As the calendar is about to turn to October, I continue to marvel at the swift passage of time. It’s already been three weeks since our 139th Convocation Ceremony, which represents another example of the many positive logistical changes the school has made during the pandemic. Weather permitting, W+H should hold this event outdoors on the turf field every year. September features some of the best weather of the year and being outside in the fresh air beats cramming into the stuffy confines of Laidlaw Gym.
Three weeks into the school year, there have already been many highlights, beginning with the Convocation Ceremony. Coming together as a community on a beautiful September morning kicked off the academic year in style. The seniors in the Class of 2022 marched in led by their president, Shiv Tickoo ’22, who led the Pledge of Allegiance and later made a speech during which he encouraged his peers to support each other and find ways to enjoy every moment of the school year. He also urged the student body to “take advantage of every opportunity and don’t be afraid to try something new.”
In many ways, Shiv’s words represent what W+H has done to weather the storm of a pandemic that has now affected us all for 18 months. We have taken advantage of opportunities to try new things and connect in different ways, mostly out of necessity of course, but some of the changes also represent improvements.
The outdoor classroom has become a staple for many teachers, who have found innovative ways to run their classes in various spaces on our campus. The tents located around our 36-acre campus should be here to stay. Being able to hold a class or meeting, or enjoy a meal outdoors under a tent is a real plus. The Parents’ Association has taken advantage of the tent in the front courtyard to hold in-person meetings. The tents near the athletic fields and adjacent to the AP Room have also proven useful.
Students are embracing many opportunities they did not enjoy a year ago. Vocalists and musicians are able to sing and play their instruments. Middle School athletes are competing against other schools. The senior peer leaders were able to connect in person for their retreat. Almost every student is attending school in person.
Fall Fair and Homecoming Day is returning after a one-year hiatus on Saturday, October 9. This year’s event will be held outdoors, but there will be activities for everyone in our community to enjoy. Most of our Middle and Upper School athletic teams will be competing throughout the day. The Parents’ Association is working hard to provide entertaining options for all ages and the Booster Club is putting together a tasty menu for its outdoor grill. Let’s hope for fantastic weather!