There are already plenty of Balls, apart from the fact that in Bolzano there is really no attractive ballroom to use. Instead, we had a wonderful idea of organising and hosting (now for the third time) the Waldorf Music Festival, “Whatchamacallit” – 10 hours of non-stop music, theater and art.
Everybody can do what they want, but the question is- what can be achieved with that approach? The WOB was born in 2004 as an additional educational option for the Alpine region of South Tyrol, North Tyrol and Trentino and adheres to the framework guidelines set by the school authorities.
Of course not! We are a cultural and educational association which means that we work together to achieve something, because alone we would not be able to improve the world. If we invest in children and adolescents and educate them mindfully, the future can be even better.
WOB students learn everything overnight without having to make an effort… Nonsense, of course students get assignments and deadlines, but “education to freedom” is a major challenge for all involved. Reliable and independent students face challenges and find solutions, and even comfortable students can learn to take their lives into their own hands.
Rudolf Steiner is the founder of Waldorf education. Emil Molt, then co-owner of the Waldorf Astoria cigarette factory, was able to convince Steiner to co-found the first Waldorf school in Stuttgart with him. The content and method of Waldorf education is based on Rudolf Steiner’s findings on the laws of the development of children and adolescents. In addition to pedagogy, Rudolf Steiner’s humanities research also found its way into biodynamic agriculture, anthroposophic medicine and the arts.
No, Waldorf schools are schools for all talents. Brain research has impressively demonstrated that children and adolescents acquire many skills through artistic practice that go far beyond direct employment. Therefore, when Waldorf students paint, draw, model or make music, it is all about training differentiated perceptions and unfolding their creative potential. Of course, the talents of the individual students are taken into account so Waldorf teachers strive to develop the mind, creativity and independent personality of their students equally.
No. At the WOB and all Waldorf schools, children of all talents, as well as in the state-run schools, learn that in addition to their intellectual abilities, social and artistic skills are equally demanded and promoted. The individual support of children with special assistance needs is an important pillar of Waldorf education, which is implemented either with an inclusive concept, with curative education or special education schools.
We do a morning circle every Monday. This weekly morning circle gives the pupils and teachers present the opportunity to ask questions and answer according to an ancient example. Ultimately, practising democracy or even easier …. just simply talking, listening and practice thinking along!
Since 2009 we are a recognized, but not yet equal, upper high school. At the end of April and August respectively, the required documents for the German school board were handed over again to hopefully be an equal art school from the school year 2017/18. At the present time, the Waldorf Diploma is not a legally valid secondary school diploma. Such a diploma can only be obtained in a public school or in an equivalent private school.
In the meantime, we have been working together for years with our partners “Warnborough College” in Dublin (IR) with its “headquarters” in Canterbury (UK), whose diploma allows our students to study at countless universities because legally every university is free to enrol students from different schools. For example, the Free University of Bolzano and the University of Innsbruck unfortunately do not yet accept the WC diplomas!
From the 2017/18 school year, we will also work more intensively with our equivalent Waldorf partner school in Milan.
Experience shows that especially mindful Waldorf students are particularly appreciated by instructors. In a school that not only demands intellectual skills, key skills such as teamwork, creativity, and the ability to think in terms of processes develop from the first day of school. Extensive graduate studies show that Waldorf pupils study and work very successfully in all studies and occupational fields.
If you visit Waldorf schools around the world, your parents pay a fee because many state governments do not sufficiently finance private schools. The money must be paid for rent, teachers, secretaries, pension, electricity, heating, water, garbage collection and things like books, sound, toner, painting sheets, tools and much more.