Tarriers of all ages gathered the Wight Gym on Monday, Dec. 15, to celebrate the holidays during an assembly led by Charles Wright Academy Chaplain Mike Moffitt, whose program highlighted community.
This annual tradition is one of only two times every year that the entire school—everyone from junior kindergartners up to seniors—comes together for an assembly (the other being Founders’ Day in April). Lower Schoolers performed an encore of song selections from their winter concert, including “The Birch Tree,” “Fuyu No Uta,” “My Favorite Things,” and “It’s Snowing.” Then, the Upper School symphonic band performed “Fantasy on Coventry Carol” before the and Academy Singers sang “Go Where I Send Thee.”
For the second year running, Chaplain Mike arranged for a community read-along video of a Christmas-themed children’s book; this year featured Grumpy Badger’s Christmas. Following the video, students participated in a celebration of lights, highlighting a variety of holidays that included Diwali, Bodhi Day, Hanukkah, Solstice, Advent and Christmas, Kwanzaa, Japanese New Year, and Lunar New Year. The celebration of lights culminated in a long-standing Tarrier tradition, with the oldest “lifer” and youngest junior kindergartner light a candle together.
Inspired by Food Service colleague Steven Dooley, Chaplain Mike worked with hundreds of students to create a truly Tarrierific video highlighting what makes every grade at CWA so special. The result is the following video, “The 14 Grades of Christmas”:
To close out the assembly, the Academy Singers performed the Tarrier favorite “Fruitcake,” and the symphonic band led a sing-along of “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.”
Happy holidays to all from Charles Wright Academy!