Roseway Waldorf School lies perched at the top of Alverstone Hill,
a conservancy, just ten minutes outside Hillcrest, surrounded by
farmlands, fresh air and overlooking green valleys and hills. The
school includes a Kindergarten, primary and high school.
vision is to create a healthy community
in our country where children
learn with enthusiasm
strive to become independent, creative thinkers
are free to find their true destiny in life
work with purpose, reverence and love
are confident that they will make a difference in the world.
P O Box 503, Hillcrest, 3650
Tel: 031-7655309 Fax: 031-7655424 E-mail
playing the violin
school comes of age
presentation of the projects takes place in the school hall to
parents, teachers, pupils, both past and present,
and to the delight of many grandparents.
school, situated in Alverston, started in February 1985 through
the desire of a group of parents in Durban for Waldorf education
for their children.
Hurner, a Waldorf teacher from Cape Town, was invited to help establish
the school. The school has grown over the years and this year the
first Class 12 at Roseway presented the culmination of their years
of study: their project.
The project has three different components: practical, theory and
the presentation evening. The project is always a challenge for
the pupils. Initially, at the end of Class 11, they are faced with
the decision of which topic to choose. The current class chose a
variety of topics from the violin to quilting, restoring a car to
marketing a product.
the pupils had to accumulate information, research the topic and
write up a book that they had made and bound themselves. The theory
is accompanied by the practical component: learning to play the
violin, quilting a memory quilt. The dedication and focus required
is matched by the painstaking research and finally the outcome is
presented in the evening.
survived all this and eloquently spoken of the insights they had
gained, the growth in understanding, commitment, accomplishment,
hard work and themselves, the class await the assessments of the
projects along with their marks for the year. These are done by
a group of high school teachers and each learner is assessed on
the basis of their own abilities and talents.
the fourth term the Class 12s enter Class 13 where they
begin to prepare to write their matric for the next year. The
project experience has provided them with the concepts of hard
concentration and achieving the goals set. This small class of
pioneers has one last task to complete in the paving of the way
for the rest
of the ever-growing high school component of Roseway.
education is a unique and distinctive approach to educating children
practised worldwide since the foundation of the first Waldorf School
in Stuttgart, Germany in 1919. The Class 12s have enjoyed a holistic
and creative education that has equipped them to become critical
thinkers able to see various subjects within a comprehensive vision
of humanity - our current cultures, our past, our environment and
the values and ideas required to ensure a future that builds on
the best within each of us. These high ideals are probably needed
now more than ever before. Waldorf education sees children as possessing
a natural gift for imagination. This is nurtured through the teaching
method and style used at Roseway where the children learn to present
what they have learnt in an artistic form. Poetry, drama, music,
drawing, painting and modelling are integral parts of learning,
as are design and practical skills in handcraft and handwork.
In respecting each child's unique character and range of abilities,
Waldorf Education encourages children o be themselves to work to
the best of their abilities and to help one another. This atmosphere
creates the very tools necessary for building a better society and
avoids intellectual competition, which can be detrimental to a process
built up at Roseway by ensuring that in every subject the children
can gain a sense of belonging to an interrelated whole. The children
learn that they have a responsibility to their families, their friends
and their environment. A wonderful bond has been established between
the teachers and pupils at Roseway where respect grows and concern
and interest continues far into life. This is the way in which the
school becomes a genuine experience and preparation for life and
not just a place to test information. The school builds memory through
experience and recall not through mindless repetition.
Rudolf Steiner, the founder of the Waldorf Schools, wrote: "It
is important that we discover an education method where people learn
and go on learning from life throughout their whole lives."
This influenced the Roseway Waldorf School in adopting the following
motto: "Creative learning for Life-long Learning".
Rudolf Steiner, Piaget and others recognised that a child passes
through specific developmental stages. Different faculties, interests
and problems arise at different ages. The curriculum at the Waldorf
School is based upon this understanding. A versatile creative personality
is formed through the harmonious interaction of intellect, emotions
agreed on four conditions when he established the first school:
the school should be open to all children,
it should be co-educational,
it should be a unified 12-year school, and
the teachers should take a leading role in the running of the
conditions continue in approximately 600 Waldorf schools in 32 countries.
is no exception and the school prides itself on offering a unified
and distinctive education that is accessible to all learners. Personal
attention and a close relationship with parents, who are their child's
primary educators, are the hallmarks of a successful Waldorf School.
Hurner dreamed that one-day, a full primary and high school,
by a kindergarten, would be a reality for Roseway. Sadly Janine
Hurner passed away on August 7 1994.
Class 12's complete a comprehensive curriculum,
present the efforts of the years of work on their individually
chosen projects and study for their matric exams the following
their creative imagination and critical thinking, the children
Roseway are well prepared to tackle the rigours of study and relating
varied information I a concise and clear manner that appropriately
answers the question. The insights that the children have gained
in the subjects through experience and personal creative expression
are the very outcomes that OBE is trying to bring to education
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