• Michaelmas Table

Festivals and Special Events

Rhythm is at the heart of Waldorf Education and the significance of the earth’s rhythms is reflected in Waldorf schools through the celebration of festivals. Living closely with the steady, repeating cycle of the year gives students strength, confidence, and a firm foundation. Festival celebrations help create our relationship to time, nature, and community and strengthen our relationship with the Earth, a higher reality, and each other.

Listed below are festivals celebrated during the year and the groups that carry them:
Michaelmas closely follows the autumnal equinox and is celebrated with a school assembly. The students learn the story of St. Michael and the Dragon, which symbolizes our search for inner courage to overcome the growing darkness of the coming winter.
— Festivals Committee, Faculty and Staff

Martinmas
Our students celebrate with lantern walks throughout the Martinmas season.
— Faculty and Staff

Diwali
The Festival of Diwali, perhaps the most well-known of the Indian festivals, is celebrated throughout India, as well as in Indian communities throughout the world. Diwali is also known as the "festival of lights," for the common practice is to light small oil lamps (called diyas) and place them around the home, in courtyards, verandahs, and gardens, as well as on roof-tops and outer walls. The celebration of the festival is invariably accompanied by the exchange of sweets and the explosion of fireworks. It heralds the approach of winter and the beginning of the sowing season. 
— Diversity Committee

Advent Spiral Garden
On the first Sunday of Advent, Kindergartners, First Graders, and Second Graders participate in a winter ceremony of “bringing light from the Center to the World.”
— Kindergartens and Second Grade Parents

Advent Assemblies
Each Monday morning in December, the entire school gathers together to sing and hear a story told by a Senior.
— Festivals Committee

St. Nicholas Day – December 6
On December 6, St. Nicholas and Rupert surprise the lower grades with a treat and a personal message for each student.
— Lower School Faculty and Staff
 
St. Lucia Day – December 13
On December 13, St. Lucia and the second Grade visit the other classes, bringing song and baked treats.
— Second Grade Parents
 
Each year we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a school-wide assembly organized by the Diversity Committee. Students will gather together in the morning to honor King's life and work for human rights through songs, speeches, and stories.
— Diversity Committee
 
Easter/Spring Assembly
We celebrate the rebirth of Nature and the return of the light with various artistic offerings at our Easter/Spring assembly.
— Festivals Committee
 
May Day
This is a joyous day!  Classes dance around the Maypole to music provided by student ensembles.  Parents are invited to watch the students weave colored ribbons around the pole for each dance. 
— Festivals Committee, Eurythmy Faculty
 
A community-wide celebration, a day full of fun and family activities which includes Maypole dancing, a puppet show, face painting, hobby horse obstacle course, creating may crowns, the cake walk, perennial plant sale, and a play space for parents and small children.
— Festivals Committee, KWS Parents

SPECIAL EVENTS
 
At an all-school assembly during the first week of school, Seniors welcome each First Grader with a rose.
— First Grade Class Teacher, Senior Class Advisors
 
Eagerly anticipated by the KWS community and the greater community, this annual event raises money for the J. Terry Neville Scholarship Fund. The Craft Show features handmade crafts by juried craftspeople, a Tea Room, and children’s activities.
— Craft Show Committee, KWS Parents, Students
 
Varsity Basketball Tournament
Varsity boys’ and girls’ teams from several Waldorf schools travel to Kimberton for three days of exciting games.
— Parents, Faculty and Students
 
Senior Project Presentations
The Senior Project is an opportunity for students in Grade 12 to show personal initiative and independence while deeply exploring an area of personal interest. At the Senior Project Presentations, students share their experience and process with the community. — Senior Project Committee
 
Field Day
Grades 3-12 are divided into two teams (Blue and White) and compete in athletic contests, including a final Grand Relay.  Spectators are welcome.
— Athletic Department, 7th Grade (snacks and lunch)
 
Graduation Rose Ceremony
At an all-school assembly the First Graders present each graduating Senior with a rose and good wishes for the future.
— First Grade Class Teacher, Senior Class Advisors