Holderness School is excited to welcome 110 new students to campus this week– including the school’s largest-ever class of ninth grade students
A total of 60 ninth graders moved onto campus on Wednesday, topping the previous record, set just last year, of 59 incoming ninth graders. This year’s new students are joining us from all over the United States and the world, bringing Holderness School’s representation to 22 states and 15 countries.
“With all of the uncertainty that has existed for our students and faculty the last 6 months, I can say with confidence that the one constant in admissions has been the quality of students applying to and enrolling at Holderness School,” says Director of Admission David Flynn ’96. “I am so excited to welcome back our returning students and have our new students join this amazing community.”
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, move-in day was the first time several of these new students will visit campus. When the school shifted to distance learning in mid-March, second visits and on-campus tours for prospective students were suspended. In short order, the school’s admission office recalibrated its efforts by hosting virtual campus tours and online panels featuring teachers, administrators, and coaches. The fact that so many students chose Holderness this year is a testament to those efforts – and to the extensive personal outreach by current students and faculty to prospective students.
“We are very excited to welcome all of our incoming students,” says Head of School Phil Peck. “In particular, we are thankful for the trust that our incoming parents and students are placing in Holderness.”
Before arriving on campus this week, all new students were required to show proof of a negative COVID test. On move-in day, students and parents moved into their dorms in waves to better promote social distancing and comply with CDC guidelines. All students and parents were also required to wear masks in dorms - and outside when unable to maintain a six-foot distance from others. Returning students will follow the same protocols as they return to campus over the next several days. The first day of classes is Monday, September 7.
A construction-related incident sparked a fire on the roof of the Davis Center, Holderness School’s new, 35,000 square-foot science and math building, at approximately 8:30 AM. Fire crews and first responders quickly arrived on the scene to control and extinguish the fire.
From wearing a mask in class to attending Chapel virtually, the COVID-19 pandemic has altered many aspects of daily life at Holderness. One of the most significant changes is the replacement of Saturday morning classes in favor of programs to support students’ social and emotional health.
Gavin Bayreuther ’12 is making the most of these strange times. The defenseman for the American Hockey League’s Texas Stars was called up to skate for the National Hockey League’s Dallas Stars in the Western Conference finals against the Las Vegas Golden Knights.