4 Marlow Road
Kenilworth
Cape Town
7708
+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 around 430 pupils at Nursery, Primary and High school levels situated on our campus in the heart of Kenilworth, Cape Town.​ 

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 School and High School 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, the curriculum covers all the required 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.

Congratulations to our 2016 Matrics on simply outstanding results.

Michael Oak matrics achieved a 100% Bachelors pass rate. Our 24 students received 13 A Aggregates, 9 B Aggregates and 2 C Aggregates.

Of the 168 individual exams written our students received an amazing 95 subject distinctions.

Way to go! We're very proud of you. Venture forth and make a difference in the world :)

Grade 12 Plays

Tue 13 Jun - Sun 18 Jun
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

We are halfway through the play run and have received excellent reviews!

PLEASE NOTE: Time changes​​ to the plays which will differ from the poster.

 

 

 

Grade 12 Modern Play Festival

Fri 09 Jun - Sun 18 Jun
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

In all Waldorf schools, one of the crowning achievements at the culmination of our Grade 12s Waldorf education is the Grade 12s Plays. It is an event where we can anticipate a display of dedication and talent and the beauty of excellence. As we reach for the pinnacle after the long climb; as curtain‐up is upon us, I can claim confidently, as a member of the production team, that these Class 12s have done it – that their newly‐found poise and 18‐year‐old maturity has brought forth a production that will truly delight and entertain and thoroughly impress with its excellence. They have materialized some wonderful theatre!

These four plays are a demonstration of what their Waldorf education has wrought and, more importantly, shows us who they are becoming. And they are impressive….

Due to copyright, entrance is by donation only.

Blithe Spirit is a comic play by Noël Coward. The play concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, after the séance. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles's marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.

  • Saturday 10 June 5pm - 7pm
  • Monday 12 June 7.30pm - 9.30pm
  • Friday 16 June 7.30pm - 9.30pm
  • Sunday 18 June 7.30pm - 9.30pm

This play is suitable for all audiences although Parental Guidance is advised for younger audience members.

 

The Marriage Proposal by Anton Chekhov, written in 1888-1889 and first performed in 1890. It is a fast-paced play of dialogue-based action and situational humour. It is a one-act farce set in rural Russia in the late 1800s that finds would-be lovers Ivan and Natalya arguing about a disputed piece of land between their properties and about whose hunting dog is superior. They stop fighting only long enough to get engaged.

  • Friday 9 June 7pm - 8pm
  • Sunday 11 June 6pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 14 June 7pm - 8pm
  • Saturday 17 June 7pm - 8pm

This play is suitable for all audiences.

 

Agnes of God is a play by American playwright John Pielmeier which tells the story of a novice nun who gives birth and insists that the child was the result of a virgin conception. A psychiatrist and the mother superior of the convent clash during the resulting investigation.

  • Friday 9 June 8.30pm - 10pm
  • Sunday 11 June 7.45pm - 9.30pm
  • Wednesday 14 June 8.20pm - 9.45pm
  • Saturday 17 June 8.30pm - 10pm

This play is not suitable for the Primary School 

 

Deathtrap is a play written by Ira Levin in 1978 with many plot twists and which references itself as a play within a play. It is in two acts with one set and five characters. It holds the record for the longest running comedy-thriller on Broadway and was also nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play.

  • Saturday 10 June 7.45pm - 9.45pm
  • Tuesday 13 June 7.30pm - 9.30pm
  • Thursday 15 June 7.30pm - 9.30pm
  • Sunday 18 June 5pm - 7pm

This play is not suitable for the Primary School.

Open Day

Wed 22 Feb - Mon 27 Feb

Michael Oak follows the international Steiner curriculum which is one of the fastest growing movements in the world. This holistic curriculum focuses on developing critical and creative thinking in a developmentally appropriate way. Join us at our Open Day on Saturday 25 February from 10h00 – 12h30. Booking is essential.

Please see our advert for details. (Right click on the image to open it in a new tab)

 

 

Matric 2016 Results

Thu 05 Jan
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Congratulations must go to our 2016 Matric Class for their incredible Matric results! You should all be very proud of yourselves and all that you have accomplished! All of your consistent hard work has paid off.

