May Festival falls between the Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice. The children will dance around the Maypole to welcome Nature’s returning warmth and growth. Christopher Allan will be leading the music, please make yourself known to him beforehand and bring instruments if you wish to join in.
Please bring food, drink and blankets for a shared picnic after the dance. Make sure the children are bringing their raffia crowns, which will be sent home on Thursday to be decorated with ribbons, flowers and greenery.
This is an extraordinary school day but the register will still be taken at 9:45 AM, please text 07403411798 to report any absences. The KG children are the responsibility of their parents throughout the Festival. The school children are joining their teachers at 9:45 and will be returned for their parent’s supervision immediately after the dancing. If you are unable to attend please arrange for another parent to look after your child, regardless of his/her age. If your child is allowed to make his/her own way back home, please let the school office know as you need to sign a consent form for this to happen. Please help us make this event joyful and safe by taking care of all children present. Stick fighting will not be allowed.
We wish for all to experience the Festival first hand, instead of through a lens. There will be an invited school photographer and we will endeavour to have some photos of the Festival available to all.
With kind regards, Elena Oliver and Anna Retsler
How to find us: Follow trail from Queen’s Wood Café, 42 Muswell Hill Rd, N10 3JP. The nearest tube station is Highgate, within 5-10 min. distance.
Dates for your Diary
Thurs 1st Trustee's Meeting
Fri 2nd May Festival
Mon 5th Bank Holiday
Thurs 8th 7pm RMM
Sat 10th 11am Jumble Sale
Thurs 22nd Trustee's Meeting
Fri 23rd End of Term
Mon 26th to Fri 30th Half Term Holiday
Mon 2nd Term Begins again
Tues 3rd Rep's Meeting
Sat 7th Workday for Parents
Mon 9th Whitsun Festival
Wed 11th 7pm KG Parents Evening
Thurs 12th 7pm RMM
Sat 14th 11am Open Tour
Every Thursday in term time: Parents Choir
Every Friday in term time: Parents Study Group
Please refer to the website before phoning the office for dates.
On behalf of the College of teachers, I wanted to welcome you back to the summer term and to give you an up-date on some important developments in the school.
Firstly, you will know that St Paul’s has been approved by the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship as a full member School: as a result, we are represented at meetings to discuss the future of Steiner education in this Country and we will benefit from the full support of the Fellowship. It is particularly heartening that we have reached this stage, and to have overcome the many challenges of setting up a Steiner school in inner London is a great achievement. We owe a great debt of gratitude to all those pioneers, staff, parents, children and friends, whose courage, ability to take risks, determination and vision have brought the School to this point.
Since the autumn all staff and trustees of the school have been working with Robin Blackmore, a coach and trainer who has many years’ experience in Steiner education as a teacher and Trustee. Robin has guided us through important questions regarding our working ethos and coherence in the school. These meetings have brought trustees and staff together in moving forward towards identifying areas where the school can become stronger.
College has decided to trial delegating the day to day management of the school to a steering group, consisting of the Chairs of all four school departments, leaving the college of teachers itself free to concentrate on pedagogical matters and study. This is a new development in the structure of our school and we thank all the trustees for their ongoing support and goodwill.
Sadly this year we say goodbye to Alex Watson and Caroline Ada, who has taken an early sabbatical, and thank them for their many years of passion and commitment to St Paul's. It is impossible to quantify the many, many ways in which they have given their energy to the development of the School and to the support of the children through their education: they will be much missed by their colleagues and by us all.
We also wish to thank Helen Weatherhead who has stepped down after many years of service to the School as a Trustee and we welcome the fact that she is continuing to support the teachers when possible.
We are very grateful to Hannah Jahns who has accepted the permanent position as the Chestnut Tree Kindergarten teacher, and to Jane Akuwudike who has taken on Class VII until they leave at the end of next year. Revi Miller has joined us on a freelance consultant basis to support the work of the teachers and staff in developing the teaching throughout the School: her teaching, management experience and perspective will challenge us all to get better at what we do and we look forward to this.
Warm wishes to a sunny summer term!
Chair of College
Warm congratulations to all families who have recently had babies.
Au Pair sought
We are an Italian family, David (40 surgeon), Anna (40 psychiatrist), Matilda (5) and Cloe (3), looking for an au pair with english mother tyongue who would like to make an experience abroad (starting from late June) minded to steiner education.
Experience Steiner nanny available currently on the Steiner teacher training
course and working for a lovely family with a child in Kindergarden.
I am available to work on Wednesdays from 3.00pm, thursdays 1.00pm-3.30pm and all day on a friday. I am also available for babysitting.
The spine - healthy backs and necks: Feldenkrais Classes
Through gentle, exploratory movements learn to move, sit and stand with greater ease and enjoyment. For the next 5 sessions we will be focusing on the spine.
Classes on Wednesday evenings, starting 7th May, 7.30pm in Class I classroom. Please book in advance: text Ed Bartram on 07969 748 974, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, do get in touch for further information. You are welcome to join mid-way through the term.
Classes are £10/session, with first two sessions for the price of one.