March Break Camp 2013

Registration for our March Break Camps is well underway.  For more information, check out our website:  http://www.londonwaldorf.ca/marchbreak

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Wondering about the results of Waldorf e

Wondering about the results of Waldorf education? Come hear from alumni, in their own words, about their Waldorf experience. Find out what they have been up to since graduation. Please join us for “Meet the Graduates” this Wednesday, Jan 23rd at 7PM at London Waldorf School. http://ow.ly/gZqx9

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Winter Fair: Saturday, December 8, 2012

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Mark your calendars – Winter Fair – Sat

Mark your calendars – Winter Fair – Sat Dec 8th – 11am-3pm Marionette Show, Gnomes Journey, Candle Dipping and more http://ow.ly/fGAij

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Warmth and Wool Fundraiser

To Feel Wool is to Feel Well
We are excited about an opportunity within our school for families to obtain wool and wool/silk under and outer clothing. To be dressed in
wool, especially next to the skin, brings a foundational warmth that supports health at all levels – body, soul and spirit. Warmth is the primal substance out of which life is created. For the children it is vital to maintain a balance of warmth for their developing bodies. When they are warm, they feel well and can take up life and learning in an active way.

Wool is not just for winter! Wool is warmth and moisture-regulating, keeping us warm in the cooler months and cooler in the warmer months.  It absorbs up to one third of its own weight in moisture and depending on external conditions, is able to return it to the environment. Synthetic clothes may look the same, but they do not allow the skin to breathe and accumulate uncomfortable heat and moisture. Cotton does not “wick” away moisture and can result in a cold and clammy feeling next to the skin.

The clothing is made by German and Swiss companies committed to superior ecological quality, with a long tradition of manufacturing wool clothing. The finest organic Merino virgin wool and natural silk is used without any kind of chemical finishing in the textile processing. This results in clothing that is kind to the skin and to the environment. More
information about the clothing and the manufactures can be found at www.warmthandweather.ca

The London Waldorf School is pleased to partner with Warmth and Weather, a Canadian distributor of this clothing, to present this offer.

Orders are required by Friday, November 16th with a cheque payable to the London Waldorf School.  Order forms/brochure

Delivery of the clothes will follow in a few weeks. Exchanges or refunds are available, if needed.

May this venture bring warmth to our families as well as support to the school!
–Dana Lascelles

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Silent Auction

Join us on Saturday, November 17th for our annual silent auction!

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Mayfair this Sunday!

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Summer Arts Camp: Explore Nature, Create Art & Make New Friends!

Join us for another summer of fun at London Waldorf School!  With eight weeks of camps to choose from,  the camps are a great way for your child to engage in imaginative play, create art, and make new friends.

London Waldorf School’s Summer Camps are consistent with the principles of Waldorf Education. We will provide a balanced experience of doing, feeling and thinking in a way that fosters fun, creativity and a sense of well-being.  Your children will be in a harmonious environment where rhythm and structure encourage opportunities for free play, crafts and a variety of artistic activities.

Our naturalized playground is a wonderful outdoor space for high energy games, exploring nature and just experiencing spring unfold. Located north of Oxford and Wharncliffe and steps from Gibbons Park, London Waldorf School is nestled into 3.5 naturalized acres.

Here are the details:
For children 3 to 11 years old,  full- and half-day programs. 8:30 – 3:30 with aftercare available till 5:30.

Junior Camp (Preschool/Kindergarten |  Ages 3 to 5):
Full-day program runs 8:30 – 3:30; half-day program 8:30 – 12 noon. A supportive environment with a variety of activities including singing, circle time, stories, creative play, and outdoor adventure in our naturalized playground.

Senior Arts Camp (Grade School  |  Ages 6 to 11):
Full-day program runs 8:30 – 3:30. A week of balanced and age-appropriate activities including art, crafts, creative and dramatic play, and outdoor activities.

Senior Arts Camp Activities

June 25-29 Print/
Mixed Media
Stenciling, natural object stamping, poster making. Explore combining various techniques, charcoal drawings on wet paint, painting natural objects, collage, and decoupage.
July 3-6 Sculpture/Textiles Mixed-media sculptures, fabric dyeing, soft sculpture, natural dyes, sewing, and weaving.
July 9-13 Theatre &
Performance
Collaborative construction of a set, costumes and script, for a performance on the Friday afternoon.
July 16-20 Painting Watercolour, acrylic, resist painting, and fabric-action painting.
July 23-27 Beading Jewellery making, keychain making, nature beading, and handmade beads.
July 30-
August 3
Theatre &
Performance
Collaborative construction of a set, costumes and script, for a performance on the Friday afternoon.
August 6-10 Drawing Sketching with pencils, chalk, charcoal, resist drawing and self-portraits.
August 13-17 Painting Watercolour, acrylic, resist painting and fabric-action painting.

