Dana Hall ushered in its 141st academic year with Opening Convocation on Tuesday, August 31. Head of School Katherine Bradley began by welcoming various groups of new students, faculty and staff members into the Dana Hall community. Four members of the String Society—M. Cui ’24, A. Herrera ’24, S. Meyers ’24 and S. Sahni ’23—performed Eine kleine Nachtmusik (Little Night Music) K. 525, III. Menuetto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Following their performance, All-School Co-Presidents A. Chiwaya ’22 and J. Meares-Garcia ’22 introduced the student theme for the school year, We Come Back STRONGER, which speaks to the resiliency of the Dana Hall community over the past year and a half. Middle School Co-Presidents L. Janvier ’26 and B. Mather ’26 welcomed the new Middle School students and faculty members.
This year’s student speaker, G. Funes ’22, spoke about her summer internship in the Hematology/Oncology Department at Boston Medical Center. The opportunity was created by Neha Guar ’04, who served as Funes’s advisor throughout her six weeks. She talked about the power of connections, like hers with Guar, and said to the assembled crowd, “I encourage you all to take on this new school year with hope, purpose, eagerness and the awareness that even if you not know it yet, there is someone here who has your back.”
As current COVID-19 restrictions prevent indoor singing, Director of Choral Music David Coleman led the school in learning his original Convocation rap, A Better Place. The event closed with Coleman singing the Alma Mater while students hummed along.
This school year, the Dana Hall student body includes 483 students from 10 states (California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, and Texas) and nine countries or regions (China, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the U.S., and Vietnam).
Students will embark on class retreats on Thursday, September 2. The regular class schedule will resume on Wednesday, September 8.