The chief technology officer of eBay sends his children to a nine-classroom school here. So do employees of Silicon Valley giants like Google, Apple, Yahoo and Hewlett-Packard. But the school’s chief teaching tools are anything but high-tech: pens and paper, knitting needles and, occasionally, mud. Not a computer to be found. No screens at all. They are not allowed in the classroom, and the school even frowns on their use at home.
Christmas is one of the most recognized festivals in the year. It is so recognized that even a number of non-Christian countries declare bank holidays on Christmas day. It is a wonderful day for children who receive presents, and a day of continuing misery for many who have nothing. Christmas means many things and this is reflected in the numerous variations of Christmas stories that exist...
The 2011 Advent Fair at the Manila Waldorf School Timberland Heights was a successful event! Some of the usual vendors came over to sell their items as well as all types of food and various knick-knacks.
Four weeks before Christmas is the start of a festival that we all know as Advent. Perhaps this is what we know most about Advent: it is the festival that ends with Christmas. Christmas is very much a global festival these days, alluring many with its bright lights and promise of cheer. Advent, on the other hand, is like a very subdued sibling of Christmas; an event - even a mood perhaps - that precedes the joyous outpouring known as Christmas. Yet Advent must have a meaning other than four weeks in the calendar.
As we eagerly anticipate the coming of Christmas, we continue our tradition of celebrating the season with the annual Advent Fair - an occasion for the MWS community to come together and share the blessings of the year just passed. Advent time is always a joyous time of anticipation and excitement in a Waldorf school. It is also the time to bring out the childlike joy within us. We look forward to celebrating this meaningful event with you and your children!