Friday Flier 21st November 2014
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Friday Flier 21st November 2014
Advent Spiral - Class I to VIII
Friday 28th November 2014
Please note there is no Kindergarten on this day and the school will open at 4pm. This is to allow the staff to prepare for this Festival.

During the windy November, as the darkness is increasing, we are planning our Advent Spiral which will take place at the end of this month. You are warmly invited to attend. On this day the school day begins at:

4pm for children with surnames from A to L
5.30pm for children with surnames from M to Z

Please arrive on time. Latecomers will not be able to participate. Make sure the children's hair is tied back and that no long floating garments are worn. The children will be received by their Class Teacher in the Reception area. Once you have handed over your child you should take a seat in the Nave. This is a long Festival; please arrange childcare for younger siblings as it is such a challenge for young children to sit still and quiet throughout this event.

After the festival the exit for the parents will be through the glass doors into the Kindergartens' garden, where you will collect your child from their teacher. The school day ends immediately after the Spiral, please take your children home promptly after this event.

We are very grateful to all parents who contribute with greenery and for those who play music throughout the Festival. With the help of you all, we hope to create a special mood for our children, as the inner experience of reverence is something precious in this modern city life.

With warm wishes,
Julie Karaman
On behalf of the Teachers' Meeting
Kindergarten Advent Spiral, Sunday 30th November
Advent (from the Latin ‘to come’) is the period of preparation and expectation starting four Sundays before Christmas. The start of Advent in Steiner Schools is marked by the Advent Spiral. Winter festivals of light are common around the world. As the days get shorter we move through a time of darkness towards the longest night at the winter solstice, and when Christmas arrives, a turning point is reached, the light increases, days grow longer and nature reawakens. The Advent Spiral reflects winter's dark growing to a close and the renewed promise that spring light and life will begin again.

The spiral is held in late afternoon, the Nave will be dark and filled with a mood of wonder and quiet anticipation. Teachers will have laid out a large spiral path of greenery. In the center of the spiral there is a large candle. The candle will be lit.

Each child in turn, holding a red apple with a small unlit candle inserted into it, slowly walks along the spiral path and lights the candle from the center light. On the return each child places their candle carefully down along the edges of the spiral path, choosing their own place, lighting the way for the other children.  When all the children have had a turn, the garden path is aglow from all the smaller lights. Some gentle tune might be playing helping to create a special mood. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the gifts and light each child brings and carries carefully out into the world.

You are all warmly invited to join us and your children for this very magical Festival. It allows the children to experience stillness and silence, a mood that it is hard to find in city life and in the busy weeks leading up to Christmas. It would be lovely if you can take this mood of mystery and reverence straight home after the Advent Spiral.

On the day Rosebush and Chestnut Tree will meet at 4pm; Apple Tree and Mulberry Bush will meet at 5pm.

We will gather in the Kindergartens room before going in to the Nave. The Children should be dressed warmly, without flowing garments and with hair tied back.

Once the Advent Spiral has started we cannot admit latecomers therefore please do not ring any door bells.

During the Spiral kindly refrain from talking and switch off your mobile phones. Please join in the quiet singing.
Please remember the Kindergartens are closed on Friday 28th November to enable the School to prepare the Spiral for the older Classes.
During Advent we will sing Christmas Carols in the morning at dropping off time. This is an opportunity for all of us to get into the Christmas mood and surround the children with traditional Carols.
Last, but not least, our End of Term Christmas Celebration is on Tuesday 16th December.
There will be an opportunity to see a performance of the school Christmas play on 16 December. More details to follow nearer the time.
Wishing you all a peaceful Advent time,
Hannah, Rebecca, Mariela, Elena and Sarah
Kindergarten Teachers 
Calling the Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker

This year Class 3 will be learning about the different trades people work in. We will be looking at the archetypes in particular. I am looking for six people to come in and speak with Class 3 about the work that they do. This would be in the spring for about 20 minutes on a Tuesday afternoon. If you love your job or know someone else who does and would like to come in please let me know. Please contact the office by email and I will give you a call.

