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Kent Place School Begins a Brave and Brilliant 128th Academic Year

On Wednesday, September 7, Kent Place School kicked off its 128th academic year. As they arrived on campus, students, faculty, and staff were greeted by welcome signs and cheers from the Class of 2023, as well as a special appearance by Chumley the Dragon.
 
The morning began with the traditional Opening Convocation, a ceremony at which the entire school gathers to experience the spirit of community. 
 
“As we begin this new school year and get acclimated to new routines and new schedules, I encourage you to take a moment to relish the opportunities that being part of a community gives every one of us,” said Head of School Dr. Jennifer Galambos. “Do your part. Lend a hand. Smile at a stranger. We’ve all seen what isolation can do, and now we’re able to build joy in our community anew.”
 
Dr. Galambos then introduced three student speakers, one from each division — Chelsea Danso ’30, for the Primary School; Mira Emany ’27, for the Middle School; and senior Catherine Paris for the Upper School. All spoke about their excitement for the start of the academic year and the camaraderie that will ensue.

“This year, we should aim not only to work hard, but also to learn with purpose,” said Chelsea. “We shouldn’t be discouraged when we make mistakes while learning: a mistake should be perceived as an opportunity to grow.”
 
“You’re learning about who you are, what you love, what you don’t love, and what you want to keep doing in the future,” said Mira. “Today marks the start of new classes, new schedules, new friends, and new experiences.”
 
“My wish is that we celebrate the joyous moments we’ve already lived and that we’re excited about the memories yet to be made,” said Catherine. “I hope we embody this year’s theme: Cherish the Past, Embrace Our Future.”
 
A traditional aspect of Convocation is a ceremony that symbolizes the school’s maxim — With Wisdom She Lights the Way. Dr. Galambos lit the first of four candles, then each of the student speakers lit one. A moment of silence, to give thought to the year ahead, followed. The Chamber Singers closed the event by leading the community in the singing of the Alma Mater.
 
Upon exiting Convocation, Kent Place lifers — that is, students who have been attending Kent Place since Preschool, Kindergarten, or first grade — handed out daisies, the school flower, to each student.
 
The 2022–2023 academic year at Kent Place has officially begun!