Treow’s Waldorf inspired approach prepares children for the future by:
- developing them physically, emotionally, spiritually and academically;
- instilling in them a love for learning;
- developing in them confidence and individuality;
- building in them a resilience to overcome the challenges of our modern age with clarity, confidence and originality.
The principles of Treow are honesty, fairness, transparency and integrity. The holistic view of the Treow is shown in the image below where the tree represents Treow, with roots that draw from heritage, love, the community, and family. Treow attends to the physical, spiritual, emotional, and academic development of the children to produce fruit in the children namely: clarity, individuality, confidence, truth, knowledge, belonging, and integrity.
Parents are seen to be integral to Treow and are expected to become involved.
Waldorf Education at Treow
The Waldorf approach offers an age-appropriate, experiential, and academically-rigorous methodology to education. Arts are integrated into all academic disciplines to enhance and enrich learning. The intent is to inspire lifelong learning in children and enable them to develop their unique capacities fully.
Education at a Waldorf School aligns with the child’s stages of development.
Please refer to the Parents Handbook for more information regarding the curriculum.
Full Time Teachers
Treow has a policy that our full-time staff are qualified, SACE registered teachers with appropriate Waldorf training. Each teacher has a paid mentor who each has extensive experience in the Waldorf teaching approach. Teachers have regular meetings with their mentors to ensure appropriate support and guidance is actively received.
Our Class Teacher for classes 2 to 4 is Lindy Scholtz.
Lindy, after years of teaching in places as diverse as Namibia, Gazankulu, France and Taiwan, and being involved in setting up and running small alternative schools in Pietermaritzburg and the Byrne valley, became a Waldorf teacher in 2012, at the Roseway Waldorf School. Here she was a class teacher for four years, and the primary school music teacher for six years. In January 2022 she joined the staff of Treow.
Lindy holds a Masters Degree in Literary Studies from UCT, and a Higher Diploma in Education from UKZN.
Nita is our new Class Teacher for classes 5 and 7.
Nita has 15 years of teaching experience, has a BA degree with psychology and English majors. Nita also has a BEd degree with intermediate and senior phases as well as a Diploma in Education in Human Values. Nita has taught at Kloof Junior Primary and Sathya Sai School in Chatsworth as well as extra lessons in mathematics and science.
We are delighted that Nita has joined Treow. We value Nita’s “mainstream” school background and experience that can align Treow class 7’s with transitioning to class 8 in an IEB teaching system. We are also grateful for Nita’s enthusiasm in receiving intensive Waldorf training.
Part Time Teachers
Treow draws on the wealth of knowledge and experience in the community to fulfill specific requirements or needs. Our part time teachers are all aligned with the Waldorf approach and are mentored by the full time teachers.
Our Zulu teacher is Nobuhle Ndlovu
Nobuhle has been working as an au pair while studying through UNISA. She completed her Higher Certificate in Adult Basic Education in 2019 and is currently studying for her Bachelor of Education in Intermediate Phase Teaching. She has been working with children for over 12 years and is loving teaching the Treow children Zulu second language and Zulu bead work.
Nobuhle is also teaching class 7 woodwork this year.
Parent and Volunteer Teachers
Parents and family members of children at Treow as well as interested members of the community assist with teaching some of the activities such as:
- Gardening and farming
- Water conservation
Treow’s Relationships to Waldorf Schools and Organisations
The teachers, parents and families of the children at Treow have a network of contacts and relationships with teachers, parents and families of various Waldorf Schools, Steiner Schools and Waldorf aligned institutions, some of which are listed below (in alphabetical order).
- Centre For Creative Education, Cape Town, WC
- Constantia Waldorf School, Cape Town, WC
- Gaia Waldorf, Cape Town, WC
- Imhoff Waldorf, Cape Town, WC
- Michael Mount Waldorf School, Johannesburg, GP
- Michael Oak Waldorf School, Cape Town, WC
- Roseway Waldorf School, Assagay, KZN
- Stellenbosch Waldorf School, Stellenbosch, WC
- Titirangi Rudolf Steiner School, Auckland, New Zealand
- Waldorf Ways
Treow also has relationships with people within the South African Federation of Waldorf Schools, where our membership application is being processed.