Our school community recently celebrated its Winter Festival, with a gathering of the entire school community, all joined in celebrating the passing of the longest day of the year and the eventual return to warmer, brighter days once again. This festival was celebrated through song, poetry, story and drama, as each family arrived at school in the early evening, going to their own child’s respective classroom and sharing in the performances of their child’s work. The Kindergarten/Class 1 children created a beautiful winter spiral while the children in the older primary class shared poems, recorder pieces, drama and song with their extended families. After this the bonfire was lit and warm and nutritious soup and bread was shared by all around the fire.
The whole community then gathered together to hear a winter story, told by candle light and following this cam the long anticipated Lantern walk, through the dark night outside our warm classroom. The students of all grades created their own Winter Lanterns, with the primary students excelling themselves in the creation of dodecahedron lanterns, made from sturdy paper and which they had constructed during their Manual Arts lessons in the weeks leading up to the Festival.