Upper School raises £133 for the charity CRISIS!

Michael Hall Upper School students sold Candy Canes yesterday for a £1 and raised £133 for the charity CRISIS. £28.18 can help someone leave homelessness behind for good. Each Candy Cane purchased by children and staff is to be hand delivered with a special message to the person of their choice within the school. Well done Upper School, a lovely idea!


Classes 6, 7 and 8 Go Ice-Skating

Perfect weather today for Classes 6, 7 and 8 to be ice-skating in Brighton. Lucky them!

Class 7a and 7b Building a Lime Kiln

The current Main Lesson for these classes is Chemistry.

In teaching Science I use new techniques but base them on old wisdom. This combines kindling the sparks of the imagination, quieting the soul so inspiration can be heard and presenting intellectual material so that intuitive truths can be experienced. Most scientific discoveries occur not because someone witnesses a radically different physical phenomenon, but because someone notices something in a familiar phenomenon and then thinks about it in a new way.

We started the Main Lesson by investigating the first chemical transformative process – burning. After studying this process and making conclusions, we began to look at a modern process- with a long history, of heating lime (chalk). Quicklime is used in mortars, cements, iron and glass-making, and in neutralising acid soils

The students have very little opportunity to observe actual industrial processes. Almost everything comes magically ready‑made and packaged. Nevertheless, the lime cycle offers an opportunity for the students not only to observe an important industrial process, but to build and fire a kiln used in the process. The construction, loading and firing, experimenting with the quicklime, and disassembling of the kiln has been a four-day project.

Here are photos of the classes in the process of building the kiln. They also chopped wood to load into the charcoal burner which will provide the charcoal needed to make the process hot enough. The students appreciated the work it would have taken to make a house using wattle and daube, as well as having a deeper understanding of the processes involved in the lime cycle.


Rachel Gatehouse, Class Teacher

What are the results of a Waldorf Education?

What are the results of a Waldorf Education?

Waldorf parents often carry the question: What happens to Waldorf school graduates after they leave high school? Phase II of the Survey of Waldorf Graduates (2007) from the Research Institute for Waldorf Education gives us an insight into the typical qualities of Waldorf school graduates. The survey was based on a sample of around 525 participants spanning some sixty years of Waldorf graduates in North America including VWS graduates.

“The graduates surveyed demonstrated that they are capable of achieving what they want in life and are happy in the process of pursuing their goals. The majority consider life-long learning as a significant part of their life journey. They are devoted to their families, both to their own parents as well as to the families they are part of creating. In short, they know how to make a living, but more importantly they know how to make a life.”

The three key findings of the research were:

  1. Waldorf graduates think for themselves and value the opportunity to translate their new ideas into practice. They both value and practice life-long learning and have a highly developed sense for aesthetics.
  2. Waldorf graduates value lasting human relationships—and they seek out opportunities to be of help to other people.
  3. Waldorf graduates are guided by an inner moral compass that helps them navigate the trials and temptations of professional and private life. They carry high ethical principles into their chosen professions.

There were many other interesting statistics coming out of out the study.

A summary of a Waldorf graduate profile:

  • Self-reliant and highly values self-confidence (94%)
  • Highly values verbal expression (93%) and critical thinking (92%)
  • Highly satisfied in choice of occupation (89%)
  • Highly values inter-personal friendships (96%)
  • Highly values tolerance of other viewpoints (90%)
  • When at work, cares most about ethical principles (82%) and values helping others

In the area of post-secondary education:

  • 94% of Waldorf graduates attended college or university
  • 88% graduated from college
  • 42% chose science as a major
  • 47% chose humanities as a major
  • 51% have studied beyond the undergraduate level
  • 91% are active in lifelong education

In a ranking of Waldorf graduates by College professors, Waldorf graduates were praised for their social awareness, initiative, communication, and truthfulness. The survey includes several pages of anecdotes from a selection of professors across the US and Canada.

Occupations most frequently undertaken by graduates are:

  • Performing Arts (Broadcasting, Dance, Film, Music, Theater) 11.2%
  • Administration, Management, and Development 9.8%
  • Fine and Studio Arts (incl. Architecture) 9.8%
  • Education 9.1 %
  • Sciences & Technology 8.4%
  • Health and Medicine 7.7%
  • Various professions or trades 7.7%

Over 55% of the respondents are in the same job for 5+ years, over 35% of the respondents are in the same job for 10+ years, and over 25% of the respondents are in the same job for 15+ years. A positive job atmosphere, ethical principles, and the chance to help others were most important to Waldorf graduates at work. Communication – vital for good interpersonal relationships–was ranked as the highest life skill by respondents, followed by truthfulness and the ability to problem solve.

Social relations, education, and artistic practice were the gifts graduates most appreciated and were also listed as the greatest joys in life, indicating a high level of interest in humanity. Self questioning and inner striving toward perfection were seen as the top challenges, along with family issues and the struggle to achieve balance in life.

The survey indicated that the great majority of Waldorf graduates want to send their children to a Waldorf school.

To read the full survey visit www.waldorfresearchinstitute.org

Oberufer plays coming soon...

Well done Class 10!

Drama Workshop - Frantic Assembly

Yesterday the GCSE and A-level Drama students at Michael Hall took part in an excellent workshop run by Frantic Assembly.

Eurythmy Play photos

Please see below photos of the Eurythmy Play - Credit to Andrew Lindsay


Oberufer & Shepherds' Plays coming soon...

Eurythmy Play this weekend ...