About Garden House
The focus of our work is to provide an education that is developmentally appropriate, based on an understanding of the stages of a child’s physical, emotional and intellectual development.
Our mission is to provide an education that is developmentally appropriate because it is based on an understanding of the stages of a child’s physical, emotional and intellectual development. We strive to provide a beautiful environment where each child’s imagination is enriched and to give each child a sense of meaning in life.
We look to educate children so that they are confident and eager to enter the world, and so that they carry a sense of social responsibility into the future.
We provide a warm, secure and aesthetically pleasing environment. A soft, warm, pink tone is used for walls and curtains because of its gently active and supportive quality. The rooms are loving, airy and welcoming. We also have a large covered playground with outdoor play equipment, a sandpit, and a garden with pets, herbs and flowers. Our farm, where teachers and children grow vegetables for the school and families to enjoy, is only minutes away.
Garden House Waldorf Pre-school and Kindergarten is recognized by International Association for Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education (IASWECE) and awarded as a model kindergarten by China Waldorf Early Childhood Education Forum (CECEF).
Following in the footsteps of a family of education professionals Cannie Pang discovered her own passion for education after the birth of her daughters. She longed to find a quality kindergarten with a play-based learning environment for her children. Together with three other like-minded mothers, she co-founded a kindergarten in 1992. This was the beginning of Cannie’s journey.
In 1993, as a young mother and entrepreneur learning on-the-go, Cannie was one of four Education Consultants who pioneered an international kindergarten joint venture with the Guangzhou Tianhe District Education Bureau. This gave her the determination to remain involved in the ever-changing educational sector, and continually strive to expand her knowledge and develop stimulating techniques and curriculums.
By 2002, her daughters were growing up and Cannie had more time to focus on her dream. It had become clear that her calling was in education. While furthering her interest in this field, she learned about Waldorf education, the fundamentals of which paired perfectly with Cannie’s ideal teaching style. Since then, she has supported teacher-training programs and conferences on Waldorf Education in Hong Kong and around South East Asia.
In 2005, she sought to build a small Waldorf community near her home in Sai Kung, and began searching for an environment best suited for children. A close connection to the natural world, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, was a must. Eventually, she found an ideal location to establish Garden House School, but the landlord was not interested in leasing. It took Cannie three years (literally knocking on the door) to finally convince the landlord. Her persistence finally paid off. In 2008, she founded Garden House Waldorf Pre-School and Kindergarten, which has been recognized by the International Association for Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood (IASWECE) and as a model Waldorf kindergarten.*
With the foundation of Garden House securely in place, Cannie’s commitment to Waldorf education led her to become one of the Regional Coordinators for Greater China on Waldorf Early Childhood Education (2010-present). She continues to support Waldorf teachers and the Waldorf community in Hong Kong, China and Southeast Asia.
Over two decades, Cannie has established three kindergartens and two primary schools, four of which are Waldorf schools. In 2021, Jane and Tony Song; passionate parents in the kindergarten who are deeply touched by the natural and warm environment, joined hands with Cannie to set up Garden House Waldorf School, a Waldorf primary school in the same location. Together, they develop a Waldorf community with their vision to offer each stage of a child’s learning journey under one roof. They are dedicated to generating an inner enthusiasm for learning within every student.
*awarded by China Waldorf Early Childhood Education Forum
Waldorf schools, also known as Steiner schools, are schools based on the educational philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian educator and the formulator of anthroposophy. Steiner’s first school opened in 1919 in Stuttgart, Germany, for the children of the Waldorf-Astoria Company’s employees. Today there are over 1,100 Waldorf schools and almost 2,000 Waldorf kindergartens in some 80 countries around the globe, making this the world's largest independent and nondenominational school system.
Waldorf movement is making its Centennial an occasion to further develop Waldorf education for contemporary times, and focus more consciously on its global dimensions.
Worldwide Expansion of Waldorf Schools and Kindergartens (2019)
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Tel: +852 2358 1177
7 Silverstrand Beach Road, Clearwater Bay, Hong Kong
Registration number: 575755 & CCC794