2017 Class 12 Project Presentation

Please join the live stream of this years Class 12 Project Presentations.

The event starts at 9.30am Saturday 16 September:


Board of Trustees Meeting

The next Board of Trustees meeting 19 February - 7pm in the Raphael Class - 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 5

Nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa 

Recently we have had a number of visitors to our kura, including prospective students and parents during our Open Day afternoon, and visiting teachers from Japan. As many visitors often comment, one of the many inspiring aspects of working at this kura is our beautiful teaching and learning environment. Our site with its attractive architecture and landscape fully embraces the school-wide gesture of community, at many levels. 

In today’s society where few children walk to school, this site offers a wide range of opportunities for our tamariki to observe and experience authentic learning experiences with Nature, whether it be the student exploration in the pine forest, turning compost piles, or within senior biology classes studying the intricate relationships between native flora and fauna.

This is my favourite time of year.  I await the ending of the cold winter months for the return of Spring, and the return of two of my favourite native birds, the tui and kereru.  Did you know the kereru are so important to our New Zealand forests, as they are the only birds left (the rest being extinct) which are able to swallow and distribute the large fruits of the taraire and karaka?  Our school kereru are so friendly that one visited me in the Upper School stairwell atrium late one evening to check out if we had any night classes running. Everywhere the signs of Spring are approaching.  If you look closely during the next few weeks, the native orchids will be appearing on the driveway.

The bustle of Spring is similar to the flurry of activities throughout the whole school during the next few weeks. 

This weekend the Upper School students will be dressing up for the Ball on Saturday night – I’m looking forward to seeing the flair they will no doubt bring to the ‘Enchanted Forest’ theme. Our Class 11 students have been working diligently under the guidance of Tim Angus and Sarah Grandison to make this upcoming annual event a success. 

On Monday our staff are attending a Teacher Development Day which will focus on further preparation for the ERO visit next term. 

At the start of Week 8, the Class 9 students will participate in two-week farm placements throughout Aotearoa. This will form the greater part of their Farm Experience Main Lesson. Similar to the class camps, this farm experience contributes to the Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) curriculum. The aim of these placements is for the students to learn new knowledge and skills, ideally by being involved in physical work within the context of an environmentally sustainable approach to agriculture, which is preferably based on organic or biodynamic principles. In addition, this experience provides the students with the opportunity to experience another household and to explore the seasonal and daily rhythms of the rural environs. At the completion of this placement the students will present their experiences to our community on Thursday 28 September. 

At the end of Week 8, our Class 12 students present their Class 12 projects at the Little Theatre on Saturday 16 September. Their projects represent both the journey and a destination, as they have worked passionately on an area of interest during the past few months with planning beginning last year. As usual the topics this year are varied, unique and distinct; ranging from ocean swimming to studying personal resilience. There is no better way of experiencing what Waldorf education is about than hearing the Class 12 students speak about their incredible project journeys – so please do put the date in your calendar now and come along to show your support and to be inspired.

Finally, I want to congratulate the two girl’s netball teams who won their finals last weekend.  I would like to personally thank all of the PE staff and the parents who help make sports happen for our kura.  Also, well done to Bill Scott and the Class 11 students for the drama production of The Arsonist that they presented last week

Kia pai to wiki mutunga – have a good weekend  

Nga mihi

Na Grant Rossiter

Class 11 Talent Show 2017

Hi all

Please find the link below to the live streaming Class 11 Talent Show event.

It is bound to be both inspirational and entertaining!



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