Steiner Waldorf Education

“The purpose of education is to enable the mind, to fire the imagination, to fortify the will, and to quicken the initiative for life.”

Rudolf Steiner

 

There are now over 1,000 Steiner Schools and 1,600 Kindergartens worldwide. Many schools continue through to secondary level. In Ireland, there are over 10 Steiner Waldorf Kindergartens, 4 primary schools (3 of which are supported by the Department of Education) and 1 secondary school. Schools are often called Steiner Waldorf because the first school was founded in 1919 in the Waldorf Astoria factory in Stuttgart, Germany.

In our daily practice we:

  • Emphasise nature-based play and education, strengthening the child’s connection to nature
  • Take account of the needs of the whole child (academic, physical, emotional and spiritual)
  • Deliver the Irish curriculum, in a creative and integrated way
  • Prioritise age-appropriate learning, adapting its teaching methods to suit the developmental stage of its pupils, as well as their experience of the world
  • Honour and protect the wonder of childhood
  • Encourage creativity and enquiry
  • Create a genuine enjoyment of learning

Our work as Steiner Waldorf teachers is to nurture the physical development of the child, while cultivating the positive human values of compassion, reverence for life, respect, cooperation, love of nature and other people, interest in the world and social conscience, as well as developing cognitive, artistic, and practical skills.

Moreover we want to help create a bridge between school and home, to bring together a harmonious meeting of the whole. With that aim in mind, we invite families to working days and Festivals during the school year.  Parents are often asked to help out with various tasks like laundry, DIY work, gardening, fundraising, etc. This is all done in the spirit of community building.

Steiner Waldorf educators are dedicated to generating an inner enthusiasm for learning within every child. This eliminates the need for competitive testing, academic placement, and behaviouristic rewards to motivate learning and allows motivation to arise from within. Most of all, it helps engender the capacity for joyful life-long learning.

Further Resources:

Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship FAQ 

Waldorf 100 Video

“Preparing for Life” a short film will take you inside the Waldorf School of the Peninsula where the focus is on developing the capacities for creativity, resilience, innovative thinking, and social and emotional intelligence over rote learning.