In observance of the Lunar New Year, Middle and Upper School girls learned about the holiday’s traditions, practiced calligraphy, and created paper flowers.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
In a society characterized by diversity, Newton Country Day commits itself to inspire in each student a desire to build just and enriching relationships. The School seeks to be a community that embraces differences and celebrates the fundamental unity of the human family and the dignity of the human person. Both in the classroom and through programs in community service, students are educated to an awareness of economic, political, and social problems and are made aware of their responsibility to work for a more just and peaceful world.
We strive to build courage and confidence in all our students, by creating an environment where each student feels that they are welcome, that they are seen, that they are heard, and that they belong. Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat called on our Sacred Heart communities to model respect, compassion, forgiveness, and generosity. We honor this by building a community that celebrates the fundamental unity of the human family and the dignity of the human person, by educating to a social awareness and creating opportunities for learning with grace, curiosity, and respect.
“The criteria [of the Goals] serve as indicators that the goals are being lived. Through personal and communal engagement, the attentiveness of educators to the criteria ensures that Sophie’s vision is alive across all Network of Sacred Heart Schools.” - Sacred Heart Educators’ An Orientation To Mission, 2020
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15, Newton Country Day showcased the contributions of the Hispanic community in the form of presentations, displays, and art.
Newton Country Day’s Artists in Residence Program, focused on slam poetry and co-sponsored by the Theatre Department and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, kicked off on Monday, April 27. Through May 20, Poet Laureate of Boston Porsha Olayiwola, Austin Poetry Slam Champion Andre Bradford, and 2018 Natick Poetry Slam Champion Beth Aarons ’89 will perform and host a Theatre Intensive program for interested Upper School students.
In conjunction with the celebration of Black History Month, and learning about Coretta Scott King’s use of music and art in activism, the NCDS Middle School curated its own Freedom Concert.
Newton’s Latinx affinity group OLAS (Organization of Latin American Students), in partnership with Latinx groups at The Winsor School, Dana Hall School, The Roxbury Latin School, and Fontbonne Academy, launched a t-shirt fundraiser, “Unidos por Centroamérica.”