Festivals are a central part of school life. The annual rhythm of the festivals fosters a deep sense of our relationship to the earth through all its seasons. They are special times when all of us – children, teachers and the whole school community – can reconnect with the spiritual rhythm of the year and with each other.

The calendar of Festivals includes the celebration of traditional festivals from a range of cultures. In this way, our school will emphasize the value of faith and ritual without promoting any specific religious tradition. Our curriculum does not include the teaching of faith-based ideas except as historical examples or as a comparative religious study in Religious Education lessons.

We mark the festivals with special decorations, food, songs and stories, and the children are always involved in the preparations. As the children go through their years in Kindergarten, then the main school, they begin to remember and look forward to the festivals and enjoy the recurring pattern.

Festivals we will be celebrating this year.  

29th September. Michaelmas

10th November. Martinmas

Date TBC.  Advent Spiral for Lower School and Kindergarten and a separate Advent Spiral for Class 6, 7 and 8.

Saturday 9th December : Winter Fair (Whole School Community)

Friday 15th December: Winter End of Term Celebration (Half Day). 

February: Candlemas

March: Spring End of Term Celebration. 

May: May Day Festival

May: Ascention Day

15th June: Summer Fair (Whole School Community)

24th June: St. Johns



Celebrating St Johns Midsummer Festival with fire. June 2016

Seasonal festivals renew our awareness of the rhythms of the year and foster the children’s relationship to the world into which they are growing.

Each changing season enfolds an idea that has meaning for human lives. In celebrating the festivals, we endeavour to bring the mood and purpose of the season into an imaginative picture.  Festivals are social events as well as giving space for inner reflection, bringing warmth to the relationship between school and home.