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.