Student life encompasses more than classrooms and playing fields. When class is over, faculty and students spend time together participating in sports, community service projects, the arts or a myriad of other offerings that allow them to pursue a particular interest or passion. On the weekends, trips are regularly planned to ski resorts, paintball courses, the mall and movie theaters. School dances are routine. But our school’s small size makes impromptu activities possible too. One teacher might make a late-night run to the local diner for Cheezy Westerns. Another, thinking the students need to see more classic films, will show Charlie Chaplin movies on a Sunday afternoon. A circus arrives across the street, and the Headmaster walks over with a group of students for the show.
Equally exciting is our informal campus life, which is not captured easily in print. It's these student-initiated gatherings that are perhaps the greatest examples of our students’ happiness. It is these moments that transform the school from something other than just a place of learning. The baseball field becomes an arena for Frisbee, a dorm room becomes a pizzeria on Friday night or a snowfall offers spontaneous creativity. Some lazy Saturday in December, on a lark and with a pair of scissors, a student takes greenery from the hedges outside his dorm and literally decks its halls with boughs of holly. Our school is always in a state of metamorphosis: transformative, life-changing.