When it comes to annual traditions at Powhatan School, the Upper School Retreat is always near the top of the list. A wonderful event that encourages teamwork and collaboration through two days worth of fun and sometimes challenging events, it is an experience that bonds classmates and teachers alike. “It sets the tone for the year,” says Ann Robb, Upper School Coordinator. “It reinforces our sense of community. It is an important part of the Powhatan experience and brings together the classes, especially the 8th Grade, as a special milestone event.”
A centerpiece of the retreat is the Full Value Contract. Almost immediately upon arrival at camp the students begin to work on how they will make the most out of the experience. Students work in small groups with their faculty adviser to create written guidelines taking personal responsibility for how they will contribute to and make the most positive impact on the retreat. As Retreat comes to a close students are reminded that the Full Value Contract is not just for Retreat, but is a contract for the rest of the school year.
In a tradition that spans decades, Post & Rail Captains are selected for the coming year during this annual right of passage for grades 6-8 at Powhatan. This year’s Upper School Retreat was held on September 8 &9 at Camp Rim Rock in West Virginia.
Established in 1948, Powhatan School is a Kindergarten-8th grade private school accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools and is a member of both the National Association of Independent Schools and Independent Education. Powhatan School opened the 2011-12 school year with an enrollment of 233 students. Powhatan serves families in Clarke County, Frederick County, Western Loudoun County, Warren County, Winchester City and the panhandle of West Virginia. Powhatan is a private school located near Purcellville VA. Powhatan is a private school near Round Hill VA. Powhatan is a private school near Waterford VA. Powhatan is a private school near Upperville VA. Powhatan is a private school near Winchester VA. Powhatan is a private school near Stephens City VA. Powhatan is a private school near Berryville VA. Powhatan is a private school near Charles Town WV. Powhatan is a private school near Kearneysville WV. Powhatan is a private school near Front Royal VA.
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