Our Philosophy Ngā Mātāpono

“Michael Park School provides contemporary Steiner education which reflects the unique context of Aotearoa, New Zealand and includes the New Zealand Curriculum.”

As you would expect to find in a Steiner school, our approach to education arises from a picture of the child as an individual of body, soul and spirit in a gradual and purposeful process of growth and development. As educators, we aim to facilitate the removal of barriers to learning and support the individual to realise their inner potential and aspirations. This is reflected in our learning programmes from kindergarten to senior high school.

We see education as being for life, not just about qualifications; although the high levels of student achievement in our senior high school evidence the value we place on academic certainty. A broad and well-rounded programme develops in our graduates the capacity to be creative, self-aware, self-motivated individuals who find purpose and meaning in whatever it is they set themselves to do.

We recognise teaching and learning as fundamentally a human experience and believe that real engagement comes from great teachers. We invest heavily in their personal and professional development and take an ongoing interest in research and best practice within New Zealand and internationally. 

At the core of our Steiner pedagogy is our task as educators to receive the student with reverence, warmth and acceptance:

Kia rangatira ai te tamaiti

Tohua ki te aroha

Tukuna tōna mana, kia rere

In order to revere the child

We must guide with love

And allow the child’s own authority to flow

Questions? He Pātai?

We welcome questions about our philosophy from parents seeking to better understand the approach that Rudolph Steiner developed for learning. Feel free to start a conversation by getting in touch with our team.

You can find contact details for each department on the contact us page or, if you have a general enquiry, you can contact reception on the details below.

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