Photos by Director of Athletics & Afternoon Programs, Bert McLain and Admission Associate, Samantha Boulais
By Katie Reilly ’11
Take a note from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Shel Silverstein’s poem about little Peggy Ann McKay who “cannot go to school today.” There seems to be something special about the occasional, spontaneous day off from school. Yesterday’s snow day was no exception.
As Mrs. Gold already commented in her post below, we have only been back at school for a week and we only have a week to go before we enjoy a couple more days off during semester break. These vacations remain important, but snow days are a rarity at the Academy, which is what made yesterday’s mini holiday more memorable than most. The snow day was more exciting than those scheduled vacations to which we’ve been counting down for weeks because it was unexpected. The day harkened back to elementary school days, when (for those of us who grew up in the North East) we awoke to find blankets of white snow that were an automatic indication of a school-free day. Back then, I was elated to hear that I could spend the day at home, relaxing from what must have been grueling 2nd grade work. Despite being years older, I was just as appreciative yesterday to hear that I could take a day off from school.
To quote Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Yesterday’s snow day gave both students and faculty a chance to stop and look around, to sleep in, watch movies, go sledding and forget about the overwhelming number of imminent tests, quizzes and projects. It was a welcome and refreshing break that proved how beneficial this crazy New England weather can be.
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By Katie Reilly ’11
I remember the first chapel speeches that I listened to as a freshman. Students spoke about the benefits of doodling, battles against eating disorders and their passion for music. As I sat in the balcony of the chapel, I listened to students and teachers bare their soul, sharing a personal experience and imparting words of wisdom. Whether the words elicited a serious, contemplative response or prompted laughter from the attentive audience, they were different and memorable in their own right.
Giving a chapel speech seems to be a rite of passage for many seniors, who are given the perfect platform from which to reflect on their Govs experience before it comes to a close. For underclassmen and seniors, alike, a chapel speech provides an opportunity to shed light upon a personal interest, a background, and a personality that is rarely seen by members of the community. With each chapel speech, the community learns something new about the speaker, from their obsession with lying to their relationship with parents and their approach to religious beliefs.
Ideally, members of the audience leave the chapel with a greater understanding, appreciation and perspective than when they entered. And that is what is great about chapel. Chapel talks really affect those who listen to them and they have a unique ability to prompt discussion. This week is just one example. Students discussed religion during the days following the talk, speaking about their own religion as well as those of others.
Whether we leave chapel with an uplifted outlook or an understanding of hardship, everyone takes something away from the speech, as evidenced by the fact that, four years later, I still remember the chapel speakers and their speeches from my freshman year.
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By Michelle Gallipeau ’11The days are getting shorter and colder but everyone knows what that means… BREAK! As Govs gets ready for the holiday break, I myself wanted to fresh up on the holidays celebrated in different religions and cultures. Here are a few:
December 8th – Day of Enlightenment, celebrating the day that the historical Buddha (Shakyamuni or Siddhartha Guatama) experienced enlightenment (also known as Bodhi).
-Christmas is a holiday that commemorates Jesus’ birth.
-Epiphany is twelve days after Christmas, on January sixth. It remembers the visit of three wise men to the infant Jesus in Bethlehem.
-December 1st – December 8th
-Series of lighting candles over nights (Menorah)
-Traditions à eating latkes, gold wrapped chocolate coins called gelt, playing dreidel
Each year, Muslims spend a month in daytime fasting, during the 9th month of the Islamic calendar called Ramadan.
Each year during the 12th month of the Islamic calendar, millions of Muslims make an annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia called Hajj.
By Claire Lilly ’11 and Ali Grenier ’11
Should Mr. Gerry shave his beard?
After taking a poll consisting of 100 students (also including a few faculty members) we found that 55% of the Govs community say the beard should go. Don’t worry Mr. Gerry, not everyone can work it!
45% said keep
55% said shave it please
We’ll have to see what Mr. Gerry thinks…
Students and faculty were greeted by a colorful display in the Moseley Chapel for their weekly Wednesday meeting. A group of anonymous seniors covered the chapel walls, railings and pews with Post-its as part of this year’s senior prank. Past pranks have included a sea of balloons in the chapel, gift-wrapping the Little Red Schoolhouse, moving the furniture from Frost to the Sager Bowl…the list goes on!
Were you involved in a prank at the Academy? Leave your memories in the comments section below.