The MCGREGOR WALDORF SCHOOL and COLLEGE, a private English Meduim school in the small village of McGregor, Western Cape, has been teaching children since 1994, the year South Africa held its first democratic elections. Children from all cultural, economic, social and language backgrounds were allowed to be educated TOGETHER at last!
Only when children grow and learn together can the Apartheid mentality be overcome.
Many of the children attending the school live in the surrounding townships of McGregor, Robertson and Ashton. Their families are ranking among the many very low-income people of South Africa and can pay only a little bit for their school fees. In a country were many still are devoid of beauty on many levels these children love their school where they are surrounded by colour, movement, rhythm, stories, play, drawing, painting, singing, music and a warm relationship with their teacher. These are all vital elements in the development of a rich inner life and the capacity to learn and are inspired by the principles of Rudolf Steiner. The fact that our school is an English medium school makes it attractive as many parents believe this will enhance their children's chances for futher education or finding employment.
Even at High School level these elements are important but are now practised at a higher level and focussed in the subjects the students study for their matric exams.
While Mathematic, Language and Computer skills are essential for futher study and buiding a working life, Visual and Dramatic Arts enhance personal and interpersonal growth while Life Orientation develops social skills and much needed awareness.
A highly qualified and motivated staff of twelve teachers look after the wellbeing and growth of nearly 150 children together with administrative, cleaning and hostel staff.
A recent Alumni study indicated that not one of our alumni were idle, which is a great response knowing that in South Africa the unemployment rate of people younger than 25 is almost twice the national average (49 % compared with 25 %). Almost 50% of young people under 25 in this country do not go to school, college or university or are employed.
"Our young people are doing alright in the world; they are working or studying, occupied, searching and trying. My sense is that they are not giving up. They look life squarely in the face, and although they find it tough, they also find it satisfying. And these are exactly the qualities that we want our students to develop; to be able to stand strong, be creative and believe that there is a future."