The task of the HWS is to enable students to meet an ever-changing world with knowledge, clarity of thought, compassion and responsibility.
We are committed to:
Education – The curriculum meets the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs of the developing child and fosters reverence and respect for the earth and all people. The integration of the academics, the arts and practical activities enables students to be fully engaged and to develop their unique capacities.
Collaboration - Faculty, board and parents work together in support of the educational task and the social mission of the school
Community Involvement – Students, faculty, staff and parents contribute and learn through community activities, service and dialogue within our school as well as the Halton and Waldorf communities.
Adult Learning – We offer and support opportunities to deepen the understanding of Waldorf education and its underlying principles
A Caring Environment - We aim to create a healthy, beautiful and sustainable environment which supports the pedagogical mission of the school.
The HWS is a non-sectarian school that supports cultural, social, economic, religious and ethnic diversity.
The study of Anthroposophy*, especially by the faculty, is the foundation of the pedagogical work and an integral part of the school’s identity.
In our individual work and as an organization we strive for on-going observation, research, self-development and renewal.
The well-being of the students and the social and financial health of the school are the basis of our decisions.
In all aspects of our work we aim for:
• quality over quantity
• integrity and respect
• transparency and accountability
• on-going dialogue and communication
* The term 'Anthroposophy' comes from the Greek anthropos-sophia or 'wisdom of man'. Rudolf Steiner used this term to describe a path of study, meditation and practiced observation that is accessible to all human beings and that can awaken them to their own inner nature and to the spiritual realities of nature and the cosmos. Anthroposophy is not taught in a Waldorf school, but is the guiding beacon for the work of the adults in service of the children.