On Wednesday August 10th all 8th, 9th, 11th, and 12th graders gathered for the Big Brother Orientation Festivities. This year brought about new traditions for Big Brother Day that are a reflection of our positive momentum and growth as a school. Because there were so many 8th and 9th graders, seniors were paired with freshmen and the juniors were paired with the 8th grade. Next year the same students will be paired up when they are seniors and freshmen.
They day began with some doughnuts for all as the 8th grade met in Don Bosco Hall and the 9th grade met in the newly renovated library. Each grade saw presentations from various faculty and student leaders to help them prepare for the year and know what to expect. They also participated in some ice breakers to help them get to know each other and work on communication and teamwork skills. Right before lunch the underclassmen were paired up with their Big Brothers who took them to the cafeteria for pizza.
After lunch the students were given the opportunity to swim, rock climb, water slide, and partake in many other activities that had been specially arranged for the day. After the activity period was over all of the students gathered in the cafeteria and were led by the pep band in renditions of the Archbishop Shaw Fight Song and Alma Mater. Afterwards four big brother / little brother pairs were selected to participate in a quiz show where they were asked questions about each other. The two senior / 8th grade pairs ended up answering more questions correctly and they won the privilege of being the first to get ice cream sandwiches for their grade levels. After the ice cream we all prayed together and were dismissed.
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