The community at High Mowing School embraces diversity in its student body, staff, and faculty. International students constitute over 16% of our student body and come to us from China, Tibet, Taiwan, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Brazil & Canada. Members of the HMS community provide a rich confluence of religion, culture, and tradition. Leila Pineda '22 and HMS faculty member and Spanish teacher Stephanie Packer collaborated on the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) altar and invited members of the school community to participate in honoring the lives of their loved ones by placing photos, drawings, or sentimental items on the altar in the HMS chapel. Leila also visited the Pine Hill campus and made a presentation to the grade 8 students and Kat McFee who contributed to the altar by making sugar skulls.
Stephanie elaborates on the significance of the altar, "the arch represents the passage between life and death and is an invitation for us to connect more deeply with our loved ones on the other side of the threshold. Each item on the altar is symbolic of the enduring connection that remains between us." Leila explains, "the Day of the Dead is a tradition that I have always celebrated with my family. I wanted to make sure that I kept my culture with me. I can't wait until next year to do more activities." #diadelosmuertos #dayofthedead #nhwaldorfboardingschool #nhwaldorfschool #nhboardingschool #waldorfeducation