Challenging girls to become women of 
intellect, character, innovation, action, and faith

Sacred Heart and NCDS Traditions

Two centuries of Sacred Heart education have yielded a number of cherished network-wide traditions. Newton Country Day School proudly continues these traditions as well as those that have evolved over its 139-year history.



The French word goûter refers to a snack that is provided on special occasions or celebrations. Students and faculty at look forward to goûters, which generally are planned by the Headmistress and dining staff as a surprise for all.


Congé, a French word meaning holiday, is a surprise, in-school holiday during which the usual class schedule is suspended in favor of fun activities that build community. Planned by the Committee of Games, Congé is traditionally announced mid-morning by Seniors, sparking excitement and laughter throughout the school halls. Recent Congés have featured roller skating, trivia contests, and dance competitions.

Advent Vespers

Each December just before Christmas Break, the school community, including students and their families, faculty, and alumnae, gather for Advent worship. A popular family tradition, Newton Country Day's separate Middle and Upper School Advent Vespers feature the school's chorus groups, Liturgical Dancers, and Instrumental Ensembles.

2018 Upper School Advent Vespers
2018 Middle School Advent Vespers

Advent Angels

During Advent, students, faculty, and staff may participate in anonymous gift exchanges known as Advent Angels. During this holy period of anticipation, generosity of spirit is encouraged. Participants make and bake gifts for their Advent Angel in a celebratory atmosphere of secrecy and joy. At the annual Christmas sing-along, held before Christmas Vacation, each Advent Angel presents a final gift and reveals him or herself to his or her Angel.

Blue and Silver Teams

These competitive groups based on school colors were established when the school was founded in 1880. All members of the Newton Country Day community are inducted into either the Blue or Silver team during the fall of their first year at NCDS. The purpose of these teams is to involve the entire community in different types of constructive competition.

Throughout the year the teams compete for points not only in athletic endeavors, but also in various areas of school life, including school spirit, and participation and attendance at school events. At the end of the year, the team with the greater number of points is awarded the Blue-Silver Trophy.


Each fall students, families, and alumnae gather to celebrate Newton Country Day’s Homecoming. Fans support the 13 Middle and Upper School teams as they play Dana Hall School. In addition to cheering on our girls on the field and court, guests enjoy food, fun, and games.

Prize Day

A time-honored tradition, Prize Day marks the end of the school year. Held in the Chapel, the formal Prize Day ceremonies (the Middle and Upper Schools convene separately) celebrate students’ accomplishments in the previous semester. Students who earn honors grades receive silver or gold distinction and certificates distributed by the Headmistress. The Headmistress and Head of each school also distribute certificates and awards received for exemplary performance on regional and national exams. In addition to academic honors, each Prize Day affirms the Goals of Sacred Heart Schools by conferring five Goal Awards to a student in each class. Girls nominate their peers, describing the ways in which their classmates have fulfilled the criteria set out by the individual goals.

Junior Ring Ceremony

Held in the spring, the Junior Ring Ceremony is one of the most anticipated events in a girl’s time at NCDS. The class ring marks a student’s transition from junior to senior year.