Each year, beginning 35 years ago when Wellington first opened, Grandparents & Special Friends Day has celebrated the immeasurable significance of family and community in the lives of our students. Honoring the important role extended family members and friends play in the future success of children, the event gives visitors an inside look at a day-in-the-life of Wellington students.
A continental breakfast was served before Head of School Robert Brisk P ‘13 ‘15 thanked everyone for attending and pointed out guests who had traveled by plane, train, or across continents to be there, or perhaps had come every year since the event first began. Founders and grandparents who had also been parents of Wellington students were recognized as well.
The 2017 Grandparents and Special Friends Day Chair Greg Stewart P ‘95 ‘98 spoke about the impact Wellington has made in the lives of his children and grandchildren. Student Body President Liz Kazemi ‘17 shared her experience flourishing during her time at Wellington. Speaking of her soon-to-be alma mater, Kazemi said, “We create leaders; we don’t define them.”
Live music, singing, presentations, and videos followed in the program, all highlighting the tremendous work of Wellington students. Afterwards, guests were invited into classrooms to spend time with their grandchildren and friends to see Wellington through the eyes of students, as a very special school.