Holy Child and Wholly Spirit

In keeping with the Holy Child Goal of “Community,” Oak Knoll celebrated its inaugural Holy Child Spirit Week with PK-12 House competitions, student appreciation events, parades, and the much-anticipated Lip Sync battle.

The entire school gathered in the Mother Mary Campion Center for the Performing Arts to cheer on their brave classmates who participated in a talent show on Tuesday. The talent show featured individual performances and several numbers featuring entire grade levels from the Lower School.

On Wednesday, the school gathered in Tisdall Hall Gymnasium for a pre-K to grade 12 House Competition. Mayfield, Rosemont, Sussex, and Towanda Houses vied for house points in a series of creative relays.

The Upper School invited grades 5 and 6 to join them for Thursday’s annual Spirit Week Lip Sync battle. Emcee Jocelyn Monti ’24 welcomed the crowd and said, “This is the best day of Spirit Week, well actually the best day of the year!” The younger students got a taste of what’s to come in the years ahead as they enjoyed the carefully choreographed dances and lip dub performances by grades 7 to 12 —  including a surprise appearance by faculty and staff strutting their stuff to the song “I’m Just Ken” from the movie Barbie. The annual Lip Sync battle is truly a crowd favorite, and every student in the Upper School rehearses for weeks in advance with their classmates.

Throughout the week, students in both divisions enjoyed trivia games, themed dress-down days, a no-homework day, and special treats at lunchtime. 

Oak Knoll’s Strategic Plan compels us to “Cultivate meaningful relationships among community members, including opportunities to strengthen connections as a PK-12 institution.” Spirit Week is just one of many annual events that bring this calling to fruition.