We are a not-for-profit social enterprise that provides Waldorf Education, biodynamic farming and community services in the Motueka area, New Zealand.
In 1984 a group of Motueka families formed the Motueka Rudolf Steiner School Trust. The Trust is the legal owner of the School, kindergarten, playgroups and farm. The Trust Deed established the purposes of the organisation and a Trust Board to represent the wishes of the community. The Trust Board is responsible for governance and resourcing. Trustees are elected annually from the school community.
The Trust Board has subcommittees and staff positions to look after such areas as school development, management, teaching, teacher support (the Parent Group and college of teachers), farm management, and finances.
Each year we have 4 community meetings and all parents are urged to attend:
- AGM (Founders Meeting) at the beginning of term 1, which deals with formalities under the Trust Deed such as the election of trustees, the appointment of a treasurer, appointment of an auditor, annual accounts and various school reports.
- A Community Meeting each term where the Trustees, College, parents and community come together to discuss current topics affecting the School, and to track fundraising. The first community meeting of the year is also the AGM, the last community meeting budgeting and planning for the following year.
College of Teachers
Pedagogical management is provided by the ‘College of Teachers’, rather than a principal. This group is responsible for the curriculum, teaching methods, child studies and professional development.
Non-pedagogical management is provided by specialist staff. We have a Lower School manager, a Kindergarten manager, Treasurer, and development manager.