Christmas Fair at my niece and nephew’s Waldorf school

Just a collection of moments from today.

I wish I could have shown you the Gnome House. It was one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen. Amy was awed. But it was way too dark to film. (Even my kitchen at night is too dark to film. It’s the one thing that really bugs me about the N93. I think I’m going to have to stop using it soon, so I can have some fun with colours and night-time filming.)

Anyway, the school is pretty amazing.

Those drawings I show on the way into the main building – they’re by people in Class 9, who are (I guess) 15/16 years old.

It’s not an art school. It’s a Waldorf school – an holistic educational movement set up by Rudolph Steiner in the early 20th Century. Read more here and see the Wikipedia entry on him here. It’s pretty interesting.

Also ran into the brilliant and unhinged Jason Jarrett ( and whom I met for the first time two weeks ago at Phil Campbell‘s bash (see here for evidence), and only afterwards realised that we had this other connection. Only saw him briefly, but hopefully have even more excuse to hang out now.

6 thoughts on “Christmas Fair at my niece and nephew’s Waldorf school

  1. What a great school! I want to go. Having made gingerbread houses, I was particularly taken with the number of them. I also remember a donut-making machine in a window of a donut shop in downtown San Francisco when I was a kid. I loved to watch them making the donuts. Such a fun video.

  2. What a wonderful day! Lovely sounds of little footsteps and laughter and cheers. I could almost feel the heat from the donut fryer and smell the sugary freshness. YUM!

  3. Wow. I’m completely overwhelmed. I haven’t seen a gingerbread house in years and years, nor cut out a paper snowflake. This single video makes up for all the crappy over-commercialized Christmas junk I’ve seen this year in its entirety. I actually feel a little holiday spirit coming on. I love the ending – Amy screeching and running straight at you. What a little slice of bliss. Thanks, Rupert.

  4. Oops. Missed this one.

    I look at schools like the Waldorf and think what a complete waste of time my education was. I mean, I thought that a long time ago anyway. In fact, I thought it whilst I was there. But oh to have been given alternative options…

    I heard recently my old school is now a Barret Housing estate. I’d say, definitely an appalling sign of the times…but I’d also say, thank god for that.

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