Israel: The Zomer Waldorf School is located in Ramat Gan, a city belonging to the Tel Aviv District. Some years ago, the parents of the public school worried about the educational future. As a result Waldorf elements were introduced and today the Zomer School is a public school operating under the Waldorf approach to education. The school educates 400 students in Grades 1-10.
The school's ambition is to "turn teaching into Art – the Art of Education." In almost every period of study and in every subject, artistic means, such as drawing, music, drama and dance are employed. Therefore art is not a lesson on its own, but is rather integrated into the very fibres of the Zomer Wadlrof School and its learning processes.
The highlight of school life is a hiking program where students learn to navigate using topographic maps, sleep in tents, and cook together using basic camping gear. For the students the hikes foster familiarity with, and love for their land, understanding of their heritage, as well as offering opportunities for team building, orienteering skills and personal development.
Furthermore the school also places great emphasis on community involvement. The older students volunteer at animal rescue shelters, work with adults with special needs, teach afterschool children’s groups, and also put on concerts for residents in nursing homes.
The school aspires to create a culture in which everyone feels empowered. School life is made up of the students, teachers and parents. To imbue the deepest qualities in the hearts of our children, co-operation and efforts by all three are essential. As such, parents get involved in many activities and events, which also allow them to understand what Waldorf education is and how the school works.