Wow! It was another busy and fun-filled week here at The Hill! On Monday morning, we kicked off Inclusion Week by gathering as a community to reflect on the goals and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. before breaking off into smaller groups for film screenings. Everyone came together again in the afternoon to participate in a panel discussion with Hill's Inclusion Council. Members of the boys' and girls' basketball teams hosted a free basketball clinic for local students in grades K-8. That evening, our girls’ and boys’ swimming and diving teams brought the Hill-Lawrenceville trophies home after a great meet against our longtime rival!
Tuesday nights are Family Night in the dorms. This week, Mr. Coady took the girls in his dorm down to the indoor ice rink for a game of broomball! The girls in Dutch Village enjoyed a spa night, complete with manicures and facial masks, while the boys in Wendell snacked on mozzarella sticks and other treats courtesy of their dorm parents, Mr. Notebaert and Ms. Summers.
On Thursday, we welcomed Karen Bradberry, Ph.D., director of equity and inclusion at Greenhill School in Texas, to address students and faculty as our Inclusion Week guest speaker. Dr. Bradberry shared her feeling that students consider Hill a place where they can be themselves where “you do you” and they are valued for their unique gifts they bring.
Members of The Hill School Board of Trustees visited campus for their annual winter meetings where they enjoyed student panels and interactions, campus tours, and events. Notably, the Board also elected a new trustee, Madison Byrne '07, and voted to begin construction of The Shirley Quadrivium in June 2019.
On Friday night, the boys' varsity ice hockey team hosted its second-annual Pottstown Police Athletic League (PAL) Night during the team’s game against the Albany Academy Cadets. The event was organized and run by Hill Hockey Helps, a community service-themed group comprised of players from The Hill’s boys’ and girls’ ice hockey teams. The game is a component of the group’s yearlong fundraiser, from which all monies raised benefit the Pottstown PAL dek hockey organization.
Campus was a buzzing on Saturday as we welcomed alumni and friends to campus for our annual Alumni Winter Games. The day’s schedule included standard Winter Games Day events: a family ice skating session, alumni games in basketball, ice hockey, and squash, and several home athletics contests in which alumni cheered on the current Blues teams. In addition to the regular events, there were two special events on this year’s schedule: the unveiling of a mural celebrating 20 years of girls’ sports at The Hill and the dedication of new swimming starting blocks. Additionally, The Hill's Crew Winter Erging Program held an “Erg-A-Thon” to raise money for the Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area.
On Saturday night, students gathered with friends in the Student Center to play games and listen to music performed by Hill's student band, 28:24. On Sunday afternoon, the young women enrolled in Hill's new dance class performed on stage in the CFTA for their winter recital, along with the The Hill's Step and Dance Team.