A slice of life from the Kilkenny Steiner School – Gardening

Have you ever wondered what actually happens in a Steiner School?

KWS 2012

Our teachers Conor and Cindy offer a glimpse twice a month from everyday experiences in teaching and learning. Do ask us if you would like to hear about something in particular.

This time Cindy tells us about gardening:Gardening KWS

“Gardening is a vital aspect in out weekly time table. Gardening does not just show the children where our vegetables are coming from, but it also connects them to the seasons and the rhythm of nature. In our weekly gardening sessions the children see how their plants are growing and how much care and nurture it takes for a bed to stay clean of weeds. Each child was given an individual patch where he or she could grow a variety of plants. It was wonderful to see how much the children enjoyed to share their gardens with their friends. Soon most of the gardens were shared with one ore even five other friends. In the middle of the school garden we planted potatoes. It became a little ritual that in September/ October we cook chips from our own potatoes, which is a tasty highlight of every autumn term.”

DSC_0134[1] Next time – new life on the farm.

LEARNING TO LEARN: developmental movement, verse and storytelling

LEARNING TO LEARN: developmental movement, verse and storytelling  flyer  A one-day workshop for primary teachers, parents and childcare providers to find inspiration in storytelling and creating your own stories and verses. Understanding how gesture and song are the roots of language development.  Attuning to our breathing rhythm • for calm and vitality in our teaching • for excellent classroom management • to strengthen our voice and pacing in teaching and storytelling • to discover inspiration in storytelling • to deepen our understanding of movement and literacy.  The workshop is facilitated by Nell Smyth. Nell is a Steiner teacher, trainer and author. She brings a wealth of experience working with early years, in primary and secondary education and with adults, both in Ireland, and internationally.  €30/€20 students. Limited to 20 places. Booking information at http://www.saoirsewaldorf.com/workshops/.  For more information on the ‘Learning to Learn’ series of workshops, contact training@saoirsewaldorf.com.  Upcoming Events Recent blog posts      ‘Learning to Learn’ workshop Saturday 20th April     Steiner Education and the Aistear / Primary School Curriculum  Playgroup Sessions Saoirse Waldorf is a registered charity (CHY number 19623). © Saoirse Waldorf School

A one-day workshop for primary teachers, parents and childcare providers to find inspiration in storytelling and creating your own stories and verses.
Understanding how gesture and song are the roots of language development.

Attuning to our breathing rhythm
• for calm and vitality in our teaching
• for excellent classroom management
• to strengthen our voice and pacing in teaching and storytelling
• to discover inspiration in storytelling
• to deepen our understanding of movement and literacy.

The workshop is facilitated by Nell Smyth. Nell is a Steiner teacher, trainer and author. She brings a wealth of experience working with early years, in primary and secondary education and with adults, both in Ireland, and internationally.

€30/€20 students. Limited to 20 places.
Booking information at http://www.saoirsewaldorf.com/workshops/.

For more information on the ‘Learning to Learn’ series of workshops, contact training@saoirsewaldorf.com.

A slice of life from the Kilkenny Waldorf School

Have you ever wondered what actually happens in a Waldorf School?

KWS 2012

A quick google will have given you some idea but what could be nicer than to actually share some of the day-to-day learning in our school just outside of Callan.

Our teachers Conor and Cindy will offer a glimpse twice a month from everyday experiences in teaching and learning. Do ask us if you would like to hear about something in particular.

This week Conor tells us about the Vikings

2_Photo0063“One of our our main lesson blocks in class 4 is ‘Norse Mythology.’ We have been exploring these wonderful tales from the creation, through many of the sagas, filled with rich and varied characters with whom many will be familiar. The wisdom of Odin, the ferocity of Thor, the beauty of Freya, the mischievous Loki, fairies, journeys and exploits which engage the imagination of us today and allow an insight into our Viking ancestors. We have visited Reginald’s Tower in Waterford and learned of its rich Viking heritage and been lucky enough to have a Viking re-enactor come to the school to meet the children (I can’t imagine a Viking ever had so many questions to answer!). We also made our own wooden long-ships which you can see invading Irish coastal areas in search of danegold in the photograph!”

Photo0056     Photo0057In search of danegold

  

Next time: Farming and gardening with Cindy

Information Nights

Information Nights

Come and join parents and teachers for an informative evening on Waldorf Education in Kilkenny:
Wednesday 10th April 2013, School of Music, Kilkenny, 8pm
Tuesday 16th April 2013, l’Arche Cafe, Callan, 8pm

Moroccan Meal

Kilkenny Waldorf School is hosting a Moroccan Meal on Friday 23rd November 2012.  Brahim and his team will be preparing an authentic array of Moroccan dishes in the Watergarden in Thomastown. During the meal there will be an Arts & Crafts raffle with some beautiful prizes on offer. The meal is in aid of the school, and on the night you will be served by parents and teachers; a great chance to find out more about our school.

“Are Achievement and Balance in Education Possible?”

“Are Achievement and Balance in Education Possible?”

Pearse O’Shiel an excellent and well known speaker on educational issues is coming to Wexford on

Monday 8th October, 7.30pm

at Riverbank Hotel, Ferrybank, Wexford

His talk will be of interest to parents and teachers of children of all ages from infant to and including teenagers.

He will look at how parents and teachers can really help their children achieve in school and life that will have a profound effect also on their personal development and fulfilment.

Based on the approach of Steiner Education.

 This is a talk our children will thank us for attending!

Free of Charge, seating limited.  Please come.