History of Gaia
Gaia Waldorf School is a young, innovative Waldorf School situated on the urban farmlands of the Oude Molen Eco Village in Pinelands. This unique position has proved to be incredibly central for our diverse parent population. The school was started in 1998 to meet the popular demand for Waldorf education in the area and now comprises a playgroup, 2 kindergartens and a primary school. Our vision is to offer affordable Waldorf education to a broad spectrum of children that reflects the unique and diverse aspects of our South African culture.
Our school building is part of the original farmhouse complex, built in the late 1700’s. We have children joining our school from the following areas: Southern Peninsula, Southern Suburbs, Langa, Gugulethu, City Centre and surrounds.
The Oude Molen Eco Village allows the children access to the village’s craft businesses, sustainable organic farming initiatives, and contact with horses and other animals which provide a rural ambience for our school.
In 2005 the Provincial Administration passed the necessary legislation to ensure that the School will remain in the newly approved plans for the eco-village at Oude Molen. In addition to the historical buildings we occupy, Gaia has expanded by building three wooden cabins and landscaped gardens for the Playgroup and Kindergarten classes as well as a newly renovated upper primary building.
The school also has the advantage of the use of the Oude Molen swimming pool, which provides opportunity for lessons for primary school children during school time, with a qualified swimming instructor.
Interaction with the village, and eco-initiatives, along with the rural setting it affords, play an important part in the school’s wider curriculum. Our children are farmers, riders, painters, mathematicians, writers and innovators.