Since August 2001, English teacher and distance coach Weldon Bradshaw has paired his love for the written word with an abundant insight into the heart and spirit of Collegiate to help tell the School’s story. Enjoy his illuminating profiles, interviews and musings on what it means to be a Cougar, JK-12th Grade, and long after one’s tenure on campus.


List of 5 news stories.

  • Navigating Somber Confusion

    When I was plugging my way through a graduate program in educational administration back in the ‘70’s, it was a common occurrence to begin classes with what the professors termed “in-basket cases.”
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  • Andy Santalla

    An Altered Frame of Reference

    Andy Santalla was six years old and, like many kids his age, without a care in the world.
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  • A Memory of 9-11

    Early on the morning of September 11, 2001, a fleet of buses carrying 110 Collegiate School fourth graders, 87 parents, and six teachers departed the North Mooreland Road campus bound for Mt. Vernon.
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  • Collegiate defeated Goochland 21-0 in the Cougars' first football game in 22 months.

    A Glorious Return

    GOOCHLAND – Viewed one way, the past 22 months have been excruciatingly long.
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  • Dot Kannard served Collegiate from 1959 until 2010.

    Remembering Dot Kannard

    Dot Kannard is a Collegiate icon, a humble, understated icon, but an icon nonetheless.
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"Welcome to Reflections, a weekly column that offers a window into the life, the culture and the soul of Collegiate School. Over the years, we've profiled students, alumni, faculty, administrators and staff. We’ve described our beautiful, state-of-the-art facilities. We’ve delved into the school’s rich history and honored the icons who, often under challenging circumstances, set the tone and provided the spirit that shaped the Collegiate of today. We’ve covered guest speakers, interpreted events, offered editorial opinion, and commented on current affairs. And we’ve detailed the compelling personal journeys of many who call Collegiate home. As Reflections has evolved, one truth, one theme has remained constant: Collegiate is truly a family school, and there is much that we do well. What we do best, however, is take care of each other. Thanks so much for reading Reflections. Thanks for sharing the Collegiate experience." Weldon Bradshaw