Kindhearted. Compassionate. Loyal. Fearless. Confident. These are just some of the words used to describe the twenty-seven Holy Child eighth grade students who celebrated their Moving Up Ceremony this June. Often referred to as joyful, the Class of 2019 exhibited a joy in learning and joy in living! Head of the Middle School Colleen Pettus described the girls' actions as admirable and inclusive, and advised the girls to "continue to actively spread joy throughout Holy Child."
Under a bright, beautiful sky members of the Holy Child community joined together Sunday, June 7, 2015 to celebrate the 105th Upper School Commencement Exercises, and applaud the accomplishments of the Class of 2015.
We welcomed back a celebrated women's collegiate basketball coach and icon on and off the basketball court, Christina Hanlon Wielgus '70, along with her sisters, Judy Hanlon Doyle '67 and Sheila Hanlon Reiman '71. Ms. Wielgus provided an inspiring and heart-warming speech and advised, "The world needs women who are savvy and knowledgeable enough to navigate life's hard path. We need "doers" who have the courage to risk failure in order to make a difference. Thanks to School of the Holy Child, you have the education and talent to make that difference. You leave here not only armed with the tools and the moral compass to make a difference, but with the prayers and support of everyone in this community."
Click the title for a photo gallery of commencement pictures, and to watch a video of the Christina Hanlon Wielgus '70 commencement speech.
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.