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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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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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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