“Time to Play” an Evening About Play

Kilkenny Steiner School presents an evening with documentary filmmaker Kim Hunter exploring the importance of play in childhood.

There will be a screening of the documentary “Time to Play” followed by Q&A with the film’s director.

Pop up cafe and play ideas to take home.
All are welcome.

Venue: KCAT, Abbey Meadow, Callan
Date: Thursday 23 November at 7.30 pm
No charge –Suggested donation of €5 welcome

Kim Hunter, the film’s director and producer, has been working with young children her whole life, but formally in the classroom for the last two decades.

The 45 minute documentary film stems from her concerns about the ways our culture is orienting our thoughts about what is best for children.


“My hope with this film is that it can be used as a ‘spring board’ for conversations about what we might do better in the area of meeting the developmental needs of the early years of childhood.”

Our days are so over-scheduled that the opportunities for ‘down time’ for most people just don’t exist in a healthy way anymore.  The biggest effects of this imbalance are on the youngest ones among us who are victims of our society’s speed and competitiveness.

All are welcome!

Kilkenny Steiner School announces new Féileacán Class

Kilkenny Steiner School is delighted to welcome enrolments for a new initiative that will accept children of 5 and 6 six years of age in an ‘Infants’ style year, preparing the children for formal schooling from age 7. Packed with outdoor activities, crafts, art, storytelling, and lots of play, Féileacán will be led by experienced National School Teacher Conor Boland, who has been teaching in Kilkenny Steiner School for 5 years.
“This is an exciting new initiative that we hope will make Steiner Waldorf Education more accessible to all families,” said Jeffrey Gormly, a member of the Management Committee of the school. “As a parent of a child in the school, I had very little knowledge of experience of this kind of education, but after nearly four years I am convinced that any child, regardless of personality, would thrive here as my daughter does. The curriculum really ties in with her personal development, its very empowering of her own learning ability, and the location of the school, in an orchard and garden, is unbeatable.”
Kilkenny Steiner School is holding an Open Day on Saturday July 1st from 11am-1pm for children and their families interested in joining the Féileacán group.

Kilkenny Steiner School is looking for a Class 1 Teacher

Kilkenny Steiner School is seeking a Class 1 Teacher to start as soon as possible. We are a small, but growing school set in the beautiful grounds of Camphill Community Ballytobin which caters for Classes 1 to 6. There is also a Steiner kindergarten close by.

Kilkenny Waldorf School

We are looking for a highly motivated, trained and experienced Steiner teacher to take on a small class 1 of 8 children which will become a combined Class 1 & 2 in 2016. The ideal candidate will be at home in delivering the curriculum and in engaging children in musical and artistic activity. A high standard of English is required. Fluency in German or Irish would be an advantage. Because of the size of the school there is a good deal of working together with other teachers and parents on planning and creating festivals and fund raising.

You must be an EU Citizen and able to relocate.

If you are interested please apply via email with your curriculum vitae and a letter of motivation by 25 September 2015 to kilkennysteinerschool@gmail.com

Mother Nature, Mother Love

Mother nature, mother Love

A celebration of Motherhood and the Gift of Life,
Following on from last year’s popular Valentine’s event.
Castalia Hall, Ballytobin, Callan, Co. Kilkenny
Friday 1st May, doors 7.30 pm
With poetry, drama, dance and song, featuring
Geraldine Plunkett
David Donohoe
Susie Lamb
and more
Advance tickets €10, €12 at door
Includes refreshments
In aid of Kilkenny Steiner School

A Slice of Life from the Kilkenny Steiner School – Farming

Have you ever wondered what actually happens in a Steiner School?

KWS 2012

Our teachers Conor and Cindy offer a glimpse twice a month from everyday experiences in teaching and learning. Do ask us if you would like to hear about something in particular.


In the Farming Lesson the children ask our farmer Bastian some questions they came up with. Bastian explained to the children how many animals there are on the farm and how many fields are needed to provide enough grass and silage to feed them. He also had to admit that his most favourite animal on the farm was Samson (his dog) and try to explain how the cow makes milk from the grass they eat. Not an easy task with so many inquisitive reporters.

FarmerDSC_0154[1] The other picture show our hands on experience in mucking out the cow shed. The previous day we cleaned out Bobby’s (the horse) stable and learned that a cow is differently stabled than a horse. The children also realised how much hard work it is to fill the wheelbarrow with the dung of the cows and how heavy they are when you try and push them to the dung heap. This hands on experience made the children aware of how hard the farmers have to work, so that we can get our daily milk. The aim of this main lesson is to instill a feeling of gratefulness and respect towards the origin of the items we daily eat, wear and use.DSC_0196[1](1) Next time: Numbers & Maths…