Letter from the Head of School

I often describe Canterbury as a young school with deep roots. As we move into our 45th year, one of the elements of our school community that induces the greatest amount of pride for me is tradition. Canterbury was founded by a group of parents who undertook a courageous endeavor to create something new. In doing so, they would help to establish a school where cherished traditions became ubiquitous. From the earliest musicals, to the all-school convocation, to the majesty of our graduation ceremony, traditions are alive and well at Canterbury School.

One tradition that we were blessed to see the return of this year was the annual Christmas at Trinity concert. Nestled in the pews where Canterbury was founded, our community was treated to a resplendent performance by our musicians, all of whom filled the chapel with beautiful sounds of the holiday season. It was a special day for a myriad of reasons, perhaps none so great as the absence between performances in this hallowed venue. The students and their teachers were magnificent, and I, for one, was beaming with pride at all of them. I know I certainly was not the only one who felt that same sense of pride and accomplishment on this wonderful day.

Another tradition that enjoyed a rejuvenation this year was the Thanksgiving Feast. Reimagined on the high school campus, the feast provided an opportunity to celebrate as a whole school community. Lower, Middle, and High school students, along with their teachers, created gratitude leaves, participated in gobble chants, and, of course, consumed pie. This moment to gather together provided our school with a much needed afternoon of joy and connection.

The traditions at Canterbury, be they Angel Band, the Sock Hop, Fall Family Picnic, or Grandparents Day, remain a fixture of the Canterbury School experience. We are proud to say that, as Canterbury remains rooted in its cherished traditions, we are poised to also soar into tomorrow.

David Jackson
Head of School