At Okanagan Waldorf School we aim to cultivate a dynamic and caring community that provides a living education, so that children may manifest their full potential, both now and in the future.
EDUCATING THE WHOLE CHILD
Our aim is to foster a child’s lifelong love of learning. We strive to meet the needs of the whole child: the thinking, feeling, and willing (or doing). We meet these through a balanced curriculum and by challenging students academically, artistically, and physically. The care, effort, and thoughtfulness experienced by the child, as well as the concepts and facts learned, bring meaning and value. We follow a pedagogy that meets each child’s uniqueness in developmentally appropriate stages.
THE TEACHER AS MENTOR, ROLE MODEL, AND GUARDIAN
Teachers strive to teach with imagination, to make use of creative skills and talents, and to be active learners in the subject areas they teach. Class teachers, in teaching the same class of children for a cycle of time, build a strong relationship with each child. This allows the teacher to recognize the child’s full potential, enabling the child to flourish.
COMMUNITY AND DIVERSITY
Our school is a community with the children as the central focus. We value and welcome cultural, economic, ethnic and spiritual diversity. Everyone is respected for his or her individual gifts and differences. Supportive and respectful relationships are valued amongst the adults and are modeled to the children. We see that the children benefit from parents and teachers striving together in support of Waldorf education and learning.
We strive to work hand in hand with parents and create a bridge between home and school. Parent and Community Volunteers at Okanagan Waldorf School are an integral part of our collective operations. Our children experience connectedness and unity when they see their family members supporting and working for their school. This helps close the gap between school life and home life. Our school would not exist without volunteers.
Waldorf schools are created and sustained through the partnership between parents and teachers. Outside of the teaching, many important contributions are accomplished by parents and friends. There are many ways that you can help. Through the year we host work parties to care for the school. Our seasonal festivals, celebrations, and fairs are another great time to contribute and lend a hand, as many tasks need to be accomplished for each event.
We invite and encourage you to involve yourself. Many positions are filled because individuals see a need and take the initiative to step forward to get the job done. If you have a special skill or service you would like to offer, or if you would like to initiate a new project at the school, please speak with your teacher or the administrative staff.
– Jean Piaget