During the school year, the 2015 cohort of Generoso Pope Scholars learned about the history, culture and art of Italy from Ancient Rome to the present, including an introductory language unit and planning their own trip to Italy. This summer, students and faculty set out for three weeks of cultural immersion in the country they researched all year. The trip began in the city of Bologna. From Bologna the students continued to travel through Italy by train to Venice, Rome, and Florence. The itinerary included visiting major cultural landmarks such as the Vatican in Rome, the Uffizi in Florence, and the Doge's Palace in Venice, along with sites and experiences that reflected the academic and personal interests of the students. While Italy is famous for its Renaissance art, the scholars also enjoyed modern and contemporary exhibits at MAMBO and the Guggenheim Collection. They explored the Jewish quarter of Venice and visited its museum of Jewish History. They also visited the intimate Museum of the Liberation in Rome, where they read the etchings of imprisoned Italian resistance fighters carved into the walls. The group took in the beauty and history of Italian craftsmanship and fashion at the Gucci Museum in Florence. For the most part, they traveled the country by foot: climbing hills and towers, crossing cities, and ambling along the banks of rivers. Now that the scholars have returned home, they are beginning to plan their senior independent study projects, inspired by their experience in Italy.
On June 20th, ten Upper School girls with teachers Trisha Baca and Dennis Davan returned from an exciting ten day Global Programs trip to Ecuador. The first half of the trip was spent on the exotic Galapagos Islands exploring the unique wildlife of these volcanic islands. The group then snorkeled with local sea life. They also hiked a volcano to the second largest crater in the world.
The second half of the trip was spent in Quito, the highest capital city in the world (elevation 9,500 feet). The girls and their chaperones spent two days caring for babies and toddlers in the orphanage, Home For His Children.
On July 25, 2014, close to 50 Middle and Upper School students attended a Robotics Expo presented in partnership with School of the Holy Child's E.E. Ford Program in Architecture, Engineering & Design Initiatives for the Common Good and Clarkson University. Dr. James Carroll of Clarkson University and his team of ten undergraduate engineering students demoed their hand-held to human-sized robots and shared their experiences with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics competitions.
At the Summer Welcome Reception for New Families, 45 new students and their parents enjoyed an evening of getting to know one another. Girls spent time chatting in the Hughes Family Lobby and playing games in the Marren Family Garden, while members of the Board of Trustees, Parents Association representatives, as well as faculty and staff joined with parents to answer questions and share information about the Holy Child experience. We welcome all of our new students and family members to the Holy Child community and wish everyone a wonderful summer!
At School of the Holy Child's 104th Commencement Ceremony, families, friends, members of the Board of Trustees, Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus, faculty, staff and administrators joined together to celebrate the academic and personal achievements of our 59 graduating seniors. For Head of School, William C. Hambleton, Ed.D., graduation was a time to celebrate the students' accomplishments, as well as reflect on their faith. "Your success in life will not necessarily be determined by the degrees on your wall, but by how firmly you have faith in your own self-worth," Dr. Hambleton said. "Your contribution to the world will not necessarily be determined by the positions you hold, but by how firmly you have faith in the worth of others. And your ultimate happiness and lasting peace will not necessarily be determined by what you accomplish, but by how firmly you have faith in a loving God who challenges you to be a woman of conscience and action in an ambiguous world," he added. Guest speaker, Ellen Fahey-Smith applauded the class of 2014 for their unique and diverse talents and distinctive academic achievements. Ms. Smith told our seniors that they have the ability to transform society, reminding them of the words of our founder Cornelia Connelly, "Remember, it is not sufficient to have begun will, you must finish with resolution." Congratulations to the Class of 2014!