Thank You

Simone Freeman
Class 3 Teacher
Class 3 Seasonal Postal Service - Please Feed Me!
PostboxFrom Monday 24 November, Class 3 will be running a postal scheme. If you would like to send an Advent card, Christmas card or a letter to your friends, please post it in our post box in the reception area.

Mark your envelope with the name of the person you are sending your card to and the class they are in.

Class 3 posties will deliver it for you!
Class VI, VII and VIII - Subject Teacher Meetings
This Monday - 24th November - from 3.40pm
Class VI, VII and VIII have a chance to meet the subject teachers to talk about their child/ren from 3.40pm.
Please book your slot on the rota on the wall next to the office.
There will be another  parents’ evening specifically for subject teachers for younger classes in the new year.
Any questions please call the school office.
We are looking forward to see you.
The Shepherd's Play - 16th December
We have come to that time of year when we prepare to celebrate ‘The Christmas Story.’  The teachers and parents together are now preparing ‘the Shepherd’s Play’. 

In true medieval fashion we process this mystery play around the environs of the church and green.  Everybody in the community is invited.

There will be two performances on the 16th December.

Kindergartens and the Classes I and II please come to the 4pm to 5.00pm performance.

For Classes III upwards please come to the 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

If there are any instrumentalists in the community who are happy to process and accompany the singing we would love to hear from you.

An opportunity for parents to be angels

This year there will again be the opportunity for parents to join the angel choir supporting the Shepherd's play. We did that for the past two years as well and it was good fun.

I will be teaching the songs in a relaxed but focussed way. We just need parents who are up for doing a lot of singing. It's a bit of hard-work and commitment and a lot of fun. So let me know if you are up for that.

Send me a message  - 07764 188 391
or an email  -

Many thanks
The Listening Space Update

Photo: Talula Sheppard
The Listening Space event which took place in the Nave on 8th November has so far raised £10,121.68 towards improvements to our beautiful Nave.

A huge thanks to the curators;

Simon McBurney
Nitin Sawhney
Cassie Yukawa

and to all who donated their time.

A special thanks also to our sponsors;

Marksons Pianos
La Fromagerie
Stage Sound Services
Sparks Theatrical Hire

For a short time, you can still donate to the fund here:
Limited Edition Advent Calendar of St. Paul's
I am offering to make handmade traditional paper advent calendars for parents to order.

The main image will be the below image of the school in the snow and it will have 24 numbered little windows on it, one to open each day on the countdown to Christmas with a different little picture behind each window.

Photo: Tina Maas
The calendars will be £10 each and the raised money will be donated to the school (minus material costs). Please pre-order your calendar via the office by the 25th of November and I will try my best to have them ready for pick up on Friday the 28th of November.

Advent Fair - Three weeks to go!
Tell Tell Tell - The Poster
There is a pile of printed ADVENT FAIR posters in reception. Please pick up a few & put up in local shops, restaurants, business, libraries etc. A digital version will be sent from the school office to distribute to your friends and family.

Sell Sell Sell - The Raffle Tickets
 They are being hot pressed and printed as I write! Every child in the school will be given 20 raffle tickets in an envelope to sell, together with a list of all prizes. Please return the ticket stubs, money and any unsold tickets in the envelope to your class rep. If you need more tickets ask your class rep or Pam in reception.

Cook Cook Cook - The Food
Tell your class rep what savoury & sweet dish you will be cooking for the cafe. We ALWAYS need MORE savoury! It's what runs out - So if you you must err on one side, err on the savoury side...Buy the ingredients (always a a big help!)    

Please bring to school on Friday 6th or Saturday 7th morning, in disposable containers where possible (it's a nightmare returning tupperware to each person, of course  a vat of soup shall have its lovely saucepan returned - but write your name and kids class on in permanent marker pen).

Come Come Come - to the Friday night pre-view market
Book a babysitter and come buy your Christmas treats without the prying eyes of the kids. Fabulous cafe & music for a smooth, magical beginning to the festive season.

