Our History

The idea of a Rudolf Steiner/Waldorf School in the Wellington area was conceived in the 1970s by a small group of young state-trained teachers who shared a common interest in the works of Rudolf Steiner and who wished to make a difference in education.  They studied together and in 1978 began a campaign to ascertain public interest in a school by holding lectures and exhibitions.  The resulting interest helped to establish Raphael House in a renovated residential property in High Street, Avalon, Lower Hutt.

Raphael House opened as a private school to 12 children on June 11th 1979.

Earlier in December 1978 the Rudolf Steiner School Trust had been registered and in 1979 they bought the existing site (then 3.2 hectares) of mostly gorse with rejuvenating bush.

The school in Avalon grew rapidly, expanding to two kindergarten groups and three classes by 1981. In 1982 the first building (the present kindergarten) was completed and occupied by three primary classes.  Subsequently the school added a new class each year, these children were accommodated in a mix of prefabs and new classrooms.