Friday Flier 7th November 2014
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Friday Flier 7th November 2014
Wreath making – all are welcome
On Thursday 27th November from 8.45am (after drop off) a group of parents will work together in the Nave to make wreaths for their children’s classes and Kindergartens. 

By next Wednesday, parent volunteers will have gathered the greenery used to help make the Advent Spiral, Class Wreaths and to decorate the space for Advent Fair. We have developed a tradition of every Class/KG taking an active part in this important preparation for the start of Advent.

 We need one person from each class to come and make a wreath for the class. The teachers use the wreaths in the class every day going into Advent and really appreciate receiving this gift from their parents.

Don't worry if you haven't made a wreath before, those that have will be there to help. It’s a great way to get to know parents from other classes and the morning always has a lovely atmosphere added to by the amazing smell of the fresh greenery. 

There are enough candles available for the wreaths for the classes and kindergartens. If you get around to making one to take home, you will need to provide your own candles for that. Please bring along some green garden wire, secateurs, garden scissors, plus any other decoration (ribbon/pine cones etc.) you want to make your wreath special.  
 Also - if someone can contribute a few cookies/mince pies to keep stomachs happy whilst fingers are busy that would be much appreciated. 

Some classes already have volunteers. You can check with your class rep. Even if someone is already coming to make a wreath for your child’s class, you are more than welcome to join us and help where needed. We look forward to seeing you on the 27th.

The Parental Involvement Group
Martinmas Invitations
Dear Kindergarten Families

You are warmly invited to our Parents Evening on Wednesday 12th November at 7.30pm.

We will be preparing for our Martinmas Festival (Lantern Walk). Please bring an apron and a sharp knife.  We will provide a turnip for you to carve into a lantern, which you can take home and bring to the Lantern Walk.

The Lantern Walk will take place on Friday 14th November. We will meet at 4.45pm at Queens Wood, Highgate. Keep your children with you at all times and avoid allowing them to play in the woods before or after the walk.
Walking into the dark woods, guided by our lanterns is a profound experience for young children.  Please support this by refraining from talking and by joining in with the singing.   Switch off mobile phone and no cameras. Also please no dogs, flashing shoes or torch light on the walk, but do please bring tapers and matches, if possible.
The woods can be muddy and cold.  Please ensure you and your child/re are dressed appropriately. For those of you with little ones, bring a baby carrier rather than buggies.
At the end of the Festival please take a treat from one of the baskets and swiftly take your child back home, to enable the children to carry the experience into their sleep.
With Warm Wishes
Elena, Hannah, Sarah , Mariela and Rebecca
Kindergarten Teachers

Dear Classes One and Two Families

We warmly invite you to celebrate our Martinmas Festival. We will meet at Queens Wood  on Tuesday, November 11, at 6.00pm. The meeting location is to be confirmed.

Your child will be given their lantern at the end of school that day – please bring it with you, along with spare nightlights and matches. We must ask that siblings remain at home.

Walking with our lanterns into the darkness of the woods can be a magical and profound experience for the children. To support this please join in with the singing and refrain from talking on the walk.

It is dark in the woods – please hold your child’s hand at all times.

We also ask you not to take photos, bring dogs or dress your child in flashing shoes.

We will be stopping at a natural glade or hollow for some music. At the end, the Class Two parents will be hosting a table with hot chocolate and something nice to eat.

Please be aware that you are fully responsible for your child throughout the whole festival.

Lastly, please remember to dress warmly.

See you there....

Cara Ramelow and Richard Holden
Farewell to Jane and Alison
We are saying goodbye to Jane Gerhard and Alison Sutherland

Jane and Alison have been at St Paul’s Steiner School for many years

Jane came very early on in the birth of the school and ran a vibrant Parent and Child group, whose children became the first classes. She has campaigned tirelessly for public funding and she worked in the development of the premises. She worked as administrator, as chair of college and as bursar, amongst the many roles she had at the school, as well, of course, as a mother.

Alison also joined the School in its pioneering days.  She brought 3 children to the school and worked with great commitment as a parent volunteer and later as Admissions administrator.  

We thank Jane and Alison and wish them all the best for all their future.
Important Notices
The Advent Fair is upon us! Friday 5th and Saturday 6th December are the dates for your calendar.

This year Class III is coordinating the raffle. The Advent fair raffle will happen on the 6th December so we are looking for gifts, ideas, skills and services to be donated. In addition we need to confirm the main prizes in the next couple of weeks, to have the tickets printed in plenty of time to sell them.

Please let your class rep know of any donations you are able to make or of any business you may be familiar with that might be able to make donations.

