There was spooky feel to the weather yesterday here at Alder Bridge School.

The wind dropped and the sky went orange and red, as Sahara sands altered the spectrum of light in the sky, resulting in a haze of brown, orange and red light. As the sun turned a shade of orange, all was still and it felt a little as if there was going to be a solar eclipse.

The children made the most of the experience as they cleared leaves from the school grounds, playing hide and seek in the leaves.

It was a magical day - in a spooky kind of way!

Autumn scene

Michaelmas time, Michaelmas time!
Time is turning under the plough,
Under the stars, under the signs,
The ploughman toils with deep furrowed brow.
He turns his thoughts against the cold,
Buries his fears 'neath the Earth's deep mould.
Frost, like fire, burns white on the blade,
Of his iron share that red fire made.

Michaelmas Display

Michaelmas marks the crossover of the seasons, where Summer fades and Autumn weaves a cloak of leaves and mist over the earth. The evenings start to draw in, there is a nip in the air, and we work to bring in the harvest which will feed us through the long, cold Winter.

The children celebrated Michaelmas last week by performing feats of courage in the woodland. A feast followed - warming soup made by Class 3/4 from vegetables they had grown and harvested, accompanied by dragon bread made by Class 1/2, and washed down with apple juice pressed by Class 5/6.   

Apple Pressing 2017

 

Michaelmas Wire 1   Michaelmas Wire 2

Michaelmas Cave

michaelmas waldorf

 

 

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Second Kindergarten (3-6 year olds) opening on 6th September 2017

The Summer holidays are in full swing - but are you ready for September? If you are gearing up for returning to work, have you considered a place in our Steiner-Waldorf Kindergarten for your child?

We already have one Kindergarten (sun room) which is over - subscribed and as a consequence, we are opeing a second Kindergarten (moon room) on September 6th 2017.

Set in a semi-rural location in West Berkshire, Alder Bridge School could be your answer.

See our website for more information here.

We look forward to hearing from you on 01189714471

2017 INSPECTION - GOOD WITH ASPECTS OF EXCELLENCE

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The June 2017 Alder Bridge SIS Inspection was sucessful and our school was rated as good, with aspects of outstanding.

The Newbury Weekly News reported on the inspection and this was published on 27th July 2017.

Open the link below to read the full report:

 https://user-5867488766.cld.bz/Newbury-Weekly-News/8

For more information about Alder Bridge School, see our website at www.alderbridge.org.uk

Alternatively, call us on 0119 971 4471

 

 

 

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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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