Welcome to the Roseway Waldorf School. The intention of this year-book is to expand on our Prospectus and give information and guidance to parents about what they can expect from the School and also what the school expects from them.

Our policies and procedures are intended to support the Mission and Vision of our school, and to build integrity, trust and respect among all members of our school community.

Roseway Waldorf Mission Statement

Creative Education for Lifelong Learning

Roseway Waldorf Vision

To create a healthy community in our country where children

learn with enthusiasm;

strive to become independent, creative thinkers;

are free to find their true destiny in life, work with purpose, reverence, and love;

and are confident that they will make a difference in the world.


What is Waldorf Education?

“Waldorf Education…is the art of awakening what is actually there within the human being” –


Rudolf Steiner


Waldorf (Steiner) education is an approach to pedagogy based on the educational philosophy of the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Anthroposophy.

The first Waldorf school opened in 1919 in Stuttgart, Germany. At present, there are over 1000 independent Waldorf schools, about 2,000 kindergartens and over 600 centres for special education, located in 60 countries.

Waldorf Schools follow a prescribed independent curriculum which focuses on providing  practical, hands-on activities and environments that encourage creative thinking.  The curriculum allows for this engagement to unfold appropriately with the phases in the child’s development. As such our curriculum is different to that followed by government and other private schools.   Some of the most noticeable differences include:

·         The emphasis on the various phases of child development and how these impact on the learning process.

·         The emphasis on Reverence, Rhythm and Routine coupled with free play and simple natural fibre toys during the early childhood years.

·         The mixed age classes in Kindergarten.

·         The endeavour to retain the same class teacher throughout the Primary School years.

·         The Main Lesson / block teaching where pupils create their own books and the exclusion of the use of worksheets and printed textbooks from Class 1 to Class 12 in these blocks.

·         The early introduction of multiplication, division and other mathematical concepts in class 1.

·         The later introduction of reading after a careful and well-structured foundation in the full cognitive skills of comprehension have been established.

·         The balance of artistic subjects with the academic.

·          The lack of gender or academic streaming.

·         The fact that there is no subject specialization until the matric year.

·          The inclusion of seasonal festival celebrations.

·          The incorporation of subjects such as Eurythmy, Gardening and Form Drawing into the weekly rhythms – these subjects are seen as essential features of a Waldorf school.

·         The collaborative working structure of our Teaching Faculty, College of Teachers and the exclusion of a Principal or team of prefects.

Parents are to be aware that learning of certain skills at a Waldorf School occasionally happens at different stages, sometimes in advance of or in lag to what is taught in other schools. That said, it has been our experience that pupils transferring both in or out of a Waldorf system do so with relative ease.

It is expected that parents make every effort to keep informed about how and why skills are introduced at each age and that they endeavour to deepen their understanding of Waldorf Education so that they can be assured that their decision to enrol their child in a Waldorf School is well-informed and supported by an ever deepening understanding.

Roseway Waldorf School – Accreditation and Affiliation

The Roseway Waldorf School is run according to the educational principles outlined by Dr Rudolf Steiner.  Though an independent school, it is a member of the Federation of Waldorf Schools in South Africa and ISASA (Independent Schools’ Association of South Africa).

Our Matric pupils write the National Senior Certificate and our Class 13 year is fully registered by the National Department of Education.

Term Dates 2018



1st term

Wednesday , 17 January

Friday, 23 March

2nd term

Tuesday , 10 April

Friday, 22 June

3rd term

Tuesday, 17 July

Friday, 21 September

4th term

Tuesday , 9 October

Friday , 7 December

Contact Details


D 435 Alverstone Road                                                           Private Bag X7034

Gate F13                                                                                  Hillcrest

Alverstone                                                                               3650


The office is open Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm.

·         School begins at 7h45 with a morning verse which sets the tone for the day. It is therefore, important that all children arrive by 7h40 at the latest.

·         School finishes at 12h10 for Playgroup, Kindergarten and Classes 1 and 2.

·         School finishes at 14h00 for Classes 3 – 7.

·         School finishes at 14h50 for Classes 8 -13

·         School finishes at 15h30 for Babygroup

School closes at 11h00 on the first and last day of the year.

·         School closes at 12h10 on the last day of every term.

·         The Playgroup and Kindergarten classes close one day earlier than the rest of the school every term.

