After six months without students on campus, this first week of classes has been a most welcome sight - albeit a bit different. This has been a week of many firsts.
Our classrooms finally have students in them, and our teachers and students are beginning to master the new academic technology we installed over the summer. To support those students who are unable to return to campus this fall, our classes are taught in person and remotely. And, we are connecting our learning spaces to the outdoors with a number of tents, Adirondack chairs, and even hammocks and slacklines -- we are doing everything from lunch to math under the sun! Athletic teams, too, are taking advantage of our beautiful weather as they train on our fields and trails.
On Friday night, we began the inaugural Dorm Cup competition, where teams played Tenny Ball -- baseball played with a tennis ball and racket -- on the turf field and Quad, after which hungry students devoured pizzas under the Livermore tent. “It really was a fun night,” says Associate Head of School Tobi Pfenninger. “The kids were relaxed and so appreciative of the opportunity to play and safely be together.”
Newly designed Saturday programming saw students participate in workshops around outdoors and service, equity and inclusion, health and wellness, and college counseling. “The Saturday programming really provided small-group opportunities for the kids to get to know each other better,” says Tobi. “Since our all-school gatherings look different this year, we’ve had to rethink how we gather together and find ways to get to know each other.”
It’s been great seeing all of the students and adults rise to the occasion to prioritize the health and well-being of our little school in New Hampshire. We are so grateful to be together again.
This weekend we have another movie under the stars, lawn games, meditation, and more. We can’t wait for Week 2!
Holderness School’s iconic outdoor rink is open for another season, less than two weeks after New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu instituted a temporary ban on indoor ice hockey and skating activities due to COVID-19.
Sophia Schwartz’s ‘09 wide-range of talents is on the big screen at the If3 International Ski Festival starting Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. The film called Jack of all Trades is about her 2020 winter journey to complete three goals: land a double backflip, ski the Grand Teton, and ski the Jackson Hole Trifecta.
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