College chairman Jo Reeves reflected on the "awe-inspiring" moment the balloons took to the skies."They all went off in a beautiful mass towards Kent and Sevenoaks," she said. "But the most surprising thing is one was found in The Netherlands.
"We attached a tag with the children's own personal messages about why they love the school to each balloon, and on the back of each tag we have asked those who find them to get in touch, with a prize for the furthest one discovered."The parents felt it was a beautiful way to celebrate the occasion and seeing the balloons going up into the sky was quite magical. It was overcast all morning, but the clouds parted just in time for the release. It was awe-inspiring."
But while most of the youngsters relished the opportunity to send their personalised balloons up, up and away, one pupil became particularly attached to his.Jo added: "One little boy loved his balloon so much that he couldn't let go of it. He didn't want to part with it, so he took it home with him.
"We also buried a box bursting with pupils' future wishes for the school beneath a Sussex oak tree, which we planted on site. And in late September the children planted 1,000 bulbs in the school grounds as part of the celebrations."Michael Hall School is the longest running Steiner Waldorf school in the English speaking world, having been established in Streatham, London, in 1924.
During the Second World War the entire school was evacuated to Minehead in Somerset, after which it moved to its present home in Forest Row."I think it's really exciting to have 90 years of history behind us," Jo added. "Those 90 years have made us who we are today, and we are very much looking forward to how we can grow and develop into the future."
As part of the anniversary celebrations, the school has launched a map on its website where users can keep track of where the released balloons have been discovered.