Board of Trustees Meeting

The next Board of Trustees meeting 6 August - 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 2 Week 9

Tēnā koutou e ngā whānau o te kura Raphael House!

There is nothing like experiencing something for the first time; having no preconceived idea of what is to come or how things will unfold. 

What a privilege it was to witness the beautiful Matariki lantern festival last Thursday night. Having seen the enormous preparation that went on behind the scenes by the teachers, students and festival group, I crossed fingers and toes that the weather would behave and we would have a clear evening. 

My day was highlighted by a group of Class 4 students, who knocked on my door and presented me with a lantern of my own as well as a card wishing me a happy Matariki with hopes that I would enjoy my first festival. It was a very warm gesture and I felt welcome and included. Ka mihi ki a katou Akomanga Wha! Kia Ora!

I couldn’t help but feel excited as I stood at the bottom of the hill that evening. An evening that was crisp and clear! Watching the children being gently guided by the teachers, there was a feeling of calm and peace. What followed was beautiful! Children swinging their lanterns and singing. Spiralling in the dim light, parents surrounding and supporting them; singing softly. 

Then slowly we walked up the hill, admiring the lanterns of the older children. Their creativity and talent shining along with the candles themselves. I had many opportunities to stop and whisper my congratulations to the young artists. Do they know how talented they are?

The children’s beautiful singing on the court and watching the bonfire being lit by Class 12 students were highlights for me. Standing silently watching the flames flickering and flying through the air gave me an opportunity to reflect on David’s words of encouragement to find connections amongst us, build relationships and indeed community.

Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi.

With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive.

After the bonfire, I was lucky enough to go to Class 7 with my family and enjoy the hospitality of the Class 7 students who looked after us so well, with soup and buns, homemade desserts, amazing service and some fantastic entertainment! I could have stayed there all night! 

I know that some of you had a similar experience to myself, seeing the Raphael House Matariki Festival for the first time. On behalf of all us, I would like to thank the children and staff for creating memories that will last a life time.

The Kindergarten Matariki celebration is this Friday 29 June. We look forward to seeing all whanau there at 5:45pm.

The celebration of talents also continues with the Class 10 play. The play is running from the 4th-6th of July. Check out the details below!

This is the last Bush Telegraph of the term and as the holidays draw near, it’s a time to reflect on my first few weeks at Raphael House. I have been welcomed by a caring and supportive staff who don’t mind if I ask lots of questions and students who are happy to have me visit their rooms and be part of their learning. Thank you, also, to all those parents who have stopped by to say hello and introduce themselves. I look forward to building relationships and working together to grow and sustain a community based on mutual respect and kindness.

Noho ora mai!

Jo Jones

Assistant Principal

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