Sister School – Vidya Aranya

Vancouver Waldorf School – Movie Monday

Each Monday we will feature a short film relating to Waldorf Education. Perhaps a lecture, pedagogical content, sister-school production, or tutorial.

Please enjoy today’s presentation:

Sister School – Vidya Aranya

From our friends at the independent Vidya Aranya, Steiner-inspired school.

Created in 2005, a look inside The Redmont School in the Waldorf Tradition, Birmingham, AL.

Vidya Aranya School is a Waldorf­ inspired school situated in a secluded area near Palolem Beach in South Goa. Our history dates back to 2002, when we started Vidya Aranya as a home school. Due to the growing influx of overseas travellers and an expanding expat community, Vidya Aranya was formally established as a school in 2004. Since its establishment, the school has earned a humble reputation for offering its pupils a unique curriculum and environment in which to learn. In 2006, the Vidya Aranya Trust was founded to support all administrative and financial aspects of the school.

Whilst Vidya Aranya is open to local students, our main student intake is from Europe and North America. All lessons are taught in English, with some overseas students having learnt English while attending classes with us.

The school itself is situated within natural surroundings and has a main outdoor classroom and play area. We value our surroundings and make an effort to educate our students on the history and geography of Goa, its ecological, plant and animal life as well as environmental issues that affect not only us, but also the globe as a whole.

Our schooling costs are supported by school fees and a number of valued and appreciated donations by people from all walks of life. The numbers of students vary from 6 to 48, with peak enrolment typically between the months of November to April.

The priority of the Waldorf ethos is to provide an unhurried and creative learning environment where children can find the joy in learning and experience the richness of childhood rather than early specialisation or academic hot-housing.

The curriculum itself is a flexible set of pedagogical guidelines, founded on Steiner’s principles that take account of the whole child. It gives equal attention to the physical, emotional, intellectual, cultural and spiritual needs of each pupil and is designed to work in harmony with the different phases of the child’s development. The core subjects of the curriculum are taught in thematic blocks and all lessons include a balance of artistic, practical and intellectual content. Whole class, mixed ability teaching is the norm.

*The Vancouver Waldorf School provides an experiential, age appropriate approach to education based on the insights of Rudolf Steiner that inspires students to love learning, to be creative, open-minded, and compassionate. With a curriculum that integrates all academics with the arts and social learning, Waldorf Education develops not only the left and right hemispheres of the brain, but the whole human being. A child’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual development is considered equally, supporting a conscious unfolding of the individuality within each student. Waldorf graduates possess capacities for empathy and clear, creative and independent thinking that enables them to carry out a chosen course of action with moral courage and social responsibility.