Sunrise Waldorf School alive and well (and living in Cowichan)

Sunrise Waldorf School has been a fixture in the Valley since 1980

Sunrise Waldorf School alive and well (and living in Cowichan)

In your recent article reporting on Cowichan standings in the Fraser Institute’s annual school rankings, you reported that the top-ranked school in the Cowichan Valley, Sunrise Waldorf School, is now closed. As the Head of School for SWS, I can assure you that this is certainly not the case.

Sunrise Waldorf School has been a fixture in the Valley since 1980 and currently has 187 students in our Pre-K through Grade 8 programs. Waldorf education emphasizes a developmentally appropriate, richly artistic education that naturally supports delivery of the new B.C. curriculum while integrating the intellectual, practical and artistic development of students.

Although our students generally score well in the mandatory foundation skills assessment tests that measure proficiency in basic math, reading and writing skills, we agree that ranking schools based on these results is misleading as they reflect a narrow view of the education being offered in many good schools in the Cowichan Valley.

In our case, we believe that the depth of the education we deliver cannot be understood based on this single yearly standardized test in Grades 4 and 7 and does not accurately measure what our students have learned nor the competencies they have developed in the areas of critical and creative thinking, communication, and personal and social responsibility. The goal of Waldorf education is to develop deep and life-long learning and that is the true measure of our success.

Sunrise Waldorf School will continue to offer Waldorf education in the Cowichan Valley for many years to come.

Kevin McDuff

Head of School

Sunrise Waldorf School

Just Posted

VIDEO: SAR reinforcements from up Island arrive Sunday to help search for Ben Kilmer

Family, RCMP ‘extremely happy’ with the search effort so far, search manager tells volunteers

VIDEO: Get your group together and plan an event for Culture Days

Culture Days events can include almost anything, but the more interactive the better for all

Robert Barron column: Nicole Lynch deserves a medal

It takes a great deal of courage to walk into a potentially dangerous situation

Drivesmart column: It’s motorcycle season

My experience investigating collisions reinforced that a rider must drive defensively at all times

David Suzuki column: Degree sparks necessary debate

Too often, though, the discussion has strayed from topics that need attention into personal attacks.

VIDEO: Canadian Forces help flood-ravaged Grand Forks residents heal

Sgt. Bradley Lowes says the military is used to dealing with traumatic times

Coming up in Cowichan: Spring fair; Christian Science lecture; market

Get ready for some family fun with the Drinkwater Elementary School PAC annual spring fair

Cowichan Coffee Time: New principal, and fundraising galore

• School District 79 introduced Nicole Miller, who has been appointed principal… Continue reading

Central Vancouver Island man dies in single-vehicle collision

Pickup truck with three occupants went off the road near Port Alberni

UPDATED: Grand Forks looks towards recovery as evacuation orders begin to lift

Officials hope to have all 3,000 people back in their homes by Monday night

B.C. Lions bring back 6-time all-star offensive lineman Jovan Olafioye

He was acquired by the Montreal Alouettes last year.

Whitecaps rally for 2-2 draw with FC Dallas

Vancouver climbed out of a two-nil hole to tie FC Dallas 2-2

B.C. VIEWS: Making sense of climate policy

Flood and fire predictions have poor track record so far

Chilliwack Chiefs moving on to RBC Cup final after thrilling win over Ottawa

Kaden Pickering scored the winning goal in the 3rd period as Chilliwack won their semi-final 3-2.

Most Read