December 15 – 5 Minutes
Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2010 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about 2010.
(Author: Patti Digh)
Confession, I cheated on this post. I gave myself more than 5 minutes…but the initial brainstorming, when I made the list of things I wanted to include…that I only gave myself five minutes for.
If the schools collective memory for the 2009-2010 school year was going to disappear (and thankfully it’s not!), there are a few things I think the alumnae, students, faculty and staff would like to remember.
1. The All School Sleepover.
The night before Spearth Day last year found all 120 of our students (international and domestic) together in Geissler Gallery playing games, eating yummy food and watching movies. The sense of community was indescribable – I have never seen our students so connected and excited. It was a wonderful, albeit exhausting, experience for each and every one of our students and one I know they are looking forward to repeating this year.
2. The Gymkhana.
It’s not every day you see students running with carrots…with horses in hot pursuit. The gymkhana is a fun way for all our riders, competitive and not, to spend an afternoon “horsing around” with the animals they love. Every rider attends…even if they don’t participate and it’s a great time to head down to the barn and watch the antics…even if you don’t know anything about horses, it still promises to be a fun time!
3. The Middle School Overnight.
I will always treasure the memories from the Middle School overnights I have attended. It’s an amazing time when the girls get to know each other…and the adults who will be most involved in their life. From the late night chats to the early morning breakfast…the middle school overnight is a rewarding experience. The best part of the whole two days? The look of confidence and triumph on the girls faces when they conquer the high ropes courses. There is nothing like it!
A bittersweet occasion, vespers is our seniors chance to say goodbye to the school and the community. It is poignant and refreshing to hear the girls talk about all the things that are most important to them. Each year the community gathers together the night before graduation to honor the exceptional members of our senior class and help them say farewell. It is touching, heartfelt and usually, there are at least a few laughs.
5. The Night After the Storm.
Last spring Stoneleigh-Burnham, and the greater part of Western Massachusetts was hit with a terrible thunder storm. The school was without power for many hours and the fields and woods our girls call home were devastated with downed trees. During this time of crisis the community banded together and students, faculty and staff worked to help clean up the campus and return it to its usual beauty. To read more about the storm, check out the post here.