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 3

Tēnā koutou ngā whānau o te Whare Rapaera

What a beautiful and busy start to term 3 we have had! Te Ra has been kind to us with many a sunny days for us to enjoy this winter. 

The Parents Teachers and Friends Association of Raphael House hosted another successful Barn Dance and AGM this year with the lovely Grouden family providing the beautiful music and Lyn leading us in with the dancing. 

It is a wonderful community event to be a part of, seeing the children and adults dance together and the smiles on their faces is extremely rewarding. A huge thanks to the set up crew, the cooking and baking crew and the pack down and clean-up crew. It is run as a not a fundraising event and we have successfully recovered the cost this year for hall hire, advertising and food. 

We need more hands to help us keep this wonderful community event going. We would love to hear from you if you would like to join PTFA or help us with next year’s Barn Dance. You can email us on ptfacommittee@gmail.com or get in touch with Katie M or Clare G who can put you in touch with us. 

Nga mihi nui,

PTFA Committee

Monica Brice, Tana Lyons, Brett Whincup, Tim Webster, Tracey Williamson and Juvena Jalal

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