The Hyderabad Waldorf School
Where the colors of mind take wing
Sloka – The Hyderabad Waldorf School, was launched 21 years ago and currently has 625 students, 60 teachers and 30 support staff members. It is a fully established Waldorf School in the beautiful city of Hyderabad. The Waldorf curriculum has been successfully Indianized by our pioneering team to suit the needs of our children and is followed until Class 8.
The school has an affiliation with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and our students pass out of Class ten with a CBSE certificate. The medium of instruction is English and we offer Hindi/Telugu as second and third languages. Students of Sloka, ace every exam they sit for, get invited to institutes like Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and get recognized in every field they aim for.
Our students have made us proud and their success is a testimony to the hard work put in by our teachers, parents and the entire team. We create trust, bonding and sharing – tools that help our students wherever they go.
Sloka believes in lighting a candle of interest for lifelong learning.We aim to achieve this by firing the student’s imagination, being an inspiration and developing their intuition. It is out of these three qualities that our teachers teach.
Sloka encourages the imagination of the child to blossom without undue interference and enable students to go beyond what is merely perceivable by the senses into what can be perceived by the inner being of the child.
With the knowledge acquired through their imagination, the students are inspired to deepen their learning and understanding,
penetrating into the subject with their whole being.
Students communicate and interact so personally with their curriculum – both academic and artistic – that they develop an
intuition for what is goodness, beauty and truth, making them balanced human beings.
Distinctive features of Waldorf Education
In Waldorf Education development of the individual child is the focal point,
we are convinced that the healthy individual is a prerequisite for a healthy society.
Handwork skills are important in a Waldorf education because this activity develops fine motor coordination and increases the student’s ability to concentrate on the task at hand. Children learn to baste and knit in first grade, to do purl knitting patterns in second grade, and to crochet in the third grade. They learn to make toys, dolls, pin cushions and pouches using their skills. They move on to more advanced work, eventually learning to sew their own aprons and kurtas. From this handwork, which continues throughout the grades, the children come to appreciate the effort and skill required to make something that is not only useful but also beautiful.
Woodworking is introduced in the fifth grade and continues through the upper grades. Using hand tools like the chisel and the whittling knife, students create functional, beautiful objects, including toys, spoons and bowls. At the end of four years of Woodwork study is the creation of a significant wooden object by each Grade 8 student. Then they move on to working with metal and other media.
Music and Dance are an integral part of the curriculum throughout the school. From the first grade, all the children sing and play the descant recorder, moving to the alto in middle school. Children are introduced to classical Indian music as well folk music and Western Music. Children from Grades 2 to 5 learn Folk Dance and those from 6 to 10 learn instrumental music. They choose from 5 instruments – tabla, flute, Indian violin, guitar and keyboard.
Waldorf students participate in a variety of physical education classes that teach spatial awareness, encourage coordination, balance and rhythm, and develop individual and team sporting skills. A large playground in our campus offers a 200m track, Long Jump pit, Volleyball/Throwball Court. All games are played with an emphasis on inclusion and fairness. Enjoyment and skill development always have priority over winning.
Competitive and strategic games are introduced in the middle school and up till Grade 5 children play games that help improve their coordination, stamina and overall skills such as hopping, skipping and running. Children from Grades 6 and above are gradually introduced to games like Throwball, Volleyball, Dodge Ball, Kho-Kho etc., to develop team spirit, strengthen their lower limbs and work on their balance and coordination as well as their skills of planning, strategy, and execution.
Apart from regular gymnastics, children at Sloka are introduced to Bothmer Gymnastics, which was developed in accordance with the indications given by Steiner’s perspective of the Human Being and Child Development. This comprises a collection of simple core exercises, which, when practiced regularly, bring about a change of inner and outer posture and movement.
In older grades complicated geometric forms are pursued in work with larger groups. Children develop the ability to move with an entire group in increasingly complex forms. This all promotes athletic ability in any physical endeavor, greater spatial and social awareness and flexibility.
Bazaar is primarily an exhibition of the art and craft work that children of Grade classes do in the school during the year. Children also make items to sell in the Bazaar. In addition to this, various other stalls are put up by teachers, parents and all other interested parties. Books, clothes, jewellery, organic goods etc are all on sale at the different stalls.
Per tradition, parents and children of Class IV come together to spearhead this event. The entire school community participates in preparing for this special day. The children of Class IV are at an age where they need a sense of idealism and belonging. The Bazaar calls for co-operation between their parents, the school and themselves and this helps foster this feeling.
The preparation and drive to conduct the Bazaar helps build a feeling of responsibility and trust in the world for these children who are feeling alone and separate at their age. The primary goal of the Bazaar is to raise money for child sponsorship and teacher training in the school. Sloka currently offers 100% sponsorship to 8 children and 50% sponsorship to 12 children. The cost of sponsoring one child’s education for 10 years in Sloka is Rs.5 Lakhs.
At this time, Waldorf Schools, world over stage a major play, which allows them to shape their emotions while still under the protective mask of a role in a play. The children put in a lot of effort into designing their costumes, props and rehearsing the delivery of their dialogue. This experience gives them self-confidence and a sense of achievement. In this grade they are also learning about the Industrial revolution, so usually works of authors like Shakespeare and Dickens are chosen.
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