The 2021–22 school year is already in full swing at The Pennington School, with all students returning to campus full-time on Wednesday, September 8.
On September 8, orientation sessions were enjoyed by Middle School students, freshmen, and all other students who are new to Pennington this year. The annual Middle School Launch, led by the Junior Proctors, propelled Middle Schoolers into the new year with a variety of outdoor team-building activities. Senior Peer Leaders led Upper School students through a dynamic orientation that introduced them to each other and to Pennington’s campus.
Following the first day of Orientation, returning students joined in on Thursday, September 9, for the first full day of school. A special schedule for the day allowed all classes to meet for a short time in the morning so that all students could meet their teachers and learn about their coursework for the year. After lunch, a School-wide activity related to the Summer Reading assignment involved crafting Haiku inspired by the commonplace notebooks that were compiled by students and faculty over the summer.
“Coming to campus for the first time can be overwhelming, so there is no more important event at the start of the year for our students and parents than a successful orientation,” said Chad Bridges, assistant head of school for community life and dean of students. “The Operations team, Dining Hall team, our faculty, and our staff all played such an incredible role in making this year's orientation a success.” Months of planning by School administrators and faculty members go into the orientation process to ensure a smooth transition to Pennington for all new students.
The first week of the academic year was capped off by the School’s annual Convocation ceremony on Friday, September 10. Held under a beautiful white tent, Convocation marks the official start of the year and students are welcomed back to campus and reminded there are many different ways that they can make their own mark on The Pennington School.