In August 2023 our one-of-a-kind high school will be opening. We are warmly inviting prospective parents to our open house meeting on Saturday 12th November from 10 am – 12 pm. To book your space (and doughnut!), please complete the below form:
Catch us live on the 6th of November at the Festival in The Forest. Our talented students will wow and entertain you with drama and choir performances. You can also visit our stand to find out more about everything Woodland Star has to offer and meet some of our teaching staff and students. For those of you thinking about the next steps for your children after prep school, we are excited to tell you more about the opening of our one-of-a-kind high school in August 2023.
In addition to meeting the Woodland Star team, you can also enjoy the other live entertainment while you shop from an array of vendors selling a wide range of craft items and produce. If you get peckish, refuel with delicious food from Muna Tree Cafe. There will also be lots of activities to keep the kids entertained in our beautiful forest. The entrance fee is Ksh 500 for adults and Ksh 200 for children (0-12 yrs). Organised in partnership with Brackenhurst Conference & Retreat Centre, Muna Tree Café and Brackenology.
Our rich curriculum comprises of many interactive experiences and hands-on activities that engage and challenge our students. By immersing our students in a specific project, we can provide an in-depth investigation of a real-world topic. A recent inter-disciplinary project focused on ‘building’, or ‘jenga’ in Swahili (our school theme for the term was ‘Jenga’). Some of the objectives were to explore the following questions through a student ‘chair construction’:
What does it mean to ‘jenga’?
How do we build?
What could we build that would utilise our mathematics, science/physics, and artistic knowledge and skills?
What skills would we need to learn to build something out of wood?
What tools would we need, and how will we be safe?
The project involved meticulous planning and research of the different types of chairs and how they are built. The students interviewed experts and undertook training on how to use the tools needed to safely complete their projects.
The research was followed by sketching of their designs in art and sourcing of lumber to bring their designs to life. The students used maths to calculate the surface area and volume of the chairs and to determine how much paint or varnish to purchase. After building and painting their chairs, the students presented their designs to teachers, parents and their fellow students.
Here’s a preview of what the chair construction project entailed:
Woodland Star School’s Festival of Peace is a product of the inclusion of peace education into our evolving and innovative curriculum. It’s a full-day event, where the school’s students sing, act, drum and dance on a beautiful outdoor stage, all for the purpose of peace.
Peace education isn’t a new phenomenon. Created by Elie Pritz in 2013, it was a way for children affected by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to learn about peace, understanding and healing in an environment marked by violence. It aimed to introduce students to real-life heroes who prioritised peace above all, thus earning its name as the Peace Heroes curriculum.
This form of education has gained recognition around the globe and Woodland Star International School is one of a small number of schools selected to pilot the Peace Heroes curriculum in Africa.
Woodland Star International School was recently featured in the Peace Heroes newsletter which stated: “We wish teachers and administrators around the world could visit this inspiring school to see that peace education is not irrelevant or idealistic. Peace education is possible and so crucial in this divided and fearful world. Woodland Star School proves that intentionally teaching kids peace instills students with compassion and empowers them to heal the brokenness around them. We can’t wait to see how these amazing young people change the world in years to come!” You can read the full article here.
We are proud that, through our peace heroes curriculum, we have been able to instill values of compassion and understanding in our students which they can use in the future to bring about change in the world.
At Woodland Star, we strive to connect with each other, the community, our environment, and the world. We believe that learning happens best when the “puzzle pieces” of information and ideas are connected; we teach with an integrated method, so concepts are interwoven and make sense to the student.
Once a term we invite families to join us in doing something creative at Family Art Night. It gives us the opportunity to connect as a community and to enjoy and use our amazing natural environment to inspire our creativity.
Events like these are part of Woodland Star’s innovative approach to learning. We strive to teach children in the ways that they learn best, utilising an innovative curriculum to relate lessons to the learner and including families to help discover and support each child’s passion, potential, and possibility.
At the Woodland Star School Festival of Peace, students traveled the world, using the elements and looking at belief systems through stories in their search for peace. On our forest stage, we drummed, sang, acted and danced as we explored what it means to be a global citizen longing and working for peace in our world today and for the future. We all at Woodland Star International School want peace for all of the children of the world now and forever!
For more information and to schedule your tour visit: https://www.woodlandstarkenya.com/schedule-a-tour/
The team from Woodland Star International School are looking forward to meeting you! We will be attending the 7th International Schools Fair at Village Market’s food court on 25th March up to 27th March. Drop-in any time between 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and we will be delighted to tell you more about us. If these dates don’t work for you we can organise a school tour at any time – schedule here: https://www.woodlandstarkenya.com/schedule-a-tour/