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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