EDISON — Upper School students at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison showcased their artistic talents at the Spring Art Show and Concert on May 2. Parents, teachers and friends roamed the halls to admire the fine artwork created by the students.
The concert kicked off with the Percussion Ensemble performing Dance O’ Woods, Metallics and Barnstormer. The MadJazz vocal group, under the direction of Sharon Byrne, sang Nigra Sum, Over the Rainbow and The Quest Unending.
Rick Fontaine’s Concert Band took the stage next and played Radio Flyer, Hymn for Band and Star Wars Medley. The Jazz Band performed Opus in Chartreuse, Dreamsville and Blue Bossa.
The Concert Choir sang five songs – Come In and Stay Awhile, Alleluia Fugue, Desh: An Indian Raga, Gold (from the musical Once) and Homeland. The finale featured the Concert Choir and Concert Band combining to perform the Armed Forces Salute.
Concert patrons enjoyed refreshments in the Oakwood Room, compliments of the Parents’ Association, following the event.
Each year, the Middlesex County Guidance Council recognizes a student at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School who has made a significant contribution to the school or community with no desire or anticipation of recognition. This year, the organization selected Kush Mody of Edison as the Wardlaw-Hartridge winner. Mody is a cadet officer for the local first aid squad and is involved with other charitable endeavors.
A delegation of administrators and teachers from China visited The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison on Tuesday, May 7 as part of their tour of American schools. The group of 25, which included school principals and university professors, visited classrooms in all three divisions and participated in a panel discussion to learn more about Wardlaw-Hartridge and independent schools.
The two-hour program began in the Oakwood Room with a welcome from Zach More ’13, Student Council President. Kimberly Son ’13 provided background music on piano.
The representatives from China divided into groups and were guided on tours by Chinese teachers Hua Liu and Alice Zhao and Jim O’Halloran. The groups visited Lower School physical education classes at the pool, watched a rehearsal for the Spring Concert in the AP Room and observed classroom activities in the Kindergarten, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth grades.
“The visitors in my class were so much fun,” Upper School physics teacher Don Kluizenaar said. “They joined right in with the lab, working with the students.”
The visitors returned to the Oakwood Room where Rhona Eserner, Upper School Head, made a short presentation on the history of the school. A panel of W-H administrators discussed their roles and how the school functions on a daily basis. The program ended with a short Q and A in which the Chinese representatives asked questions about enrollment, curriculum and the decision making process at an independent school.
“Our guests greatly appreciated our willingness to allow them to visit our campus,” Mrs. Eserner said. “They thought the grounds were lovely, the classrooms bright, cheery and spacious.”
“An exclamation that I heard most often from the visitors was ‘beautiful!’ Ms. Liu said. “They took many pictures throughout the morning: our classrooms, the hallway, with our students, even with the flower trees around the buildings. I feel proud that our school has so much to show and to share.”
Andrew Webster, Head of School, and Mrs. Eserner exchanged gifts with Dr. Junhua Zhang, Associate Professor and Assistant Director of the National Training Center for Secondary School Principals at East China Normal University. Mr. Webster received a scroll and a tie and Mrs. Eserner received a scarf plus gifts for other administrators.
Mrs. Eserner, Mr. O’Halloran and Ms. Liu are planning a trip to China in June. Dr. Zhang has invited them to visit so he can reciprocate the kindness shown to his group at Wardlaw-Hartridge.
(Photos courtesy of the Wardlaw-Hartridge School)
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