Celebrating a strong, creative, resilient Lunenburg County
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Story by DANIELLE GRIFFIN
Photo by Damien MacFarlane photo
The South Shore Waldorf School is more than just a school. Located in a lovingly restored century old school house in Blockhouse, the school is a community. As the only Canadian Waldorf school east of Montreal, the school has become a meeting ground for a diverse range of families interested in alternative education.
Waldorf education, according to the school’s website, was founded with the intent to “foster a kinder and more conscientious generation.” The school offers “a learning community devoted to peacefully educating children within a non-competitive, arts enriched, academic curriculum.”
Founded in 1996, the South Shore Waldorf School offers a full Waldorf curriculum that spans from kindergarten to grade 6. With more and more families moving to Lunenburg County to access an affordable, rural, Waldorf education, the school is
expanding to include middle school grades over the next three years, starting with grade 7 for the 2019/20 academic year. Caitlin Rooney is the mother of three children who attend the school and works as the school’s Enrolment and Development Coordinator. Like many other families in the area, she moved here in 2012 specifically to enroll her children at South Shore Waldorf: “At the time, there were no Waldorf schools near my home town in Quebec, so I decided our family had to move to the South Shore.”
More than 80% of the families enrolled at the school have moved here from elsewhere in Canada and from around the world. Perhaps that’s why the school offers such a strong sense of belonging and openness. “When I joined the school,” Rooney said, “I didn’t realize how involved parents are in the life of the school. I quickly went from being new to Lunenburg County, to having a circle of friends
and community members who offer support, hand me down clothes, play dates for the kids, and who catch each other during difficult times.” The South Shore Waldorf School is currently accepting applications for September 2019 enrolment. To learn more about the Waldorf community and curriculum, visit www.waldorfns.org.