Many thanks in advance,

Zoe Green
Class III Rep

School Calendar

The school calendar is available on our website on this page:

If you click on the link You can download the school year calendar here (updated 5 September 14) there is an up to date school calendar. There is also an easy to use onscreen calendar on that page.
Autumn Term  
Wednesday 12th Kindergarten Parents’ Evening (7.30pm)
Tuesday 11th   Martinmas Festival: Classes I-IV (children only)
  Class I and II Lantern Walk (late afternoon)
Friday 14th Kindergarten Lantern walk with parents (late afternoon)
Friday 28th   Advent Spiral Classes I - VIII (afternoon) - KG closed, no school in the morning 
Sunday 30th Kindergartens Spiral (afternoon)
Friday 5th St Nicholas, children only. Advent Fair in the evening 
Tuesday 16th Kindergarten End of term Festival, Kindergarten Parents invited (Lunch Club on)
Wednesday 17th   School End of term Festival, Class I - VIII Parents invited 11am (No Lunch Club)
Spring Term  
Wednesday 7th Spring Term starts (8.30am)
Monday 26th   Class I - VIII Parents Evening (7pm)
Monday 2nd   Candlemas, children only
Thursday 12th   Term Ends
Friday 13th   Inset Day – No school for Kindergarten or class children
Monday 16th – Friday 20th Half Term 
Monday 23rd    Term re-commences
Wednesday 4th Kindergarten Parents’ Evening 7.30pm
Thursday 26th Kindergarten End of term Easter Festival, KG Parents invited (Lunch Club on)          
Friday 27th   School End of term Easter Festival, Class I-VIII Parents invited 11am (No Lunch Club)
Summer Term  
Monday 20th Term starts 8.30am
Monday 27th   Classes I to VIII Parents Evening (7pm)
Friday 1st May Festival in Queen’s Woods (10am), parents invited (no Lunch Club)
Monday 4th Bank Holiday
Thursday 14th Ascension, children only
Friday 22nd       Whitsun, parents invited. Term ends
Monday 25th – Friday 29th Half Term 
Monday 1st Term re-commence
Wednesday 10th Kindergarten Parents’ Evening (7.30pm)
Friday 26th St John’s Festival, children only
Thursday 9th   Kindergarten End of year Festival, parents invited (Lunch Club on)  
Friday 10th   Classes I to VIII End of year Festival, parents invited (11am)
Dates for your Diary
Tues 11th - Martinmas Festival Class I to IV; Lantern walk, Class I and II 
Wed 12th - Kindergarten Parents Evening
Fri 14th - Kindergarten Lantern Walk
Mon 17th - Open Tour
Fri 28th - Advent Spiral, Classes. Kindergarten Closed
Sun 30th - Advent Spiral, Kindergarten
Fri 5th - Advent Fair - Evening
Sat 6th - Advent Fair
Tues 16th - Kindergarten End of Term - Christmas Festival
Wed 17th - School End of Term Festival

Please refer to the website before phoning the office for dates.

All dates regarding the school are available at:

Eurythmy Workshop at Rudolf Steiner House
The Human Being is Music - An experience of tone in movement
With Chrystal Hayn

Sunday 16th November 
2pm 5 - 5pm
£12 (£8 concessions) 
Booking essential

The focus of this workshop is to provide a deepening, enriching and broadening experience for musicians, actors, performers and teachers. By sharing a relatively unknown and inspiring genre with a wide audience across London, we express our intention of fostering inclusive and regenerative approaches. During this workshop you will be invited to explore tone and music in Eurythmy and have the possibility of making the different elements of music visible through internalising and transforming what is heard and experienced, into movement.

You will:
* Move your whole being: body, soul and spirit
* Gain new access to some of the elements of music
* Experience the body as an instrument

No previous experience in Eurythmy is required. Please bring soft shoes.

Chrystal Hayn trained in the Ringwood Botton Eurythmy School and has has been performing and touring nationally and internationally for the last eighteen years, mainly with 'London Eurythmy'. In addition to the performing work she has been teaching and giving workshops to many different groups of people, in particular teenagers and young adults with additional learning needs. 

Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Road, London NW1 6XT
020 7723 4400
Mothers at Home Matter - AGM
Tuesday 11th November 2014
10.30 for 11am start
The School of Economic Science
11 Mandeville Place
London W1U 3AJ

Speaker: Dr Richard House, ‘Modern Attacks on Family Life, and What We Can Do about Them: Structural and Paradigmatic Perspectives’
Richard is a chartered psychologist, a trained psychotherapist and Steiner Kindergarten teacher, and an early childhood activist, who passionately believes that we must mobilise in every possible way to halt and reverse the economic and structural imperatives that are making it ever-more difficult for parents to live unhurried, high-quality lives in their young children’s early years.

Speaker: Madeleine Wallin
Madeleine has been President of FEFAF (European Federation of Parents and Carers at Home) for six years and is a permanent representative at UN-NY for FEFAF. She is a member of the board in HARO (a Swedish organisation campaigning for, and empowering parents) of which she was the President between 2009-2012. She has also been a been a stay at home mother of her four children aged 11 - 25, for 17 years.

TICKETS - £12.50 (including lunch)
All are welcome – do come and bring a friend
Babies and children welcome, but no creche provided

Download an application form here.
Community Notices
Our names are Beatriz Lapuente, Paloma García and Daniel Ruiz and we have an educational placement at St Paul’s Steiner School starting 15th January until 17th April 2015.

We are looking for somewhere to stay all together at little cost, preferable sharing with other non-Spanish people for speaking English at home.

If you can help please contact us on 

Thank you very much.
From the Rosebush Kindergarten.
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