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!
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.