The Comox Valley Waldorf School will celebrate Waldorf education’s 100th anniversary on Sept. 19, 2019 by coming together with our entire school community and sharing what Waldorf education brings to our lives.
Waldorf Education founder, Rudolf Steiner, formed the first Waldorf school in Stuttgart, Germany in 1919. Today there are over 1,100 Waldorf schools and almost 2,000 Waldorf kindergartens in 80 countries around the globe.
In celebration of Waldorf education’s centennial, Comox Valley Waldorf School joins other schools worldwide engaging in social and environmental impact projects. The higher aim is to regionally and internationally create a vital interconnectedness essential in today’s world. Comox Valley Waldorf School would like to take on the initiative of creating healthy environments for the bees, which are struggling all over the world. A plan is in the works to have pupils of all ages participate intensively in the health of bees, from the lower to the upper grades, from harvesting honey to pursuing complex research projects. The earth should once again become a place where bees can thrive.
Comox Valley Waldorf school has also participated in a worldwide postcard exchange campaign with 1,100 other Waldorf schools from around the world, which were then put on display on a large world map. This really put into focus for the community just how many Waldorf schools there are around the world. Lastly, a giant mural will be created, which will also serve to illustrate the role of responsibility for humans, and our need for interconnectedness and cooperation on earth today. Students, teachers and parents will participate in this work, and a community unveiling of this mural will happen later in the year.
All the campaigns aim to stimulate dialogue around human values in education and support initiatives that revitalize society and our relationship with each other and our earth. An introduction video to Waldorf education and its centennial celebration can be seen at https://youtu.be/wfec6eF4I_4
Partners in this endeavor include the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America, Waldorf Early Childhood of Association of North America, and The Alliance for Public Waldorf Education.