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The Gamot Cogon Waldorf School is a non-stock, non-profit and non-sectarian educational institution offering Kindergarten to Grade 12. It is part of the worldwide Steiner Waldorf School movement where, for more than 100 years, over 1200 schools in more than 60 countries are implementing this time-tested approach to educating the whole human being—head, heart and hands. The school is located on five hectares of farm- and forest-land in Zarraga, Iloilo, approximately 20km from the capital city—Iloilo. It was established in 2005 and is recognized as a private school by the Philippine Department of Education.
Working out of the spiritual impulse of Steiner Waldorf education, our mission is to educate children from Pre-school to Class 12 using a balanced, innovative, and health-giving curriculum.
The Steiner or Waldorf kindergarten bases its program on the conviction that imitation, rhythm and play are the hallmarks of healthy early childhood education. Imitation of the beautiful, meaningful and true enables the child to go forth in life with initiative and purpose. A healthy rhythm and repetition gives children a sense of security, a sense of trust and a feeling of wellness that provides for their healthy growth and development over their lifetimes.
When children are ready to leave kindergarten and enter first grade, they are eager to explore the whole world of experience for the second time. Before, they identified with it and imitated it; now, at a more conscious level, they are ready to know it again, by means of the imagination—that extraordinary power of human cognition that allows us to “see” a picture, “hear” a story, and “divine” meanings within appearances.
In the teenage years a profound transformation takes place and powerful inner forces for the future are unleashed. In the midst of these dramatic changes, ideals are welling up within the young person. These ideals maintain that the world has meaning, that one’s own life also has meaning, and that one can positively influence the world. The adolescent needs to have these ideals recognized and affirmed. He/she needs to have experiences that corroborate them.
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Gamot Cogon Waldorf School seeks to build social life both within the immediate school family and with the wider community. We do this by building partnerships, encouraging participation, connecting with supporters, accepting volunteers, welcoming visitors and reaching out to and sharing with the community.
The school is located in the rural barangay of Libongcogon, four kilometers from the town plaza of Zarraga and approximately 20 km from Iloilo City.