Dragon Boat Challenge: Steiner Sailors Wanted!




11th Annual Dragon Boat Challenge

A York Steiner School team will take part in this year’s Dragon Boat Race on the Ouse on Sunday 14th July – and we’re looking for volunteers! The Dragon Boats are long canoes, rowed by happy, smiling people with single-bladed paddles, Canadian style. Have a look at to get an idea.

Rowers take part in fancy dress – the year of One Bad Clown Crew was truly memorable. The teams race against the clock in heats of four boats along the river by the Museum Gardens to qualify for a grand final later in the day. It’s a big local event and gets the city centre buzzing!

It’s also a significant fundraiser for the school and the city, with money from individual sponsorship going to the Rotary Club’s chosen charity (this year Help for Heroes) and to each team’s chosen charity – for us, the school! Over the last three years nearly £5,000 has been raised for the school. What an increbible effort! These funds are still in reserve and will be put towards a major project which will significantly help develop the school environment.

Rowers need to be able to swim and are expected to raise at least £50 of individual sponsorship. An additional individual contribution of £20 is asked, towards the team registration fee. We want to fill a squad of twenty so that a couple of reserves are available. This will mean that some will row all three heats whilst some (chosen at random) will rotate out for one of the races.

If you are interested in joining the crew or would like more information, please contact Tony Marshall-Griffiths via the school office (01904 654983 or email

Below are a couple of photos from the first time the Steiner Sailors took part, in Summer 2010, and a terribly motley crew they look!

Dragon Boat Challenge 2010: The Steiner Sailors

Who wouldn’t want to join them? They may have a touch of scurvy and seen the tongue of the cat more than once, but they’re our Steiner Sailors, and we wouldn’t be without them!


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Class 1 Teacher


Class 1 Teacher 2013/14

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed person to become our new Class 1 teacher.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon, 10th May 2013.
Observed Teaching will take place week commencing 13th May 2013.

For full details of the post and how to apply please see our Job Opportunities page.

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Term Dates 2013-14


Our term dates for next year, 2013-14, are now available here as a pdf;

Term Dates 2013-14

Here they are in full;

School opens Wednesday 4th September 2013


School closes Thursday 24th October 2013


Staff Training Day Friday 25th October 2013




School opens Monday 4th November 2013


School Closes Wednesday 18th December 2013 at 12.45pm




School opens


Tuesday 7th January 2014
School closes


Friday 14th February 2014                            


  HALF TERM        


School opens Monday 24th February 2014


School closes Friday 28th March 2014 


  EASTER HOLIDAYS (Easter 20th April)                     


Staff Training Day Tbc


School opens Tuesday 22nd April 2014


School closed – Bank Holiday Monday 6th May 2014


School closes Friday  23rd May 2014




School opens Monday 2nd June 2014


School closes Friday 11th  July 2014 at 12.45pm


Work Week Saturday 12th July – Friday 18th July 2014



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The Gift of Learning


This video was commissioned by the SWSF:

The Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship commissioned ITN to make this short film to look at some of the key features of a Steiner School including:
– how Steiner Schools nurture spiritual development in keeping with the cultural setting of the school and without being tied to a particular faith;
– the emphasis on “doing” to complement academic learning;
– how the absence of testing in the younger years nurtures enthusiasm for learning;
– the importance of quietness and contemplation as part of the school day.

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Comic Relief


Well done to everyone who joined in with Comic Relief at school, especially all the classes that made such an effort to dress up as everything from Charlie Chaplin to a road sign, from fairies and wizards to mice and cats, knights, princesses, Super Mario… and all in a good cause!

Some particular highlights of costumes worn by the staff can be found below!

Gill (left) and Julie (right), as Morticia Addams and Hilda Ogden (or Mrs Overall, or Margaret Thatcher… ), setting a great example as front of house. Gill, of course, was dressing down especially for this day.

Jonny, Class 1, as an evil sorcerer.

Jonathan, Class 8, as a pirate. We think. We were too scared to ask!

Oh Darling! Vivienne, Class 7, was Absolutely Fabulous all day long!


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