School Traditions

Our school calendar includes many special celebrations for students and their families. We plan events that mark the principal feasts of the church year and other occasions that reflect our Episcopal identity. We also celebrate the holidays, traditions, and efforts of our diverse, service-oriented community.

How We Celebrate

St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's ushered in the Year of the Monkey with its annual Asian New Year Celebration! Students in the Mandarin Chinese program, from junior kindergarten through eighth grade, performed songs and dances to show off their language skills and share cultural traditions they have learned about in class.
St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's celebrated Thanksgiving a day early this year, as always, with the annual Thanksgiving Food Chain and Concert. Students, parents and faculty donated hundreds of pounds of food and supplies to our neighbors at Broadway Presbyterian Church, whose Broadway Community Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen feeds hungry New Yorkers all winter long.
A schoolwide day of service united students and faculty in service to honor our patronal saints, Hilda and Hugh.
Grandparents, aunts and uncles, babysitters, and cherished friends gathered at St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's for "Special Visitors Day." Head of School Virginia Connor and a panel of teachers highlighted the way students engage with literature at school, from the early childhood program through eighth grade. The following day, families convened for a picnic celebration at the New York Athletic Club.
The annual Math Bowl united two teams of talented upper division math students in a friendly competition, while the lower division paired "math buddies" for a morning full of math activities.
Hanukkah, the festival of lights, was also a festival of song, as music teachers Jordan Hirsch and Beth Soleimany shared the story of Hanukkah through song.
St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's Day of Service began with a stirring Chapel presentation by David Miliband, P '22, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee. "Our goal here as a school is to educate compassionate leaders who are equipped to change the world for the better," said Head of School Virginia Connor. "I hope our students were inspired by the IRC's incredible work and also by Mr. Miliband's example of sharing his talents with people who need them most."



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