Headmaster’s Holiday: An Accidental Documentary Project

Headmaster's Holiday: An Accidental Documentary ProjectProctor Academy‘s Chuck Will scored an accidental coup when he issued a camera to a Proctor student named Eli who was supposed to take some ‘day-in-life pictures’ for Chuck (Ferris Berlow’s Day Off).

Little did Chuck know Eli would return the camera 24 hours later with 327 pictures.

Unbeknownst to Chuck, Eli picked up the camera just before the announcement of the term’s headmaster’s holiday.

If you’re a casual reader or not intimately involved in boarding schools, headmaster’s holidays are days off from school called by the headmaster- usually the night before the holiday sometimes the morning of holiday.

The holiday is simply a day off- a break from the compressed boarding school schedule to allow everybody (teachers, faculty, administrators) a day to breathe, catch-up, on things, rest, to do something different. Sleeping late, staying in casual clothes, and maybe a special off campus trip are usually in the mix. It’s a day when you get to choose what you do.

Headmaster’s holiday includes good doses of build-up and anticipation as the head waits for a good day to call the holiday- deep into the term when energy lags under the routine and everyone needs the energy, and rest that comes from setting work aside for a day. Faculty and students guess and read tea leaves trying to divine when the holiday announcement will arrive.

See how Proctor students appreciated and used their winter term headmaster’ holiday.

Brian Fisher

A product of both private and public education, Brian Fisher served as a teacher, coach, dorm parent, and administrator at three different boarding schools. Brian also fills the role of Director of Development at Wolfeboro, The Summer Boarding School, in NH along with being a partner at AdmissionsQuest.

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