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Board Chair Nancy Palmer P ’12 Named Interim Head of Oldfields School Elect
Alicia Bowers

After four years of excellent leadership, David Perfield has informed the Board of Trustees that he will resign as Head of Oldfields School on June 30, 2022. While the Board made it clear to David that they wanted him to stay and lead the school for many years to come, they accepted his decision to return to his roots and the need to be closer to his extended family.

Board Chair Nancy Palmer P '12 has agreed to step in as Interim Head of School effective July 1, 2022 to ensure a smooth transition for the coming year. She has served on the Oldfields Board since July of 2016, and as Board Chair since July 2020. She is deeply committed to an Oldfields education and all that it provides to our students. She is a mother of two girls and the proud parent of a five-year senior, Liz Palmer, who graduated in 2012.

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Remembering Hawley Rogers P’82 GP’12, ’17: A Life of Purpose
Alicia Bowers

Hawley Rogers was a man who changed countless lives for the better—not all at once with a grand gesture, but rather in a steady, intentional, and meaningful way, one student, one colleague, one friend at a time. Over the course of his life he vastly influenced all who knew him, helping young and old alike grow into the best versions of themselves. Hawley Rogers’ “garden” was independent schools, and the “plants” he nurtured were the multitude of students, faculty, and staff who had the good fortune to know him. In the words of long-time history teacher Maribeth Littlefield P’07, one of his many gifts was that “he saw things in us—talents, possibilities, potential—that we did not yet see in ourselves.” Hawley Rogers lived his life purposely, striving to see and bring out the best in everyone, and he was rewarded with their love and respect.

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admission counselor
Brian Vinyard

Taylor Montgomery loves being surrounded by the culture of learning at Oldfields. The small class sizes and the focus on the whole child give her an opportunity to immerse students in the material and encourage them to ask questions and make new discoveries. Teaching life science is her passion. “It’s hard for me to describe why I love the field of science so much. Science is always growing, changing, evolving. To be a scientist, you need to be passionate, curious, and work hard. You should like to work with your hands. You should be asking ‘why?’ and be okay with not getting an answer. You should be willing to change your mind. I love these qualities about science. I love learning the weird facts, hearing about new discoveries, and finding out stories about the scientists behind the discoveries. I think science drew me in because it is a way of living where you never stop learning.” Originally from Alabama, Taylor earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Auburn University and later a Master of Arts in Teaching from Loyola University. She lives on campus and says the experience has deepened her love of teaching and education.

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admission counselor
Brian Vinyard

Kristen Johnson ’10 came to campus to share how she became a medical illustrator. Kristen has her master’s degree in medical illustration from Rochester Institute of Technology and is currently the primary illustrator for the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. The students were fascinated with the process and asked question after question. A big “thank you” to Kristen for showing Oldfields students just one of the many paths your life can take after you leave Oldfields.

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admission counselor
Alicia Bowers

Who better to work in Admission than a former student? That kind of first-hand experience is tough to beat, but it is only one of the many qualifications that alumna Rayven Vinson, Class of 2010, brings to the Oldfields community! We are thrilled to welcome her back to campus as an Admission Counselor bringing her knowledge and expertise to prospective families.

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BCHSA Horse Show
Alicia Bowers

Every time of year is a great time to be a rider at Oldfields, but there is something special about the fall. Maybe it is the chill in the air that allows the horse’s breath to be seen as the rider makes their way up the hill to the indoor arena for an early morning lesson, possibly it is warm afternoon sun on their shoulders as they take a jump in the Lana duPont Wright ‘57 lower ring, or it might just be the fact that now our riders have had a little over a month to settle into the friendships and rhythm of life at the barn.  Whatever the reason, 25 young riders are having the experience of a lifetime as part of one of the largest groups of riders Oldfields program has seen in recent years. 

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Together Again at Opening Days!
Alicia Bowers

Words can’t describe how great it feels to have the classrooms bustling with activity, the quad filled with conversation and laughter, and the lights glowing in the dorm windows once again! What an incredible action-packed opening we have had as the students, new and returning, create and reestablish connections and embrace life at Oldfields. See more photos of Opening Days >

Opening Day activities kept everyone busy while students participated in a variety of activities such as the Scavenger Hunt on Saturday and Fun Run on Sunday designed to help them get to know the members of their advisory and the rest of the “Oldfields family” better. As you can see by the pictures--it worked! The weather was hot, but the students rose to the occasion, and the water balloon toss, ice cream trucks, and frequent water breaks in the shade helped! A highlight was when Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion led “What’s in a Name,” an artistic session where students created and shared their feelings about their names and what they represent. Believe it or not, by nightfall, it cooled off enough to have s’mores and music around the firepits. 

