OUR HISTORY AND ENDEAVOURS
FWEO started the Polaris School and Centre in Ottawa, a Waldorf initiative school and centre for social renewal and economic innovation.
Friends of Waldorf Education in Ottawa started meeting in the spring of 2014. We were a large group of parents, teachers, grandparents and friends of Waldorf education that wanted a school in Ottawa.
Taking into account the history of Waldorf Schools in Ottawa, and seeing the current circumstances of Waldorf Schools in Canada, we decided that we would take the time to research and consult with different experts
to found a school that was sustainable, in both
financial and human resource realms.
This has proven to be a large task.
Starting 2015, in our smaller working group, we conducted a series of interviews with founders of various Waldorf Schools. We learned about different approaches to founding a school, and stages of growth schools can go through.
We looked at different legal structures a school can take,
and the various implications and possible effects of those structures. For teachers, we looked at
legal structures that support the freedom of the teacher
in the classroom and provide a structure
for self-governance and hiring.
With professional assistance, we made a preliminary business plan, consulted knowledgeable people and studied on the subject of financing a school, and affordable tuition, in different models.
We consistantly looked at the original impulse behind Waldorf Education, at educational approaches, and at what our school could bring as a fresh community impulse, both as a school and as a community hub.
To open our understanding of Waldorf education and running a school, and for the health of our group, we studied and did artistic work together.
Now, FWEO is grow into a larger group to support Waldorf initiatives and organize events.
If you are interested in participating, consulting, lending a hand and joining our community or have questions,
please contact us!