Holiday Traditions. There are several performance traditions every year that fall before winter break. Boys in Class I perform in the annual Nativity Play, a Buckley holiday tradition, and Class II boys sing the carols that accompany it. The Beginners put on their first concert for their families in December, performing Christmas and Hanukkah songs. The Upper School Winter Concert is also held in December, and students perform a range of carols and traditional Buckley songs.
Buckley Big Brothers. Throughout their first year at Buckley, Beginners are slowly introduced to the daily rhythms of the rest of the school by attending assemblies, following schedules, working with the coaches, and visiting the main building. A favorite Beginners tradition with this same goal is the Big Brothers program. Each Beginner is paired with a Class II "Big Brother," who acts as a guide, mentor, and friend. The "brothers" support each other in their efforts, cheering on class plays and writing each other letters.