Topic: Tauranga Waldorf School: The Cowshed

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The Cowshed is the iconic building of the Tauranga Waldorf School, being the only building on the property when it was purchased in 1989.

In 1989 sixteen acres of land were purchased at Welcome Bay, Tauranga, on which to establish the Tauranga Rudolf Steiner School. When the land was purchased the only building standing on it at that time was an old cowshed. This had been used as a sheep shearing shed and it took many days of hard toil by dedicated parents before it was in a usable state, ready to be converted into a classroom. The cowshed, along with two other buildings leased from the Ministry of Education, prepared the foundations of the school.

Tauranga Waldorf School: The Cowshed

The cowshed has been utilised as both an administration block and a classroom. In 1998 Class 2 was housed in this building and taught by teacher Brenda Warrender. At the end of 2005 the volunteer school librarian, Debbie McCauley, who was running the library in an inadequate space within the pentagon classroom block, applied for and received over $35,000 in fundraising grants to develop a proper school library. The cowshed was made available and Debbie, who is also a qualified librarian, was employed part-time to establish a modern school library. This new library consists of specialised library shelving, new books, tables, chairs, filing cabinets, a book repair stapler, a computer with specialist library management software (MUSAC), a portable barcode scanner and a catalogue computer (OPAC). The library is a community space used by many, loved by the children, and effectively the ‘heartbeat’ of the school.

by Debbie McCauley (2008).

 

Tauranga Rudolf Steiner School Library: Picture Book Display (2007)

A selection of our library's picture books.


Tauranga Rudolf Steiner School Library: Open Picture Book (2007)

We have a great range of picture books available, shown to full advantage on our beautiful new 'arctic white' shelves from Hydestor Shelving.

 

Tauranga Rudolf Steiner School Library: Stacked Books (2007)

These are some of our fiction book titles displayed on our large boardroom table which is used for meetings.

 

Tauranga Rudolf Steiner School Library: Harry Potter (2007)

We have a good range of fiction titles available for student's wider reading.

 

Tauranga Rudolf Steiner School Library: Non Fiction Display (2007)

 This is a selection of some of our non-fiction books which help to support the Waldorf Curriculum.

 

Tauranga Rudolf Steiner School Library: Non Fiction with Posters (2007)

Our non-fiction books are shelved using the Dewey Decimal System.

Every subject has its own Dewey number so that subjects are grouped together.

 

Tauranga Rudolf Steiner School Library: Picture Book Sorting (2007)

Our picture books are located in bins which allow them to be face out which is more inviting to students (and adults!).

 

Tauranga Rudolf Steiner School Library: Fiction Shelves with Children (2007)

The fiction books are shelved from A-Z under the first four letters of the author's surname. 

 

Tauranga Rudolf Steiner School Library: Non Fiction with Children (2007)

Our non-fiction collection is colour coded with the Dewey posters to make it easier for the children to locate and shelve resources.

 

Tauranga Rudolf Steiner School Library: Non Fiction Display (2007)

 These are some of the books located in the Teachers' Library which supports our teachers self-education and delivery of the Waldorf Curriculum. 

 

Bibliography:

Nicola Cooke (personal communication, 20 December 2008).

Tauranga Rudolf Steiner School Library's wiki.

 

Note: Tauranga Rudolf Steiner School management decided to close their school library in 2009, make their school librarian redundant, and use the space to hold a playgroup.

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Tauranga Waldorf School: The Cowshed


Year:2008
City:Tauranga
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Latitude and Longitude coordinates: -37.727432,176.20524799999998

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