Yearly Archives: 2017


Children learn what they live


As we say Goodbye to Class 7 and welcome Class 1, I would like to share something special for us to ponder on; Children learn what they live Is a child lives with criticism. He learns to condemn If a child lives in hostility. He learns to fight If a child lives with ridicule. He […]

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Playgroup


Playgroup is filled with the most interesting, warm, loving, kind, mischievous, and fun children. Early in the morning we have Leo who with a beautiful smile is always ready to tell me his story. Leo’s stories are described in great detail with excitement, colourfulness and bouts of laughter. Liam, whose main concern, are the chickens! […]

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What did you just say?


One of the most irritating things about being in control of our own lives is that we inevitably tend to do everything else except those things which are most important in our lives. Unless it’s just me. But somehow I doubt that. So a prime example of this is how we communicate with each other. […]

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Bloublommetjies


I am sitting in one of the most peaceful locations on earth, listening to the excited shouts and calls of 26 children between the ages of 7 and 10, swimming across a sludgy, slime filled dam and none of us could be happier! This is our first class camp to the incomparable Bloublommetjieskloof biodynamic farm […]

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An experience of reverence at Candes-Saint-Martin, France


One winter night, Martin, the son of a Roman officer, shared his cloak with a beggar. The following night, Christ appeared to him, dressed in the half of the cloak he had given to the poor man. The vision hastened his baptism. Saint Martin has been honoured by people all over the world for over […]

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Our words are so important


Our words, we are often told, are so important for they carry an abundance of either good, bad or ugly. How often we hear this, though they fall on deaf ears most of the time. We become too busy, too tired, too stressed, too too too…to listen to our own words and especially the words […]

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Questions open doors, answers close them


One of my favourite quotes/ sayings is: “Questions open doors, answers close them.” Unfortunately, I do not know where it comes from or – if a quote – who said it, but it surfaces again and again when I am thinking of Waldorf Education and my work as a teacher. An inquiring mind will learn […]

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Seeing the unseen is possible in Waldorf education


A recent main lesson of Physics with class 6 at Gaia taught me amongst other things that observation alone is the key to pondering the infinite, to teaching the mind how to perceive beyond human knowledge. Rudolf Steiner has been known to contend that the source and foundation of the cosmos is an infinite, eternal, […]

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Festival of Light


As children live in such wonder of the world, they receive and experience joy in their explorations and discoveries each new day. A gift we as adults sometimes forget we possess! Through this pure gesture of enchantment with their encounter of the world we live in, children rekindle in us as parents and adults a […]

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The meaning of Ramadaam


To our Muslim Community, We wish you well over the fast. With the Holy month of Ramadaan almost at an end we thought it prudent to include an editorial on the meaning of Ramadaam. I trust that you will find this informative. Ramadaan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and the month in […]

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