The Saltwater Waldorf School Mission Statement: To Nurture each child with wisdom and respect; To Inspire them with wonder, creativity, courage and compassion So they may live as global stewards guided by a lifelong love of learning.
Our school is located in the eclectic and artistic neighbourhood of ‘Tin Town’ in Courtenay. The Early Childhood building at 2311 Rosewall Crescent houses our Parent and Child, Preschool and Kindergarten programs. It has a small play yard and a growing garden with raised beds. A second building, at 2398 Rosewall Crescent, houses our Grades programs.
Teachers daily enrich their classroom studies using four acres of green space near the school. The park’s playing fields and wooded streams adjoin the Creekside Commons co-housing community.
The Saltwater Waldorf School’s curriculum is based on the educational philosophy of the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner. The first ‘Waldorf’ school opened in Germany in 1919. Though many practices have evolved over time, the philosophy remains strong in Waldorf schools today. These principles are upheld through the relationship between the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) for the grades programs and the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN) for the early childhood education programs. As these governing bodies are responsible for ensuring the highest standards for Waldorf Schools in North America, they require that schools who want to offer Waldorf Education go through a period of self-study, creating development plans and working with a representative who guides the school through the process. It’s not unlike becoming certified as ‘organic’ in the food production world!
The Saltwater Waldorf School is proud of the wealth of knowledge and experience that our teachers bring to the classroom. Our Lead Grades Teachers all hold a BC Teacher’s Certificate and have Waldorf certification. Through practicing development-centered education our teachers open the students’ eyes to the world around them with ever-deepening levels of sophistication. We take pride in attending to the health of each child – physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually – so they may continue to flourish long after their school days are finished. Art, music and movement are integrated into the teaching of academics. The children create their own lesson books reflecting their learning through art as well as writing. Our school seeks to inspire a life-long love of learning and to produce adults who are able, by themselves, to impart meaning to their lives.
We also seek to develop a community where parents find the support that is often lacking for them in today’s society. Festivals, seasonal celebrations, parent group activities, volunteer opportunities and continued education regarding Waldorf education and anthroposophy provide natural pathways to connection and community.
Saltwater Waldorf School meets the learning outcomes set out by the BC Ministry of Education and the program is enriched with arts, languages and experiences in nature. There is an active outdoor program that includes biking, hiking, snowshoeing, skiing for the older grades and paddle sports. There are over 1000 independent Waldorf schools located in sixty countries throughout the world. Waldorf Education, with over 90 years of proven experience, is the fastest growing educational movement in the world. We are grateful to be part of this international community!.