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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

29.04.2015

Our approach to the curriculum is based on creative integration of subjects both horizontally, across each school year, and vertically, through the 8 year journey from class 1 (age 6-7) to class 8 (age 13-14).  It is expressed particularly strongly in class 8, where the benefits of a continuously creative and inspirational cross-curricular approach are very clearly manifest. In this year the focus of a class play gives form to creative expression by the children. As with all our class activities, every child understands that they are expected to take part and make a contribution. Nevertheless, it remains an exhilarating process which encourages individuals rise to these challenges while rewarding the class in working hard to support each other.

The children are supported in taking responsibility for designing, building and decorating sets; designing and making costumes; examining the literature and responding through creative writing; placing the play in an historical and cultural context and, of course, rehearsing, directing and performing. The year concludes with public performances of the play.  That our pupils are able to do this is the result of consistent encouragement and example of finding ways to approach academic tasks through creative means.  In 2013/14 these 13 and 14 year old children produced Bertolt Brecht’s ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’.

This year Class 8 are performing Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.  They have designed and built the set, made their costumes (including a wall for ‘Tom Snout / Wall’) and rehearsed with incredible diligence.

What they need now is an audience! Please support Class 8 and treat yourself to a great night out by coming to one of the performances, each evening from Wednesday 6th May to Saturday 9th May at 7 pm. Entrance is free, though donations are welcome. The play is open to all, so please do tell your friends.  We look forward to welcoming you to the dream!

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York Steiner School Shortlisted for TWO Major Awards

18.04.2015
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Class 4 celebrate in their costumes for their performance of the Norse myth of Sigurd

 

We are proud and excited to confirm that York Steiner School has been shortlisted for two major education awards.

TES Creative School of the Year 2015Our school is one of 8 finalists in the highly prestigious TES School Awards category for ‘Creative School of the Year’.  This honour is based on a celebration of how we hold creativity at the centre of our pedagogy, from Early Years right through to Class 8.  Not only this, but the judges look for a school which inspires creativity in the children and in the school community.

We are luck to have an incredibly supportive community which embraces and joins with our creative approach, and it is fantastic that this has been recognised at a national level.

Teaching Awards_LOGO visuals-STAGE 3As if this were not amazing enough, our Class 4 teacher, Fiona Dudley, has been recognised as one of the best teachers in the country.  Fiona is one of 5 shortlisted for ‘Teacher of the Year in a Primary School’ in the highly respected and very high profile Pearson Teaching Awards.

Pearson say: “Finalists were selected from thousands of nominations from across the UK and Fiona joins a list of 67 exceptional teachers [in 13 categories] who are the Teaching Awards “stars” of the education profession for 2015. Finalists will find out if they have received a Pearson Teaching Awards on Thank a Teacher Day, 12 June 2015. Winners will then be invited to the star-studded UK final to be held at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in October 2015 which is filmed and broadcast by the BBC. The Pearson Teaching Awards were established by David (Lord) Puttnam in 1999, to celebrate and recognize outstanding educational professionals.”

For further information please contact the school.

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