Welcome to WISE

“Receive the child in reverence, educate the child with love, let the child go forth in freedom.” ~ Rudolf Steiner

At the Waldorf Independent School of Edmonton, we strive to educate the Whole Child; Head, Heart and Hands. Our Early Childhood programs nurture the wonder-filled imaginative world of young children, building a strong base for future learning and development. Art, movement and culture are infused into all academic study. Nature and natural materials are integrated into the learning experience. Our goal is to explore the child’s full potential, while nurturing their self-esteem by encouraging the development of a whole range of additional skills. In this way, a lifelong love of learning is cultivated by nourishing the spirit of curiosity.

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Waldorf Independent School of Edmonton

The Waldorf Independent School of Edmonton. We are currently registering for Parent-tot, Nursery, Kindergarten and Grade One to Eight for Fall 2017. We are also registering Grade 1-6 students for our WISE Home Education Board, and for our Homeschool Enrichment classes.
Waldorf Independent School of Edmonton
Waldorf Independent School of Edmonton
Don't miss tonight's presentation with Peter Murdock!

Over thirty years ago, Peter was hired as a class teacher at the Calgary Waldorf School (CWS). Peter taught the pioneer graduating class in the school from grades 3/4 through to 8/9, having different administrative responsibilities along the way. During his time in Calgary, Peter ran children’s workshops and worked for a women’s shelter on a programme for children who were victims of family violence. Peter also developed parenting courses that many parents have enjoyed, and commented on the emphasis of self-development.

Peter is passionate about helping children, and has always fostered warm relationships in the classroom work. Peter was drawn to Waldorf teaching by the tradition of teachers staying with the same class for a number of years, and by the strong connection within the main curriculum to themes of folk tales and legends, mythology, literature and history. As a Waldorf teacher, Peter became a storyteller and, at all times, sought to bring an imaginative approach to the content of his main lessons.

Peter returned to the U.K. and became the Teaching Principal and Headteacher of The Dharma Primary School for 11 years. Peter has been inspired by mindfulness practice, realizing it increases patience to accept situations and helps garner awareness of the perspective of others. It helps one gain insights and confidence to cut through problems, and the energy to improve or go beyond the difficulties presented. Peter believes it has helped him become a better teacher.

After completing his work at The Dharma School and looking towards retirement, Peter and his wife returned to Western Canada and settled in Summerland, BC. Over the last five years, Peter worked in the Middle School at CWS and runs literacy groups for home-schoolers in the Okanagan.
Waldorf Independent School of Edmonton
Waldorf Independent School of Edmonton
Brrrrrrr! It is cold out there. Here is a look at Winter at the WISE to warm you up.
Waldorf Independent School of Edmonton
Waldorf Independent School of Edmonton
Happy New Year! Here is the information for our upcoming Grandparents Tea & Tour. This event was our most popular Elevate event last year, and space is limited to 35. We very much look forward to seeing you February 1st!



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