The newsletter for the Iona School, Kindergarten & Nursery

The Iona School, 310 Sneinton Dale, Nottingham. NG3 7DN

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Dear parents and friends of Iona School,

Welcome to this edition of The Grapevine. As you can see this is a new look school newsletter.  It has been designed on MailChimp which enables me to send it by email in a designed format.  It is a greener option for the school and hopefully a more practical way of accessing the information in here, whether that is on your computer or phone.  It will also appear on the school's social media sites for easy sharing with friends and family.

In the next newsletter I will be carrying more adverts. If you would like to advertise your business please email me: to find out about our affordable rates.

Happy reading!

Best wishes,

Dominique Allen
Communciations & Admissions Manager
Thurs 9th                        Open Morning
Mon 13th                        Study Evening 19.30 for 19.45
Fri 31st                           End of Term
Mon 24th                        Back to school
Mon 1st                          Bank Holiday
Weds 3rd                        Easter & Birthday Festival 17.00
Mon 8th                          Study Evening 19.30 for 19.45
Thurs 11th                      Open Morning
Thu 25th                         Children break for half term
Fri 26th                           Inset Day


The full list of diary dates can be found here:
On Thursdays from 9.30am-12 noon
  • 9th March
  • 11th May
  • 15th June
  • 6th July
Would you like to find out more about Steiner education in Nottingham? What makes Iona School so special? You are invited to attend one of our Open Mornings where you will tour the Kindergarten, classrooms and school gardens before gathering for a Q & A session. Parents and carers welcome.

To register ring Dominique Allen, Admissions Manager on 0115 9415295 or email
Class 3/4 News

Class 3/4 have taken part in an Architecture Design Challenge this year, organised by NDSA - The Nottingham and Derby Society of Architects in collaboration with RIBA. The project was called NOTT FORGOTTEN and it highlighted five areas of the Lace Market Area which are in need of inspiring regeneration. After visiting all five sites the class worked together on designs for two areas, HOLLOWSTONE and WING WALK.

As part of our design process we were able to visit Nottingham Trent University Architecture Students who were presenting their ideas for these sites and also Jo Fairfax, a local Inventor and Lighting Designer, came to work with the children in school. The children thoroughly enjoyed working on a live project and they would like to share their final ideas with you. The boards below show their ideas for their two competition entries. There will be an exhibition of their artwork, along with other schools, colleges, universities and professional architects in the spring.
 If you would like to know more about the project then take a look at the NottForgotten Teaser Trailer, featuring one of our ex-parents Wolfgang Butress
Class 3/4 Run for Umunandi

20 children from Class 3 and 4 ran 1-4 miles on the schools Land to raise money for Iona School’s chosen charity Umunandi. The children initiated the run entirely by themselves. Their class teacher Mrs Woolley  kept a close eye and first aid box to the ready!
They each received a certificate for their achievements.
Well done everyone!
Class 5/6 News
Back in January Class 5/6 visited the British Museum in London. We observed sculptures and artefacts from Assyrian, Egyptian and Greek times.
The children sketched various items in the Egyptian and Greek collection.
Back in the classroom the children had a go at carving their own reliefs in clay based on the Greek reliefs they observed.

Rob Strafford
German Class News
We celebrated the German Karneval this year with all the children in the main school. They played traditional German games, sang German songs and really enjoyed this festival occasion!
Susanne Buergstein
Parent Power!
The compost loo was due a spring clean up on the Land. This was taken care of by a very willing group of parents over the half term break.
Thank you Sue, Simon and Mark :)
Eurythmy for adults - lay classes for the Iona School community and friends
I have been working with the children for some time now and will, on request,  try once more to get an adult group off the ground. I offer eurythmy between 9am and 9.45 am on a Tuesday morning before my regular work with the children,  but need at least 6 fully committed people to do it. How we structure the course ( for example in blocks of so many sessions at a time or what background themes will be drawn from) must remain open until I hear back from you.  Please email me over the next 2 weeks if you are interested.  
Fynn Stirm  
Sponsored run for the Calais 'child refugees' in Nottingham.

Élie decided to do a sponsored run in support of the Calais 'child refugees' in Nottingham. There are now 26 of them, but many have ended up completely destitute and without support. Absurd as it sounds, some of the 'family members' here found themselves facing threats of eviction (for breach of benefit rules) if they took in the child relative.  That was why Élie organised the run.

Here is a photo of Élie completing it and of her handing over a cheque for £523.50 to Jane Henson (the Chair of Host Nottingham).

This was the total raised from her sponsored run. Many families in the school contributed to this and the note is just a way of saying 'thanks' for the help people gave.

The details for any further donations should be the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum.    

Alan, father to Élie (Class 5/6 pupil at Iona School)
Drop-off and drop-in Coffee Mornings at the Iona School

On Thursday mornings during term time in the  After School Club room
Donations welcomed
Leave your vouchers in the box in the School Shop-thank you!
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