Spring Open Day


Interested in Steiner/Waldorf education?

Come to our Spring Open Day to meet the teachers, students and parents of Kilkenny Steiner School and Ballyhall Kindergarten. Look around the school and kindergarten, learn more about Steiner Education, and enjoy a very warm welcome.

About Us:
Kilkenny Steiner School and Ballyhall Kindergarten offer a unique, creative, and non-denominational approach to early years and primary education in the South East.

Working with Steiner / Waldorf methods of learning, we have a “Head, Heart and Hands” approach to education which combines academic, social, practical and artistic development within a rich curriculum.

We are currently open for new admissions for children aged between 2 and a half and about 5.

School: 087-630-3133 or kilkennysteinerschool.com

Kindergarten: 085-192-5165 or 056-770-6507 or facebook.com/KindergartenBallyhall

Find us with Eircode: R95 X0KK

“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.

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

Educating the Child of the 21st Century

A public talk and conversation for parents and educators with Christopher Clouder.

  • How can we enable the child of today to face the future with courage, resourcefulness and creativity?
  • How can we enable each and every child to develop their own individual gifts and let these enrich the lives of all?
  • How can education respond to the changing times and changing nature of childhood?

These and more questions on one of the most important issues of our time will be addressed on this evening.

Clubhouse Hotel, Patrick St, Kilkenny

7.30 pm on Thursday 27 March 2014.

Parking available in Hotel car park accessed from New Street (beside Ormonde Electrical)

Suggested contribution 5 Euro

Christopher Clouder has spent a lifetime in education as teacher, organiser and educational consultant. He was the CEO of the European Council for Steiner/ Waldorf Education that spans some 680 schools in 27 countries and was the founder of the Alliance for Childhood. He is now a freelance speaker, writer and consultant. He has worked closely with educational policymakers in the UK and Europe, shared platforms with many academics, worked as a school consultant and is considered an authority on Steiner, creative education and educational innovation.

More information: 087-7713224

A public talk and conversation for parents and educators with Christopher Clouder.
A public talk and conversation for parents and educators with Christopher Clouder

Teaching the Steiner Way

Teaching the Steiner wayCommencing 1st February 2014. This is an innovative new course for anyone who wishes to develop a greater insight into how Steiner methods are applied in the classroom and to prepare potential Steiner teachers and qualified Primary School teachers for further training in Steiner teaching. An information leaflet is available here.

Teaching the Steiner way – leaflet