Teacher Aids

I’m often asked, “What is it that a Teacher Aide does?” No longer do I stare blankly at you with glazed eyes wondering the answer to this question myself! No longer do I ask you to listen to me for half a day to hear my response! Instead, I now try to refrain from presenting you with either too narrow or too broad a picture and share this with you.

I love my work – how could I not? Set here amongst such a beautiful environment, amongst the vigour and love of growing children, amongst the friendship, support and caring of so many gifted and loving people.

And so I would also like to share with you an extract from my favourite book, “Anam Cara; Spiritual Wisdom from the Celtic World” written by John O’Donohue followed by a beautiful Celtic blessing which inspires me, when I have a day that challenges me deeply.

Heartfelt Work Brings Beauty

“When you consider it, the world of your action and activity is a very precious world. What you do should be worthy of you; it should be worthy of your attention and dignity and conform to your respect for yourself. If you can love what you do, then you will do it beautifully. You might not love your work in the beginning; yet the deeper side of your soul can help you bring the light of love to what you do. Then, regardless of what you do, you will do it in a creative and transforming way”.

Extract from “Spiritual Wisdom from the Celtic World”, by John O’Donohue

A Blessing

May the light of your soul guide you.

May the light of your soul bless the work you do with the secret love and warmth of your heart.

May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul.

May the sacredness of your work bring healing, light and renewal to those who work with you and to those who see and receive your work.

May your work never weary you.

May it release within you wellsprings of refreshment, inspiration and excitement.

May you be present in what you do.

May you never become lost in the bland absences.

May the day never burden.

May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your new day with dreams, possibilities and promises.

May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.

May you go into the night blessed, sheltered and protected.

May your soul calm, console and renew you.

Extract from “Spiritual Wisdom from the Celtic World”, by John O’Donohue

Food for Thought
from Awakening to Community, by Rudolf Steiner

Real life should be going on without a lot of theory and abstractions and a dragging in of supposedly Anthroposophical sayings such as “In anthroposophy man must find his way to man,” and so on. Abstractions of this kind must not be allowed to play a role. Instead, a concrete Anthroposophical approach should lead straight to the core of every matter of concern. When that happens, one seldom hears the phrase, “That is Anthroposophical, or un-Anthroposophical”. Indeed, in such cases the word “anthroposophy” is seldom spoken. We need to guard against fanatical talk.