Even in the digital age, teenagers and children need deep, personal relationships with adults and peers who see them for who they are–and who they might become. High Mowing is fortunate to have Florian Osswald, a 30 year Waldorf teacher and consultant to Waldorf schools around the world, spend two days with us on March 25 at 7 p.m. for a conversation about these issues.
High Mowing School recently received the Land Ethic for Tomorrow (LEFT) Award from the New Hampshire Land Surveyors Association (NHLSA) at its 2013 annual meeting. The LEFT Award recognizes an individual, company, or government agency that has made unique and significant land-use decisions based upon accurate and complete land information gathered and used in an advanced and innovative manner.
This year, sophomores performed Twelve Angry Men on February 6, 2014 as a part of their Greek Tragedy block. This well-known drama originated as a television production in the 1950s, was well received as a film with Henry Fonda in 1957, and has gone on to be produced numerous times in the last 60 years. Its exploration of consensus building, how arguments are formed, and facts versus opinion (each with their own power to sway) made it a powerful learning experience for the students.
The Cabin students spent a weekend in a Non-Violent Communication facilitation training retreat with educational consultant Barbara Thorngren, and then facilitated a whole-school, day-long workshop where we learned about each other, our differences and similarities, how labeling, judgments of, and holding assumptions and preconceived ideas about each other leads to intolerance and narrow-mindedness.
December is a special month at High Mowing. Mrs. Emmet, the founder of High Mowing School, instilled many traditions that still exist today, 70 years later. The many events, activities and festivities create a special experience and infuse the campus with feelings of love and hope. The memories created are held and cherished by students long after they leave High Mowing.
Teachers, students and parents eagerly anticipate Parents Weekend, the one time each year that parents return to campus to get a glimpse of what student life is like here on the hill. This year Parents Weekend will be held October 25-27.
Many high school seniors struggle with that exact question as they plan for the next phase of their lives. But, for at least one High Mowing senior, the answer has crystallized in the form of a giant leap. The LEAPNOW program describes itself as "the most engaging year of college on the planet." And Nina Duggan '13 would wholeheartedly agree.
The Naturalist Trimester is back! In the 2013 fall trimester Keith Badger, Long Walker and High Mowing naturalist teacher, and a dozen juniors and seniors will navigate the waterways of New Hampshire and explore the canyons of Arizona. Each day after block class they will immerse themselves in the world of the naturalist, learn wilderness skills, and delve into the history, literature, science and crafts that have arisen from humanity's relationship with water and the weather.
The thoughtful interplay of composition, form and light are featured in a new black and white photography exhibit of work by students from High Mowing School. The show takes place at the Hilltop Café on Abbot Hill Road from April 19 through May 31. An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, April 19th from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.
Harpist Fiona Graham '13 of Wilton headlines a concert to benefit the David Anderson Music Fund on Saturday, April 20 at 7:00 pm at High Mowing School on Abbot Hill Road. The program also includes chamber music performances by musicians including Fiona, Aurora Pearson and Cam Twarog on violin, Joe McConaughy on viola, Andrew Koutroubas on cello, and pianist Mark Ferguson (HM Chamber Music teacher and Sinfonietta Director).
If you spend any amount of time on the High Mowing campus, you will soon realize that music is everywhere. Students practice their instruments, perform in Sinfonietta and ensembles, and dance to music in plays, performances, and morning exercises. But, an equal presence is our students' ability and desire to sing, and here is the story of how one student created an A Capella group to meet that desire.
John Adams is trying to convince his colleagues in the Continental Congress that the time has come for independence, but not everyone is ready to listen! See how it all plays out at High Mowing School's spring musical, 1776, on April 25, 26 and 27 at 7 pm at the Pine Hill Waldorf School auditorium on Abbot Hill Rd in Wilton. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors/students, and available at the door. Call 654-2391 for more information.
Spring is in the air, and you're invited to help celebrate! Come to High Mowing's beautiful hilltop campus to welcome Spring with Maypole and Morris dancing, live music and seasonal merriment for all ages on April 27!
Just before Winter Break, the junior class performed Love's Labour's Lost — the culmination of their Shakespeare block class. Shifting alliances, misdirected correspondence and engaging wordplay were the hallmarks of this story of romance and intrigue, presented in the Big Room at High Mowing School.
High Mowing teacher Wendy Bruneau looks at Faust, a standard Grade 12 block in Waldorf education, and the relevance that study has for these young adults who are preparing for the next phase of their life journey.
Batik and Weaving are two elective courses in the Fiber Arts curriculum at HMS. In Weaving, students choose a project for the large loom to focus on for the trimester, from initial design to completion. In the Batik, Silk Screening and Block Printing class, students experiment with many projects and aspects of the medium.
In early February, sophomores in the Greek Drama and Studies in World Theatre block class performed Crusader, Muslim, and Jew, a reworking of one of the most famous plays from German literature, Nathan the Wise by G.E. Lessing. Under the guidance of Dale Coye and Jonathan Northrop, students stepped back in time to twelfth-century Jerusalem and the court of Saladin, the Muslim leader at the time of the Crusades.
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