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Remembering Former Head of School Hawley Rogers 1938-2021
Alicia Bowers

Beloved by all who knew him, former Head of School Hawley Rogers P’82 GP’12, ’17 died on Friday, August 20, 2021. While the Oldfields community mourns this tremendous loss and offers deepest condolences to his wife, Wendy, and the entire Rogers family, we know his legacy lives on in each of us and in every Oldfields student—past, current, and future.  Read more and view video >

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Celebrating the Class of 2021!
Alicia Bowers

Oldfields’ Graduations are always special, but this year as the girls walked slowly down the hill, dressed in white with their bright smiles and colorful bouquets, the emotions were exceptionally poignant. The joy, the pride, and yes, a bit of relief, were palpable as all were aware what an accomplishment and privilege it was to participate in this cherished Oldfields tradition. 

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Term II Awards Celebration
Alicia Bowers

On June 1 our community was able to come together on the Rodney Quad to celebrate our Spring 2021 Awards Ceremony. Seeing students gathered on this beautiful sunny day, sitting on picnic blankets, cheering for each other, made it feel like “old times.” After a long year of hybrid, remote, and in-person learning, the community enthusiastically honored the academic and athletic achievements of the students. No member was forgotten in this celebration, as we aired the ceremony live on Zoom for our remote students as well as held cutouts of students who were unable to attend. 

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Happy 50th, May Program!
Erin Wallace

Everyone’s favorite time of year is here--May Program, Oldfields’ signature experiential learning program. It began early on Monday morning as The Maine Stage pulled out of Rodney parking lot to get their creative juices flowing in beautiful Kennebunkport, ME. The activity level continued to rise as a scavenger hunt had students exploring every corner of campus while other groups headed out on an urban hike and a jaunt to nearby Kilgore Falls. Design, Build, Play tested their strength and balance on some team building games they created, while nutritionist and alumni Ashley Grimmel ’06 gave an interactive presentation to Food Science. Many more adventures are planned for the next two weeks of experiential learning. Be a part of the magic by following us on Facebook and Instagram. We will share new highlights every day, so hop on board and let our students show you where they go, what they do, and who they can become during this 50th anniversary of May Program! 

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Nurse Darla Carter
Erin Wallace

Director of Health Services Darla Carter joined the Oldfields community in early September and has navigated this year, one unlike any other, with patience and expertise. Darla is extremely passionate about her work on campus advocating for our students and faculty and off campus advocating for accessibility through her own nonprofit. Sweet-natured with a sweet tooth, our campus is made safer and more resilient with Ms. Carter. 

  • Darla Carter
  • Health Services
  • Ms. Carter
  • Nonprofit
  • Nurse
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Guest Speaker Mrs. Antoinette Dempsey-Waters: African American History Is Our History
Erin Wallace

Optimistic and passionate, educator Mrs. Antoinette Dempsey-Waters inspires and motivates her students to see the power in voting, continuing their education, and sharing a good meal. Mrs. Waters joined our community for an interview on the importance of African American studies, the role economics play, and how the Black experience shapes American history.

  • African American History
  • Black History
  • DEI
  • Diversity
  • Guest Speaker
  • Interview
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Faculty Spotlight on Shawn Wright: Arts, Activism, and a Love of Learning
Erin Wallace

Shawn Wright joined the Oldfields community at the start of the 2020/2021 school year. Effervescent and experienced, she has jumped into campus life during a very unique school year. Shawn serves as the Theatre teacher/director, teaches AP Language and Composition, is the Co-Director of DEI Committee, a member of the DEI Board Committee (and leader of the Student Life & Restorative Justice  sub-committee) and a dorm parent.

