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In thinking, clarity;
In feeling, inwardness;
In will, perseverance.

Rudolf Steiner (1865 - 1925)


The underlying philosophy is based on the principle that education should support the development of the child in its physical, soul and spiritual growth towards a becoming a free and responsible adult.

Rudolf Steiner argued that this growth occurs in three main stages covering the years from 0 to 21. The first stage he characterised as a period when the will activity is dominant, during the second the life of feeling is developing and in the third cognitive activity comes to the fore. On this basis a curriculum is built which gives the opportunity for these three periods of growth to be facilitated.

The educational movement based on Steiner's ideas is sometimes referred to as Waldorf Education, after the first such school established in 1919 by an industrialist for the children of the workers in his factory (the
Waldorf-Astoria cigarette factory) in Germany.

The place of the human being in relation to the whole environment, how this
evolves over time and the responsibility that we all have for that relationship is fundamental to the whole of this education.

Rudolf Steiner also had an influence on other developments that have a
socially and environmentally integrating focus as outlined in "Toward a More
Human Future". He believed that true human progress is not possible without
finding a way to integrate our increasing mastery of the physical world with
a renewed understanding of, and participation in, the spiritual. This he
believed could be done, beginning in our century, in a scientific manner by
strengthening and deepening our power of thinking until it becomes capable
of directly and consciously apprehending spiritual truths.

This is to be accomplished through a combination of inner exercises,
artistic activities, and scientific research along lines begun by
J.W.Goethe, and the study and practical application of the results obtained
by others. He outlined this approach (which he called Anthroposophy) in many
books and lectures.

It needs to be very clear that no aspect of  Anthroposophy is promoted at
the  school in any form. This is a philosophy that stands behind the
teacher, but not imparted nor promulgated within the content of the lessons.
There will be occasions where a senior student may ask questions regarding
the basis of the school, from which an explanation will be given

For links to sites relating to Rudolf Steiner, Anthroposophy and
Steiner/Waldorf education please visit our Related Sites page in the
Resources section.



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