Despite bidding farewell to summer, faces beamed with excitement and anticipation last Thursday as they peeked out of their car windows to catch a glimpse of the many waving greeters and colorful signs welcoming them back to school! Seniors, posted up at the front gate, offered smiles and assistance with opening car doors and even helping the little ones out.
Kindness, a guiding theme for this school year could be witnessed and felt throughout campus as students, parents and teachers alike offered their kōkua in locating classes, lockers, offering to carry school supplies and even take each other's annual 'first day of school' pic. "Kindness is the basis upon which our founder, Queen Emma, lived her life, and is a habit that we wish to instill in each of our students," said Ruth R. Fletcher, Ph.D., head of school and interim principal of The Prep.
As the morning progressed, students filled the hallways, play areas and courtyards to greet friends and catch up on all their summer adventures. Prep and Lower School parents enjoyed a leisurely drop-off with coffee and pastries and a chance to chat with their principals at a "meet and greet."
Once the bell sounded, the day got underway with an oli and the Pledge of Allegiance at the Lower School's first morning meeting led by its new student council officers. Over at The Prep, morning meeting commenced. And the Upper School headed to the gymnasium for the first assembly of the year.
On Friday, the Welcome Back Assembly served as the grand finale of opening activities. Each high school grade level, along with the lower, middle and high school student councils performed skits and dances as a way to unveil their theme and banner for the school year. Each cleverly chose an element of pop culture and adapted it to their group, providing reasons why they felt it best represented them.
Lower School Student Council
Middle School Student Council
High School Student Council
Theme: The Greatest Showman
Theme: Inside Out
Theme: Suite Life of Sophomores
Theme: Pokemon Junior League