After spending a couple of weeks on the road it was wonderful to be on campus all week last week listening to music, hearing speeches, watching students chasing flying disks, eating wraps, and watching heavy machinery at work.
Ultimate frisbee, other than being every business manager’s favorite sport ($10 discs, t-shirt uniforms and no referees), is an exciting sport to play and watch. There are so many things I love about the culture of the sport, including but not limited to the fact that it is coed, the athletes call their own fouls and negotiate outcomes, the coaches are often on the field with their teams providing real time feedback, and they have the most interesting cheers in sports. On Wednesday our team had one of the best games I have seen played since we started the sport at Dublin. They were trapping as a unit and making great plays for exciting scores. Well done!
Wednesday was also Grandparents Day and I had fun talking about the school with the great turnout of grandparents and answering their questions. When I asked them what we should be teaching their grandchildren they had many great answers. They spoke to the importance of teaching writing, critical thinking, values, life skills, and art. I love spending time with this group every year and only wish they could come to Dublin School as students!
One of my favorite traditions and guilty pleasures at Dublin is wrap day! Almost every Thursday the kitchen sets up a custom wrap making station in the dining hall. I am very picky and only go to Georgette’s station for my weekly wrap for she knows exactly what I like in my gyro wrap. Students and faculty will often wait in a fifteen-minute line to get their wraps and that is where I get the campus scoop from the students.
We have had three powerful guest speakers in a row at Morning Meeting. On Thursday, President Kim Mooney of Franklin Pierce University spoke to the students about college life and told them that they should view their education as much more than something that prepares them for a job. She urged them to see their education as something that prepares them for life. On Friday our friends from Electric Earth Concerts traveled north from New York with an amazing acoustic duo (guitar and violin) called Fire and Ice. The group reduced a number of students and faculty to tears with their beautiful adaptations of Bach and folk tunes. Ten students were so moved by the music that they attended Fire and Ice’s two hour concert in town later that night. For Earth Day Ms. Curtis invited a scientist friend of hers named Kristin Schild to speak about the dissertation topic she studied at Dartmouth College. Ms. Schild spoke about her thesis work on the relationship between shrinking glaciers and earthquakes. The students were quite impressed with her knowledge and her ability to be dropped off on icebergs by helicopter. I loved that they got to hear about the process of becoming a scientist from someone who literally just defended her dissertation.
Yesterday I experienced both sadness and excitement as I watched the old art building and outing club being taken down to make room for a new dormitory and outing club. I have personally enjoyed coaching out of that building for the last few years and remember its previous life as an art building for generations of Dublin students. While it was time for the building to come down, it is always a little sad when the time comes to say goodbye. Towards the end of the day I went back up to the demolition site and started to picture the new building filling this beautiful space. Possibly more than any other space on campus this dormitory will take full advantage of the views from our stunning location on Beech Hill. We will keep you posted as the site work continues and the slab is poured.
This morning Jared Lewis delivered the final senior presentation of the year. Jared spoke about his love of bikes and how he has started to build his own bikes from wood and carbon. I am reminded of how important these presentations are to both the seniors delivering them and the community hearing them. The seniors learn how to be vulnerable, to share something they are passionate about, and practice speaking in front of a large audience. Jared’s final words to the younger students were to make the most of their time at Dublin because high school will be exactly what you make of it. Well said.