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The Form of 2005 Plaque

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The top section of the plaque features a view of the Lower School Pond docks with the stone circle ‘Stonehenge’ project completed by a group of students that year. The lower half shows the Athletic and Fitness Center, opened for use in the fall of 2004. In the bottom left corner is a baseball with the dates (1918–2004), representing the Boston Red Sox’s World Series win and the breaking of the “curse.” The bottom right corner depicts a closed book with the initials “CBA,” marking the end of the Right Reverend Dr. Craig Barry Anderson’s term as Eleventh Rector of St. Paul’s School.

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The Form of 1999 Plaque

Below is a photograph of the completed plaque for the Form of 1999. The plaque is being dedicated on May 31, 2014 and hangs in the Middle Dining Hall of Coit (The Upper) above the panels that contain the names of all the members of the Form of 1999. Below the photo is the description of the elements incorporated in the plaque design.

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The central element of the Form of 1999 plaque represents the changes in St. Paul’s School leadership during the form’s four years, with a book for each of the leaders. Labels on the spines identify them: “X” for the Tenth Rector David Verne Hicks, “I” for Interim Rector Clifford J. Gillespie, and “XI” for Eleventh Rector Craig B. Anderson. The bookends with their inkwells and quills commemorate the beginning of the Schlesinger Writer-in-Residence program. The upper left corner features a volleyball/arrow/women’s symbol, representing the New England division title wins for the girls’ volleyball and cross country teams. The “G” on the computer key in the upper right refers to the incorporation of Google in 1998. The bottom left corner represents the fire in the Drury dorm in March 1999. At the lower right, a rainbow flag with the letters “GSA” marks the founding of the Gay Straight Alliance, inspired by the Chapel speech of Dustin Brauneck ’99.

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1999 Plaque Progress: Plaque Completed

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The Form of 1999 plaque is now completed.  The above photograph shows a sample of the painted finish on the plaque – representing the fire in the Drury dorm in March of 1999.

The completed framed plaque will be revealed on Anniversary Weekend on Saturday May 31st – at which time photographs of the finished plaque will be published online.  Thank you to the representative from the Form of 1999 for your help with this project –  I am looking forward to seeing members of the Form of 1999 at the SPS Anniversary event to celebrate your new Form plaque!

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1999 Plaque Progress: Carving Completed

The carving for the 1999 Form plaque is completed.  The photos below are of the finished carving, with descriptions of the symbols used in the design.

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The upper left corner features a volleyball and arrow combined into a women’s symbol – representing the New England division title wins for both the girls’ volleyball and girls’ cross country.

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The upper right corner features the letter “G” on a computer keyboard key – representing the launch of the Google search engine on 9/4/1998.

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The central design element is of three books supported between bookends – one book representing each change of School leadership during the four years of the Form of 1999:

  • “X” on the spine for the Tenth Rector David Verne Hicks
  • “I” on the spine for Interim Rector Clifford J. Gillespie
  • “XI” on the spine for Eleventh Rector Craig B. Anderson

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The bookends supporting the books feature inkwells with quills – commemorating the beginning of the Schlesinger Writer-in-Residence program at SPS.

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The bottom left corner represents the fire that occurred in the Drury dorm.

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The bottom right corner features a rainbow flag with the letters “GSA” celebrating the founding of the Gay Straight Alliance.

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Now that the carving stage is completed the plaque will be oiled and painted before being put on display for Anniversary/Graduation weekend at the end of May.

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Shattuck Fellows Plaque

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The completed Shattuck Fellows plaque was installed this week in the Schoolhouse, on the second floor in the Rector’s office lobby. Named after the founder of SPS, George Cheyne Shattuck, the plaque commemorates members of the community who have provided an exemplary level of service to SPS, “. . . assuring this School more strength to toil, more years to strive.” I began working on this project in the fall of 2012 and have completed the various stages of the project between working on form plaques.  Last summer I documented the carving process for the pelican portion of the plaque – you can see the photos HERE.

The photo above shows a detail shot of the finished plaque ready to be hung on the wall. The plaque is made of Spanish cedar with engraved brass plates.

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In this photo Matt makes the final adjustments on the positioning of the plaque.  He provided important assistance with this project, locating, preparing and assembling the wood for the panel that supports the brass plates.  Matt is no stranger to working with Spanish cedar, as his combined job as carpenter and manager of the boat house has allowed him to work on repairing some of the antique crew boats originally made from this beautiful wood.  The wood used for the plaque came from a collection of boards that have been in storage at SPS for decades, and is itself a part of the history and the fabric of the school.

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Above, the finished Shattuck Fellows plaque hangs in its permanent location outside the Rector’s office.  Below shows me with the finished plaque, very grateful for the opportunity to have been able to work on this rewarding project. Thank you to the Rector’s Office, and to Shelli for all her work as project manager.

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1999 Plaque Progress: Design Completed

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The design stage is complete for the 1999 Form plaque. I worked with members of the Form of 1999 to come up with a list of events, and the following was chosen to be featured on the plaque:

  • Upper left: A volleyball and arrow combined into a women’s symbol – representing the New England division title wins for both the girls’ volleyball and girls’ cross country
  • Upper right: The letter “G” on a computer keyboard key – representing the launch of the Google search engine on 9/4/1998
  • Center:  Three books supported between bookends – one for each of the leadership changes during the four years of the Form of 1999:
    • “X” on the spine for the Tenth Rector David Verne Hicks
    • “I” on the spine for Interim Rector Clifford J. Gillespie
    • “XI” on the spine for Eleventh Rector Craig B. Anderson
    • The bookends feature inkwells with quills – commemorating the beginning of the Schlesinger Writer-in-Residence program at SPS
  • Bottom left: Represents the fire that occurred in the Drury dorm
  • Bottom right: A curious bear – representing the numerous sightings of bears on the grounds that year

I will now begin working on the carving process, with the plan to have the finished plaque to present at Anniversary weekend in June this year. Photos of the process will be posted on the blog, so stay tuned for more information!

