Festivals & Events

“Festivals are an intrinsic part of a Waldorf school. At WSOC, they play an essential role for our school community as they bring a sense of rhythm to life. This is especially valuable in a child’s early years. Celebrating festivals together is also a way of marking time. Throughout history, festivals have been woven into nature’s cycles. In Waldorf schools, we have found our own joyful way to honor the seasons and their respective significances in our lives.”
The original idea of any sacred festival is to make the human being look upward from his dependence on earthly things to those things that transcend the Earth.
—Rudolf Steiner, Founder, Waldorf Education

Rose Ceremony

The Rose Ceremony occurs on the first and last day of school.
On the first day of school, the 12th graders welcome the incoming first graders. Leaving kindergarten and entering first grade is an enormous shift for children. Each high school senior meets a first grader on stage of the school’s Eurythmy Hall in front of the assembled student body and presents the first grader with a rose or another flower. The new first grader then puts the flower into a waiting vase. By the end of the class