Class 8b Project Presentations TONIGHT 7pm - Theatre - all welcome

Wednesday January 18th at 7pm in the Theatre
Come and hear the independent projects that students of Class 8b have been working on for the past 6 months.

From martial arts to gymnastics, from go cart building to pistol shooting and Archery, it is not an evening to miss!!
Philip Beaven, Class 8b Teacher

Class 7b Play - 27th January in the Theatre 19:30

St Joan

Class 7b will soon be presenting 'Joan of Arc' based on a text by the French modernist playwright Jean Anouilh. We will lead you on a journey through medieval France, to the time of the 100 Years War, and the almost complete domination of this still disparate but proud and chivalric nation by the English knights and kings and the might of the yeoman army with their longbows - the 'hi-tec' weaponry of the age.'

Into this brutal military environment steps a peasant girl, Jeanne d'Arc, whose visions of the Archangel Michael and the saints Catherine and Margaret remain a mystery to this day. Convinced that she had a personal and direct connection to God - a dangerously heretical notion at the time, as well as today, - Joan inspired a nation to rise up against their English oppressors, and she led the French army to many decisive victories, enabling the Dauphin, Crown Prince Charles, to be fully crowned as the King of France. Joan was ultimately captured and tried by the church courts and condemned to death for heresy. Her belief in her visions, in her own innocence, and that she did indeed see the Archangel Michael, accompanied her until her martyr's death in 1431. She was later canonised.

Class 7b have worked hard to explore the Medieval period, but also wanted to make a piece of theatre that is fresh and relevant for today. Please, come and see our production on Fri 27th January at 7.30, in the Theatre.
Dan Skinner, Class 7b teacher

The Oberufer Paradise & Shepherds' Play

The Paradise and Shepherds' play from the Oberufer cycle will be performed by Michael Hall class 11 students and by teachers from the school respectively, on Tuesday 13th starting at 7.30. The teachers would heartily invite those interested to come to this community drama event.
For those of you who are not so familiar with the Oberufer cycle of Medieval plays, they are part of a wonderful body of theatre tradition that goes back in an unbroken line to the middle ages: we have our own cycles of 'Miracle plays' in England, but the Oberufer cycle, from a village by the Danube, has a particular power, subtlety and reverence. We look to invest the plays with joy, humour and awe, and every audience - even those who have seen them many times - enjoys them. The Paradise play with its theme of the fall from grace is not, unfortunately, suitable for all ages and is not recommended for children below class 3.
The teachers at Michael Hall are looking towards the local Forest Row Community to come together, rehearse and perform the Kings' play, the third in the Oberufer cycle, as a community event after the Holy Nights. Is anyone interested in this? Here we have an opportunity for a sharing of a profound theme in community together, using the wonderful theatre at Michael Hall, to be shared with the school when we come back after the Christmas break. Please contact Shepherds' play director Dan Skinner if you are interested, email: dan.skinner@talktalk.net

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Stained glass gingerbread surprise!

Class 7 made a wonderful surprise for Class 2, baking and making stained glass windows from gingerbread. Yesterday, the class secretly visited their old Class 2 and put up a tree with many branches on which they then hung the edible stained glass windows. We heard that Class 2 was delighted - they formed a circle and sang around the tree, before later eating or taking home their windows. 

Night at the Musicals

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As part of my Class 8 Project on ‘Show Productions’ along with my classmates, I have created a show consisting of different numbers from musicals (including Les Misérables, We Will Rock You, My Fair Lady and many more). After all our hard work this promises to be an entertaining evening for the whole family.
The show is free of charge but donations are very welcome and will go to Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital.
See you there! Monday 5th December - Theatre at 7pm
Lucia, Class 8a

Class 8a Project Presentations 30th November 2016

Come along see the Class 8a students present the projects that they have been working on for months,  learning completely new skills independently and then presenting this to a theatre full of people. There is a chance to see their work after.  This always makes for a great evening out for all the family.

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Dress rehearsal pictures of 'The Island of Spirits'

Advent Fair 26th November programme

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Classes 3 and 12 perform a Eurythmy Play - The Island of Spirits

 

a4-poster-island-of-spiritsClass 12 humbly invite you to our Advent Eurythmy Performance. This year the story is based on a Native American tale of The Island of Spirits. The story tells of a boy who is kidnapped and taken to a mysterious island. With help from the spirits that inhabit the island he manages to escape dangers and save friends and family.
The performances will take place on:
Saturday 26th November at 16:15 (after the Advent Fair)
Sunday 27th November at 15:00
Tickets our on sale from Friday in Reception and cost £6 per adult and £4 per child/student.
The money raised will help to support the funding of our own Class 12 trip at the end of the year.
Ruby King, on behalf of Class 12

Our Waldorf Experience - Class 12

‘Our Waldorf Experience’ – Class 12 Art Installation
A number of Class 12 students have just completed a Main Lesson on Modern and Contemporary Art, and what better way to crown it than to create a conceptual piece of their own?

Using a few easily recognizable items - an old desk, an old chair (sorry, maintenance) and a blackboard, they created an imaginative installation which is hanging from the great oak tree behind the Middle School Building.

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My contribution was to ask them to come up with one word thoughts on what, to them, was the essence of their education and this is what they came up with: Freedom, Individuality, Colour, huge emphasis on the Outdoors, learning to Think for Ourselves; and Fun. All these elements would have to be represented and combined in a harmonious whole.

The result is not a pastiche of twelve years, leading from imitation, through beauty to truth, with various objects reflecting each of the phases of school life. No! This is an immediate and joyous piece of self-expression, much of which will be immediately recognizable to anyone who has been to a Steiner School. Above all, it was a bit of creative fun, with a slightly subversive edge to it, and I hope it gave the students an inkling of how exciting and expressive contemporary art can be.
Antoinette Reynolds