Friday Flier 16th January 2015
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Friday Flier 16th January 2015
Happy New Year
Happy New Year and welcome back. We wish everyone the best of everything for 2015.
Burns Night Ceilidh
Dear Families of St Paul’s,
We will be hosting a Burns Night Ceilidh on Saturday 24th January from 1900-2130 and warmly invite you and your children to come along and join in this fun and energetic social event.

The evening will include music, poetry and lots of country dancing under the guidance of our resident ‘Caller’ Mr Kevin Davidson!


Tickets for this event will be available from reception from Monday 12th January at a cost of £2.00 per person (adult or child). Tickets will be entered into a raffle and one lucky winner will be taking home a haggis!
This is a non-alcoholic event and drinks will be provided by the school. We ask that those families attending bring along a small savoury and a small sweet dish to share with the community.
As this is a social event the teachers will be ‘off duty’ and parents will be responsible for their children. All children must be accompanied by their parent/parents.

Getting Involved

If you would like to get involved please feel free, we really welcome your contributions. We would love to hear from you if you would like to perform a poem, play an instrument in the band or tell a short story. If you are of the more retiring type you may prefer to help decorate the Nave or help set up on the night. Please email the Ceilidh Team via the office and let us know as soon as possible so we can finalise the programme.

We ask that all those attending help to clean up and tidy away at the end of the evening.
Dance off those extra Christmas calories and join us for a fun filled evening.  We look forward to seeing you there.

With warm wishes,

Simone Freeman
Anna Retsler
Elizabeth Perrett
Handwork conference

On the 14th of February this year The UK Waldorf Handwork Community will be hosting its third annual Handwork Conference at St.Pauls Steiner School. This conference is only for Handwork Teachers. The aim of the conference is to further develop the existing curriculum to meet the needs of the child in the 21st century. We are coming together to celebrate the work of Handwork Teachers all over the country and work towards making this an area of excellence in all our schools!

As a group we would like to thank St. Pauls for kindly offering us the school as our venue for the third time running!!

Thank you,
Cecilie Telle (Ex-Handwork Teacher at St. Pauls)
A reminder

Children’s Arrival and Departure - School and Kindergarten

For all children:
  • Please call 020 7226 4454 if your child is late or if due to unforeseen circumstances you are delayed in picking up your child
  • The Class/Kindergarten Teacher should be made aware of the arrangements for collection. This includes children regularly travelling home by themselves and/or if your child is to be collected by someone other than their parent 
  • Continual lateness at the beginning of the school day or in picking up a child will be a cause for concern and will lead to a meeting with the relevant Class/Kindergarten Teacher
  • The Nave is a teaching space. We ask that parents and children not attending school refrain from entering the Nave between 8am and 4pm
  • The School does not accept responsibility for any children after the main School door and gate are locked at 3.45pm
  • The classrooms are out of bounds for parents and children out of school hours, unless previously arranged with the individual Class/Kindergarten Teacher
  • In the morning Teachers need to concentrate on the children and on their lessons. Any urgent messages can be received by the Teachers as a written message via your child or the school office. All Teachers have a surgery time that can be booked to discuss particular issues. If you don’t know when the surgery time is for your teacher please ask the school office

Arrival – School

  • The main school door opens at 8.15am
  • Children are expected to make their own way to their classroom from the School’s front door. We ask parents to say goodbye to their children in the garden. This includes Class I to III
  • The School accepts responsibility for pupils 15 minutes prior to the start of lessons: that is at 8.15am for lessons beginning at 8.30am
  • The School does not take responsibility for children before 8.15am unless previously arranged with the individual Class Teacher
Departure – School
Class I to III:
Lessons end at 1.15pm or 3.30pm, according to the timetable. Once the lessons end the children will change and get ready to leave the classroom. Please allow time for this to happen.
Children from these classes are handed over to parents by the Class Teacher at the end of each School day in the School garden. We ask the parents to refrain from entering the School building to pick up their children. From the time a child is handed over the parents are fully responsible for the child.
From Class IV onwards:
Lessons end at 3.30pm. Once the lessons end the children will change and get ready to leave the classroom. Please allow time for this to happen.
Children leave the premises by themselves and wait in the garden for parents or make their own way home.
 Kindergarten – arrival and departure
  • The Kindergartens day starts at 8.30am and ends at 1pm.
  • Children should arrive and depart on time.
  • If your child arrives after the kindergarten door is closed he/she will need to be brought to the reception desk. A member of staff will take the child to their kindergarten
Class VII Fundraising
Class VII will be hosting a cake raffle (£1 per ticket) and Popcorn sale - (Small portion 50p / Large £1) on Friday 23rd January at 1.15pm

Funds raised will contribute to Class VII visit to Lyon in March.
Study Group
Welcome to Study Group at St. Paul's: Fridays, 8:45-10:00 am in the library.

The study group was initiated by some parents in 2010 who wished to further their interest in what goes on behind our children's education. Over the last four years, we studied various lectures and books on a variety of subjects related to Steiner education and anthroposophy; and were able to connect the themes into our daily lives.

This coming term, we are going to study one of Rudolf Steiner's essential books - "The Philosophy of Freedom". All are welcome to join in.
What's new at the Nave?
Q: What’s new at The Nave?
A: Healthy Sundays! 

What better way to start what might be your only day off? Or at least recharge your batteries before the busy week ahead.

We hope to bring you a feast of healthy options in this unfolding this New Year, 2015.

For starters you are welcome to enjoy these two exciting offerings.

Free Massage Sessions: Trial period special offer to the community of St. Paul’s > 20 minute taster massage – between 11:00 and 14:00 on Sunday 25th January with Adrianna.

