4 Marlow Road
Kenilworth
Cape Town
7708
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+27 21 797 9728
info@michaeloak.org.za
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Education for the world of tomorrow

Michael Oak Waldorf School seeks to awaken the whole child towards creative responsibility, developing confident, balanced individuals empowered to work with the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Michael Oak is a diverse coeducational school from Playgroup to Matric. It is one of 16 Waldorf Schools in South Africa and more than 1000 worldwide. Established in 1962, Michael Oak has more than 400 pupils at Nursery, Primary and High school levels situated on our campus in the heart of Kenilworth, Cape Town.‚Äč 

Beginning in the Nursery, in a welcoming and beautiful environment, the children’s days are filled with artistic and practical work, imaginative play, fairy tales, music, circle games and healthy outdoor play. Although there is no formal intellectual work at this stage, the children acquire numerous skills that provide a firm foundation for on-going development.

The Primary and High Schools draw on an internationally successful Waldorf curriculum designed to meet the child’s emotional, spiritual and intellectual needs at each age. Based on a profound understanding of human nature, this curriculum covers the usual subjects and is adapted to our African context. The “main lesson” system allows each subject to be explored in depth over several weeks, including practical activities such as Grade 3 growing their own vegetable garden and Grade 10 doing survey work as an introduction to trigonometry. Lessons are enlivened with movement and artistic activities and find a balance between absorbing knowledge and demonstrating what has been learned. The High School provides challenges and exposure to business, civic and social responsibilities, many imaginative and creative tasks and unique opportunities for personal growth and the pursuit of academic excellence, acquiring all the skills required for tertiary education. 

We honour the different spiritual backgrounds of our students, while also nurturing interconnectedness and community. Art, drama, music, craft and movement are all valued aspects of the curriculum. Our sport includes: basketball, TAG, table tennis, volleyball, dance and tennis.

Michael Oak had a 100% pass rate in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations in 2015.

 

AGM 2016

Thu 04 Aug
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Annual General Meeting is an important event in our school calendar.

The Board of Trustees and College of Teachers invite and encourage all parents to attend.

We review where Michael Oak is at:

  • what have we achieved in the last year
  • Financial circumstances
  • what are our goals
  • challenges, risks and focus areas
  • Board of Trustees - changes, nominations and composition
  • Any other issues raised

Refreshments will be served and there'll be interesting discussions to be had.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Grade 11 Parzival Presentations

Thu 23 Jun
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us on this special evening when our Parzival initiates share their inspirations and discoveries.

Parzival, a Grail Quest saga, written in the Middle Ages by Wolfram von Eschenbach, is a classic about finding one's destiny.

This book has surprising relevance for the 17 year-old. As the students sense their own need to undertake their own life-tasks, responsibilities and destiny, Parzival echoes this search in his undertaking of a mighty and timeless quest. There is a high and noble adventure, with trials to be endured and achievement to be won by all who seek the Ideal. Parzival discovers the need for sacrifice and the placing of his talents in the service of others. The Grade 11 students, endowed with budding idealism, are “ideally” suited to appreciate what Parzival must go through.

This main lesson is accompanied by a camp experience where the students, as a group, set out on an adventure quest of their own, involving a long and challenging journey. Join us on Thursday when our students will share their experiences.

Grade 12 Modern Plays

Fri 20 May - Sat 28 May

In Grade 12, the 18-year-old has arrived at the culmination of their Waldorf Education. The curriculum is an immensely rich one that includes two particularly memorable highlights.  These two threshold adventures are the Grade 12 project and the Grade 12 plays. The project will be presented early in the 4th term and the plays are now upon us.

The budding adult “I” of the 18-year-old is just ripe for these deeply self-expressive projects. During the play process the teacher is an important guiding voice, but the real work of mounting the production is taken on by the whole class who are usually willing to do whatever it takes to produce a stellar performance where each one can shine.

The 18-year-old brings a newly awakened poise and capacity to the task of consciously exploring and penetrating his or her character. It is here in the expressing of this character before a witnessing and attentive audience that the student experiences and is affirmed in their emerging “I”, their more clearly sounding individuality.

Performing a play like this must undoubtedly also be a hugely triumphant and enriching way of coming to the end of one’s Waldorf education.

PLAZA SUITE by NEIL SIMON
Hilarity abounds in this portrait of a couple occupying a suite at the Savoy Plaza Hotel while their house is being painted. The suite is the same one in which they honeymooned 23 years (or was it 24 years?) before; and was yesterday the anniversary, or is it today? This wry tale of marriage in tatters will make you laugh, but will also make you alive to the quandaries of marriage.

THE BIRTHDAY by FIONA COYNE
Expectant family members meet in the waiting room of a South African maternity hospital. At the same time, the 1995 Rugby World Cup is on TV. This funny little play highlights a milestone along the road of our democracy and is a hybrid of satire and sentimentality.
Appropriately set in a maternity ward, this play is a witness to the birth of another kind of miracle.

EQUUS by PETER SHAFFER
In Equus – a play that took critics and public alike by storm – Peter Shaffer uses, paradoxically, a deranged youth, who blinds six horses with a spike, and a psychiatrist to show how materialism and convenience have killed our capacity for worship and passion and, consequently, our capacity for pain. PG 13