Play Play Play - some music
Would your kids like to opportunity to perform the tunes they have been fervently practising? Are you a musician with an itch to play for a grateful audience? Friday night & saturday slots available at the fair. Contact Alix

Important  Advent Fair information

Dear Parents,

The St Paul's Advent Fair is in less than 3 weeks! 

Please forward the poster attached to your family & friends, post it on social media - Tweet, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Whatsitcalled, Thingamigig. There are now printed copies at the school front desk for you distribute, to put up in local shops, cafes and venues.

Let the world know: #stpaulsaventfair 

Many thanks & best wishes,
The Advent Crew

Download a pdf of the Advent Fair Poster here

And a request

We're asking each family to make 1 savoury and 1 sweet dish, or two savoury dishes (each dish approx 12 portions). The food must be in disposable containers, eg foil roasting tins, and it must have a label with ingredients.  
A festive evening full of Thespians, Musicians and Wordsmiths!
I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
Come join the Middle School - Class VI, VII and VIII - as they display some of the work, music, poetry and language work they have been doing over the past term. Carols, mince pies, and punch all round!

Commencing at 7.30pm on Thursday 11th December in the Nave. We will ask for a small donation of £2 per adult and 50p per child to continue our fundraising for resources for the middle school.
Please RSVP by email to the school office if you intend to come so we can set enough seats prepare refreshments for all.
See you there.
The Middle School teachers 
Community Notices
Short term Xmas holiday let Newington Green
3 bedroom house: 18th Dec 2014 to Mon 5th Jan 2015

Our luxury 3 bedroom house is fully furnished.  We are offering a short term let from 18th Dec 2014 to Mon 5th Jan 2015. This is 19 nights. The total price is £1700 (which equates to about £90 per night).  This includes all utility bills and wireless internet (except phone). Also includes the use of our basic kitchen condiments (salt, pepper, spices, herbs etc).  We will only be interested in letting to people who can stay for most of this period as we are not here to do a change over.
There is a 4th room in the house which is used as an office by us.  Our employee who has been with us for 7 years will work in the office during the short term let 10am to 7pm Monday to Friday except over the Xmas/New Year period.
Our house is Walking distance to the trendy restaurants and bars of Dalston, Newington Green and Stoke Newington Church St.  A 10 minute bus ride to Upper St. Islington. Mildmay Rd is a quiet leafy road. The timeout rated coffee shop 'Tina we salute you' and 'Bird' are a 5 minutes walk.  Central London and all major London attractions are only 30 minutes away by tube or bus.
  • South facing
  • Wooden floors
  • 3 large bedrooms (2 with king size beds, 1 with bunk bed)
  • Open plan kitchen and reception
  • Reception has comfy leather couches and large TV
  • Kitchen has double doors leading to a large patio leading to the garden
  • Professional coffee machine
  • Central heating
  • 2 Bathrooms with power showers
  • Heated towel rail
  • Seperate laundry/utility room
  • Wireless Internet
  • Share south facing 50ft garden
  • Non smoking house
  • Highchair available
To secure the house you'll need a deposit of £500 and references
Photos of the house are available on request.
Contact: Tania Chapman 07940 457 522
Apple tree and Class 3 mum
University Student in search of a room

My name is Tom McCagherty, I am a past pupil from Canterbury Steiner School. 
I am currently in my final year at Ravensbourne University studying Digital Film Production and I’m trying to find somewhere to live in London for the remainder of my course. I’m quiet, clean and respectful of people’s space. 

In my spare time I am usually working freelance or on personal projects.
Please let me know if you have a spare room to rent, I’d love to hear from you!

My email address is:
Dates for your Diary
Mon 24th - Class VI, VII and VIII Subject Teacher meetings
Fri 28th - Advent Spiral, Classes. Kindergarten Closed

Sun 30th - Advent Spiral, Kindergarten
Fri 5th - Advent Fair - Evening
Sat 6th - Advent Fair
Thurs 11th - Middle School Festive Evening
Tues 16th - Kindergarten End of Term - Christmas Festival
Tuesday 16th - Shepherd's Play
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:

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