Each session held in the privacy of Apple Tree Kindergarten. New launch promotion.

Phone Adrianna to book: 07594 964 942

Learn the technology of a Royal Yoga…

Kundalini Yoga offers tools for rapid and effective inner transformation in these fast and furious times.

Come along each Sunday morning, from the 25th January at 11:30am with Lola in the Nave at St. Paul’s. Bring a blanket for the Meditation (to keep warm).

Transform, Transcend and Transmute into a healthy and abundant paradigm. 90 minutes, £10.
Thank You!
To all you lovely parents that braved it and came to the school last Saturday to help getting it back into order after the Christmas break. We were a record number of parents coming which was so fantastic. Many new parents joined us which was also great. We managed to do a lot. Mostly cleaning this time but also repairs, organizing, painting, varnishing, and general up-keeping. Kids should have a lovely clean, fresh smelling and shining school again.  
On top of this we had wonderful food which is super important on the workday and this time we had a feast. Thank you all parents that did food for the workday you were much loved during by everyone. Also thanks to all parents that opened their houses and flats to child care.
Lots of Love from Asa, Dionne and Nicoletta

P.S Next workday is on 28th of February
Community Notices
Au Pair next Summer

I would like to extend to you my candidacy as an au pair next summer ( July and August).
My name is Grâce Pambu Pesa, I am sixteen and I’m a Swiss. I am currently a schoolgirl at secondary school grade 9.

This experience would allow me to improve my English with a full immersion in the English culture.
I am very patient with children and their wellbeing is very important to me. I love playing with children and create various activities. I am often babysitting  my 5 years old neighbour on Saturday and that is always gone well.  Children quickly get used to me andI think it will be the same with your children.

I hope to see you soon and remain at your disposal for further information.

Kindest regards,

Grâce Pambu Pesa
Accommodation wanted

Mature, female, part/time Steiner teacher seeks accommodation Islington area Sun-Tues nights weekly, term-time only. Budget: £55/week.

07752 555 492  
Flat / house / pet-sitting offered

I am a vocal professor (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and > Dance, Greenwich) / music educator/researcher looking for a flat/house/pet-sitting opportunity in London for 3 months.

A single, non-smoker, I am extremely reliable and very sensitive to the needs of homeowners going away for extended periods and have a particular reason for reaching out in this way. I have bought a wreck of a place in SE London in which to live/work, presently without inside loo, central heating or electrics. Building work has just begun and the initial plan of living in a caravan is proving difficult to sustain, particularly at this time of year.

I am hoping that you will hear the sincerity of my request. Should you be looking for someone in this regard or have a spare room that you might be prepared to let out, please contact Sophie

Sincere thanks.
Accommodation wanted

I am looking for a large studio flat or one bedroom apartment, preferably in the immediate area of the school or nearby.

Thank you.

Derek Lee (Caretaker)
Mobile 07514 095 898
Home 020 7533 6042
Childminder required

We are looking for someone to look after our two children for two afternoons a week (around 10 hours) or potentially more.

The ideal person would be gentle, engaging and reliable with experience with babies and toddlers. Our daughter is 3 ½ and our son  is 15 months.

If you have availability and would be interested please get in touch with me.

Thank you  
07717 240 153
Former pupil's eutony classes for Steiner School parents
I am a former pupil at the Vrije School, the Rudolf Steiner School of Antwerp / Belgium (1957- 1963).  I have excellent memories of my Steiner primary School education (there was no secondary school in Antwerp at the time).  I am sure it has contributed to giving me a strong sense of myself, a deep grounding in nature, resourcefulness and creativity, and ease in intellectual subjects for which I'll always be grateful.  And so it warms my heart to see this school thriving, and trust the children will do well in the world. 
I am now both an artist, and a eutony teacher in Islington.  At a re-union with my Steiner school mates and teacher a few years ago, I realized that the vast majority of us went into the arts (in the broader sense of the word), the healing professions (from medicine to various therapies), and education.
Eutony is little known here, but you are welcome to look it up at  It is better known on the continent, and widely practised in Germany where it has informal links with Steiner.
Introductory days and weekly classes for the Spring term start at the end of this month.
I'd be happy to apply a 10% concession as a gesture to Rudolf Steiner.

You can contact me here:
Children’s Summer Camp

An initiative of The Christian Community in Stroud, Glos.

For children from 7 to 14 yrs of age of all backgrounds

18th – 28th July 2015

At Camphill Oaklands Park, Newnham, Glos.

Games, Singing, Art and Craft projects, Organic Farm food, Treasure Hunt, Hiking, Improvisation, Swimming…

Creating experiences for children where they can most wholly and truly be themselves. Every child is
precious and has something important to bring to the world, regardless of their apparent challenges.
The Helper team comprises mostly experienced Waldorf Upper School & College Students and Parents
under the leadership of Aaron and Judy Mirkin who have run such camps for many years in South
Africa and England. The children grow in social awareness and confidence through shared initiatives
and activities together with around 60 other children. They gain a whole new set of craft skills, and
experience the challenge and joy of taking a creative project through from beginning to end.

Aaron & Judy Mirkin 01453 299311 /
Dates for your Diary
Mon 19th - Open Tour 6pm
Mon 26th - 6pm Information session for parents
Mon 26th - Class I Parents' Evening 6pm
Mon 26th - Class
 II to VIII  Parents' Evening 7pm – 9pm

Thur 12th - End of term

Thur 12th  - Class II Play  6:30pm – 7:30pm
Mon 23rd - Term begins
Tues 24th - Class II Parents' Evening
Sat 28th - Workday

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

All dates regarding the school are available at:

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