- Fri 20 May - Sat 28 May
In Grade 12, the 18-year-old has arrived at the culmination of their Waldorf Education. The curriculum is an immensely rich one that includes two particularly memorable highlights. These two threshold adventures are the Grade 12 project and the Grade 12 plays. The project will be presented early in the 4th term and the plays are now upon us.
The budding adult “I” of the 18-year-old is just ripe for these deeply self-expressive projects. During the play process the teacher is an important guiding voice, but the real work of mounting the production is taken on by the whole class who are usually willing to do whatever it takes to produce a stellar performance where each one can shine.
The 18-year-old brings a newly awakened poise and capacity to the task of consciously exploring and penetrating his or her character. It is here in the expressing of this character before a witnessing and attentive audience that the student experiences and is affirmed in their emerging “I”, their more clearly sounding individuality.
Performing a play like this must undoubtedly also be a hugely triumphant and enriching way of coming to the end of one’s Waldorf education.
PLAZA SUITE by NEIL SIMON
Hilarity abounds in this portrait of a couple occupying a suite at the Savoy Plaza Hotel while their house is being painted. The suite is the same one in which they honeymooned 23 years (or was it 24 years?) before; and was yesterday the anniversary, or is it today? This wry tale of marriage in tatters will make you laugh, but will also make you alive to the quandaries of marriage.
THE BIRTHDAY by FIONA COYNE
Expectant family members meet in the waiting room of a South African maternity hospital. At the same time, the 1995 Rugby World Cup is on TV. This funny little play highlights a milestone along the road of our democracy and is a hybrid of satire and sentimentality.
Appropriately set in a maternity ward, this play is a witness to the birth of another kind of miracle.
EQUUS by PETER SHAFFER
In Equus – a play that took critics and public alike by storm – Peter Shaffer uses, paradoxically, a deranged youth, who blinds six horses with a spike, and a psychiatrist to show how materialism and convenience have killed our capacity for worship and passion and, consequently, our capacity for pain. PG 13
- Wed 17 Feb - Tue 23 Feb
Wed 17 February, High School Open Day, 08h30-11h00
We invite you to come and find out more about Waldorf education at Michael Oak Waldorf School.
10h00 – 10h15 Arrival & Registration
11h00 – 11h20 Tea & coffee
You will be able to choose between a kindergarten, lower primary, upper primary and high school class and experience a lesson.
Information for parents ahead of high school applications – including a talk on the benefits of a Waldorf high school; attractions, highlights and opportunities of Michael Oak High School and the differences between primary and high school at Michael Oak.
- Wed 25 Nov - Sat 28 Nov
GREEK TRAGEDY IN CLASS 10
In the same way the Ancient Greeks stood at the bright dawn of Western civilization, so also the Class 10’s stand at the awakening of their adult awareness and understanding.
Thus it is appropriate that the 16-year-old at school should be immersed in ancient history and philosophy and investigates the origins of literature and drama. In this context a Waldorf curriculum also calls for the performance of a Greek tragedy in which the human condition and its attendant suffering can be explored.
This year’s play The Bacchae by Euripides is an accessible, entertaining and hard-hitting drama that will have you spellbound – aided by the superb commitment and acting of Class 10, and the haunting attendant music and song performed by Nicola Christodoulides, and Omri Scannell.
Please note that the mature nature of the play is not suited for young children. Only Class 6 and older should attend.
THE BACCHAE by Euripides
This two-and-a-half thousand year old Greek tragedy explores the irrational side of human nature within the age-old story of the incarnation of a God.
It is the electrifying, searing story of a city that is visited by the wrath of the Gods.
Don’t miss this mature and accomplished work performed by Class 10. You will be riveted…