The Collegiate School varsity girls’ tennis team earned the 2018 VISAA DIvision I State Championship this past weekend with a 5-2 win over Norfolk Academy. The victory capped a perfect 17-0 regular-season record.
After parading through the Lower School this morning, costumed Collegiate School JK-1st Graders dressed as Batman, Wonder Woman, Harry Potter, baseball players, Darth Vader, butterflies, birthday cake, witches, a genie on a magic carpet, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a taco and more marched across the bridge toward the Upper School. The students, carrying cups of coins, were headed to Pitt Hall to deposit change that will fund a scholarship for deserving Collegiate students in need.
Collegiate School celebrated over the weekend the opening of the newest addition to its North Mooreland Road campus - the Stephen P. Adamson, Jr. ’92 Ropes Course.
The course is named in memory of Adamson, who was known for his love of the outdoors. The ceremony and Open House on Saturday brought together family and friends to celebrate not only Mr. Adamson’s legacy, but also an exciting addition to the School’s curriculum and main campus.
During a special presentation last week, five Collegiate students shared how student endowments made possible by the generosity of Collegiate School families enabled them to travel and explore their individual areas of interest. One of those students, senior Azzuri Fleming, received the Mary Parker Moncure Vaden Endowment Award and used her funding to create a community-wide music festival for youth called Beats, Rhymes and Life.
“I did this because I feel like there is a lack of resources and outlets in Richmond for youth who want to pursue music seriously,” Azzuri said.
Retired Collegiate School science teacher Ann Griffin was on hand today to participate in the naming of her former Upper School biology classroom in her honor. While making a recent gift to the School, Collegiate alum Jeff Congdon ‘78, and his wife, Jackie, decided to offer it in honor of Mrs. Griffin, who taught at Collegiate for 39 years before retiring in 2011.
"I often think about how she said I was worth saving,” said Mr. Congdon, who attended Collegiate from Kindergarten through 12th Grade and also sent his sons, Whit ‘02 and Mark ‘05, to the School. “She was a constantly positive influence in my life at that time."
Today, Collegiate School 8th Grade students capped a week of thinking outside the box -- and outside the classroom -- by presenting to their peers, teachers and community leaders creative solutions to challenges impacting the Greater Richmond community. The presentations marked the culmination of this year's Envision Richmond program, the sixth iteration of the entire 8th Grade’s weeklong immersion into local nonprofits, coupled with hands-on lessons that helped the students strengthen their leadership and problem-solving skills and learn how to make a lasting, positive change.
Now entering its third year, CreateAthon, a senior Capstone class, presents Collegiate School students with a challenge on behalf of five local nonprofits whose success depends not only on creative and strategic thinking, but also on teamwork and project management.
As their weeklong Envision Richmond Capstone program continues, Collegiate School 8th Graders gathered in teams today to create prototypes for the solutions they’ve imagined might solve issues facing 30 local nonprofit organizations.
Five Collegiate School students shared during a special presentation today how student endowments made possible by the generosity of Collegiate families enabled them to travel and explore their individual areas of interest.
This week, Collegiate School’s entire 8th Grade will take part in Envision Richmond, an annual grade-level Capstone program that takes students out of the classroom Monday through Friday and immerses them in the local community to hone their leadership and civic engagement skills.
A lithe young man stood center stage inside of Collegiate School’s Estes Multipurpose Room this afternoon, beaming as he shared a tale in the traditional South African storytelling style, his words animated with wide sweeps of his arms. A trio of his peers sat rapt at his feet, and dozens more watched from the audience. “We’re going to teach you guys a dance,” he said and suddenly, Collegiate students, parents and teachers flocked to the front, their heads bobbing and feet pounding to the pulsing beat of a pop song by the Distruction Boyz.
The presentation, by four South African students, was part of Friday afternoon’s Cultural Fair, an exciting end to a week of global learning and creative problem solving.
At Collegiate School’s 8th Annual International Emerging Leaders Conference (IELC) this week, 43 international high school students and 18 Collegiate seniors collaborated in groups to design solutions to real-world environmental issues facing their countries.
Throughout this week’s International Emerging Leaders Conference (IELC) hosted by Collegiate School, 43 high school students from 10 countries, along with 18 Collegiate seniors, will work together to create viable solutions to environmental problems affecting their respective countries.
This weekend, Collegiate School will welcome 43 high school students from 10 countries as they arrive for the start of the 8th annual International Emerging Leaders Conference (IELC). Since fall 2011, Collegiate has welcomed 17 different partner schools from 16 countries around the world and more than 360 international students.
Students in some of Collegiate School’s Upper School biology and Spanish classes participated in a co-curricular activity today that allowed them to study themes across two academic specialties and learn how African music, song and dance have influenced Latin American culture.
