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Ana Lima, Chair of the Alder  Bridge School PTFA reports:

The Cabaret of the Senses was conceived as a way for people to find opportunities in your day-to-day life to be aware, present and happy. Our senses allow us to connect on a different level and intensity. In sensorial experiences, we exercise our essence and our beliefs in a very intimate and truthful manner. Our guests participated in a 4 hour flow of guided meditation, non-verbal encounters, blind tasting, sound Installation, live music, vocal workshop, aromatherapy, arts performance and dance meditation

The event received many contributions and contributors (over 15 families of the school participated and 5 major business have partnered in this effort: Said Business School, Ikea, Daisies, Baxter Storey, Tara Brach and Greg Williams.  It was a collective creation which would not have been possible without the inspiration of Rudolf Steiner and the very hard work and love of all of those with us who also believe that the world can be a better, kinder and more truthful place. To create an atmosphere that reflected the values of Alder Bridge, we had pictures of the children from the school hanging up the walls, Steiner verses and we also had a nature table.
We had wonderful feedbacks. People were all very touched and happy with it. Please see one of them bellow:

“What a lovely event. My favourite part was the nonverbal communication (how often do you get to stare at a stranger for a full minute while also touching their heart?) and the blind tasting (Steve outdid himself compared to the already amazing meals he makes at SBS). I admire all the prep that went into this, from the decorations to the little briefing cards, the posters, the perfume, and the brochures. What I liked best was the people; a very different crowd from the types of people I see at the business school every day. Congrats on organising such an amazing event with such a low budget.”, Rares Panfil, MBA student

We sold 85 tickets and hosted 75 guests in the beautiful skyline of the Pyramid Room at Said Business School, Oxford University.


See images of the event here.

This was our closing poem, people liked it very much:

Hokusai Says by Roger Keyes


Hokusai says Look carefully. 

He says pay attention, notice. 

He says keep looking, stay curious. 

He says there is no end to seeing. 

He says Look Forward to getting old.

He says keep changing, you just get more who you really are.

He says get stuck, accept it, repeat yourself as long as it’s interesting.

He says keep doing what you love.

He says keep praying.

He says every one of us is a child, every one of us is ancient, every one of us has a body.

He says every one of us is frightened.

He says every one of us has to find a way to live with fear.

He says everything is alive –shells, buildings, people, fish,mountains, trees.

Wood is alive.

Water is alive.

Everything has its own life.

Everything lives inside us.

He says live with the world inside you.

He says it doesn’t matter if you draw, or write books.

It doesn’t matter if you saw wood, or catch fish.

It doesn’t matter if you sit at home and stare at the ants on your verandah

or the shadows of the trees and grasses in your garden.

It matters that you care.

It matters that you feel.

It matters that you notice.

It matters that life lives through you.

Contentment is Life living through you.

Joy is life living through you.

Satisfaction and strength is life living through you.

Peace is life living through you.

He says don’t be afraid.

Don’t be afraid.

Look, feel, let life take you by the hand.

Let life live through you.


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Wonderful Wallingford Camp Out - 2017

Here is some good news - amongst everything else going on in the world at the present time.

I'm delighted to report that 14 ten and eleven year olds have just had the most peaceful and enjoyable three days on their class camp by the River Thames. Each child prepared and lead a craft activity, helped with the cooking and washing up, listened to Ancient Greek stories, played by the River, swam in the pool twice a day, went on night walks, observed nature in silence, and stayed away from home with their class and teacher for the first time.

No injuries, no incidents, no arguments, no homesickness... Just enjoying each others company. 
Thank you to my parent helpers, without whom this would not have been possible.

Thank you to my ex-pupils who came to help and lead workshops, and thank you to my 14 little sheep... You are amazing, you are the future our world needs.
Lucia Baumann - Class 4/5 Teacher
Alder Bridge School

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Here at Alder Bridge School - we teach children to 'learn to learn'.

Read more about Steiner-Waldorf Schools teaching children to learn to learn here:



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Second Kindergarten opening at Alder Bridge School

Due to increasing interest in the early years provision offered at Alder Bridge School, we have been busy creating a new Kindergaretn space for children aged 3-6 years.

The new second Kindergaretn room (Moon KIndergarten) is now complete and we are taking admissions for 3-6 year old children, to accommodate those on our waiting list and any new enquiries.

If you have a child who is ready for Kindergaretn and you are interetsed in Steiner-Waldorf education, please call our school office on:

Telephone: 0118 971 4471 or

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Daily Mail On-line reports about the benefits of educating our children - outdoors

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Here at Alder Bridge Steiner-Waldorf School, much of our curriculum has an outdoor aspect - see more by reading our website here
Playing outside and going on sightseeing trips can boost the chances of children suceeding in the classroom, a new report revealed yesterday.
Children who spend more time in less structured activities, from playing outside to reading books and visiting the zoo,  are better able to set their own goals and take actions to meet those goals without prodding from adults, according to the University of Colorado at Boulder, study.
It also found that children who participate in more structured activities, including soccer practice, piano lessons and homework, had poorer 'self-directed executive function,' a measure of the ability to set and reach goals independently. 

Children who spend more time doing less structured activities will be more successful in the classroom as they will be better at setting their own goals, switching between activities and controlling their mood.

Psychology and neuroscience Professor Yuko Munakata said: 'Executive function is extremely important for children.
'It helps them in all kinds of ways throughout their daily lives, from flexibly switching between different activities rather than getting stuck on one thing, to stopping themselves from yelling when angry, to delaying gratification. Executive function during childhood also predicts important outcomes, like academic performance, health, wealth and criminality, years and even decades later.'


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2662292/Want-child-school-Make-play-outside-learn-set-goals.html#ixzz4iZeLN9Wg 
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