Monthly Archives: October 2010

Do you know where this is on campus?

Photos By Kaylee Ryu
Tell us where you think these pictures were taken on campus. Leave your guesses in the comments section below.

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The Guild: Student Variety Show

Photos by Yaomin Pan

On Friday night, students boldly took the stage and performed at the Academy’s traditional variety show, The Guild. The Performing Arts Center was packed with students, faculty and friends, all entertained by musical performances, comedians and dancers. View our gallery to see photos from the performances.

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German Exchange Group Thanks Governor’s

By Aboubacar Okeke-Diagne


15 students and two teachers from Luise Henriette Schule in Berlin, Germany spent two-weeks with Governor’s Academy families. The students attended classes, participated in Afternoon Activities and explored New England. On Saturday, a goodbye party was held at Leo’s Bowling in Amesbury, Mass, where Mrs. Frendo thanked the families for being gracious hosts.

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Govs Wants to Know: What’s your favorite food in the dining hall?

Video by Stormy Barbara and Caitlin Rossi

 

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Curtain Closes on this Year’s Chinese Exchange Program

By Yaomin Pan

On October 8, the Chinese exchange students and their teacher boarded a flight back to China, which closed the curtain of the two-week exchange program. Despite the trip’s brevity, all of our Chinese friends enjoyed and spoke highly of the curriculum and extended activities The Governor’s Academy has to offer.

Most of the time during the trip, the four Chinese exchange students and their teacher visited different classes according to their own interests. Isabella loved Ceramics; Charlene was more interested in biology; Shero thought that the Psychology class was great while Olivia enjoyed Chemistry and Music the most. Jenny, their English teacher, was of course fascinated the most by the English classes.

Although they shared different flavors of courses, all the exchange students considered the meal service “awesome.” “scrumptious” and “better than the Pu Dong School’s.” This might help shut the mouths of those who murmur at the food of Govs.

Another factor that made the exchange program succeed was the students and faculties’ goodwill. Isabella and Jenny made a special mention of the “friendly communication” and “greeting” they experienced when they were exploring the campus. Moreover, they especially admired the friendly and equal interaction between students and teachers.

The night before they left, our Chinese friends wanted to say thank you for our “generosity and kindness” and “helpful guidance” through the school blog. To return a salute, let us wish them a safe trip home and a gorgeous senior year!

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Do you know where this is on campus?

Photos by Kaylee Ryu

Can you guess where these photos were taken on campus?! Leave your responses in the Comments section below.

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Students Find Voice through Chapel Talks

By Aboubacar Okeke – Diagne

The opportunity to deliver a speech in front of the entire student body at Governor’s becomes a significant event for many of our students. Every Wednesday morning, a member of the community who has requested the stage, is given 15 minutes in the Mosey Chapel to speak about any chosen topic. Though there is no religious affiliation with these talks there are often lessons learned and inspiration shared. The speeches vary with each individual but they all strike a personal chord in such a way that the audience often laughs and cries in the same short morning assembly.

The journey starts with a simple e-mail to the academy president to express interest in making a chapel speech. Once receiving a confirmation date, students then begin the challenging path of figuring out what they would like to say to their classmates. Most of the people who chose to speak are seniors, so they are drawing upon four years of experience at the academy. Most choose to talk about a defining life moment. Often times speeches are inspirational to convey the importance of students, especially younger ones, to relax and enjoy their short time at school.

It is common for students to make claims that they have nothing profound to say at Chapel. But as the school year begins to accelerate and students realize they’ll never again have the chance to speak to their peers using such a unique outlet, they sign up for a date and wait for inspiration to come. Chapel Talks are perhaps even more important for these types of people because the talk itself becomes a defining moment. Inspiration often strikes the night before, during study hours, when they magically realize they have so much to say. Then they are forced to figure out exactly what they are going to tell people in the morning.
Once the speech is drafted and ready to go, the entire academy finds out a different and defining perspective on an event or an opinion that allows everybody to think a little be differently for the day.

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