Students Share Their Expertise on GIRLS Day

Chatham Hall
On February 26, the community came together for GIRLS Day, with a focus this year on the passions and interests of students.
The day started with brunch, featuring a made-to-order pancake station staffed by faculty, leading into four, student-led breakout sessions. The morning sessions were the culmination of months of preparation by student presenters, offering immersive presentations and lectures on topics close to their hearts. Topics included both hands-on demonstrations, such as Ancient Chinese Architecture, tap dancing, paper making, and a honk orchestra, and experiential or cultural talks, like self-care, a personal connection to the nation of Ghana, and Islamic culture and beliefs.

After a break for lunch, featuring a chocolate fondue fountain, students split into two groups for the afternoon.  The Junior and Senior classes headed to the gym and library for unstructured “recess” time, with stations set up for games, yoga, meditation, and other activities. Meanwhile, the Freshman and Sophomore classes attended a workshop facilitated by representatives from the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN) on sexual misconduct prevention, education, and awareness on GIRLS Day. Students learned to discern healthy from unhealthy relationships, how to prevent inappropriate behavior, and how to respond to something inappropriate they may see, hear, or experience. The two groups switched places halfway through the afternoon.
Reflecting on the day, Dean of Students, Nicole Brown, said, "Girls' Day was an amazing opportunity for girls to explore their passions, learn about something new, and connect with one another. They enjoyed food and fellowship all day through student-led workshops, delicious treats, and fun activities like recess! They learned to feel confident in their ability to use their voices to share and teach about their unique journey as well as the world outside of Chatham Hall. It was very inspiring to see this day unfold!"
More surprises lay in store after study hall, when Rector Buck declared that Wednesday would be a free day. In all, participants enjoyed another GIRLS Day filled with bonding, exploration, and fun by taking time to learn about the myriad talents present in the Chatham Hall community.
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.  
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