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The Form of 1998 Plaque

Here is a photograph of the completed plaque for the Form of 1998. It was dedicated on June 1, 2013 and hangs in the Middle Dining Hall of Coit (The Upper) above the panels that contain the names of all the members of the Form of 1998. Below the photo is the description of the elements incorporated in the plaque design.

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The New Hampshire State House dome is the central image for the 1998 Form plaque, and represents the march by over 300 community members from St. Paul’s School to the State House lawn on Martin Luther King Day that year. The march was organized to encourage the State to add Martin Luther King Jr.’s name to the holiday, which was called Civil Rights Day at the time. This is represented by the MLK initials carved in the tympanum beneath the State House dome. The upper right corner of the plaque features an open book with the initials CBA carved onto the pages, representing the beginning of the Rectorship of the Right Reverend Dr. Craig Barry Anderson, Eleventh Rector of St. Paul’s School. The book symbolizes the Rural Record, a journal of day-to-day life that was kept at St. Paul’s School from 1857 into the early 20th century. In the upper left corner is a trophy with the Roman numerals IV carved into it. This represents the four sports teams that won New England championships that school year – field hockey, wrestling, boys’ crew, and girls’ crew. In the lower center section of the plaque a shield is carved featuring an element from the coat-of-arms from the Henley-on-Thames Town Hall. This represents the boys’ and girls’ crew teams’ trip to the Henley Regatta – where the girls’ team won the Peabody cup. The lower left and right sections feature four feathers representing each of the newly renovated Quad dorms. Each of the dorms has a stone carving on the building representing a different bird – an owl for Manville, a pelican for Simpson, a rooster for Brewster, and an eagle for Ford – the feathers in the carving are from each kind of bird.

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1998 Plaque Progress: Plaque Completed

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The Form of 1998 plaque is now completed.  The above photograph shows a sample of the painted finish on the plaque – the center portion showing the New Hampshire State Capitol dome representing the Martin Luther King Jr. Day march.

The completed framed plaque will be revealed on Anniversary Weekend on Saturday June 1st – at which time photographs of the finished plaque will be published online.  Thank you to the representative from the Form of 1998 for your help with this project –  I am looking forward to seeing members of the Form of 1998 at the SPS Anniversary event to celebrate your new Form plaque!

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1998 Plaque Progress: Carving Complete

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Above is a photo of the completed carving for the 1998 Form plaque.  The photos below show details of the finished carving:

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The center of the carving features the State House dome with the initials MLK in the tympanum. This represents the march from SPS to the State House on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (which was then called Civil Rights Day) to encourage the addition of MLK’s name to the New Hampshire State Holiday.

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In the upper right corner features an open book with the initials CBA to represent the beginning of the Right Reverend Dr. Craig Barry Anderson’s term as Eleventh Rector of St. Paul’s School.

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The upper left corner shows a trophy with the Roman numerals IV representing the four sports teams that won New England championships that school year – field hockey, wrestling, boys’ crew, and girls’ crew.

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In the lower center portion of the plaque there is a carving of a shield featuring an element from the coat-of-arms from the Henley-on-Thames Town Hall. This represents the boy’s and girl’s crew teams trip to the Henley Regatta – the girls’ team winning the Peabody Cup.

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The lower left and right sides of the plaque feature four carved feathers – each representing one of the Quad dorms that were renovated and re-dedicated on October 3, 1997.  Each of the dorms has a stone carving representing a different bird – an owl for Manville, a pelican for Simpson, a rooster for Brewster, and an eagle for Ford – feathers are shown from each kind of bird.

Once the carving has been sealed with a linseed oil finish it will be ready for the painting process to begin.Check back in a few weeks for a sneak peek photo of the finished plaque.

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1998 Form Plaque Progress: Design Complete

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The design stage is complete for the 1998 Form plaque. I worked with a representative of the Form of 1998 to come up with a list of events, and the following design elements were chosen:

1998 Form Plaque Design Elements

Plaque designs traditionally incorporate one world news event and three to five School events.

World Event:

  • Center: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – the march from SPS to State House to encourage the addition of MLK’s name to the State Holiday. This is shown as the State House dome with the initials MLK in the tympanum.

School Events:

  • Upper right: An open book with the initials CBA to represent the beginning of the Right Reverend Dr. Craig Barry Anderson term as Eleventh Rector of St. Paul’s School.
  • Upper left: A trophy with the Roman numerals IV representing the four sports teams that won New England championships that school year – Field Hockey, Wrestling, Boys’ Crew, and Girls’ Crew.
  • Lower center: A shield featuring an element from the coat-of-arms from the Henley-on-Thames Town Hall representing that the boy’s and girl’s crew teams went to the Henley Regatta – the girls’ team winning the Peabody cup.
  • Lower left and right: Four feathers represent each of the Quad dorms that were renovated and re-dedicated on October 3, 1997.  Each of the dorms has a stone carving representing a different bird – an owl for Manville, a pelican for Simpson, a rooster for Brewster, and an eagle for Ford – so feathers are shown from each kind of bird.

I will begin working on carving the plaque next and will post images of the carving as the work progresses.

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