Testimonials from the Children

Whilst I was on yard duty I popped one question a day to a random child

“Tell me one good thing about Ghilgai”

I didn’t carry a clipboard as one usually does for a “survey” because I wanted to draw forth the child’s heartfelt reply in an inconspicuous and non-intrusive way.

I did not record the comment in the child’s presence instead I held it in my mind and wrote it down a few minutes later.

Enjoy the gems I found.    – Ruth

  • Tell me one good thing about Ghilgai…

…a lovely environment…lots of trees…

…it’s good to be here…

…it’s got good people…

…the teachers are kind…you can understand what   they’re talking about…

…the community is great (great?) Yes, it’s very caring and forgiving, everyone.

… its small and nice and calming.

…the teachers are kind…you can understand what they’re talking about…

 …at my old school the work was hard and tricky.  This is good.

…you know every-one…

…it’s got lots of trees and a lot of space and I like it how you have one teacher all the way through.  (Class Teacher)

…I love the crayons.. I love to draw with them, they help me do my best drawing.

…the teachers are nice, they are supportive of ya’…

…you don’t have screens in your face…I’m sick of them.

…oh, buddies that look after you…

…the stories.. where do you get them?…

…It’s a good place, if I’m anxious I know I can talk to people who will help me… somehow.

…oh (grinning broadly)… that would be plants and kindness.

…Weland (Weland the Smith/Class 4 Literature) I never wanted to leave him…

…its great to sing with everyone – you know – our sharings (Whole School Sharing each Friday morning)

…its good to see everyone and sing together.

…there are a lot of bushes and there are good places to play and on hot days you can sit in the shade…

…every-one’s friendly…

Testimonials from the Parents

Comments from the parents of children who were moving on at the end of Class 6 – appreciative comments taken from farewell cards and letters.

“The reason I chose Ghilgai for ‘Martin’ was because I wanted him to spend his childhood years in a safe and nurturing environment and in a place where he could participate in activities that are often denied boys.He has received all of these things at Ghilgai and much more. I am sure that the richness of Steiner Education will be with him throughout his life. Thank you Ghilgai.”

“Ghilgai is in many ways unique and I am so glad that my son and daughter were privileged enough to be nurtured along by all the goodness in it… They were lucky children to have had
such a rich and secure foundation, endowing them with a sense of wholeness and wholesomeness. As we move on, I feel sad at leaving my children’s childhood behind us as well. Ghilgai has been such an encompassing shelter for this.”

“ I must admit that when ’Bruce’ first came to the school I felt a tad sceptical of what the Steiner method of education could do for us. Then after being at Ghilgai a short while I began to see changes in him and then over time we grew to feel secure in the knowledge that our children were in a warm and nurturing environment.
Thank you for Ghilgai, our children have had a wonderful journey here. Ghilgai is a real gem.”

“Thank you, thank you, Ghilgai has changed our world. We wil be forever grateful for the opportunity to experience such love and beauty. ‘Roger’ has been given the best chance to grow into the young man that has humour and love in so much that he does, and I’m sure will continue to do. It has been amazing!”

“Thank you very much for the opportunities provided our children through attending Ghilgai.
We just know that we were so fortunate that our son and daughter could attend Ghilgai where they were nurtured and richly educated throughout their most formative years.
Thank you to all the staff for this unique experience.”

“Ghilgai has been a safe harbour for all of us and I will treasure the love and wealth of knowledge it has given me and my girlsforever.”

“I will be forever grateful and deeply appreciative of all that Ghilgai has given to my two children. The love, nurturing, art, music, eurythmy… just plain everything. You have left a mark on our hearts which we shall lovingly carry with us as we continue our outward journey.
…Thank you so much Dear Ghilgai…”

“Ghilgai is a beautiful and nurturing place where my son has flourished and has had instilled in him confidence, joy and freedom to be himself. He has had a lovely all-round education
where his head, heart and soul have been uplifted and nourished and it has been wonderful to see him grow.”

“We would like to thank you for giving our son the opportunity of a new beginning four years ago. He was able to move on and heal from a difficult situation due to the support he received at
Ghilgai. He has been able to transform personally, socially and educationally… he is a different boy and we shall always be grateful that we found this School.”