About Michael Oak Waldorf School
Michael Oak Waldorf School has over 400 pupils at Nursery, Primary and High school levels including matric. The school occupies a hectare of rambling grounds in quiet surroundings, close to Kenilworth station in Cape Town.
The school is founded on the principles of Steiner education, which at its core focuses teaching around the needs of the growing child rather than the needs of a dictated curriculum.
Michael Oak was started in 1962 in a house off Rosmead Avenue. The Old House was bought by parents on an auction and provided the first classrooms for the 15 pupils. School assemblies were held in the present reception foyer. Bricks were laid by parents and the first classrooms completed with their hard work. More classrooms were followed by a school hall, then a neighbour's house was bought for the kindergarten.. The rest has been a story of continuing growth and development, where parents, staff and pupils form a vibrant and strong school community, a school where teachers really love to teach.
Michael Oak is a registered independent school and a member of the Independent Schools Association in South Africa (ISASA).
There are sixteen Waldorf schools in South Africa registered with the S.A. Federation of Waldorf Schools, and well over 1000 of these schools throughout the world, with many opening every year.
Our Goals are...
- To provide an education for boys and girls that embraces every race, colour, creed and class bringing together a healthy cross-section of South African society.
- To maintain a warm and supportive learning environment.
- To educate each individual child in a holistic and caring way to realise his or her own full inborn potential.
- To send out into the world well-rounded individuals able to meet the challenges of tomorrow, with particular emphasis on the following essential lifeskills :
- self-confidence, enthusiasm, curiosity;
- clear and creative thinking;
- social awareness, a sense of responsibility;
- ability to forge relationships in a spirit of reconciliation and co-operation;
- reverence for life, love of learning, faith in the future.
- To develop further the art of education within the school and in the wider community.
- To provide a community centre for cultural activities and continuing education for life.
We seek to develop confident, responsible and empowered young individuals ready to take on the challenges of the future.