Highlights of our Martinmas Lantern walk. Every year, on 11 November, we celebrate Martinmas. St Martin of Tours is the saint of soldiers, beggars, vintners, and wool-weavers amongst other things.
The lantern walk symbolises the light we kindle within ourselves as the nights draw in and the light of the sun disappears slowly. We carry our lanterns down a candlelit path in the darkest parts of the school which is very exciting for both adults and children alike. And as we walk very slowly, we sing. If you go through the photographs you may be able to piece together the lyrics of the Martinmas song which children from Steiner schools sing all over the world. Incidentally, even though Classes Five and Six did not attend the walk this year they helped to prepare it. They laid out the candles along the path during the daytime.
Class Five also celebrated their own festival of light - Diwali - and Class Six is learning about Martin of Tours from a different perspective - as a Roman subject and soldier. The curriculum operates as a spiral and brings back many aspects which were learnt when younger and enables the student to make numerous connections which create a deep connection to the subjects learnt at different times. Photographs were taken by a parent.
Dear Families and Friends of the Holywood Steiner School,
As the school year approaches its end, we turn to the business of our Annual General Meeting.
You will probably remember that last year we reported on changes in the charitable sector and how that would affect us. One year on we have become fully registered, have a new governing document and are actively seeking to develop our governance structures in line not only with what is required, but also what is considered best practice.
Please see the attached documents relating to the Annual General Meeting (20th June, 2017) informing you of changes to the hosting of our Annual General Meeting, membership of Holywood Steiner School Limited and the recruitment of trustees, as required by both the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland and Company law.
- Holywood Steiner School Articles of Association.
- Application Form for membership of Holywood Steiner School Limited. (Previously achieved through attendance at the AGM).Membership is required if you wish to attend the AGM and or table an item for the agenda therefore ensure that you return your application form by 9th June 2017
- Application Forms for members who wish to become Trustees.
- Role Description for members who wish to become Trustees
For this year only, you may complete your ordinary membership application at the door, on the evening of the AGM.
You may submit both an application for membership and for trusteeship but cannot apply for trusteeship without becoming a member.
If you would like to exercise your member's right to table a point for the agenda however, you must have had your membership application submitted by 9-6-17 to allow time for any items you would like to add to the agenda to be considered.
Members who wish to add items to the agenda must do so by 13th June, 2017, to this email address :
firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to the Chairperosn of the Board of Trustees, 34 Croft Road, Holywood, BT18 0PR
The Board of Trustees would also like to invite applications from the newly defined group of members to join the Board. Application for Trusteeship involves a formal recruitment process.
Please note that the trustees seek to recruit new trustees who can demonstrate a commitment to and/or expertise in the following areas:
Steiner Waldorf Education
Human Resource Management
Finance and Business
Safeguarding, including Health and Safety
Policy making and review
Marketing and outreach
Applications are welcome throughout the year but are particularly welcome now, as two of our current trustees will step down at this AGM.
The final agenda for the Annual General Meeting will be emailed to members by the 16th June.
To celebrate National Children's Day, on Sunday, 21st May, the Holywood Steiner
Kindergarten invites you to join us for a day filled with natural play, at our unique Natural Childhood event.
Natural Childhood Day
Sunday 21st May 12 noon - 3pm.
Please bring a picnic and dress for outdoor play.
Holywood Steiner School, 34 Croft Road, Holywood, BT18 OPR.
Class Five are busy raising funds for a trip to London to see first hand some relics of the Ancient Classical past, which has formed part of the children's Class 5 ( Primary 7) studies.
Louie is a parent of the class and we're all looking forward to seeing him in his true element...
In many Steiner-Waldorf schools, a very special winter festival takes place for the children. This is the advent spiral, a beautiful garden of candlelight which symbolises each individual receiving his or her light in this time of growing darkness.
As the waning days move towards their darkest at the Winter Solstice, our younger classes celebrate the coming of light with the Advent Garden.
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.
Natural Childhood Day is how we share our belief in the child's right to play and explore the world of nature. Play is the foundation of learning in Early Years at the Holywood Steiner School and in natural play, our children have the chance to experience the real world and some real challenges.
Nurturing the child's sensory and movement organisation, imaginative faculties and social awareness, in the beautiful natural setting we provide, is an excellent basis for the healthy development of these essential foundations for life long learning.
We're inviting families who'd like to have a great afternoon of fun with their little ones to join us for woodland games, archery and crafts.
Click here for more information on Steiner Waldorf Early Years Education.
The children will celebrate this autumn festival with a huge leaf dragon to be slain - after they have challenged themselves to be valiant through Class 8's ingenious games.
The Upper School will face the Colin Glen challenge again. High ropes are no problem for our intrepid teenagers.
Experience the joy of outdoor play in a beautiful environment full of challenges and rich sensory stimulation.
Our Natural Childhood days are growing in popularity as parents strive to offer their children an alternative to screen time.
Come and join us for this free event.
Refreshments will be on sale during the afternoon.
Please make sure you dress for the outdoors. Wellies at the ready!