HWS Alumni

 

Halton Waldorf has graduated over 250 students in it’s 30 year history… Here’s what some of them are up to now!

You can also visit the AWSNA website for research and survey results about North American Waldorf graduates.

 

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In November 2016, we were thrilled to see several alumni return for the day as part of Take Your Child to Work week. Some of these June 2016 graduates have parents working here and others chose HWS for their day away from high school. Miss Hill was very happy to have her grade eight graduates help out in her new grade one class.


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Our Class of 2016 volunteered together at Milton’s Fall Fair in September 2016. Pictured here while helping at the fair’s waste station are Peter Frensch, Sam Crane, Matthew Frensch, Sophie Smith and Sequoia Deathe. Patrice and Georgia Temush also volunteered. We’re proud of our grads for giving back to the community!


Hayley and Ellis Chato

Two of our former students, Hayley and Ellis Chato, are doing very well and they really appreciate the Waldorf education they received here at HWS.  Their mother, Ramona, is delighted that her children acquired broad knowledge and that both Hayley and Ellis know how to apply what they know to figure out problems.  “My children can talk to anybody and they do not wait to be told what to do – they are not typical millennials!” says Ramona.

In 2015, Hayley finished a Bachelor of Design, Fashion Communication, at Ryerson University in Toronto and she was hired by Le Chateau’s head office even before she graduated. She is happily living in Montreal and enjoying her work in graphic design and print production. “I wouldn’t be who I am today without my Waldorf education,” says Hayley. “I consistently reference Waldorf education in how I apply myself to my work, both creatively and analytically.”

Her younger brother Ellis is currently finishing grade 12 at Frank Hayden Secondary School. He has built several computers from solid work-based to gaming and he is applying to colleges to pursue a trades career.


Clarisse Tonigussi, Class of 2007

Clarisse Tonigussi Head ShotThe 8 years at HWS that I spent with Mrs. Rasmussen and my class were the best years of my life. The children in my class were not only my classmates, but were like my siblings, and people I still care deeply for today. Mrs. Rasmussen was not only my teacher but was like my mother away from home, and I feel fortunate to be able to still keep in contact with her. Similarly, learning for me wasn’t a task, but a joy. Even when I was sick I would beg and cry to go to school because I loved it so much!

After graduating from HWS I went to the Toronto Waldorf School for highschool with five of my friends from Halton, including Jenna Pattison, Jordan Smith, Henry Liptay, Ryan McNamara and Ewan Ross. Having them with me on that journey was a blessing.

Now I am a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, majoring in classical voice performance and minoring in Italian Studies. Lately I have been singing with a few opera companies outside of school including Opera Luminata, Toronto Operetta Theatre, and Summer Opera Lyric Theatre. My goal is to make a career as an opera singer!


Kevin Rasmussen, Class of 1999

I graduated from HWS in the class of ’99, one of the last classes to finish at the old schoolhouse in Campbellville. Nearly 16 years later I’m still doing exactly what I was back then, making movies in my backyard with my friends and former HWS classmates. It might sound silly, but it’s entirely true, though the backyard has been traded for studios and far flung locations around the world.

Many things contributed to our success in our careers, and one of the most important factors would be the lasting friendships formed at HWS, and an environment that allowed us the freedom to create and let our imaginations run wild. I went on to have a few teachers in high school who recognized my dogged obsession with images, cameras and computers, and they encouraged me. With a very well rounded technical education from Sheridan College, nearly 16 years later I’m literally living my dream working steadily as a cinematographer. The open mind and curiosity for the world that I left HWS with haven’t led me astray yet. Looking back I can say without a doubt that I wouldn’t trade my time at HWS for anything.


Ryan, Class of 1993

 

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I joined Mr. Kraus’ Grade 7 class at HWS in 1992, and graduated the next year. I was the new kid in the class (which consisted of 8 students at the time), but my teachers and fellow students made me feel welcome right away. While I only attended Waldorf for two years, I have come to appreciate the outlook on life and living that the Waldorf method helped to instill in me, particularly in regards to our connections with the natural world.

Simply put, Waldorf makes learning fun. Teachers go out of their way to ensure that you’re grasping the lessons, and enjoying them as well.

I eventually went on to a year of mechanical engineering at Waterloo, after which I decided to switch my career path to becoming a CNC machinist and programmer. I feel fortunate to have found a rewarding career where I love what I do every day. My two years at HWS helped me find that path. Today, I’m working at Triumf, Canada’s Nuclear Physics Laboratory in Vancouver, BC. When I’m not making parts for Canada’s biggest science experiments, I can usually be found playing in the mountains.


Henry Liptay, Class of 2007

alumni-henry-liptayWhen Henry joined teacher Linda Rasmussen’s Grade 1 class, he was one of only seven students. By the time that class graduated from Grade 8 in 2007, it had 21 students, 5 of whom joined Henry on his commute to the Toronto Waldorf School for high school.

In 2011, Henry’s keen interest in the sciences led him from TWS to Dalhousie University where he is currently in his final year of a combined honours B.Sc. degree in Biology and Biochemistry. This past summer he received a national science grant to conduct research in Dalhousie’s Retina and Optic Nerve Laboratory. Henry’s fourth year honours project will be done in a cancer research lab, focusing on pancreatic cancer.

Outside of school, Henry’s interests include playing guitar, sports and time spent outdoors. He hopes to work eventually to a PhD in Molecular Biology, with the goal of carrying on research in industry or academia.


Meredith Kenzie, Class of 1993

When Meredith was 18, she wrote this article about her high school experiences and how they had been influenced and affected by her years here at HWS. This article is remarkable for its honesty and insight. 
Life as a Waldorf Graduate
When I think back to my last few months in Grade 8 at the Halton Waldorf School, I remember being a little nervous, a little excited, but mostly, I was worried about whether Waldorf had prepared me well enough for the challenges of high school. I remember a lot of ancient history and geography, writing compositions, German and French, a lot of music, drama, and art, woodwork and handwork, choir, many exciting science experiments…..


Check out these other Waldorf graduates from around the world on
The International List of Famous Waldorf Alumni !

If you are an HWS alumnus and you want to share your story, please get in touch!

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