The Alice Springs Steiner School has regular events throughout the year.
These events are as much about building friendships and a sense of community as fund-raising and opportunities to speak with teachers and board members.
Both the Early childhood and the Primary school celebrate a number of festivals throughout the year, and the events are enjoyed by all families and members of The Alice Springs Steiner School. The celebration of the seasonal Festivals is an enriching part of the school’s cultural and community life and thoroughly. Through art, music, story and poetry, the children are helped to identify and recognise the changing rhythms of the earth.
Lantern Festival (Winter )
The Winter Spiral is celebrated in Steiner schools on the winter solstice throughout the world. The children at The Alice Springs Steiner School have been working on their lanterns for this special evening, which at its core is a celebration of light.
The Spring Festival is held the last week of Term 3. The children learn bush dances, songs and music to perform with our families. Our festivals mark the entering and passing of each season are are a beautiful celebration for the entire school. Parents come together and enjoy what the students have been preparing. Lemons, oranges, green vegetables, rock melons, honey and salad greens are abundant.
Our summer festival is held in December at the end of Term 4. We watch the sun reach its high point at this time, the days are hot and long. We rise early and enjoy the cool mornings, we stay out late to enjoy the cool late afternoons.
Children enjoy activities of an outward and expansive nature. They swim, travel and enjoy the summer thunderstorms. It is a time of mulberries, tomatoes and mangoes in the region.
The Autumn Fair is held at the end of May each year and is the school’s major fundraiser of the year. It is run and organised by the parents of the school and is a major event on the Alice Springs calendar. People flock to the school grounds to enjoy the fabulous food, massive lawn sale, the plants, live music, crafts all handmade by families and friends of the Steiner School, children’s activities such as a giant maze, bow and arrow shooting, camel rides, wheelbarrow rides, stalls and in general, the wonderful ambiance of the school grounds.
Each year the organising committee, made up of some fabulous, energetic families, allocate various activities to each class. Fruits are made into jams and marmalades, pickles are bottled, cakes are baked and many, many fingers busily start on craft projects that make a stunning, and often sold out craft stall.
Throughout the year members of TASSA and/or classes get together to cater for some major events such as the Alice Springs festival, Eco Fair, a 1/2 Marathon and various other events held in and around Alice Springs.
The working bees are great social events. Usually, parents come for several hours to use their muscles and enjoy a hot/cold drink and cakes. The results are remarkable and the improvements to the aesthetic nature of buildings and natural environment are a testimony to the value of working bees to the school.
Voluntary work for the school has also provided many an opportunity for people to make newer or deeper friendships within the school community and for the children to enjoy their parent’s involvement with the place they spend such a significant part of their days.