Celebrating festivals is a central aspect of Steiner school life. The annual rhythm of the festivals fosters a deep sense of our relationship to the earth through all its seasons.
Festivals provide a welcome opportunity for the whole school community to get together and parents are actively encouraged to join in. They are social events as well as giving space for inner reflection, bringing warmth to the relationship between school and home. In our festivals, we remind our whole community about the importance of taking joy in the world we live in. We garland the school with nature’s bounty: flowers, boughs of blossom or greenery, leaves, beechnuts, conkers, depending on the season. We celebrate with music, stories and songs, and often with shared food. Each festival is associated with a particular colour, which the children wear to reflect their shared experience, and each contains a deeper meaning, relevant to our journey through the year.
The main festivals are:
|Michelmas||September 29th||Red||Harvest, draw strength in for the winter|
|Martinmas||November 11th||Blue/Purple||Festival of light, offering to others|
|Advent||4th Sunday before Christmas||Dark Blue||Christmas, patience and preparation|
|Carnival||Shrove Tuesday||Costume||Pre-Lent, topsy turvy day of exuberance|
|Easter||Before Easter holiday||Yellow||Reverence and thanks|
|Mayday||Friday before bank holiday||White||Spring, connection with nature|
|St Johns||June 23rd||Red, Orange||Warmth of summer|