There were smiles all around on Grandparents & Friends Day this past Saturday as family members came to campus to get a taste of what life is like for their students on the hilltop.
The happy guests were treated to morning refreshments before convening in Maguire Auditorium for welcoming remarks from Head of School Rachel Stone P ’23, ’24—who shared details of the School’s Strategic Plan with them—and a stirring performance by our Varsity Voices students. The group then attended classes with their students and enjoyed a buffet luncheon together in the Dining Hall, where the ice cream bar was a huge hit. The visit concluded with some athletic contests in the afternoon, as our tennis, lacrosse, track and field, and baseball teams competed in home games.
Sitting in on classes was a particularly enjoyable experience for the visitors. The grandmother of Jaylen Johnson ’25, Judy Archer, shared that the classroom sessions were so inspiring, they reignited her passion for learning. “I would love to be able to take courses at Canterbury and will look into available classes for me back home,” she said.
During the event, families were also able to tour the campus, view a student art exhibit in the Edward J. Duffy Family Art Gallery, and shop at the School Store.
At the end of the day, it was unanimous—grandparents and other guests had an amazing visit. Anita Fedorcik was delighted to spend the day with her grandson, Third Former Palmer Fedorcik ’26, at his new school.
“I enjoyed listening to the welcoming address by Rachel Stone. The Strategic Plan for the future growth and continued success of Canterbury School was very enlightening,” she said. “After observing students in classes, around campus, and on the athletic fields, it was evident to me how Canterbury inspires them to learn, lead, compete, and serve in a changing world. As a grandparent, there is nothing better than seeing your grandchild happy, secure, and successful!”