Midsummer Programme

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Programmes will be available at the Information Stand (Outside the Mansion) on Saturday or download as a PDF

Cricket Match this Sunday

Cricket Match Poster

After the success of reintroducing the Midsummer cricket match last year for Michael hall’s 90th year birthday, many requests were said to ‘please lets do it again’.  Although voluntarily I offered my name forward for yet another additional task, I admit the day did have a different feel, it was a really wonderful relaxed and fun occasion. Perhaps as it was a gift to the old scholars and school without expectation of fulfilling duties, people took time, to sit, watch, cheer and enjoy being in the moment without concern for time or commitment. 

I had a lovely team of helpers that also enjoyed the day lending a hand when needed. 

If you are an old scholar, pupil or parent, teacher, past or present, and want to dust down your whites, pick up the phone or email if you’d like to join the forming teams to play a game of cricket. Regardless, know that you and your friends are invited gratis, to Michael hall to relax, bring picnics in the grounds on Sunday 26th June from 12pm -4pm. All we need to do, is hope for some sun and no rain!

joelle.chantler@michaelhall.co.ukclaude.coote@michaelhall.co.uk

Theory U

Theory U

Co- Creating a Vision for the School Using the Theory U Process

What is Theory U?

Very briefly, Theory U is both a framework and a "method for leading profound change". It centres around the concept of the quality of the individual within the organisation and the inner place they operate from. In addition it suggests that rather than simply learn from history, organisations can let go of the past and start to lean towards the emerging future. You'll find more information in a variety of places;

Theory U: website video executive summary book

 

Who are we?

There are currently three members of the core group for the Theory U process here at school: Mark Westoll, Liz Attwell and Davina Skinner. Mark represents the parent body and is a member of Council. Liz Attwell is an upper school English teacher; Liz represents the teaching body and has been a member of college for over 12 years. Davina Skinner is the Resources Manager at school, she represents the support staff and business aspects of the school and is a member of SMT.

Why are we doing this?

Towards the end of last year questions about the school's future arose within college. This inspired Liz Attwell to present a proposal to use the Theory U process as a method of inquiry. It is hoped that Theory U will be a tool to help Michael Hall to self-reflect as an organisation, to co-create a vision of the future of the school. It has the same structure as the child study format currently used within school.

Coinciding with this similar, future- based questions arose within council around various initiatives and it was agreed the Theory U process could also assist with those.

"For myself, since arriving at the school I have felt a slight dissonance between how we think things are and how they actually are. Perhaps unusually for someone in my position as Resources Manager, I see the health of an organisation as including so much more than just the financial health, in fact I believe it is often the reverse; a healthy organisation will create healthy finances.

Being an established organisation I feel we may have become a little stuck in places; it will be both refreshing and enlightening for us to take part in the Theory U process. This is so much more than an afternoon with coloured pens and post it notes. If we engage with this fully and take time to pause, reflect and see the reality of what faces us now we will uncover a few of our blind spots. In so doing we will be in a much better place to agree a vision for the future as a community and the way we want to be. I am sure the process will be uncomfortable at times, it would be foolish to assume otherwise, yet it feels absolutely, the right thing to do". Davina Skinner

What are we doing next?

  • 15 - 17 June Ursula Versteegen visit
  • 16 June Interviewer training
  • 19 June Theory U Parent cafe
  • 25 June Midsummer Alumni
  • Interviews take place 17 June - 23 July
  • August analysis of information
  • 5 - 6 September 2 day 'U' representatives from whole school community

2016 Timeline:

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FAQ

Why the 'U'?

The U reflects the journey we go on as we use the process:

  • Going down the U: “Observe, observe, observe.” Stop downloading and totally immerse yourself in the places of most potential, in the places that matter most to the situation you are dealing with.
  • At the bottom of the U: “Retreat and reflect, allow the inner knowing to emerge.” Go to the places of stillness where knowing comes to the surface. Here you share and reflect on everything that you have learned from a deep place of listening, asking, ”What wants to emerge here?” and ”How does that relate to the journey forward?” So the key question is: how can we become part of the story of the future rather than holding on to the story of the past?
  • Going up the U: “Act in an instant.” Explore the future by doing. Develop a prototype. A prototype explores the future by doing something small, speedy, and spontaneous; it quickly generates feedback from all the key stakeholders and allows you to evolve and iterate your idea.

(extract from https://www.presencing.com/principles)

Where is the info available?

Online - we will keep this page updated.

At school - there will be an information board at the mansion entrance and in the Lower School entrance

Alternatively leave a message in reception

How do you get in touch?

Please email theoryu@michaelhall.co.uk

Talk by Christof Wiechert - Thursday 26th May, 19:00, Michael Hall Theatre

We are very pleased to invite you all to a talk by Christof Wiechert on "Meeting the Educational Needs of the 21st century in Daily Practise".
In his long career, Christof’s task has been to encourage, advise, and inspire Waldorf educators around the world. This he has done with great energy, wisdom, insight, and humor.
Christof Wiechert taught for 30 years at the Hague Waldorf School. During this time he co-founded the Dutch state Waldorf Teacher Seminar. For many years he was a Council member in the Anthroposophical Society in the Netherlands. Together with Ate Koopmans he founded the “Art of Child Study” course. In October 2001 he became Leader of the Pedagogical Section, at the Goetheanum, the School of Spiritual Science in Dornach, Switzerland. He retired from this post in 2010.

Christof is an accomplished and entertaining speaker who brings his experience gathered from around the world into his talks.

