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Welcome Back, Tritons!

It is so exciting to see the school grow as we usher in the incoming class of 2026.  We had a fun-filled week of student orientation, complete with a speech from our class president, presentation to the student body, Harkness demonstrations, classes to practice annotation and discussion skills, team building exercises, a locker lottery, and sign up sessions for clubs. We introduced the theme of the future of education and had related readings about the skills needed for the next generation. In the newly remodeled auditorium and with the construction of the mezzanines complete, we are expanding to other parts of the building.  One mezzanine (as shown to the left) is a new classroom, and the other one will be used as a library and study area for smaller group work. At the end of the week, we had some fun team building exercises, including the human knot, all designed to foster trust while highlighting the importance of communication and collaboration.  These skills are essential as students build trust around the table for class discussions.

 

New Classrooms, New Faculty, New School Year

After an exciting summer full of travel, internships, summer jobs, and camps, we are ready to the start of the school year.  We have nearly finished the renovations of the auditorium, complete with two furnished mezzanines, which include a library area and refinished floors.  The Commons has been rearranged to include an additional seating area for socializing during breaks and extra lockers for our new students.  We have added some new IB courses, which include IB Environmental Systems and Societies, as well as IB Physics and IB Psychology, making some great additions to our faculty as well.  Three of our existing instructors went to Harkness training through Phillips Exeter Academy this summer. They shared what they learned at our annual faculty orientation where we looked for cross-curricular themes, reinforcing fundamental Harkness concepts to ensure consistency in the classrooms and maintain the Harkness culture as the heart of the school.  This is also a special school year as our inaugural class will graduate, and we can’t wait to encourage and celebrate them throughout the year as we establish some special senior traditions.  It is going to be a great year, full of rich discussions, authentic friendships, community involvement, and regular experiential learning activities. 

 

 

Study Abroad, Mexico

For our final week of the study abroad trip, students had a full week of classes, excursions, fun outings, and a visit to Mexico City, which was the highlight of the week.  Impressive in its breadth and incredible depth of history, the Museo Nacional de Anthropologia in Mexico City traces the roots of Mesoamerican cultures. For our students studying Mexican History and Culture, tracing these eras of history served as their capstone experience.   

Students also had the opportunity to explore one of the largest cities in the world as they toured cathedrals juxtaposed next to skyscrapers.  With some shopping time and a delicious meal, it was a day to remember. 

Global Realities students continued to think creatively about global societies and group dynamics this week.  They engaged in an activity where they developed a new settlement on a planet, picking three professions, nationalities, and personal characteristics for the people selected to form the first community on the new planet.  While they had a vigorous discussion about which professions should be chosen, they all agreed that nationalities didn’t matter since they would all be working for the good of mankind.  

The Art of Writing students learned about persuasive writing, the persuasive power of visual imagery, and how to make an effective written argument. In addition, they learned about focusing topics to audiences through a review and discussion of Martin Luther King’s letter from Birmingham jail and related historical texts and articles.

Mexican history students had lively discussions about society, wars, government, and power, as they had amazing experiential learning opportunities, which included the site of the Cinco de Mayo battle and the Museum of the Mexican Revolution.

In celebration of our time in Puebla, we had a farewell barbeque with fresh tacos and a piñata on Thursday evening.  It was a great time to get together one last time before leaving Friday.  They leave this trip with new outlooks, friendships, and greater appreciation for other cultures.   This trip has exceeded our expectations in many ways, and we are thankful for the opportunity to share it with your children.   

Study Abroad, Mexico

We explored the tunnels of Puebla and climbed up to the fort above, the site of the 5 de Mayo battle, in which the strategic use of the tunnels was instrumental in defeating the French. We topped off the day with a cable car ride to enjoy beautiful views of the city!

Study Abroad, Mexico

Impressive in its breadth and incredible depth of history, the Museo Nacional de Anthropologia in Mexico City traces the roots of Mesoamerican cultures. For our students studying Mexican History and Culture – offered in conjunction with Virginia Wesleyan University – tracing these eras of history served as their capstone experience.

