This past Saturday November 18th, James, Marta, Kayla and Michaela went downtown to the Convention Centre in Toronto with a lot of brochures, art and craft work samples, and a slide show of photos to set up a booth at the Student Life Expo.
The College has never done anything like this before so this was a step into a public space which was billed as a place for high school students to look for their next step in life. James took some photos of the Expo and the RSCC booth and of some of the people who stopped by to see what the College had to offer.
The Student Expo is an annual event organized for colleges and universities to showcase their offerings to the expected audience of around 3,000 high school students about to graduate and looking for higher education.
Rudolf Steiner College Canada goal in presenting at this expo was not so much to increase enrollment in the college programs, which may happen, but to raise awareness of Rudolf Steiner College Canada and Waldorf education amongst the general public.
To this end, we consider the day a success.
Dozens of guests stopped by our booth to look at the art and main lesson books on display and to take brochures describing our programs and teacher education and foundation studies.
Kayla Clavero engaged visitors in a lively manner, talking to them about the essentials of Waldorf education and recounting her own positive experiences at Rudolf Steiner College Canada
Micaela Gonzalez, a graduate of our full-time teacher education program of 2021/22, demonstrated wax crayon drawing to many participants who stopped by our booth.
As well James showed visitors how to make simple animal figures out of beeswax. Many left with beeswax figures or drawings proudly in hand.
As well, we had a little visitor, Gunoor, whose mother had a booth nearby. Gunoor spent the afternoon with us, drawing, modeling beeswax, and hearing stories from our early childhood graduate, Kayla.
It was a wonderful day for presenting our college. Many thanks to Marta for the idea and for the organization of the event and to Kayla and Micaela for their wonderful engagement with the visitors.