Letter to Parents

9 October 2018

To the Manila Waldorf School community,

It was in September 1919 when the first Waldorf school in Stuttgart, Germany was founded by Emil and Berta Molt for the children of the Waldorf-Astoria cigarette factory. Under Rudolf Steiner's guidance, the twelve founding teachers, learned on the job, how to teach, with a new understanding of the nature of man.

Almost 100 years later, we celebrate the Waldorf education movement! It has become the largest free school movement with about 1,100 schools and over 2,000 kindergartens around the world. We, the faculty of MWS, join the many parents and teachers who are committing to the continued growth of this movement.

The Centennial, Waldorf 100 Learn to Change the World, is a wonderful opportunity to explore and exchange ideas on how to further develop Waldorf education for contemporary times and focus more consciously on its global dimensions.

Many projects are happening now which promote international connectedness and understanding. In our very own community, we have been able to join Waldorf schools around the world, in launching the following core projects :

  1. Bees and trees. When bees do well, humans do too.

    Under our care are hives of our very own local stingless bees which are called kiyots. We have planted and are still planting local trees in the area and flowers. Our school doctor loves birds and has awakened a love for birds even amongst our lower school children.

  2. Postcards. We've received postcards from children all over the world – Germany, Slovakia, China, USA. We will create a Map of the world out of these postcards. Target date: Advent Fair , December 2018

Our own MWS Waldorf 100 projects

  1. Project LOVE Waldorf dolls

    Spreading love could be as easy as coming together to sew dolls as gifts for children who need them.
    Target: to sew 230 dolls by March 2019. Each student or parent will lovingly sew one doll during parents meetings or during their spare time in school. These will be distributed at our Project Outreach activities

  2. Choral singing

    Ms. Abi, our choir teacher will organize a special group within the community to sing in churches during the season of Advent, Christmas or Holy week

  3. Advent Fair installation

    An installation will be created by the community to show the value we place on creating heart to heart connections with each other and other Waldorf schools

  4. Waldorf 100 Two day Festival UGNAYAN

    Target date: June or August 2019
    Talks on education

    Morning Workshops that will give participants an experience of the wonders of Waldorf education and how we have localized aspects of it – indigenous music, weaving, painting, bothmer gym, etc….

    Afternoon Talking groups/ initiatives of alumnae , members of the community which explore better, more socially aware and humane ways of living one's life, running a business, etc.…

    Evening performance possibilities
    Philippine Folk Dance
    Eurythmy / Drama

  5. Monthly activities (more activities to be announced)

    October 12Local bee keeping with kyots planting of flowering plants/herbs for the bees
    October 13Kawayan doll making session, Handwork room
    November 17 8:30-11:30Painting session with Peter Buckner
    December 2Advent Fair
    Bees, Trees and Birds walk with Dr. Lolet
    JanuaryEpiphany painting activity
    (Storytelling. Wisdom of Fairy tales. Activity : doll making)
    FebruaryIndigenous music
    MarchDoll making
  6. Teacher trainings/conferences organized in line with Waldorf100 we aim to attend, for which we need financial support

    January 2019Melbourne, Australia
    "Caring for the Adolescent. Inspiration and Engagement"
    March 2019Kassel, Germany
    Science high school training<
    April 2019Dornach, Switzerland
    "Inner Freedom - Social Responsibility. Finding Ways Into a Human Future"
    May 2019Bangkok, Thailand
    "Class teachers conference with Christof Wiechert"
    July 2019Dornach, Switzerlan
    "First Course for Teachers"
  7. Kawayan student activities

    November 2019Nanshan Waldorf School, Beijing, China
    Five-day cultural exchange. Class 10 Ancient Civilization block
    April 2019Dornach, Switzerlan
    Five-day International Students Conference: "Courage"
    Class 11 and 12
  8. Documentation. We need writers and photographers to document our activities and share these with the greater Waldorf community.

Please let us know how you would like to get involved or if you would like to start your own initiative.  We would love for everyone to celebrate with us.  It’s an exciting, creative  way to strengthen connections within the community, the country and the world and to rediscover and re-affirm the relevance of Waldorf education in the contemporary world and the future.

Isa Belmonte
For the MWS faculty

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