On Thursday, May 16, both Lower School and Middle School students celebrated Congé which is a longstanding tradition in Sacred Heart schools. LS students visited The Franklin Institute to view the Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes exhibit and watch the IMAX movie Superpower Dogs. The boys had a blast to say the least!
Head of Lower School Paris McLean reflects on Congé:
Our time at the Franklin Institute afforded our Lower School community the opportunity to explore the sights and wonders of the human experience, dive deep into the world of superheroes, and unpack the possibilities with animals and nature. The laughter, smiles, and camaraderie that was shared between the boys and our adults brought me great joy, and though, another element of this day struck a greater chord with me. Even with the expectation and guarantee that Congé would come, countless boys approached me and other adults during this day to simply say, "thank you." The offering of gratitude shared by our students reflected that even during the most celebratory moments, our boys remained grounded and rooted in their deep understanding and application of giving thanks.
Middle School students were treated to a day of fun on campus with inflatable obstacle courses, laser tag and food trucks. "This was definitely a cool Congé. Thank you to Mrs. Humora, Ms. Hewins and all of the teachers for planning such a fun day," said a sixth grade student.
Head of Middle School Kathy Humora reflects on Congé:
As you walk the halls of the Middle School in the spring, you can hear the word Congé over and over again! Students are asking when is Congé? It is amazing to witness their excitement, curiosity, and never ending quest to figure out the date of this special day. It is a puzzle for the students and faculty as they look closely at the Middle School Office calendar, Middle School class schedule, Signature Trip dates, and sports schedule to narrow down the day. It is amazing to witness their strategies in trying to solve the mystery of Congé. Try as they do each year, they realize that Congé is a top secret mission. The entire operation is classified from the determination of the day, to the location of the event, to the specific activities, to the moment of unveiling. Every attempt is made to make the obvious not obvious and to mislead by providing false clues. It would seem that there is just as much fun in trying to figure out the super secret as in the actual Congé celebration. Upon the big announcement, there is always a pause, a gasp, and a cheer as the students hear the words, "Today is Middle School Congé!" They say thank you, thank you, and thank you! Truly, the spirit of the Sacred Heart is seen, heard, and felt in Congé!
Congé is an in-school holiday in most Sacred Heart schools. On these special days, classes are cancelled in favor of a "free day." The word congé means "leave" and often means holiday. A tradition begun by St. Madeleine Sophie, congés come when they are least expected, since the planning for them is often done in secret.
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