On Saturday the Girls' Basketball Program had their first game of the season, facing off against the JV squad from New Hampton. Prior to tip-off the coaches on both sides agreed this was a great opportunity to prepare for the season ahead. Dublin, sixteen girls strong, would rotate through the entire bench, mixing talent as they went as they make final determination of JV an Varsity status. In turn this would be the challenge New Hampton preferred as they prepare for their first league game next week.
Boys' Varsity basketball took one under the chin at home on Saturday, losing big to a deep, talented Groton School squad, 67-21. Co-captain Will Campbell '19 was knocked out of the game early on with a possible concussion, and the Wildcats couldn't find any momentum offensively, trailing 18-2 after the first eight minutes. Sophomore Kyle Mincey '19 gave Dublin a lift off the bench, scoring his first five points in a Varsity uniform, but the rest of his teammates had a tough shooting night, going a combined 7-for-37 from the floor and turning the ball over a whopping 35 times. Jaydon Belliveau-Ryan '20 had 7 points and 5 rebounds, and Nate Gryczka '20 played important minutes for Dublin, grabbing 6 rebounds and adding 3 points.
Acclaimed young writer, Allegra Hyde, visited Dublin School on Friday morning. She read two short stories from her recently published book “Of This New World” and then visited a number of English classes throughout the morning.
Agility training by the lights of the car.
The recent presidential election brought about an unprecedented level of vitriol, hate and anger in our country. As a history teacher I had to go back to the election of 1800 between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams to find such a divisive campaign. As an educator I am deeply disturbed by the number of stories coming from college and high school campuses that talk about students being threatened based on their race, gender identity, religion, sexuality and beliefs. Now more than ever schools like Dublin must engage in intense conversation and encourage active listening.
Dublin's Varsity boys' basketball team dropped a tightly contested season opener, losing to Cardigan Mountain School 46-40. Dublin came out hot on their home court in the first six minutes of the game, jumping out to an 11-1 advantage on buckets by Will Campbell '19 and Jaydon Belliveau-Ryan '20, but Cardigan soon closed the gap and took a 19-16 lead into halftime. Dublin briefly regained the lead, 33-32, with five and a half minutes remaining, but turnovers caused by Cardigan's scrappy defense proved costly to the home team down the stretch. The taller and stronger Wildcats dominated the boards throughout, led by Idriss Traore '19 and Wyatt Switzer '19, who collected 13 and 12 rebounds, respectively. Belliveau-Ryan led the team with 18 points on the night to go with 7 rebounds, followed by Campbell with 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.
A short video of our trails...
Caroline Robbins knows that, while she may be introverted, there are many new students at Dublin this year, and she would love to get to know them. “I like learning people’s stories and finding out what’s important to them,” she says.
“In those [getting-to-know-you] conversations, whether it’s a hello or people coming into my room during study hall or during sports, there are a lot of places I can get to know people and their stories.”
Caroline brought many stories to Dublin, herself, just last year.
On Sunday November 20th the first ever girls' NEPSAC all-star game was held at the Brooks School. It was a marvelous event as 50 girls from schools all across New England gathered for the festivities. I had the privilege of coaching one of the teams in the Class C/D game. Which, had the first two Dublin School girls ever named to a girls soccer NEPSAC all-star game : Imhoff '18 and Stella Davis '18. Both girls put in a great effort and demonstrated good form in the match.
Virginia Woolf writes that “Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of [their] life, every quality of [their] mind, is written large in [their] works.” Our syntax, diction, the placement of a comma, the structural elevation of one idea over another: all of this shows the experience we carry, the qualities of our mind that are nourished or unconsidered. Our passions and dreams, the arguments that we have in our minds and with our loved ones—and the argumentative strategies that prove effective in those encounters: all of this shines through in the way that we write, not simply in what we write.
Writing is a process, then, that takes extreme vulnerability, courage, truthfulness, and intention.
One of the things that parents often ask teenagers is, “What did you do this weekend?” A common reply (if your teenager is like ours) might be, “I hung out with my friends….”
