Assembly. One of the oldest traditions at Buckley, Assembly is a special time set aside every week for our boys to gather as a division and to learn, perform, or simply laugh together. Assembly begins on a formal note: The boys walk in with their classmates; the Head of School will often share a prayer or reading selected from a variety of world religions; the whole group will join together in song, and then recite the Pledge of Allegiance while select boys hold the flags. After the boys take their seats, however, anything goes. There might be clowns. There might be birds. Often there are alumni speaking about their work or their passions. Sometimes there are class plays or speech contests. Sometimes boys share personal stories from their experiences in community service or from their discussions on diversity. Regardless of the agenda, boys take their seats in Assembly with excitement and enthusiasm for a moment together with their school.
Celebrations. At Buckley, there are many special celebrations throughout the year. Some are unique to a grade level while some are school-wide, but all are traditions treasured by many generations of students and their families. In Beginners, students look forward to the Harvest Feast at Thanksgiving, as well as a Gentlemen's Breakfast and a Ladies' Breakfast where each student invites a parent or special friend to a classroom breakfast. Beginners and their families also get the chance to enjoy Central Park during the Teddy Bear Picnic at the end of the school year. In the fall, the Book Fair and the Family Skating Party are highlights for the entire school community and their families. In the spring, the Lower and Middle Schools prepare for Grandparents and Special Friends Day, which is an amazing opportunity for students to share their day with loved ones. Class V wraps up their study of the Middle Ages with the Medieval Feast, a simultaneously famous and secret event presided over by the Head of School. Other school-wide celebrations include the Father-Son Dinner and the Buckley Family Baseball Outing to a game at Yankee Stadium.