Movement is an intregal part of Waldorf education. As such, our gym classes include Bothmer gymnastics, an extensive repertoire of group games, and basketball for the older students. Also, each year, the fifth grade trains for the Olympics, and in the spring, they compete with other fifth graders from other Waldorf schools in New England and Canada.
Cape Ann Waldorf School has a well developed interscholastic basketball program for middle school boys and girls. The practices begin in late October and are held after school at the Hastings House gymnasium in Beverly Farms. The boys practice Monday and Friday while the girls practice on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00-4:30. Games are scheduled with surrounding area schools between December and February. As the school has no gym of its own, all games are away.
Participation is encouraged but not required for students in 6th-8th grade. We have a no tryout, no cut policy. Coaches endeavor to have all students participate comfortably in games. At the close of the season, there is an award/recognition dinner held at the school and hosted by the 7th grade. The season officially ends with the very popular alumni basketball game and gathering held at the Landmark gymnasium in Manchester.
Karl Pulkkinen has been head coach for the HAWKS girls basketball program since its inception in 1992. He has a long history with the school since he is one of its founding parents, having had two sons graduate from CAWS. He has served on the Board and on various committees in the school as well as taken part in the Holiday Fair and the Shepherd’s Nativity Play. Karl especially enjoys the teaching aspects of the game of basketball, helping the girls develop both the fundamentals of the sport and a love for the game. Seeing all the girls improve on their individual and team skills and their self-confidence as players is very rewarding to Karl.
The basketball program has a minimal fee to cover travel and other expenses.