Independent Schools Pretoria
Max Stibbe Waldorf School is an independent private
school. The school is located on organic farm land in
the Mooiplaats area, about 20 minutes east of central Pretoria.
Dr MaxStibbe, a Dutch educationalist, founded the Fountain
School in 1972, together with a group of young South Africans.
The school was renamed in his honour, after his death. From
the early 1920’s until his death in 1973, Dr Max Stibbe
played an important pioneering and development role for Waldorf
education in both the northern and southern hemispheres.
Max Stibbe Waldorf School is an independent, private school,
and is a member of the Independent Schools Association of
Southern Africa (ISASA), and the Federation of Waldorf Schools
in Southern Africa. Waldorf schools adhere to the principles
of equal opportunity and stress cooperation of learners with
different abilities and talents, as well as standards set
by other private, independent schools.
Please refer to the sections entitled “About
Waldorf education” and
asked questions about Waldorf education” for more detailed information.
Max Stibbe has fewer than 200 learners. The school is kept
small and intimate, giving each child the individual attention
they need. Our country school provides the perfect setting
for a stress-free learning experience. Choosing one of the
private, independent schools is the most important thing you
can do for your child. Max Stibbe will not only give your
child education on par with the best schools in the country
but also an experience they will never forget.
school accepts children from age 3 onwards. The junior high school includes the completion of Class 9, at the end of which learners obtain the Gauteng General Education & Training Certificate (GETC).
A learner, who has completed Class 9 at
Max Stibbe Waldorf school, may transfer to any other school
or Waldorf school, to complete the Further Education &
Training Certificate (FETC). The FETC incorporates Classes
10 through to 12. Therefore a move later in life will not
affect your child’s education.
The school boasts a truly integrated student body, representing
some 20 different language and cultural groups from a wide
spectrum of socio-economic backgrounds, from South Africa,
Africa and Europe.
The fact that the Max Stibbe Waldorf
school’s learner population represents an integrated
group based on diverse backgrounds is a meaningful facilitator
for education towards knowledge, skills and cooperation. This
is a testament to the power of independent schools. Children
are brought into contact with a diverse group of people they
would otherwise never have come to know and understand. This
provides the opportunity to learn about people from different
backgrounds and cultures.
Prospective learners and their parents are welcome to visit the school,
for a guided tour of the campus and facilities.
us to make arrangements to experience our country school.
All Waldorf schools celebrate certain festivals, as a means
to connect humanity with the rhythms of nature and of the
Although festivals originated in ancient
cultures, they have been adapted over time. Celebrating the
seasonal mood by joining the festivities benefits the soul.
The art of celebrating includes the anticipation, the preparation,
the ceremony and the memories.
Through these festivals, a deep sense of
joy, awe and wonder is cultivated in the learners. By questioning
and considering the meaning of symbols and traditions, learners
discover their own spirituality as they grow into adults.
The four seasonal festivals are Michaelmas (Spring), Christmas
(Summer), Easter (Autumn) and St. John’s Day (Winter).
The Max Stibbe Waldorf School parent body comprises socially
responsible parents who wish to ensure that their children
receive a Holistic Education. They tend to be idealists who
want to educate their children to create a better world. That’s
why they choose our independent schools.
Instruction takes place in English. We also offer second languages,
for example Afrikaans and Sepedi.
We offer aftercare, karate, capoeira, soccer, basketball, cricket and drum-majorettes. As specialist
external service providers, Juni-sports offers
a variety of developmental coaching to children, such as ball skills,
gymnastics and swimming. Parents may make their own arrangements for horse-riding lessons, at various stables close to the school.
We offer supervised aftercare from Monday to Friday, from 14h00 to 17h00. Special arrangements can be made for children who need to remain in care after 17h00.
Aftercare in our country school includes a wholesome, cooked lunch, study time and free play time in our school’s wide open spaces.
School fees are reasonable in relation to those of other independent
schools. Please visit the “Enrolment
Information” section for detailed information.
The admission process commences with an interview where the parents
are informed about the school and the child is assessed. We request
that the child’s most recent reports be submitted on application.
Please contact the office on weekdays, between 08h00 and 16h00 to
arrange for an interview.
The Max Stibbe Hostel offers weekly and full boarding facilities
for 75 children, from Class 3 to Class 9.
The Max Stibbe School buses travel daily to and from the eastern suburbs
of Pretoria as well as to and from Centurion. Bus routes are adapted as the need is identified.
Please visit the Enrolment Information section
for further details regarding bus fees, schedules and routes.
The Max Stibbe Waldorf School and the boarding school are situated on the Fountain Foundation farm. The Fountain Foundation farm comprises approximately 150 hectares, where livestock is raised (cattle, sheep, pigs, etc), and crops are cultivated. These include fruit and nut orchards, vineyards, pasture and field crops and herb fields (culinary and medicinal). There is also a fully-equipped oil extraction facility, for extracting essential oils from own-grown and other herbs. An organic garden, partially cultivated by the learners, provides seasonal vegetables.
Every year, we present a series of Parent and Teacher workshops
and seminars, in which the principles and methods of Waldorf
education are explored and shared.
The Ubuntu Day Clinic and Rosemaryhill - a venue for catering,
events, high tea and team-building - are also situated on
the farm, adjacent to our country school campus.
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