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Early Years Centre Community Info. Session #2 – Nov. 21

Join us to learn more about our new Spring Creek Early Years Centre opening on December 2, 2019!

We had such great turnout at our first Community Information Session that we’ve decided to host a second – this time in our new location in the Sea to Sky Services Building in Spring Creek.

Date: Thursday November 21
Time: 6:30-7:30 pm
Location: Early Years Centre in Spring Creek at 1519 Spring Creek Drive.

Our Early Years Program is offered for children 30 month-school age, 2-5 days a week throughout the year. The info session will include:

  • tea and snacks with a short presentation on program details
  • projected opening dates, rates, the admissions process & wait pool policy details
  • opportunity to ask questions and mingle with staff.

Please note: This is an adult oriented event.

Whistler Waldorf features a caring, thoughtfully designed learning environment integrating arts, movement, music and storytelling into the curriculum daily. This allows children to learn the best way they know how – by doing!

For more information or to submit an application for enrollment for your child for in the Early Years Centre, please email Admissions or call 604.932.1885.

Honoring the strength of human will, courage & initiative at Michaelmas –

“Each student must face their own difficulties in life… and Michaelmas both educates and empowers the children to find the courage to take on and defeat their personal ‘dragons’ and let hope prevail.”                                Rubeena Sandhu – Head of School
There is no mistaking that the time for our annual Festival of Courage or Michaelmas is drawing near!  The weather has changed abruptly, and autumn is upon us. In our school, two different pictures are brought before the children at this time. One is the image of the fall harvest and the other is the image of the hero who tames the dragon.

In common with Waldorf schools around the world we celebrate Michaelmas to find hope and honor the strength of human will, courage and initiative. The festival coincides with equinox, a turning point in relation to light and darkness in the world. Each student must face their own difficulties in life, both internal and external, and Michaelmas both educates and empowers the children to find the courage to take on and defeat their personal “dragons” and let hope prevail.

The students have been busy this week preparing – our youngest students have dyed and sewn capes and crowns; Grade 1 & 2 will bake our bread; Grade 3 & 4 will prepare our soup, Grades 5 & 6 will bake cookies and Grades 7 and up will help set up and serve.

We look forward to having you join us tomorrow – Friday, October 4 at 12:00 to participate and enjoy a bowl of harvest soup!

Rubeena Sandhu –  Head of School

Early Childhood Teacher & Asst. required

The Whistler Waldorf School is seeking full-time and part-time experienced Early Years Teacher and/or Assistant (s). The Early Years Teacher & Assistant upholds a beautiful, warm environment where the children feel safe and nurtured, creating opportunities for children to experience the world around them through artistic activities, tasks of the household, oral storytelling, singing, movement, and organizing festivals following seasonal rhythms of nature. The posting summaries are below:

Early Years Teacher

Applicants must have an B.C. ECE Teacher Certificate with a licence to practice with the Ministry of Children and Family Development and, ideally, also have a BC teaching Certificate with the Teacher Regulation Branch.

Early Years Assistant

Applicants must have a valid B.C. ECE Asst. Certificate or the ability to qualify for one. 

Further Info. & How To Apply

  • In addition to the above, successful applicants must have: 
    • Training in Waldorf Early Childhood Education or a willingness to be trained.
    • An ability to foster professional relationships between teacher and parents as a mutual working together to support students’ best interest.
    • A desire to work collaboratively with other Faculty and Administrative Staff colleagues
    • A commitment to self-development and a self-reflective practice to ensure personal development to meet the age of the children that are being taught.

Whistler Waldorf School offers a flexible working environment and competitive salary based on relevant education and work experience. For full-time positions, we provide a thorough compensation package including health benefits and insurance, pension, professional development and partial tuition remission for children attending the school.

Please submit your cover letter, resume and three reference letters to principal@whistlerwaldorf.com

Application deadline: Applications accepted until positions are filled.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Elementary & HS Teacher Asst. required

Whistler Waldorf is currently recruiting for full-time or part time Teacher Assistants to work under a teacher’s supervision to give students additional attention and instruction.

Duties expected:

Teacher assistants typically do the following:

  • Reinforce lessons presented by teachers by reviewing material with students one-on-one or in small groups
  • Enforce school and class rules to help teach students proper behavior
  • Help teachers with record keeping, such as tracking attendance and calculating grades
  • Help teachers prepare for lessons by getting materials ready or setting up equipment, such as computers
  • Help supervise students in class, between classes, during lunch and recess, and on field trips

 Qualifications requested: 

  • Completion of Grade 12
  • A recognized Post-Secondary Special Education Assistant Certificate or the ability to qualify for one.
  • Preference given to a Degree/Diploma in a related field, and/or extensive experience in an equivalent field.
  • Excellent communication skills in English, both oral and written
  • Any experience using techniques of Applied Behavior Analysis, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training (e.g., CPI or MANDT), Completion of POPARD coursework, the ability to speak a second language and a Workplace First Aid Certificate are considered to be an asset.

Whistler Waldorf School offers a flexible working environment and competitive salary based on relevant education and work experience. For full-time positions, we provide a thorough compensation package including health benefits and insurance, pension, professional development and partial tuition remission for children attending the school.

Please submit your cover letter and resume to principal@whistlerwaldorf.com

Application deadline: Applications accepted until positions are filled.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Three Fundamental Forces in Education: Balance in Teaching

Dear Parents and Guardians,

100 years ago, society and education had moved towards a more differentiated system, separating sciences from the arts, the arts from morality, and athletics from academics. Today, finally, educational systems all over the world are “catching up” to Steiner’s observations that separating these fundamental spheres of activity for children could be detrimental to their healthy development, and in fact, advocated that it is in their union that learning becomes an art, and education becomes a vital healing force in a young person’s life.

Rudolf Steiner mentored teachers, and called teachers to task, ensuring that their teaching incorporated a balance and integration of the arts, and sciences. This was, and still is, a fundamental basis for Waldorf Schools.

100 years ago Rudolf Steiner emphasized that the Waldorf approach was a great deal more than simply the application of a teaching method. His new art of education was born out of a knowledge of the growing child as a holistic being – embodying body, soul, and spirit.

This year is the 100th anniversary of Waldorf Education and we believe that one hundred years is only the beginning. In celebration, we will be highlighting the breadth of our curriculum over the course of the year and warmly invite you to join!

Rubeena Sandhu, Head of School