Escola Jardim do Monte (a Waldorf School in Portugal) needs a classroom for the nine grade. Let's make it possible!
In 2004, a group of teachers who developed a teacher training course based on Waldorf Pedagogy in government schools, since 1991, decided to open a Waldorf kindergarten.
The idea was to help children to develop learning capacities, within their global development in harmony with the rhythms of nature. A farm containing a biodynamic project was chosen as the school home under the umbrella of an association HARPA, recognized by the Education Ministry as a Private Institution for Social Solidarity – IPSS.
In 2007 a group of children for the 1st class was gathered and in 2011 the primary school from the 1st to the 4th class has been officially inaugurated: Escola do Jardim do Monte.
Since then the school has grown, covering up to the 3rd school cycle in Portugal (7th, 8th and 9th year) following the Waldorf curriculum, accepted by the Education Ministry.
Next school year starting in September 2017, we will open our first 9th class group. To receive it we have yet to create a new classroom. For that purpose we have to accomplish some rebuilding work in our space, for which we badly need financial help to accomplish what is necessary to do, to maintain the physical ecological quality of the whole school.
Being, up to this moment, the only Waldorf school in Portugal which offers a kindergarten and 9 years of basic school, our aim is to prepare the youngsters to reach the secondary school, with self confidence, autonomy, creativity and love for learning, with a deep feeling of respect for the earth and for humanity, as the essential qualities for the twenty first century citizens.
The generosity of all who find a meaning in our work will permit us to reach the aim we would like to accomplish in behalf of the future.
In the name of Escola do Jardim do Monte and all the pupils, who are and will be with us, we would like to express our gratitude.