Michael Mount Waldorf School caters for early childhood, nursery, primary, and high school students. The school currently has approximately 550 students, with an average class size of 25. All teachers hold a recognised teaching qualification and SACE registration, accompanied by a 2-year Waldorf education certificate, and all undergo biennial appraisals and training. Michael Mount follows the Waldorf Curriculum up to Grade 11, and all students write the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) National Senior Certificate examinations in Matric. Michael Mount students have maintained a 100% pass rate since the inception of the Matric program in 1987.
Nurturing conscious, creative, independent thinkers
Michael Mount Waldorf School is a mainstream school that focuses on educating the whole child using the Waldorf educational principles laid down by Dr Rudolf Steiner. We provide an age-appropriate, child-centred curriculum ensuring that our children experience wide-ranging subject matter that gives them a real sense of the world in which they live.
What sets Waldorf education apart is that its true basis lies in the importance of following the major developmental stages of the child to provide age appropriate and experiential learning. In order to raise well-rounded human-beings, the whole child – head, heart, and hands – needs to be nurtured and educated. This is why the Waldorf system strives to develop social-emotional intelligence in students, alongside academic ability. Education is a life-long journey, and so it is vital to nurture the child’s innate curiosity, creativity, values, and insatiable thirst for knowledge.
Waldorf education takes an interdisciplinary approach to education, integrating art, academics, ethics, and practical skills. Students are exposed to a large spectrum of knowledge and activities, allowing them to discover their unique interests and capabilities. Because learning is academically rigorous and engaging, there is no need to memorise isolated facts and undergo competitive testing – Waldorf students develop an intrinsic joy and motivation for learning, which is reflected in their life-long accomplishments.
The students are not only prepared to meet standardised academic requirements but go beyond them by being equipped with skills and qualities vital for the future. While there is no knowing what professions may be in demand in the future, the modern challenges of society will certainly require individuals who are resourceful, confident, level-headed critical thinkers, able to adapt to the ever-changing, complex environment while still preserving a spirit of empathy, tolerance, and collaboration. Waldorf education provides students with a set of transferable skills and the ability to directly engage with the world from numerous points of view.
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