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Farewell from Phil Peck, Head of School
Phil Peck

The last week has been a chance for me to think deeply about the last 38 years at Holderness. Reflecting on that time, especially the last 21 as head of school, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the countless colleagues, students, alumni, parents, and board members who have believed in the same motto, mission, vision, core values, and signature programs that define Holderness. I am very thankful that Holderness always strives to be our best bold self, learning from others but remaining true to our purpose. 
 
As I close this chapter as head, I also want to express my appreciation for this last year. I can’t imagine a better final year than the one I just experienced. Such a gift that we named our wonderful new head, John McVeigh, in June 2021. Over the past thirteen months, John and I enjoyed weekly calls, and he came to campus at least 15 times to get to know our remarkable school. 
 
In addition, I am very thankful that we were able to manage the pandemic during my last year.  In partnership with our colleagues, our Board, and the senior class, we were able to reclaim vital parts of Holderness culture once interrupted by Covid. Iconic and defining parts of the Holderness experience, like the job program, family-style meals, assembly, chapel, and our largest in-person Reunion returned to campus with renewed energy and enthusiasm.  

I have so many memories from this truly special year. Robin and I loved our eight students who lived with us in the Head’s House. I will never forget when the seniors welcomed me into their class with my Class of 2022 letter jacket complete with their signatures inside the coat. And, Robin and I will always treasure your countless letters and emails and those opportunities to connect at gatherings this year. I can’t imagine a better final year.
 
As for the coming years, folks constantly ask, “what is next?”  I am so excited for the coming years to: spend time with my best friend Robin; reclaim my fitness and health with lots of time on my bike, cross country skis, and hiking trails; read many books and write some reflections and articles; go back to my building roots and work on construction projects on our land and in our house; and, be a better friend and family member by spending time communicating and visiting with many of you.
 
Robin and I are humbled by all the support we have received from you all over the last 38 years.  We look forward to the coming years together and are very excited to watch Holderness achieve new heights.
 

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