Bath Weekly: January 13 – January 17

This is an informal e-communication from the Hyde-Bath campus, intended to share highlights, signs of growth, issues that are being addressed, and moments of joy. Its purpose is to bring the HydeBath parents and the larger community into the school culture.

Breaking the Mold: Students Connect Art and Character

 image002There are many of life’s metaphors to be found in the creation of art, as Jen Wilkey and her students are quickly discovering through their work with plaster and molds.  The class has progressed from carving patterns into a 2-D piece of linoleum, to a more advanced process of forming their own unique designs from 3-D plaster.  They will eventually build on this specific tool set by progressing to woodwork using a similar process.

While these young artists are diligently becoming more advanced in the formation of their pieces, they are simultaneously discovering more about their own character.  As individuals at Hyde we are often challenged to chip away at the attitudes in ourselves that will hold us back and rely more heavily on strengths that propel us forward.  Similarly, as these students begin to take away the unnecessary space, a unique creation begins to form underneath.  The same can be said for one’s character as we pursue and unfold our own unique destiny.  Sophomore Akim Sanni ’16 had the following to say about the project, “You must start with a solid idea of how you want it to look in the end.  That way, you know exactly what space needs to be taken away.  If you have no idea how it will look in the future, it will be very difficult to accomplish.”

Hyde Boys JV Basketball Remain Undefeated

 The Hyde JV Basketball team remains undefeated with a current 5-0 record after their most recent win against rival Kent’s Hill. Coach Corey Begly writes that “From the opening tip it was clear the game was going to be a physical matchup. … Despite being outsized, the Phoenix were often the first to ’50-50’ balls, leaving their effort (quite literally) on the basketball court.”

Their coach believes the key to their success this year centers around sportsmanship and their ability to play “unselfish” basketball. This is a team that enjoys playing together and is learning to be competitive by working together and taking their role on the team seriously. While the fundamentals are stressed, a larger goal is always kept in mind, and by focusing on the character and attitude of the team members this basketball team capitalizes on the center of Hyde athletics – the ability of sports to not only build character, but to reveal it.

Some stand out performances included freshman Greg Kidger ’17 with his best game of the season, a buzzer beating pull-up jump shot by Eric Stone ’14, and a career high of 25 points by Andrew Palermo ’16. The JV team’s next game will be against Thornton on Saturday, January 25, at 2:30.

Women’s Meeting Confronts Issues of “Self”

 Wednesday night the Hyde women, both faculty and students, gathered for a women’s meeting in the FRC. We wrote and discussed our image (or public selves) and our private selves. Too often there is a gap between how we feel and the persona we try and show others, a gap that can cause tension and stress in our lives and the lives of those around us.

After that each person wrote on a piece of paper a feeling or belief about themselves that they would like to let go of.  On a separate sheet they then wrote about something they need to take hold of in themselves. With these sheets in hand they stood in front of the group, read their papers, and threw their “letting go” slips of paper into the fire

To end the evening on a fun-filled note everyone shared ice cream and their best dance moves!  Senior Emma Leonard ’14 said, “It was empowering to symbolically let go of my shyness by burning it in the fire. I feel relieved.”  Senior Cailin Darling ’14 remarked, “The women’s meeting was a bonding experience that helped to unify and strengthen our small women’s community.  I personally felt supported by those close to me, especially when discussing my challenges.”

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