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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May Festival

Vancouver Waldorf School HOME SLIDE Kinder Smiles

May Festival Our May Festival is a joyous celebration filled with song, dance, and merriment celebrating the lengthening of days, the awakening of the new growing season, and the rebirth of our external natural environment. The children enjoy the tradition of dancing around the Maypole which is decorated with flowers and coloured ribbons. All of the students sing traditional spring

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