Friday Flier 26th September 2014
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Friday Flier 26th September 2014

The Michaelmas Festival
Michael and the Dragon - David Newbatt
The Michaelmas Festival marks thanksgiving for the harvest and preparation for the winter. The Archangel Michael symbolizes a great force for good triumphing over evil, which is portrayed as a dragon. Michaelmas is a reminder of the spiritual in our world, and of our ability to do good.

We perform a play in honour of Saint Michael and his slaying of the dragon. In this play, Saint Michael is briefly overcome by a dragon, played by the children of Class lll in a long dragon costume. However, Saint Michael overcomes and conquers the dragon. The key reminder of the Michaelmas festival is that it celebrates inner strength and courage, is traditionally pictured subduing a dragon. The primary idea behind the festival of Michaelmas is to get children to face their own challenges – in other words, their internal and external ‘dragons’.

Saint Michael Harvest Song
In Autumn Saint Michael, with sword and with shield,
Passes over meadow and orchard and field.
He’s on the path to battle 'gainst darkness and strife,
He is the heavenly warrior, protector of life.

The harvest let us gather with Michael’s aid
The light he sheddeth fails not, nor does it fade.
And when the corn is cut and the meadows are bare
We’ll don Saint Michael’s armour, and onward we’ll fare.

We are Saint Michael’s warriors, with strong heart and mind,
We forge our way through darkness, Saint Michael to find,
And there he stands in glory; Saint Michael we pray
Lead is into battle and show us the way.
An Invitation to the Michaelmas Play
The Class and Kindergarten families are warmly invited to watch our Michaelmas Play on 29th September at 8.45am, to begin our Michaelmas Festival.

Class I to VIII: The children need to be at school at the usual time, 8.15am.

After the play the class children will continue the Festival in the school with their teachers.

Please send your child to school with buckets, mops, brushes, cloths, outdoor brushes etc.

The school day will finish at the usual time. Lunch Club for Class I will be functioning on this day.

Kindergartens: After watching the Play on the Green Kindergarten parents are warmly invited to spend the morning celebrating the Festival in the Kindergarten. If you are unable to accompany your child please ask another parent to be responsible for your child and let your Kindergarten teacher know your arrangements.

After gathering on the Green to see the Play we will move into the Kindergarten.

We would be pleased to receive apples (lots of apples for juicing, if you have a tree please bring a box!), vegetables for the soup to share, other fruit for sharing and bulbs for planting. We also need gardens tools for the day, specifically trowels.

Towards the end of the morning there will be a puppet show for the children only. The parents will wait in the garden as the room gets too crowded and is a Health and Safety issue.

If the Parents waiting could ensure the garden is tidied up and ready for the lunch club it would be greatly appreciated.

After the Puppet Show we will say goodbye to the children. Please be ready to receive them outside the door at 1.00pm.

Please do not share information about the Festival with your children as we wish for them to experience it in the present moment.

Lunch Club for the Kindergartens will be functioning on this day.

Warm wishes,

The Teachers of St Paul's Steiner School
We need a piano
The school is building its music provision and we are in need of a piano in one of the classrooms to support the violin lessons for Class IV and V and other music lessons.

If anyone has a preloved piano (max 140cm wide) to donate, please send an email or leave a note with Pam on reception and we will arrange collection.

Anna Retsler
Important Notices

An invitation to hear Helle Heckmann speak

We warmly invite you to a highly recommended talk for parents and carers with a particular focus on the child under 7.

Helle Heckmann will be giving a talk at St Paul’s Steiner School on  Tuesday 21st October at 7pm.

Helle Heckmann is the founder of Nøkken, a Children's Garden daycare in Denmark and the author of a number of books, DVD's and articles on Slow Parenting and A Garden for Childhood.Helle is passionate about the protection of childhood  and is a strong advocate for the use of the outdoors in early years education. Helle is an active member of IASWECE; the International Association for Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education.

You can find out more by Googling her name.

There will be a charge of £5 at the door for this talk, to cover Helle’s expenses.

Class Photos

If you have ordered last year Class photos please pay £3 for one photo or £5 for two photos in the school’s fundraising account.
Sort code: 40 03 33  
Account number: 01206176
The photo/s will be sent to you via email once payment has been received.
Parents are still able to order any of the class photos by writing their request in the green book kept by Pam at reception.
The income from the sale of the photos is used solely for fundraising projects. We thank Graham Atkins-Hughes for having enabling this to happen.
Please DO NOT forward this photo to other members of the school community.
The children of St Paul’s are very grateful for your financial help.

Reminder about absence from school

When a child is absent from school, for whatever reason, parents/carers should telephone 0207 226 4454 by 8.30 am. If no one answers your call, please leave a message on the answer phone, clearly stating who is reporting the absence, the name of the child, the class attended and the reason for the absence. You must call the school daily for as long as the illness lasts, unless otherwise agreed with the class teacher.

When the child returns to school, the parent/guardian must hand in or email a dated and signed note stating the reasons for absence to the school office. This is required even when a phone call has been made. A doctor’s medical certificate must be submitted for sickness lasting five days or more. Whenever possible, parents/guardians should make medical and dental appointments out of school hours. When this is not possible, teachers would appreciate a week’s notice.

