Last week, eighth graders got a preview of the exciting Ashley Hall traditions that await them as they move into ninth grade and beyond. Hosted by Upper School student council members, “Tea, Treats, and Traditions” offered the younger students a chance to ask upperclassmen about anticipated special moments, such as prom and class rings, as well as about opportunities to participate in the Offshore Leadership Program and travel abroad. “Because Ashley Hall is so steeped in tradition, it is important for the girls to envision themselves taking part,” said Chris Hughes, Assistant Director of Upper School & Director of the Nautilus Program. “Doing so deepens and strengthens their connection both to the School and to each other and forges the bonds of sisterhood.”

Afterward, the eighth graders socialized with upperclassmen during a tea reception, where they continued their conversations about Upper School life. “It was a great experience!” said Annie Goldstein ’24. “I learned so much about the Upper School that I didn’t know.” In addition, each eighth grader was surprised with a special Class of 2024 shirt. “This was a wonderful opportunity for the eighth grade to spend time with upperclassmen while learning about the traditions,” noted Hughes.