image of school architect Keir Polyblank looking out of the new science block building work

Building Work: Science Block Update

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Building Work Update All summer long, Keir and his helpers have been hard at work on the new Science Block, which is just off the school field to the rear of the school. This is Phase 1 of the new Upper School building project and a fantastic addition to the school’s facilities. Parents stepped in […]

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
upper school students at Ringwood Waldorf School

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 […]

Visiting students perform at the Michaelmas Festival at the Upper School - Class 11 at Ringwood Waldorf School

Visiting Students – What they say!

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Staying at Ringwood Waldorf School by Luca Girkens “The idea started at the end of the eighth class that Thomas and I could leave our school to experience school in England, mainly it was because the boring English lessons. After we spoke with a few teachers and found the school in the internet. It was […]

Class 10 from Ringwood Waldorf School with teacher Csaba Dolak 2016-17

Exam Results 2017

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GCSE Results for Class 10 Huge congratulations to pupils and teachers for the brilliant results obtained in this years GCSEs. Although our school is proud of a broad curriculum that stretches way beyond exams, we are none the less delighted (but not surprised!) to see how our children fare in mainstream grading methods. 92% of […]

Exam Results 2016

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Congratulations to students and teachers at RWS! 55% of those who took English were graded A or A* and of those that took maths, 76% passed with A* – C Steiner education is about much more than passing exams, but it is a nice bonus!