From the cheers of the seniors celebrating their right to wear red, to the all-school assembly that includes birthday wishes for students who happen to have their birthday on the day after Labor Day, no one does the first day of school like GA.
Greenwich Academy's 192nd school year started with the early morning arrival of the Class of 2019. In a motorcade of red vehicles, they drove up the school's main driveway, wearing red hats, sneakers, sunglasses, boas, and of course, red shirts. After posing for photos, the girls headed to Raether Gymnasium to assume their role as greeters at the opening assembly. Every student and teacher to enter the gym passed through a gauntlet of 84 jubilant, high-fiving seniors before taking a seat.
From the podium, Head of School Molly King welcomed students and faculty back to school, and introduced the theme for the 2018-19 school year—Leadership. "This is really about who we are as role models in moments big and small," she said. "Are we being the very best version of ourselves at all times, recognizing that it has a huge impact on those around us and broadly on the GA community?" Of course, GA is already a community in which our motto, Toward the Building of Character, is taken to heart, and Mrs. King went on to cite several examples of students reaching out to their peers to be inclusive, kind, and supportive.
Next up was School President Annabel Thrasher '19, who was received with thunderous applause. She spoke fondly of her six years at GA, and shared her simple but powerful slogan for the school year: Go beyond. She urged students to put those words into practice by trying something new or challenging without fear of failure, to introduce themselves to someone they've never met before, or to put in the extra effort needed to conquer a seemingly daunting project or exam. "I am optimistic that each and every one of you will find the opportunity to go beyond this year," she said. Her words were a fitting conclusion to the assembly that marks the beginning of another school year filled with promise and possibility.