Parents working group – Open Space session

Saturday, March 7, 2020

10:30 am to 4:00 pm

Dick Chester Studio

03/07/2020 10:30 am Europe/London 2020-03-07 4:00 pm Parents working group – Open Space session

What are your dreams for Michael Hall, for now and for the future? And how can we work together to make them happen?

This is a chance for our whole School community, including the children, to celebrate what we have and build on it together. Come for the whole day if you can, but otherwise for whatever time you can spare. Please note, it is good to be there at the beginning

It is not possible to choose a school like Michael Hall – be that as a parent, teacher or other member of staff – without having dreams. Not the kind you have when you are asleep. The kind that keep you awake, the kind that get you out of bed. The kind of dream that Martin Luther King spoke about, that John Lennon sang about, that Rudolph Steiner wrote about – dreams of doing things differently, of holding certain values dear, dreams of other ways of being with one another and the world.We are at a fulcrum moment in our School, in our world of which the School is one small part. We live in times of a changing climate, literally, metaphorically – the two go together. Everything that has led us to this point is keenly felt – all the dreams of the past that need to be honoured and acknowledged. Dreams fulfilled, frustrated, half realised, changing, still in process. All those people, all those happenings, that have been part of shaping Michael Hall in recent and more distant years, all the way back to Cecil Harwood the founder of our School, back to his meeting with Steiner, back to Steiner himself, 100 years ago, opening the first Waldorf school.Meanwhile, there is the pull of the future. It is a new decade. The potential of a new 100 years of Waldorf education. We have a new management structure with, for the first time, a Principal in place. We have our children, growing up fast. We have stories – frightening, hopeful, startling – of what the world they are growing into might look like.Then there are the immediate pressures of the present. Ofsted – the next inspection. How it is picking the children up in the playground instead of in the corridor. Managing to find the School fees. Managing to get up in time when it is still dark and it is raining, again. And all the while, rolling around under the details of the days, are those dreams, the ones we hope our children will learn, take seriously, carry out into the world and realise. How to hold all of this? Well, not alone, that’s for sure. It must be done together, by sharing and listening. That is what this event is for – coming together to work on the things that we hold dear, the big stuff and the small, because they are connected. This is a chance to take responsibility for what matters to you most, to help shape our School, and world, the one of which you are quietly dreaming.

Dick Chester Studio

What are your dreams for Michael Hall, for now and for the future? And how can we work together to make them happen?

This is a chance for our whole School community, including the children, to celebrate what we have and build on it together. Come for the whole day if you can, but otherwise for whatever time you can spare. Please note, it is good to be there at the beginning

It is not possible to choose a school like Michael Hall – be that as a parent, teacher or other member of staff – without having dreams. Not the kind you have when you are asleep. The kind that keep you awake, the kind that get you out of bed. The kind of dream that Martin Luther King spoke about, that John Lennon sang about, that Rudolph Steiner wrote about – dreams of doing things differently, of holding certain values dear, dreams of other ways of being with one another and the world.We are at a fulcrum moment in our School, in our world of which the School is one small part. We live in times of a changing climate, literally, metaphorically – the two go together. Everything that has led us to this point is keenly felt – all the dreams of the past that need to be honoured and acknowledged. Dreams fulfilled, frustrated, half realised, changing, still in process. All those people, all those happenings, that have been part of shaping Michael Hall in recent and more distant years, all the way back to Cecil Harwood the founder of our School, back to his meeting with Steiner, back to Steiner himself, 100 years ago, opening the first Waldorf school.Meanwhile, there is the pull of the future. It is a new decade. The potential of a new 100 years of Waldorf education. We have a new management structure with, for the first time, a Principal in place. We have our children, growing up fast. We have stories – frightening, hopeful, startling – of what the world they are growing into might look like.Then there are the immediate pressures of the present. Ofsted – the next inspection. How it is picking the children up in the playground instead of in the corridor. Managing to find the School fees. Managing to get up in time when it is still dark and it is raining, again. And all the while, rolling around under the details of the days, are those dreams, the ones we hope our children will learn, take seriously, carry out into the world and realise. How to hold all of this? Well, not alone, that’s for sure. It must be done together, by sharing and listening. That is what this event is for – coming together to work on the things that we hold dear, the big stuff and the small, because they are connected. This is a chance to take responsibility for what matters to you most, to help shape our School, and world, the one of which you are quietly dreaming.

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