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WOW and CAKE!

30.09.2013

Not only is this Friday, 4th October, WOW cycle day, but it is also the second annual Macmillan Cancer Support coffee morning.

http://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/Home.aspx#.UknfQ4ZwqSo

So, prepare your children and send them off with a hearty ‘Fare well!’, and then join us inside the cafe for a lovely cup of something warm and a few sweet treats!

Gill has been encouraging as many parents as possible to make cakes for the day, and we have some wonderful bakers in school so you are guaranteed to find something you like!

If you want to join in the bake, let gill know at gill@yorksteinerschool.org

See you on Friday… and no guilt – it’s all in a very good cause!

Here’s Gill at last year’s event…

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Handwork exhibition

30.09.2013

At the end of every school year we celebrate with a festival. The major part of this is the gathering of all the classes and their families to see the performances of each class. Alongside this, there are exhibitions of the children’s work from some of the classes.

Below are some of the items made by children in Handwork classes over 2012-13, which were exhibited first in the handwork room, and which we are now proud to exhibit online!

Thanks to all the children for their wonderful work, and to Judy Gray, our handwork teacher, and Eloise Dalby, who assisted in handwork during the year.

Click on the image for a much larger version!

Socks, and a felted bowl, made by members of Class 5.

 

Dolls, with carrying bags, made by members of Class 1.

 

Dolls, each representing a different profession, made by members of Class 3.

 

Animals, made by members of Class 6.

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Educationalists support no formal teaching before 7

12.09.2013

In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, entitled ‘The Government should stop intervening in early education: Earlier starts to formal learning can affect the health and wellbeing of young children‘ a list of 127 educationalists put forward their objections to the current state-mandated school starting age of 5 years old.

Instead, they support a starting age of 6-7 years old and state that:

Children who enter school at six or seven – after several years of high quality nursery education – consistently achieve better educational results as well as higher levels of wellbeing.

The approach taken by Steiner-Waldorf schools is one educational alternative which supports this method, and we see the benefits to our children every day. Two Steiner-Waldorf representatives are among the signatories to the letter.

The letter has also been reported on the BBC.  There;

Another of the experts, former Children’s Commissioner for England Sir Al Aynsley-Green, said: “If you look at a country like Finland children don’t start formal, full-scale education until they are seven.

“These extra few years, in my view, provide a crucial opportunity, when supported by well-trained, well-paid and highly educated staff, for children to be children.”

A DoE spokesman responds by saying;

“These people represent the powerful and badly misguided lobby who are responsible for the devaluation of exams and the culture of low expectations in state schools.

“We need a system that aims to prepare pupils to solve hard problems in calculus or be a poet or engineer – a system freed from the grip of those who bleat bogus pop-psychology about ‘self image’, which is an excuse for not teaching poor children how to add up.”

While it is very encouraging to see so many respected and highly experienced educationalists speaking out against the degradation of childhood by target-driven systems, it is also a very sad occurence when a rational debate about early education is belittled by a government spokesman in such a way.

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Welcome Back … and Desks For Sale!

05.09.2013

Welcome everyone old and new to Autumn Term 2013-14!

We hope you enjoyed the wonderful summer and are feeling refreshed and ready for the year ahead.

Thank you to all who helped out over work week and the rest of the summer to ensure school was ready for the return of children and staff.

As part of the process we have replaced some old wooden desks… which we are now offering for sale!

We have 10 vintage wooden school desks, suitable for children aged 8-12+, which stand approximately 77cm tall. They are in good condition but will need a clean and perhaps a sanding and re-wax or varnish.

They are £15 each; please contact school or ask at the office to see the desks and reserve yours!

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