A positive experience of education is fundamental. It is what every school, every teacher strives for. In Steiner / Waldorf education we aim to develop the whole person, academically, physically, emotionally and in every aspect of character. As independent schools we are fortunate in that we can provide learning envoronments which are unique, and which grow from the communities which sustain them. Our smaller scale often gives a special kind of character to educational experience. Also we draw in a very eclectic, and cosmopolitan mix of families and students.
This part of the website focuses on the students themselves and provides an insight into their experience, sharing some of its products, as well as being a gateway to resources for them to log in and access.
The learning experience is best judged by those actually experiencing it. We put each individual child at the centre of it and their words express what it is about far better than anything else. Here are some comments from students at the school.
“Visiting from abroad for a year”
When I first came to the school in August I had just left Denmark and all my friends. I didn’t know anyone, but the atmosphere was really friendly and open. The teachers and the other students were very nice to me.
My own idea about a teacher was a person who was teaching and marking our work, but at the Aberdeen Waldorf School; the teachers are very friendly and their teaching is very individual and you would never find it boring.it is as if every teacher is a specialist in their subject area. I feel that they care about me and if I was to ask them anything they would always be bothered to answer me.
The pupil-student and the pupil-pupil relationships are really good
The school is small and so you know everyone. The atmosphere in the classroom during both lessons and breaks is like sitting and having a good time with friends joining in. if we have a project or group work then the whole class joins in and contributes with their own knowledge and ideas.
The other students are very friendly and nice and it is easy to feel welcomed and as if you have been here for a long time. I really like the social life as you can be yourself. You are not teased if you do not use mascara and make-up. I can sit in the classroom and chat or I can also just have a silent break outside by myself, no one minds.
I recommend the school because it is a really good school with good qualities and a really good surrounding social life. The teaching and learning is really good too!
Aberdeen Waldorf School is an experience for lifetime if you ask me!- I’ll give the school 10 stars out of 10!
Foreign pupil aged 14 years
“The New Kid”:
“I used to be scared of going to school, but now I love it. I enjoy coming to school and seeing all my friends, it feels like I have been here for ages. Everyone is just so friendly, I have never liked school so much before.
I feel really relaxed now like I can just be myself, I feel like I can really trust everyone.
The school and its style of teaching are a lot different to my last school, but I like it better here.
My advice to anyone starting a new school is, just wait and see what happens as life is full of surprises.”
New pupil aged 14 years.
“I have been at the school since I was 11 years old. I think that my parents chose it as it is more practical than state schools. We have much more practical work than in state schools which is good…”
Pupil aged 13 years.
“ I have been at the Waldorf school since kindergarten .It has been a fun ride experiencing the changes and the changes in me .My first impressions were that it was a nice loving school. I felt at home, even though I can be mean and quite naughty….
I like that you have a lot of freedom and choice of work. You also get so much more care and personal attention. The environment is a lot nicer because everyone knows each other and the teachers try and not shout too much, unless we push them to the limit……
The school is great at helping and being there for the children and me. The work that we do is usually what we would want to do.
Pupil aged 13 years.
Class 8 trip experience to Rua Fiola;
“As the wind was howling around the bunkhouse we were all snuggled around the wood stove inside. Around the fire were sofa and bean bags. Some of us were in our sleeping bags, others were hiding under the bean bags. The instructors were running around securing everything that could possibly fly away. Although they were securing everything a roof of a shed did fly off and one of the trampolines was about to fly away.
The instructor told us that the wind was blowing at a Force 10 and that a Force 12 was a hurricane. We were all glad to be inside. Some of us used the wind to our advantage and went outside and flipped our jackets up to make a sail. The wind was strong enough to push us over!”
Pupil aged 13 years
On the day of the survival the instructors said that the weather would get better, but it seemed to get worse. They dropped me and my friend off on our island (Big Black Isle) at about 3 p.m. we straight away went to check out our cave- Quartz Cave. It had two chambers, and one of them went quite far in but it was damp at the back. We chose to sleep there even though the wind and rain were blowing into the cave. We had a poly-sheet so we decided to pin it up on the quartz rocks to shelter us. Then I went off to look for something to light a fire with, but it was all soaked and it wouldn’t even dry when I put a few bits into my jacket , like the instructor had told me to!
When I returned to the cave my friend had collected a lot of wood sorrel and we started to sort out the fireplace.
After a while we decided to move everything to the big part of the cave because it was more sheltered.
I ran across the island to look for running water and then slid down dripping hills only to find that there was running water about 20 feet away from the cave.
There were five things that the instructors are always going on about;
Shelter ,food ,water ,fire and fun. So far we had shelter, food (sort of ) water and we were having fun. The fire was impossible to light because everything was so soaked but we managed for about 10 minutes to light it!
Pupil aged 13 years