While that is a perfectly acceptable way of decompressing and blowing off steam after a busy week, it isn’t the end of the story. At Dublin, weekends are pretty busy. A range of activities and trips are offered so that “hanging out with my friends….” is far from the only activity that students engage in.
The girls returning from their over-distance ski this morning.
Ski walking in Craftsbury.
Six Dublin student athletes were selected by the River Valley Athletic League (RVAL) and New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) as all-stars this week. This is the highest number of Dublin School student athletes to achieve these honors in a single season. The NEPSAC selections will be playing in All-Star games as a part of the NEPSAC Championship Weekend.
Receiving these honors:
Stella Davis (Dublin, NH) - NEPSAC and RVAL All-Star
Joe DuPont-Roche (Peterborough, NH) - NEPSAC All-Star
Cam Harrington (Francestown, NH) - RVAL All-Star
Sabrina Hayden (Marlborough, NH) - RVAL All-Star
Joey Hynes (Dover, MA) - NEPSAC and RVAL All-Star
Bette Imhoff (Dublin, NH) - NEPSAC and RVAL All-Star
Diamond Miller studied Italian in grammar school and Spanish at Dublin during her freshman year utilizing traditional methods. Focused on conjugation and online and text based learning, “Learning a language that way is really hard. I had no idea what to say. It just didn’t work with my brain.”
The new World Language Program at Dublin has been a sea change for Diamond. Using the Organic World Language methodology, the focus is squarely centered on conversation. Combining total language immersion with movement and an ever changing range of group activities,” It’s just so much fun! There are games in the class that help us learn everything in Spanish. It is kind of like living in a foreign country… we just speak Spanish from the time we enter the classroom. Instead of simply learning a bunch of grammar, we are having a conversation.“
“One of my main goals this year is to feel confident speaking in Spanish in class,” says junior Henry White. “I feel confident talking with Ms. DelVillar one-on-one, but I want to be able to talk and make mistakes in group discussions.”
Henry contends that some of his best language-learning experiences flow from failure-rich opportunities. Some of the moments that have generated the most inquiry have been moments that have made him feel stuck, unsure, caught in that frustrating, half-bright moment of scanning his memory and collections of word roots for the right word.
Irshad Manji stood in front of the crowded conference hall, and she said, “My role as an educator is not to make you feel safe. It is to make you feel safe in your discomfort.”
She went on, those words projected behind her on the screen, to say, “Moral courage is doing the right thing in the face of your fears. It is being willing to say, ‘help me understand how that works?’ It is being willing to look outside of yourself and inside your own mind.”
Girls started slow against a Bradford Christian Academy team and fans celebrating their senior day game. Most of the first half was played in the middle third of the field. Bradford scored on a poorly contested break half way through the first half. Girls came out and played with greater intensity in the second half. The team thought they got the equalizer mid-way through the second stanza on a ball that the Bradford goalie appeared to pull out of the corner of the goal, but the refs did not signal a goal. Pressing hard, Dublin lost patience on several attempts and could not manage to gain the equalizer.
The first half of the boys game was a defensive battle. Bradford Christian Academy scored the only goal after a moment of miscommunication between Dublin's midfield and defensive line. Near the end of that half, the coaches switched Cam Harrington (Francestown, NH) to center back and Jaydon Belliveau-Ryan (Peterborough, NH) to the midfield. Harrington's experience and discipline helped hold together the defensive line, while Belliveau-Ryan found success winning tackles in the middle of the park.
Dublin came out of halftime with more energy, but couldn't capitalize on their scoring opportunities. BCA found the back of the net twice more off of transitions, which Dublin did not react quickly enough to. Though the score was 3-0, Dublin's defense played strongly, with the exception of a few mental errors.
This last week, RVAL conducted its fall championship week, crowning champions in boys and girls cross country and soccer. Dublin was in competition for the top award in each of the four categories. Dublin walked away from the week with one Championship and three runner-up awards. This was easily the most complete performance by any school in the league. For some of our athletes, this was still a disappointment (we love that they are only satisfied with a win).
That being said, our disappointment is a mark of how far these programs have come.