Absences of pupils are monitored and recorded. The class teacher will call a meeting with the parents/guardians if the absence level becomes a cause of concern.
Dates for your Diary


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

All dates regarding the school are available at:

Thur 9th - Class II Parents' Evening 7pm
Fri 17th - Jumble Sale Prep 3.30 - 6.30pm
Sat 18th - Jumble Sale 10am
Tues 21st - A talk by Helle Heckmann 7pm
Thur 23rd - Whole School Meeting 7pm
Fri 24th - Term Ends
Class VIII Golden Valley Visit
Class VIII Golden Valley Visit Right at the beginning of term Class VIII, Miss Webb and myself were lucky enough to travel to Stroud where we camped in a beautiful valley called “The Golden Valley”.  We took part in a deer skinning and tanning workshop with Bernard Graves from “Pyrites”. The experience for all of us was a profound one and we would like to share with you some of the poetry that Class VIII wrote about this experience. 

Mrs Akuwudike

Jumble Sale

Saturday 18th October

10am - 1pm

50p entrance

Countryside Live
This family friendly event, bringing the countryside into London, has something for all ages and all interests.

The weekend is packed full of arena displays, falconry, sheep dogs and ferret racing and the infamous dancing sheep show.  There’s also a range of traditional countryside activities to come and try including willow weaving and wood turning or if you just want to watch, you can marvel at the blacksmith demonstrating his trade.

From the more traditional farm animals of sheep, goats, ponies and calves, we’ve also got some smaller animals for you to have a hold of including rabbits, guinea pigs and tortoises.  We’ve got some shy and unusual visitors including bats and otters and some critters from foreign places too!

The whole family can get busy with a range of activities including flower pot animal making, apple pressing, bushcraft demonstrations, planting tree seeds and identifying minibeasts.

Make sure you pop into see many of the local wildlife groups and organisations who can tell you all about their work in and around the Lee Valley.

Nearly all of the activities are free, but there is a small charge for a couple of them.

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th September – 10am to 5pm

Countryside Live
Walthamstow and Leyton Marshes
Lea Bridge Road
E10 7QL

Adult £5 (two day pass £7), child FREE. Cash only
Notes from the Nave
Hello One & All,

This Saturday (27th Sept) we are excited to be hosting Oxjam Islington at St Paul’s.

All proceeds from the event will go to Oxfam GB to help alleviate poverty around the world.

If you have never been to a non-school Nave event this would be a good starting point. Oxjam are very well known in Islington and this is their second visit to us. Why not come and share?

From 3-7 pm (and it’s all free)

Outside we’ll have Boutique Market stalls (featuring eco-friendly crafts and products), food and refreshments plus a Swap Meet :  bring some items you're interested to exchange (records, clothes, instruments, cake tins, etc). And, if you have a talent, bring that along and represent the school; mixing it up at the Open Mic/Jam in the Nave.

At 6pm – there will be a 20 minute guided meditation in The Nave (by donation)

All Welcome! Led by experienced meditation guide, Maddy Maine.

Full Details :

If you wish to know more about The Nave we have a Facebook site that would appreciate your ‘likes’ and befriending. You can find it via our very own website -  - where you’ll also be able to see what the Nave offers to our private letting clients and the wider community.   The Nave project raises funds towards the school building refurbishment and is enjoyed by many people who would not otherwise know about St Paul’s.

Thanks for reading
John (Nave Lettings Manager)
Community Notices
Childcare wanted

We are looking for childcare for 1 afternoon a week on Thursdays to pick up our 7 and a half year old son from St Paul’s Steiner school in Islington. He is in Class 2.

Pick up is at 13:15pm and then looking after him until 19:30pm, so approximately 6 hours.  As I am a freelancer I also have other odd days that I will need help with but they are irregular. But, the most important day for me is to get childcare for Thursdays.

Please contact: 
Lindsey McLean
07885 102 498
Nanny wanted

We are looking for a nanny for our three energetic boys (6 yrs, 4 yrs and 6mths) for two days a week.

Days: Mondays and Thursdays are ideal but we can be flexible.
Dates: from 20th October
Hours: 9am-6pm Duties include: mornings with the baby, prepare lunch, school pick up at 1pm, afternoons with three children, prepare supper

Please contact Niamh on 07771 896 662 or

Interested in Nanny Position

Hi, I am Caroline and I am very interested in a nanny position. I am 28 years old with Steiner Studies involving art practice for children and nanny experience. Please send an email to: 

Harvest Festival

Come and join us this Sunday (28th September) at Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Road, London NW1 6XT at 2:30 - 8pm for a Harvest Festival with mini biodynamic farmers market, demeter jams and juices, eggs, vegetables, children's activities.

Harvest supper: 4:30 - 6:00pm

and a celebration for Michaelmas with a Forum led by the Youth Group at 3:30pm and a presentation from Andrew Wolpert and Geoff Norris at 6 - 8pm
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