News

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During the school year (September to June), our Newsletter is published weekly.

 

A Beautiful Day at Mayfest
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Lead organizer Emily Langley wrote about this beautiful festival

How Do We Raise Healthy, Creative and Resilient Children?
Saturday, April 02, 2016
An article written by Sharifa Oppenheimer, Heaven and Earth author

Children's Winter Festival Recap
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Lead organizer Emily Langley wrote about this beautiful festival

From Felled Trees to Benches
Monday, December 07, 2015
The story and local media coverage of repurposing ash wood at TWS

Waldorf - Engaging the head, hands and heart
Monday, October 26, 2015
Written by Tracy Cooper, Parents Canada

Letter from an Alumnus
Friday, January 09, 2015
A TWS graduate wrote about his first year university experience and its connection to Waldorf education

TWS Alumna To Become City Councillor in Nelson, BC
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Anna Purcell received the highest votes in municipal election

A Brief Reflection, Full of Gratitude
Friday, November 07, 2014
Gerhard Rudolph, a Founding Teacher of Toronto Waldorf School, has passed away

Technology in the classroom: Is it a good thing?
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
School boards are racing to equip schools with the latest gadgets, but is there solid proof that using technology produces better outcomes for students?

The Grit of Waldorf Education
Monday, July 21, 2014
A Beautiful Valedictorian Speech from Our Graduating Grade 12 Student

Congratulations to Our Class of 2014!
Thursday, June 12, 2014
All of our graduates who applied to post-secondary programs received acceptance

TWS Alumna Wins the King's Medal at University of King’s College
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Brenna Sobanski ('09) graduates with the highest mark in an arts / science honours program

TWS Grade 12 Production Receives Great Reviews from Peter Katz, Juno Nominee
Monday, January 27, 2014
Peter applauds our students on their arrangement of his song used in the play

Congratulations to our Class of 2013!
Friday, June 14, 2013
Multiple university acceptances and scholarship offers for our graduating Grade 12 students

TWS Alumnus Wins Academic Award at Quest University
Friday, May 17, 2013
Graeme Stewart-Wilson (’07) wins the highest academic award among all the 3rd and 4th-year students

TWS High School students Give a Helping Hand at Detroit Waldorf School
Thursday, May 02, 2013
A weekend service trip to support another Waldorf school

TWS Alumnus Ariel Nasr Wins the Canadian Screen Award
Friday, March 08, 2013
Ariel is also an Oscar nominee this year

The Proof is in the Pudding
Friday, February 15, 2013
An Interview with Quest University Student & TWS Alumnus Alex Tersigni ('09)

Toronto Waldorf School Takes Proactive Approach to the Prevention of Bullying
Monday, January 28, 2013
Building healthy human relationships and safe class communities

TWS Senior Girls Basketball Team Win SSAF Championship
Friday, December 07, 2012
Undefeated this season!

Outdoor Play in the Waldorf Early Childhood Experience
Friday, December 07, 2012
Play times provide children with a sense of wonder and a love of nature

TWS Senior Boys Volleyball Team Win SSAF Championship Again!
Friday, November 30, 2012
Hardwork and perseverance paid off in a hard fought battle

Waldorf Students Not Only Use Technology, They Build it!
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Two grade 12 students built a 3D printer for their interdisciplinary project

Alternative models can be the right fit for some students
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Toronto Waldorf School is featured in the Globe and Mail

Toronto Waldorf School Hopes Screen-Free Week Leads to Screen-Free Lifestyles
Monday, April 30, 2012
Screen-Free Week, an annual campaign encouraging kids to take a seven-day break from computers and televisions, kicks off on April 30

TWS wins the Conservation & Environmental Sustainability Award from the Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce
Friday, March 09, 2012
Toronto Waldorf School receives the 21st Annual Business Achievement Awards in the Conservation & Environmental Sustainability catagory from the Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce

Juno-Award Winner Jesse Cook Performs at a Benefit Concert for TWS
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Toronto Waldorf School alumnus, guitarist and Juno Winner Jesse Cook will be performing and all proceeds will help restore an important outdoor space: the blacktop.

