RAPHAELI WALDORF SCHOOL
Imagine vast mountain views and golden pristine beaches washed by warm seas. Forest walks, a sea which is home to seals, whales and dolphins. Against this backdrop is a small school, nestled in an enclave of yellowwood trees and encompassed by a little river in Piesang Valley.
When you enter the school, you will drive through an avenue of indigenous trees, alongside our playing fields where children are enjoying our driftwood jungle gyms and giant fig trees. These are occupied by monkeys and baboons when the children have vacated the branches. Our classrooms are housed in buildings of a Scandinavian nature, made of brick and wood.
Although space is at a premium and we don’t have enough classrooms (the eternal new school refrain), we manage to have a Playgroup, Kindergarten and classes for years one to seven. The sizes of the classes vary from 9 to 18 and the children keep coming!
They are happy and healthy and most play well together. They are deeply loved by their teachers and benefit from this relationship and warm working environment.
We began in 2009 with one child being home schooled by a parent and when the number reached 7, Sue Gurney was invited to help build the school.
Now in 2017 we have 7 teachers in our Primary School.
In our Playgroup the children are held by Nobesuthu, in Kindergarten by Tanja and Zoleka and in our office, handling the administration, we have Cecil and Kirsten.
In 2014 the school came of age when it was granted Developing School Status by the Federation of Waldorf Schools and we feel like the small child who stands up for the first time. We have maintained these standards since then and are proudly a Waldorf School registered with the Western Cape Education Department as an independent school.
As with all new schools, challenges arise incessantly. We still do not own our own property, but are working towards finding a permanent home, if this one does not manifest as ours. All our fingers are crossed.
Thank you for this opportunity to be able to provide you with some brief information about our school which is referred to by our federation mentor as “a beacon of light on the east coast.”