Sure, it was hot and the ice cream melted quickly. But that didn’t stop us! Hundreds of MacDuffie community members gathered together for our annual “welcome to the school year” Ice Cream Social. Our 88 new students had orientation and joined returning students for teambuilding activites, and parents mingled with faculty and one another. And of course, everyone capped off the day with ice cream!
Our Extended Orientation Program (EOP) introduces international students to life at MacDuffie several weeks before the start of classes. This year, students had a chance to get settled on campus and explore the region through excursions such as Tanglewood, Hammonasset Beach, bowling at Spare Time in Northampton, spending the day at Six Flags New England, and much more. Also, we have a group of returning students from Indonesia who took part in the programming by helping their new schoolmates get acquainted with campus life and the MacDuffie community.
Welcome to MacDuffie!
We welcomed a new group of Residential Assistants (RAs) to campus with a week-long training program alongside returning RAs. In addition to team-building activities and a role-playing duty workshop (e.g., what action to take if a student is doing X), RAs engaged in First Aid and CPR training, bus training, IT training, to name a few. The RAs capped off the week with a dinner at the home of Mrs. Lyman, Dean of Boarding Life.
Each year during Reunion Weekend, the International Festival celebrates the cultural history of the MacDuffie community. Fortunately for the palates of the attendees, this celebration is often of the culinary variety. Thank you to Mr. Hillman for coordinating and to all who took part! Here’s a peek at this year’s event: