I have been involved in Waldorf Education for almost 20 years, and have had the privilege of working and visiting in several different Waldorf Schools. I must say that I am continually enthusiastic and inspired by the level of commitment from the teachers, board, and parents of the Comox Valley Waldorf School. This school is truly working together, learning and striving to be a healthy integrated community. I am grateful to be working here, and to also have my children attend this school.
-Jennifer Irwin, Class Teacher and Parent
In my time at Comox Valley Waldorf School, I have found my mother's heart expanding to encompass each of the children who find themselves in my presence. I see them grow old enough to join me in the kindergarten class, and then develop into a little school family. Often, children greet all of the parents as though they were their own! During festivals, I see the families interact with their children and each other in a wonderful way that mirrors what goes on in the class. Eventually, each child must move forward to the grades, and it is bitter-sweet to be able to escort them under the rainbow bridge. The way that they enter this new stage of their learning varies with each child. They settle in easily, because they have already shown me that they are ready, but they still greet me eagerly when they see me. They give me hugs, share stories, and show me all of the amazing things that they are doing now that they aren't little anymore. I smile as I remember how amazing they already were when they were little. There are so many times each year when I feel honoured to be able to do this work. I am thankful for the wishing star that led me to this school, and all of those within it!
- Cheridy Whipp - Kindergarten Teacher
I am impressed by the Waldorf teaching philosophies. My three grandkids are living proof of this successful approach! But the school offers much more than high academic standards. They are creating a generation of independent thinkers with leadership qualities, social skills, compassion, and a recognition of their place in the universe.
- Jacqui Graham - Grandparent
If I had to use just one word to sum up our Waldorf school, it would have to be love. There is genuine love for each of the students, each child is seen and embraced for their own individuality. There is joy in each lesson bringing a real love of learning. And the teachers and staff, really love what they do. We have been at the Comox Valley Waldorf School for 7 years and this love was felt almost immediately after beginning our journey here and it’s what has kept us here year after year. So I can genuinely say that we absolutely love this wonderful little school which for us is the heart of our life in the Comox Valley.
- Marussia Nesling - Parent
As a Waldorf teacher, I am able to offer a deeply rich and holistic education to our children that gives me a hope for our future. Waldorf education considers and addresses many of the needs of the child- from their developmental age, to their natural rhythm, to their physical, mental/emotional and spiritual needs. It allows teachers, parents, students, and the wider community to be active, participating members of the web that we are all a part of. As a Waldorf teacher, I am proud to be part of an approach that supports the development of our highest human potential.
- Francesca Cogorno - Class Teacher
My children have flourished at the Comox Valley Waldorf School- they are engaged and curious to learn and take care in completing work. I see these results being due to how teachers here recognize the unfolding development of children as well as each child’s uniqueness. The teachers meet the students through many modalities (music, movement, art, speech work to name a few) allowing for varied learning styles to be met.
I’m so pleased that my children have the opportunity to be in such a great school community!
- Michelle Nagle - Parent and Founder
My daughter attended CVWS from first year Kindergarten through to graduation last year. As she began her high school journey at a local public high school this year, I have been watchful, cautious and hopeful. What I have noticed the most are the tools that she has taken with her for this new experience. Tools she gained from her time at CVWS (in her mind it will always be Saltwater School!). She is the child that chooses the desk at the front of the room because she trusts that content will be engaging, the one able to be contemplative without a cell phone in hand, the one who is internally motivated to always do her best work, the one who is able to keep things organized, neat and tidy, the one who advocates for herself because she knows herself, and the one who is open enough to be recognized as a friend. I am incredibly grateful that she was able to receive these tools, these gifts, from her community of teachers, peers, and extended 'family' during her time at CVWS.
- Rebecca Watkin, Director of Education and Parent
Since the beginning of my journey at the CVWS, I had had the privilege of witnessing children thrive in a consciously built, community oriented environment. The Early Childhood programs offer a "home away from home", an engaging, warm place that respects the wonder of childhood and its rhythms. Through engaging in seasonal and daily activities such as bread baking, preserving of food, felting with wool and gardening, various skills are naturally learnt and nurtured. By spending most of the morning outdoors (oftentimes in the forest), physical stamina and an appreciation of Nature and its gifts grow side by side. Many festivals and celebrations offer the opportunity to engage in process oriented projects, which often culminate in a community celebration.
The environment and curriculum are designed to offer depth over breath: open ended toys such as silks and crates elicit creativity and dialogue. Rich imagery, vocabulary and storytelling prepare the ground for a fertile understanding of language.
Because of its thorough contemplation of child development and human connection, Waldorf schools offer a supportive, unique space for families and teachers to work alongside each other.
Every day, I am inspired to see that the love and care that surrounds the children, families and teachers is evident in the smiles of those involved, and in the warmth one feels when visiting the school (the smell of freshly baked bread might have something to do with it!).
- Lucia Perez - Preschool Teacher
I wasn’t too familiar with Waldorf teaching philosophy when I enrolled my son in Kindergarten last year, but I have been overwhelmed with how amazing the staff and other students are towards each other. They promote kindness, generosity, and are creating a generation of individuals; children that think for themselves and have amazing imaginations! Every child is different, and I feel that they are embraced for it here. Ms. Cheridy has been a gift to James and all of the otherchildren that she has looked after, I personally couldn’t think of a better guide to get your child started in the school world!
When you enroll your child in CVWS you are not only joining a school, but also a vibrant community and a family willing to be kind, support each other, and help where help is needed. The community events such as the Winter Faire are absolutely fantastic, and truly show how everyone in the community can come together to help create something magical.
- Robert Vanbergen - Parent
I truly value Waldorf’s understanding of child development and the depth of attention the children receive from their teachers at Comox Valley Waldorf School. It’s a gift that our children are receiving such a complete education.
- Christine Farrell - Parent