Gunston embarks on a new school year
CENTREVILLE — On Tuesday, Sept. 5, Gunston School held its annual Embarkation ceremony. As a 107-year old school, Gunston has many traditions, but few are as meaningful as Embarkation—all new students and faculty arriving on their first day to campus by boat.
Gunston’s 64 new students and seven new faculty and staff members departed from the Centreville Wharf, traveled down the Corsica River, and arrived at the school’s waterfront, where they were greeted by the school’s Headmaster, John Lewis. After shaking the Headmaster’s hand, each student signed the school’s honor code — Responsibilities of the Community, then climbed the stairs of the embankment and proceeded to shake the hand of every member of the student body, faculty and administration.
“This ceremony is meaningful and symbolic,” said Lewis, “as it celebrates our unique connection to the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and also celebrates our strong sense of community.”
Many of Gunston’s new parents were on hand to witness the event.
This year, Gunston — a co-educational college preparator y high school – is opening at a historically high enrollment of 195, and welcomes new students from Queen Anne’s, Kent, Talbot, Cecil, Caroline, and Anne Arundel counties, as well as Delaware. Gunston also welcomes a number of students from overseas, with students arriving this year from Switzerland, Japan, and China.
Lewis said, “We’re excited to be welcoming such a large and talented class of new students, and with our largest enrollment, we are looking forward to a great year.”
A tradition at Gunston, students and faculty arrive for their first day of class by boat.