Archive for September, 2016

Alumni Book Project

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!

Fairhaven School’s Public Relations Committee has begun interviewing alumni for a book about their experiences as students here. Prior to the release of the book, we will be sharing some of their words. Today, some excerpts from Zoe Woodbridge, class of 2009.

Field trips- I was pretty involved in field trips. Again, it was a way students could express their freedom and the trust we’d be given at school. I’d be talking with a group of friends and one of us would say “It’d be cool to go hike Old Rag,” and so we’d get a sign up sheet and make sure we had transportation and staff to go with us, as well as funds for the trip. I also went on the ski trip my first year. It was great to still have that same freedom that I would’ve had at school, but in a new place. We weren’t necessarily expected to “report” to anyone and it was a great way to spend time with friends outside of school.

Staff- My relationships with staff vs. my relationships with previous teachers or administrators were very different. I developed more personal relationships with staff at Fairhaven and still consider many of them to be friends and people I would go to for advice about life in general. I could even curse in front of them and not necessarily get in trouble, not that I ever really cursed that much, but that was weird for me to get used to… to feel like these adults were, for the most part, my equals. It was refreshing. 

Zoe Woodbridge, right, chairing School Meeting.

Zoe Woodbridge, right, chairing School Meeting.

Age mixing- I know some people didn’t like it, but I personally loved the age mixing at Fairhaven. I had friends who were three years younger or older than me, and I wouldn’t have had that if I had been assigned to a certain grade. I spent some time in my last year with our Play Time group and with a lot of the younger kids, playing hide and seek or reading to them. It’s definitely given me good experience when it comes to working with kids, which I’ve been doing since I graduated from college. I think it also made me more interested in the social work field, specifically working with young children. 

Essence of Fairhaven- I think for me the essence of Fairhaven was when a random capture-the-flag game would start. The weather would have to be nice, so it was usually towards the end of the school year. And you would just hear several people yell “capture the flag!” as loud as they could and whoever wanted to would run down to the field and start making teams. I was so nervous to play when I first came to Fairhaven, not knowing very many people. But everyone would encourage you to join in and it was just great camaraderie. I think you see that every year at the Alumni Picnic/Flag Day, too. Everyone comes back home, and it’s like you pick up the game where you left off. 

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