Faculty members Trisha Baca and Alina Troya '00 and ten upper school students visited Cuba this summer and discovered that despite their daily struggles, Cuban people live a life of joy and acceptance. While most of the trip was in the capital city of Havana, the group also had the opportunity to visit Santa Clara, Sancti Spiritus, Cienfuegos, the Bay of Pigs, Playa Girón, and other small towns. Part of Holy Child's Global program, the trip was a memorable experience, full of surprises, excitement, and lots of fun. The girls spent a day in Little Havana in Miami, visited museums, participated in a block party with ICAP (The Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples), hiked to the gorgeous waterfall, El Nicho, and snorkeled in the clear, turquoise water, where they explored exotic coral reefs. The group learned of the Cuban people's wide acceptance of their government and their interest in a renewed and normalized relationship with the United States. After reflecting on their remarkable journey, SHC students and faculty were so grateful for the opportunity to visit and learn more about Cuba, and delighted to find Cuban people to be open, friendly, happy, and welcoming.
Melissa Dan is a dedicated Catholic educator and successful leader. She has worked as a counselor, special education teacher, middle school teacher and principal both in Catholic and public schools. Ms. Dan has a depth of experience in all facets of school operations. As a leader, Melissa has been able to balance a respect for strong traditions with helping the institution make meaningful changes in order to ensure continued excellence. "It is my great privilege to serve as the new Head of School at Holy Child, and I am honored to be a part of the tradition Cornelia Connelly started over a century ago. I continue to be inspired by her life and words in many ways, and I am honored to lead a school with a longstanding history of challenging young women to pursue academic excellence and find joy in learning.
Head of the Middle School Colleen Pettus, English teacher Jennifer Whitt, and eight middle school students traveled to Prince Edward Island this summer to visit the various sites of significance referenced in Anne of Green Gables - one of the girls' favorite books of sixth grade. An extension of the language arts curriculum, the students had a wonderful experience bringing the book to life as they took a carriage ride to the Lake of Shining waters, walked on the same beach as the characters, and stayed in the hotel where Anne performed. The group also visited the author's childhood home, her aunt, uncle and grandparents' houses, the post office where she worked, and the real Green Gables. The girls enjoyed two plays during their stay - Anne of Green Gables The Musical and Anne & Gilbert. Key to literacy extension is the level of conversation it creates with readers, and the springboard it can provide for finding and creating meaning around a book in a student's life. This middle school global trip to Prince Edward Island will certainly remain an informative, meaningful and delightful memory for all.
This summer, students from Holy Child schools around America came together at Camp Cornelia 2016 to prepare incoming fourth and fifth graders to attend the Cornelia Connelly Middle School in the fall. The student-teachers slept at the school for a week, and taught the middle school students about Cornelia Connelly, the geography of NYC, math and more. Additionally, they coordinated games, assemblies, a theater session, a singing class and a field trip to the Museum of NYC. An amazing experience for all, Holy Child students enjoyed getting to know each other, teaching and welcoming the new fourth and fifth graders to the Holy Child community!
The Generoso Pope Italian Cultural Studies Class of 2017 has just returned from their incredible immersion trip in Italy. Guided by program advisor, Dr. Antonio Rutigliano of NYU and program director Kayleigh Hough '04, our students traveled all over the country, from as far south as Paestum, where they saw the temples of Magna Graecia, to as far north as Venice. In between, they stopped in Rome and Florence where they saw ancient Roman temples, visited St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, toured the Uffizi Museum, and spent a special evening listening to talented musicians perform Italy's greatest opera arias. The students also visited smaller cities, like Tarquinia, where they explored Ancient Etruscan tombs, and Volterra, where they walked the streets of a fortified medieval city. Throughout the trip the students presented their in situ projects, which served as a bridge between what they learned in class at Holy Child and their experiences in Italy, and introduced them to the important research skills they will need for their second year in the program.
ThuSep08US Fall Drama Auditions (Open to Students Grades 9-12)3:10 PM to 5:30 PMTheatre