We nurture conscious, creative, independent thinking…but what does that mean?
Michael Mount, Inkanyezi and Lesedi Waldorf schools are based on the Art of Education inspired by the teachings of Rudolph Steiner. There are 1200 Waldorf schools worldwide. Waldorf schools are always co-educational, fully comprehensive and take pupils from 3 to ideally 18. We welcome children of all abilities from all faiths and backgrounds. Michael Mount Waldorf school is based on Steiner education principals proven so successful that it
has become one of the fastest-growing educational systems in the world. It is lively, has a culturally rich curriculum, and addresses the physical, emotional, intellectual, cultural and spiritual needs at each stage of an individual’s unfolding development. Michael Mount Waldorf school nurtures conscious, creative independent thinkers.
Our curriculum is a flexible set of pedagogical guidelines, founded on Steiner’s principles that take account of the whole child. It gives equal attention to the physical, emotional, intellectual, cultural and spiritual needs of each
pupil and is designed to work in harmony with the different phases of the child’s development. The core lessons include a balance of artistic, practical and intellectual content. Whole class, mixed ability teaching is the norm.
More than 90 years after the first Steiner school was started in central Europe, this education continues to inspire people from all walks of life and in all parts of the world. Our schools have a reputation for producing wellrounded
and balanced human beings who are able to cope with the demands of a fast-changing and uncertain world. Our graduates are highly sought-after in further education and work place for their unjaded interest in the world and their resourcefulness.
A Waldorf education:
• Works for all children irrespective of academic ability, class, ethnicity or religion;
• Takes account of the needs of the whole child – academic, physical, emotional and spiritual;
• Is based on an understanding of the relevance of the different phases of child development;
• Develops a love of learning and an enthusiasm for school;
• Sees artistic activity and the development of the imagination as integral to learning;
• Is tried and tested and is part of state funded, mainstream provision in most European countries;
• Is respected worldwide for its ability to produce very able young people who have a strong sense of self and diverse capacities that enable them to become socially and economically responsible citizens.
Education is about preparing young people for their future lives and Waldorf education has a strong future focus. It is about preparing young people, communities and society to deal with specific and complex 21st century
challenges. Education ought to help prepare people for a life of real-world problem solving. Learning to know, that is acquiring the instruments of understanding; learning to do, so as to be able to act creatively on one’s
environment; learning to live together, so as to participate and cooperate with other people in all human activities; and learning to be, an essential progression which proceeds from the previous three.
We are particularly interested in the tensions, synergies and interconnections between future-focused issues. We wanted to ensure that our whole school community, staff and children had a shared understanding of the
meaning of the key competencies. Albert Einstein said it best, “everybody is a genius” and “if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live
its whole life believing that it is stupid”
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