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.

  • Finding Joy in the Journey

    They’re the latest in a long line of stellar Collegiate School athletes.
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  • John Coates, who retired in 2015, returned in the fall of 2017 at the behest of his successor Wendi Moss to teach a class on transcendentalism.

    A Time to Talk

    Starting a new teaching job is tough enough.
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  • Betty Ratcliffe Marshall, Collegiate Class of '38, celebrated her 100th birthday on March 20, 2020, with family including her great nieces Cathy Plageman '82 (left) and Anne Chamblee ''80.

    Winning All Hearts

    On the day her family convened at Sanders Retirement Village in Gloucester to celebrate her 100th birthday, Betty Ratcliffe Marshall had one special request.
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  • Susie Leahy (left), Kate Featherston, and Cheryl Matson (pictured pre-COVID) have kept the Watt Library running during the pandemic.

    Our New Normal, Volume XIII

    Today’s installment of the Our New Normal series takes us to the Watt Library on Collegiate’s Lower School campus where we meet the peripatetic trio of Susie Leahy, Kate Featherston, and Cheryl Matson.
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  • John Coates taught 8th grade English and history at Collegiate from 1984-2015.

    Grace Under Pressure

    Late in the afternoon of October 31, 2013, Collegiate was shocked into an unfathomable reality by the sound of a Signal Blue alarm indicating that an active shooter had invaded our home away from home.
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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