School welcomes community to anniversary "Open Day"

    Toronto Waldorf School celebrates 40 years of independent education

    THORNHILL, ON, April 8 /CNW/ - Toronto Waldorf School will open its doors
to its friends and families, the public and the press to share in celebrations
of spending the past 40 school years providing a unique and effective
education to 1000's of children.
    While patrons are welcome to drop in and out at anytime, events begin at
9:30am and will continue until 3:30pm, with the official ceremony and cake at
2pm. The day will feature hands-on workshops, the history of TWS presented by
faculty and students in an engaging format, and maypole dancing. The campus
will be alive with alumni/ae and former parents and teachers as well.
    The school will also host a gala at the Richmond Hill Country Club on
Saturday, May 30. Details on both events can be found at

    Four decades of sticking to its core principles

    Toronto Waldorf School has much to celebrate: teachers and parents
founded Canada's first Waldorf school in the 60's; moved the school to
Thornhill and constructed the building with their own hands in the early 70's;
expanded the campus in the 80's; defended their right against the Ontario
government to not give young children unnecessary standardized tests in the
90's; and have finally been rewarded for their environmental leadership by
being given the Environmental Achievement Award from the City of Vaughan the
past 3 years.
    TWS has graduated hundreds of students that have gone to universities
across the globe and into a wide diversity of careers. The school is
accredited by the Waldorf School Association of North America and the Canadian
Educational Standards Institute.

    Waldorf education, founded in 1919, is one of the world's largest and
fastest growing school movements. Based on a rich, age-appropriate and
integrated curriculum, it has been recognized by the United Nations as a
successful and inspiring model of nurturing, developmentally appropriate
education. There are more than 2500 Waldorf schools and kindergartens in over
60 countries, including 25 in Canada. Toronto Waldorf School creates an
educational experience that inspires students to evolve into creative thinkers
who are personally centred and strongly connected to humanity and the
environment, from Parent & Infant through Grade 12.

    To learn more about the festivities or to attain a press pass for the
events, email Catherine Daugherty at her address in the For Further
Information section below. For media inquiries regarding Toronto Waldorf
School's approach to academics, or for press passes, contact Todd Royer,
Faculty Chair (, or visit

For further information:

For further information: Catherine Daugherty, Development Officer, (905)
881-6137 x 322,; 9100 Bathurst St,
Thornhill, ON, L4J 8C7, Phone (905) 881-1611, Fax (905) 881-6710

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