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Thinking life
From the Kindergarten through to the end of the Lower School (Primary) years, the education gently moves from concrete experiences to the abstract. The vivid world of wonder and physical discover is translated into numeracy and literacy skills.

‘Reading’ begins later than other schools and, rather than disadvantaging the child, gives them an imaginative colourful world from which later rich writing and reading emerges.
PAT (progress and achievement testing) and the NCEA results demonstrate the advantages to a slower beginning. Thinking is enhanced by rhythm, by imagination, by problem solving and by hands on work, like handwork and numerous technologies.

Emotional (Heart/Soul) Life
Our students learn history through the ancient art of story telling; through the aspirations, tragedies, life and death of people who did courageous things that changed the world.
They express their work through colourful painting and drawing and stories filled with rich vocabulary. They relive the events through poetry and drama, play music and move to the flowing rhythm created through the topic.

Within the children’s soul is woven an inner tapestry of colour and emotion that expresses itself later as soul filled, moral and empathetic humans.

Practical Learning
All learning, is generated or supported by practical work – sun dials, lever & pulleys, light, sound, times tables with human geometry….
The kindergarten child learns directly through imitating the gesture and skill of the adult, the fine motor control in handwork ‘knits the thoughts’ for later work, science experiments & observation leads to good judgement in the high school.

Our highest endeavour must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives.

Rudolf Steiner

"The advent of the Waldorf Schools was in my opinion the greatest contribution to world peace and understanding of the century ."
Willy Brandt
Former Chancellor West Germany, 1971 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.




Christchurch Rudolf Steiner School
19 Ombersley Terrace · PO Box 19944 · Opawa · Christchurch 8002
Phone + 64 (0)3 337 0514 · Fax + 64 (0)3 337 0515 · Email admin@ch.steiner.school.nz

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