Why some say it's time to get back to basics in order to spark our children's imagination
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Fox News Baltimore's video report on the Waldorf School of Baltimore

TWS Senior Boys Volleyball Team Win SSAF Championship
Friday, December 02, 2011
With a final score of 15- 8 over Peoples’ Christian Academy, TWS became champions.

Videos: The Waldorf Way: Silicon Valley school eschews technology
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
If we say we need technology to engage students we're missing the fact that what engages students is good teachers and good teaching.

The Death of Preschool
Thursday, November 10, 2011
The trend in early education is to move from a play-based curriculum to a more school-like environment of directed learning.

Waldorf Approach to Computers in Education Making Waves in Media
Friday, October 28, 2011
High School students using technology benefit by not using it earlier

Studying Architecture in Waldorf Grade 12 classes: The Mother of All Arts
Friday, September 23, 2011
Architecture is what we create between the given forms of nature and the structure of our own physical body. We put ourselves “into” our buildings and they affect our environment as they work back upon us.

Why your teenager can’t use a hammer
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Complaints about a generation of the mechanically challenged

The Process of Creation
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Grade 12 Art

On discipline, Tiger Moms and detractors miss the point
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Discipline is the topic of this year's Gateways Conference for parents & educators of young children

Alumni/ae Profile: Duncan Ebata, Class of '08
Friday, November 12, 2010
TWS Alumnus Honoured

Confidence and Camaraderie
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Grade 6 Canoeing Trip to Algonquin Park

Candlelight Children's Fair Update
Friday, October 08, 2010
From the Board of Directors

Battling The Elements
Friday, October 08, 2010
Grade 7 Wilderness Camping Trip

From Thistles to Sunflowers
Friday, September 17, 2010
TWS Garden is looking for volunteers

Still Blooming!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
TWS wins Vaughan Environmental Achievement Award fifth consecutive year

Alumni/ae Feature: Alanah Caron, Class of '95
Friday, June 11, 2010
The Wild Life on Cortes Island: Reaching out for Community

Presenting the TWS Animal Farm
Friday, June 04, 2010
Farm Club with animals to be launched at TWS

Alumni/ae Profile: Maayan Ziv Surpassing Her Years
Friday, May 28, 2010
Check this great article (and images) about TWS Alumna Maayan Ziv and her stunning photography work!

When Should My Child Begin Music Lessons?
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
A Comparison of Waldorf and Suzuki Philosophies

Preschools in forests take root in the US
Monday, May 24, 2010
The unique "forest kindergarten" at Cedarsong Nature School is among several that have opened in recent years in the U.S., part of movement that originated in Europe to get kids out from in front of televisions and into the natural world.

Art Tournament Offers Unique Opportunities
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Artists have to work in a large space with other artists, while being observed, within the limits of 90 minutes.

Study finds that effects of low-quality child care last into adolescence
Friday, May 14, 2010
Low-quality care in the first few years of life can have a small but long-lasting impact on a child's learning and behavior, according to new results from the largest, most authoritative assessment of child rearing in the United States.

Summer Camp Team Expands
Friday, May 07, 2010
TWS currently has a few career opportunities available, both in teaching and adminstration.

Alumni/ae Feature: Christabel Homewood, Class of '07
Friday, May 07, 2010
A recent graduate discusses the passion in her creativity and the launch of her new website.

Request for Proposal: Food Service Vendor
Friday, April 16, 2010
TWS is seeking a vendor to provide food services commencing September 2010.

Career Opportunities Available at TWS
Friday, March 05, 2010
TWS currently has a few career opportunities available, both in teaching and adminstration.

High School Receives Another Glowing Report From Ministry
Thursday, March 04, 2010
The Ministry of Education inspection on February 5 confirmed TWS' continued status as a fully accredited institution.

Candlelight Events Wrap Up – 97% of Target Achieved
Thursday, March 04, 2010
We would like to share the highlights of both the Candlelight Children's Fair and the Candlelight Vendor Market

Do You See What I Mean?
Friday, February 26, 2010
Being present to all that is unexpected: this is what it means to be living. - By Michael D'Aleo

Alumni/ae Feature: Alice Hietala
Friday, February 12, 2010
An interview with Alice Hietala, TWS alumna and composer

outofbounds 7 nears launch
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Advertising opportunities are available.

