Mountain Day and Candlelight are often cited when you ask seniors or alumni about their favorite MacDuffie traditions. (And a few might say Senior Sleepover, which caps off the day.) This year’s events took place on a beautiful, unseasonably warm October day.
After climbing Mount Holyoke and enjoying stunning views in every direction, the community had dinner together. As dusk fell, we made our way in silence to the bonfire in the field, formed two circles, and lit candles. The inner circle of new students and faculty then joined the outer circle, symbolizing that we’re no longer new or returning–just one community at MacDuffie. The evening concluded with CIRCLE value reflections from students and the Head of School and the singing of “Summer Suns” and “The Magnolia Song.”
Campfires. Swimming. Board games. Trust-building exercises. Check, check, check, and check!
The annual boarding trip to the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Vermont was an activity-filled weekend of bonding and fun. (A few day students joined the trip, too!). Although a bit cooler than years’ past, as you can see, it didn’t stop students from enjoying some time in the water. Check out the pics!
Summer went by in a snap, and the opening of the 2017-18 school year is underway.
To begin, we welcomed new international students and their families to campus. We have students from 26 nations in the MacDuffie community this year. Some of the nations represented by new and returning students include Brazil, China, Denmark, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Nigeria, Russia, Rwanda, South Korea, Turkey, Vietnam, and the Virgin Islands (St. Croix).
Also this week we had registration, ice breaking activities with Playfair, and the annual Ice Cream Social for parents, students, faculty, and staff. (For the flavor-curious: choices included chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, black raspberry, coffee, and cotton candy.)
And now we’re ready for the school year!
Commencement exercises took place on Saturday, June 10, at Abbey Chapel on the Mount Holyoke College campus. We bid a final senior farewell to 79 domestic and international students.
“How do we make an impact in this world?” asked Head of School Steve Griffin in his opening remarks. “Do to the next generation what you wish our generation would have done for you. How do you treat people who haven’t even been born yet? If that’s not a rhetorical question, then my answer is this: take care of this earth, and think and innovate to make this a more peaceful place.”
Our students are off to colleges and universities throughout the US and beyond. We wish them every success!
Our final visual and performing Arts event of the year, the Spring Visual Art & Dance Concert, was held last weekend. You can feel the magic even in the stills! Congratulations to our artists and dancers, and thank you to Ms. Muzzy for directing the dance concert.
Thanks to Peter Pham ’20, Sarah Soares ’18, and Janet Xie ’17 for the photos!