Monthly Archives: September 2010

Students Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival

By Yaomin Pan

Together with the Chinese exchange students, Olivia, Charlene, Sheryl, Isabella, and their teacher Jenny, we the Chinese students went to the China Buffet in Newburyport to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival on Sep 26.

Although many Americans might not know about the Mid-Autumn Festival, it is in fact the second most important traditional event for the Chinese. The Mid-Autumn Festival is usually on the 15th of the 8th lunar month; also known as the Moon Festival, it is deeply embedded in traditional Chinese culture. Just like Christmas and Thanksgiving in the West, the Moon Festival is one of the holidays when family members get together, share their recent experiences, and interchange thoughts.

Various myths behind the Mid-Autumn Festival make it romantic; the legendary stories such as the fairy who lived on the moon, the rabbit that accompanied her, and the cherry bay that would never shrivel inspired numerous Chinese poets to write down beautiful poetries in the ethereal moonlight.

The moon cake is the food for the Moon Festival. The Chinese eat the moon cake at night with the full moon in the sky, praying for the unity and happiness of the families.

It was speical to celebrate this important holiday with friends and the exchange students!

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“Brain Feast” Replenishes Students After a Long Day

By Aboubacar Okeke-Diagne

There are moments in dorm life when students feel they are not living in a residential hall, but in a huge house with one wacky family (the way most people feel while they are at home, anyway).  These moments come from every source imaginable.  In the Perkins Dorm, it comes in the form of “Brain Feast,” spearheaded by science teacher, Mr. John Banister Marx.

“Brain Feasts” are opportunities for students to hang out in the common room after study hall for snacks and conversation.  It’s a perfect time to replenish our brains after a long day of classes, athletics and activities. We crowd around the T.V. often watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia or a late Celtics game, and other times we simply listen to Mr. Banister Marx’s tales from college days while he prepares the snacks. Regular items on the menu include fresh bread with olive oil, crackers, cheese, and chips. On hotter days, Mango smoothes are blended.

Perkins Dorm usually hosts these “Brain Feasts” on Wednesdays and some weekends. For the weekend events, students are encouraged to bring friends, a date, or day students who are enjoying a weekend on campus. After the food is served, many students bring out guitars and spend the evening singing and playing. Many other dorms hold McDonald’s or Courtyard (Newburyport Roast Beef Sandwich shop) runs. Students during study hall place an order for food and then the dorm parent makes a quick trip in order to obtain the food.

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Govs Wants to Know: Where are you from?

Video by Stormy Barbara and Caitlin Rossi

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Unity Days Strengthen Friendships Before Classes Begin

By Aboubacar Okeke-Diagne

Each year, students at The Governor’s Academy start school with two days of spirited bonding activities with members of their graduating class. The Unity Days program helps students reconnect with classmates after a long summer or make new friends, an important experience for every high schooler. Since student interactions are a key part of life at Governor’s, we appreciate the importance of bonding before classes, afternoon programs, and student organizations begin for the academic year.

It was a chance for freshmen to become familiar with the school during the weekend.  The two-day experience for the class of 2014 included a campus tour and opportunity for students, with printed schedules in hand, to locate their classes. They also went to Newburyport for a scavenger hunt. The neighboring town is a fun place to hang out on weekends . Kate Duval and Eddie Holmes talked about enjoying the occasion,

“The best activity was when we went to Newburyport to have dinner on the lawn. That was very helpful in meeting people. I got to know like 10 people and now I’m friends with them.”

The weekend was also very successful in helping older pupils, new transfer students and returners alike. The junior class worked on community service projects together. On Saturday students helped to clean part of the beach on Plum Island. New junior, Grant Cullinan, commented on his experiences Sunday and how he enjoyed helping to cook while meeting members of his class.

“Students from KIPP Academy came for a field day. I was making burgers all day, I smelled like burgers, it was fun.”

The senior class participated in an overnight trip to Brentwood, NH for camping. Students partake in a challenging hike where they took an all grade photo at the top to celebrate their success. Senior members on the Student Government, helped to organize games and activities for the weekend, along with helping the teachers to pick cabins for the students. Senior Class President Ali Grenier commented on how the unity days program helped her classmates reform a positive unit.

“Unity days this year was a lot different than it has been in the past. Being away from our usual surroundings and being taken out of our comfort zone was an important aspect. We learned to be selfless and treat each other with respect in a slightly different way. This new feeling and aspect to unity days was important for our senior class and a key to how it was so effective. It was a great way to start off our year and I were all lucky to be a part of it.”

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Coming soon…

The Governor’s Academy is pleased to announce the launch of our student blog, which will feature everything from athletics and academics to art and student life. Look for our first post this month!

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