12 Jul 2012

Lunch meeting: Waldorf Education with speaker Ms Cannie Bennett

Rtn Paul visited Rotary Club of Seoul and brought us the banner.

Our speaker today is Ms. Cannie Bennett, who talked about “Waldorf Education”.  Cannie Bennett is a mother, teacher and owner of three kindergartens.  She has been active in early childhood education for twenty years.  Her background in management and administration was in many ways an advantage in setting up her Waldorf kindergartens.  She is a respected contributor to Hong Kong Waldorf community on Early Childhood and chair as the Head of The Waldorf Association in Hong Kong and a tireless advocate for early childhood development.
Waldorf education is a pedagogy developed by Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner based upon a profound understanding of human development and the needs of growing child. For the Waldorf student, learning is not simply ingested and tested. Through experiences, Waldorf students cultivate a lifelong love of learning as well as the intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual capacities to be individuals certain of their paths and to be of service to the world.

Waldorf Education focuses on the physical, emotional and cognitive stages of a child’s development that stimulates intelligence, encourages creativity and develops practical skills. Waldorf teachers strive to transform education into an art that educates the whole child – the heart, the hands and the head.

Today, Waldorf Schools are currently one of the fastest growing movements in education, with over 1,000 Waldorf schools, 1,800 kindergartens, and 60 teacher training centres over 83 countries world-wide.

At the end, Sergeant At Arm Rtn William reported that he collected HK$810 for raffle and fines, Cannie draw the raffle and the winner was Cannie’s friend, he got the raffle prize as a box of Chinese cookies.