The South Shore Waldorf School Association is a resource for Waldorf education in Atlantic Canada.
We are a multi-generational community that cultivates social renewal by providing resources for Waldorf Education in Atlantic Canada.
We do this in the following ways:
- We offer a comprehensive Waldorf education learning community devoted to peacefully educating children within a non-competitive, arts-enriched, academically rigorous pre-K through Grade 9 curriculum.
- We offer a teacher resource library and house a portion of the Nova Scotia Anthroposophical Library (the other half resides in Bear River, NS).
- We collaborate with teacher education programs at Universities and training institutes offering practicum placements and observations.
- We offer community meeting spaces and workshops.
- We host events and festivals.
- We offer parent resource programs and support.
- We provide consulting services to independent school initiatives across the Maritimes.
- We fundraise and provide support for our sister school – The Madagascar School Project.
- We host a large conference on Waldorf education and child development called Waldorf East, which draws educators from across the Maritimes (and beyond).
MISSION OF THE FACULTY OF THE SOUTH SHORE WALDORF SCHOOL
In everything we do, we nurture the healthy, holistic development of each individual child.
We create an education grounded in nurturing, uplifting, and healing.
As teachers, we personally guide our students’ interest in and knowledge of the world.
Entrusted with this task, we freely commit in gratitude.
Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
In our work, we are committed to the ideals upon which Waldorf/Steiner education was founded. These include respect for the dignity of each individual child and family in honoring diverse races, cultures, religions, national origins, socioeconomic situations, gender identity and sexual orientations, family composition, and individual ability which form the backgrounds of their lives.
We are committed to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion as a pathway to social justice and to rectifying the explicit and implicit biases that undermine the creation of healthy social life in our society.
Waldorf education was founded in 1919 upon the insights of Rudolf Steiner, whose indications provide the foundations for a truly humanized education that recognizes the individuality of each person and the universal spirit living within every human being. We affirm this educational and social truth. Any statements attributed to Rudolf Steiner which imply or suggest discrimination or judgment toward any race, ethnicity, religion, gender or sexuality, or socio-economic group, are rejected. Such attitudes are contradictory and undermine the goals of this education.
Recognizing and celebrating the differences that make us uniquely individual fosters healing and the creation of new social life. We strive to create conscious, collaborative communities of parents, teachers, and children which strengthen the children in our care to meet future challenges with optimism, confidence, resilience, and tolerance and experience their lives as filled with purpose and meaning.