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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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Happy Memories Made


This Saturday we all came together to fabulously manifest our most anticipated fundraising event for our School Community, Phew!!!! For weeks and months before, excitement builds up, as various preparations are made for the famous “Spring Fayre”. This is of course a sobering experience, for parents and teachers alike, who do the groundwork to ensure […]

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The Evolution of the Class Teacher


It could be argued that if we remained the same adults as we were the day we turned 21, then it would be pointless to advance into later adulthood. By virtue of the fact that we are formed by our experiences and as we get older and there are of course major milestones in our […]

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I feel as if I have been at Gaia for many years


I feel as if I have been at Gaia for many years when in fact it has only been 5 months. When I first joined the school I was warmly received by strangers who quickly became colleagues and friends. The children too, left me feeling blessed as they warmly welcomed me into their class, showing […]

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Sleep


Sleep and rest are cornerstones of Waldorf-inspired parenting and education. Waldorf education is the only educational method that utilises a rhythm of teaching in conjunction with sleep in order to aid learning.” Rudolf Steiner’s work and teaching brought many insights which now are proven by conventional science. It is wonderful to get a good night’s […]

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What makes us truly human?


How do we differ from the other kingdoms of nature, the mineral, plant and animal kingdoms? What makes us truly human? We differ from the mineral and plant kingdom in that we are able to move around and from the animal kingdom in our uprightness and speech. Our uprightness enables a certain amount of freedom […]

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