Alumni/ae Feature: Ariel Nasr Class of '97
Monday, January 18, 2010
Good Morning, Kandahar is a documentary that asks the question, What is life like for young Afghan-Canadians when the country they live in is at war in their homeland?

A Window into African Culture
Thursday, January 14, 2010
In the fall of 2008 the current Grade 8 class of the Toronto Waldorf School studied Africa.

Research Finds No Advantage In Learning To Read From Age Five
Thursday, January 14, 2010
A New Zealand Psychology PhD researcher found that Waldorf students caught up and matched the reading abilities of public school students by the age of 11, putting them at an advantage.

TWS Through Drops of Water
Friday, December 11, 2009
TWS parent Gaby Israel recently took some beautiful images of the school. Be sure to take a deeper look at these.

Alanna Mitchell on Neuroscience in Education
Friday, December 11, 2009
Alanna Mitchell continues to advocate for the integration of those two previously thought-of separate fields in this 25 minute interview.

Who Killed Canada’s Education Advantage
Friday, December 11, 2009
This is a very in-depth article about the history and state of funding for education in Canada. The author argues that the main thrust of Canada’s economic success was once its standard of education, but those days are sadly behind us.

Trans-Pacific Friendship
Friday, December 04, 2009
As I shook each hand and looked in the eyes of these people I just met a few hours ago, I had an over whelming feeling that indeed friendship can happen despite language and cultural barriers. Sharing a Waldorf experience was a solid bridge of human connection.

The link between exercise and more brainpower
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Integrating the intricate sequences of music and dance into the academic program later has been shown in studies to raise test scores.

Studies by the Sea
Friday, November 13, 2009
The Grade Twelve class began the school year with a main lesson on Zoology, second week of which was conducted in the field, at Hermit Island Park on the north-east coast of Maine.

Mary Stuart Lives Again
Friday, November 13, 2009
Images of last week's Grade Twelve play, Mary Stuart.

Brains: the secret to better schools
Saturday, November 07, 2009
The Toronto Star has been taking a daily in-depth look at the "potential" involvement of brain research in public education

Dressed Their Autumn Best
Friday, November 06, 2009
Last week the Lower School celebrated Halloween with great fanfare. Grade One, in their first of many Halloween parades, were led by a fluffy brown bear

Harvest Time - From the Garden to the Table
Friday, October 30, 2009
On Friday, October 16th the Grade Four class hosted their families at a gathering in the Lower Gym to enjoy a feast prepared with the gifts of our garden

Senior Boys Sweep Cross Country Championships
Friday, October 23, 2009
TWS dominated the Under 20 Men’s race with a perfect score.

Square Dance A Hit Amongst a Circle of Friends
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Thanks to everyone who came out! See the slideshow here.

How Computers Make Our Kids Stupid
Saturday, September 26, 2009
There's growing evidence that too much cyber-time dumbs down our children

Families Get a Wet Welcome Back
Friday, September 25, 2009
Welcome Back BBQ was a refreshing hit

Waldorf, Montessori programs are about teaching children how to think
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Both approaches were crafted early in the past century. Adherents say they have stood the test of time, laying strong foundations for young students in a more thorough, 'whole brain' way

Chewing over the benefits of family meals
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Children who eat with their parents have more self-esteem and, some scientists say, better brain development

TWS Introduces Temporary Hot Lunch Delivery Service
Friday, September 11, 2009
We are pleased to announce that we have made arrangements for for Kid’s Kitchen to prepare and deliver lunches to the school.

Medieval Photography
Friday, June 12, 2009
Our Grade 6 knights pledged vows to the lord and lady of the land before competiting in archery...

Life Begins at 40!
Friday, June 05, 2009
TWS community tops fundraising goal while celebrating 40 years of Waldorf in Canada.

TWS Grade 12 Student Sets UBC Precedent
Friday, May 22, 2009
A current Grade 12 student has achieved the highest mark ever scored in a University of British Columbia placement test for French language.

