The Orchard Street Festival:

Sunday, October 1st

We are excited to be hosting The Orchard Street Festival on Sunday, October 1st from 12:00pm – 4:00pm. The circus spectacular event is designed to bring the neighbourhood together to have fun, enjoy meeting each other and generate feelings of community pride.

The festival will highlight performers from Zacada Circus who will amaze the crowd with their incredible agility and technique, as well as a talented group of students from Halton Waldorf School who will showcase their own incredible circus skills. The afternoon will feature live music from House of Good Cheer and a wonderful performance from professional story-teller Dawne McFarlane in collaboration with Juno nominated musician, Maryem Hassan Tollar. Children will enjoy the carnival games, face painting, balloon artist, and crafts. Bring your appetite as local food trucks and vendors will dot Orchard Road with their unique and tasty selections. A portion of Orchard Road will be closed (between Dryden Avenue and Blue Spruce Avenue) to allow families to safely enjoy all the activities offered at the festival.

The festival has support from City Councillor Paul Sharman, as well as The City of Burlington’s Neighbourhood Community Matching Fund. Councillor Sharman says, “It is wonderful that the Halton Waldorf School and the City of Burlington have created a partnership that will bring fun, family activities and a new street festival to the Orchard. The Orchard Street Festival in East Burlington is an opportunity for neighbours and friends to get out and join in the fun. I look forward to seeing everyone on Oct. 1.”

 

Our festivals and other annual events

Our school year is anchored by a number of festivals and annual events that you can find on our events calendar.

We join other Waldorf schools around the world, and our broader community, in celebrating these seasonal traditions.

September

  • Welcome Picnic: Our annual celebration welcomes new families and all families returning to the school. Held outdoors at the beautiful Lowville Park, we picnic together on one very lo-o-o-ong table. Music, dancing, and kid-friendly games round out the afternoon.
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  • Michaelmas: A celebration of the autumnal equinox. Students in Grades 2 through 5 perform a re-enactment play of St. George slaying the evil Dragon. Spring bulbs are planted, and students participate in a games day. At the end of the festivities parents fundraise for the Waldorf One World initiative (WOW) with a book sale and bake sale.
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October

  • Clothing Exchanges: Fall and Spring, these are annual clothing “swaps” run by parents for parents. Find new-to-you clothing for your growing children. Any remaining items are donated to charity.

November

  • Martinmas / Lantern Walk: November 11 marks the feast day for St. Martin, when we celebrate the sharing the harvest through the story of St. Martin’s generosity. At dusk, the Kindergarten children and their families embark on a lantern walk around the school grounds, bearing the lanterns they have created and singing songs.
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December

  • Advent Spiral: To mark the darkest day of the year as an opportunity for each of us to bring our inner light to the world. Led by their teachers, children from the Kindergarten classes walk a spiral pathway to receive and carry back with them a lit candle.
  • Christmas Fair: A gift to the children from the school parents. The classrooms and community room are transformed into magical places to decorate a cookie, find a handmade treasure, make a beeswax candle, and so on. The fresh food and our artisan market place are favourites with the adults.
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April

      • Earth Day Clean-up: On April 22nd we give back to the community by visiting local parks and trails around the school. Students and teachers pick up litter and everything is sorted into blue bins, green carts or garbage bags.
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      • Community Clean-up Day: This is a day of cleaning, repairing, gardening and beautifying the school grounds. Parents provide “elbow grease” and enjoy lunch and coffee. Children either help with the assigned tasks or play together while their parents work. This day is a favourite for its festive community atmosphere!

May

      • Mayfair: The second of our two beautiful fairs with games for children, food and crafts vendors, face painting, music, and of course a performance of the traditional Maypole dance by the Grade 4 class. The entire school is involved in this event, and we welcome families from the local community to come and celebrate the spring with us!

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