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2023 Winter Program

On Thursday, December 21, 2023, the Collegiate community once again gathered at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle for the Winter Program. Boys in Kindergarten through grade 12 contributed to the joyful celebration of the winter season. The Collegiate Orchestra started the program with “Forever Joyful” and “Rest Ye Merry, Rock Ye Very” by Brian Balmages. Attendees joined the boys in singing “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”.
 
David Lourie, Head of School, welcomed the boys and their families and gave the boys “homework” during the Winter Break: to rest, read, reflect, and resolve. This was followed by a reflection on light by Mr. Dwight Vidale, Assistant Head of School for Institutional Equity and Belonging.

The Collegiate Orchestra continued with “A Glimpse of Winter” by Tyler S. Grant. Then grade 2 performed “Let It Snow!” by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne. Next, the Upper School Chorus sang “Light the Legend - A Song for Chanukah” by Susan Nurenberg and Michael Isaacson and “I’ll be Home for Christmas” by Kim Gannon and Walter Kent. George Heyman ‘24, gave a reading and reflection on Hanukkah. 

Next, the Middle School Chorus sang “A Cold Wind Blows” by Paul David Thomas followed by grade 4 singing and playing ukuleles to “Hazy Shade of Winter” by Simon and Garfunkel. The UnDutchables sang “Marshmallow World” by Carl Signman and Peter DeRose. Grade 3 then sang “Ocho Kandelikas (Eight Little Candles) by Flory Jagoda.

The program ended with Cheikh M’Baye ‘24, reading “Year’s End” by Richard Wilbur. Grades Kindergarten and 1 then sang “Simple Gifts” and “This Little Light of Mind”. The postlude was “Winter Wonderland”.

This event is special in so many ways. It marks the final event of the calendar year and it is one of the few Collegiate events that brings boys in every grade together to celebrate and acknowledge the many traditions and celebrations at this time of year. Nearly 1,500 people, including students, families, and friends gathered together. Collegiate is a place where our boys spend up to 13 years of their lives learning, growing, and developing traditions and lifelong friendships.  

Collegiate's Buddy Program

All Lower School students look forward to the time when they become fourth graders. Not only are the boys in their final grade in the Lower School, but they also become buddies with Kindergarten students. Each fourth grade boy is paired with our youngest students and they meet together regularly to do different activities. This includes buddy lunches and park time, reading books, and creating projects. Fourth graders slip into this leadership role with ease and the Kindergarteners are always so excited to see their buddy. We continue this relationship when the fourth graders become fifth graders and are connected with the first graders. 

Here are some photos from the buddy lunches and activities in Fall 2023. 

Fall Convocation 2023

On Thursday, September 21, students in grades K-12 gathered to celebrate Fall Convocation and the beginning of Collegiate's 396th Year! Ms. Cohen, Kindergarten Head Teacher and 2023 Wilson Parkhill Teacher Fellow, gave the address and focused on the importance of kindness. It was a joyful morning to come together as a community! 

Welcome to the 2023-2024 School Year!

We were thrilled to welcome students in Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School back to school after Labor Day! We know 2023-2024 is going to be a great year. 

Middle School Moving Up

Middle School Moving Up Day took place on June 8 in the Solomon Gymnasium and showcased student speakers in grades 5, 6, 7, and 8. The 5/6 and 7/8 grade chorus sang “Rest Not” by Laura Farnell. The event concluded with the singing of the “Farewell Song” and “Alma Mater.”