As The Browning School community gathered in Christ Church for Opening Assembly on September 8, the word “new” was used more than once by school leaders who addressed all those present. Firstly, Head of School John Botti welcomed everyone, expressing to those boys and faculty just joining Browning that he, too, is new, having come on board July 1. Mr. Botti read the words of both the Browning Mission and Diversity Statements, noting that while many in the audience are familiar with them, they still represent what Browning aspires to and ring true each year.
Student Government President Conor Harkins ’17 also greeted the community, followed by Division Heads Laurie Gruhn (Lower), Chris Dunham (Middle) and Jim Reynolds (Upper). As these speakers imparted their words of wisdom, common threads became apparent. The boys were advised to have courage, be kind, set goals they can have fun with, strive to do their best, and make a difference despite the troubled, turbulent times we live in; after all, they have an outstanding support system of teachers who are ready and willing to help them do so.
Director of College Guidance Sandy Pelz then asked all Form VI boys to come forward and introduce themselves, a request they proudly obliged. A hard act to follow, the senior boys remained standing up front as the Panther mascot, baton in hand, conducted a rousing rendition of the School Song. New to this year’s Opening Assembly was the singing of the song at the end (rather than beginning) of the program, accompanied by Lower School music teacher Lucy Warner and led by a group of faculty with wonderful voices. And so begins another exciting year of learning and collaboration at The Browning School! Welcome, one and all!