At Wyndcroft, students begin the week in a very special way as they gather together every Monday morning. In the history of the school, this assembly has always been called “Chapel.”
Chapel often begins with musical recitals from some talented soloists on their instruments, perhaps on the piano, violin, or guitar. This is always followed by the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer and the Salute to The Flag. Students who are not of a Christian faith are invited to stand quietly for The Lord’s Prayer, but all students are asked to recite the Salute to The Flag.
Each week, a different group of students takes responsibility for the content and presentation of Chapel. This always pertains to the values of our school and the character building aspect of life at Wyndcroft. Perhaps an Advisory Group of the Upper School will give a presentation on recycling and saving the planet. Students from a specific grade in the Lower School might provide us with some fascinating insights in the lives of past Presidents, or eighth graders might use their skills in a hi-tech Power Point presentation to talk about heroes. At one Chapel, attentiveness and interest was at an all-time high when our students whose families come from India shared their rich culture with a wonderful presentation explaining their national and religious holidays. And of course, the Pre-kindergarten students’ musical presentation of the First Thanksgiving is a perennial favorite!
Monday mornings are indeed a special time at Wyndcroft and many years later alumni often tell us that they remember the lessons they learned at Chapel.