Following the Education Review Office review of our Rose Ring Kindergartens in May 2016, the following comments were made:
Children feel welcome, included and have high levels of trusting relationships with teachers and one another. Children are first and foremost valued, celebrated and affirmed for who they are, and what they bring to their learning. They demonstrate a strong sense of belonging and a willingness to share their ideas and interests. The natural and challenging environment is well prepared to provide a rich variety of learning experiences. Children play and explore in both indoor and outdoor environments, using their imagination and creativity in pursuing their interests. Oral language, literacy, mathematics, science and nature are naturally integrated into the programme.
A strong feature of the programme is the way the natural and real life world is the focus of learning. Through this focus children are offered opportunities to develop foundational skills and attitudes to ensure both wellbeing and learning. Children develop positive work habits and values of care and respect for both the environment and other people. Many aspects of the kindergarten environment support this focus with children growing, harvesting and preparing their own food, and understanding healthy eating, and using natural resources from the sea, bush and land. The environment and kindergarten programme allows children to work with and understand seasonal rhythms and routines. Children have a stable and secure basis from which they can grow and develop to their potential.
Following the Education Review Office review of our Tauranga Waldorf School August 2015, the following comments were made:
The school’s mission statement is to practise Rudolf Steiner’s Art of Education to develop students who can stand as free individuals in and for the world; balanced in their feeling; clear, creative and flexible in their thinking, and practical and purposeful in their will. Students are encouraged to find identity, meaning and purpose in life by forming connections with their community, the natural world, and with the spiritual values of gratitude, wonder and reverence.
The school’s achievement data over the last two years demonstrates a consistent pattern of achievement at Year 8 when progressions align fully with National Standards. In 2014, assessment data showed that a significant majority of Year 8 students met or exceeded National Standards in reading, writing and mathematics. Across the school, Māori are the top achieving cohort group in reading, writing and mathematics. Boys and girls are achieving at comparable rates in reading, writing and mathematics.
The school’s curriculum is well designed, successfully promotes and supports student learning, and reflects the uniqueness of the school and its community.