Yearly Archives: 2013


Farewell from Class 7


It is quite a challenge to explain in a short editorial all the gifts that Gaia, Waldorf education and the people I’ve come into contact with through it, has given me. They are numerous and priceless. Over these seven years, the children, the parents and I have accomplished so much, we have all grown and […]

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GRATITUDE TO GAIA IN 2013


As we come to the end of another year, it is time to be reminded of three golden rules of Waldorf Education, as follows: “Receive the child in reverence. Educate the child in love, And let the child go forth in freedom.” In the kindergarten it is time for us to say farewell to the […]

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Childhood is a time for learning about the essentials.


“Childhood is a time for learning about the essentials. About the heavenly world and the earthly; About goodness, beauty and truth…” This is a beautiful time of the year. Spring has arrived! To me Spring time represents a time of new things, transformation and rebirth. By observing nature we see change in the gardens, flowers […]

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Building a healthy community


This year I am strongly connected to the Old Testament stories because these are the stories we use in the Class 3 curriculum, the year in which a complete transformation of the children’s feeling life takes place.The transformation can be accompanied by feelings of loss, fear and struggle which the bible stories are a vivid […]

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I am an African


From the grade six year a child starts to make the transition from spontaneous to more thoughtful expression. He or she now starts to form more independent judgements about their experiences and observations. This critical perspective can be balanced through the beauty of poetry and language. So when the class six’s did their main lesson, […]

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If someone asked you: how many parts does the human body have? What would you say?


We have 7 openings in the head, we have 12 vertebrae in the chest region, we have 3 different bone systems in our limbs. One strong large one in the thigh and upper arm, two bones in the lower arm and leg, and many small bones in the wrist and hands and feet and toes. […]

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The Story of A Thousand Camels


In the times of Umar (Radiallahu Anhu) there was a severe famine. All the people of Madinah were suffering due to the shortage of food. A caravan made up of a thousand camels loaded with a large stock of food grains belonging to Uthman (Radiallahu Anhu) arrived from Syria. Several merchants offered to buy all […]

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Farewell


Greetings dear parents, teachers and friends of Gaia Waldorf School I, along with a few Gaia colleagues recently attended the memorial service of a Miss Carolyn Holden, a parent member of my class who had passed away suddenly during our school Autumn holidays. Her friends and family had arranged her remembrance ceremony as a celebration […]

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Give back to Mother Earth


Dear Gaia Community As we move into the new term it is a joyful time and I am full of grace and gratitude for everything that we are able to share on this earth and especially at our wonderful school. The children came back with wonderful holiday stories and smiles, parents are excited to be […]

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The sun is my strength


Snore, snore, dream, dream, tweet, tweet, chirp, chirp, tootoo-to-toot, tootoo-to-toot, awake!  5.40 a.m.  Bathroom, get dressed, check school bag, feed dog a treat, out the door.  6.05 a.m.  Driving along the coastal road as the day cracks its first silver light across the dark and heaving ocean.  Glencairn, Fish Hoek, St James, Muizenberg.  I begin […]

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