One of the joys of the Year 12 Project presentations is to witness the ‘becoming’ of our young adults; to glimpse that step into the world of young people imbued with individuality, coming to understand the power we all have as adults, the power of freedom. Rudolf Steiner commented on this, saying:
“To be free is to be capable of thinking one’s own thoughts – not the thoughts merely of the body, or of society, but thought generated by one’s deepest, most original, most essential and spiritual self, one’s individuality.”
To be “capable of thinking one’s own thoughts” – for the last 12 years (and longer for some) we have allowed these young people to go gradually from being told what to do to being taught how to think and to be an individual — an individual surrounded and embedded in community. The project weekend is a culmination of that journey and also the beginning of the next steps.
As a school we believe that every one of our students has the right to find their inner self, to begin on the lifelong journey of understanding the world through understanding oneself – and in the projects we see the students engaging with this and we witness it as their community. When we listen with our hearts, we truly see the depth of the beings who stand before us.
For thousands of years the wisdom of an entire people has flowed over this land, passed on in traditional methods, watched over by generations of Elders. You are the young people who will one day emerge as elders. We are passing this tradition to you.
Brenda Goggs — Year 12 Projects Coordinator