HWS Blog

Read and learn about the events and projects at our school, and the experiences of our staff, families, and students.

Grade 7 Chemistry, November 2016


Before she was our faculty chair, Lylli Anthon was a class teacher at the school. Several times throughout the school year, she looks forward to getting back into the classrooms to do science experiments with the students.

She recently did an experiment with the grade seven class in their chemistry block….

Grade one pumpkin carving, October 2016


The grade one children had help from their grade eight buddies to carve some beautiful pumpkins. See more pictures here.

Welcome Picnic September 2016

Every September our families and faculty enjoy a Welcome Picnic early in the school year. Read on for more details about this beautiful event in Lowville.

Rose Ceremony June 2016

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Wednesday, June 15 was our last day of the school year and it included the annual rose ceremony where our grade one children say farewell to their grade eight buddies and wish them well in high school. The official graduation was several days earlier.  Following the gift of individual roses on this last day, our music teacher, Greg Csefko, gave a lovely tribute to the grade eights as we all  gathered together for one last time with them. Read on for Greg’s speech…

Grade 8 trip to Camp Wenonah, June 2016

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Blue skies, nothing but blue skies is what the Grade 8 class, Greg Csefko and I had at Camp Wenonah last week. This was the last field trip to celebrate all the hard work and many accomplishments which have led to the amazing growth of our students. Read more about parent Patti Zettel’s experience on this field trip….

Grade 5 Greek Olympiad

Our grade five students recently performed a Greek play and today, May 26, they departed for the Greek Olympiad event in New York State. These beautiful costumes…..

 Earth Day 2016


Off through the woods behind the school, looking for litter to clear.

On Earth Day, students in grades one to eight took part in the Burlington Green’s “Clean Up Green Up” by collecting litter at the school and around our neighbourhood. Our City of Burlington councillor, Paul Sharman, dropped by to help too! For eight years, HWS has been an active participant….

Grade 8 Projects, Spring 2016

Last week was a special one for our grade eight students as they presented what is known here as The Grade 8 Project. After selecting their individual project’s focus at the end of grade seven, each student devotes considerable time to the work, most of which is not done at school.

This part of our curriculum serves to support….

 Sock Workshop for Parents

The flyer posted in the front foyer of the school read, “Join us for cozy afternoons curled up on the couch and knit socks!“  So, that is what a group of us did – on Monday afternoons in Miss Judi’s wonderful room at the Halton Waldorf School. Read more about the parents who learned how to knit socks!

 Hamilton Steam Museum Trip


On February 23 Miss Hill’s Grade 8 class learned about life in Hamilton from our excellent tour guide, Janet. She invited students up to participate in a demo that showed how water was pumped into Hamilton from 1859-1910.  Students also learned about the 1910 Immigration Act with a hands-on activity involving original artifacts. Read more about this trip from the perspective of a grade eight parent….

 Grade 6 Play

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On February 22 and 23, our grade 6 class performed “Six Friends Travel the World”. They kept the audience in stitches throughout their performances….

 Annual Basketball Tournament 2016


On January 29 and 30, 2016, our grade 7 and 8 classes attended the annual basketball tournament hosted by Toronto Waldorf School in Thornhill. The students arrived on Friday afternoon and once they were settled in, played a couple of basketball games, and ate a delicious dinner, they attended a dance for participants of the tournament. Perhaps only at this dance would you see ‘YMCA’ by the Village People performed in eurythmy style! Even our very own Mr. Csefko tore it up on the dance floor with the students…without embarrassing anyone! Read more about the tournament….

Volunteering at Hamilton’s Good Shepherd Centre

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Volunteer and charitable endeavours are particularly important for eighth graders as their awareness of the world expands ever wider. On January 22nd, 2016, Miss Hill’s grade 8 class along with two parent volunteers, Patti and John, worked at the Good Shepherd Centre in Hamilton. Read about the students’ perspectives from this experience…

Parent Festival 2015

Our annual Parent Festival held on December 2nd, 2015 was a great performance by grades one to eight and our bands as well. Our parent volunteer photographer took some great pictures…..

 Grade 4 students visit Crawford Lake


As an important part of our school’s hands-on approach to learning, field trips provide real-life experience that bring lessons and our curriculum to life. Read about this field trip…

 Grade 8 Canoe Trip to Temagami, 2015Halton Class

At 6:30 a.m. on September 22, 2015, fourteen very excited grade eight students and one slightly anxious yet enthusiastic class teacher boarded a charter bus at the Halton Waldorf School. We were more than ready for the six hour trip north to Temagami as we had been anticipating this seven day canoe trip for the last couple of years. One of the highlights of the grade eight year is an outdoor wilderness adventure. Read more about this incredible trip….



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