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2000 Plaque Progress: Design Completed

The design stage is complete for the 2000 form plaque. I worked with a representative from the Form of 2000 to come up with a list of events, and the following were chosen to represent their 6th Form experiences at SPS:

  • Center: An oak tree represents the 2000 class gift of an oak tree, planted near the chapel
  • Upper Left: A nutcracker represents the 20th anniversary performance of the Nutcracker Ballet, which was choreographed by Lisa de Ribère
  • Background: The crossed crew oars with a “W” pennant flag represent the victories at the Worcester Regatta by both the girls and boys crews
  • Center Right: Two Roman numerals “MM” (2000) represent the beginning of the new millennium

This design is being used to create the wood carving of the 2000 form plaque. I will document the carving process in an upcoming post.

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Form of 2019 Plaque

The upper left corner of the Form of 2019 plaque shows a shirt with a multi-gender symbol on it, representing the updating of the school dress code to apply equally to all students regardless of gender identity. The upper right corner shows a rose window, representing the catastrophic fire of Notre Dame cathedral in April of 2019. The upper center shows the Hugh Camp Cup, with Roman numerals III, IV, V, VI, representing that the cup was won by a member of the Form of 2019 each of their four years. The lower left section of the plaque features a football with the numbers 8 – 0 to celebrate the undefeated winning season for the football team in the fall. The lower center shows a closed book with the SPS shield on the cover and a bookmark bearing the initials A C R, represents the service of Amy C. Richards as Interim Rector. The lower right section has a female symbol stylized into the letter S and C, to represent the first time in SPS history that both the President and Vice President of the Student Council were female. In the background of the lower section of the plaque two crossed oars celebrate the new rowing tanks that opened during the 2018/2019 school year.

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2019 Plaque Progress: Carving Completed

 

The carving for the Form of 2019 plaque is now completed. The representatives from the Form of 2019 chose the following events to be illustrated on the plaque:

  • Upper left: Shows a shirt with a multi-gender symbol on it, representing the updating of the school dress code to apply equally to all students regardless of gender identity.
  • Upper right corner: Shows a rose window, representing the catastrophic fire of Notre Dame cathedral.
  • Upper center: Shows the Hugh Camp Cup, with Roman numerals III, IV, V, VI, representing that the cup was won by a member of the Form of 2019 each of their four years.
  • Lower left: A football celebrates the 8 – 0 winning season for the football team.
  • Lower center: A closed book with the School shield, with a bookmark bearing the initials A C R, represents the service of Amy C. Richards as Interim Rector.
  • Lower right: A female symbol stylized into the letter S and C, represents the first time in SPS history that both the President and Vice President of the Student Council were female.
  • Lower background: Shows crossed oars from the new rowing tanks that opened during the 2018/2019 school year.

Now that the carving process is completed, I will apply a painted finish to the plaque to have it ready to hang in it’s permanent place in the Friedman Community Center. Stay tuned for updates on the completion of the plaque!

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2019 Plaque Progress: Design Completed

The design stage was completed for the 2019 form plaque early last summer. I worked with representatives from the Form of 2019 to come up with a list of events, and the following were chosen by them to represent their 6th Form experiences at SPS:

  • Upper left: Shows a shirt with a multi-gender symbol on it, representing the updating of the school dress code to apply equally to all students regardless of gender identity.
  • Upper right corner: Shows a rose window, representing the catastrophic fire of Notre Dame cathedral.
  • Upper center: Shows the Hugh Camp Cup, with Roman numerals III, IV, V, VI, representing that the cup was won by a member of the Form of 2019 each of their four years.
  • Lower left: A football celebrates the 8 – 0 winning season for the football team.
  • Lower center: A closed book with the School shield, with a bookmark bearing the initials A C R, represents the service of Amy C. Richards as Interim Rector.
  • Lower right: A female symbol stylized into the letter S and C, represents the first time in SPS history that both the President and Vice President of the Student Council were female.
  • Lower background: Shows crossed oars from the new rowing tanks that opened during the 2018/2019 school year.

This design has been used to create the wood carving of the 2019 form plaque. I will document the carving process in an upcoming post.

