Advent Spiral Families and students gather together for an Advent celebration. Pine boughs are laid in a spiral pathway leading to the center, with its large candle, the place of light. Surrounded by music, each child walks the spiral holding an apple containing an unlit candle from home. At the center, the child lights his/her candle and then walks back through the spiral pathway, setting the candle down along the way. As the sunlight gradually fades outside the room, the effect is a growing light in the spiral, shining into the winter darkness and marking the beginning of the time of Advent.
Candlemas Though the cold of early February (Groundhog Day) continues, the forces of root and seed are stirring. Stubs of old candles are collected and melted, and the students celebrate by hand dipping new candles, with light and warmth reflecting the earth’s awakening.
May Day In celebration of the coming of spring, seasonal songs and decorations fill the classrooms. Dancing around a beautiful Maypole is the highlight of our annual May Day. This is a family celebration enjoyed by all; festive hats often make an appearance.
Closing Rose Ceremony Assembly As the children in Grade 8 complete their year and move on to high school, families and friends join to celebrate this event on the last day of school. The Grade 1 class then says goodbye to the graduating Grade 8 class with a gift of roses.
Grade 8 Graduation The school community celebrates the end of each Grade 8 Class’s journey through the grades with a ceremony open to all, which may include presentations by students and teachers. It is well attended by staff, faculty who have supported and nurtured the class, family members, friends and many younger schoolmates who have formed strong bonds with their upper school friends.