For Anny Lin ‘23, beginning her sophomore year at Chatham Hall meant navigating both travel restrictions and COVID-19 precautions to return to Virginia from Fujian, China. But the Lin family was determined that she return to campus.
On Sept. 20, the Riding Program hosted its first in a series about Equine Science. The series will include multiple sessions throughout the semester to supplement student knowledge of horses, especially for those considering studying veterinary science in the future.
Chatham Hall’s portraits of Clevius Orlando Pruden and Chiswell Dabney were conspicuously absent for a time in spring and summer 2020. They have recently returned from restoration work carried out by Hessling Conservation in Durham, NC.
With the COVID-19 pandemic changing much of daily life, the Office of Advancement has become creative with bringing alumnae together. With last spring’s reunions celebrations cancelled, many classes have been meeting via Zoom instead.
On Sept. 6 the Riding Program, headed by leadership club Bit n' Spur, hosted its first Equisplore day at the barn. This was the first of several weekend opportunities for students and faculty members with little or no experience in working with horses.
Chatham Hall’s annual Convocation ceremony took place on Sept. 4, officially opening this unique school year. In observance of precautions against COVID-19, the ceremony took place on the lawn behind the Rectory and included social distancing, masks for each attendee, and strictly instrumental music.
Last spring, Zoey Horn ’22 participated in Ms. Barksdale’s Global Entrepreneurism class at the same time she welcomed a new horse, Copper, to her family. It didn’t take long before she found a natural connection between what she witnessed with Copper and what she learned in class.
As the Chatham Hall Alumnae Council, we care deeply about our fellow alumnae as well as current students. We write to you now to acknowledge the harm that many members of our community have endured at Chatham Hall. Recent accounts on social media detailing acts of racism, homophobia and other types of discrimination committed at Chatham Hall have brought up renewed frustration and sadness among us. This is not in keeping with who we should be as a school or as a community committed to empowering the next generation of leaders.
Annabele Whitehead ’22 and horse Gunther recently won two separate competitions at the Lexington National Horse Show, including the Virginia Horse Show Association (VHSA)/EMO Agency (EMO) Junior Championship on the Flat and the VHSA/EMO Hunter Seat Medal Championship.
We, the Chatham Hall Board of Trustees, are both saddened and concerned by accounts of injustice, including racism,at Chatham Hall. Racism, discrimination, and injustice are contradictory to Chatham Hall’s sense of community and commitment to creating a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are committed to taking these issues out of the shadows and out of our school as they have no place at Chatham Hall.
Lily Fulop ’14 has published Wear, Repair, Repurpose with Countryman Press/W.W. Norton & Company. Subtitled “A maker’s guide to mending and upcycling clothes,” the book is intended for a range of audiences: sewing novices looking for a place to start, anyone who cares about sustainability and wants to tackle throw-away culture, and vintage fashion lovers and thrifters interested in rescuing old clothes.
In preparation for the new school year and shifting educational landscape, Chatham Hall faculty spent the summer training through a new partnership with One Schoolhouse via the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS).
Ellie Larsen ’22 has been interested and participating in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities since elementary school, and this summer she’s had the opportunity to start a new program to engage other girls.
Chatham Hall alumna Imani Brooks ’16 participated in the keynote panel discussion on “Creating Change, One Girl at a Time” at the 2020 National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) virtual conference Stand Up, Speak Up: Girls Using Their Voices to Engage, Empower, & Enact on June 24.
I write with a follow up message to my Sunday letter on the path of love. When I wrote a letter to the community on Sunday, it was my direct response to the deep injustices and trouble all across the nation. I have been encouraged to update the community on Chatham Hall's diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work that began on this campus almost a year ago at the 2019 reunion.
Chatham Hall sponsors two teams for the Tests of Engineering, Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science. This year, they both came in 2nd overall in Virginia, and the 9/10th grade team placed 1st nationally in the design/build category!
Last week, members of the Chatham Hall community traveled to Baltimore, Maryland for the Johns Hopkins University Model United Nations Conference. Annie Radtke ’22 was one of the students in attendance and shared with us this dispatch from the conference:
The Interscholastic Equestrian Association Team hosted their final two regular-season shows at Chatham Hall on January 25 and 26. The shows were the last chances for riders to qualify for Regional Finals.
An all girls boarding and day school in Southern Virginia, Chatham Hall prepares girls for college and for productive lives. Our innovative academic program offers Advanced Placement courses, global study and travel, as well as project based learning. Our athletic teams regularly compete at the State level and our exceptional riding program is nationally recognized. We foster the intellect and character of each student and, through our Honor Code, live in a community of trust. Grounded in its Episcopal heritage, the school welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds.