On Thursday evening sixth graders participated in a time-honored TPS tradition at this year's Rite of Passage ceremony. The evening featured song, dance, drumming, artwork, TED Talks, and a feast. The central activity was a moving bead ceremony, a rite of passage celebration honoring individual and collective achievement.
Central to the sixth grade Africa curriculum is the theme of rite of passage, a particularly timely topic because of the developmental transitions experienced by children of this age. Throughout the year, each student earns beads that symbolize achievement in meeting a variety of academic, social, emotional, and physical goals. This not only marks individual achievement but also serves to enhance cohesiveness of the community.
TED Talks showcased student reflection, research, and personal growth. Says teacher Terry Maguire, "The experience of watching each others' talks was powerful and helped build trust within our 6th grade community and within ourselves."
Congratulations to the sixth grade students and faculty for all the hard work that went into preparing for Thursday's ceremony. The evening was a moving, fun, and meaningful way to honor and celebrate your efforts this year.
Here are a few photographs courtesy of Victoria Bastian Photography.