Chinese New Year Celebration

Chinese New Year Celebration Join the 2nd annual Chinese New Year celebration at VWS and welcome the year of the Dog! When: March 2, 3:20 – 5:30 Where: Vancouver Waldorf School Featuring: Art & Dance Performances, Chinese String Tea House, Crafts, Painting & Calligraphy Activities, Snacks & More! *Join our fabulous team of volunteers! Sign-up sheet available in the hallway. View

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The Advent Festival

The Advent Festival One of the most important aspects of a Waldorf education is the celebration of festivals. In our modern, urban lives, it becomes perhaps even more important to highlight nature’s key transitional points as ways of reminding us that, in spite of how it may seem, we are not separate from nature. In addition to helping to keep

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Thoughts on Advent from years gone by

Thoughts on Advent from years gone by Advent Festival Jeff Feldman One of the most important aspects of a Waldorf education is the celebration of festivals. In our modern, urban lives, it becomes perhaps even more important to highlight nature’s key transitional points as ways of reminding us that, in spite of how it may seem, we are not separate

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Vancouver Waldorf School – Rejoice, O Virgin!

Vancouver Waldorf School | Movie Monday

Vancouver Waldorf School: Rejoice, O Virgin! Our Vancouver Waldorf High School Choir, 2010. Our talented high school choir performing Rachmaninoff’s “Rejoice, O Virgin!” conducted by Evgeny Shcherbakov at the Festival of the Arts, 2010. Waldorf Education is based on a profound understanding of human development. Providing a detailed, richly artistic and academic curriculum. The Vancouver Waldorf School provides an experiential,

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Grade 5 Greek Olympiad

Grade 5 Greek Olympiad The 5th Grade is often referred to as the “Golden Age” of childhood. At this stage of development students enter a period of enhanced consciousness and sense of self as individuals. In class, study is focused on the history and geography of Ancient India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt & Greece. The year culminates with the Greek Olympiad

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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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