Yearly Archives: 2015


What is a child


Lying on the beautiful green, grassy banks of the Breede River with only the sweet sounds of nature around, I hear in the distance a sound coming closer – a beautiful happy sound, a sound even more lovely than nature – the sound of my class 7 children. They are running toward the rafts just […]

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Tariro chose Gaia


When Tariro was a toddler, we would take him to Oude Molen to feed the horses and when he was 4 years old, he told us he wanted to attend Gaia Waldorf School. In January 2010, Tariro commenced his journey in the kindergarten class with teachers Rowena and Mamoeti. Tariro remembers a lot of time […]

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The world is your stage and there you will enact your life


Having just completed a class play with class four, and performing it for the parents and the Primary School, I was once again reminded of why these plays are so valuable for the children. Of course the story line of the play is itself curriculum-based and therefore inwardly supporting the children, but the entire production […]

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Why each child should play a musical instrument!


Dear Gaia community Can you imagine living your life without music? Music is there to soothe us after a stressful day. Music is there to help us cope with challenges that come our way. In fact, music can even open a closed heart. Listening to music and learning to play a musical instrument has many […]

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What is Waldorf Education? 


DISCOVERING THE THREEFOLD NATURE OF THE HUMAN BEING. Rudolf Steiner emphasised the importance of achieving balance in the three different ways in which a person relates to the world – through physical activity, the life of the emotions and the realm of thinking. He also showed how these three spheres stand in relation both to […]

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The Winter Festival


The Winter Festival at Gaia is traditionally prepared through the making of lanterns. These are lit for the celebration of the festival. At times there has also been a fire around which the children and parents gather, singing festival songs. These songs speak of light, of fire, of flames; they are calling to mind how […]

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The Medieval Festival at Constantia Waldorf School Saturday, 30th May 2015


For weeks all Class Sevens in the Western Cape have been preparing for this event. They found their dresses and robes, practised their contributions for the festival of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere and made shields with their coat of arms depicting their ideals and goals for the future. At the dawn of their move […]

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The Threefold Human Being


One of the first and basic principles which supports Waldorf education is the fact that the human being has a threefold nature. It is designed into the kindergarten, primary and high school curriculum and teachers design their lesson plans to create a balance between these three soul faculties. The human being is essentially a spiritual […]

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Reflections from the National Teachers’ Conference


Dear Parents and friends of Gaia Around 200 Waldorf teachers attended the National Teachers’ Conference at Stellenbosch Waldorf School during the Easter holidays. The conference began with a brilliant performance by the Sisonke Social Circus. Sisonke brings together children from the school, local farming communities, home-schooling nodes and Kyamandi. What a dynamic way to set […]

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The Opportunity of a Lifetime


After spending a magical five years with my class I was given the very special opportunity to go on sabbatical before returning to the school in the second term of 2015. This was certainly not an opportunity that I was going to take lightly and I began to plan the adventure of a lifetime. But […]

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