Raphael House - Lower Hutt - 2 kw
Raphael House, Rudolf Steiner School offers an innovative education based on the educational philosophies of Rudolf Steiner, with strong influences from New Zealand's rich historical heritage and exquisite environment. We are situated in the Lower Hutt suburb of Belmont.
We are one of many schools in New Zealand who share the same anthroposophical basis, as espoused by Rudolf Steiner. Indeed, we are part of a global movement of approximately 800 Rudolf Steiner Schools (also known as Waldorf schools), in almost every country.
The staff strives to provide a non-sectarian curriculum focused on supporting and guiding children in developing their individual faculties and abilities. This is achieved through the careful balance of the creative/artistic and academic/scientific, and the deeper balance of the three aspects of Man - Spirit, Mind and Body.
Not only are the lessons carefully arranged and picked, so too is the School's environment. The buildings are of a particular distinctive design; the colours used, the furniture provided, and students' stationery all are chosen with care. Raphael House is justly proud of the facilities and grounds we have to offer, and feel the school's setting in New Zealand native bush in a quiet suburb provides an atmosphere conducive to education.
Specific environmental education lessons are integral components of many parts of our curricula. This is evidenced in our programmes for horticulture, ecology, geology and environmental studies. We also have tree planting projects, an annual placement for an upper school class on organic or biodynamic farms, an annual beach cleaning project for the lower school, onsite paper recycling, composting and gardening. In 2005 we received an Enviroschools' Bronze Award.
Within our wider school community, parents are involved in communal gardening projects, an organic food co-op and have significant conservation interests.
This Schoolgen project offers our students an opportunity to gain insights into the changing technologies which will be necessary to better manage their futures.