A century for Waldorf schools

Windhoek school celebrates together

20 September 2019 | Education

This year Waldorf schools around the globe celebrate the opening of the first Waldorf school in Stuttgart, Germany, a century ago and schools in Namibia are celebrating along.
Although the first Waldorf school was started during the time of imminent war in Germany and was shut down by the Nazis shortly after opening, they re-opened two years later. Thus the seed of Waldorf education was not destroyed and with the ever-growing search for inclusive education, more and more Waldorf schools have sprung up on every continent.
Today, more than 2 000 Waldorf learning facilities exist and the numbers are growing.
The official celebration in Stuttgart was an huge event to which 20 Waldorf School Windhoek (WSW) learners were invited as the only other performers to sing and dance at the momentous event.
According to a teacher at WSW, Conny Mater, “Our learners performed all over Germany at other Waldorf schools and hosted many workshops in singing and dancing for learners and teachers.
“For many of our learners this experience will change their perception of life forever and they will undoubtedly be proud and excited to share their experiences with the Namibian youth at large,” Mater said.
The learners returned on Saturday (21 September).
She says that once they have all resumed the routine of school, WSW’s next step is the celebration of St. Michael – a traditional Waldorf festival that challenges people to overcome their inner dragon. “This year we will be celebrating the day on Saturday, 28 September in the form of a big challenge, namely to beautify our school grounds despite economic restrictions and water shortages.”
In this light, the school invites parents to join their kids on compulsive school day.
Mater says this event also serves as jumping board for their next big event, namely the Waldorf 100 week in October, “when we wish to show Namibians our little secret gem of a school hidden on the outskirts of Windhoek, overlooking the mountains.”
Mater says that during the Waldorf 100 week the school will be opening their classrooms and specific teaching methods to the public.

Monday, 14 October 2019
• Primary school: 07:10 to 13:00: Open classes (Come and see how the children learn)
• High school: 07:30 to 9:00: Waldorf 100 presentation: Introduction to when the first school was started, learners present little cameos, exhibition, slide show and video. Bookings are essential to avoid disappointment.
• 09:20 to 13:00: Open classes/ presentation of various projects
• 12:30 to 14:00: Lunch in the form of various potjies cooked by the learners will be for sale during this time.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019
• Primary school: 07:10 to 09:20: Open classes of a typical Morning main lesson as only taught at Waldorf schools across the world.
• 09:20 to 09:50: Story-telling in the hall for young and old
• 10:00 to 13.00: Open classes
A variety of typical Waldorf activities ranging from painting and clay-modelling to singing and dancing/ Eurythmy. (Bookings open on Monday, 30 September 2019)
Bookings are essential for these activities as materials and space are limited.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019
Alumni celebrate Ten Years Later and school celebrates Waldorf 100
• 08:00 The school’s first alumni are welcomed back to the school where they matriculated ten years ago.
• 08:00 to 10:00: A program of speeches and reflections by various speakers including Vice President Nangolo Mbumba, presented by MC Manny Goldbeck, one of the founding parents of the school 20 years ago. The alumni talk about their Waldorf experience in Namibia. Brunch prepared by the learners to be served at 10.15
• 10.30: Celebration of Waldorf 100 with a cake to share and brunch for the visitors. Bookings are essential!

Thursday, 17 October 2019
• 08:00 to 10:00: Alumni host a panel discussion on the topic “Does Waldorf education make a difference?”.
For more information or to reserve your seat for any of these activities, call 061 415 251.

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