Talk by Dr. Michaela Glöckler

On Sunday 10th February Dr. Michaela Glöckler visited our school to deliver an open talk to parents, and the wider community, on “Supporting the Healthy Development of Children and Young People with the Tools of Steiner Waldorf Education.”

Thank you to those who attended. It was wonderful to have such a positive response! Over one hundred attendees from many different areas of the school and wider community came to hear Dr. Glöckler share her wealth of knowledge and experience on Child Health and Development and Steiner Waldorf Education.

Taking us on a journey from the beginnings of Steiner Waldorf Education to the present day, and reminding us of the key role of parents in founding, supporting and growing all of the Steiner Schools that exist around the world today, Dr. Glöckler asked us to consider: What Steiner Waldorf Education is trying to achieve today – nearly 100 years after the first Steiner Waldorf School was founded? Is the education still meaningful for us now? In what way can it be made fruitful for the future to come? And, in what kind of world are our children going to live?

Talking about how education needs to be orientated towards the healthy development of the child she then progressed through the different stages of child development, addressing how Steiner Waldorf education supports this process by putting the child’s needs at the heart of education rather than the constraints of society. She emphasised the fundamental roles of parents and teachers working in partnership to create the best possible environment for healthy learning and development, whilst recognising that we are all life-long learners.

Dr Glöckler was both inspiring and thought provoking, and left us all with lots of food for thought.

We would like to thank the PTFA once more for funding the event and all those who generously donated on the night to support future parent talks at Elmfield.

For those interested in finding out more about Dr. Michaela Glöckler’s current work with ELIANT, or referencing some of the information sources she referred to during her talk, do visit the Eliant Alliance website at https://eliant.eu/en/home/