Waikato Waldorf School provides an engaging education that affirms children as individuals.
Waikato Waldorf School was founded as a private concern in 1996 by a passionate group of individuals, beginning with a Class One of 9 children. Two years later it became an “Integrated Full Primary School” – partially funded by the Ministry of Education and a part of the New Zealand state education system, but following the principles of Rudolf Steiner’s Waldorf educational philosophy.
From a tiny school on the edge of Hamilton, surrounded by rolling Waikato farmland, we have now grown into a large Waldorf community encompassing Early Childhood facilities including full-time daycare, parent/child Play Circles and a large Kindergarten, as well as a Full Primary School and a High School catering for students up to the age of 15. By July 2017 the School was catering for 191 students, and the roll is still increasing as more and more families search for the inclusive, rich, imaginative education that the Waldorf curriculum provides.
The school and Early Childhood facilities have developed in an organic progression, and buildings both old and full of character as well as new state-of-the-art, purpose-designed buildings exist side by side in harmony. There is ample space for our long term plans for further development without compromising the spacious, country feeling that characterises the campus.
While our community has grown substantially, so has the city of Hamilton, and although the school now sits in the quiet suburbs of Rototuna and Huntington, our campus still retains its country feel – numerous apple and pear trees, native plantings along the bank of the stream that borders the back of the property, a large vegetable garden, chickens and cattle. As a community, we truly appreciate our unique place in beautiful Aotearoa New Zealand.