The Charter Day assembly, a celebration of our school's founding in 1827, is the last all-school assembly of the year, and has something for everyone. Group IV students perform traditional maypole dances dressed in flowered pinafores reminiscent of springtime. Outgoing officers of the Middle and Upper Schools introduce their successors. With alumnae in attendance, the Charter Day assembly is also the official kick-off for Reunion Weekend. But above all else, the assembly is a celebration of the GA sisterhood.
Head of School Molly King talked about this sisterhood in her speech and how it shapes the GA experience. She noted that "from the big community moments like today, where you cheer each other on and support each other during elections [which were held earlier in the morning]; to the countless small moments throughout the year in the hallways, on the athletic fields, on the stages or the playgrounds," these bonds of sisterhood are ever-present.
Mrs. King also shared some quotes on the GA sisterhood from current students and alumnae, including these thoughtful words from an alumna celebrating her 5th reunion this weekend: "I remember sitting on the grass in Middle School, after I'd lost in the election, and watching Whitney, my littlest sister, sing the "Happy Birthday" song to GA. It made me tear up, watching how sweet and adorable those girls were. It's hard to believe they're now all freshmen. I think that's one of my favorite aspects of Charter Day. It's a tradition that marks the passage of time. No matter what's going on, lost election, won election, passed test or failed it, you're always grounded—with your GA sisters—in the annual Charter Day festivities."
As always, this year's assembly was concluded with the PC and CC girls singing "Happy Birthday." The sweet tribute to Greenwich Academy's 191st year was the perfect ending to the morning's celebrations, and a transition to an afternoon filled with barbeque and carnival fun.