Pasadena Waldorf School Celebrates Annual Rose Ceremony

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Students returned to Pasadena Waldorf School's lower school campus to begin classes for the 2013-14 school year on September 4th.

First graders accept the offering of a rose from their new eighth grade buddies at the opening ceremony for the new school year at Pasadena Waldorf School.

Children holding roses at the Pasadena Waldorf School Rose Ceremony

8th grade students begin a special relationship with their 1st grade buddies through the offering of a rose on the first day of school.

Pasadena Waldorf School (PWS) marked its 34th opening ceremony by celebrating the beginning of a new 1st Grade class with their teacher, Justin Loeser. The traditional Rose Ceremony occurs annually on the first day of school, providing an opportunity for the 8th Grade students to welcome the 1st Grade students from the kindergartens into the “grades” through the offering of a red rose. Each 8th Grade student begins a special relationship with his or her 1st Grade buddy and the two classes join throughout the year to spend lunches and breaks together, as well as for special activities.

The ceremony completes its full circle when the 1st Graders return this gesture in the spring. On graduation day in the coming June, each 1st Grader will give their special 8th grade buddy a rose to celebrate the older student’s journey into high school.

Pasadena Waldorf School, founded in 1979, is one of over 1,000 Waldorf schools worldwide with over 90 years of experience offering inspired education. Pasadena Waldorf High School, which opened this year, joins 40 other Waldorf high schools now operating in North America. Waldorf education is one of the fastest growing independent school movements in the world.

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