Roseway Waldorf School

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Roseway Waldorf School
Roseway Waldorf Logo.svg
D435, Alverstone
Alverstone Hill, Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal 3650
South Africa
School type Kindergarten - High School
Motto Creative Education for Life Long Learning
Opened 1985
Status Open
Exam Board KZN
Grades Baby- matric
Gender Coed

Roseway Waldorf School is a coeducational privately funded school in Alverstone, near Botha's Hill, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It was founded in February 1985. The school now has programs from preschool through high school.[1][2] The school is based on the principles of Waldorf education, laid down by the founder of Waldorf education, Rudolf Steiner.

The school is situated on a hilltop farm overlooking the Valley of a Thousand Hills[2] and serves as the site of the Alverstone air monitoring station,[3] one of 14 such sites in the Air Quality Monitoring Network in the South Durban Basin.[4]


In 1919 Emil Molt, the managing director and joint-proprietor of the Waldorf Astoria factory, together with Rudolf Steiner, founded the very first Waldorf School (for the children of the factory's workforce). The school was given the name Waldorf School. The founding of the first Waldorf School was an act of inspiration which enabled the merging of Rudolf Steiner's concepts with the world of economic reality, represented by Emil Molt. This makes Rudolf Steiner the founder of Waldorf Education and Emil Molt the founder of the first Waldorf School. Roseway follows the inspirations, guidelines and recommendations of Rudolf Steiner for the first Waldorf School. At Roseway, everything forms part of an international movement of some 890 Waldorf Schools.

The Roseway Waldorf School was founded in 1985 by a group of six families and three teachers. The school opened with just eight children - two in Class 1, three in Class 2, and three in Class 3. The school began in the February of that year after temporary premises had been obtained through a local businessman, Mr John Rumble. It was housed in a small farmhouse in Alverstone, which is now the present Babygroup and staff housing.

Mrs Janine Hurner, who had taught for many years at the Cape Town Waldorf School and subsequently at Camphill Rankoromane in Botswana was invited from the Johannesburg Waldorf School to become the pioneer teacher. It was her stamina and dedication that steered the school in those early, vital years.[5] Demand for Waldorf education grew steadily, and in the second term of 1986 our first Kindergarten class, could open its doors.

In a short time it became quite obvious that space was running out and that a "proper" school was needed. Again Mr Rumble came to our aid and donated seven acres of land adjacent to the then school, and plans could begin. A Foundation Stone laying ceremony was held in September 1988 on the new site, with festival activities by the children.

In September 1990 the school was officially opened by Elizabeth Sneddon. Just five-and-a-half years after the doors opened for the first time, and two years after the laying of the Foundation Stone. Sadly the school's founder teacher, Janine Hurner, died in 1994. She helped to build a strong foundation for the growth of the Roseway Waldorf School. With the death of John Rumble in 1993 his role as benefactor was willingly undertaken by his daughter, Janese Silen. Her advice in all matters legal and financial had always been invaluable and of the highest standard. She offered the school first option on the original piece of land where the farmhouse stands, and when funds were met, a dream became a reality.


Roseway Waldorf School write the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education governmental exams and consistently achieve good results. As mentioned above; The school begins before Kindergarten, heading up phase-by-phase.

Junior School (Foundation Phase)[edit]

The Foundation Phase consists of Grades 1, 2 and 3.
Subjects in this phase are:

  • Physical Education
  • Library
  • Art
  • Class Music
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Life Skills

Junior School (Intermediate Phase)[edit]

The Intermediate Phase consists of Grades 4, 5 and 6.
Subjects in this phase are:

  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences (Science and Biology)
  • Social Sciences (History and Geography)
  • Life Orientation (includes Physical Education)
  • Arts and Culture (includes class music, dance, art and drama)
  • Technology

Senior School (Senior Phase)[edit]

The Senior Phase consists of Grades 7, 8 and 9.
Subjects in this phase are:

Senior School (FET Phase)[edit]

The FET Phase consists of Grades 10, 11 and 12 & 13.
Subjects in this phase are:

Students should choose 3 subjects from the list below


  1. ^ Roseway Waldorf School: Our school. Accessed 2010-05-23.
  2. ^ a b "South African Waldorf Schools and Programs" (PDF), Journal for Waldorf / Rudolf Steiner Teachers, 8 (1): 24, May 2006, retrieved 2010-05-23 
  3. ^ Carnie, Tony (2004-08-05). "Durban's pollution levels go online". The Mercury - Environment. Independent Online. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  4. ^ "Local airquality: Durban". Air Online. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  5. ^ Janine Hurner - Spirit in a Foreign Land by Eric Hurner, Ingram Spark 2015

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