Classes 6 making moths video ready to watch...

Michael Hall students are working on an exciting art project with the team from Elderflower Fields Festival. They have been making huge 3D moths from willow and tissue paper as part of a moth art installation, which will be displayed at the festival.

In class 6 in the Steiner curriculum we start to look at the Life Cycles of different plants and animals which enables the children to relate to human reproduction from both a grounded and universal perspective.
With this in mind we have chosen to respond to the invitation to create these wonderful moth structures for the Elderflower Festival, and have spent time studying the reproductive cycle of the moth.
The creation of a sculptural form also fulfils the 12 yr-olds developing ability for design. We initially studied the different forms of moths and then had to try and work out how to transform the precise geometrical forms and colours of the images of real moths we found into sculptural forms that, moreover, would be able to withstand the weather. This was a task that also required a group creation, no easy task given that the class were unfamiliar with construction with cane.
We have combined accurate design, teamwork and Biology in one activity! Thank you to all concerned!

Come along and see the finished moths and more at……
The ‘Elderflower Fields Festival’, which takes place on 27th - 30th May on the Pippingford Estate in the Ashdown Forest and offers a magical weekend of adventure, discovery and inspiration designed especially for families with children in mind. Eclectic music, camping with nature and great local food & drink, all set in the heart of the beautiful Sussex countryside. Find out more at www.elderflowerfields.co.uk.

Congratulations to Elinor Harvey!

Elinor HarveyAlumni, Elinor Harvey is one of 5 who won the national 2016 Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise (DBACE) for her ‘Living Room Circus’ enterprise at an Award ceremony in Winchester House. Shortlisted

candidates spent the day pitching their ideas and business plans to five panels of well-known figures across the arts including Jamie Scallion, songwriter and author and Nigel Hurst, Chief Executive, The Saatchi Gallery.

DBACE, one of the most established, longest running graduate enterprise programmes, has given £1.5m to young creative students across all arts sectors to help them launch their own enterprise and business projects.

Elinor Harvey won the first prize and a substantial award from Deutsche Bank, which also includes a  year of business mentoring which will be extremely helpful in the set up period.  She has acknowledged that her class presentations at school certainly helped her present in a relaxed manner….thanks to Michael Hall!

Ellie is bringing her Living Room Circus to Forest Row in September when she will kick off the Barebones Theatre Project Fringe Festival.  This will be suitable for adults and children alike.  She has been inspired not only from her work at National Centre for Circus Arts but also the circus troupe that came to Michael Hall : Nicole et Martin from Switzerland.

We are thrilled for her, but also recognise that her love of circus was sparked by her Class 8 play…..thanks to Virginia Westlake for encouraging her to start her training. 

Class 3 raising chicks...


As part of the rich farming curriculum and as part of our Easter celebrations Class 3b hatched some Light Sussex chicks last term. We started by waiting 21 long days for the eggs to hatch. What joy when they first began to pip and finally hatch. The children cared for our little feathered friends in the classroom and now they are helping to keep the school garden free of slugs and snails.
Anna Jobski, Class 3b Teacher

The Circus......................is coming

Circus A4 Poster 2016


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First stage of moth making at Michael Hall and the Elderflower Fields Festival

Michael Hall students are working on an exciting art project with the team from Elderflower Fields Festival. They have been making huge 3D moths from willow and tissue paper as part of a moth art installation, which will be displayed at the festival.

In class 6 in the Steiner curriculum we start to look at the Life Cycles of different plants and animals which enables the children to relate to human reproduction from both a grounded and universal perspective.

With this in mind we have chosen to respond to the invitation to create these wonderful moth structures for the Elderflower Festival, and have spent time studying the reproductive cycle of the moth.

The creation of a sculptural form also fulfils the 12 yr-olds developing ability for design. We initially studied the different forms of moths and then had to try and work out how to transform the precise geometrical forms and colours of the images of real moths we found into sculptural forms that, moreover, would be able to withstand the weather. This was a task that also required a group creation, no easy task given that the class were unfamiliar with construction with cane.

We have combined accurate design, teamwork and Biology in one activity! Thank you to all concerned!

 

Come along and see the finished moths and more at……

The ‘Elderflower Fields Festival’, which takes place on 27th - 30th May on the Pippingford Estate in the Ashdown Forest and offers a magical weekend of adventure, discovery and inspiration designed especially for families with children in mind. Eclectic music, camping with nature and great local food & drink, all set in the heart of the beautiful Sussex countryside.  Find out more at www.elderflowerfields.co.uk.

Michael Hall Students support refugee newborn babies in Syria

Class 7b

 

Class 7b (year 8) students wanted to help with the refugees crisis in Syria. They found a charity called Samara’s Aid Appeal and decided as a class that they wanted to put together a care-pack for newborn babies. The charity are also appealing for care packs for ‘pregnant mothers’, ‘families’ as well as for ‘newborn babies’.

They cooked cakes and sold them to students and parents at pick-up time at Michael Hall school and raised over £140.

Having purchased baby goods, yesterday they put together their car-pack ready to be delivered to a collection point in Brighton for the charity to take to Syria. The packs included nappies, nappy sacks, bibs, cotton wool, soap, baby wipes, muslins, Sudocrem, vests, baby-grows, blankets and washing powder. One student also took a walk around her neighbourhood and collected two black bin-liners full of baby clothes.

We are really proud of them as are their parents, well done Class 7b!

For more information see http://www.samarasaidappeal.org/care-packs/