Board of Trustees Meeting

The next Board of Trustees meeting 26 November - 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 4 Week 4

Tēnā koutou e ngā whānau o te whare Raphael 

This wonderful term, full of performances and camps, not to mention the Steiner School Fair, is advancing apace!

Class 6 have just returned from a brilliant camp in the Wairarapa, where they experienced two marvels of the geological world - the Ruakokopatuna chasm, and the Pinnacles on the south coast. Being in the chasm amongst the beautifully sculptured limestone boulders or at the foot of the towering, cathedral-like stacks of the Pinnacles provides the opportunity for our tamariki to develop a deep feeling for the beauty of our land. Out of this deep feeling arises the curiosity which underpins a young person’s motivation for and joy in learning about the landscape and the forces that have created it.

This is a term jam packed with amazing camp experiences. Next week Class 10 will be surveying a block of the Okau Station near Castlepoint and drawing up a map of the farm on their return to school. Class 12 will be reveling in the raw beauty of Tora on the Wairarapa coast as they begin to bring their school journey to a close on their Rite of Passage Camp. In the following week our Class 5 will meet their counterparts at the annual Steiner Schools Greek Olympics and Class 8 will venture out into nature for their Threshold Camp. In the week after that Class 7 will be introduced to the subtle art of natural horsemanship and the joys of river rafting on their camp at River Valley Adventures, near Taihape and Class 9 will undertake an epic cross-country adventure on their Find your Limit Camp. These camps offer life changing experiences!

Last Wednesday night Sarah Daly and parents took two Class 7 teams to the first round of the Wellington Epro8 Year 7/8 competition, an engineering and problem solving race in which over 9000 students from 800 schools take part in each year. Sarah reported: “The competition was intense, with placings changing rapidly during the tournament. Both our teams did extremely well, completing such tasks as ‘creating a lightning rod and investigating the speed of sound’ and ‘calculating how to turn the hall in to a ball pit’. All of the tasks required great team work, maths, electronics and engineering skills. The teams had great fun. Both teams made it through to the semi-finals with Bree, Lukas, Jorge and Sarah taking 4th place and Mir, Milly, Finlay and Leo coming 1st and bringing home a handsome wooden trophy. Well done teams, Good luck for the semi-finals.” Thank you Sarah for organizing this opportunity for our students to have fun and shine.

There are plenty more student achievements to be celebrated. In the last weeks’ Bush Telegraph Jo Jones described the outdoor classroom endeavours of Class 7. The beautiful shaker chair pictured below is the outstanding outcome of their communal efforts. This is an inspiring achievement Class 7 – very well done! Earlier in the term Rewa Henderson, Finn Georgeson and Lucy Wraight of Class 11 were presented with Certificates acknowledging their achievements in a national Biology competition and last Sunday Callum Olsen of Class 12 won the male ‘Hockey Player of the Year’ award at the College Wellington Sports Awards.

Today I received the sad news of the resignation of Jo Jones, our Assistant Principal and Lower School Coordinator. In her three terms with us Jo has made an invaluable contribution to the Lower School, bringing clarity to our processes and providing top level professional support to our teachers. Jo has also played an important part in the work of our senior leadership team and has been an absolute pleasure to work with. We wish her all the very best for her next steps.

Traditionally the teachers have offered two gifts to the students and their whanau towards the end of Term 4 – the Shepherds Play and the Kings Pageant. Given the number of camps, performances and other events at this time of the year we have decided to focus our energies on just one production – the Shepherds Play - so please note the following change on your 2018 School Planner.

The Shepherds Play

Monday 10 December at 6.30pm in the Eurythmy Room

followed by carol singing 

What an incredible amount of planning and activity there has been over recent weeks in the run up to the annual celebration of our community’s creativity - our school fair. A massive thank you to everyone who has given their time and energy to prepare for this fabulous event.



Kia pai to wiki mutunga – have a good weekend 

Noho ora mai nā, David Stephenson, Principal

Armistice Day Silence at the Fair


At 10.58am on the morning of the Fair a bell will ring so that we can join the rest of New Zealand in observing a two minute silence at 11.00am, in commemoration of Amistice Day – the day which marks the end of the First World War and gives us the opportunity to honour those who fought and died in this terrible human tragedy.

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