Mission and Values

Our Mission

To educate each child with reverence and respect; to nurture wonder, confidence and initiative so they may participate in the world guided by a sense of truth and responsibility.

Our Vision

We are dedicated to nurturing the child’s capacities of wonder, reverence, and responsibility while providing a curriculum of the highest quality.

We embrace the Waldorf philosophy and we foster a greater understanding of Waldorf education within the community.

Our school community – students, faculty, board and parents – are passionate, committed and engaged.

We are a thriving, not-for-profit organization.

We have an educational centre that reflects the natural beauty of our local environment and embodies our values.

The centre is a warm, inviting and engaging place of discovery and learning for all members of the school community.

The centre is recognized as a community gathering place for nourishing the mind, body and spirit, to inspire personal and social well-being.

Our philosophy and actions support global sustainability.

Our Values

  • Respectful communication
  • Harmony & Balance
  • Life Long Learning
  • Appreciation for the environment
  • Respectful, supportive relationships

Reflections from our Director of Education, Arnold Grimm

Wonder and Vision

“Indeed, the sense of curiosity and exploration are a vital intentional tenant of Waldorf Education.  They instill in the growing human being a sense of wonder and vision which will help them in later life to not only problem solve, but to identify problems that may need solving before they even occur.  This is part of the path to developing free thinking and responsible young adults as they leave our High School at graduation.”

Child Development

“In Waldorf Schools we work with all aspects of a child’s development.  On the one hand we look at the typical developmental phase as seen through the lens of Waldorf education.  On the other hand, and this is the most vital for us as Waldorf educators, we look at each individual child we teach.  This means that we take every child into our thoughts, into our sleep and lesson preparations in such a way, that, when we then encounter the child in the lesson, we can meet the individual manifestations this child brings to us. This allows students to develop to their fullest potential and yes, think outside of a limiting paradigm.”

Strong Foundations

“What has always fascinated me about Waldorf Education is that these foundations in the core subject areas are built while we are helping your children develop to their fullest potential.  They are getting the best of both; strong physical, emotional and cognitive development coupled with strong foundations in the core and other subject areas.  It is a little bit like having your cake and eating it too.”

Purpose & Well-Being

“Often children, for whom the main stream school system be it public or independent is not a good fit, will thrive at a Waldorf School. This is connected with the way in which we strive to meet the needs of the children and really focus the education process on the child. Waldorf Schools have always offered a child-centered versus an outcome-driven education. This give the students a sense of purpose and well-being.”

Healthy Relationships

“At all Waldorf Schools, conscious development of human relationships that foster individual and community health is a key tenant. Enduring human relationships between students and their teachers and among the children themselves are at the heart of Waldorf Education.  The teacher’s task is to work with the developing individuality of each student and with each class as a whole within the context of the entire school.  These relationships deepen and gain stability as they are cultivated over multiple years. Healthy human relationships with and among parents and teachers are essential to the well-being of our school.  Members of our community are warmly invited to join us as we continue to develop meaningful, collaborative, transparent forms for working together.”

Waldorf Way

“When we as Waldorf teachers work with the children we strive to understand them in such a way that we can meet their specific needs.  In this way, the children are not “judged” by a standard matrix but are looked at individually so that they can learn at a pace that best brings them forward in their development. This means different things at different ages.  Some children will take a bit longer to delve into a specific subject matter while others need some extra material to meet their needs.  This is all part of the Waldorf way.”

Community

“As a Waldorf School it is indeed the curriculum that informs our approach to the children and our efforts to establish a relationship with the family and the child. When new children come into our school it is so vitally important to truly bring them into the community – a community that is so important to all of us.”