Dear Future Oldfields Families,
As challenging as this school year has been, we will never take for granted the joy of having the majority of our students on campus! Hearing laughter in the halls, seeing lights in the dorm windows, enjoying the chatter in the Dining Hall--it's the Oldfields magic we know and love.
The family-like sense of warmth and welcoming that surrounds the Oldfields experience is unparalleled. This feeling exists because of our commitment to keep our community intentionally small, because we learn and live together, and because we share an unwavering caring for and kindness towards one another. We value each student's diverse individuality and encourage them to use their voices to help create the student experience. You are embraced as you are, because who you are “supposed” to be doesn’t exist here. The result is a shared, deep-rooted sense of belonging that makes our community a family and our campus a home.
As far back as the 1860s, our founder, Anna Austen McCulloch, valued not only academic excellence, but emphasized the importance of our connections with each other, the world around us, and to our inner selves. Continue reading to learn more about how our students continue to make connections with our campus and external community as they use their individual voices!
Current Student Spotlight
Brianna G. '22, Boarding Student
Hometown: Bronx, New York
Team affiliation: Green Team
Activities: STEP Team Leader, Basketball, Dance Company, Softball, Theatre, Black Alliance Club, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Student Leader, Admission Ambassador, Sturgis Dorm Prefect, Green Team Spirit
Future Ambitions: “I want to be a lawyer, and focus on helping those who have been wrongly convicted.”
Advice for a New Student: “Do not be afraid to voice your opinion. It’s okay to be wrong; we are all growing together.”
Read more about Brianna and her article "Beautiful Life Achievements of Culture and Knowledge" in Oldfields School Magazine.
CONVERSATIONS ON EQUITY AND SERVICE ACTIVITIES
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
On January 18, Oldfields community members came together for a day of activities, discussion, and service projects to honor the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
It was a treat to have our Advisories meet in person for the first time since leaving for Winter Break. Students who are still remote for various reasons joined in as a new discussion format was introduced—Advisory Circles. In the Advisory Circle each member of the group is given 30-60 seconds of uninterrupted time to share out on a particular topic. The circle moves from one person to the next and concludes with an open forum. We viewed three short videos on microaggressions, systemic racism, and the myth of race, after which everyone took their turn in the Advisory Circle. It was enlightening to listen in as each of our students expressed their thoughts in this new arena. As one of our students shared, “Microaggressions are real. Systemic racism is real. And it’s important that we have these conversations.” Whether virtual or in person, the circles of students, teachers, and advisors were respectful and curious, opening the door to future conversations. Read more about our service activities.
OLDFIELDS GETS NATIONAL RECOGNITION
A Historic Inauguration Day
On January 20, Oldfields' campus was brimming with hope and excitement as the country watched Kamala Harris take the oath of office as the first Black, South-Asian, female Vice President. Alongside Kamala, women were making history on so many levels. Amanda Gorman, the youngest female inaugural poet, captivated our community and country with her words, power, and poise.
As usual, our social media posts reflected the daily activities, which on Inauguration Day included a picture of enthralled students gathered around a television in the Nevens Library watching the momentous occasion with the caption, “As we watch history being made on so many levels at today’s inauguration, we celebrate the empowerment of women, by women.” The National Coalition of Girls Schools (NCGS) must have liked our post, as they reshared it in their Member Spotlight, which then, in turn, was shared by NBC News in a story about all-girls schools celebrating the first female Vice President.
Thank you to NCGS for championing all-girls education and for the shout-out to Oldfields School, where we have been celebrating young women for over 153 years. Read more about how this day will impact girls for decades to come in NCGS's article She Did, You Can, You Will.
We hope you enjoyed learning more about Oldfields, and we look forward to learning more about you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with and questions you may have.