The students welcomed Kevin LaMarr Jones, founder, artistic director and choreographer for Claves Unidos ("United Rhythms”), a Richmond-based dance company, to demonstrate the interconnection between the two subjects.
Collegiate Upper Schoolers took part in an annual assembly this morning during which they signed the Honor Code in front of their peers and advisors, vowing their commitment to one of the School’s core values.
Thursday afternoon, Robbie Beran will fly to Atlanta courtesy of the Georgia Tech athletic department, attend a class Friday, tour the campus, and listen to all the reasons he should join the Yellow Jackets’ basketball program.
All across Collegiate School’s campus this morning, excited JK-12th Grade students greeted old and new friends and favorite teachers, shared stories of summer adventures and compared class schedules as they began a new school year filled with opportunities to learn, grow and serve.
The entire Collegiate School JK-12th Grade faculty — roughly 250 members in total — gathered today in the Seal Athletic Center for Mind, Brain and Education Science, a professional development workshop facilitated by the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL).
About this time nine months ago, Collegiate School’s Oates Theater was a shell of its former self, with construction underway for a transformation that would someday allow more students, faculty, parents and Richmond-area guests to enjoy the space and its offerings.
That day has come, and nearly 200 Collegiate community members and supporters visited campus this afternoon to be among the first to tour the expansive venue (located inside Collegiate’s Hershey Center for the Arts) to see firsthand how worthwhile the renovation has been.
For the past two weeks, 35 teachers have converged on Collegiate School’s campus to learn music education techniques through a unique collaboration with VCU that has given them a broader network of peers and an understanding of how to incorporate Orff into their curriculum.
These instructors, who hail from around the U.S. and Canada, have been studying one of three levels of training for the Orff approach, a music education method that integrates music with movement, drama, speech and play, that is also called Orff Schulwerk.
Seven teams comprised of high school students from throughout Richmond stood before a roomful of executives, community leaders and others this morning and shared with poise and enthusiasm solutions for complex issues that could change how some local organizations serve their audiences. The 28 rising high school seniors were participants in the 41st Annual Cochrane Summer Economic Institute (CSEI), a four-week immersion program administered by Collegiate School and funded by the Powell Economic Education Foundation, with contributions from corporate sponsors and private donors.
The 41st Annual Cochrane Summer Economic Institute (CSEI) launched today in the Sharp Academic Commons at Collegiate School. The intensive four-week community outreach program provides 28 area rising high school seniors with the opportunity to learn about the economy and entrepreneurship.
Collegiate School has selected a lifelong educator and independent school graduate to serve as its next Head of School beginning in July 2019, upon the retirement of current Head of School Stephen D. Hickman. Penny B. Evins will come to Collegiate after a six-year tenure as Head of St. Paul’s School for Girls in Baltimore, where under her leadership the school launched numerous innovative programs, incorporated inquiry-based electives into the curriculum, and experienced a healthy growth in enrollment.
Collegiate Upper School students were recognized this afternoon during the School’s annual Honors Assembly. The 10th-12th Grade students, selected by Upper School faculty, received honors and awards that reflect their level of commitment, character and excellence in their studies and extracurricular endeavors during the past year.
Collegiate Upper School photography teacher and professional photographer Taylor Dabney and Lower School art teacher Holly Smith have joined forces on a photography project between their two divisions over the next few weeks.
Collegiate School today hosted the 31st annual Meet in the Middle, a Special Olympics event for Henrico County Middle School students run by Collegiate 10th Graders. Nearly 300 visiting students competed in multiple sporting events on Grover Jones Field.
Collegiate School students enrolled in two senior Capstone classes spanned the globe in March, making connections with their peers at partner schools in China and Mexico and, upon their return, shared their experiences with their peers, special guests and community organizations.
For the second time in three years, Collegiate School’s Upper School robotics team competed at the FIRST Robotics World Championship over the past weekend. The team, Torch 5804, earned the opportunity after finishing as District Runner-Up in the Chesapeake District Championship in April, with a record of 31-19-0 and a ranking of 11 out of 126 teams.
Collegiate School 3rd Graders led parents and friends through a Colonial Living Museum throughout the Lower School this morning as part of Colonial Day, the annual culmination of the grade-level social studies curriculum.
Work began this week on the installation of solar panels on the roofs of the Saunders Center and maintenance building on Collegiate School’s Robins Campus. Later in the spring, panels will be installed on Sharp Academic Commons and Centennial Hall.
For the past month, Collegiate School has hosted Waleed Abo-Elnour, a physical education teacher from Cairo, Egypt, allowing him to learn about all aspects of athletic, physical education and coaching programs at the School.
Artistic endeavors of all kinds shone today on Collegiate School's campus as high school dancers, musicians, artists and thespians from around the region gathered for master classes of sorts to hone their skills. Seventy-five students from area public and private schools took part in artsPOWER, an annual daylong event during which the students learn from local professionals and collaborate with like-minded peers in the visual arts, music, dance and theater.
