It is hard to believe that we are already fast approaching the end of September and our first month back in school. More importantly, September 29th is just around the corner: the midway point between summer and winter solstice for the Northern Hemisphere, and the moment when we celebrate Michaelmas.
The Archangel Michael hands St George the sword of justice and courage, with which he must fight and overcome the dragon that is terrorising the local village. Stories, such as this one, of good versus evil, light versus dark, help us to illustrate for our young people the importance of finding a balance of light and dark within ourselves as we consider our own inner dragons and master the courage and strength needed to succeed.
September 29th is our Michaelmas work day at Michael Hall, and we will all dust off our wellies, don our wet weather gear, and head out to work on the land as a community. Your Class Teachers and Guardians will provide you with further details of the specific projects your children will take part in this year, including any additional tools or equipment that may be required from home. This is such a wonderful event in our school calendar and we look forward to starting the festival with a whole school assembly and seeing the fruits of our labour by the end of our hard-working day.
Please note that school will finish for all on Friday 29th at 3.15, and buses will leave school at this time.
We wish Class 6a all the best for a safe, inspiring and enlightening visit to Hadrian's Wall next week.
Class 6a students have been keeping tree journals for the past year, from September 2022 to September 2023, observing and recording changes in a tree near their home and the surrounding environment. Here are a few pages of their work.
Michael Hall School is delighted to be bringing back our annual Readathon at the end of this month (September) for a third year. As a school we support the charity ‘Read for Good’ in this activity.
The Readathon begins on 25th September and runs for two week...
We are busy this term in the Apple Star Parent and Child Groups with Autumn crafts, bulb planting and carrot harvesting. Almost all of our sessions are full now, but we have a few spaces left on a Friday morning. Please contact [email protected] for details. We look forward to welcoming you for a free trial.
Music Department News
The Music Department is delighted to announce that we have a new Clarinet Teacher at Michael Hall. Having graduated from Class 12, Emily Finnemore has returned to teach our current students and has space in her timetable for more budding clarinettists.
Many of you will have heard Emily's wonderful playing over the past few years, so will be aware of the distinct gifts she brings to her work. Throughout this year, Emily will be actively supported by the Music Department team to develop her skills and experience as an instrumental teacher and will be charging a fee of £18 per lesson in recognition of her apprenticeship status.
If you would like your child to have a try-out lesson with Emily with a view to learning the clarinet during school time, please contact Rachel Masters at [email protected] who will put you in touch with Emily. This applies to any pupil from Class 4 and upwards.
Dear parents, godparents, dear teachers, With the beginning of the school year the preparation for Confirmation begins as well. A new group of Confirmands comes together and goes on a journey to prepare them for the Sacrament of Confirmation, which takes place after Easter. In The Christian Community, Confirmation is celebrated for 13-14 year olds. They bring an openness to find out what Christianity can mean for them, and what the religious life is. Interest and enthusiasm are the main criteria for becoming a Confirmand, no extra knowledge is required, although we do baptise children before Confirmation, if they haven’t already been baptised in our church or any other church. The lessons are a wonderful opportunity to meet with a priest and explore questions of life and death, of meaning and purpose. After Easter the Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated for the Confirmands. This beautiful service contains prayers and songs and a special blessing for the children, a celebration of their lives, as they cross the threshold from childhood to youth. It also introduces them to the Communion Service in The Christian Community, without any further obligation on their part. The Confirmation connects to their faith in life and strengthens their inner lives, their soul lives for the future. It can be an important moment in their biographies. As priests we often meet people who have been confirmed and then gone on their own paths in live, but who tell us how meaningful those moments in the Confirmation were for them. In our preparatory lessons on Fridays after the school we will explore some questions, like: • Where do we come from? Who are we? Where are we going? What does it mean to be a human being? What is special about human beings? • What is God? Can we communicate with God? What does it mean to be Christian? • What is the church? What is The Christian Community? What is religion? What are sacraments? The first lesson will take place on 29th September, 3.45pm. For further questions, please contact Nataliia Shatna, priest of The Christian Community in Forest Row, Hartfield Road/School Lane, Forest Row RH18 5DZ mobile: 07763746175, email: [email protected]