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Martinmas Lantern Walk (Early Years)

Steiner kindergartens across the world celebrate Martinmas with the Lantern Walk and story about St Martin. This special event takes place just after dusk.


Please let your Seedlings or Kindergarten teacher know directly if your child will be attending.


The Meaning Of Martinmas


Throughout the year, our school celebrates festivals to connect us with the cycle of nature, establish a yearly rhythm for the children, and strengthen our community. The School celebrates Martinmas festival on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th November . It honours, in a universal way, the story of St. Martin.



Using a hammer and nails, Kindergarteners upcycle tin cans into lanterns as part the Early Years seasonal focus on the Blacksmith at this time of year.



As part of our young pupil’s seasonal focus on the Blacksmith at this time of year, the Kindergarteners upcycle tin cans into lanterns: each can is filled with water and frozen, then secured in a woodwork vice. Hands protected, each child created their own individual patterns by making holes in the metal with a hammer and nail for the light from the naked flame of a tealight to shine through as dark descended outside.


Seedlings and Kindergarten children carry their beautiful naked flame around the darkened early years grounds in a lantern procession, singing the Martinmas songs.