Bees and Trees, students Maize and Chloe, help build the top bar beehive.

Vancouver Waldorf School: Celebrating 100 Years of Waldorf® Education

North Vancouver: The Vancouver Waldorf School is celebrating Waldorf education’s 100th anniversary on September 19, 2019.

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, Vancouver 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.

Centennial initiatives thus far and to come include: Worldwide Postcard Exchange – we have sent and received 1,100 postcards to and from every Waldorf school, connecting students from around the world; Bees and Trees – we have built and installed a hive of honey bees to support pollination and help teach our children and community about hive life, and have planted pollinator-friendly gardens connecting us via a “green-web” with other beekeepers globally; Fairytale Performance – we are collaborating with the companions at Cascadia Society to bring eurythmy, storytelling and music to Kay Meek on November 27; and Waldorf Chronicles – we are collecting the stories of our founders, families – current and past, faculty and staff to share throughout 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 found here: Waldorf 100 – The Film “Learn to Change the World” https://youtu.be/wfec6eF4I_4

Partners in this endeavour include the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America, Waldorf Early Childhood of Association of North America, and The Alliance for Public Waldorf Education.

For more information, interviews, or photographs please contact:
Mary Henley
Community & Resource Development Manager
Vancouver Waldorf School
2725 St Christophers Rd
604-985-7435 ext 226 | mhenley @ vws.ca