Yearly Archives: 2014


A PRECIOUS JOURNEY by Janine Rios


On that fateful day when our journey began I looked into eyes of wonder. Souls and hearts and minds emerged To share a dance like no other. Our house we built with love and care, With sweat and tears at times. Foundations forged with will and strength Stood strong against the tides. Many we welcomed […]

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Reflections from a Gaia Parent


  Families wanting a good education for their children end up at Gaia Waldorf School for a variety of reasons. Reasons may be a knowledge of Waldorf schooling, wanting small classes and a nurturing atmosphere, living in the area, or a lack of fit with mainstream schooling. I did not know as much as other […]

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Handwork


“People who are unable to use their hands skillfully for all kinds of work, will not become good thinkers and will behave awkwardly in life. It is not the head alone, but the whole human being that is a logician. Activities demanding manual and bodily skill, such as knitting, leads to the enhancement of the […]

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The Importance of Temperament and Character in Education


Let’s face facts. On the whole, today, education focuses on the collection of knowledge and those who do well at school are said to be clever and receive awards and can continue on to university and are more readily employed in society. Not a bad system. But it only recognises one aspect of the human […]

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Read-a-thon


On Friday 19 September we celebrated the second Read-a-thon at Gaia and it indeed was a true celebration of reading! The children found great joy in stepping into the shoes of their book characters, buying books, reading to each other, listening to authors and watching a wonderful play. Much gratitude goes out to the South […]

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Class 2


Stepping into class two this year for the first time reminded me of the saying, “there is a time for everything.” Indeed this has been seen over and over again with the children as well as with myself. Last year was our time to settle into what the year expected of us and how we […]

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St John’s Festival


It is the Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. Our days are short. Our nights are long and cold. The earth is cold. The air is crisp and cold. Brown leaves lie everywhere. We need fire to warm our bodies and our homes. The best thing about winter is a warm wood fire with flames […]

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A letter from the volunteers


Dear Gaia Community! What a wonderful, exciting year it has been for us two volunteers and now it is almost over! We learned a lot of things and experienced so much. Herewith we’d like to take the opportunity and reflect on our time at Gaia. But let’s start at the beginning and give some background […]

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THE STORY OF GAIA


Once, sixteen years ago, the seed of Gaia was sown. It was planted into the soil by angels who had a vision. A tiny little seedling emerged in the form of one class with ten children at the Centre for Creative Education. This little seedling, fragile as it was, needed nurturing, holding and lots of […]

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