Dear Families of Class 4,3,2,1, Kindergarten and Playgroup,
This Friday, 11th November, is the feast day of St Martin of Tours, or Martinmas. We celebrate this in Steiner schools across the world as a lantern festival. St Martin is best remembered as the kind man who shared his cloak with the beggar and through this act came to see that his true life purpose was in serving those less fortunate. This motif continues to resonate in our modern times where need must still be met with compassion and our own tiny deeds of kindness may shine out into the world.
The children have all been busy making lanterns and learning songs, while Class Two has been preparing a small presentation of the story of Martin and the beggar. Weather permitting we will meet on the gravel at the front of the school at 4.45pm on Friday to be ready for the presentation at 5pm followed by the procession of lanterns through the school grounds. In the event of heavy rain we will have the presentation in the hall and brave the elements afterwards for our procession.
Our journey will end with a little refreshment. Playgroup and Kindergarteners can ‘beg’ at the Kindergarten room, and classes 1 – 4 at Class One room. We will finish with a song and aim to be heading home by 6pm.
It is advisable to wrap up warmly and to wear wellies as we are highly likely to encounter mud. This is a family festival so the children should remain in your care during the lantern walk.
Although our grounds are small, they can seem vast and magical by lantern light if all participating adults make an effort to maintain our awe and reverence for the occasion.
‘In heaven the stars are shining,
On earth shines my lantern for me.’
The Festivals Team
P.S. Class Two children only: please assemble at our classroom by 4.30pm, thanks.