Max Stibbe Waldorf School is very different to other private schools. Although tangible, the difference is almost indefinable in words. It is the combination of many unique features; the peaceful setting, wide open spaces and tall trees, the caring and friendly atmosphere, the one-on-one relationship that each child has with his/her teacher, the joyful abandon of children running, laughing, playing.
We are situated on a beautiful, organic farm, in the tranquil Mooiplaats area, about 20 minutes east of central Pretoria. In this stress-free setting, children are protected from many of the dangers that beset them in urban schools, and are encouraged to interact with nature.
We believe that children should be children, for as long as possible. Unlike most private schools, we believe that education is a journey, not a race. We foster cooperation, rather than competition, between learners.
The School is small and intimate, independent, international, multi-cultural, co-educational and non-denominational.
The unique Waldorf method emphasizes holistic education practices, with the aim of educating the whole child, â€œhead, heart and handsâ€.
We have successfully applied the Waldorf approach to the South African context, in a manner that addresses the issues of identity and multi-culturalism. Our educational principles resonate with the African notions of self-respect and dignity, combined with a comprehensive curriculum that is based on the worth of the whole individual.
Nursery school facilities
Although some independent schools have nursery school facilities, Max Stibbe is unique because we offer consistency and continuity throughout the child schooling. Our goal is to let children be children for as long as possible, and to protect the precious childhood years for the sake of healthy physical and emotional development, and for later academic learning.