With hand, heart and mind
“Everything that is done during puberty fosters new growth of grey cells in the brain” (recent research at the National Mental Health Institute in Bethesda, USA).
Brain physiology has recognized the part of the brain in which this process takes place, as a vehicle for self-control (e.g. considering one's own actions), judgment, organization and coordination of all mental processes, recognizing holistic relationships and, as a service of high complexity, socially appropriate behavior. We want to promote this development through our practical work.
Academic content of other classes is put into practice and thus brought together in real life conditions.
It is not primarily about acquiring job-specific skills, but about discovering ones own potential and developing a working attitude, from which the knowledge can grow that self-initiative, independent action and continuous learning open many doors for a self-determined life in / with dignity.
Preparation in grade 8
What was playful practical contacts in grade 4 to 7, is now been raised to a new level. Through solving Project Work, the complex thinking and acting are developed. Different materials and tools are properly manufactured. The working time is 3 hours a day, conducted by professional guidance.
BVET in grade 9 and 10
During grade 9 and 10 all students undergo basic training in hospitality, electricity, horticulture, woodwork, landscaping and wholesale and retail. In addition, all students of grade 10 complete a 4-week internship (during school holidays) in a company of their choice. This immersion into the real working world of adults is a milestone and an “eye-opener” in the development of young people. After completing the 10th school year, students in all 6 BVET subjects receive a certificate.
VET in grade 11 and 12
All grade 11 students decide on one of the subjects and deepen their knowledge and manual skills for another 2 years. We recommend a second internship and help to find an appropriate place and creating the application forms. The responsibility now lies with the now almost adult. After the 12th school year, the students receive a further certificate. With the completion of grade 12 all learners should have acquired enough skills and practical experience in companies to apply for jobs in order to find an income to support their tertiary education.
With grade 12 the learners have completed the Waldorf curriculum and the vocational training. In grade 13 the learner is exclusively preparing for the final exam.