The Story of Prerana Waldorf School

Prerana which means, ‘sublime inspiration’, was founded by Indira and Maj Varma and opened its doors in 2001. Beginning in 1996 with a successful mainstream school, Mount Banjara High School, the stresses and divisively competitive nature of mainstream education led Indira on a quest for a truly human education which nurtured and protected the sanctity of childhood.

When she encountered the work of Rudolf Steiner and Waldorf education, she found answers to her many questions for here was an education which taught to the whole human being, encouraged greater social and moral responsibility, and allowed young children to be children rather than forcing them into an accelerated intellectualism.

Prerana began as a kindergarten and nursery, and grew along with the children, developing into a thriving grade school, advancing one grade each year. The school relocated from Banjara Hills into our own building in Gachibowli, and has grown into a dynamic community serving children up to Grade XII. We meet all CBSE board requirements for KG through Grade XII and use Waldorf methodology up to Grade VIII.

Hyderabad has become something of an oasis for Waldorf education for there are now four full fledged Waldorf Schools; Prerana, Diksha, Abhaya, and Sloka, as well as several developing initiatives.

The mission of The Prerana Waldorf School has at its root a social impulse for working with children ages 3 to 16 based on healthy human development and a commitment to protect and nurture childhood as the very foundation of a truly human culture. We are committed to the ideals and practices of Waldorf education which genuinely respects the dignity of childhood and a socially inclusive understanding of human individuality. We recognize that free creative play, imitation, exploration of the social and natural worlds, practical and meaningful work, artistic activities, and nourishing sensory experiences are essential to the development of the young child.

Through our programs and activities, we offer children a comprehensive and rhythmic experience of each day, week, and season of the year. We strive for diversity and inclusivity with regards to the social, cultural, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds of the families and children who are a part of our school community. Likewise, we strive to meet the varying and unique developmental needs, capacities, and cultural backgrounds of each and every child. Our curriculum, from early childhood through high school strives to inspire students through a program of rigorous academics, diverse artistic activities, physical and outdoor education, leading them towards clarity in their thinking, sensitivity in their feeling, and meaningful purpose in their actions.

We recognize that well balanced child development is possible only within the context of a community of consciously striving individuals committed to healthy social relationships between parents, teachers, and children. The partnership of parents and teachers nourishes the well being of all members of our community, adults and children alike. It is our intention to build such a community based upon mutual respect, compassion, and tolerance, inclusive and embracing of our social and cultural diversity.

Our faculty and staff are qualified and responsible professionals by virtue of their education, experience, and on-going commitment to continuing education and professional development. Teachers have formal training and education in the methods and practices of Waldorf education, as well as meeting all State requirements and are actively engaged in deepening their understanding of the curriculum through collegial work, individual study and artistic activities. We support the professional development of our teachers through regular mentoring, peer partnerships, review, and evaluation as well as providing opportunities for them to attend conferences, training courses and workshops. The professionalism and commitment of our teachers is clearly reflected in the respect and concern they show towards the children, their families, and society as a whole.

Dear Parents,

We hope you and your family are safe and healthy as you read this letter.  Thank you for your patience and understanding, as we have been adjusting, like you, to the drastic changes in life and work responsibilities during the last few weeks. We are extremely appreciative of our students, parents, teachers, staff, and administrators for their positivity, flexibility and resilience during these trying times. Although none of us have experienced a pandemic before, we all have to be together, understanding the situation we are in, and limiting our expectations during this challenging phase.

As we miss all of students, distance learning for Prerana Waldorf School is in full motion. We are concerned for our students’ health and well-being, as well as their families.

Our goal is to provide continuous educational opportunities and practice for students while schools are closed but also to eliminate as much stress as feasibly possible for students, parents, and teachers.
Our teachers and our staff are working long hours from home while dealing with their new, but temporary, normal.
While it is our responsibility to continue to help our children learn, we also want to compassionately take into consideration the variety of difficulties that our families and staff  are enduring during this time. We also ask for your patience and understanding as we travel this new territory, too.

Thank you for the photos, the appreciation, and the helpful feedback. Your positive responses are affirming the truly amazing work our faculty is doing to translate their teaching expertise into effective distance learning.  We appreciate you as well for doing your best to carve out space and time in your work and home life to support your children’s learning.

From 17th April 2020 for classes I to X and from 24th April 2020 for class XII scheduled summer vacation is starting, and when school resumes on 11th June for classes I to XII, and on 18th June for Nursery and Kindergarten, hopefully, life will get back to normal, eventually.
After this experience is over, our lives will include more appreciation of our blessings and our freedoms.  “This is not a time for us to panic. This is a time for us to come together.”
A huge debt of gratitude also goes to all of our doctors, nurses, hospital employees, first responders, the state Police and our state leaders for all they are doing to keep us safe and healthy.

Stay at home, stay safe!

Prerana Waldorf School