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!
Over 100 alumnae returned to their Alma Mater last weekend to reconnect with their classmates. Festivities began Friday evening when Kasey LaMothe '09 and her family hosted Holy Child alumnae and friends at a pre-reunion get-together at the family's Broken Bow Brewery in Tuckahoe, N.Y. Saturday's celebrations began with the second, annual 50-Year Reunion Tea in the Mansion Parlor for alumnae who graduated in 1964. Members of the class of 1964 fondly reminisced about their days at Holy Child, relishing in all that was familiar to them, as well as the new facilities and improvements made to the school. Following the tea, anniversary classes ending in '4 and '9 joined with fellow alumnae for Mass in St. Walburga's Chapel, followed by guided tours of the school facilities, and cocktails on campus with Head of School, William C. Hambleton, Ed.D. Thank you to all of the alumnae who supported this special reunion. We hope to see you again very soon. Click the title above for a link to a photo gallery of pictures from Alumnae Spring Reunion 2014.