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Form of 2018 Plaque

The upper left corner of the plaque design features a closed book, marking the end of the Rectorship of Michael G. Hirschfeld ’85. To the right of the book is a dorm building with a lock and key, representing the addition of locks on dormitory room doors. The bottom left of the plaque shows the number 6 springing on a trampoline, to commemorate the 6th Form class trip to a trampoline park. The bottom center features the hashtag #metoo, which began to be used on Twitter in October of 2017 and spread into an international movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault. The lower right corner of the plaque shows the New Chapel tower with a clock set at 8:30, to note the later start time for morning chapel.

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2018 Plaque Progress: Design Completed

The design stage is complete for the 2018 form plaque. I worked with the student council officers from the Form of 2018 to come up with a list of events, and the following were chosen by them to represent their 6th Form experiences at SPS:

  • Upper left corner: The book from the school shield is shown closed and inscribed with the initials MGH to represent the end of Michael Hirschfeld’s rectorship
  • Upper center and right corner: Features a dorm with a lock and key, representing the addition of locks to the dorm rooms during the school year
  • Lower left: Shows the number 6 springing up from a trampoline to represent the 6th Form class trip to Skyzone that took place at the beginning of the year
  • Lower center: Features a banner with the Me Too hashtag to represent the international viral movement that began in the fall, addressing the widespread prevalence of sexual harassment and assault
  • Lower right: Shows the New Chapel tower with a clock set to 8:30 to represent the later start time for morning chapel

I will be posting photos of the carving process here on the Form Plaque Project blog and on the Form Plaque Project Facebook page when I begin working on the carving process of the 2018 plaque.

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The Form of 2017 Plaque

The upper left corner of the 2017 plaque features the Isthmian shield to celebrate their win of the Club cup competition. The upper right corner features the democratic donkey and the republican elephant butting heads, to reflect the contentious 2016 election and the partisan politics that has followed. The center ribbon is inscribed with the form word “resilience”, assigned to the Form of 2017 when they began school as 3rd Form students. The lower section of the plaque presents a scenic view of the back of the Friedman Community Center, complete with Hank the heron fishing in the Turkey River. The bottom of the plaque is bordered with the alphabet, with a mortar board in the center, to represent the first time the graduation procession was assembled alphabetically instead of using gender binary pairs.

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2017 Plaque Progress: Plaque Completed

The Form of 2017 plaque is now completed.  The detail photograph above shows a sample of the painted finish on the plaque –  A section of the scenic view of the back of the new student center, complete with Hank the heron fishing in the Turkey River.

The completed framed plaque will be presented on June 2nd  during Anniversary Weekend – at which time photographs of the finished plaque will also be published online.  Thank you to the representatives from the Form of 2017 for their help with this project – make sure to stop by the Friedman Community Center to see your plaque if you are visiting that weekend!

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2017 Plaque Progress: Carving Completed

The carving for the Form of 2017 plaque is now completed. The representatives from the Form of 2017 chose the following events to be illustrated on the plaque:

  • Upper left corner: Features the Isthmian shield to celebrate their win of the Club Cup competition
  • Upper right corner: Shows the Democratic donkey and Republican elephant butting heads – to reflect the contentious 2016 election and the partisan politics that have followed
  • Center: A ribbon is inscribed with the form word “Resilience” – given to the Form as they began their 3rd Form year
  • Lower:  A scenic view of the back of the new student center featuring the dam in the background and the patio with fire pit and chairs
  • Bottom border: An alphabet border- reflecting the change in the traditional gender-binary graduation procession to an alphabetical one

Now that the carving process is completed, I will apply a painted finish to the plaque to have it ready for presentation at the 2018 Anniversary Weekend at the beginning of June. Stay tuned for updates on the completion of the plaque!

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2017 Plaque Progress: Design Completed

The design stage is complete for the 2017 form plaque. I worked with representatives from the Form of 2017 to come up with a list of events, and the following were chosen by them to represent their 6th Form experiences at SPS:

  • Upper left corner: Features the Isthmian shield to celebrate their win of the Club Cup competition
  • Upper right corner: Shows the Democratic donkey and Republican elephant butting heads – to reflect the contentious election last fall and the partisan politics that have followed
  • Center: A ribbon is inscribed with the form word “Resilience” – given to the Form as they began their 3rd Form year
  • Lower:  A scenic view of the back of the new student center featuring the dam in the background and the patio with fire pit and chairs
  • Bottom border: An alphabet border- reflecting the change in the traditional gender-binary graduation procession to an alphabetical one

I will be posting photos of the carving process here on the Form Plaque Project blog and on the Form Plaque Project Facebook page when I begin working on the carving process of the 2017 plaque.

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