About us

Ko Tararua te maunga
Ko Wharemauku me Whareroa ngā awa
Ko Ōtāheke te moana
Ko Kapiti te moutere tapu
Ko Te Rā Waldorf te kura

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Te Rāwhiti Kindergarten opened its doors in April 1993 in Pukerua Bay and a second Te Rāwhiti Kindergarten was founded in June 1997 in Paekakariki. Te Rā Waldorf School was founded in January 1996 in Paekakariki. In 1998, our current site in Raumati South was purchased and has been developed into the school site over the years. The school is a state integrated primary school with seven classes. There are four licensed and chartered kindergartens; three on the school site at Raumati South and one in Paekakariki.

We also have six play groups, for children aged 0 – 4, one in Paekakariki, and five in Raumati South, and a Nursery class in Raumati South for 3 year olds.

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Click here to read our Special Character Guiding Principles

As an overview, the various bodies involved in running the school and kindergarten are:

Kapiti Waldorf Trust: Guardian of  ‘Special Character’ and proprietor of land and buildings

Board of Trustees: Governance according to our Charter

Te Rāwhiti & Te Rā College: Overview of management in support of our Co-Principals and our Special Character, and supporting pastoral care.

Faculty: Teachers and support staff delivering Waldorf curriculum

What else makes a school a Waldorf school and kindergarten?

  • We see children as beings of ‘hands, heart, and head’, that is, beings of will, feeling, and intellect.
  • We view children as moral, social, and spiritual beings.
  • Our aspiration to educate and develop in a healthy manner each of these aspects of the child: physical, emotional, artistic, intellectual, moral, social and spiritual.
  • Our understanding of the teacher as an educator, responsible for and committed to the healthy development of the whole child.
  • Our appreciation of the stages of child development and, hence, a pedagogy that brings content and skills to children at the appropriate times.
  • Our rich curriculum that presents the whole wonderful panorama of human history, literature, science, technology, mathematics, art and music to the child and adolescent in an accessible, imaginative , and inspiring way.
  • Our belief in the importance of the arts and handcrafts in the development of the child and young adult and the integration of those arts into the curriculum.
  • Our belief that any and every child can and should learn to sing, play a musical instrument, paint, draw, sculpt, move with grace and awareness, write and recite poetry, act in a play, knit and  sew, work with wood and metal and clay, and know how to make a garden and care for animals.
  • Our commitment to the ideal of a human being who is able to think clearly and independently, who is creative and compassionate, who sees meaning and beauty in the world, and who wants to make the world a better place.
  • The knowledge that the right education of the child requires a close, mutually respectful working together of parents, teachers, staff and others in the community.
  • Our work guided by those aspects of anthroposophy that underlie Waldorf education, and our commitment to deepen and renew our understanding, through study and professional development; and an openness to the other practical movements that have grown out of anthroposophy, such as biodynamic agriculture and anthroposophically extended medicine.