We welcome you to join us as we paint stories with starlight!

“My name is Katie Lou McCabe and I went to Botton Steiner School.

With the help of Amy Ellis and Abi Porter, I am using my art to raise money for both Botton and York Steiner Schools.

I have turned my dreams into music and my music into light and my light into stories, as well as creating a world for my audience to walk in. This is Starfishing!

There will be two performances of Starfishing on Saturday 20th of December at York Steiner School.

The first performance is at 15:30 (doors open at 15:00) and the second at 20:00 (doors open at 19:30). Unfortunately, the performances will not be suitable for those under 14 years old. PLEASE NOTE THE MATINEE PERFORMANCE START TIME IS NOW LATER THAN INITIALLY ADVERTISED. This is to ensure the best experience of a light-sensitive performance.

Tickets are £12 and can be purchased from the reception at York Steiner School or pay on the door.

For more information about the performance and tickets see my website –

Here is a review of a recent performance of Starfishing.

Katie is also interviewed in the latest issue of One & Other.

(P.S. bare feet will be required, so don’t wear tights!)

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The Advent Fair – in pictures!


The 22nd November saw well over 1000 adults and children visit school for our Advent Fair. After a week or more of busy, busier and frantic preparation, the school looked fabulous when the doors opened. Thank you to everyone who helped make it such a success, and thank you to all our visitors!

Here are some photos from the day, taken by Olivia Brabbs (a parent in Silver Birch KG) – please scroll down to see them all, and click on each picture for a larger view.

Before the storm…

Advent Stars

Craft Group’s wares

Good knight!

… and a knight’s nemesis!

Class 7 sold beautiful gingerbread houses


…. and homemade sweets and tree decorations

Class 4 had made their own game of chance, and all the prizes!

Tempting things everywhere…

Kindergarten families made everything for our International Food stall

Steady now… steady… BUZZZZZZZ!

One of many gnomie gardens

Making gnomie gardens

Everyone loves a gnomie garden!

Space for more stuff in the garden?

Louis and singers in full, fine voice

Michael and Bryn fiddle and strum, whistle and hum, sing along through the day

Class 5 with their home produce stall

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Advent Fair 2014 – November 22nd


Half-term is long gone, Halloween is over, Bonfire Night is almost upon us… which means it’s already November, and Advent Fair is coming up fast!

Help us spread the word about the biggest, best and most beautiful Advent Fair in town!

Feel free to download and share the poster (right click  to “Save Image As…”). Thank you to Becky Mung’au once again for the lovely artwork.

See you there!

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A Gallery Gallery


Last weekend part of our school was transformed – for 3 days only! – into an art gallery for the exhibition ‘The Balancing Act‘.

The exhibition attracted several hundred visitors over the 3 days, both from within and outside of the school community. Thanks go to the artists for showing such excellent work, to Christine and Emma for providing delicious food in the cafe during the show, and to all those who came along!

Below are some pictures from the exhibition. Click on each image for a bigger version!

Thanks to Chris Mayer for sharing his images.


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This Week – Ceilidh and Art Exhibition

This Saturday, 4th October,  is our Friends of York Steiner School Ceilidh!

On the evening, we will be welcoming Friends from 5 pm, when you can take in the art exhibition which will be in school over the same weekend (3rd to 5th October). From 7pm the Ceilidh will begin, with buffet food and soft drinks provided and dancing until 10 pm. Should you wish a different sort of drink, you are very welcome to bring your own.

The Ceilidh is free, children are very welcome, and we are very much looking forward to dancing with as many Friends as possible!

For the Ceilidh, we would be grateful if anyone can offer the following help:

People to cook vegetable chilli

People to bake chocolate brownies

People to prep potatoes and cheese on the day

People to set up the gym during the day on Saturday

People to clean the gym on Sunday, ready for lessons on Monday.

Donations of disposable bowls and plastic cutlery.

Please contact with your offers of help


We would also like to offer a warm invitation to join us at our art exhibition, The Balancing Act, which will take place upstairs at School this Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th October, from 11 am until 4 pm each day.  The exhibition will be family-friendly, with an area for any younger artists to enjoy themselves while you look around, should you need it.  The cafe will be open for drinks and nibbles, and disabled access is available.
The exhibition is FREE and open to anyone, so please spread the word and invite your friends!

Eoghan Bridge – sculpture. Eoghan is an internationally renowned sculptor and will be showing new pieces of sculpture and, for the first time, will show drawings for this exhibition.
Nick Ellwood – illustration. Nick’s works have graced the pages of many international publications in recent months. He presents a multi-media installation of a collaborative piece undertaken with the Quay Brothers, alongside his illustrations.
Alun Kirby – photography. Alun, a photographer specialising in analogue and alternative processes, presents unique photographs taken without a camera using the cyanotype technique.
Helen Mackfall – painting. Helen has been a painter for many years, though dedicating much of her talents to teaching. These paintings are new works, created specifically for this exhibition.
Vivienne Morpeth – textiles. Vivienne is an acclaimed felt artist and teacher, and will show 3 large new works using the nuno-felting technique, as well as some smaller pieces.
Jane Schaffer – ceramics. Jane gained experience in Sweden and Japan, and has been working as a potter for 25 years. Her studio pots reflect these experiences in the context of a Yorkshire aristic setting. 

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Busy Days Ahead!


We are coming towards Michaelmas at the end of this week, on Friday 26th September, when Kindergarten celebrate their harvest festivals with the parents and children in the main school have their own celebration, collecting food for a worthy local cause.

