Festivals

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.

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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:

Festival Date Colour Meaning
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

 

Alice Kim's USE May dance 2016

Early Years Strawberry Fair celebrating  St Johns. Children help make strawberry jam and scones in kindergarten then serve their families.  A firm favourite!

Early Years Strawberry Fair celebrating St Johns.
Children help make strawberry jam and scones in kindergarten then serve their families.
A firm favourite!