About Bothmer Gymnastics: Graf von Bothmer lived in the early part of the 20th century and inspired by Rudolf Steiner created exercises that is particularly relevant to the movement development of the child. Based on his work a training has been created which teaches the movement curriculum for Waldorf schools. It studies healthy movement development and look at what is appropriate in a Movement curriculum for children at different ages.
In 1999 Tom also joined the Waldorf Class teacher training at Elmfield School in Strourbridge, which he completed in 2001. After he left he became the Games Teacher at Wynstones Waldorf School where he was head of Games and Gymnastics until his return to South Africa. He knows a wide range of traditional games and had an active circus club that performed at the yearly Spring festival.
Whilst working at Wynstones he decided to do a part time specialization in Spacial Dynamics - attending courses in both Stuttgart and New York and completed his Level 2 certificate in 2006. As a Spacial Dynamics practitioner he uses movement and posture in its therapeutic aspects and since returning to South Africa has seen patients in both Johannesburg and East London.
He has just completed building his family a house out of Rammed Earth - which has kept him busy for the best part of 3 years! On Weekends he entertains at parties - using his wide range of circus skills and equipment and his knowledge of traditional games.
Veliswa has been with Acacia Tree Nursery School since its inception in 2009. She started out as an assistant but during her time has done her Early Childhood Education certificate (Level 4 NQF) and an in-service training in Waldorf education under the experienced mentor Barbara Muller. She has been attending the yearly National Waldorf teacher conference and has grown into a fully fledged kindergarten teacher, much beloved by the children.
She lives in Chintsa East and is very much part of the local community. She brings lots of Xhosa songs and stories to the school and even has an afterschool Xhosa class for older children.
We are hoping that she will be taking over Acacia Tree Nursery School from Thomas Muller in 2015.