Boys walking to evening rehearsal

I believed so much in the school that my son attended and graduated from St. T’s in 2013.  His class is also building on the tremendous foundation that the Choir School provided to them. — Chad Newsome ‘81

Day in the Life

An average Tuesday or Thursday, as described by the 6th and 7th grades.

..... 7:00 am | Wake Up
The housemother wakes everyone up, but she cycles through the floors, so you might be able to sleep in a little longer. If you have trouble waking up, think about breakfast… Motivation!!!

..... 7:00-7:45 am | Breakfast
Waffles, bagels, muffins, English muffins, fruit, cereal and yogurt. How does one choose?!

Code Breakers at work

..... 8:00-9:15 am | Choir Rehearsal
After brushing our teeth, we go down to choir rehearsal to practice the music for Evensong tonight. First, we fill up our water bottles and grab our pencils. Then, it’s time to sing. At the end of rehearsal, I am assigned a solo. I’ve got to practice before Evensong tonight!

Rehearsing around the piano

..... 9:15-9:30 am | Short Break
You can play ping-pong or foosball, read, finish homework, get a snack, practice, or just relax with your friends.

..... 9:30-10:55 am | Sports
I sprint down the stairs to make sure I am on time to sports. We start with some warm-ups. Then we do drills to practice for our basketball games, and play a scrimmage at the end. Even though my team loses, we work really hard. I think we are ready for our game on Friday.

Code Breakers at work

..... 10:55-12:15 pm | Academic Classes
In Science class, we make awesome telescopes! They actually work well, but the image is upside down. Oops. In English, we write essays and work on learning writing techniques. My short story about Los Angeles being taken over by aliens is almost finished. Now I just have to figure out how the aliens are going to get home without their space ship. In Art class we’re doing woodworking to get ready for the Pinewood Derby. My car is shaped like a three-masted ship. I don’t think it will win the race, but I hope it wins the “design” award.

Making a Derby Car

..... 12:15-1:00 pm | Lunch
Finally, it’s time for lunch with our five-star chef and her wonderful cooking. Our food is the best! I especially enjoy the sticky toffee pudding for dessert.

Code Breakers at work

..... 1:00-3:45 pm | Academic Classes
In History, we make a blueprint of a city-state in Greece. I get to design my own, so I make it a giant fortress. In Math, we talk about game theory and how it works. I can’t wait to learn how to beat my sister at everything. In Latin, we work on translating a tricky passage from the Oxford Latin book about Quintus playing a prank on his teacher. In Music Theory we are playing the pieces we composed last night in front of the whole class. I hope I’m ready!

Code Breakers at work

..... 3:45-4:00 pm | Short Break
I run straight to the ping-pong table and play with my friends. Sometimes I grab a piece of fruit at the end.

..... 4:00-4:15 pm | Walk to Church
We grab the zippies, which have our music for tonight in them, and our duffel coats, and we’re out the door. The walkover is fun because we get to see the city.

Code Breakers at work

..... 4:15-5:30 pm | Choir Rehearsal
We practice for Evensong with the Gentlemen of the choir. I rehearse my solo. Whew, some time to practice! We work on a trouble spot that I got wrong. I can ace it later.

Making a Derby Car

..... 5:30-6:15 pm | Evensong
I sing my solo. It’s great! The Choirmaster is so proud of me that he gives me the “Man of the Match” award for the night.

..... 6:45-7:30 pm | Dinner
The singing tired all of us out. Time to fill up on gumbo and rice, and to take a few minutes to relax and talk to my friends.

Making a Derby Car

..... 7:30 pm | Study Hall
We do our homework and read. Tonight I spend extra time working on my concept map for history class. I want to make sure I’m ready for exams in a few weeks.

study hall

..... 9:15 pm | Call Home & Snack
We chill out and talk to our parents. It’s always great to hear my mom. We talk about what we should do on Saturday when she comes to pick me up for the afternoon. We also eat ‘midnight’ snack and drink tea, and sometimes hot chocolate. Tonight it’s Cheeze-Its. Yum!

Code Breakers at work

..... 10:00 pm | Lights Out
Time to brush our teeth and get into bed. We have some time to read before we fall asleep, and then we all crash after another awesome day.

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