Each year the Roseway Waldorf School celebrates the St John’s Festival around the winter solstice and for the first time that I can remember it was held in the school hall as the weather has been dodgy of late. It worked out perfectly as the hall was packed, I even saw people standing outside, which made it nice and warm and along with the fantastic plays put on by each class it was an evening to remember. Apart from the beautiful singing by the whole school, the tiny class ones were a highlight for me and I was amazed at what they put on. The excitement levels went through the roof after the plays as the children raced off to their classes to fetch their lanterns and all assembled in the circle to admire all the other classes work. It blows me away each year at the sight of all the lanterns together in the circle with all the lights turned off. Next the children go on their walk up to the field where the class sevens light the giant bonfire. Once the fire falls down and is at a acceptable size the kids all line up, along with some parents, and run and jump over the fire. The queue never seems to end as the children just love this part of the festival.