Keystone Magazine - Page 35

W atch out, because “Ms. Wendy is coming down the hallway to inspect your room.” A student’s life does not end in the classroom; at Keystone this extends to the halls of residence, especially for high school students. And overseeing this part of the students’ lives is Dean of Student Life, Wendy Bradley. She is their go-to person in the post-classroom hours. Wendy grew up in boarding schools. It was almost her calling in life to return to an academic career closely knit to forming and molding students’ lives. She is intensely passionate and emotionally personal about her role. Keystone will be her family. To date, Wendy receives letters and pictures from her former students around the world. According to her, “these connections go well beyond school life and the boundaries of campus.” Parents have nothing to worry about, as Wendy will be at the center of their children’s lives every day and every step of the way. Here, she elaborates on the details of the U.S.-style boarding arrangements and how Keystone’s residential life program will groom students to be better individuals. Q: What is the typical day like for a student in a U.S.-style boarding school? A: Life at boarding school is a very busy and engaging process. For boarders, they get up and have a good breakfast before their day begins. Then they engage in their entire academic school day, with a break for lunch. In the middle of the afternoon, between 3:30-5:30pm, students have activity periods that may involve athletic teams, music lessons, drama, or club activities like robotics, gardening or juggling, etc. Following activity periods, students have a little bit of a downtime before dinner. Some of our evening meals are family-style meals where students are assigned to sit with faculty members like you would at home, around the table together. Other meals are self-serve, buffet. The nice thing about a dining hall is that it becomes a central meeting hub – you meet there three times a day. There is not separate dining for students and staff, we all share in the meal together in the same space. Students will have time to sit with their friends, they need that time. There may be times when the students need help with homework or need to meet with a faculty member. Meal times are an opportunity for these tasks to naturally take place. After meals students have room inspection. Staff members make sure that kids are keeping their rooms tidy and organized - this is an important skill to learn in the boarding setting. After this, study hours in individual or small groups from about 7:30-9:30pm. Students are supervised during study hours. Finally, students have some time to wind down after the busy day and get ready for bed. Lights out and internet shut down is between 10:00-10:30pm depending on the student’s age. 33