Festival of The Arts

Festival of The Arts Whereas the purpose of our school assemblies is to nurture a sense of community and mutual appreciation in our student body, our Festival of the Arts is a public presentation of our students work from grades two through twelve. Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver. The program includes eurythmy, drama, singing, orchestra, and recitation, and a

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Candlemas

Vancouver Waldorf School | Candlemas

Candlemas On February 2, while the groundhog, of popular folklore, comes out of the ground to determine whether spring is “just around the corner”, or is still “six weeks away”, we celebrate the ancient festival of Candlemas. At the Vancouver Waldorf School, many children in the grade school dip beeswax candles to celebrate Candlemas – one to be taken home, and one

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Christmastide

Vancouver Waldorf School | Christmas Tide | Festivals

Christmastide At the Winter Solstice, on Christmastide, the Earth breathes in. The seed babies are deep underground and the animals, in their shaggy coats, are warm in their barns or dens. We draw the stars into our homes by lighting candles and placing lights on our trees. Our outdoor activities are reduced dramatically. And we become more contemplative as we

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3rd Candle of Advent

Vancouver Waldorf School | Gnome Garden | Advent

3rd Candle of Advent The third light of Advent is the light of beasts– All await the birth, from the greatest and in least. photo credit:http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Liesel_16-12-2012_3._Advent.jpg

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Santa Lucia

Vancouver Waldorf School | Santa Lucia

Santa Lucia Santa Lucia, Thy light is glowing All through the darkest night, comfort bestowing Dreams float on wings of night, Comes then the morning light Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia Through silent winter gloom, Thy song comes winging to Waken the Earth anew, Glad carols bringing, Come thou, oh queen of Night, Wearing thy crown so bright, Santa Lucia, Santa

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Saint Nicholas Day

Saint Nicholas Day Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of children, is celebrated on December 6th during the season of Advent. On the eve of St Nicholas, children may leave out a freshly polished shoe, with a small snack for St Nicholas and his horse. In return, the simple gesture of a small gift will be left, perhaps a crystal or

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The Advent Spiral

Vancouver Waldorf School | Gnome Garden | Advent

The Advent Spiral The Advent Spiral is a tradition for children in the younger grades at the Vancouver Waldorf School. The room will be darkened and filled with a mood of wonder and quiet anticipation. Cedar boughs are laid out to create a spiral with a lit candle in the centre. Interspersed along the edges of the spiral path are golden

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Martinmas

Vancouver Waldorf School | Martinmas Festival

Martinmas Each November we have a Lantern Walk to celebrate Martinmas, a festival of inner light in the outer darkness of the approaching winter. Celebrating Martinmas at Vancouver Waldorf School serves as a reminder that each of us has a divine spark that we must ferry out into the world and share with others. The children hear the story of

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Michaelmas

Vancouver Waldorf School HOME SLIDE Michaelmas

Michaelmas In late September, closely following the autumn equinox, we celebrate the festival of Michaelmas. The students in the lower grades learn the story of “St. Michael and the Dragon” and perform the Michaelmas Play for their schoolmates and community. Autumn Blessing Brave and true will I be, Each good deed sets me free, Each kind word makes me strong. I

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Rose Ceremony

Vancouver Waldorf School | Rose Ceremony

Rose Ceremony Each year in the fall, in a formal assembly, we warmly welcome new students to the Vancouver Waldorf School with the time honoured tradition of the Rose Ceremony. Entering into Grade One as a child is a big step. Most children have spent some time in Kindergarten and after this wonderful period are striving to move on, to

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St John’s Tide

Vancouver Waldorf School | St John's Tide | Midsummer | Festival

St John’s Tide St. John’s Tide marks the Midsummer Festival or Summer Solstice.  It is the turning point of the year – the longest day and shortest night in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the mirror opposite of Christmas, or Winter Solstice. At the Summer Solstice, or St. John’s Tide, the Earth is breathing out to her fullest. We may be drawn to

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Celebrating Festivals With Children

Vancouver Waldorf School | Movie Monday

Celebrating Festivals With Children Festivals and celebrations are nourishing for children and family life. They mark the rhythm of the year, connect us with community, and bring meaning to our lives. Sarah Baldwin, a Waldorf educator and owner of Bella Luna Toys explains. * The Vancouver Waldorf School provides an experiential, age-appropriate approach to education based on the insights of

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