Friday Flier 10th October 2014
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Friday Flier 10th October 2014

The Michaelmas Festival
Many thanks to Tina Maas and Graham Atkins-Hughes  for the photography
Kindergarten 2015
If you are the parent of a child currently in the school and would like your younger child to start kindergarten next September, could you check that you have registered your child on the kindergarten waiting list.

Many thanks,

The School Office
Apple Day, Friday 24th October
All families are warmly invited to Apple Day on Friday 24th October - A fundraising event for gardening organised by classes 6 and 7.

We are raising money to buy fruit trees to plant on the green to establish a mini orchard at the back edge of the green, which the council has given us permission for.

Drop in between 1.15 - 3.25pm.

Apple games, apple juice pressing, apple bobbing, apple tasting, apple cakes and pies, apple crafts.

Please bring money for games and cakes.

We Need Apples! Please bring between Monday 20th -Thursday 23rd October. We need apple cakes and pies! Please bring cooked food on Friday 24th October and please list ingredients.

Class VII parents please look out for cake request email. If you can offfer any help or need further info please contact Susanna Wallis, gardening teacher.

Class 2

Hello! Class Two was a smashing success as the meteors in the Michaelmas play and had a lot of fun cleaning beeswax crayons with olive oil as their work contribution to the school.

The very next day, we started our first Math Block. They do love their math, these children. We have brought maths as I always do through Native American stories and the character of Fox Boy. We are already starting our Martinmas Lanterns and we are so looking forward to being the hosts this year at Queen's Wood.

We also have an intern in the classroom, Carine Torsen. Her first full day was on Tuesday . We are glad to have her although I think she may be a bit tired. Tuesday, in Pablo's absence, we spent time at the Green. Each child was given an empty matchbox as asked to put 10 different matchbox-sized items found in the green inside. We then had out first trip to the school library. A great start to the week!

Mrs. Ramelow
Application for Leave of Absence in Term Time
Parents and carers are strongly urged not to book holidays or take special leave during school term time because your child will miss out on important school work and may not be able to catch up.  This could have serious consequences on progress, attainment and opportunities later in life.
Other pupils’ education could be affected - the time teachers have to help all the children in a class is reduced if they spend time helping your child catch up after a holiday.
Educational experiences in school missed as a result of a family holiday cannot be re-captured later. 

There are on average 175 school days in a year – this leaves 177 days for holidays, cultural activities and family time.

If you feel that absence from school in term time is absolutely unavoidable, please complete the leave of absence in term time form and return it to Mrs Revi Miller, Principal.  Please be advised that holidays in term time are not a right and will only be granted under exceptional circumstances.  Each case is considered individually; however, leave will not usually be granted if your child already has low attendance or if the leave coincides with important dates in the school’s calendar.
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.
Dates for your Diary
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

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

All dates regarding the school are available at:

Sat 1st - Workday
Mon 3rd - Start of term
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

Jumble Sale

Saturday 18th October

10am - 1pm

50p entrance

A special invitation
Dear Families and Friends of St. Paul's, 

Actor and theatre-maker Simon McBurney and pianist Cassie Yukawa, together with musicians Rebekah and Christopher Allan and other special guests, invite you to spend a unique evening at St. Paul's Steiner School.

With music, poetry, and voices, they have created an event, which employs the numinous space and special atmosphere of the nave of St. Paul's. It will be an evening of creative quiet that we rarely have the opportunity for, in which the audience is invited to listen.

As well as providing sustenance for the spirit, the evening will be accompanied by exceptional food and wine provided by La Fromagerie, included in the price of the ticket.

Places are strictly limited, but the first will go on offer exclusively to families and friends of the school, before being opened to the general public.

Saturday November the 8th, door 7:30. 

Tickets cost £60 and all profits will go towards improving the Nave- at the heart of our wonderful school. 

Tickets available here.
Professional Opera comes to Michael Hall
Community Notices
Swimming Lessons

Sarah Kelley, a top swimming coach who has taught many of St. Paul's children at Clissold leisure centre has moved on to work for a charity called Aquavision;

 Aquavision Swimming are offering private and small group (max 4) swimming lessons, the cost per 15 week term (September - December) for a 30 min lesson are, private £300 (£20 per lesson) and group £75 (£5 per lesson), a sibling/parent discount of £10 per term is also available.

