On weekends, we take full advantage of all that our beautiful campus, the Pioneer Valley, and New England have to offer. Weekends are full of a variety of activities. Some of these are trips to other places, like visits to local fairs and festivals, malls, movie theaters, and museums like Mass MoCA and the Norman Rockwell Museum. We also enjoy excursions to local hotspots like Northampton and Shelburne Falls, and special, longer trips to Boston and New York City. Other activities are closer to home, like swimming at our head of school’s house, competitive rounds of bingo in our dining hall, bike rides on Old Main Street, hikes up the nearby Pocumtuck Ridge, sports games, and craft workshops on campus. Each weekend, we strive to strike a balance between time to relax and study, time spent in small, dorm-based groups, and time as a full boarding community.
Here is an example of a typical weekend schedule:
FRIDAY, MAY 17
5:30 Cookout dinner and Boarder Challenge game at Mary Hawks House (head's residence), followed by trips to town as needed
SATURDAY, MAY 18
Lacrosse girls depart for Pine Cobble tournament….GOOD LUCK!
10:30 Blydenburgh House departs for IMAX movie and time at the Natick Mall
1:00 Bike trip for Jiayi House and any others interested
2:30 Girls softball game at home
Dorm choice for dinner out and evening activities
SUNDAY, MAY 19
Church for those interested and/or sleep-in
Older boarding girls off to Berkshire East, zip-lining, and lunch
12:00 Lunch in the dining hall followed by field games with Mr. Jackson
3:45-5:15 Mandatory study hall
5:30 Formal dinner in the dining hall
Three times a year, our boarders participate in home-stay weekends with local families. This opportunity to spend time with an American family gives our international boarders a new perspective on their time in the United States, a chance to practice their language skills in a new context, and a strong connection not just with a peer but with an entire family.