House Field Day Recap
by Alexandra m. ‘21
Tuesday, May 7: House Field Day. A day for all five house families (Moons, Suns, Stars, Daisies, and Owls) to bond, bringing together all students from kindergarten to twelfth grade. There were activities like the walking-running club, tug of war, a hula hoop and water bucket challenge, and several other games. Though it may have been a much-needed break for students from their schoolwork and studying, behind this whole day were hours of planning and loads of challenges leading up to the event.
Ms. Kennedy, one of the heads of the house system along with Ms. Feinberg, stated in an interview that, “The overall purpose for this house system, in general, is to see the whole school together, unity across divisions, and most importantly, that it is great to see the kids become really excited to bond with people they may not know as well.” With this House Field Day, she wanted to see bonding through all of these friendly competitions as all the students, especially the younger children, became really invested and enjoyed being involved in competitive games. A great example of this goal becoming a reality was through the walking-running club activity. The walking-running club event, a chance for Middle and Upper School students to join the Lower School’s exciting and fun early drop-off activity, was a wholesome event. They were able to walk with the older kids around the turf field and talk to them about their interests. In addition, at the end of this walking-running club activity, many Lower Schoolers were extremely motivated to attend this event to not talk to the Middle and Upper Schoolers, but to also receive a munchkin after the event occurred. The Lower Schoolers were so ecstatic throughout the event, which was only a taste of their excitement to come in the later competitions.
Additionally, another exciting aspect of House Field Day was seeing the relationships between the younger and older house members develop. House Field Day, and other such events, give the younger students a chance to see their Upper School friends in action, solidifying a view of them as both friends and role models. Ms. Kennedy expressed that, “the little kids admire and look up to the older kids as role models, and when this type of bonding occurs, they become super excited; the younger kids look forward to these type of bonding activities throughout the whole year, making the planners of these events to be super motivated to make these activities enjoyable. ”
Not only did the adults help in the process of this House Field Day, but various senior leaders helped with the establishment of this event. In an interview with Hrithika B. ’19, a senior house leader, and co-coordinator of this special event, she declared her joy for the house system saying how she “love[s] the energy that all the kids brought to all the games at field day, and [she’s] so excited for them to grow up in a new house system and really solidify its place at Bryn Mawr.” Not only did all the leaders want to include house bonding, but they also wanted to incorporate family bonding as well since this house system is an aspect of Bryn Mawr that should remain. In addition, Hrithika included, “Being a house leader has been so great. I was on the committee that established the new system, and it has been so cool to see these plans realized. All the house leaders have so much spirit are so involved in it, so this also makes the whole house system very fun.”
Despite its fun and easy nature, House Field Day was complicated to plan due to all of the construction that has been happening around campus. Also, there had to be a variety of enjoyable activities established in order for everyone across all ages to have fun and be engaged. In addition, there were numerous students who were exhausted after a long day of school, and with the mixture of heat, this was potentially one of the setbacks of House Field Day. Despite these complications, however, it was a huge success, since overall, there was a lot of positive feedback from an abundance of students.
This house system has been a great addition to the Bryn Mawr School, and the goal is for it to remain within the community to help students keep bonding with one another across the grade divisions.