At Providence, student friendship, camaraderie, and collaboration outside of the classroom help to form our unique K-12 community. The upper school fall retreat is an excellent example of the effort Providence makes to provide unique interactions between students beyond the classroom where spiritually meaningful moments and strong relationships can be cultivated.
On September 7-8, the upper school students and faculty traveled to Camp Wartburg in Waterloo, IL for an overnight retreat. Dr. Egan opened the retreat with an address to all students followed by a cookout and bonfire. The following morning, Mr. Keating held a devotional with students, guiding reflection on some of the key verses and ideas from Dr. Egan’s talk.
As is typical each year, students participated in games and activities throughout their time together, including canoeing, capture the flag, gaga ball, nature hikes, and more. Students also welcomed the new 7th graders to their upper school houses and took part in several house competitions, including the house Frisbee tournament in which Jerome was awarded the highly sought-after Golden Frisbee.
This opportunity to spend time together away from the academic setting was important for establishing relationships and setting a positive tone for the year among our upper schoolers and faculty alike. Thank you to all who made this time away from campus possible, especially our parent drivers and faculty.
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