As this is a new venture we have a number of spaces available and bookings can still be made, despite being a few weeks into the term (prices will reflect number of weeks remaining), email or phone 020 8370 1021

Northumberland Park Community School,

19:30-20:00 - stage 4 group

My daughter Felicitas was supposed to go to London in her autumn holidays to stay with friends and improve her oral English. Unfortunately this is no longer possible  and we thought that she might be able to  find another family from a Waldorf school.
Felicitas is 17 years old and in her last year of school. One of her main subjects is English, so she is quite good in theory, but would like to get some more practice in talking. Apart from being a  busy school girl she likes music very much: she can play the trombone, the piano and the recorder and she is very good at singing. She also likes to do cooking and baking and handicrafts like sewing. As she is the third in a family of four girls she is used to being around children and she is used to looking after younger children (Her youngest sister is 9 years old at the moment).
She would be very happy to help in a family in her autumn holidays, or even in a school nursery. She is an open and friendly girl and she is used to taking responsibility. She can be very patient with children and she can adapt easily to different ways of living. So maybe it could be possible to find her a place as a holiday aupair.
It would be great to hear from you soon, because the autumn holidays in Berlin start on 18th October and Felicitas will have to be back in Germany at the beginning of November.
Thanks for trying to help us.

Nanny available

Former St Paul's Steiner pupil looking for a family in need of a nanny. Very flexible schedule. Ideally I'm looking for someone in need of childcare from Monday to Friday, however I am also open to doing occasional work and/or fewer days.

I have plenty of experience and have looked after many children from St Paul's. I would be happy to provide a reference if needs be. Do not hesitate to contact me, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Amaia Viar - 07861 454680 or you can email me at
Nanny available

Former St Paul's Steiner pupil looking for a family in need of a nanny. Very flexible schedule. Ideally I'm looking for someone in need of childcare from Monday to Friday, however I am also open to doing occasional work and/or fewer days.

I have plenty of experience and have looked after many children from St Paul's. I would be happy to provide a reference if needs be. Do not hesitate to contact me, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Amaia Viar - 07861 454680 or you can email me at
Panda and the Sparrow

I am a new St Paul's mum – my son has just started in Chestnut Kindergarten - and together with a friend I own Panda and the Sparrow, a baby and toddler clothing brand made exclusively of bamboo and organic cotton.
Why Bamboo?
…it’s organic
…as soft as cashmere
…thermo regulating
…naturally hypoallergenic

and gorgeous
As an introduction to the brand we would like to offer all St Pauls parents, family and friends 20% off until end November.

Please go to our website and enter the code stpauls20 to get your discount

Happy shopping
The Stepping Stones Clinic make-over is complete and open again for healing!

The Stepping Stones Project is a local treatment clinic that offers a range of affordable holistic therapies, including acupuncture. Treatment rooms have been created in the crypt of St. Peter’s Church, on the border of Hackney and Islington in De Beauvoir (walking distance from the school!) to support the local community. 

This Autumn, I am offering a “say what you pay” rate from £30-£45 for a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy session.  Multiple booking offers and concession rates are also available. The treatments are safe, gentle and suitable for anyone of all ages.

The Stepping Stones Project is located at:
The Crypt, St Peter’s Church
Corner of Northchurch Terrace & De Beauvoir Road
Hackney, London N1 4DA

Craniosacral Therapy Sessions are available on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays (9am-12pm) and on Wednesdays from 12 pm -2 pm.  Evening appointments can also be scheduled upon request.
Please feel free to email me if you’d like to schedule a session or have any questions to see if this therapy can be helpful for you –  More information can be found at
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, holistic approach that aims to harness the body’s inherent ability to heal itself.   With their hands, a trained practitioner can tune in to the subtle patterns of motion and fluids within the client’s body and in effect stimulate and enhance the body’s self healing mechanisms. 

 By “listening” at different areas including the head, feet, along the spine or wherever there is pain or a past injury, the therapist supports the body’s innate ability to balance, restore and heal, while encouraging it to release any patterns of stress and tension.  It is an extremely safe, relaxing and effective way of approaching all kinds of health problems as well as helping to reduce stress and build underlying energy.

The Biodynamic approach works with the potency which is present as a vital life force in each person.  No manipulations are required.  The intention of the work is to bring the fragmented disconnected self back to a state of wholeness and connectedness.  During or after a session, clients often feel calm and energized, with increased clarity of mind and a feeling of well-being.
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