due to the planning of the Class 11 Students, Class 11 Sponsors (Sarah Daly and Bill Scott) and parents. Our students were dressed immaculately in a fine array of suits and ball gowns, and the music was well chosen. An extra special thanks to the Class 11 parents who both created and served a fine array of delectable treats throughout the night. While one group of staff and students were organising the ball on Saturday 25 August, Irja Haefliger was on the other side of town with another group of our students at Victoria University.  The following students took part in the Goethe Orals, the annual German speaking competition ;  Lena Gude, Hannah Hirschbichler, Emanuel Nolden, Lisa Ussher, Laurel van Leuven, Hannah Wilson. Melissa Neal, Connor McDonald, Sylvie Tulloch-Gray, Giulina Bayat and Mario Pankuzsk.

In the area of sports there have team and individual successes. Last weekend the soccer team won the finals against Rongotai College, and Beren Goodwin has been selected for the under 18 AFL New Zealand squad for 2019 (Australian Rules Football ). 

Extending beyond the sports field Gabrielle Edmonds has been instrumental in getting the Duke of Edinburgh awards up and running within our school.  Last weekend Baxter Gray and Beren Goodwin (accompanied by James, Baxter’s cousin) participated in a Duke of Ed training adventure on Mount Ruapehu. They are doing the Silver award for Duke of Edinburgh. The picture is their ‘practice’ tramp .They will be doing this again in a few weeks, with even more challenges for their qualifying journey. 

The question often asked is what our Class 12 students study at university. This week Victoria University notified us that five of our students recently graduated. Two students received a Bachelor of Design Innovation, while three other students each received Bachelor of Environmental Studies, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts.

Kia pai to wiki mutunga – have a good weekend  

Nga mihi nui

Grant Rossiter  

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