Loss of Play in Early Schooling Lowers Results
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Toronto Waldorf School hosts 15th annual early childhood conference

40th Anniversary Celebrations
Saturday, April 04, 2009
Details on the upcoming celebrations

We Will Always Have Peru
Friday, April 03, 2009
By Christabel Homewood Grade 12 student in 2007-2008

Peru - An Advisor's View
Thursday, April 02, 2009

Update - New Audio Equipment – Thank you Kushal Khanna!
Friday, March 06, 2009
Apparently, our `behind the scenes’ donor is Kushal Khanna.

Winterpalooza Rocks TWS
Friday, March 06, 2009
Last Saturday night I was sitting on the couch beside my wife eating cookies and sipping chai tea, eyes closed, grooving and listening to some really great music.

Generosity Abounds at TWS
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Very special gifts have recently been donated to the school.

The 3 R's? A Fourth Is Crucial, Too: Recess
Monday, February 23, 2009
The best way to improve children’s performance in the classroom may be to take them out of it.

Support Grade 12
Friday, February 13, 2009
Please Support the Graduating Grade 12s to Attend the Connect Conference at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland

40th Anniversary Events - Help Us Celebrate
Thursday, February 05, 2009
We invite you to participate in two special celebrations this May.

Grocery Card Program Continues to Expand
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Natural Life Health Market (located in the plaza surrounding the Promenade Mall) has joined forces with TWS.

40 Years of Doing What Works
Thursday, February 05, 2009
The local Liberal paper highlights TWS' 40 years of education that works.

Development Committee Takes Shape
Friday, January 23, 2009
The newly formed Development Committee held its first meeting on January 12th and there's plenty of good news.

Winterpalooza 09
Friday, January 23, 2009
Mark your calendars for this great event featuring Toronto Walforf School alumnae Emma Cook and Layah Jane.

Senior Boys Volleyball Team Takes the Banner
Friday, December 12, 2008
The boys became champions for the 3rd year in a row; Snr. Girls basketball team makes in to the finals.

Alumnus Ariel Nasr on CBC
Friday, December 12, 2008
Alumnus Ariel Nasr was recently in the national spotlight for his award-winning documentary Good Morning Kandahar.

New Planet Organic Gift Card Fundraiser
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Help TWS raise money by doing what you already do anyway. The first 20 people to enroll in the program will receive a copy of the new Planet Organic Cookbook.*

Final Days of Annual Campaign
Thursday, December 04, 2008
We are in the final few weeks of our 2008 Giving Campaign and are encouraged by the generous response so far. We need your support to complete this year's goal.

LS Girls Win SSAF Basketball Championship
Thursday, December 04, 2008

TWS Windfall! Part III
Thursday, November 27, 2008
In Receipt of Third and Final Instalment of Founding Member’s Bequest - The latest cheque brought us $9,514.89 CDN. Our total from Pat Kettle is $240,872.04.

Waldorf Students Score High
Friday, November 21, 2008
The Waldorf School of Garden City is proud to announce that four high school seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2009 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Click to Give
Friday, November 21, 2008
We are excited to announce that we've now made it even easier for friends and supporters of the school to make on-line credit card donations to Toronto Waldorf School via CanadaHelps.

Cross Country Season Reaches the Finish Line
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Five TWS High School students made the trek over to Boyd Conservation Area for the York Region High School Championships and had our most successful high school race ever!

Dumbed Down
Friday, November 07, 2008
The troubling science of how technology is rewiring kids’ brains

2 Months Left in 2008 Gift Campaign
Thursday, October 30, 2008
We have $5,000 targeted to new chairs for grades 2,3 and 4 already - Wouldn't it be fantastic if we could complete the matching set of desks at $300 apiece?

2008 Giving Campaign Extended
Friday, September 19, 2008
Let's complete our first full set of desks and chairs!

83% of TWS Grads Ontario Scholars
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
15 of 18 members of this year’s class had an academic average above 80%

100% Success: Grade 10 Literacy Test Results
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
All of our Grade 10 students passed this year's test.

A Portrait of Honour
Thursday, May 29, 2008
TWS Grade 12 student wins art award.

Prolific Edmonton Artist Pays Tribute to TWS
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Christopher Lucas, class of '85, donated a watercolour painting of the school to TWS.

Grade 12 Student Selected for Canada World Youth
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Soon-to-be graduate Sam Egan-Sheardown has been chosen by Canada World Youth (CWY) to help out with one of its projects.