To build a network of former students, we have created the Steiner Academy Hereford Alumni Association. In 2023, we started the process of contacting leaving classes so we can keep in touch and arrange get-togethers. We regularly have former students talking in assemblies to inspire current students with possible career paths, to share problems they have faced and offer strategies for coping. If you are a former pupil or you know one, do get in touch at email@example.com
Save the Date – Next Event
The next Alumni Evening event will be on Friday 13 December 2024.
On Friday 15 December, we hosted our first ever Alumni Celebration, as the final part of the school’s 25th and 40th year celebrations. The complete Alumni Association were invited, along with current and past teachers, and despite universities still being in session, we were delighted to see lots of past students from a variety of classes, as well as some former teachers and even a former principal, Stephen Holland, some of whom we haven’t seen for years.
It was a very relaxed affair – bring your own drinks and nibbles – with some music to accompany the chat. It was a delight to find out how our ex-students were getting on and to get some feedback on their time at school. Here are some of their comments:
- Class of 2019: I enjoyed school, despite multiple challenges I faced during my education. I felt that the school eventually got me and worked with my methods. I’m always grateful for the teachers who put so much effort into teaching and helping me.
- Class of 2023: It really gave me a good grounding and helped me to go outside of my comfort zone.
- Class 2022: It was a safe and loving environment for me to grow up in.
We plan to make this an annual event, and hope that over the years this small initial seed will blossom into a great sharing of stories and plans!
Life Stories from Former Pupils
Sam went on to study at Wells Cathedral School and the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London. This is testament to the hard work he put in here at the Steiner Academy. Sam came along to our Alumni Celebration in 2023 and delighted the whole school with a Cello solo, a piece by Piatti, at our end of term assembly.
Robin Owens, aged 47, written in 2023
I have often been asked over the years how effective our education was in setting us up for adult life in a ‘mainstream’ world. My answer to them is that many of my fellow classmates, have become doctors, engineers, entrepreneurs and successful artists and business people – many of whom I am still in touch, 4 decades later! Those who have chosen other paths have made me equally appreciate their warmth and roundedness as wonderful human beings. I have enormous thanks and love for Greta, Lyn, and the founding parents, who set up something pretty phenomenal that created our solid grounding in life.
Trying to choose a memory is like trying to choose for Desert Island Discs. Impossible! There are so many good memories! I do remember playing badminton tournaments in the barns before the classes were built and the concert, aged 13 in, perhaps, 1988, where we played Pachelbel’s Canon on flutes and recorders and we were so proud of ourselves! What an amazing school to be a part of and to follow it’s journey. Forty years later and I still dream about it at night. That’s a good thing. A really good thing. Long may it continue.
Robin Owens. Now aged 47.
Jessie Rushbrooke, written in 2023
‘Dear children. This is a very special occasion. This is the first day, of the first week, of the first term, of the first class 1 in our new school and now for the first time I shall say ‘Good morning children’ and you shall say ‘Good morning Julian’.’
I wish I could say that I remember these words being spoken to my class but I can’t. However I do, just hazily, remember the Dedication Day on the 2nd October FORTY years ago and just wanted say ‘Wow!’ How incredible and what an amazing achievement for that tiny seed of a school to have blossomed and matured into what it became and into something that still continues to thrive four decades later.
My parents, Greta and Lyn Rushbrooke, with the unwavering support and faith of a committed bunch of parents, brought Mum’s vision of a Waldorf education in Herefordshire to fruition with the advent of that first day of the first term of the first Class 1 all those years ago. A lifelong dedication and commitment ensued through highs and lows and the school continued on to change the lives of so many children and families as it still does today.
For myself as one of the first pupils in that little Class 1, I cherish my memories of those early years. A magical time of belonging, togetherness and learning. The Advent circle, that daunting journey made alone but surrounded by warmth. Hours of drawing, music and laughter, damp and exciting camping trips, fun summer fairs and days of colour and dancing and always the rhythm of the seasons and festivals like old friends coming round again.
So the legacy continues. My daughter now attends a Waldorf school as do her cousins and my sister has been a Waldorf teacher for many years. I am still close to my old Waldorf friends with whom I can still belt out a fair rendition of ‘In Autumn St Michael’ or Gaudete when the mood takes us!