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.