Whitby School students are doing their part to make life a little easier for the children of the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. Nasreen Hussain, a Literacy Support Specialist at Whitby, has organized the production of 50 beautiful, student-made felt dolls, with some of the production done on #GivingTuesday. Ms. Hussain has planned a student run assembly to share the dolls with the Whitby community on December 16th. Following the assembly, parents are invited to make a donation to help aide the Philippines and bring their child's doll home for the holidays!
Whitby School held its first-ever pep rally on Friday, November 1, 2013, to kick off the public phase of a $7 million capital campaign, Reimagining Ready: The Campaign for Whitby, the most ambitious campaign in the school's 55-year history. School officials also announced that $5.5 million has already been raised toward that goal in just 10 months. The Campaign will complete the funding of its new four-classroom addition and the renovation and expansion of its Gymnasium into an Athletics Center.
Upper School Art Teacher Amy Bilden was one of the featured artists exhibiting at the Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan with an opening reception on Sunday, September 15, 2:00-4:00pm. The New Canaan News (August 31, 2013) says, "The themes for Norwalk artist Amy Bilden's new exhibit, 'Inheritance,' revolve around domesticity, including topics such as identity, sexuality, gender and care giving. Her tactile domestic-inspired sculptures map the artist's emotional and physical space, using a monotonous process in which she connects her internal and external landscapes. Simple daily household tasks can prompt a current theme in her art making. Material usage is important because of its innate history and meaning."
Whitby and Greenwich Catholic School co-hosted a Secondary School Fair which was held on Tuesday, September 17th, at 6:30pm at Greenwich Catholic School. Over 80 boarding and day schools sent representatives to the Fair. School fairs are a wonderful opportunity to meet admissions representatives and gather information from local day and boarding schools.
Early Monday morning, September 9th, 96 Upper School students and 17 teachers loaded into two coach buses and several cars and headed north to YMCA Camp Chingachgook on Lake George for three days of community building. Not only was it the first time (in recent memory) that the trip included all students in the Upper School, it was moved to the beginning of the school year to serve as a way for students and teachers to build trust and get to know each other. Upper School Head Jonathan Chein said, "You can't have learning without trust, and spending time interacting away from school is a tremendous way to build trust across a community."
Whitby School is thrilled to begin this school year offering mother tongue classes for native speakers of Spanish, German, Russian, Chinese, Swedish, and now French, for students in Primary 2 to Grade 4.