Head of Music vacancy

Full time, Permanent, 1MU
Music plays a very important role in the life of Rudolf Steiner School and we are looking for someone to lead that role within our school.
The successful applicant will be responsible for the teaching of music (Y1-13), oversight and guidance of our extra curricula music programme and co-ordinating the intinerant music lessons within the school.
You do not need to be experienced in the Rudolf Steiner model, but rather be willing to support the model through the music programme.

More information here 


Lower School Co-ordinator & Dean of Students vacancy

Full time, Permanent, 2MU + 2MMA

The Christchurch Rudolf Steiner School seeks a leader for our lower school (Y1-8). The successful applicant will lead the day-to-day operations of the lower school (lower school co-ordinator) and be responsible for student welfare and behaviour in the lower school (dean of students).

Experience in the Rudolf Steiner education model is preferred but not essential, and the successful applicant will need to show they are committed to the Rudolf Steiner model.

More information here


Tumuaki vacancy

Permanent/Fulltime: Tumuaki (Principal) – Te Kura o Rudolf Steiner i Ōtautahi (Christchurch Rudolf Steiner School)

Location: Ōtautahi, Aotearoa

Our kura:  Te Kura o Rudolf Steiner i Ōtautahi is a vibrant and thriving educational community situated at the foot of Ngā Kohatu Whakarakaraka o Tamatea Pōkai Whenua/Port Hills and next to Opāwāho/Heathcote River in Ōtautahi. Our school is deeply rooted in the principles of Rudolf Steiner education and is committed to fostering an environment where students are encouraged to explore their unique potential and develop a strong sense of self.

What matters to us: 

At Te Kura o Rudolf Steiner i Ōtautahi, our special character is underpinned by the core values of Manaakitanga, Whanaungatanga, and Rangatiratanga. These values are not just words; they are the guiding principles that define our educational philosophy.

Manaakitanga (Our Place): We believe in fostering a sense of belonging and collaboration within our school community. Our students, teachers, and parents work together to create an environment where everyone is valued, and learning is a shared journey.

Whanaungatanga (Our People): We place a strong emphasis on kindness, care, and respect in all our interactions. Integrity and trust are the cornerstones of our relationships, and we believe in creating a safe and nurturing space for every member of our community.

Rangatiratanga (Our Purpose): We hold high expectations for all learners, always. Our commitment to excellence and equity drives our educational mission. We believe that every student has the potential to achieve greatness, and it is our responsibility to help them realize it.

What you will do with your time: 

We are seeking a Tumuaki who shows a commitment to our special character, embodies our values and is passionate about leading our kura. The successful candidate will be a forward-thinking educational leader with a deep understanding of education, leadership and management principles. They will have strengths in developing collaborative relationships, inspiring others to achieve the goals of the kura, use sound judgement to make timely and effective decisions, respect and value individual differences, motivates, and use these to guide our dedicated team of educators and staff, ensuring that our students receive the highest quality education.

What does success look like in the role:

§ Provide leadership and direction to ensure continued growth and development of our kura, aligned with our values, special character and strategic plan.

§ Foster a culture of collaboration, belonging, kindness, and respect within the school community.

§ Set and maintain high educational standards to ensure every student reaches their full potential.

§ Build and maintain strong relationships with teachers, students, parents, caregivers, tangata whenua, and external stakeholders.

§ Oversee the day-to-day operations of the school, including financial management, staff development, and curriculum development.

§ Uphold and promote the principles of Rudolf Steiner education while adapting to the evolving educational landscape.

§ Give effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi by enabling te reo Māori and tikanga to be heard, seen and valued in our kura.

What are we looking for in our next Tumuaki:

1. Minimum of 5 years of educational leadership experience, preferably in a Steiner/Waldorf school.

2. Deep understanding of education principles and philosophy, preferably including the distinctive features of Rudolf Steiner/Waldorf education.

3. Demonstrated ability to balance the long-term aspirations with the day-to-day operational requirements of running a kura.

4. Excellent communication and interpersonal abilities.

5. Proven experience in team leadership and development.

6. A commitment to fostering an inclusive and equitable learning environment.

What’s next:

If you are a passionate and dedicated educational leader who aligns with our special character and values, we invite you to apply for this position. Please submit your resume, a cover letter outlining your suitability for the role, and contact details for three professional references to recruitment@ch.steiner.school.nz.

Don’t hesitate, apply now:

Applications will be progressed as they are received and will be accepted until Friday 20 October 2023. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted to discuss the selection process.

Join us at Te Kura o Rudolf Steiner i Ōtautahi and help shape the future of our tamariki by nurturing an environment that supports developing a strong sense of self, creativity, and an appreciation for the world around them!

CRSS Application Pack 2023.pdf

Kindergarten Relievers wanted

At the Christchurch Rudolf Steiner Kindergarten, we are looking for qualified and unqualified early childhood teachers to join our team of relievers. Our relievers ideally have experience and knowledge of Steiner early childhood education; are warm and approachable; calm, respectful, and kind with tamariki; have good teamwork skills; and are familiar with the use of te reo and tikanga Māori. If this is you, then please contact the Kindergarten Manager, Aoife Dunphy, aoifed@ch.steiner.school.nz to request an application form.

How to become a Steiner School teacher in Christchurch

Teaching in a Steiner school is one of the most rewarding vocations. Our aspiration as teachers is to inspire young students in their relationship to the world, in their love for their fellow humans on earth, to give them skills to effectively create a future for themselves and to find their own unique individuality.
We attempt to create Teaching into an Art form that elevates our vocation into something very meaningful.

Trained teachers with a Bachelor of Education, or with a post graduate diploma, or untrained teachers can enrol in a three seminar course, the CRSE,  at Taruna College in Hawke’s Bay, the country’s only dedicated Steiner Training institute.  This course gives an overview of Waldorf education.


New Zealand Steiner Teacher Diploma- Early Childhood (NZSTD-EC).

This is a NZ diploma, accredited by International Association for Waldorf Early Childhood Education (IASWECE) and in partnership with Steiner Education Aotearoa New Zealand (SEANZ). This is a three year part time course, with 2 seminars per year. It is held at the Titirangi Rudolf Steiner School, Auckland during the school holidays in January and September/October. For more information, please contact Edith van der Meer: edith.vandermeer@gmail.com


Each school has an extensive ongoing Professional Development programme in both Steiner and State best practices and principles. Untrained teachers would be required to complete a Bachelor or equivalent degree before being employed by the school.

Taruna also offers refresher courses for all teachers throughout the year. They provide Steiner based courses in many areas including nursing, art, and agriculture.

Teachers who have been trained overseas and wish to teach in New Zealand, or have qualifications that could be cross credited towards education qualifications, will need to have their qualifications approved by the NZ Qualification Authority.


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