There was excitement tinged with sadness at a York school as children celebrated the end of term – but also said goodbye to a beloved member of staff.

Annabel Gibb joined York Steiner School in Fulford 25 years ago while the founders, Michael and Joan Rose, were still in place.

Annabel has led the school through major changes and several visits from Ofsted, which resulted in a grade of ‘Good in all areas’ earlier this year.

In addition to taking center stage for her official leaving ceremony on the last day of term on Friday July 15, where the children performed a song written especially for her, Annabel took part in the end of term celebrations of one week.

Annabel said: “I have never worked anywhere with such a great group of people, they are very fun, creative, interesting and very committed.

“Parents, caregivers, grandparents and friends are an essential part of any Steiner Waldorf school and ours is no exception, supporting fairs and festivals as well as stepping up all sorts of other contributions, from class trips to bake sales, from dragon boat races to bike rides.

“Of course, it is the children who are at the center. I have had the privilege of working with so many beautiful, interesting and spirited young people – and I will miss them more than anything. »

In addition to multiple plays and school shows, all the children took part in a colorful sports day and a big end-of-year concert in front of parents and school friends where they celebrated the contribution of the students of the class 8, who leave school. this year to take places at All Saints and Millthorpe Schools in the city.

Teachers still found time to fit in with regular lessons – by holding a special first aid training day for older age groups – and one of the most moving traditions of all the traditions of the Steiner School, the “Jump The Rope” ceremony where the youngest kindergarten children run through a flowery arch and launch into their new lives in Class 1 at the main school.

In May this year, the school held a special fair with around 2,000 people in attendance. A range of children’s activities and games were on offer at the fair. But, the star event was the Maypole Dance, where each class performed a choreography in front of a large crowd.

The school offers learning based on the ideas of 20th-century philosopher and reformer Rudolf Steiner, and offers age-appropriate education based on the needs of each child, without using SATs, grades, or standardized tests. . He received Ofsted’s second highest rating of ‘Good’ across all areas of activity in March this year.