Dr. Corey Walker, Vice President and Dean of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, visited Collegiate School today to discuss the issues of race, place and space with Upper Schoolers who are studying human rights, the statues on Monument Avenue and the culture of the City of Richmond.
Collegiate School students spent three days this week learning from well-regarded artist Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., whose work has been featured in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Stamperia del Tevere in Rome, and in numerous other museums and university settings around the nation and globe.
Collegiate School hosted six local alums for a Women in STEM panel this afternoon in McFall Hall to share with Upper School girls their experiences, challenges and opportunities in science-, technology- and math-related careers.
On Saturday, April 14, Collegiate 10th Grader Dylan Lyons will lace up her running shoes before hitting the pavement during the Monument Avenue 10k. She will race with Cougars Care, the organization she created as a 7th Grader to raise money for the Massey Cancer Center.
Thirteen Collegiate School seniors were inducted into the Cum Laude Society today during Upper School Assembly and were recognized in Seal Athletic Center with the 13 students inducted in the fall. Last evening, the inductees and their families enjoyed a special dinner in their honor in McFall Hall.
This Friday morning, parents, grandparents and friends had the pleasure of participating in one of Collegiate’s more delightful traditions. The 1st Grade Spring Play is a heartwarming and impressive display of obvious hard work and practice by some of the youngest members of the Collegiate community.
A group of Collegiate School students enrolled in the senior Capstone class, CreateAthon: Working with Nonprofits, learned recently that the strategies and ideas they shared with two Richmond-area nonprofits have yielded meaningful results.
For the second time in three years, Collegiate School's Upper School robotics team is heading to the FIRST Robotics World Championship. The team, TORCH 5804, won the opportunity after finishing as District Runner-Up in the Chesapeake District Championship last weekend, with a ranking of 11 out of 126 teams.
An American Mosaic, Collegiate School’s annual 4th Grade-wide presentation, took place this morning in the Estes Multipurpose Room and highlighted the students’ study of U.S. history and many famous Americans who fought for people’s rights.
Collegiate School Athletic Director Karen Doxey has been elected to the 2018 Class of the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Hall of Fame. She, along with four other individuals, will be honored at the Hall of Fame Banquet on April 30.
Bestselling author Adam Gidwitz visited Collegiate School today and spent time with the entire MIddle School, holding a writing workshop and three assemblies, during which he and the students discussed several of his books.
The Cougar Classic, one of Collegiate School’s most enjoyable traditions, took place last night when two teams of faculty and staff hit the court at Seal Athletic Center to showcase their skills and stamina.
In the first of this year’s two spring plays, The Collegiate Players will present Proof by David Auburn. Performances will be held in Room 136 of the Hershey Center for the Arts on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 23 at 8:15 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Collegiate School juniors met with 15 college deans and directors of admission from across the country today for the yearly workshop that offers guidance when navigating the college search and application process.
Collegiate School Kindergartners in Beth Anne Shelly and Elizabeth Andrews' classes recently collaborated on creating their own shoe store to learn about economics and empathy, and the Kinder Kids Shoe Store opened for business this morning in Centennial Hall.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, now in their 95th year, are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens. This year, 17 Collegiate School students earned gold, silver and honorable mention honors in the art category.
Collegiate School Chinese language students celebrated the Year of the Dog last evening at the Fifth Annual Chinese New Year Celebration. Enjoy these photo highlights of the special evening of song, dance, martial arts demonstrations and other representations of Chinese culture.
Collegiate School Chinese language students will usher in the Year of the Dog tonight with the Fifth Annual Chinese New Year Celebration in the Estes Multipurpose Room on the Lower School campus from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Collegiate School will open with a 2-hour delay on Thursday, Jan. 18. Of course, given the uncertainty of road conditions overnight, we will continue to monitor circumstances tomorrow morning and update you if necessary. As always, use your best judgment on whether it is safe to travel to school from your area.
Elementary school educators in Houston, Texas, are responding positively to a book produced by Collegiate School’s Lower School art teacher and her 1st Grade students soon after Hurricane Harvey devastated the city.
Martine Tchitchihe, a girls' education and human rights advocate, is visiting Collegiate School to speak with students across all divisions about her experience growing up in Cameroon and her pursuit of an education despite persecution from the militant Islamist group Boko Haram.
Collegiate School’s robotics team gathered on campus this morning for the official start to the 2018 FIRST Robotics competition. Nearly 30 members of the team viewed a livestream broadcast of the unveiling of this year’s design plans and rules.
Collegiate School's 2018 winter play, Impulse, features a collection of eight, short one-act plays by John Cariani, Christopher Durang, Oliver Hailey, John Patrick Shanley and Steve Yockey. Performances will be held in the Sharp Academic Commons Octagon on Thursday, Jan. 11 and Friday, Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m.