Study Abroad, Mexico

Today, students enjoyed the Ex-Hacienda de Chautla Puebla. With a historic mansion set on a beautiful swan-filled lake, they hiked through the forest, went paddle boating, and had a lakeside picnic. Great memories in the making…

Study Abroad, Mexico

Thursday, we had a beautiful day visiting the sights and flavors of the Cholula Market and hiking atop the ancient pyramid to see the Santuario de la Virgin de los Remedios with its commanding views of the city. Students experienced the power of symbolism on many levels.

Study Abroad, Mexico

On Monday, students had a festive breakfast at El Comal before morning classes. Then on Tuesday, we explored the Great Pyramids of Teotihuacan, a Mesoamerican city built almost 2,000 years ago and the largest city in the world in its heyday whose city center was over a mile square with over 300,000 inhabitants. As one student said, “You don’t learn history from a book, you see it and feel it like this, and I feel it here today.” Experiential learning at its best, students will write essays for their classes about this amazing ancient civilization. Seeing history, Feeling history, Making history… 

Study Abroad, Mexico

This week, we enjoyed a beautiful vista in Cerro de San Pedro and had a great day at the eco-park, Cráter Encantado! We learned about the ecosystems and made some great memories today with hiking, ziplining over a crater, archery, relay races, and enjoying the beautiful views.

Study Abroad, Mexico

We explored the Centro de las Artes in downtown San Luis Potosí. This historic building, built in 1904, was used as a jail for many years before becoming a cultural center committed to the education, production, and dissemination of the arts. Showcasing surrealist work from many artists, we toured the building, grounds, and Museum of Leonora Carrington (the feature of the complex), who was one of the most influential female surrealist artists. Through experiential learning, students will incorporate what they saw into their class assignments

Study Abroad, Mexico

W.B. Yeats once wrote that “Education is not the filling of a pot but the lighting of a fire.” May our trip for the next three weeks do just that as students immerse themselves in Mexico’s beauty, culture, and history while they deepen their love of learning, forge new friendships, and expand their global perspectives.

Harkness Institute, Mexico

Classes begin today where students will learn about The Art of Writing, Mexican History and Culture, or Global Realities for college credit through Virginia Wesleyan University. What an amazing cross-cultural exchange between students from Norfolk, San Luis Potosí, and Puerto Vallarta, all seasoned Harkness learners! Let the discussions begin!

End of Year Ceremony

We had a great night at our End of Year Celebration and Awards Ceremony. We recognized students’ academic achievements and gave awards for performance in the IB Diploma Programme, Harkness learning, and extended invitations to candidates for the National Honor Society. We are so proud of our students’ accomplishments this year!

Day of Service

Students spent the day giving back during our Day of Service in helping the Food Bank distribute items to families in need. Connected to the community…

Negotiation Lab

Brenda Reid, Howard Hanna’s President of the Southeast Region, spoke to our students and judged the final rounds of our negotiation competition, which involved a problem about a real estate transaction. Congrats to our winning teams who analyzed interests and came up with creative negotiation tactics. Applying critical thinking to real world situations, we’re excited to see where these bright minds go next!

Virginia Modeling, Analysis, & Simulation Center,

Students had a great time at ODU’s Virginia Modeling, Analysis, & Simulation Center, as they were able to learn more about how virtual reality is used in various fields, including architecture, medicine, working with autistic children, replicating ancient civilizations, and research. They were able to experience various forms of virtual reality and see the intersections of research, technology, and design thinking. They also participated in a research experiment using VR goggles to allow teens to explore philosophical questions through a moral dilemma exercise, led by Dr. Kissel, a philosophy professor at Old Dominion University.

HagueMUN I

After months of preparation, we were pleased to host the inaugural HagueMUN, a student-run Model United Nations conference for middle school students. Following introductions by THS Student Body President Keelin Hogan, Secretary General James Rutherford, and Director General Sammy Wetherbee, Dr. Judy Benjamin addressed the delegates and shared her 20+ years of international service in over 30 countries. Dr. Benjamin’s experiences in Rwanda as part of the UN’s support and intervention, her service in Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010, and projects focusing on gender and education set the stage for an exciting event.