N.B.: The school cannot be responsible for children left at the school outside of school hours.  Please will parents fetch their children promptly, at the end of the school day, especially the children from the lower classes. Children in Classes 1 and 2 need to be fetched from their classroom at 12h10.

No children are allowed to be left unattended at school. They must go up to Aftercare.  Parents will be

invoiced for this service. (See page 8 for more information about Aftercare.)

Kindly note that the school telephone may only be used for emergencies and not to organise the after school activities of children.

Main Office Telephone: (031) 7681309, 7681362 and 7681332      The fax number: (031) 7681424.

Other contact numbers

  1. Babygroup                   072 396 8191
  2. Playgroup                    073 603 8533
  3. Kindergarten               073 009 6751
  4. Aftercare                     078 496 9206



School email contact


Tessa Dawson



Pearl Mackie



Colleen van Dyk


Financial & Development Co-ordinator

Michaël Merle



Hanri Celine



Zanele Shangase


Organisational Structure


The Roseway Waldorf School Association ….

…. is the legal body of the School.  Its members comprise of parents, friends and staff of the Waldorf School.   Membership ensures your right to vote at the Annual General Meeting.

The Board of Directors of the Association ….

…. is responsible for all legal and financial matters concerning the school and for the overall control of the Roseway Waldorf School Association.  The current members of the Board are: Guy Coad (Chairman), Selvin Kisten (Vice-chair), Julian Angelozzi (Treasurer), Warren Goslett,  Charles Hale, Tessa Dawson, Michaël Merle, Judith Tabberner, Susie Trinder, Gareth Quayle and Charmaine Salter.

The College of Teachers ….

…. administers the School and is responsible for all matters relating to educational policy, staffing, procedures and general policies and organization of school activities.  The Chairperson is elected for a period of time, but decisions are reached by consensus.  Our current Chairperson for 2017 is

Bridgette Siepler.

The Body of Teachers ….

…. consists of all class teachers, subject teachers and part-time teachers, who meet regularly once a week to discuss matters relating to school activities.

Pre-Primary, Primary and High School Faculty Meetings

….these are held weekly on a Thursday before the General Teachers’ Meeting.  Matters relating to pre- primary and high school activities are discussed at the separate meetings.

The Mandate System

….comprises of several core groups focused on specific areas.  These are co-ordinated by the Management Mandate that works with the College and the Board of Directors. The Management Mandate convenor for 2017 is Tessa Dawson.

Any queries / concerns or issues can be addressed to the Management Mandate.  Parents wishing to correspond with the school on general issues or a specific issue that requires the school’s response, are asked to address such correspondence to the Convenor Management Mandate.  The Mandate will forward correspondence to the relevant body.

Parents’ Association

We have a Parents Association. An executive committee of the Parents’ Association have formed to co-ordinate and direct the efforts of parents in their support of various projects and initiatives of the school. The Parents’ Association also incorporates fund-raising efforts to bring some of these initiatives into being. They meet once a month in term time to review and plan. Chairperson of the PA is Sharon Rogers and the executives are: Julie Knatten, Julie Jarrett, Cara Mullins (secretary), Sylve Sandalls, Louise de Beer (Treasurer), Sonja Coad, Dan Evans and Joanne Raw.

Class Representatives

Class representatives assist with organising class lunches, liaising with the class teacher for lifts for outings and camps, organising duties at markets and working with the Parents Association.

Class representatives will be confirmed at the first Parents’ Meeting of the year.

Parents’ Meetings

Parents’ meetings are held once a term and take a somewhat different form from parents’ meetings at most mainstream schools. The class teacher or guardian will speak to the assembled group of parents. A broad sketch of the curriculum will be given as well as information about the children’s stage of development and the work being done by the class. Subject teachers may also be present and speak about their work with the children. These meetings are important; to miss them is to miss a vital link in the understanding of the educational process. Parents’ meetings give an opportunity for getting to know fellow parents and attending them will demonstrate to the child, their parents’ involvement and support.

Thursday Lunches

On Thursdays, school closes for all classes at 12h10.  Before the weekly staff meetings commence at 12h30, lunch is served for staff, parents, children and visitors.  This lunch is prepared by parents of each class on a roster basis and the money raised is used for that specific class’ funds. Cost of lunch R20.00 (large plate) and R15.00 (small plate).


Markets are organised by the school. The Musical Moonlight Market held once a year often requires the help of many in the community.  This is not only a fund-raising event but also serves to bring the school community together. All parents are urged to participate as fully as possible in this event.

