Life after Halton Waldorf


Whatever happened to....

...Clarisse Tonigussi, Class of 2007?

HWS students recently had the privilege of hearing former student, Clarisse Tonigussi, perform at an assembly in December. Clarisse, who graduated HWS in 2007 attended high school at Toronto Waldorf School and is currently a student in Classical Voice Performance at University of Toronto. Clarisse has a passion for singing and aspires to a career in opera – but who knows, if that doesn’t work out, she loves the idea of becoming a doctor! Clarisse loves soccer (and was a recipient of the Burlington Youth Soccer Club Scholarship), song-writing and dancing to current music.

...Charlotte Jacklein, Class of 1994?

The Social Adventurer

The following is reprinted from “Our Kids Go To School” magazine, which recently interviewed our HWS Class of 1994 alumna, Charlotte Jacklein.

Since university, Charlotte Jacklein’s social work with organizations like Outward Bound and the YMCA has taken her across land and sea, from the inner cities of Honduras to canoe trips in the Yukon. And with English, French, German and Spanish under her belt, she can easily cross cultures.

“It’s important to have a positive impact on the world,” she says, remembering the square–dancing festival she helped organize this year in Nunavut that joined communities across three-hour distances by air. “I feel very alive when I do that sort of work. In the outdoors, the basics of life are clear – food, shelter, relationships, how people work together,” she says.

Not everyone has the creativity to adapt to such diverse societies, unpredictable wilderness and quick-tempered group dynamics, yet still maintain the passion to keep exploring. According to Jacklein, it’s the type of person that the Halton Waldorf School in Burlington, Ontario, helped form.

The Waldorf style of tackling subjects like medieval history through music, food, dances and games and letting students find their own lessons “opened my eyes to a broader way of approaching the world. It was about promoting young people’s natural love of learning and curiosity,” says Jacklein.

“We were encouraged to follow different interests, to find common ground across cultures, periods in history and countries. Now I can build human connections with my students. Everyone is trying to find meaning and purpose.”