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."
Sophomore Emily Mueller's sixteenth birthday is just a couple of months away, and she is looking forward to an extraordinary gift that will benefit women around the world! For the past several months, Emily has been asking family and friends to help her raise $6,000 for PCI's (Project Concern International) work with women around the world. Emily first heard about PCI after her mom went to a Women Empowered (WE) group meeting held by a friend. WE believes that women are the solution to poverty. Women have the potential to transform lives, one woman, one family, one community at a time. "At Holy Child, we are encouraged to be 'women of conscience and action,'" Emily said. "Choosing to support PCI is such a great way to have a positive impact on the world." Emily is living the Holy Child mission. Her sixteenth birthday initiative is an inspiration to all, and has been featured in local newspapers, blogs, Facebook and more. For more information about Emily's initiative, click on the title above.
A team of faculty recently introduced our fifth grade students to Biblionasium. An online, interactive reading program, Biblionasium aims to make the traditional independent reading logs more interesting to growing readers by harnessing the power of friends and family in an enticing and interactive program.
Our fifth grade students took it a step further by designing a program that would teach their parents about Biblionasium. The girls enjoyed showing their parents how to use the site and even designed a treasure hunt as a "final exam" to check their learning. Please click the title to read more and view the slideshow.
Science teachers Michael Clancy and Noelle Tudor and six students recently attended the Talking Science Lecture at Rockefeller University in NYC. The group enjoyed research scientist, Dr. James Hudspeth's lecture about neuroscience and how the human senses work. In addition to the lecture, students watched demonstrations performed by students of Dr. Hudspeth, including how electroreception works in electric fish. The program provided an opportunity to take our students out of the classroom and allow them the opportunity to meet and listen to renowned research scientists. Students that attended the event have a strong interest in science, and really enjoyed the challenge of listening to a higher level lecture.
Holy Child students recently participated in retreats designed to encourage the girls to re-connect with their peers, faculty members, and ultimately themselves. Retreat themes explored spirituality, prayer, respect and trust. Anne Marie Altomare '16 shared her reflections about the experience. "The junior retreat was a class bonding experience with a lot of fun activities at The Cliffs rock climbing facility. The theme of our retreat was trust, and what better way to learn about trust than to be suspended 40 feet in the air on a rock climbing wall? Whether we struggled to reach the final stones on the walls, attempted the bouldering walls without a harness, or showed off our moves during the dance battle, we all felt supported by the rest of the class cheering us on. With sore arms we headed back to the temple and listened to Mrs. Ricci, a former Holy Child teacher, talk to us about three kinds of trust-- trust in ourselves, trust in others, and trust in God. In small groups and as a class we talked about the importance of trust and the difficulties that we face when we trust. By the end of the day, not only did we have a fun time rock climbing, but we also grew closer as a class."