Rosehip Shop and Natural and Organic Market

The Rosehip Shop and Natural and Organic Market is a school initiative situated at the top of the school property by the Kindergarten, Babygroup and Aftercare area. The Shop offers a variety of stationery (e.g. lyra pencils, block crayons, fountain pens, stick crayons etc.), hand-made dolls, wooden toys, books etc.

The Shop is open on:

Tuesdays:         12h00 – 15h00            Thursdays:         8h00 – 12h00         Fridays:   12h00 – 15h00

A natural and organic market takes place once a month, on the first Friday evening of the month. Watch the midweek bulletin for more information and dates of markets.

The vegetables produced at our organic farm and orchard are sold on a Thursday at the main school pick up and drop off zone between 11h00 – 13h00 and at the Rosehip Shop on market days.

Evaluation and Reports

Regular and open communication between parents and teachers is a vital aspect of Waldorf education. Evaluation is a continuous process and parents should feel free to ask the teachers at any time how their child is getting on. The termly parents’ meetings are also an opportunity for parents to see the children’s work and to hear about their progress from the Class Teacher/Guardian and other subject teachers.

At the end of each school year, a written report is sent out for each child in the primary school. These narrative reports, intended for the children; aim to give a picture of the pupil’s development, his or her strengths and weaknesses, areas of progress and potential for the future. For the high school the Class Guardian is responsible for the collation of reports which are sent out three times a year. Reports aim to be comprehensive, but they cannot take the place of regular meetings between parents and teacher for an objective discussion of the pupil’s performance.

Meetings can be set up at either the parent’s or teacher’s initiative and can also take the form of a home visit. This is mutually beneficial and helps foster the relationship between home and school.

Examinations and Testing

Pupil’s progress is assessed through a consideration of their whole development, which includes social and artistic capacities as well as academic performance. Neither formal tests nor examinations feature in the life of a lower school child. The joy of learning is its own motivation force in these middle years of childhood. As it is necessary for a teacher to ascertain that children have learned what they were supposed to, tests in various subjects occur in the older classes. The emphasis, however, is always on how pupils have performed in terms of their own ability rather than measuring them against that of their class-mates.

In the high school there are no subject choices other than that of Afrikaans or isiZulu from Class 8. All subjects are taught until the end of Class 12 and once the pupils go into Class 13 (Matric) they then do the subjects they have chosen for their Matric Certificate. Matric email: matricmatters@rosewaywaldorf.co.za

School Fees 2018

The Roseway Waldorf School Association is a private organization, and is funded privately.  The school fees are used to ensure the smooth functioning of the school and payment of salaries.  The preferred method of payment is by debit order.   The Bursar can assist you with organizing this



















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Payment of Fees

*         To receive an annual advance payment discount, fees paid before 31 December 2015 are given a 5.50% discount and if paid by 23 January receive a 3% discount. The discount does not apply if paid by credit card.

*         To receive a discount of 2.50%, fees in respect of bi-annual payments are to be paid on 23 January and 24 July 2016. The discount does not apply if paid by credit card.

*         To receive a discount of 1.75% for advance payment, in respect of termly fees payment must be received by the first day of the term. The discount does not apply if paid by credit card.

*          Parents are encouraged to pay by debit order.

*         Fees are paid over 12 months – January to December inclusive.

Banking Details: for direct deposits – FNB Hillcrest, Bank code: 223726, Account No: 59400039557.  Please use your school account number and surname as reference.  Should a reference not be clear we are charged for a duplicate.  This cost will be passed on for parents’ accounts.  Please email deposit slip tofinance@rosewaywaldorf.co.za

*          Placement Fees are a requisite when joining the school.  3000.00 for Babygroup, R4000.00 for Playgroup and Kindergarten and R6000.00 for Primary and High School.  This is non-refundable.

If your fees are in arrears of more than 30 days, unless prior arrangements have been made, your child will be suspended

*          Parents are reminded that should your child / children leave the school a term’s notice is required, in writing, otherwise you will be liable for the fees. 

 *         A Building Levy of R720.00 per family will be debited to the fee account in 12 equal instalments of R60.00 per month.

Aftercare Service

Hourly rates: First hour or part thereof (always including the meal): R35.00

Subsequent hours or part thereof: R11.00

Aftercare Supervisors:          Minnie Oosthuizen

Nokthula Vilakazi

Leigh Andrews

Nqobile Nyathi



It is compulsory to insure each child for a personal accident insurance which compensates for medical expenses and permanent disability.  Further information is obtainable from the Bursar.  We use Alexander Forbes. This amount will be debited to the fee account with the January billing.