On the same day all the main school classes will also take part in our annual WOW Cycle Ride. WOW (Waldorf One World) Day raises money to help support Steiner Waldorf education for children who would otherwise be unable to access education. Each year through main school the children cycle further afield, eventually making a 30-mile-plus round trip to Selby in Class 8!

Also happening this Friday, for those parents and friends not going for a cycle is our third annual Macmillan Coffee Morning, organised by Gill de’Cort. Please help support this excellent cause by… baking and eating cakes! And having a nice cuppa too! The coffee morning will be in the school cafe from 9 am until 11 am.

The following week we host an art exhibition (Friday 3rd October until Sunday 5th October) and will welcome friends old and new on Saturday 4th October for our first Friends of York Steiner School Ceilidh.

We began working on a Friends group a while ago, as many families told us they still felt a connection and affection for school long after their children finished classes here. It seems that, after being here, a little part of school stays with a family, and a little from each family stays here in school. We hope to celebrate that special connection with the Ceilidh, our first big offering to our Friends.  If you would like to come to the Ceilidh, please send an email to

Lots to do, and lots to enjoy this Autumn!



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Sunday Funday


This Sunday, 21st September, sees the first event in our Fundraising Group’s ‘Year of Sport’. All the events will be to raise money to invest in the front playground.

The ‘Sunday Funday’ is a day of Games and Sports on the Playing Field at the bottom of the lane beside the allotments. Bring your rugs and a picnic and join in the sporty fun. We would like to see lots of children and adults playing together. We’ll have all sorts of traditional games like 3-legged races, tug-o-war, welly wanging, sprints, pyjama party race, volleyball, stilt walking, wheelbarrow race, egg and spoon, rounders,.. and you’ll be able to buy a cake and drink to refresh and refuel yourself afterwards!

If you are able to offer your help on the day with the organising or setting up that would be greatly appreciated. If you can donate a cake that would be equally welcome.

Thank you, and see you there!

Hannah, for The Dragon Boat Team aka Fundraising Team for the Development of the Front Playground. (Tony Marshall-Griffiths, Ursula Schoettner, Becks Armstrong, Christine Hunt, Hannah Levey)

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Friends of York Steiner School Ceilidh – 1st announcement


It is with great pleasure – and not a little excitement – that we announce the 1st Friends of York Steiner School Ceilidh!

Friends of York Steiner School (FOYSS) is our fledgling organisation for alumni and their families, ex-staff members, volunteers and anyone with a connection to our school. We put together FOYSS newsletters sharing stories from Friends as well as news from school, helping us all to stay in touch. This ceilidh is our first invitation to our Friends to get together, to renew old connections as well as making new ones,  and to share the spirit of the school once more.

The ceilidh will be held on Saturday 4th October at York Steiner School.

We invite you to arrive from 5 pm to meet and enjoy a quieter chat before the music starts. There will also be an exhibition of contemporary art held in school over the weekend for to you enjoy with a drink and a nibble.

The festivities will begin from 7 pm, with dancing and music through until 10 pm -ish!

A buffet will be provided during the ceilidh, to keep up your energy for the dancing!

This invitation is offered freely to all who would consider themselves a Friend of York Steiner School – all we ask is that you let us know if would wish to attend by sending a message letting us know the number of places to reserve to:

Please help us by sharing this invitation as widely as possible! Thank you, and we look forward to meeting you again soon!


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Art Exhibition to be held in School


We are pleased to announce that York Steiner School will be hosting an exhibition of contemporary art over the weekend of 3rd – 5th October 2014.

The exhibition, entitled ‘The Balancing Act’ features six artists with close associations to our school.

The six independent local artists will be bringing together pieces in six – or more -distinct media. The artists are particularly keen to engage with the public directly, outside of the gallery system, giving them the freedom to exhibit the pieces they wish, without commercial considerations or pressures.

The poster for the exhibition can be viewed below. If you would like further information please feel free to get in touch with the artists at

The artists exhibiting are:

Eoghan Bridge – renowned sculptor, vociferously independent (, and recently featured in The Press. Eoghan is a parent at school.

Vivienne Morpeth – textiles artist and teacher, specialist in nuno felting and has exhibited nationally for many years. Vivienne recently left school after finishing 8 years as a class teacher.

Alun Kirby – photographer, specializing in alternative and analogue processes, particularly camera-less photograms. He has also produced the book Glove Story. Alun is a parent at school and also our Bursar.

Jane Schaffer – ceramicist. Jane, trained in Japan and Sweden, recently celebrated 25 years as a potter and regularly exhibits both independently and in galleries both in the UK and overseas. Jane’s studio is in our business wing, and Jane makes mugs with each class 4.

Nick Ellwood – illustration and digital media. Nick’s design has featured on stage and in major public art festivals, and his recent images of Mesut Ozil as the ideal German, and of Martin Amis, have featured in The Guardian, La Stampa, El Pais, Le Monde and other leading newspapers across Europe.

Helen Mackfall – painter. Helen has painted most of her life, although dedicating much of her talent to teaching. Several of her pupils have gone on to Glasgow School of Art and the Royal Academy, London. Helen is our current class 5 teacher.


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Term Dates 2014-15


While summer still has a while to go, we’re sure that the next school year will creep up on us very quickly….

In anticipation of this, here is a pdf of the Term Dates 2014-15.

We look forward to seeing you all again on 3rd September!

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