Festivals accentuate the seasons in the life of the Saltwater Waldorf School, helping us to keep our hearts and minds attuned to the earth and its rhythms. We celebrate the Michaelmas Festival, the Martinmas Festival (Lantern Festival), Advent Spiral, and the Maypole Festival. Festivals lead us to reach for deeper meaning among our busy lives, and connect the community with a shared sense of anticipation.
Festivals are about nature and humanity and are celebrated in ways that foster wonder, reverence and gratitude while nourishing a capacity to respond to, be responsible for, and become part of the human community. The festivals are also a vehicle by which the school community finds and expresses its identity and character. We face challenges, we become introspective, we search for illumination, we rejoice at rebirth. The festivals we celebrate, and the way we choose to celebrate them, are a reflection of our selves and our values, and bring us together as a school and a community.
In planning festival celebrations, the faculty considers the qualities of the season to be celebrated. The themes are brought to the children’s lessons through songs, poems, dances, crafts and plays. Often times the children have a presentation to share with the community.