On January 30, Browning’s Form II French students participated in the annual Middle School theater festival at the Lycée français of New York. French teacher Dominique Bernard reports: The imposing amphitheater was packed, the tension was palpable and the boys a little nervous but very motivated. Their assignment was to present a short performance of five to seven minutes based on this year’s theme, “Disgust and Desire.” The quality of all the plays was remarkable and perhaps even better than in the past. Well-assisted by his talented peers, a Form II Browning boy was awarded the “best non-French speaking male actor trophy.” Browning also won a “Coup de Coeur” (difficult to translate in English, but it means “loving something impulsively”) for Humor. This was a superb achievement indeed! The festival was, as it is every year, an enjoyable and engaging activity. The numerous Browning parents who attended the event had every reason to be proud of their children! View photos.
Even in a crowd of 3,000 Model UN delegates from around the world, Browning's determined delegation of 20 made its presence known in large and small committees and won recognition at the closing ceremonies. During four days at the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference (ILMUNC) in Philadelphia, Browning's seasoned and novice participants worked hard, topping off the weekend with the annual dinner at the Imperial Inn in Chinatown.
History teacher Gerald Protheroe observed: "It was the biggest ILMUNC I have experienced since we first attended -- a veritable United Nations in fact. This was a truly global affair with schools from China, including the prestigious Shanghai High School, as well as from Canada, Venezuela, Peru, India and the Dominican Republic. Some of the Committees had as many as 250 students on them. Our delegation representing Saudi Arabia performed exceedingly well." View photos.
Lower School music teacher Lucy Warner reports that on January 21 and 28, recital assemblies featured Lower School boys playing instrumental pieces on piano, guitar, violin, and cello, with selections ranging from Bach to Eric Clapton. Headmaster Clement praised the young Browning musicians for their talent and courage to perform in front of such a large audience. Ms. Warner notes that the final such Lower School Assembly Recital, attended by all Lower School students and faculty during the school day, is scheduled for the morning of March 10. View photos.
Every January, the Browning Form IV boys and Form VI Peer Leaders make the trek to the Frost Valley YMCA camp in the Catskills to engage in three days of programming with the Interschool community to discuss issues surrounding their shared identity as high schoolers and New Yorkers. Students have the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities such as tubing, cross-country skiing and broom-ball. The boys also look forward to an Open Mic night and square dancing with students from Brearley, Chapin, Collegiate, Nightingale and Spence. Click here to view photos and read additional details from Dean of Students Mr. Keany.
On Friday, January 22, Browning and Marymount co-hosted an alumni function for the fourth year in a row. The evening began at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where guests had the opportunity to enjoy student-guided tours of "Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom." Eleven Marymount students prepared extensively to lead these tours, with guidance from their art history teacher, Ms. Kate Carcaterra. Browning's Key Society students also turned out to support the event, assisting with check in at the Met, including distribution of tour guide handouts and tickets. The Met portion of the event was followed by a lively reception across the street at Marymount School, where close to 100 guests enjoyed wine, cheese and desserts just hours before Winter Storm Jonas came to town. Browning's Alumni Association extends a very special thanks to Marymount for their partnership in this event! Please click here for photos.
Every year Art Department Chair Nik Vlahos, along with art teacher Zack Davis, choose a central theme such that all boys enrolled in an art class in the fall will create art focused on that particular topic. Some works are collective and others individual. Mr. Vlahos explained, “The collective works are stretched canvas reproductions of the artists’ work we are studying. The trick is to find an artist or artists who can engage a Pre-primary boy and also challenge a Form VI student. This year the boys studied painters influenced by jazz. The artists span from the early 20th century to the contemporary time period, including Stuart Davis, Alma Thomas, Romare Bearden, Jackson Pollock, Elizabeth Murray and Stanley Whitney.
Many of the artworks are now displayed in the Cafeteria and were unveiled to boys in all divisions the week of January 18. Click here for more details and to watch a video about how the art department utilized the concept of the Mellow Pad to influence the boys’ artworks.
Browning’s second annual Community Day was a celebration of the school community and an opportunity to take a closer look at the world outside its walls, according to Dr. Betty Noel, diversity coordinator and science teacher, who coordinated the event. The boys and faculty engaged with one another in a number of morning conversations and activities at Browning, including a shared Google Map with pins indicating the many places where the families of each group member hail from. A scavenger hunt and traditional intraschool games were also part of the agenda, followed by a community lunch. The members of Browning’s food services team were pleased to play their part. Faculty members commented on the fact that the younger boys looked up to the older ones, even holding hands with them as they participated in the day’s activities. The older boys were equally happy to be with the younger boys, taking their roles as models and mentors to heart.
Click here to read more and watch a video of boys and faculty discuss the efforts to to partake in a number of community service endeavors that benefited a local food pantry, under-served youth, and incarcerated book lovers, among others.