About Polaris School and Centre
- Inspired by Waldorf Education
We awaken knowledge and creative ability through a rich and multifaceted educational experience. Acting with freedom, our teachers evoke reverence for the world and humanity, and guide our students toward a life lived with purpose as responsive citizens of the world.
The heart of our community beats with a desire to seek a healthy approach to education for our times. We are committed to Rudolf Steiner's vision of a community where we are equals, free in our realms of activity and truly supporting each other in our striving for social and cultural renewal in the world.
Our school is filled with life, beauty, and openness, allowing each student to reach his or her highest potential as a human being with confidence and integrity.
Together, we strive to resolve financial barriers for families, teachers, and staff. Consciously acknowledging every relationship, we create a community of mutually supportive members, all bringing their own needs and gifts in support of the whole organization.
We foster a community of joyful learning and exploration that gives our students the courage to step into the unknown. To nourish a vibrant inner life, we cultivate artistic expression and the celebration of cultural festivals.
Honouring that all is connected, we awaken a sense of service toward humanity and the world, starting in our neighbourhood.
With respect for and reverence of the natural world, the children experience the gifts of each season and the weather every day.
Polaris School and Centre
learning for our time, teaching in freedom
Our name references the North Star or Polaris. Polaris is straight above the North Pole, the Earth's axis pointing toward it. We are located in the capital of Canada, a northern nation, which creates an obvious association to Polaris for us.
Polaris is at the centre of the other stars which circle around it daily as seen from Earth. Therefore, it provides a stable fixed point, a reference for navigation, and a metaphor for the centre around which we move, the fire of the hearth. Our students are navigating into life, and our school provides guidance and a community.
Also, through a telescope, Polaris resolves into three stars, giving us the image of a unity composed of three separate entities - the threefold social order. In our time, we need humans who unite hand, heart, and mind - economy, culture, and rights - for the health of humanity and our planet.
From the very beginning, our initiative’s vision has included a school for the children as well as a “hub”, a centre for learning, meeting, and exchange for the whole community. The Polaris stars represent a beautiful picture of such a hub – this is why we chose to include both “School” and “Centre” in the name. They form the core, the heart of our initiative.
The very first question the pedagogical committee asked themselves in preparation for the upcoming school year was the following: “What do the children of our time need?” Thus, the importance of our values which are essential to the fabric of our school are reflected in the phrase “learning for our time, teaching in freedom”.