rite of passage

Rite of Passage

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 class.  

Rite of Passage Ceremony

The sixth grade's Rite of Passage Ceremony was extraordinary! This was a celebration of the many different projects and other initiatives that the students have completed throughout the year.

The theme of 6th grade is Africa. We organize various facets of the curriculum around ideas and activities related to initiation and rites of passage. This culminates in a celebratory evening of music, reflections about lessons learned throughout the year, and feasting, potluck style.

Thank you, Victoria Bastian, for most of the photos below.