Family Policy

It is the policy of the school that, as far as possible, all children of a family be educated under the Waldorf system.  However, the school is under no obligation to admit a child that, in the opinion of the class teacher or interviewing teachers, is unable to fit into the school.

The College of Teachers is the final arbiter in such cases and will seek to support the class teacher in his / her decision.


It is a requirement of the Department of Education that children who are absent for three consecutive days or longer present a medical certificate or note from their doctor or homeopath on their return to school.  A note is required to explain the absence of a child for any reason. Your child may bring a note on his / her return.  It is therefore not necessary to phone the school.  It is not legal to keep children out of school for additional holidays, but in exceptional circumstances, parents need to inform the school timeously. Contagious illnesses and lice infection must be reported immediately to the school.

School Doctor

The school doctors, in cases of emergency, are Dr. Richardson, Rout & Ptnrs, 031 -765 3344.

School Nurse and Counsellor

The School Nurse and Counsellor is Judith Tabberner.

Homeopathic medicines are mostly used.  The school should have a letter of consent, which formed part of the admission process giving the School permission, to give your child medication if he/she should need it.  Without this we are not permitted, by Government edict, to assist your child with medication. (Should you object to your child being treated at school, please advise the office).

Stationery and Other Requirements

Stationery lists for each class are available from the office.

Sports Clothes

The Roseway Waldorf sports kit or equivalent must be worn by all learners for primary and high school. The Roseway kit is available from the office.

Navy shorts                                                      R 83

Blue golf shirts                                                R 85 – 95

Hoodies                                                           R 207 – 315

Sweat shirts                                                     R 145 – 185

Fleece Jackets                                                 R 145 – 232

Socks for matches                                           R 45

Caps                                                                R 35


  • Prices are subject to change when new stock is purchased



The Tuckshop provides a selection of healthy and wholesome foods approved by the teaching body. It is operational at first break: 9h45 – 10h05 and second break 12h10 – 12h35.

Snacks from home:

We request that children bring only nutritious food and drink in their lunch boxes e.g. fruit, wholesome sandwiches or equivalent.

Teachers will sometimes monitor lunch box contents to ascertain whether they contain food and drink with flavourants, preservatives and colourants as well as foods or sweets containing excessive sugar. Parents will be contacted regarding concerns with the contents of lunch boxes.


This is an on-going fundraiser. Paper, cardboard, cans and glass is collected.  There is a recycling collection area near the main gate entrance.

Two paper banks are available for paper and thin cardboard, e.g. cereal boxes.

Beverage cans and food cans that have been cleaned can be placed in a large drum. Glass bottles, (NOT broken glass from windows) can be deposited in the green glass bank. Please note that no plastic containers or bags are collected.


Bus details can be obtained from the Secretary.

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Traffic Rules and Parking

Parents are requested to drive carefully on the district road leading to the school, especially in the mist and rainy weather. Please take care to watch out for horses and cows.   Please park only in the parking bays for parents and visitors and observe the speed limits.  Children should cross the road at the zebra crossings in the pick-up and drop off circle. Children have the right of way. No bicycles, skateboards or scooters are allowed in the parking area.

Teacher Training

Part- time Teacher Training Foundation Course

This course is for teachers, prospective teachers and individuals who have a tertiary qualification and are interested in, or wish to specialize in, Waldorf Education.

The course is also open to all parents who are interested in understanding more about Waldorf Education.

The course looks at the following areas:

*          Pre-primary, Primary and High School

*          Interesting techniques that will enliven and balance your teaching

*          New arts and crafts: storytelling, blackboard drawing, painting, movement, woodwork, puppetry, music, Eurythmy.

Contact Michaël Merle on 031-7681309.

Time:   Tuesday afternoons:

15h00 – 15h30            Artistic work for personal development

15h30 – 17h00            Main Lesson, Lectures, discussions, and activities around the theme.

17h00 – 17h30            Tea

17h30 – 18h30            Art or Craft work with possible classroom application


Coffee Mornings

Coffee Mornings are held at the school, at the Rosehip Shop on Thursday mornings, for parents where discussions and talks take place. Please read your midweek bulletin for further information on these mornings or check the Facebook page