Every year the art department chooses a theme for all of the Browning boys to study. This year the boys are studying prehistoric art, looking at cave paintings and petroglyphs (drawings carved into rock) from all over the world. Click here to watch a video of the boys creating artwork that relate to this theme, which range from large stretched canvases to works on paper executed with cray-pas and watercolor.
Head of School John Botti observed his first Thanksgiving Assembly (the School’s 29th) with the Browning community on November 22. Mr. Botti described the day as “a wonderful one,” to be shared with family and friends. A number of boys addressed the audience, reading from works that echoed Mr. Botti’s words that this holiday is meant to be spent with those we love, enjoying one another’s company and, of course, all the food and trimmings!
Performances by the Drumming Circle, Ovation Orchestra, Browning Balladeers and Form II Handchimes added to the festive nature of the event. Presidents of both the Middle and Upper School Councils remarked on the success of the school year so far, from the winning fall sports teams to the record-breaking amount of food (860 pounds) collected during the annual food drive.
The Class of 2017 and Director of College Guidance Sandy Pelz ’71 welcomed returning alumni, while the Panther mascot, along with music teacher Richard Symons, led the community in singing The Browning School Song.
After the assembly, alumni were treated to a reception back at the School where they mingled with former teachers and Form VI boys.
Click here to view photos and more details from the assembly.
The annual Middle School Shakespeare production brought “Macbeth” to the stage on November 16 and 17 under the direction of Head Librarian Sarah Murphy. As always, the cast – including girls from The Brearley School – impressed the audience with their acting skills and interpretation of the Bard’s language. Click here to view photos and more details.
For the second consecutive year, boys from The Browning Grytte newspaper staff, along with the editors of The Grytte yearbook, attended the 77th Annual Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s (CSPA) Annual Fall Conference at Columbia University. The students partook in a variety of sessions, with 80 from which to choose, with themes ranging from sports reporting, to editorial writing, to creativity. They experienced both learning from professional journalists and writers and from being on a renowned college campus.
The boys from Grade Four to Form VI gathered insight into what makes their writing, visuals and paper itself more appealing. They appreciated this opportunity to learn more about what they do outside of class. Click here to view video, photos and more details about the conference.
On the evening of November 9, The Browning School celebrated new Chairholders Mary Bosworth and Sam Keany. Ms. Bosworth, recipient of the 2016 Stephen M. Clement, III Chair for the Humanities, joined Browning in 2004 and is a Middle and Upper School history teacher. Mr. Keany, 2016 recipient of the STEM Chair, has taught at the School since 2001 and is Chair of the Science Department and Dean of Students.
The Stephen M. Clement, III Chair for the Humanities was established in 2009 to honor Mr. Clement's 20th anniversary as Headmaster, while the STEM Chair was first awarded in 2014 to honor a faculty member who advance the School's missions in supporting science, technology, engineering and math. Both chairs are awarded for three-year terms. Click here to view photos, video and remarks from the evening.
Browning boys, their families and the entire school community are never at a loss for finding the perfect book at the annual Book Fair each fall. Guest authors (including Browning faculty, friends and alumni), classroom visits and a cocktail party are all part of the two-day event orchestrated by the Parents Association and Head Librarian Sarah Murphy. Please click here to view photos and more details.
Congratulations to all the Browning sports teams on a great season!
Browning boys George Allen ’17 and Joshua Jordan ’17 were selected as NYCAL All League Soccer Players this season. Coaches from all the varsity soccer teams rank the players in the league, and the top 11 make the All League team. Coaches are not permitted to vote for their own players. Well done, boys!