Class 7 of MWS celebrated its Knighthood Ceremony last Friday, 17 January, in a fitting event that demonstrated how each student has grown in mind and body during the past schoolyear.
After successfully hurdling tasks that included learning about various explorers, riding the waves at Surf Camp and strengthening bonds with their classmates, the Squires of Seventh Grade are now elevated to the Ranking of Knight. This event, common in the sixth or seventh grade classes of many Waldorf Schools, challenges the students to be their best selves, help others, and find positive ways to contribute to the communities in which they live and learn as they enter into adolescence.
Parents, family and friends were present to witness their children go through this significant milestone in their young lives. Clad in resplendent medieval attire meticulously planned and prepared by the students themselves, the ceremony harked back to the Medieval Ages when courage and nobility were worn as badges of honor.
In her speech, class teacher Mrs. Mary Ann said that “there are many ways to achieve knighthood. It is not just by acting as a page then a squire, although this class has already fulfilled those requirements. It also requires a nobility of spirit and courage of heart, which they have in abundance.”
She added that this class was able to fulfill their tasks and responsibilities last year, and that she was amazed at how they are able to reconcile God’s laws with what they believe in as individuals.
“They show charity and compassion to one who needs help in completing a task. They are committed to each other. All these make me more convinced and assured that they are prepared to accept their final task as they kneel for the last time to arise as knights,” she said.
To explain the relevance of knighthood in the present time when it is no longer practiced and there are no longer any knights in the world (apart from what the O.B.E. still bestows upon exemplary subjects) and there are no dragons left to slay, Mrs. Mary Ann mentioned what Karl Konig, founder of the Camphill Communities, a man who devoted his life to the service of others, once said:
“There is a knighthood of the 21st century whose riders do not ride through the darkness of physical forces, as of old, but through the forest of darkened minds. They are armed with a spiritual armor, and an inner sun makes them radiant. Out of them shines healing, healing that flows from the knowledge of the human being as a spiritual being. They must create inner order, inner justice, peace and conviction in the darkness of our time.”
Congratulations, Class 7!
Here are some more photos of the ceremony:
*To view more photos of the ceremony, kindly head on over to the Knighthood Ceremony photoset on my Flickr page. Thanks!