  • Diversity
  • English
  • Theatre
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Celebrating Academic Awards and More!
Alicia Bowers

The spirit of Oldfields was in the air at the Fall 2020 Awards Ceremony on February 15 as students spread out across the gymnasium floor waving green and white pom poms.  The celebration had been delayed for a variety of reasons, but that did not diminish the enthusiasm as we finally gathered to honor the academic and athletic achievements of the students. Everyone was included, as remote students and faculty joined via Zoom. Faculty children held up cardboard headshots of the students who couldn’t be present to receive their award. Since we were in a celebratory mood, we took the opportunity to hold our mid-year Green and White Ceremony as well, welcoming our 12 new students to their respective teams. Having so many of us together in the same space felt both familiar and wonderful!

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LAX Coach Caroline Blaum
Erin Wallace

Here at Oldfields, learning happens both in and out of the classroom. From attitude and accountability to commitment and teamwork, some of the biggest life lessons are taught on the stage, on the athletic fields, and in the riding ring. The young women at Oldfields look up to their coaches as mentors and guides throughout their time here. Their coaches believe in and commit to educating the whole girl. And in turn, our students create unique bonds with their coaches and teammates, allowing important dialogues to happen within these unique spaces.

  • Athletes
  • Athletics
  • Coaches
  • Professional Development
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Mrs. Thompson
Erin Wallace

From her corner office on the first floor of Rodney Academic Building, Mrs. Thompson greets both students and faculty each day. She refers to her office as the “science wing snack stop”  since girls frequent her office often during the mid-morning break. Mrs. Thompson loves the feel of a community like Oldfields—one where you support one another as neighbors and individuals.

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Oldfields Receives National Recognition on Inauguration Day!
Alicia Bowers

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. 

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Update: Creating a community where all are seen, heard, valued, and loved.
Alicia Bowers

As always, the health and safety of our community is our top priority. Therefore, we must pay close attention to our school culture as it directly affects the emotional and physical safety of our community members. Oldfields should always be a place that feels warm, welcoming, respectful, accepting, and inclusive of all who step foot on campus. This spring, the voices of our alumnae helped us understand—more so than ever before—how this has not always been the case for all students at Oldfields, and particularly not for many students of color.

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Faculty Spotlight on Carrie Hammond
Erin Wallace

Performers use the term “triple threat” to refer to someone who excels at all three disciplines: singing, acting and dancing. Here at Oldfields, one could consider Arts Chair Carrie Hammond another type of triple threat. Teaching, advising, and raising her two young boys, Ms. Hammond weaves her work and life together effortlessly, like ribbons on a pointe shoe.

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Faculty Spotlight on Kate Wyvill
Erin Wallace

History teacher Kate Wyvill’s classroom is a calming space, lit by strands of twinkle lights and decorated with world maps. A classroom that reflects its students, the walls are adorned with favorite quotes made by the girls, a birthday chart, and colorful student artwork. Kate shared, “I want my students to have some ownership of this space. This is a space they can bring their whole self into.”

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Green and White Night—Connecting Through Tradition
Brian Vinyard

Our beloved Oldfields tradition, Green and White Night, was held this year on a perfect, crisp September evening. Like always, returning students adorned themselves in bright team colors and costumes and decorated the venue with streamers, balloons, and posters, while new students and faculty practiced the School song and studied Oldfields’ history in anticipation of the ceremony. Everyone gathered on the Commons Lawn for the first full-community dinner of the year to kick off the evening. 

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Celebrating New School Year 2020-2021
Brian Vinyard

It’s a wrap! Our community has a wonderful reopening experience under our belts, and we are looking forward to the months ahead! Move-in day went incredibly well thanks to all of you, our families, who did a great job following our health and safety protocols. A shoutout also goes to the faculty and staff who greeted the girls with smiles, helped move everyone into the dorms, and made all feel at home. However, the real rock stars of Opening Days were the students. Their attitude and energy were fantastic as we all got to know each other better through Advisory meetings, games, and of course, classes!

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Oldhouse in Fall
Brian Vinyard

On June 26,  Head of School David G. Perfield announced in a letter to families that all students would be welcomed back to campus on August 22. Since early spring, the School has been leveraging external expertise and evolving guidance from local and national authorities to develop health and safety protocols designed to protect the overall well-being of both residential and non-residential students and employees. This remains the highest priority.

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Racial Injustice: Committed to Change
Brian Vinyard

Oldfields is committed to doing our part to address the systemic racial injustice that has long gripped our nation. We join together with our students, families, and alumnae of color, particularly our Black community, both on and off our campus, as the nation continues to fight racial injustice. We are committed to working as a community to educate ourselves, better our understanding, and lead change.

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