An Introduction for School Communities

[1] Courses approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under section 258 of the Education Act 1989.

The Steiner School Certificates (SSC) are secondary school qualifications which are owned and quality-managed by the Federation of Rudolf Steiner Waldorf Schools in New Zealand Inc, who accredit providers (normally schools) to deliver the programme and award the Steiner School Certificates at Levels 1, 2 and 3.

These qualifications are approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and are registered on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework.

The Steiner School Certificate Level 3 is endorsed with University Entrance has Ad Eundem status (with equivalent status) for entry into New Zealand Universities.

The qualifications have also been devised for use in other countries or educational sectors.

For detailed information on the Steiner School Certificate (SSC levels 1, 2, and 3), please see “The Steiner School Certificates: An Introduction for School Communities” or contact the SSC Coordinator in the Upper School.

Graduate Statement

Graduates of the Steiner School Certificate Level 3 will have a comprehensive foundation for leaving school as independent life-long learners who are able to be self-reflective and take initiative when required. They will typically have openness and connectedness to the world and its peoples, will demonstrate tolerance and respect for others, and have a curiosity about all aspects of life.

As part of their studies, Steiner School Certificate graduates have undertaken a year-long independent study which will have demonstrated the ability to plan, organise, research, produce, write and present their findings to meet a high level of public and educational expectation. Graduates will have demonstrated the ability to problem-solve and apply learning across a broad range of contexts. They take action to follow things through to their conclusion.

Graduates will have persisted in a very broad range of activities and subject matter, have sensitivity to independent, alternative or creative views of the world, and have developed a strong sense of personal responsibility and ambition.

Where they have pursued their chosen (elective) courses, they will have achieved those at an equivalent level to other secondary school qualifications, and, if they have achieved the Steiner School Certificate at Highly Commended or Distinction, will be well-prepared to continue higher level study in the relevant subject areas.

The Steiner School Certificate Level 3 programme also endows graduates with aptitudes and expertise not currently covered by, for example, NCEA equivalent achievers. For example, the comprehensive 200-hour research project, which is fully referenced, formatted as a published document and formally presented viva voce to a large public audience, is a significant demonstration of self-directed, independent, responsible learning. Some students have gained entrance into competitive industries or university courses on the strength of this portfolio or project alone.

The Federation of Rudolf Steiner Waldorf Schools in New Zealand believes that readiness for university level study is more importantly a combination of an attitude of enquiry, intrinsic motivation, disciplined values, and self-directed learning skills, in addition to specific preparatory content knowledge. The Special Character of Steiner Schools concentrates, through the curriculum and cultural values of the education, on those qualities for readiness outlined above.