Yearly Archives: 2016


CHEERIO AS I WAVE GOODBYE TO YOU – A farewell from teacher Rowena


For seven years I was greeted by Table Mountain, the flamingos, the smiling faces of the Oude Molen guards and often by Bonnie Bella the cat or the chickens at Gaia. Gaia, a place, where children have the chance to experience horses, chickens, flamingos and a whole host of water birds, and the opportunity to […]

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Letter from Class 7 Teacher


Eighteen years ago when my daughter’s father insisted that I put our daughter in a Waldorf school, I was not interested at all. Being a teacher myself, I felt that nobody could teach her but me. I was determined to home school her. Friends and family criticised and judged me for not placing her in […]

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Our second Parent Enrichment Day


Every year just before Easter Waldorf teachers from around the country gather together for the National Waldorf Teacher’s Conference. These conferences are always nourishing and enlightening and we teachers come away from them feeling a renewed sense of purpose and direction in our teaching and our lives. The theme of our conference this year was […]

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Letter from School Projects Officer


My husband and I were fortunate enough to spend a fortnight travelling and exploring the Melbourne area and Tasmania in Australia. With my connection to Waldorf Education I naturally visited a few Steiner Schools as they are referred to, hoping to quell my insatiable curiosity of I wonder what the Waldorf Schools are like in […]

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What really sets Waldorf schools apart from mainstream education


What really sets Waldorf schools apart from mainstream education is the soul content of the curriculum. In class two this soul content comes in the form of animal fables and saint stories.The symbol of the circle defines the class one child, at one with the world and all that is in it. In class two […]

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The thriving Oude Molen community garden


If you are fortunate enough you may catch a glimpse of a dear elderly man enjoying a steaming cup of coffee with book in hand and in the company of his loyal canine companions whilst enjoying the weak winter rays in Oude Molen Village. Many of you may have heard of Jono Kennedy, a human […]

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The Essence of Community


“A person is a person through other persons.” – Xhosa saying Throughout our days we are connecting with people all around us whether for brief moments or extended periods of time. Within our days we build up little communities consisting of people who we encounter on a daily basis. Many times the community varies from […]

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Letter from Class 7 Parent


My son joined the Gaia Playgroup in 2007, and now, while a lifetime has passed for him, and the blink of an eye for me, he’s nearing the end of his time at the school in Class 7. I remember snatches of my schooling. Being told by my Sub-A (Class 1) teacher to “bring me […]

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The Saint John’s Festival


As children live in wonder of the world and experience joy in the explorations and discoveries each new day, they rekindle in us as parents and teachers a new reverence for life. Meaningful festivals help root our children in the continuity of time and also lift us as adults out of our everyday difficulties and […]

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Letter from Occupational Therapist


I grew up in the Klein Karoo, in the small village of McGregor where I attended the McGregor Waldorf School from class 1 to class 7. My family then moved to Cape Town where I completed high school and matriculated at Constantia Waldorf School. When I joined the Gaia community/school in August last year the […]

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