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Traditional Harvest Festival Michaelmas plaits of corn - crafts in Class 3 at Ringwood Waldorf School

Gallery: Class 3 Harvest Plaits

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Harvest Traditions At this time of year, the whole school is celebrating Michaelmas and the autumn Harvest Festival. Class 3 have been busy plaiting corn into these traditional harvest gifts. So simple and so unique, each and every one…

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Wish, Wonder & Surprise: Poems in Class 7

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Wish, Wonder & Surprise… Creative Writing Class 7 have been writing poems this term as part of their Creative Writing Main Lesson Block ‘Wish, Wonder and Surprise’. They are so lovely, we wanted to show them here:   Bluebells by Ishbel Sinclair Look at all the bluebells, In the bluebell woods. With their bright green stalks, […]

Business is Booming in Class 6

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  On Wednesday 9th May at 3.30pm, students and parents at Ringwood Waldorf School were invited to sample the sweetness of summer at the Class 6 Business Maths Event, where groups of children showcased their business ideas for products and services. These included: the Sumptuous Smoothie stall,  the Cracking Cakes stall,  the Incredible Ice-cream stall,  the Joyous Juice-lollies stall,  […]

Upper School Craft Block Newspaper Catwalk Tailoring Recycling

The Newspaper Catwalk

A Craft Block in Upper School

We used the Newspaper Catwalk Workshop as a starter for two of Class 10’s Craft blocks: Tailoring & Dressmaking and Blacksmithing.

Crafting 2 Dimensions into 3

During the workshop, the students investigated two areas relevant for the craft work;

  1. The process of developing three-dimensional objects out of two-dimensional sheets of material. We used newspaper, fabric and metal as examples here, but the process is relevant for all design and making projects.
  2. The environmental footprint of textile, metal or any other production of objects.
Newspaper was an obvious choice of material for our investigations - sustainable because recycled, easy and cheap to obtain, fuss-free to work with.

2-Hour Creative Challenge

The students worked in groups. Their task was:
To design and make a costume from newspaper to be worn on a catwalk in the school’s courtyard within 2 hours...
They took to this task with enthusiasm, creativity, confidence and determination. They then treated the school to a fabulous Friday afternoon fashion show! As a result, all of the classes spontaneously flocked together as an applauding audience.

Repeating the Patterns

In the lessons to follow, we analysed the pattern-making principles the students had discovered and applied:
  • One part of the class developed their findings further in their Blacksmithing sessions with Ken Fanner from Ashington Forge in Wimborne. 
  • The Tailoring & Dressmaking group with Tanja Mergler embarked into research about the significant environmental impact of textile production. After exploring this in depth, they then got to work on their craft block Tailoring project: the design and realisation of a garment for a classmate, and, as a matter of course, made these from recycled material.
Class 10’s Newspaper Catwalk
Making Globes in Geography in Class 7 at Ringwood Waldorf School

Globes & Globe-Making in Class 7

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  Globes and Globe-Making by Pankaj Sulodia – Class 7 Teacher During last term’s geography Main Lesson, Class 7 were very busy making papier mache globes. They have been studying the geography of the world. Rudolf Steiner indicated that pupils should get an image of the world as a whole before moving into the geography […]

Classroom work at Ringwood Waldorf School Class 4 Man and Animals

Open Evening Review

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Review: Open Evening January 2018 I only recently learnt that the Open Evenings are for everyone… parents already in the school, grandparents, friends… as well as new families. At 6pm last Tuesday it was black and blustery outdoors; Keir and I had a cosy fire going and aromas of a tasty supper emanating from the […]

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A PhD Day in the Upper School…

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Visiting PhD Student, Alys Mendus, reports on her day in the Upper School… Wednesday 1st November 2017 I met with Juliet at 8.20 on Wednesday morning and she showed me the staff room which was in an amazing position up above the playground and yard that the classrooms were nestled around. It was beautiful morning […]

Autumn in the Upper School

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Gallery: Autumn in the Upper School It’s been a busy half-term for everyone, not least for Class 9 moving into the Upper School and Class 10 and 11. From Copperwork to Forensics and from Poetry to Textiles, here’s a glimpse into what they’ve been doing…