As Head of the Middle School, Colleen Pettus pops into classrooms often. Recently, she visited the fifth grade, and the girls were making roller coasters. Yes, roller coasters. As they manipulated the foam strips to guide their cars, the girls debated how the height of the coaster would affect the potential and kinetic energy. Discussion, collaboration and a lot of trial and error characterized their class - all while having fun. At School of the Holy Child, our fifth grade's small class size and all-girl environment allow for learning to happen in ways that does not readily happen in other school environments. Click on the title above to read more as well as to watch a video of the fifth grade advantage in action.
To celebrate the opening of our new 700-square-foot Design Studio, which houses a multi-purpose workshop and classrooms for students studying in the STEAM field, we recently invited local Harrison Girl Scout troops to attend a class given by juniors Adare Kennedy, Christina Steele and Kristine Budill, Director of the E.E. Ford Program in Architecture, Engineering and Design Initiatives for the Common Good. The Design studio promotes creative problem-solving using a variety of technologies. This program showcased the studio's 3-D printer, laser cutter and thermoformer machine, which are all tools very rarely found in a high school environment, and afford students unique opportunities for design. Girl Scouts attending the program each earned a "STEAM" Girl Scout badge. Click on the title to watch recent news coverage of Holy Child's Design Studio.
Congratulations to Claire Furio '18 - the grand prize winner of the 18th District Congressional Art Competition! This is the second consecutive year Claire has achieved this recognition. As a grand prize winner, Claire's work, "Athenova," will hang in the U.S. Capitol building for the 2015-2016 school year, and she and her family will be awarded travel to Washington D.C. to view her work. Congratulations Claire! Click on the title to view Claire's winning artwork.
During a recent service learning project, School of the Holy Child Middle School students shared wisdom, confidence and friendship during their Breakfast Run to benefit homeless people in NYC. Led and organized by our eighth grade students and Mrs. Souther '77, preparation for Holy Child's Breakfast Run engaged all Middle School students, who helped organize and decorate the bags of food that eighth grade students, parents and faculty provided to the homeless. Usually a high school project, our eighth grade students' efforts were exemplary, and created a forum for trust, sharing, understanding and affection. Students came to see the homeless as real people, and homeless men and women learned that Holy Child students have commitments and concerns that go beyond their own lives and families. In the words of our founder Cornelia Connelly, "Try to help others, and each effort will be blessed on yourself."
Holy Child Upper School students joined with alumnae in the first of a series of service projects they have planned together. The group joined forces with Habitat for Humanity this month to help build the Pope Francis house in Yonkers. "This was an opportunity to celebrate the spirit of Francis, and the life of a leader who reaches out to the less fortunate," Stated Jim Killoran, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Westchester. As women of conscience and action, both students and alumnae live the mission of Holy Child. In the words of our founder Cornelia Connelly, "Try to help others, and each effort will be blessed on yourself."