How is the Kelowna Waldorf School Governed?
The Kelowna Waldorf School adheres to the AWSNA Principles for Waldorf Schools:
- The image of the human being as a spiritual being informs every aspect of the school.
- Waldorf schools foster social renewal by cultivating human capacities in service to the individual and society.
- Anthroposophical understanding of child development guides the educational program.
- Waldorf schools support freedom in teaching within the context of the school’s shared agreements.
- The conscious development of human relationships fosters individual and community health.
- Spiritual development in support of professional growth is an ongoing activity for the faculty, staff, and board.
- Collaboration and shared responsibility provide the foundations of school leadership and governance.
The Three governing Spheres of the Kelowna Waldorf School
1. The Pedagogical Sphere
2. The Legal/Financial/Administrative Sphere
3. The Community Sphere
The faculty works per the educational principles based on the research of human development by the Austrian scientist and thinker Rudolf Steiner.
The teachers are responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities of the classrooms, for presenting the curriculum, the festivals, and for working directly with the children and parents. The class teachers and special subject teachers work together to create an integrated approach to the students’ learning.
The reward for working in this sphere is the satisfaction of having served a deep need of the current time and thereby have made a difference in the world that will have far-reaching effects.
WALDORF SCHOOL ASSOCIATION OF KELOWNA (WSAK)
The Waldorf School Association of Kelowna founded the Kelowna Waldorf School in 1982 to ensure that the school is maintained and operated per the laws of the Province of British Columbia.
The reward for those working in this sphere is the opportunity for considerable personal growth, deep friendships and also the satisfaction of having made a difference in the world.
The Board of Trustees is responsible for the legal standing and financial well-being of the school. This body has the long-term goals of the school at heart and works to secure the school as an entity within the legal and financial realm of the broader community. It may be composed of parents, teachers and members of the greater community.
Professional staff bring support and oversight to a wide range of administrative and business matters. The Administration carries out the necessary day-to-day business activities of coordinating and operating the school. It carries out the decisions and standing policies of the Pedagogical Carrying Group and the Board of Trustees and strives to serve the needs of Faculty, parents, and students.