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Events

Jun
23
1:00 PM13:00

The Annual Mid-Summer Festival & Open Day

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The Annual mid-Summer Festival and open day at the Holywood Steiner is a great, free entry family event, open to all, as we wrap up the school year.

Come and enjoy a taste of Steiner life, with delicious food, great atmosphere, tonnes of activities, and of course, lots of prizes to be won!

A great opportunity to meet families with kids at the school and hear about their experiences!

NATURAL PRODUCTS

ORGANIC FOOD

FRENCH CREPES

FOREST SCHOOL 

BOOKSHOP & GAMES CAFE

CRAFT STALLS

BARISTA COFFEE

SCAVENGER HUNT

RAFFLE

ENTERTAINMENT AND MUCH MORE. 

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Jul
23
to Jul 27

Under The Sky @ Holywood Steiner School.

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Laura. Yoga Sessions.

'The Yoga sessions will include yoga combined with drama stories, poses and games. The children will be using their bodies to create different shapes and movements and they will have the opportunity to participate in confidence building activities. The sessions will end with relaxation time, when the children get to unwind and explore the feeling of calm through a visualisation story. '

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Thomas. Forest School & Natural Clay Sessions.

Forest School sessions

'Children will play in the school's natural woodland environment by being engaged in woodland games, identifying flora & funa, building dens and Practicing fire lighting skills. The emphasis on this outdoor play is to learn new skills, but more importantly to allow the children to use their own initiative to solve problems while having fun'.

Natural Clay Oven Building Sessions

'Children will puddle clay and sand together by stamping it in with their feet and then applying the clay mixture with their hands to a woven wicker dome. Layer by layer this will form the structure of the clay oven. This is a very tactile experience in which the children will either jump straight in feet first, or slowly be lured in by their own urge to join the singing, dancing and laughter, which we know as puddling clay'. 

Please Bring/Wear Old clothes you don't mind getting dirty and wellie boots, if you have some.

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Martin. Circus Sessions.

It's not about wigs and fake red noses.

'Circus training allows for improved concentration in school, greater teamwork, and an increased self-esteem, social confidence, and sense of belonging, among many other benefits. Play games, learn new skills and find out what you're really capable of. Make your own Juggling balls ( Years 10+) and learn the basics of how to use them. There will also be a wide range of other circus equipment and everyone can have a go and try something new.'

This is a Parents' Association event, children from all schools are welcome to apply.

For bookings, please complete the booking form and email to fry@holywood-steiner.co.uk only. 

AUGUST WEEK NOW FULL

Check back soon for more details from other teachers. 

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May
23
10:30 AM10:30

Open Morning - Walk-Through

Northern Ireland's only Steiner Waldorf school will open its doors to families interested in exploring a tried and tested alternative to mainstream education on 23rd May at 10:30 am. The school, situated in Holywood, attracts pupils from across Northern Ireland, including Bangor and East Belfast, and caters for children from pre-school to GCSE age.

Stephanie Sim, who teaches at the school, says that the event will offer prospective parents the opportunity to speak to families attending the school and learn more about this unique learning environment. 

"Steiner education aims to nurture and develop students who are confident and interested in the world around them. In a Steiner school, students are not measured against others but challenged to imagine new ideas and think creatively and confidently supported by a curriculum which offers a wide variety of rich perspectives on the world we live in.

It is a curriculum which evolves through its innovative, inspirational and integrative approach to learning.

Through it a holistic approach to learning and life in an educational setting which balances intellectual, artistic and practical capacities, allows your child to realise their own capacity to explore, experience and excel in life in a modern world."

If you are interested in finding out more, come along for this walkthrough. One is held every Wednesday, however, holding a special walkthrough takes place on 23 May, where parents who have sent their children to the school will be present to chat about their own experience of the community and school. Call the office on 02890428029 to book your place.

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Apr
22
11:00 AM11:00

Grounds Day - (Parents & Staff)

 Grounds Day for Parents & Staff.   Please bring your own equipment. Rakes, trimmers, hedge cutters, secateurs are all good ideas.   Please also BRING GLOVES as this will help protect your hands and keep you warm.  Also bring a meal to share - over the past few gardening days this lovely tradition has fallen away, but we would like to revive it again.   You are very welcome to bring the children as well as they usually end up have a great time  Thank you in advance.

Grounds Day for Parents & Staff. 

Please bring your own equipment. Rakes, trimmers, hedge cutters, secateurs are all good ideas. 

Please also BRING GLOVES as this will help protect your hands and keep you warm.

Also bring a meal to share - over the past few gardening days this lovely tradition has fallen away, but we would like to revive it again. 

You are very welcome to bring the children as well as they usually end up have a great time

Thank you in advance.

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Martinmas Lantern Walk
Nov
11
5:30 AM05:30

Martinmas Lantern Walk

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.

Thank you!

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Holywood Steiner School Annual General Meeting
Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

Holywood Steiner School Annual General Meeting

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. 
 

  1. Holywood Steiner School Articles of Association.
  2. 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
  3. Application Forms for members who wish to become Trustees.
  4. 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 :
 

hr@holywood-steiner.co.uk  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

Mainstream 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.

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May
21
12:00 PM12:00

Celebrate Childhood with us...naturally

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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.

Indoor lifestyle is having profound consequences on our children’s health, especially with regard to what has been called the ‘modern
epidemic’ of obesity.”
(Health survey for England 2008)

” In a single generation since the 1970s children’s ‘radius of activity’ - the area around their home where they are allowed to roam unsupervised- has declined by almost 90 percent.”
A study of children’s independent mobility.
London : Policy Studies institute 1990.

”No, our children don’t need more school. They need more play. If we care about our children and future generation we must reverse the
horrid trend that has been occurring over the past half century. We must give childhood back to children. Children must be allowed to
follow their inborn drives to play and explore, so that they can grow into intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically strong adults.”
— Dr Peter Gary, Research Professor of Psychology Boston college.

Natural Childhood Day
Sunday 21st May 12 noon - 3pm.

Free Admission

Please bring a picnic and dress for outdoor play.

Holywood Steiner School, 34 Croft Road, Holywood, BT18 OPR.
www.holywood-steiner.co.uk

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Advent Garden
Nov
28
1:30 PM13:30

Advent Garden

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. 

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Martinmas Lantern Walk
Nov
11
4:30 PM16:30

Martinmas Lantern Walk

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.’

Best Wishes,
The Festivals Team

P.S. Class Two children only: please assemble at our classroom by 4.30pm, thanks.
                                                    

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Celebrate Natural Childhood with the Holywood Steiner School
Oct
16
12:00 PM12:00

Celebrate Natural Childhood with the Holywood Steiner School

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.

 

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Michaelmas Festival Half Day
Sep
29
8:45 AM08:45

Michaelmas Festival Half Day

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.

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Natural Childhood Day
Oct
18
12:00 PM12:00

Natural Childhood Day

If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it. Perhaps this is what Thoreau had in mind when he said, “the more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I think the same is true of human beings.
— David Sobel, Beyond Ecophobia
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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!

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