Highland Hall Waldorf School Holds 58th Michaelmas Celebration

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Highland Hall Students from Grades 1 through 12 unite to perform play about courage and creativity.

"We celebrate Michaelmas, not because of any religious affiliation," says Lynn Kern, administrative director of Highland Hall, "but because St. Michael models the possibility of developing inner strength and courage."

On Thursday, September 27, the Highland Hall Waldorf School community of parents, teachers and students gathered in the school's courtyard to celebrate the festival of Michaelmas. Known as the "festival of courage," Michaelmas is a seasonal celebration taking place around the time of the autumnal equinox. During Highland Hall's celebration, classes from grades 1 through 12 performed choral speaking and singing roles in a short play about St. Michael taming a fierce dragon, with the sixth grade students featured as the dragon.

"We celebrate Michaelmas, not because of any religious affiliation," says Lynn Kern, administrative director of Highland Hall, "but because St. Michael models the possibility of developing inner strength and courage. We all face dragons in our life, and moral courage and personal discipline are the character traits needed to face those challenges. We strive to nurture those qualities through our curriculum and school culture."

After the play, teachers and upper grade students lead the younger children in various challenge games in the play yards of Highland Hall's 11 acre campus.

Highland Hall Waldorf School, located in Northridge, CA, was founded in 1955, and is the oldest Waldorf school on the west coast. It provides Waldorf® Education from Pre-school through High School to families throughout the San Fernando Valley and the greater Los Angeles area. Its unique approach to learning successfully addresses the changing needs and capacities of children at each stage of development. Fully 98% of its high school graduates move on to renowned colleges and universities; 42% of Waldorf graduates pursue college majors in mathematics or science. Featuring a curriculum of academically challenging lessons infused with arts and hands-on learning, Highland Hall provides students with a solid academic foundation, the ability to think creatively, a sympathetic interest in the world, self-confidence, and an abiding moral purpose.

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