The Christchurch Rudolf Steiner School invites international students into our school community. Due to the multi cultural nature of our school international students are integrated into the class within the first day of school. Our school is one of four large State Integrated Rudolf Steiner Schools in New Zealand that host international students. The School began in 1975 with two pupils and currently has a roll of about 400, students range in age from two and a half years old through to 18/19 years old.
The School has extensive purpose built buildings designed in a distinctive Waldorf or Rudolf Steiner fashion which is instantly recognisableand landscaped grounds that are situated on a beautiful riverside block in Opawa, Christchurch. The school is close to the heart of Christchurch’s central city and has beaches, ski-fields and shopping centres within easily accessible distances.
The senior school has excellent facilities including an art suite, two dedicated science rooms, a technology workshop, a music room, a cooking and textiles room, three more class rooms and a student library learning centre. Drama and physical education are catered for in a dual-purpose hall and auditorium and there are also ball courts and a purpose built playing field.
The school also has a lunchtime cafe which operates Mondays to Fridays for students and staff. The cafe sells a wide range of wholesome/ organic food at a very reasonable cost.
All these facilities are well equipped and resourced. The school is especially proud of its modern information technology capability. The buildings are networked and senior students have access to the Internet by making use of the computer suite. The school is well able to offer its students a high quality learning environment.
The teaching staff are all well qualified teachers registered with the New Zealand Teachers Council. They have a commitment and a personal connection to the distinctive ‘special character’ of the school. There is a core of full time teachers and a number of part time subject specialist teachers.
Learning in a different country
Different cultures have different ways of learning – here are some differences you may find in a New Zealand school;
Depending on your application date a choice of subjects will be available.
You will have a different teacher for each subject.
You will move to a different classroom for each subject.
The class sizes are generally around 25-30 students.
The relationship between the teachers and the students is friendly and relaxed.
Your teachers will want to get to know you and will be happy to answer your questions. At our school you will call your teachers by their first name.
Whilst studying at Christchurch Rudolf Steiner School you will be a member of a class community with others who are the same age, you will also be under the care and guidance of an Upper School teacher who will be your Class Sponsor.