Each year, Holy Child students look forward to a number of traditions. While some have been an integral part in the school’s history, others have been added to reflect the spirit of the current students.

One of our school's longstanding traditions is our mentoring program. Upper School students are called to be mentors and role models for younger students. There is joy, energy and pride when senior peer leaders provide guidance to freshman, when eighth and fifth graders sit together as prayer partners during Mass, and when a seventh grader hands a rose to a junior to kick off Ring Day!

Senior Peer Leaders with Incoming Ninth Graders
Camp Jewell 2016

Holy Child Traditions

Camp Jewell

This overnight trip is part of orientation for all incoming freshmen. Girls are divided into groups of seven to ten along with two Senior Peer Leaders. Senior Peer Leaders are chosen through a highly selective process, and represent a variety of personalities. They, in addition to faculty advisors, help all incoming freshman with their transition to high school. The trip takes place the week before school begins, and is a time where girls get to know their classmates before the first day of school. Girls participate in a variety of cooperative learning and bonding activities forming some of the first of many memories at Holy Child!


Beginning with a Middle School Fun Run, school spirit is contagious during Homecoming weekend. Complete with a student pep rally, varsity competitions in soccer, field hockey and volleyball! Alumnae, family and friends gather on campus to kick off the school year. Perhaps the most anticipated event of the day is the Junior - Senior Powderpuff Football game!

Father Daughter Dance

This themed event gives students an opportunity to spend a special evening of dinner and dancing with their fathers at school.

Class Retreats

Holy Child believes in the importance of individual spiritual development, and participation in class retreats is required of all girls. Students help plan and lead the retreats, which offer opportunities for reflection, meditation, and spiritual growth. Middle School, freshman, sophomore and junior students attend one-day retreats, while seniors enjoy an overnight experience.

Ski Trip

During a long weekend in January, Upper School students enjoy time skiing, snowboarding and laughing!

Gobble Games

A faculty vs. faculty basketball game to kick off Thanksgiving break! All Upper School and Eighth Grade students gather in the Kelly Family Gymnasium to cheer on their favorite teachers!

Ring Day

To honor their position as the future leaders in the school, junior students attend a special mass and ceremony to receive their school rings.

Mother Daughter Liturgies

Liturgies are held throughout the school year for girls in each grade and their mothers. The liturgy is followed by a special breakfast reception!

Gryphon Day

A surprise field day planned for sometime during the school year for students! The day is full of tug-of-war, water balloons, sing-a-longs and a scavenger hunt!

Senior Campus Day

Officially marking their last day of classes, seniors enjoy a campus cookout and sign one another's uniform kilts with notes and memories.


The graduation ceremony is held in the afternoon beneath a tent on campus. Commencement exercises are followed by a reception for celebrating with the senior class, their families and their friends.