The Browning School’s annual Holiday Program, held on December 22 in Temple Emanu-El, heralded the season with its theme of “Hello, Holidays!” Led by Music Department Chair Lucy Warner, along with Richard Symons, Middle and Upper School music teacher, the program was attended by the entire Browning community, including parents and extended family members. Click here to view photos and read details.
On December 21, Browning held its fourth school-wide Community Day during which the entire student body (Kindergarten to Form VI) interacted and focused on a division-specific theme. Director of Equity and Diversity Dr. Betty Noel noted, “This day is a wonderful opportunity for the older students to demonstrate leadership and camaraderie with their younger peers and for the younger boys to make connections with the older ones." Click here to view photos and learn more about the workshops.
The Grytte newspaper staff was awarded a Gold Medalist rating by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) for the issues published in 2016-17 by boys in Grade Four through Form VI. The Medalist Critiques are the written evaluation of the publication compared against a set of printed criteria as completed by CSPA judges.
In November, to celebrate the anniversary of its inaugural issue that same month in 1897, the staff visited the offices of The Street on Wall Street as well as attended CSPA's journalism summit at Columbia University. Click here to learn more about about the paper’s 120th anniversary celebrations as well as view video and photos.
Perhaps the next best thing to getting a puppy as a present this holiday season is the chance to experience a “meet and greet” right here inside the red doors of Browning! Again this year, a group of therapy dogs and their owners-handlers from New York Therapy Animals were guests at a Lower School assembly on December 7. These gentle, friendly canines of varying ages and breeds play a comforting role in the lives of boys, girls, men and women when they and their owners volunteer at schools, libraries and hospitals in the city on a regular basis. Click here to learn more about the lively program full of puppy love.
The varsity basketball team enjoyed a five-point victory (44-39) over the Churchill School at the Barclays Center on November 21. Coach Dan Ragsdale reports: "The boys were pleased to enter the holiday weekend with a win. Without a doubt, what was most gratifying about the experience was the tremendous support of our Browning community. From colleagues, to parents, to students from every division, Browning pride was on display and undeniable. On behalf of the team, the coaches extend our heartfelt thanks for such enthusiastic support!"
For 30 years, Browning has celebrated the season of thanks with a Thanksgiving Assembly attended by the School community. Held on November 21, the event began with a welcome from Head of School John Botti, who remarked that he is grateful to work with the students and all of the fine people at Browning. A number of boys addressed the audience, reading from such works as President John F. Kennedy’s Proclamation 3560 – Thanksgiving Day 1963 and remarking on the annual Middle School Food Drive, which garnered 370 pounds of food for the New York Food Pantry’s efforts to provide 1,000 local families in need with a Thanksgiving feast. Click here to view photos and read more details on musical performances.
“As You Like It,” the annual Middle School Shakespeare production, was directed by Head Librarian Sarah Murphy and performed in November by 25 actors, including students from The Brearley School. Adding to the success of the production were student stage crew and technicians, as well as some Upper School boys whose musical talent enhanced the overall staging. Click here to view photos and more details.
Although the wins at the varsity and junior varsity level were hard to come by this season, I was pleased with the grit and determination the boys showed. They stuck with it and were playing much better as the season came to a close. The 7-8 Grade Panthers played extremely well from start to finish and will undoubtedly provide a much-needed boost to the other teams, starting as early as next year. The varsity cross country team enjoyed a strong season, finishing first at a handful of meets and third at the championships. The 7-8 Grade cross country team also consistently improved throughout the season and will fuel the varsity program next year. Go, Panthers! Click here to view photos of the soccer and cross country teams.
Last year's Lower School Halloween parade proved so popular that there was little doubt it would become an annual event. In the afternoon of Halloween Day 2017, the boys donned their costumes and paraded around the block. Head of School John Botti channeled the Harry Potter book series by dressing as Professor Albus Dumbledore (a very wise wizard and headmaster, indeed!) and leading the parade with two Lower School "helpers."
Earlier in the afternoon, older Browning boys got into the Halloween spirit as well. In keeping with yet another Browning tradition, the Kindergarten boys sang their ever-popular Halloween song during an October 26 assembly. Click here to listen and view more photos.
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