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journey noun 1. an act of travelling from one place to another


“The sun with loving light, makes bright for me each day…” The verse to start the day in class 1. Remembering the day I stood before these wide eyed beings! A new teacher, a young teacher, an excited teacher. Wondering what the next 7 years would hold and how the curriculum, would magically unfold before […]

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It’s been a journey, quite a journey!


“Forge me with fire, a sword for my smiting Fright to my foes and flames for my fighting Shape me a shield forceful and fierce Stalwart and shapely to fend against fears Strike me a spear of speed as a shaft Fearless to fly as a shot to the start Staunch be my front against […]

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The soil of our children’s education


I was first introduced to Rudolf Steiner through agriculture. I was doing some work for a grape farmer who was converting vineyards to biodynamic methods. Looking at them from a distance, you wouldn’t really know there was any difference between two adjacent vineyards. But when he took me into the one that had been fed […]

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The Class 6 Greek Olympics


Friday, 22 February 2019, 1200 – children dressed in white chitons, each with a shafta in the right hand, gather on a field – the son is hot, the wind blows and the children are filled with eager anticipation for what the next 30 hours might bring … About 190 class 6 children from 8 […]

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We need to be the change we wish to see in the world


Our children are distracted, and they are finding it increasingly difficult to settle and concentrate on one task at a time. They are disorganized and often forget important items, or lose them during the day. This may sound ominous, but it is happening more and more frequently. I have been teaching at Gaia Waldorf for […]

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The Life of a Tree


Looking back and reflecting upon my time at Gaia, an image of “The Life of a Tree”, comes to mind. Just like the seed of a tree being blown from one place to another before it finds its resting place, so too did I teach at many different schools before I found Gaia and the […]

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Class Seven Children Reflect on their Journey at Gaia


“I learnt a lot that I wouldn’t learn in a public school. Mr Stodel has taught me a lot and he is the best teacher in the school.” Ruby Fisher “I have been here for 9 years. I have had wonderful experiences with the teachers and staff. The three teachers I loved the most were […]

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Bloublommetjieskloof Biodynamic Farm


On Wednesday 17 October 2018, Class 3 went on their first camp. The camp was at Bloublommetjieskloof Biodynamic Farm in Wellington.We travelled to the farm with EZ Shuttle. The journey went smoothly and before we knew it, we were there. On arrival we were met by Rein and his twins – Finn and Oren. They […]

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We may be young but watch this space!


When I started in my role as enrolments officer in August this year, one of my first tasks was to call up parents who applied for their children to join our school in Class 1 next year. The message to them was to be that our Class 1 is full and that their child would […]

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Michaelmas a time to show both courage and joy.


Michaelmas is celebrated at Gaia Waldorf school, toward the end of the third term, during the start of spring. It is known as the festival of strong will, challenging us to develop strength, courage, bravery and reverence in our everyday trials and tribulations so that we may overcome our anxieties and fears. This festival requires […]

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