“A school is a place where you create character, culture – and civilization”
Viewing the Constantia Waldorf School, nestled in it’s serene surroundings with glorious mountain vistas, it is difficult to imagine that this school did not evolve out of the Earth itself. In fact, the Constantia Waldorf School has a ‘tapestry’ history, beginning when the School started with a Kindergarten Class in the garage of the home of Rupert and Lyda Braunlich in Pinelands in 1959.
In 1960, as interest and participation grew, the Primary School opened with 23 children in premises in Park Road, Rondebosch (since demolished), with the first two classes. In 1967, the school moved to the present grounds of 15 acres in Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia. New classes were added year by year until in 1970, the first complete class wrote the Joint Matriculation Examination Board. There has been consistent 100% Matric passes subsequently with many past pupils showing high achievements at university as well as in the business and corporate world.
The old farmhouse was converted to the present Kindergarten. New classrooms were built as well as a Gym hall, Library, rooms for Remedial, Woodwork, Handwork, Pottery, Jewellery, Art and the playing fields were extended. Also a Public Puppet Theatre was created as well as a Craft shop and the Sophia Family Centre.
Three Kindergarten classes are housed in a different building, with its own attractive garden for the children to play in. A Playgroup class is situated close to the Kindergarten where 4 year olds are welcomed into a nurturing environment to slowly establish social skills.
The School is co-educational and the curriculum and methods of teaching are based on the educational ideas of Rudolf Steiner.
The Aims of the School are to provide a modern form of education that is meaningful for the child in these times. The teacher strives to keep alive in a pupil the interest and sense of wonder with which he or she enters school.
A broad curriculum, planned to achieve a balance between the sciences, the humanities and the arts, leads the child from year to year through the basic branches of knowledge integrated with his or her own life. The education given is not only academic; it is also for the hand and the heart. The aim is to enable the children to develop in such a way that they will become well-balanced men and women capable of adjusting themselves to the rapidly changing condition of modern life and creatively contributing to the maintenance of cultures and civilization.