 

 

Middle schoolers took home a total of 20+ awards. St. Patrick Catholic School’s team won Outstanding Team, with the Best Team award going to Norfolk Collegiate. The closing speaker was Commander Tracy Reynolds, who shared her extensive international experience to explain why competitions like this are so important. Our world today is at a tipping point, and what the current generation of world citizens does matters. What these students practiced the past two days helps them learn how to bring forth the change in the world they want to see.

Check out the webpage our students built for the event.

 

THS Mock Trial Teams Place in Regional

Congratulations to our Mock Trial teams who placed 16th and 20th (out of the 180+ participants) in the Virginia Law-Related Education Institute’s regional mock trial competition.  We could not be more proud of the hard work and commitment they demonstrated over the past few months.  

To have teams composed of 9th, 10th, and 11th graders competing against seasoned teams featuring seniors is a challenge, but they all rose to the occasion and held their own to demonstrate poise, knowledge, and skills, several students earning individual recognition for their performance as attorneys and “best witness.”

 

Friday Guest Panel: Many Paths to Med School

This week’s Friday Guest Speakers from EVMS, Krishan, Leah, Abigail, & Colleen, shared their academic experiences and personal journeys with our students, emphasizing that there are multiple pathways to reach a goal and that authenticity and sincerity are essential to working within a community. We are so grateful for their time, comments, and commitment to paying it forward. 

Operation Smile

Our IB students toured the Operation Smile Interactive Learning Center today, meeting the co-founders, Dr. Bill Magee and Kathy Magee. They learned about the life-changing work of this organization, stepping into the shoes of children in need around the world as they explored cultural, emotional, and socioecomomic issues, as Dr. Zimmerman explained the medical process in the facility’s operating room. Blending service with a global perspective, this moving tour contributes to expanding our IB students’ worldview!

Model UN

We are so proud of the students who participated in the VAMUN competition at The University of Virginia in November. During the trip, they enjoyed opportunities to tour the University of Richmond and William and Mary. 

Our summer Oceanography course was a success!

Our students joined forces with students from our sister school in Mexico to complete a rigorous 3-week course in Oceanography at Virginia Wesleyan University.  Students had the full college experience: living in the dorms, attending classes, working in the lab, giving a formal poster presentation, and earning 4 credits.  We are so proud of their accomplishment!

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The Hague School in Ghent Living

See how The Hague School is transforming education in Hampton Roads.

Youth Resilience Expo recognizes students’ green projects

Environmentally aware students and teachers from schools across Norfolk, Portsmouth and Chesapeake did not let this difficult academic year get in the way of their green goals.

More than 1,000 students, from 22 schools across the three cities, who worked on 14 different projects to address flooding, polluted runoff and reducing their school’s carbon footprint, recently were honored at the Elizabeth River Project’s third annual Youth Resilience Expo.

The Hague School in Norfolk approved to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Students interested in attending a high school with an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) now have two options in Norfolk — one public and one private.

On Friday, The Hague School announced it has been approved to offer the program.

Uncharted Territory from Broken Ground Podcast

The episode “Uncharted Territory” features a discussion with various Hague School students from October 2020, conducted by Emily Richardson-Lorente, producer of the Broken Ground podcast.  The podcast details the problem of sea level rise and local flooding, featuring our students’ opinions on the matter.

Podcast with Hamilton Perkins

A discussion among visionaries…local entrepreneur and designer Hamilton Perkins invited the Warrens to discuss The Hague School on his podcast. 

Ghent Living August 2019 Feature: Meet the Warren Family

Learn more about Paul and Jennifer Warren and their path to starting The Hague School. 

Ghent Living May 2019 Article: The Hague School

For anyone who knows a rising ninth grader, The Hague School would love to meet them and share their unique approach to education. 

Private high school looks to move into church

A short news video describes our first steps of wanting to move into a historic Unitarian church in Norfolk.

Private high school looking to move into historic church near the Hague

Read about how it all started!

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