FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should we choose a Steiner education?
Parents appear to be searching for a values and spiritually based education that delivers a high level of educational rigour while preserving the integrity of childhood. Our educational philosophy recognises both the spiritual values of each individual, while delivering a whole person education that 'feeds' the intellect, the emotional life and is experience-based learning.

Is there a place for my child?
Currently a number of our classes are full but, following attendance at a Special Character talk, you are welcome to place your child on our Waiting list.

How many classes of each age group do you have?
One.

Are you a zoned school?
No.

Can I come and visit the school/teacher?
We ask that you do not just pop in to the school as this would be too disruptive to our pupils. We hold a Special Character talk once a term and you are more than welcome to book into one of these.

What is a Special Character Talk?
This is where the school's philosophy and Steiner education in general is explained. They are held every term and are a requirement of the enrolment process.

Special Character Talk Dates - To book, please phone the office on (04) 569 5161.

What are the school terms? 

How could I find out more about the Federation of Rudolf Steiner (Waldorf) Schools in New Zealand?
Please follow this link to the Federation's website.

What are Proprietors and School donations?

Every year each family receives a letter and pledge form in October from the Proprietors and the Board of Trustees. This lays out the requested donations for the following year. Each family indicates their level of giving. Some families pledge more than the request, some are unable to pledge the full amount. All families need to fill out and return these forms; the School bases its budgets on the projected income from these donations. The pledge is recorded and is part of the reporting process for parents.

Who do I talk to if I can’t manage my pledge?

The best people to contact are:

Lesley Waite, the Proprietors’ Treasurer, ph 576-2339 or email Proprietor@raphaelhouse.school.nz

Kay Braid, the Board’s Finance Officer, ph 576-2335 or email accounts@raphaelhouse.school.nz

 

What are attendance dues?

Attendance dues are compulsory charges used to fund property related costs. These charges are not tax deductible and include GST. Attendance Dues have been approved and gazetted by the Ministry of Education for all children on the School roll.

When do I get charged attendance dues?

An invoice is sent out in December of the year prior to attending. Amounts charged to families are also included on the statements so payments and outstanding dues can be tracked by parents.

How do I claim a tax refund for my donations?

Tax receipts are generated annually in April and cover donations made from the 1st April in the previous year to the 31st March in the current year; the tax year.  Parents submit these to Inland Revenue (along with form IR526) after the 31st March. If you believe you are expecting a tax receipt and haven’t received one then please contact Kay Braid, Finance Officer, by phone 576-2335 or email her at accounts@raphaelhouse.school.nz.

What is the family number?

Each family is assigned a unique number when their first child starts at the Kindergarten or School. It stays the same throughout the family’s time with Raphael House. It can be found in the right hand column of the school address list in the Parent Handbook. Please remember to use your family number as a reference in any transactions. If we’re not sure what a payment is for we will know who to ask!

When do I get charged for the donation?

As this is a donation we do not invoice parents. We do supply statements and pledge records to reflect what has been promised by parents and what has been received by the School / Kindergarten / Trust.

Why are there so many bank accounts?

While we all think of Raphael House as one community, from a financial and auditing standpoint there are three entities. Raphael House Rudolf Steiner School Board of Trustees (the Board) looks after the School (Classes 1 to 12) and receives funding from the Ministry of Education and School Donations. The Proprietors are represented by the Rudolf Steiner School Trust (Wgtn), known as the Proprietors. The Proprietors are funded by Attendance Dues, Proprietors Donations and some Ministry of Education money. The Kindergarten is administered by the Proprietors as an Early Childhood Centre and receives funding from the Ministry of Education’s Early Childhood section, Kindergarten Fees and Kindergarten Donations. Each of these entities keep separate accounts so the money is not ‘mixed up’ between them. If you aren’t sure which bank account to use feel free to contact Kay Braid.

  • Bank account for School and Kindergarten donation: 03-0531-0432785-05
  • Bank account for Proprietors Attendance Dues and Kindergarten Fees: 06-0229-0314008-03
  • Bank account for Proprietors Special Character donation: 06-0229-0314008-00
  • Bank account for the Wellington Bus: 03-0531-0379910-02

What do the Proprietors do?

Rudolf Steiner School Trust (Wgtn) looks after the buildings and Special Character of Raphael House. The Trust provides the facilities to deliver a Waldorf education and support the Special Character of Raphael House. This is done in many ways including: building new classrooms, promoting Waldorf education, assisting in ensuring a supply of Steiner teachers in New Zealand.

What is the Board of Trustees for?

The Board of Trustees acts as the Ministry of Education’s ‘agent’. It is responsible for the employment of staff, overseeing the governance of the School and ensuring that Raphael House is meeting the requirements of the Ministry of Education and parents.

What does State Integrated mean?

This means that we are a school with a special character (Waldorf Education) that gets funding from the Ministry of Education. The Ministry provides money for teaching staff and the day to day running of the School; the Proprietors provide the buildings and the long term funding for the School.

Do I have to pay everything in one amount?

We are happy for payments to be made in weekly/fortnightly/monthly/termly amounts. As long as it’s legal tender we will accept it! It is helpful if you advise Kay what your plans are so we can work out cash flows. Cash and cheques can be taken to the Office at the bottom of the drive. We are unable (at this stage) to process credit card or Eftpos transactions.

Who do I talk to regarding finance?

For the Board - Kay Braid, Finance Officer

(04) 576-2335, accounts@raphaelhouse.school.nz

For the Proprietors and Kindergarten – Lesley Waite, Treasurer 

 

(04) 576 2339Proprietor@raphaelhouse.school.nz