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Outings & Trips Are A Vital Part Of Our Education

Class trips are an integral part of the school curriculum, from days into nature in the Early Years, to cultural excursions, museum and farm visits, and extended residential trips to national and international destinations for older pupils. Class 12 are going to Ancient Greece.


Next Friday Class 12 are hosting their Quiz & Chinese Food night to raise funds for their end-of-year influential trip to Greece. Pupils in every Class take part in school outings, from short, local trips into nature in the Early Years, to cultural excursions, museum and farm visits, and extended residential trips to national and international destinations for older pupils. They are about experiences, and each experience – which might involve practical, experimental or project work – is carefully planned to fit with a particular stage of the Steiner curriculum.


The Class 12 curriculum has at its heart to give the pupils an overview of what has influenced the world we live in. We easily fail to remember what the great civilisations from the past have contributed to the world.


The Ancient Greek civilization is called “The cradle of  western European civilization”. For example Greece was the birthplace of democracy, developed by the philosophers Plato and Socrates. The citizens of Athens were meeting regularly to vote on everything, from which laws were passed; on how the government spent its money.


Olympia, situated on the Penelopes peninsula, is the birthplace of our present Olympic games and we will visit this ancient site and run around the original track in sweltering heat. How can I forget to mention that the first marathon took place in Ancient Greece!


Then there is the impact the ancient Greeks had on philosophy, major scientific principles and modern maths (Pythagoras). The amazing sculptures they made and drama was born here. On one of the days we want to visit Epidaurus, a miraculously well preserved amphitheatre. They perform there to this day.

Having been there 20 years ago I was amazed that one can hear a pound coin that is dropped on the stage far below, far away, wherever you were seated. There is no need for a microphone. How did they know so much about acoustics?

Visiting these ancient sites somehow lasts in one’s memory forever. They are monuments to remind us of our ancient past, not to be forgotten.

I hope that many of you feel enticed to come to Class 12 Quiz night on the 24th March in aid of their forthcoming Greece trip in July. Of course some of the questions will be about Greece! There are good educational reasons to go to this country, whose past influence has largely been forgotten.

Class Guardian, Foppe Jellema


Learn more about trips and outings including day trips and wild camping on a local Demeter-certified farm, Waldorf Olympics, up to six weeks exchange with a German or French speaking class in a sister Waldorf school, two weeks work experience and surveying in the Highlands, as well as cultural excursions here.


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