For more information:
Call (519) 858-8862 or Summer Camp InformationLondon Waldorf School Summer Camp

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The Giving Tree

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London Waldorf School "Giving Tree"

The Giving Tree that stands in the entrance to our Great Hall was part of a dedication ceremony last fall, to celebrate the building of the second story classrooms and the completion of the Great Hall.

The October 2011 issue of The Lunchbag News featured an excerpt from the dedication talk given by Merwin Lewis and Peter von Holtzendorff after the Michaelmas play on Friday morning, Sept. 30, 2011 in the Great Hall.

The article is reprinted below.

Dedication Ceremony 2011

We come together here today at Michaelmas, the Festival of the Will, to dedicate the completion of our second story and of the Great Hall.

We also come here to re-dedicate ourselves to our vision:

Inspired by the work of Rudolf Steiner, London Waldorf School is dedicated to providing an education which enables the unfolding of each child’s individuality toward the fulfillment of his or her human capacities: learning to know, learning how to do, learning how to live together and learning how to be.

Towards this end, we are committed to ensuring the opportunity of a Waldorf education for all children in our community—one that takes place in a setting that is both beautiful and nurturing and that celebrates the diversity of its members, thus reflecting the ability of human beings to live with and learn from each other and the natural environment around them.

We moved to this property and opened our doors to children in September of 1996. That first building was composed of several portable classrooms.

Soon thereafter we began to plan for the eventual construction of a permanent building on this site. In the end we chose the most affordable and environmentally-friendly design we could: the existing portable classrooms would be set off to the side while foundations were built; the classrooms would then be relocated on top of these new foundations; and an auditorium, which we later called the Great Hall, was included in the design as were several basement classrooms. In addition, the building was designed in such a way to allow for a second story over the Office and the Servery – when funds were available.

After the first phase of this plan was completed, we held a Dedication Ceremony in November 2004, and we laid a copper doubledodecahedron filled with the names of all the teachers and students and many memorabilia as the Foundation Stone here in the floor of the Great Hall. In the summer of 2008, two additional classrooms were constructed in the east lower level.

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Stained Glass Window

In May 2009 the stained glass windows in the Great Hall and in the sidelights of the main entrance were dedicated. These windows had been made by students over the years under the direction of Ted Goodden, local artist.

This summer the next phase of our plan was completed, and today, September 30, 2011, we dedicate the two new second story classrooms and the completion of the Great Hall.

The Chair of our Fundraising Committee, Cara Maurer, will speak about our Giving Campaign.

This room, the Great Hall, is the Heart of our School and of our School Community, both physically and spiritually. Seven years ago we laid a Foundation Stone made of copper into this Heart. That Stone, it seems, became a Seed and that Seed has taken root, and from that Seed has grown a Tree of Iron—the Giving Tree—a sister to the Foundation Tree, the tulip tree that stands proudly in our playground.  The Giving Tree stands at the entrance to this Hall. We heard in the Michaelmas pageant the story of power of iron—the power of the iron in our blood:

“Iron brings courage
To face what you fear,
The dragons out there and
The dragons in here.”

The Tree of Iron—our Giving Tree—will bear many iron leaves upon which will be recorded the names of those who together have made this new growth possible.

We especially want to publicly acknowledge the man who made the Giving Tree, Marc Malette.

We will also be sending a card to express our gratitude to our dear friend and mentor Leo Klein, who made the beautiful banner of St. Michael and the Dragon for our pageant today.

This is the first iron leaf to go on the Giving Tree of Iron. On this leaf are inscribed these words: “To all who made our second story possible—London Waldorf School, 30-9-11”

The Giving Tree

With each leaf upon this tree,
Forged from iron from the earth,
May we all together form
The crown of courage for new birth.

May we, too, reach for the stars
With firm resolve and artful grace.
May our roots hold firm the ground.
May we the winds of change embrace.

May we prosper with this tree,
The iron symbol of our task.
This in humble thankfulness,
For all we have and are, we ask.

Merwin Lewis and Marc Mallette

Leo Klein "Saint Michael and the Dragon"

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Springtime Fun at London Waldorf School

The first week of March Break Camp is well underway at the school.  Campers have been enjoying the springtime weather with lots of outdoor play and adventure!

London Waldorf SchoolLondon artist Jeremy Jeresky is leading the Senior Arts Camp (aged 6 to 11 years old).  Senior campers have been busy creating paper mache masks, working on various textile projects, and learning how to make their own paper!

The Junior Campers (aged 3-6) have been full of smiles!  The weather has been fantastic to bring out the pails and shovels for lots of imaginative play on the school’s naturalized playground.

Spaces are still available in the Senior Camp for Week 2 (March 12-16) of our March Break Camp.

For more information about the camps, view the information on our website, www.londonwaldorf.ca or call 519.858.8862.

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