Wednesday, September 7, 2022 – 9:00am
“In Waldorf schools effort is made to observe significant moments in childhood and to celebrate these with rituals that have meaning for children. The Rose Ceremony in Waldorf schools around the world has a long tradition reaching back to the very first Waldorf school.”
The Rose Ceremony happens twice each year: on the first day of school and on the last day of school. The ceremony at the school’s beginning is designed to mark a new phase of the young child’s development. Leaving kindergarten and entering Grade 1 is an enormous shift for children.
Our celebration begins with the Grade 1 teacher welcoming the parents with a verse that reminds us and the children of our goals for education.
“To wonder at beauty, Stand guard over truth, Look up to the noble, Resolve on the good; This leads us truly To purpose in living, To right in our doing, To peace in our feeling, To light in our thinking. And teaches us trust In the workings of God*. In all that there is, in the widths of the world, in the depths of the soul.”
By Rudolf Steiner
*As a small footnote, the word God is defined by each individual’s thoughts and personal faith.
The new Grade 1’s, who have been waiting in the Robin’s Nest Kindergarten, are now led to the front of the Assembly Hall and they are seated in front of their new teacher. Every year the Grade 1 teacher creates a story specifically for this group of children to mark this wonderful new beginning.
The eldest students in the school play a major role in welcoming the youngest children. These students are paired up with a new 1st Grader, and at the end of the grade 1 teacher’s story, they gift each Grade 1 student with a rose. The Grade 1’s then travel through an arch holding their roses and are led to their new classroom by their new teacher. The roses are placed in a vase, which is waiting on the teachers desk and will decorate the classroom for the day. At the end of the day, each child takes a rose home.
“In a culture that has smoothed over the seasons, the months, the weeks and days of the week so that all things are possible all the time and one rarely need wait for anything, these rituals mean a great deal to the young. They make lines that, once crossed, change the world, as the children know it. The flower ceremonies celebrate and commemorate simultaneously. The giving and receiving of flowers, of roses, give grace and beauty to a child’s growth and acknowledge that every child is valuable, worthy to be