All of the 24 students received a Bachelors Pass. We have 13 A Aggregates, 9 B Aggregates and 2 C Aggregates! Our students received 95 subject distinctions out of a possible 168.

A huge thank you must go to all of the teachers who have taught you throughout your school career. An extra special thank you must go to all of the Matric teachers for all of the support and dedication that they have given to you throughout your Matric year. Thank you!

Dear Matrics of 2016, we salute you and wish you everything of the best for your future!

Hecuba by Euripedes

Fri 02 Dec
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Each year, Class 10, as suggested by the Waldorf curriculum, has embarked on the challenge of producing a tragedy from the golden age of Ancient Greek Theatre- one of the supreme achievements at the birth of Western Culture. The Class 10s have produced riveting and moving work each time, and this year’s production promises to be as vivid and enriching.

The story takes place just after the Trojan War, as the Greeks are heading home and depicts the grief of Hecuba, queen of the fallen city of Troy, over the sacrifice of her daughter and the revenge she takes over the added loss of her son. Already suffering from the multiple deaths of her husband and sons in the Trojan War, she tips over into the role of vindictive aggressor, and the play concentrates on the psychological process by which a victim turns into an avenger.

The major theme of the play, other than the misery and desolation caused by war, is that we alone (not the gods or Fate) are responsible for our own sorrows, and that we alone have the means to redeem our lives. There are no gods causing Hecuba’s madness; she is brought low by politics, expediency and greed.

Age rating 13+

Donations at the door.

Class 11 Eurythmy Projects

Thu 01 Dec
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Class 11s have been working on their Class 11 Eurythmy Projects since the beginning of the year and will show the efforts of their dedication on Thursday 1 December 2016 at 11h30 for the whole school.

They will have their open presentation to the parents and community from 19h30 – 20h30 in the Main Hall at Michael Oak. You are most cordially invited to this lovely performance which has become a highlight of our high school calendar.

Michael Oak presents Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Mon 19 Sep - Sat 24 Sep
7:00 pm

Creative alchemy is brewing again in the cauldron of our hall. One by one the magical ingredients are configured: The fairy forest, the lights, the costumes, the music – and of course the most alchemical ingredient of all -- the enthusiasm, imagination and dedicated application of Class 9 and their directors. Yes, this potent brew is almost ready to share; and to transport you to fairly land…

 

Come and share in this most delightful and hilarious of Shakespeare’s plays!

​Monday 19 Sept - Saturday 24 Sept  from 7pm - 10.30pm

​Tickets are R30 - available at the door

​Supper, treats and drinks on sale

All are welcome!

 

​Do read our blog (in News & Events) for Nina Geraghty's "Thought's on the Shakespeare Play - Why it's not just a Show".

#PlayItSingIt - A Concert

Sat 13 Aug
7:00 pm

Class 6 parents from Michael Oak Waldorf school in Kenilworth, in a fundraising drive for the school fair, are showcasing a plethora of young and talented students who will present an evening of music, song and dance on the 13th of August at 7pm.

The show is titled #PlayitSingit. Come and be amazed at the level of sheer talent displayed by our students who, at Nikiwe's memorial, had their audience mesmerised and gobsmacked.

There's even more this time around. The hall deserves to be full to the brim for this show so please all parents and particularly those belonging to the performers, kindly put your backs into spreading the word to family and friends that this will be a very special evening indeed.

These young performers have the ability to move your heart and feed your mind and at just 50 bucks for entrance, it's a no-brainer.

See you there!

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 all parents to attend.

We review where Michael Oak is at:

  • what have we achieved in the last year
  • our school's financial health
  • our challenges, risks, focus areas and goals
  • Board of Trustees - changes, nominations
  • Any other issues raised plus a breakout discussion. Last year we looked at 3-year goals and challenges. This year we'd like to focus on the main themes raised.

It is a great occasion to meet all the school teachers and have some quality discussion.

Refreshments and delicious eats will be served.

We really 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