Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Sunday, May 27, 2018

WalkingIn Sm webArianna Perez, ‘19, enters the star-studded event, greeted by applause and the paparazzi. (Photo submitted)

MILFORD – One hundred fifteen Lauralton Hall students of the Class of 2019 were celebrated in Hollywood style as they entered the doors of the Lauralton Hall Athletic Center on Aug. 31. They were greeted by cheers, people asking for autographs and paparazzi taking their photographs.

The VIP Freshman Fun Day was aimed at giving the Class of 2019 some special first memories of Lauralton Hall. The newest students had the campus entirely to themselves to enjoy a day of social activities and bonding. A campus-wide scavenger hunt, poster making and a pizza party were just some of the events that took place throughout the day.

That was only the beginning of their four-day-long celebration. There were many events planned to help new students conquer their first day jitters.

“These days were designed to help the freshmen students become acclimated to the school and meet their new friends,” said Kathy Shine, director of enrollment management. “The goals of the events were for the students to have a great time participating in fun activities while learning about the school they'll be attending on September 8th.”

The freshmen returned the next day to participate in the Adam Kreiger Adventure Program. This program provides groups with a series of sequenced team-based challenges in a safe environment. The goal of the program is to build the skill set for participants to: become effective leaders; find productive conflict resolution approaches; be confident members of high-performance teams; appreciate and take ownership of the group process; understand responsibility to themselves, others, and the community; encourage conscientious risk-taking beyond perceived limitations; and excel at their endeavors.

On day three, Lauralton Hall hosted the matriculation ceremony. This event formally inducted the Class of 2019 into the Lauralton Hall community. Parents, relatives and friends joined faculty, staff, alumnae and trustees in welcoming the new students to the Lauralton family. In keeping with the unique Lauralton tradition, the new students marched in to the ceremony accompanied by the bagpipes and drums of the Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Band, the same band that will accompany them as they leave the school after their commencement ceremony.

English teacher Pam Boynton said, “I know as both a Lauralton Hall parent and educator that life is full of many firsts – a baby’s first tooth or a preschooler’s first day of kindergarten. Our matriculation ceremony is a special‘freshman first. It marks the first time the freshman class formally gathers as Lauralton ladies. They understand that they are poised at the start of their academic journeys with us here and, most importantly, that we as faculty stand with them. They are not alone. They are a new part of our world now, a place dedicated to nurturing and empowering them.”

As the week came to a close, the freshmen were back at Lauralton one last time to finally meet their teachers and find out what will be expected of them for the upcoming year so they begin their academic journey on the right track.

Classes for all students  began at Lauralton Hall on Sept. 8.

Lauralton Hall will hold an open house from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 4. Transfer students are welcome. The school will administer its entrance exam at 8 a.m. Oct. 17 and 24.

Scholarships and financial aid are available. Information is available from the admissions office at 203-877-2786 or www.lauraltonhall.org.