Derby Celebrates the New School Year at First Chapel

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Derby Academy welcomed new and returning students back to campus for the first day of school and the annual First Chapel Lecture on Wednesday, September 7. The event was held in the McKelvey Gym featuring a gathering of students across all divisions, faculty, staff, parents, and the Trustees to celebrate the new school year. Ahead of Dr. Ramsden’s opening remarks, eighth grade students were welcomed by the entire community to cheers and applause, and recognized as this year’s school leaders. 

Dr. Ramsden greeted the audience by welcoming the community to the start of a new academic year, “You’re here at Derby Academy, where we care, and we want to make sure you have the best year possible.” She then acknowledged the Derby “Lifers,” students who have attended Derby since Primary School, and also recognized this year’s Foley Citizenship Prize winner. 

Head of the Upper School Jenna Barbary-Glovsky then addressed the Class of 2022, “In this year full of expectations, transitions, applications, and looking ahead to what could be, I challenge you to appreciate the now. Take in these moments, enjoy each other this year, don’t focus so much on the future, that you lose the present. You’re our leaders this year.”

Grade 8 students then introduced and welcomed the new faculty, staff, and students to the Derby community.

Dr. Ramsden announced the schoolwide theme for this year will be “being an upstander”. She introduced Theater Director Shawn Verrier and Primary and Lower School Music Teacher Madison Pratt, who performed a playful skit to showcase this theme.

Dr. Ramsden then closed out the event by commenting, “Here’s to a great year filled with learning, laughter, friends, fun, and upstanders.”

To all our students, faculty, and families—welcome back! We look forward to another wonderful year at Derby!