Hill Top Preparatory School in Rosemont hosted its annual celebratory event “Confluence Day” on September 6 to welcome students back in a way that is unique to the needs of Hill Top’s student population.
The event, centered on a theme the entire school can support, includes games and activities that encourage students to interact with each other.
This year, the school expanded on a service project that involves sending books to a school in Cambodia once visited by a Hill Top instructor. They created books and classroom alphabet banners to help the Cambodian children learn to read and write in English, according to a press release.
Students also participated in activities such as swimming, basketball, badminton, capture the flag, moon bounce, rock wall and arts and crafts. Calling Confluence Day “fun with a purpose,” Assistant Head for Student Life David Van Dyke said that bringing everyone together with an event like this is a positive way to start the year and helps to ease students back into the classroom, according to a press release.
“The day is filled with structured activities and games, as well as plenty of unstructured time, to catch up with friends and teachers,” Van Dyke said. “For our students especially, this time is essential to the transition process, both back to the classroom and back to interacting with peers and teachers on a daily basis. For students new to Hill Top, confluence is the perfect time to make connections and begin new friendships.”
Hill Top is an independent, co-educational preparatory day school for students in grades five through 12 with diagnosed learning differences.