The Haverford School kicked off the 2019-20 school year with time-honored traditions on Sept. 4. Opening Day activities included the annual Walk of Virtues and the announcement of the Virtue of the Year, which is compassion.
Seniors escorted kindergarten students to and from their classrooms using the School’s Walk of Virtues, which showcases the qualities and characteristics that Haverford seeks to imbue in its community. The walk symbolizes the journey that students take together during their time at Haverford.
During the Opening Day assembly, Student Body President and senior Vincent Scauzzo welcomed his fellow students – 965 across three divisions – back to school. He also highlighted this year’s virtue of compassion, which is one of 24 virtues engraved along the Walk of Virtues.
Compassion is not only applicable to the School, but also something that you can take with you into the world. Hatred and anger have the capability to seep in through our walls and ceilings like a fungus. Our job is to tolerate none of it – to exterminate the bad and bring out the good. Vincent Scauzzo, Student Body President
“Compassion is not only applicable to the School, but also something that you can take with you into the world,” said Scauzzo. “Hatred and anger have the capability to seep in through our walls and ceilings like a fungus. Our job is to tolerate none of it – to exterminate the bad and bring out the good.”
Scauzzo introduced Headmaster Dr. John Nagl, who shared his goals for a year of learning, growth, and the importance of showing compassion for others.
“I am going to ask you to focus this year on compassion. When we know that someone is hurt, we instinctively hold out our hand to them, give them a hug or a pat on the shoulder, and tell them it’s going to be okay,” said Nagl. “But we don’t always show others that we’re in pain. So what I’m asking each of you is to feel the hurts of those around you, to treat each of them as gently as you can, and to treat everyone with compassion and friendship.”
Scauzzo also performed the annual striking of the gong to officially start the new school year.