The History of Polaris
The history and endeavours of FWEO
In February of 2015, a large community gathering was organized to bring together those who held Waldorf education in Ottawa at heart. With the support of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), arrangements were made to have Flora Seul-Jacklein, AWSNA Board of Trustees President, come to Ottawa to facilitate a coming together of the community in Ottawa to allow for reflection, closure and possible new ideas to come forth. She led us through a circle process that allowed us to share our stories and reflections. Her role was not to bring answers, which no one individual would have, but to hold the space for all of us to create what we needed and what may be called of us.
From this two-day event, a group began to meet once a month. The group’s intent was to create a new impulse, based in community, integrity, and sustainability. The group was called Friends of Waldorf Education in Ottawa, or FWEO.
Our starting point was to look at the history of Waldorf and Waldorf-inspired Education in Ottawa...
Our starting point for this was to look at the history of Waldorf and Waldorf-inspired education in Ottawa – in the three different (independent) schools that had existed – and to glean from this what we could learn for our new initiative. Three main needs to be addressed arose from this investigation: The first was financial stability and the need for affordable tuition that was truly integral to the school’s structure and community. The second was protecting a pillar of Waldorf-inspired education: the freedom of the teachers within the governing structure of the school. The third was a need to re-examine and open up the pedagogical expression of Waldorf-inspired education while staying true to its fundamental principles, and to find how it relates to modern society. We saw a need for a much more concrete relationship to nature and agriculture, and for much more social engagement and social healing.
...the importance of healthy relationships
Our great task is to develop free human beings that are able to give meaning and direction to their life.