A PROGRESS REPORT PFA IS SPRINGING FORWARD! Longing for a weekend away? Red Sox-Yankees tickets? Just the right spa treatment? Or maybe a unique and irreplaceable Derryfield gift? You’ll be able to find all this, and more, at the Derryfield Parent/Faculty Association’s spring benefit, Spring Fling, on Saturday, May 13, at LaBelle Winery in Amherst. Let your competitive streak run wild by outbidding your friends for some fabulous items in the live and silent auction, or just relax with great food, drink and camaraderie. Whichever you choose, it’s an evening not to be missed!
goal 1: belonging
“ Build a sense of belonging and identity within the Derryfield family.” morning flight to the New England destination of your choice for breakfast. Champagne mimosas on Lake Champlain, perhaps? Another completely unique and beautiful gift is a replica of the Derryfield shield handcrafted on a thick pine disc. A perfect college dorm or family room decoration!
We have some fantastic items lined up already. How about a plane flight to breakfast—your own private pilot will take you on a
If you don’t have your tickets yet, there’s still time; just visit www. derryfield.org/pfabenefit and click on the PFA Benefit Registration button on the right side of the screen. We hope to see you there!
goal 2: leading
For many years now New Hampshire’s Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA) and Athletic Directors Association (NHADA) have been getting student athletes together to talk, learn, and experience leadership. Over 250 students from around the state, including six from Derryfield, gathered at the Grappone Center in Concord on the morning of March 16 for a two day exploration of the meaning and practice of leadership, especially as it applies to athletics. They spent the day in sessions that covered topics like Team Dynamics (presented by two Navy SEALs), Overcoming Obstacles, and Sticking to Your Moral Compass. The day ended after dinner with a Color Challenge, when students were divided up into five teams and competed against each other in various mental and physical challenges.
“ Cultivate inspired, effective, and compassionate student leaders committed to enriching their wider communities.
Attendee Sydney Socha ’19 had a great time, and learned a lot. “The conference was really fun and exciting, and it was also very useful,” she said, “It made me think more about the leadership at Derryfield and how we students can make a positive change to help the leadership become stronger at Derryfield.” Chaperone and Director of Student Leadership Danielle Llewelyn agrees, saying it got everyone thinking about how to apply what they learned back here at Derryfield. One idea, given the focus on athletics, is to send team coaches to the conference with their team captains, so they all absorb the same message, and can work together to create a unified approach to leadership on their teams. Other ideas are being considered, so stay tuned for more leadership initiatives coming soon! B e l o n g i n g : W i n t e r 2 0 17
Students do group exercises at the 2017 NHIAA Leadership Retreat.
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