In Waldorf schools, Advent, the period of four weeks before Christmas, is an important festival.
The Advent Spiral is held on the first Sunday of Advent. The ‘spiral’ in question is a huge spiral made from branches of evergreens and set out on the floor. It leads to a central candle.
In darkness and with soft music playing, each child, carrying an unlit candle placed in an apple, follows the path of the spiral to light their candle from the central one. On their return they place their candle on the green spiral, gradually illuminating the path.
It is a magical and beautiful experience usually attended by family, teachers and children.
Unfortunately, our Advent celebrations have to be a little different this year due to Covid 19 and it’s very sad that we can’t include families in the usual way.
On Monday 30th November the children, dressed in their best clothes, took part in the Advent Spiral. The audience this year was teachers, volunteers who come regularly into the school and the children. As well as the spiral walk, there was traditional music and Christmas Carols.
Each Monday and Wednesday during Advent at 8.50am, we will meet in the foyer to sing carols. All teachers and helpers who are already in our school “bubble”, or “Christmas bauble”, as the children suggested we call it, are invited to join us. Please bring your singing voices.