Play is the child’s work. The first seven years of a child’s life are of utmost importance for developing the imaginative and creative capacities needed later in life. The Kindergarten is an environment where children play without formal academic learning and can freely develop within their own world.
A rich inner world, well-being and imagination, develops creative thinking and skill acquisition (without digital devices or National Standards) in the primary years. The blend of head heart hands learning, artistic richness and intellectual thought is our unique educational characteristic.
Students of the 21st century need an integration of intellectual excellence, passion, imagination, social competence and individual certainty. We offer a broad range of compulsory and elective subjects towards NCEA and Steiner Certificate qualifications with high levels of achievement.
Nau mai, Haere mai
We warmly invite you to learn more about our inspiring school.
Our curriculum provides a balanced, practical, active, and artistic education addressing head, hands, and heart – the intellectual, the social and the practical aspects of learning.
Our school is committed to ‘whole person’ education, quality teaching and learning, and spiritual wellbeing. We offer an individualised and integrated educational pathway for all learners from kindergarten through to year 13 (Class 12).
Quite simply, our approach is unhurried and endowed with beauty, truth, and goodness.
We consider enrolments at all stages of a learner’s education journey.
To find out more about our marvellous school please get in touch.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Ngā mihi mō tō manaakitanga mai nā,
Caroline Gray, Tumuaki
Though it may seem on the surface that we simply take an artistic approach to learning, prioritise drama, singing or learning to play beautiful instruments, it is so much more. Underlying all of it is the inner world of the child, growing and finding their own methods of expression and connection. To listen deeply to others, to respond to our world, to revel in our imagination, to create beautiful things, to wrestle with challenging instruments, all are formative experiences. These experiences enable children and teenagers to know who they are, to develop an awareness of who they want to be in the world, and what they can contribute to society. Quite simply, Waldorf education provides each individual with a pathway to self-knowledge, to empathy, and to active participation in the world around them. Of course, none of this would be possible without practitioners who take the task of the teacher incredibly seriously. Our responsibility as kaiako is to work with the developing individuality of each student and with each class as a whole. We simply cannot take on this task alone. Dear whānau, you are also essential to the well-being of each class community and the school as a whole.Read More
We believe in order, a rhythmic balance of concentration and activity, in clear thinking and creativity that arises from a culture of structured whole person learning.
IS OUR SCHOOL A GOOD FIT FOR YOUR FAMILY?
Steiner schools provide a unique educational opportunity. In educating students with a balance of cognitive knowledge, creative feeling and experiential learning we promote a system of learning that engages all aspects of their lives. This balance is filled with a world of imagination, wonder and reverence for the spirit that lives within every child. Our inner lives and external achievements are part of the interweaving of the physical and spiritual lives that we hold as a cornerstone of what it is to be truly human.
The aims of a Steiner education are to assist young adults to be confident, to be able to effectively engage in the world, have a sensitivity in interrelationships and be guided by their heart as much as their head.
The Foundations of Humanity—Goodness, Beauty, Truth—later grow into Morality, Creativity, Wisdom.— Plato
Students in our school come from all areas of Christchurch. We are a co-educational school from kindergarten to year 13. We operate with one class per age group. This means we are a small family sized school where individual needs and achievements are met recognised and celebrated.