Back in the day when I went to secondary school (as we call schooling for 11 year olds and beyond in the UK), a prefect would stand on the stage of the main hall, and instruct all present to – “School Stand!” – when the headmaster and his entourage stepped onto the stage. A muffled recital of The Lord’s Prayer and a hymn would follow, along with a brief message, which would often be interrupted by foreboding stares or screams from the hierarchy of disciplinarians who stared down from the stage. A refusal to stand when ordered spelt instant detention!
No such penalty was in store for each of the classes, from kindergarten through 7th grade, at the model Montessori School in Camden SC who marched out one after the other to walk the labyrinth that my dear host, Beth and I, had laid out in the field close to where a more permanent labyrinth is soon to be installed.
Most of the students walked – some rather more quickly than I might advise, and one or two attempting the “head over heels” approach for circling a labyrinth – but most following the gentle guidance that seasoned labyrinth facilitator Miss Beth offered for each little person as they lined up to walk the big green mat.
This was a magical time. Head teacher Dr. John and teachers including Mr Jamie were wonderful hosts. Dear Beth a wonderful companion for my day in this blessed small part of South Carolina. A few more photos and possibly the odd video to follow…Pictures here can surely speak more powerfully than any words that I might offer.