Waldorf100, the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Waldorf global educational impulse, connects more than 1,100 Steiner/Waldorf schools around the world. The first Waldorf school was founded in Stuttgart in 1919. Today there are over 1,100 Waldorf schools and almost 2,000 Waldorf kindergartens in more than 70 countries around the globe. The Centennial is an occasion to further develop Waldorf education for contemporary times, and focus more consciously on its global dimensions.
WSL Celebrates 100 Years of Waldorf Education
Postcard Exchange Project: The Waldorf School of Lexington is excited to participate in the first Waldorf100 initiative – Postcard Exchange Project. Throughout the 2018-2019 academic year, every Waldorf school in the world will send a postcard to other Waldorf schools around the world, receiving in return postcards individually designed by other students. The designed postcards will depict something of the student’s country, school, or self. Each school will display and share the received postcards with their community. Here is a collection of postcards that WSL has received from other Waldorf schools.
Events: WSL also plans to weave the Waldorf100 celebration into our many events and festivals that will be held throughout the 2019-2020 academic year, such as Michaelmas, Spring Party & Auction, Arts Evenings, May Day, and more!
GreenBee Wildlife Web Initiative: The world’s bee and pollinator population has declined at an alarming rate in recent years thereby threatening the world’s food supply. One-third of the world’s food source relies on pollination by bees, birds, bats, and other insects, of which bees are by far the most significant player. As part of the Waldorf education centennial celebration, Waldorf schools across the globe are taking action by cultivating gardens, tending bees and establishing bee-tending programs to help support and rebuild the pollinator population. At the Waldorf School of Lexington, outdoor exploration, gardening and farming are essential components of our experiential curriculum. In our beautiful biodynamic garden, students are introduced to principles of planting and growing that will later be explored in the curriculum through botany, geology, and meteorology. Students plant and cultivate flowers and vegetables and observe flora and fauna in the nearby Great Meadows conservation land—183 acres of meadows and marshes in our backyard. They also learn from the school’s beehives and student-built “pollinator hotel” for native bees.