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The Wardlaw-Hartridge School addressed a compelling global issue – the Refugee Crisis - at its biennial Upper School symposium on Wednesday, March 8. The all-day event began with students and faculty members participating in an intense Simulation of the Refugee Experience in Laidlaw Gym at 8 a.m. This interactive, experiential activity included escape and separation, temporary shelter and crossing the border. Students and faculty members, wearing scarves to cover their eyes, were scattered and had to find other members of their family amid the chaos of a bombing raid.
Wardlaw-Hartridge students thrilled weekend audiences during a magical three-day run of Cinderella, the spring musical, from March 3-5. Hannah Yates '18 starred in the title role of Cinderella, with Thomas Borner du Cane '18 playing the male lead as the Prince. Other leading players included Steven Bessette '18 as the King, Aanandi Murlidharan '19 as the Queen, Carlin Schildge '17 as the Godmother, Aaliah Burney '18 as the Stepmother and Priya Golding '18 and Jaden Dugenio '19 as the wicked stepsisters.
Dawn Francavilla, Director of Student Life, delivered a Hot Topics presentation about The Wardlaw-Hartridge School's community service program at the conclusion of the Parents' Association Meeting on March 9. Ms. Francavilla discussed the many ways in which W-H students in all three divisions become involved in community service, volunteering and service learning. She provided many examples of service opportunities and emphasized the importance of students becoming involved.
On Saturday March 4, Middle School Robotics Club members Robin Zhong '22, Faizah Naqvi '22 and Shiv Tickoo '22 attended a Botball robotics workshop with Mrs. Noreen Jafri in New York City. On Sunday, Robin attended the second day of the workshop with Mr. Marc Spivak.
The students in the Junior Kindergarten class enjoyed a wonderful surprise last week. After months of watching the construction of our new performing arts center through the window, and weeks of learning about community helpers, the children were beyond thrilled to have three construction workers visit their classroom.
Five W-H varsity swimmers were named to the Greater Middlesex Conference All-Division teams. Pictured, from left: Armaan Kapoor '20, Zach Brown '20, Logan D'Amore '20 and Kelly Lawrence '19. Not pictured: Jason Yin '18.
The Wardlaw-Hartridge School is proud to present its spring musical, Cinderella, from March 3-5. The three-performance run includes 7:30 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday, March 3-4 and a 3 p.m. matinee finale on March 5. Hannah Yates '18 will play the starring role of Cinderella, with Thomas Borner du Cane '18 and Steven Bessette '18 cast as the Prince and King, respectively. Other leading players include Aanandi Murlidharan '19, Carlin Schildge '17, Aaliah Burney '18, Priya Golding '18 and Jaden Dugenio '19. Tickets are $10 for adults and senior citizens and $5 for students and children. For more information, contact Sharon Byrne at or 754-1882, Ext. 186.
The Wardlaw-Hartridge School will hold its biennial Upper School symposium on Wednesday, March 8. The all-day event will focus on a compelling global issue – the refugee crisis. Students and faculty members will participate in a series of activities, breakout sessions and presentations by experts in the field. The program begins with a Simulation of the Refugee Experience in Laidlaw Gym at 8 a.m. This interactive, experiential activity will give the students an appreciation of the topic.
As a culminating activity to their study of World War II and genocide, the eighth graders created Identity Museum exhibits. Responding to the question, How do you want to be remembered, students selected and curated objects from their lives that convey their essence. During our study of the Holocaust, students learned that many children and adults were lost and the important details of their lives, forgotten.
The eighth graders embarked on a culminating project after their study of political propaganda and reading of Animal Farm by George Orwell. They used skills developed in English and history classes to explore the thesis (central argument) conveyed by an example of political propaganda and create their own antithesis (counter argument). This year's winners are, pictured from left with Dr. Corinna Crafton, Humanities Department Chair: Olivia Brown '21, Sara Reiss '21, Leila Hernandez-Webster '21, Anna Razvi '21, Taliyah Williams '21, Mark Zhang '21 and Emilia Tobey '21.
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