Zen Moses & Savannah O’Heany– Grade 9 students
I hear you are both life long Waldorf students.
SO: Yes, we’ve both been here since preschool.
ZM: We are two of the original group along with Kaia and Maya who have also been here that long.
You must have some thoughts about Waldorf having been here this long.
ZM: I really like the education and that we learn so many different perspectives. In history, for example, we don’t just learn about one religion, we learn about all religions.
SO: And I would say that I really like how accepting everyone is. It’s not just the teachers who are accepting; the students are also taught to be ok with other students and accept their differences and that’s cool.
ZM: Looking back I also appreciate that I wasn’t pushed into reading so early. It took me a bit longer – I was a little slow and I was allowed to develop at my own pace.
You both were chosen to participate in the RMOW’s Sister City Youth Exchange to Karuizawa, Japan. How was that experience?
SO: It was awesome. There were so many highlights. We spent a night in Tokyo, took the bullet train, did lots of sight seeing including seeing lots of shrines. A highlight for me was attending school. Everything seemed to be run by the students themselves – they have a lot of responsibility which was interesting to see. We really felt like honoured guests there & Zen got to make a speech in front of their whole school.
ZM: Yes, I made a speech to about 200 students and then they welcomed us with student performances including a full orchestral performance conducted by a student. There were so many highlights, but the three big ones for me include: purchasing a sword; seeing the shrines – they were truly amazing and the onsen (public bathing) was a great cultural experience.
Thanks, Zen and Sav. Congratulations on being chosen to participate in this program! It sounds like we were very well represented by your participation.
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Our home is a typical Provençal three storey 1860’s converted farmhouse with sitting room with large open fireplace, dining room, modern kitchen, 5 bedrooms, 3 modern bathrooms. Each room has heat pump heating/air conditioning units and all windows are double glazed. The house has its back to a local road to the north and overlooks a large 6000m2 garden to the south. The garden is mainly grass and trees with a secluded pool and a small vineyard.
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Howe Sound Women’s Centre looking for donations: We are always in need of gently used women’s and children’s clothes, shoes and other items. All donations gratefully accepted. A donation box is located in the Field House. Feel free to contact France with any questions or check out the Women’s Centre for more info.
WWS Family in Search of Housing: We are a Vancouver based family needing weekday housing (possibly excluding holidays) for one adult, one grade 8 student, in the short term. A quiet one or two bedroom, reasonably-priced, non-smoking suite would be ideal. Full time housing for three of us, plus our dog, would be the longer term goal. If you have any leads for temporary housing for one to two months (excluding Christmas), or longer term beyond spring 2020, we would appreciate the community’s help! Thanks, Trista.